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A city tour of St. Petersburg covers its main architectural and historical monuments, including Peter and Paul’s fortress and the retreats of the Tsars.

jgray37000

1 review

Due to my husband’s difficulty with walking, we took few tours on this cruise, but the ones we did take were wonderful. We especially wanted to compliment you on your choice of the guide for our June 25 afternoon “Highlights of St.Petersburg” bus tour. Her name was Maria and she made the city and the Russian people come alive for us. Her English was uniquely cadenced and charmingly fractured (She called group assemblies in St. Peter’s Square “manifestations.” for instance.) However, we soon came to understand her vocabulary, pronunciation and inflection, and were charmed by it. She was very informative, full of anecdotes and historical details and humorous comments on Russia’s past and present. She was most attentive to our desire for good photos and pointed out opportunities for shots. She filled her comments with “inside” anecdotes about things like Anastasia, the city’s history, day-to-day life in St. Petersburg, life since the USSR and even Vladimir Putin. Her entertaining and informative tour eased our regret that we could not tour the Hermitage, or Peter’s and Catherine’s Palaces, due to the walking.
She exemplifies the qualities that make Regent so special.


Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

tipitina

3 reviews

Incredible city. Hard to describe.


Provider: Princess Cruises

sheree

1 review

not worth doing-we were on the bus the majority of the time-you could get out for a photo op, but not to go in and see anything--our bus went to the wrong place and our 45 minute boat ride ended up being 10 minutes, and we saw the same sites we had seen by bus


Provider: Silversea Cruises

nybumpkin

17 reviews

Good overview of the city.


Provider: Independent Operator

caneable

5 reviews

Absolutely superb! Our guide, Nadia, was the best we've ever had anywhere. Not only full of info about the tour destinations, but also happy to talk candidly about daily life in St Petersburg. Our heads were buzzing after two intensive days but we will never forget this experience. GO with Alla!


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

NantahalaCruiser

1 review

Nice un-rushed photo stop opportunities


Provider: Independent Operator

discerningdiner

1 review

Great tour with an expert guide who knew the city inside and out


Provider: Independent Operator

head4heights

1 review

Its never easy to properly experience a city from inside a coach. "On your left you will see the old KGB building, said to be the tallest building in St.Petersburg". I looked at a large but not very tall building, unimpressed. "They say it was tall enough to see Siberia from there". Ah! That wonderful Russian humour :)
The tour is more about filling time in between going from point A to point B and therefore, like it or not, absolutely necessary.


Provider: AmaWaterways

benecar

1 review

Horrible, terrible, no good. $208 per person to spend the entire day inside of a bus, museum of church that looked exactly like the last. The state-owned souvenir shop is a huge rip off. The tour guides ripped us off claiming a 5 euro fee to take pictures at the stops, however there was no such fee... they pocketed the money. They delivered us back 1 hour late, as most of the day was spent waiting in line and packed like sardines in stuffy old museums.

I recommend doing a tour of the streets of St. Petersburg and nothing too formal, it was a waste of money and we didn't step foot in an authentic Russian restaurant or on the streets. So disappointing.


Provider: MSC Cruises

Mrs HLC

1 review

Folk show was wonderful

City tour was great


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

FL Golfer

4 reviews

After reading great reviews on TripAdviser we signed up for a 3-day deluxe private tour in St. Petersburg for our party of four. Everything was exactly as described and truly exceeded our expectations. Our guide. Olga shared her knowledge of the city in a bright and cheerful way. She got us into all the palaces, museums and attractions in front of the lines. She picked up on our interests or lack-of and readily adjusted her tour accordingly. The itinerary perfectly met our needs and we left St. Petersburg feeling confident that we saw and learned what we had hoped.

Driving around St. Petersburg is a huge challenge & beyond what I would try to do on my own. Our driver, Valerie was able to zig & zag our comfortable Mercedes mini-van with all the traffic minimizing our travel time while always dropping us as close as possible to the entrances and then picking us up nearest the exits. A real take charge driver.

All of our lunches were included and once again exceeded our expectations. If you are going to St. Petersburg SPB tours is the best way to go.


Provider: Independent Operator

CanaMan

1 review

Bus tour with photo stops. Just right.


