- Visa-free, no cancellation fees
- Slow pace
- Time for shopping
- On-time return
- Welcome gift
This tour is special as it focuses on religious life of St. Petersburg. Besides touring the must-see sights such as The Winter Palace, Palace Square, Neva River embankment, Field of Mars, Decembrists' Square with Bronze Horseman (a statue of Peter the Great), Strelka and Peter & Paul Fortress, you will visit inside active Orthodox Kazan Cathedral named after a 'miracle-making' icon of Our Lady of Kazan. The cathedral is located in Nevsky Prospect and is reminiscent of St.Peter's Cathedral in Rome with its same stately appearance and the elegant proportions of its Colonnade. Kazan Cathedral was closed during the Communist period and was opened only after dissolution of the Soviet Union.You will next continue your city tour with a visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral which is currently a museum where religious services are only held at Christmas, Easter and other important religious occasions. It is one of the world's largest cathedrals capable of accommodating 10,000 worshippers. You will admire the breath-taking interiors richly decorated with different kinds of marble, malachite and semi-precious stones, impressive mosaics of icons, shining brass ornaments.You will next visit Spilled Blood Church, the only old Russian-style church in European St.Petersburg. The church was built on the spot of Alexander II assassination in 1881. Spilled Blood Church is renowned for its several thousand square yards of mosaics. After this informative tour, you will return to your cruise ship.
Must-see sights: Nevsky Prospect, Square of Arts, Spilled Blood Church, Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Isaac's Square, The Winter Palace, Palace Square, Bronze Horseman (a statue of Peter the Great), Strelka with Rostral Columns, Fine Arts Academy, The Admiralty, University, etc.
Remarks: Wearing shorts is not allowed inside Kazan cathedral. Wednesday - day off at St. Isaac's Cathedral and Spilled Blood Church.Inside visits: St. Isaac's Cathedral, Spilled Blood Church and Kazan Cathedral are included. If you wish to add inside visits for other cathedrals, please request it when making a booking. Additional entrance fees will apply.
- Booking terms
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:
- Send a tour booking and passport information (for cruise visitors).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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.