One-Day Basic Tour of St. Petersburg is designed to show you the best attractions of St. Petersburg city center: Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral, the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum. See the most famous sights with an experienced guide who can show you around and make the most out of your time.
The tour starts with a hotel pickup. In a comfortable minivan we will head to the city center and visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. In the Peter and Paul Cathedral you will see the burial vaults of the Romanovs – the Russian royal dynasty.
Observe the interiors of the Church of our Savior on the Spilled Blood. It was built on the spot of the Alexander II’s assassination.
Passing by the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood stroll along the Nevsky Prospekt. The main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg, the Nevsky Prospekt is a broad avenue with majestic cathedrals (including the Kazan Cathedral), churches, palaces, museums and shops.
Finish the tour marveling at the HermitageEuropean art masterpieces.The tour is guided by an art historian so you will be able to hear more than other travelers who visit the museum on their own. The Hermitage Tour lasts for around 2,5 hours and includes visits to the Renaissance masterpieces. See the Benois Madonna by Leonardo Da Vinci and explore the beauty of Raphael’s art.
We encourage our travelers to talk to the guide and ask questions on the tour to experience the beauty of St. Petersburg to the fullest extent. At the end of our One-Day Basic Shore Tour of St. Petersburg, you will have a more complete understanding of the Russian history, importance, and artistic legacy of the Hermitage Museum. You will learn from our guide the new ways of seeing art and thinking about history—an approach that blends history, art, architecture, politics, philosophy and theology, connecting all of this with St. Petersburg.
For other historical and artistic explorations in St. Petersburg we recommend:
|9:00||Meeting with guide at hotel.|
|9:00 – 13:00||City highlights tour with photo stops. Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral (inside visit). Spilled Blood Church (inside visit). Nevsky prospect walking tour.|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch.|
|14:00 – 16:30||The Hermitage highlights tour (Winter Palace, Main Complex).*|
|17:00||Return to hotel.|
*Please note: The collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in General Staff building is not included and can be added on request.
|Group size||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||12+||Max group size|
|Group size||Private tour
|Max group size||Any|
Tailored Tours gave our group of 5 a great tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and engaging. We loved his organization of our time in arranging all the sites we wanted to see. It makes such a difference to have an experienced person to organize ticket admissions. Also the van was comfortable and very convenient to have.
Our family of 3 adults was in St. Petersburg for just one day on a cruise stop. We had read about Timofey in the Rick Steves guidebook for Northern European Cruise ports, and as we have always had good luck with Rick’s suggested guides, we reached out a couple months ahead. From the very start, Timofey was a joy to work with. His communication was quick, thorough, and very accommodating. He gave us a full proposal for how to spend the day and we were good to go. Every request was met with “of course I can help you with that!” All visas were handled ahead of time, with no extra work on our part, and all fees included in the final price.
On the actual day, Timofey texted while were still in the terminal, so we had no worries that we would be met. He was waiting for us with a wonderful driver and very comfortable van, and off we went for what turned out to be the highlight of our whole two week trip! We loved every minute, and boy did Timofey make the most of those minutes! I was so impressed by how much he managed to fit into our short time in his beautiful city. Timofey was a college history professor, and we really appreciated the historical context he gave to our tour. With a perfectly planned day, and a wonderful driver who never kept us waiting, we were able to see so much without ever feeling rushed or stressed. We felt Timofey was very in tune with our interests, expounding on topics that intrigued us, and at one point suggesting we move on when we began to get a little tired and overwhelmed in the Hermitage. His sensitivity allowed us to really enjoy what we did see, while preventing it from all becoming a blur. We were also grateful for the personal stories and insights he shared to help us gain a better understanding of the changes in Russia over the past few decades.
We were delivered back to our ship right on time – a true feat of planning given St. Petersburg traffic. That evening, it became clear that we had enjoyed a far broader experience than our fellow cruisers, who may have toured one or two of the places we saw, but not all that we managed to see in a day. All-in-all a perfect experience and we only hope we can go back and tour with Timofey again!