Provider: Costa Cruises

wickers

1 review

Our tour leader was great and gave us so much information. Reluctant to answer any questions that could be negative. Enjoy what you see but don not forget that you see what the government wants you to see.


Provider: Independent Operator

beachluver9

2 reviews

It is interesting to see the old mixed with the new. St Petersburg is definitely a city in transition.


Provider: Independent Operator

karbop1

1 review

Had a private two day tour for three of us which allowed us to visit pretty much every main destination and a few others besides. i would recommend SPB Tours highly.

Provider: Independent Operator

ronnieb

1 review

country and city tour.....plus canal tour and hydro foil tour and freee lunches...Russian food...thanks SPB


Provider: Independent Operator

happyyaya

1 review

I researched private company tours. Cost is basically now the same for the Celebrity 2-day excursion and the private company's 2 day tours. Our bus was not full so about 25 people. Granted, private tour companies would have smaller groups -- but I went with peace-of-mind to get back to ship on time etc. Julia our tour guide was amazing and must be a senior person among tour guides from all companies as she often was directing others to go somewhere else, gesturing to them to hold back etc. Also, she must have a degree in art history. We booked early and were one of the first groups to leave the ship. Julia reversed the order of the tour and we did Day 2 first: Peterhof, Russian lunch at a former palace, and then the Hermitage. Peterhof was incredible....only 2 groups went in before us and there was no que. Absolutely beautiful rooms and grounds. We had time on our own to explore the grounds and saw the start of the Waterfall Cascades -- turning on of all the fountains while the National Anthem was played. Quite stunning. Lunch was excellent back in the city in a former palace: beautiful china place settings: a shot of vodka, water goblet for bottled water, and a white wine in wine glass. First course was delicious squash soup; second course a very tasty and creamy potato salad; third course beef strogonoff with potato; all topped off with scrumptious apple tart and a great cup of coffee. Hermitage in the afternoon was amazing and again, Julia had us in where there were no crowds. Often we were the only ones in a room, gazing at original Rembrandts, Renoirs, da Vinci, Van Gogh, etc masterpieces. We could take photos without flash. No airconditioning but we were fine. Going in the summer? Dress light and bring a tissue or hankie to mop your brow as it will be warm! Since we were often the only ones in a room, with much time to explore and see the artwork and artifacts, Julia went into excellent detail. It was just an outstanding tour!


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

lwcarter31503@yahoo.com

1 review

Enjoyed the sites we visited, but the store they took you to shop at was set up for only cruise line passengers and items could only be purchased with dollars or euros.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

murrayrosie

1 review

Very interesting


Provider: Independent Operator

blethers

1 review

Fascinating way to encounter European Russia for the first time.

Provider: AmaWaterways

seickert

1 review

Great private tour, not a port you can do on your own

Provider: Independent Operator

Dodifra

1 review

A tour with a tour operator is a must in St.Petersburg. If you do a tour with an operator or with the ship you do not need a visa which in itself would be very costly. So much to see, so over the top with gold leaf but so very interesting.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cactus77

1 review

Very interesting place to visit, with lots to see. Of course, the historical sights were impressive and don't forget to see the cruiser 'Aurora'. Impressions were of major traffic jams over the river bridges, hundreds of Range Rovers, Mercedes 4X4s, Lexuses and so on, while most of the people apparently live in tenements blocks and share bathrooms with other families. By the way, don't get yourself stuck in the underground train doors. They trap you and don't let go!

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Vivacious Van

1 review

Good Value. Covered a lot of ground and the guide was interesting. We had to do the boring inevitable souvenir shop (unfortunately this was part of the actual tour, so I couldn't complain). However, the toilet was complimentary - a word used a lot whilst in St Petersburg especially in conjunction with souvenir shops and they did serve up good coffee and a shot of vodka (both free). The contents in the shop were cheap and a lot of persons stocked up. I do feel that on this particular trip the excursion to the Church of the Savior on Splilled Blood could be incorporated by adding on an extra 2 hours to the trip as the two excursions covered the same roads and saw the same points of interest. I would recommend this trip.

