The colourful and dymamic show of authentic Russian dances and songs at Nikolaevsky Palace performed by 4 talented music ensembles: 'Peter's Quartet', 'The Souvenir', 'Maidan', 'Stars of St. Petersburg'.

DURATION: 2 hours. The show consists of two parts (45 minutes each) with a 30 minute intermission during which you are provided a glass of champagne and a light snack.

'Peter's Quartet' is a vocal quartet who specialize in classical performances of folk songs, lyrical romances and Russian Orthodox hymns.

'The Souvenir' is a folk instrumental trio. The three skillful musicians brilliantly perform folk compositions. Along with accordion and the balalaika, which are traditional Russian instruments, some rare and even exotic music instruments are played by this group. You will listen to the amazing traditional Russian folk melodies performed with the objects not normally used for music-playing. Their performances are full of humor and demonstrate high professionalism and virtuosity of the musicians.

'Maidan' is a Cossack song-and-dance group founded in 1992 by the honored artist V. Drachev. The name of the group originates from the place, where all Cossacks used to gather in the past and where important political decisions were made. The group skillfully performs Cossack songs and dances in their original form.

'The Stars of St. Petersburg' is a dance group. The dancers are graduates of the leading choreography schools in Russia. Its repertoire covers lyrical dances of the Russian North, fiery dances of the Cossacks from the Don and Voronezh, short dances from the Urals and Siberia with all their subtle humor. All age groups and even the most demanding audiences will appreciate not only the ability of the performers to bring Russian national color to the stage, but also their impressive skills, complexity of their acrobatic tricks and breath-taking leaps.

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The highlight of my tours with Guide-Guru was an evening Folk Show of authentic Russian dances and songs at Nikolaevsky Palace. I didn't want the performances to end. Our guide and driver met us at the ship, drove us to the Palace, and the driver was waiting for us in the same spot after the show was over. All went just as planned. It was a most wonderful evening. 

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Is Russian visa required on this tour?

No, Russian visa is not required. Guide-Guru, LLC. is the certified tour operator (MBT 010048 reference number in the Registry of Russian Tour Operators). There is a decree permitting visa-free stay in Russia for cruise passengers who take tours of the local authorized tour operators. Our tour ticket is your blanket visa.

Where do we meet our guide?

Major cruise ships dock at the St Petersburg Cruise Terminal 'Marine Facade'. Our guide and tour leader meet the groups inside the terminal in front of the passport control area. Smaller ships dock in the city center and the guide will be meeting you on the pier in front of the passport control area.

What time do we meet our guide?

The meeting time will be confirmed and mentioned in your tour tickets. The time shifts are possible to match your ship's docking time.

Can the tour be customized?

Yes, the tour is customizable.

What happens if the ship is delayed?

We will be informed of this circumstance and the guide will be waiting for you until you disembark. If the ship arrives in time and you do not show up, the waiting time will be maximum 1,5 hours. Please disembark according to the time specified on your tour ticket.

What if we miss the ship?

We do not plan distant afternoon trips on the day of your ship's departure. Our excursion programs are designed to make sure you stay close to your cruise ship on the sailing date. Our excursions normally bring you to the ship 1,5 hours before the ship's departure.

Can you give us some helpful tips while doing tours in Russia. Is it easier to bring Russian Ruble to buy snacks , or use restrooms or eat at restaurant while you are taking us on tours? Any suggestions for us to be aware of?

You can withdraw some cash rubles from any ATM in the city (there are many). Many stores and restaurants take bank cards (Visa, Mastercard). The guide will help you with money exchange on the day of the tour.

How to book:

  1. Send a tour booking and passport information (for cruise visitors).
  2. Receive our Confirmation, payment link and your tour ticket for visa-free disembarkation (cruise visitors).


Cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 0% prepayment.
Non-cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 50% prepayment.
Moscow tours (all visitors) - $200US/person prepayment.
The balance payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
European tours - 50% prepayment (if booked with Russia) or 100% (if only Europe).
Theatre tickets - 100% prepayment.

- Credit cards for prepayment - Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/Discover/JCB/Unionpay
- Credit cards for payment in St. Petersburg - Visa/Mastercard/Amex.


St. Petersburg tours: < 24 hours or no-show - NO refund.
Moscow / European tours: < 7 days - NO refund.
Air/train tickets - NO refund.
Theatre tickets (once purchased) - NO refund.
Ship's non-call in St. Petersburg port - 100% refund.
Please inform us as early as possible if you have to cancel your trip via e-mail or 24-hour phone/Whatsapp +7-921-903-28-81.


Child younger than 6 y.o. may travel with 1 parent free of charge. Schoolchildren, students and children over 6 y.o. receive a discounted rate. (Students must provide their international ISIC ID card to our Tour Coordinator upon payment to claim their discount. If they fail to do this, they will be charged the full adult price).

Tour mates:

Did you know you can save a lot of cash by finding travel companions to join your tour? You are welcome to find tour mates by placing a message on Cruisecritic/Tripadvisor boards.  

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