Experience The Life in Today's Russia

  • Visa-free, no cancellation fees
  • Slow pace
  • Time for shopping
  • On-time return
  • Welcome gift

Experience the life in today's Russia!

Take a relaxed walk with our knowledgeable guide in St. Petersburg center, avoiding the crowds of tourists and spotting some off-the-bitten-track sites, drop into the local blini restaurant to taste the variety of traditional pancakes, learn some funny facts about Russians and their way of life and daily habits, encounter with the locals and chat with them about anything with your guide's assistance (kind of short 'interview'), visit Subway and one of St. Petersburg's deepest stations to marvel at the scale of work and craftsmanship of metro builders. Great local experience is guaranteed!

Private / $ US / Person
Group Size (number of people)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
275 165 135 130 115 105 100 95 90 90 85 80 75 70 70 65
Inclusions
INCLUDED
  • licensed local guide
  • comfortable A/C vehicle
  • blanket visa
  • photo/video permits
  • bottled water
  • raincoats (in case of rain)
  • port fees, bank fees
  • welcome gift
NOT INCLUDED
  • lunch (private tours)
  • admission fees
  • gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately)

*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours.


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Jaspa J
We got in touch with Guide Guru after a plan with our local travel agent fizzled out. In hindsight, it was the best thing that could have happened to us. Natalia listened carefully to what we wanted and then created an itinerary to suit, even when we added new things in at the last minute. Our guide, Yana, was incredible. She was knowledgeable and fun, and couldn’t do enough to ensure our time in St Petersburg was perfect. We only had to mention something in passing, and before we knew it, Yana had arranged it. We’re pretty sure that if we’d said we wanted to visit the Moon, Yana would have found a way. The icing on the cake was that, although this was a tailor-made itinerary for just the two of us, we paid less than it would have cost to go on one of the ship’s fixed excursions with a bus-load of other people. All in all, we had two perfect days in Russia, and can’t wait to visit St Petersburg again with Guide Guru.

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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).

Payment:

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.

Cancellation:

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 guidegurutours@gmail.com or 24-hour phone/Whatsapp +7-921-903-28-81.

Discounts:

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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