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Harrisontig31

1 review

Very interesting, plenty of information provided by the guide. Sufficient time spent at photo stops. Didnt change my previous opinion that there is a certain non physical coldness clouding the whole of the place but glad I have been to experience it for myself. Many beautiful pastel painted and decorated building but many more grey utilitarian looking buildings.

Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Lochani

1 review

We wished we had some more time and energy with so many beautiful sights in such a large city!

Provider: Viking Cruises

cruising twosome

5 reviews

Loved St Petersburg!!!! Did so much in two days, couldn't do a night tour too! Unbelievable, can't say enough about it!

Provider: Independent Operator

mickd415

1 review

If your ship comes to this port I hope you have more than one day here. Our ship was docked for 3 days and with a independent tour operator we did 3 days of non stop sites in SPB, from 9-16 each day. And with tose days I feel we only scratched the surface of SPB. YOU DO NOT NEED A VISA if you book with a tour operator, but you can not walk off the ship and do your own thing in SPB w/o a visa. Unless you know the cyrillic alphabet you will be awestruck of how foreign the place is.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cruisin-Geezer

5 reviews

Our extensive two-day tour was at a fairly fast pace, enabling us to see many of the wonderful sites of St. Petersburg. First we had an overview tour of the city centre, plus a visit to the smart and clean subway and an upscale souvenir shop. We had several photo stops and drove along Nevski Prospekt and various other of the main thoroughfares, passing many of the sites we would later stop at and visit.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cruisin-Geezer

5 reviews

We had two very full days here. The Oriana docked at the new St Petersburg Sea Port on Vasilevsky Island. It is about a 20 to 40 minute drive into the city centre, depending on traffic. It is very complicated and expensive to obtain visas to enable independent travel and most cruise passengers take ship's excursions. However, we elected to join a small group of other passengers (CruiseCritic Roll Call) and do the 2-Day Extensive Tour of St Petersburg, plus an evening trip to the Ballet at the Hermitage Theatre, all arranged by TJ Travel. They are one of four local tour operators authorised to provide visa-free excursions. We booked on-line a few weeks in advance of travel. We were lucky that our visit to St Petersburg was over a weekend, enabling us to avoid the worst of St Petersburg's notoriously heavy traffic. Our guide Alex and driver Eduard met us at 7am on Day 1 at the cruise terminal as arranged. Alex is a delightful young woman and has an excellent command of the English language. She never failed to share her in-depth grasp of Russian culture, history and art in an easy, entertaining and enlightening manner. Most of our tour was queue-free, which in St Petersburg is an achievement by itself. Day 1: The tour was at a fairly fast pace, enabling us to see many of the wonderful sites of St. Petersburg. First we had an overview tour of the city centre, plus a visit to the smart and clean subway and an upscale souvenir shop, before visiting the glorious Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. We then took the 30 mins hydrofoil to the amazing Petergof Gardens. We had lunch nearby, before being driven to the fabulous Catherine Palace in the SW suburbs, after which we finished at the stunning St Isaac's Cathedral back in the city centre. We were delivered back to the ship at 18:00, with just enough time to freshen up, change and have a quick snack before leaving at 19:00 for the ballet. A group of 8 had opted for this at the Hermitage Theatre. This accommodates an audience of only about 250, so everyone had an unhindered and close view of the excellent performance of Swan Lake (although it should be noted that in this rendering nobody died!). Eduard drove us to the theatre and he was waiting for us when the performance finished. We were back on board by 23:30 - oh so many superlatives in one very full day! One comment - TJ Travel informed us that the dress code for the ballet would be semi-formal, so we all dressed appropriately. However, the audience, mainly East Asians, had clearly not heard this message and you could say that either we were the smartest set in the theatre, or we were terribly over-dressed! Day 2: Next morning we started at 8am and it was again a very full but most enjoyable day. After a 'champagne' canal cruise, we visited the incomparable Hermitage Museum. TJ even arranged entry before the official opening time, enabling us to see some of the wonderful treasures and artworks, a good 30 minutes ahead of the crowds. Our only regret was that there was no time to dwell at leisure over such an unrivaled collection. Following a good lunch we proceeded to the Peter & Paul Island and its cathedral, where the Romanov Tzars are entombed. We then proceeded to Kalinka, an excellent souvenir shop with good quality and service and reasonable prices, where Tatiana, a partner in TJ Travel was on hand to collect payment for our tour. Alex then fitted in an unscheduled visit to a real practicing church, the beautiful St Nicholas Cathedral, where there were both a wedding and a baptism going on in different parts of the building. Then we had our last visit of the tour to the Yusupov Palace, the site of Rasputin's murder. After so many opulent and absolutely stunning sites, this palace, although good anywhere else, seemed a little underwhelming! Alex & Eduard delivered us back at the port in good time for our departure and after bidding fond farewells our exhausted group staggered aboard the Oriana with so many great memories to last a lifetime. Everybody aboard our ship thoroughly enjoyed St Petersburg, but only our intrepid little TJ group saw so much, and at considerably less cost than had we taken the ship's offerings. The only downside was that nowhere else compared and it took us the best part of a week to recover! Caution should be exercised if travelling independently - typical security concerns in a very large city, compounded by very few people speaking English and everything written in the Cyrillic alphabet - so you can't even make best guesses about public notices, where you are, etc. However, we have no hesitation in recommending T J Travel, they are professional, reliable, charming and easy to deal with. Full details of their tours can be found on their website: http://www.st-petersburg-tours.ru

