St. Petersburg tour & Canal cruise

  • Visa-free, no cancellation fees
  • Slow pace
  • Time for shopping
  • On-time return
  • Welcome gift
The comprehensive sightseeing tour combined with a relaxing canal cruise through the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.
Private / $ US / Person
Group Size (number of people)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
319 182 149 132 120 108 102 97 91 88 85 80 75 73 70 68
Inclusions
INCLUDED
  • licensed local guide
  • comfortable A/C vehicle
  • boat tour tickets
  • blanket visa
  • photo/video permits
  • bottled water
  • raincoats (in case of rain)
  • port fees, bank fees
  • welcome gift
NOT INCLUDED
  • lunch (private tours)
  • gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately)

Your comfortable van will take you from the port area to the central part of St. Petersburg where you will have a comprehensive city sightseeing tour including photo stops in the picturesque areas such as Spit of Vasiliesky Island with Rostral Columns, Palace Square (The Hermitage), St. Isaac's Square, Square of Arts, Spilled Blood Church, The Synagogue (optional) etc. This tour will allow you to admire the city both from the window of your car and from the water perspective during a relaxing Canal cruise. During the fascinating Canal cruise through the rivers and canals, you will pass under numerous bridges with intricate wrought-iron railings, admire the exteriors of the many former noble mansions and palaces and feel the atmosphere of the old Petersburg. The boat tour lasts about 1.5 hours. After the city tour, the van will return you safely back to the 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: It is possible to arrange this tour in the late evening for you to enjoy St. Petersburg lit up by night.

Inside visits: none. If you wish to add inside visits for any of the cathedrals, please request it when making a booking. Additional entrance fees will apply.

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

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TravelinNoni
So glad we took the 2 day tour provided by Guide Guru instead of our ships tour. Our guide, Ada, had excellent English and made sure she utilized every possible moment to show us this beautiful city!! We visited churches, museums, palaces and the Hermitage to named a few of the stops. PLUS we took a train ride in the famous train station for the experience, as well as a boat cruise through the scenic waterways!! This tour was small & personalized to us. Honestly, we are still amazed what we were able to see and learn over that short time frame. Our friends who took the ships excursion were very disappointed when we described our amazing experience! We highly recommend Guide Guru and would definitely use them again! 
Travellerplusone45
Suffering from generally apathy I am very pleased to be able to say that Elena ( guide ) & Alex (driver ) provided us with a sensational overview of St Petersburg & cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism to make our time enjoyable make sure you request this duo when you visit! 

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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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