St. Petersburg tour Peter & Paul Fortress

  • Visa-free, no cancellation fees
  • Slow pace
  • Time for shopping
  • On-time return
  • Welcome gift
Introductory sightseeing drive tour of St. Petersburg with an inside visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the burial place of the Romanovs.
Private / $ US / Person
Group Size (number of people)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
295 164 132 114 104 100 95 90 88 84 80 77 75 73 73 70
Inclusions
INCLUDED
  • licensed local guide
  • comfortable A/C vehicle
  • admission fees
  • 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 journey starts with a transfer to St. Petersburg city center. As you are driven through, your guide will give you a brief introduction to the history of St. Petersburg. Once in the city center, you will stop at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island to enjoy the magnificent view of the Neva River and Rostral Columns which in the past served as lighthouses and guided ships through the busy port of St. Petersburg. From Strelka opens a marvelous panoramic view of The Winter Palace (The Hermitage), The Admiralty, shining gilded dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Peter & Paul Fortress which you will tour next.

Our mini-van will take you to the smallest island - The Island of Hares - where Peter & Paul Fortress is situated. You will walk on the fortress grounds and learn the story of St. Petersburg's origins. The tour continues to Peter & Paul Cathedral, where the Romanov monarchs are buried. Inside the cathedral you will see tombs of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Elizabeth, Alexander II etc. In 1998 remains of the last Russian Czar Nickolas II and his family were brought to the cathedral.

You will then reboard your mini-van and drive along The Neva embankment to Cruiser Aurora which came into modern history as the battleship that signaled the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917 and the Communist Era in Russia. Your mini-van drives from the Petrograd side with its Art Nouveau architecture to 18th century St. Petersburg. Your route will take you past the central part of the city.

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.

Optional: The Synagogue.

Inside visits: Peter & Paul Fortress with Cathedral is included. If you wish to add inside visits for any other 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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John & Frances Robine
We want to thank you for the wonderful tour you provided for us in St. Petersburg. Our guide Yanna was excellent, she is a credit to your company. We were very impressed by the beauty of the different palaces and historical sights and gained valuable information concerning the history of Russia. We would recommend your tour to anyone, it was one of the best decisions we made on the entire trip. The drivers were very skilled and pleasant. Thank you again and best wishes.

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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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