Provider: Independent Operator

trevor58

1 review

very good , saw all the main sites and were able to get on and off to take pictures - 4 hour tour. Guide was very good , no security problems , you have to go through Russian pasort control but that is fairly quick , conforatble coach.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Amsterdam 352

1 review

This was the reason for the Cruise and to be honest was the worst trip of the cruise, first port of call was the Winter Palace and this is where the guide seemed to suffer selective memory, we toured the Winter Palace before entering the Hermitage, but although we got plenty of information regarding Nicholas 1st nothing was said about the later Czars. we were then given a tour of the guides favorite pictures and then missed out the rest of the state apartments by taking a "short cut" which followed directly underneath . It did not help when a number of people got locked in the Toilet on separate occasions.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

kentquilter

1 review

FANTASTIC. Car and guide in our own group of 4.Agreed our programme on-line before we left UK.Thought it was expensive till we realised exactly what we were getting and the comparative price of P & O. English speaking guide who didn't believe in queuing. As we were off the ship early we remained ahead of the crowds all day. DAY ! 8.00 City Tour by river.Auror.Coffee. Canal trip round St Petersburg. Coffee. Hydofoil to Peterhof. Lunch. Catherine Palace. DAY 2 8.00 Payment. Shopping. Hermitage-early entry. Lunch-Russian. Church of Spilt Blood. Peter and Paul Fortress and Church. They organise everything, all paper work. All worked like clockwork.

Provider: Independent Operator

GregP08

1 review

Tons of interesting stuff. A delight for history buffs & just curious people.

Provider: Independent Operator

PianoGirl00

2 reviews

Visiting St. Petersburg was the main reason we booked this cruise, and we were not disappointed, thanks mainly to the two evening excursions that included almost private tours of both Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage. These were the experiences of a lifetime!!

Provider: Oceania Cruises

travelqueenincleveland

4 reviews

We went everywhere the cruiseline did and probably more-we even took a ride on their subway system and ate at two local places. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable about everything. Outstanding!!! Would Highly Recommend. We took two boat rides one being on a hydrofoil.

Provider: Independent Operator

kingfish45

1 review

You have to take some kind of excursion just to get off ship. Immigration was no hassle. No wait unless a lot of people were going through. Went there after a long day of Hermitage and Catherine's. Full orchestra,choir, and both men and women dancers. Excellent presentation. I have no idea what they were singing. But first class. Tip-They also have a Russian folkloric show on board the second day. Not as excellent as the night show but a good sample anyway. Some of the same performers but a much smaller show. The ship packed us a box meal since we did not have time between excursions.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Caliterp07

1 review

We did the 2 day "As much as physically possible" tour from TJ. Our guide was Maria, who knew everything about everything! The favorite spot was definitely Peterhoff and it's gorgeous fountains. What a neat place! I picked TJ because I wanted authentic Russian lunches instead of sandwiches like the other popular company on our roll call offered, and we weren't disappointed. We had 3 course lunches (soup, entree, dessert with tea/coffee) with Chicken Kiev one day and Beef Stroganoff the next. I can't say I was a fan of all the food, but I'm glad we got the chance to try it. My only complaints about the trip is that it was very fact-based, rather than the guide weaving in stories from her daily life, which is often my favorite part. The other thing is that the store we went to in order to pay for the tour and buy souveniers was EXPENSIVE. Maria told us it had good prices, so maybe everything in Russia is really expensive, I don't know. We bought an egg Christmas ornament that was around $30.

Provider: Independent Operator

MlleMag

1 review

Stops for photos, running commentary, but Lana also knew when to give our ears a rest and she stopped talking, exc. to answer questions about everyday life. The lunch on the second day was on the rooftop of the Renaissance Hotel very close to St. Isaac's (we could see it a block away). Russian food, good. Lunch first day was at Summer Palace restaurant. Our group of six got put in an empty room, food finally arrived, not so good. We never saw the real restaurant so I can't say what it looked like. We were "isolated."

Provider: Independent Operator

Piccolopower

2 reviews

We hired TJ Travel, and went with a group of 14. LOVED IT. Pick a tour that does everything, you won't regret it. Yes, it is expensive -- but well paced and lunch for us was wonderful -- Borsht, Mincemeat crepes in mushroom sauce, dessert/and Stroganoff and mashed potatoes the next day. It seems odd, but don't miss the subway. Rained the first day, but didn't really matter, between the bus and the indoor venues. Our favorite port!

Provider: Independent Operator

Ellen in State College PA

1 review

Shopping opportunities with Princess are shops that are tacky in the basement of a row house. Nevsky Prospect is busy and main shopping street but buildings are really rundown everywhere. A real eye opener to see this city.

Provider: Princess Cruises

txtonc

2 reviews


Provider: Oceania Cruises

AgouraTraveler

2 reviews

Our excellent tour guide pointed out several landmarks over the 2 days, including many drab soviet-style buildings. The Peter and Paul Cathedral houses the graves of some tsars, including the family of Nicholas and Alexandra.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Niagara11

1 review

The city tour is excellent!! A great overview of the city. This tour is a must in my estimation. The Russian people can appear to be a dour lot but this can be expected after having been in the soviet union for so long. Our guide explained that they don't smile because they don't know you and are distrustful. They are however very polite. We found St.Petersburg quite safe but were constantly reminded to watch out for pick pockets. We were advised to take close attention to our passports. Good advice. Buy souvenirs ashore they are cheaper than on board ship. Often a third the cost. Use ship's stores after being ashore. Book your tours in advance if you can as you will NOT be allowed off the ship unless you have a visa. Ship's dock is far from town in a highly controlled area.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Mileeny

1 review

The guide gave an excellent commentary.The new port is well equipped and much closer to the city than the old one.We Stopped at Rostral Columns.St Isaacs Cathedral and Church of Spilled Blood for photo stops.We saw Aorara ,Peters cabin,the monument to Peter the Great and lots more. Had a very informative tour of the Peter & Paul Fortress.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

kdub24

1 review

St. Petersburg is so significant in the history of Russia and the former USSR. This was a small tour (25 people) to two small museums, the Kirov, and the Museum of Political History. An intimate look at history.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

rmgjg

1 review

Different sites pointed out to us as we drove to the main building we were to visit. Stopped at the Subway station, & had a short ride. Wonderful mosaics.

Provider: Independent Operator

hehny

3 reviews

The city tour was excellent- we saw all of the major sites with an English speaking tour guide. It was a great way to get an overview of the city.

Provider: Cunard Line

supersecdd

1 review

Saw everything we wanted to see and was able to get off the bus to take pictures too. I'd recommend SPB Tours in St. Petersburg. The Amber Room is magnificent and not to be missed! The inside and outside of the Peterhof Palace is definitely worth seeing. The Church of the Savior is decorated with very tiny mosaics and is very beautiful. Seeing parts of the Hermitage Museum was very interesting, along with the reaction of the ladies guarding each room.

Provider: Independent Operator

Blackrat

1 review

Did a walking tour on the second day at St P. Not bad, one of the only ways you can see the place without a visa

Provider: P&O Cruises

ShaNayNay34

1 review

Our city tour was a bit abbreviated with quick drive by explanations as we had had bus trouble throughout the day causing for a delay as well as having 2 of the people on our tour wandering away at the Peterhof causing for a major delay. SPB is a large city with a lot to see and a LOT of traffic which caused even more of a delay. We had run out of time completely that we were 90 minutes late back to the ship, and didn't stop for souvenir shopping which was also our comfort stop - and the bus drive did not let us use the facility on the bus!!!

Provider: MSC Cruises

Ron Bell

3 reviews

A little disappointed with Russia. all very 'grey' and depressing. A lot of the old style architecture and palces etc were quite spectacular but the locals did not come across as over-friendly. Would not rush to come here again.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

bobby3334

3 reviews

A beautiful city by subway, hydofoil, riverboat, bus, and walking. Great

Provider: Independent Operator

Philip Lowe

1 review

All we could have asked for - brilliant!

Provider: Independent Operator

tcbfast

3 reviews

For all stops in St. Petersburg, used SPB. Leba, our guide was the best guide we have had on a tour in a long time. She was so knowledgeably and even though we did a lot, we never felt rushed or short-changed. The small group made it so easy to both hear what she said AND to make some extra stops or extend things a bit on some things. And we just breezed by some of the large Princess tour groups.

Provider: Independent Operator

oht

1 review

Tour guide not very knowledgeable.

Provider: Crystal Cruises

iceclutz

1 review

St. Petersburg was amazing. Book a tour with a private company (SPb, TJ, Denrus, Alla). There are several companies and they all offer the same deal, same vehicles, etc. We literally followed each other around both days from venue to venue. The advantage over the ship's excursion is that it is much smaller (16 people max), less waiting in lines, a more complete itinerary, and longer days of touring. They also handle the visa, which is included in the fee. This is important, since you cannot get off the ship without one and they are expensive. The cruise line will try and tell you that you must book with them to get the visa, but that is incorrect. The tour guides are waiting right at the pier, and it is very simple to find them. They don't even ask for payment until the 2nd day.

Provider: Independent Operator

HACKT

8 reviews

St Petersburg -- Definitely the highlight of the trip and a gorgeous city! Again lucky on weather -- sunny and temps in high 60's. We booked a two-day "moderate" tour with SPB Tours -- I read about them in earlier reviews and booked the tour online. They are a better value for the money in my opinion -- we would have used them in Berlin except we wanted the train. If you want a tour at every port, they also offer a multi-city package for a good price, but we wanted to go on our own at the other stops. The two days in St Pete were lengthy but outstanding -- we saw all the major sites. The city is beautiful and you will want to spend both days sightseeing. Russia uses rubles but we got by with credit cards for lunch and shopping and tipped with dollars or euros.

Provider: Independent Operator

movingarchitect

1 review

INteresting but repeated by the 'walking tour'. The trip was supposed to be 4 hours but we ended up at a 'souvenir shop' which we thought was a waste of time - they were filling in time as they get money taken off their charges if they get back to the ship early

Provider: P&O Cruises

movingarchitect

1 review

St Petersburg was explored via 4 ½ day trips (we tried to be on board for between 1 -- 1.5 hours to use the facilities and have lunch. The first day we had a coach tour of the sites followed by the Hermitage in the afternoon (guided with radio linked headphones) Day 2 was a trip to Catherine palace followed by a walking tour (again radio linked headphones). The mistake we made was that the coach trip and walking tour were almost identical. Forget the coach trip and say do a river cruise and visit something else. All was paid for as part of the trips although to see the inside of the Church of the Spilt Blood they said you needed cash but the ticket office should would accept credit cards. (We were misinformed about this but changed 25 Euros for cash at the market opposite -- I just asked a stall holder if she would change some Euros rather than buy something for the change -- but try the credit card first). Otherwise all tours were very good

Provider: P&O Cruises

geekguy1

7 reviews

A good overview of one of the great cities of the world.

Provider: Independent Operator

KenCT

1 review

The second day in St Petersburg, I took the ship's walking and subway tour. It's the kind of thing that I'd prefer to do on my own, but no visa; no independent travel in Russia. This tour was as well organized and informative.

Provider: Princess Cruises

financesec

1 review

Did the bus ride around the city, and pretty much saw everything. We did a stop at the Metro and took the train one stop and back. Not to be missed. Their subway system is beautiful. Also, separate from the independent tour, we took the cruise the first evening. Really enjoyed it.

Provider: Independent Operator

ivanchemist

2 reviews

St. Petersburg explains why the serfs revolted -- just look at all the gold and realize how the city (younger than my home town of Philadelphia) was built. A once in a lifetime experience, two days touring left us exhausted. My wife and I "trained" for six months prior to the cruise (treadmill, dieting), and it was absolutely worth it. St. Petersburg -- by cruise ship or land tour, is a must place to visit. One last overall comment -- get a good camera, portable but with a fast lens (lots of places are no flash), and learn how to use it !

Provider: Independent Operator

gzerovti

2 reviews

The city tour formed part of the day tour including Catherine Palace. Absolutely spectacular driving around the very hectic city.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

John Bull

4 reviews

The high-spot of any Baltic cruise. Like other cruise lines, P&O's literature craftily gives the impression that an expensive personal visa is needed unless you take a ship's tour -- not so, pre-booked tours with local tour operators have that same visa-waiver status and a personal visa is only required by those leaving the ship totally independently. We'd booked a 2-day tour with Alla, a dozen of us (16-seater minibus) having gotten together with help from cruisedot & cruise critic's Roll Calls and from Alla. We had plenty of time at all the important sights and a number of minor ones - incl our namesake battle-cruiser Aurora, whose guns signalled the start of the 1917 revolution. A varied & interesting couple of days, with super guide Julia. We also fitted in an evening folklore show. Hardly "culture", it's unashamedly for tourists, but the quality of song, dance & costume was excellent, plus plenty of subtle humour & audience participation. A great port from start to finish, despite warm & sunny weather turning grey & wet during the second day

Provider: Independent Operator

SFO-F/A

6 reviews

I booked TJ Travel's All St Petersburg Highlights 2 day tour. This was highlight number two on our Baltic Cruise. Everything was handled perfectly before hand online with TJ Travel. All documents ready for arrival. 12 of us joined Alex for two day tours that included a hydrofoil trip to Peterhof, guided tours of the gardens, 2 sit down Russian lunchs, Catherine's Palace, Church of Spilled Blood, St Issac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, a Neva River cruise with champagne, early entrance to the Hermitage, a city tour by bus, and Yusupov Palace. We were also give about a half hour for shopping on our second day. A port I will never forget with a tour company that was outstanding.

Provider: Independent Operator

chileno first time cruise

1 review

Part of our two day all inclusive tour. A mixture of bus and walking to see a cross section of highlights. Traffic is pretty congested but we managed to keep to schedule

Provider: Princess Cruises

slix1

2 reviews

Super. Venice of the North is a good title for this city.

Provider: Independent Operator

Bonica Rose

1 review

Two-day excursion which included city tour (ended up going on the same route and seeing the same buildings and monuments several times over). The amount of history, culture, and art here is overwhelming. There was a great deal of time wasted waiting in line outside of palaces and museums. Once inside, it felt rushed. There was not enough time to enjoy any of the art. Although I resented the extra fees to be allowed to take photos and video inside each attraction, I was glad that I did because now I can at least look at some of the art at my own pace. I cannot understand why no photos were allowed in the amber room or inside Peterhoff's. This was perhaps a good way to be introduced to St. Petersburg but if I ever return, I would prefer to book a private excursion (I'm not sure about doing that in the winter to avoid crowds as suggested by the guide).

Provider: Holland America Line

MNDutchGirl

5 reviews

Our private tour with 14 people, a guide and driver was efficient and very well organized.

Provider: Independent Operator

jimlaneart

4 reviews

St. Petersburg is a study in contrasts, tsarist extravagance juxtaposed with communist sameness, even ugliness. The city is probably the most beautiful in Russia. My wife took the Neva River cruise, I did the fortress, the Hermitage, Catherine's Palace, and the Peterhof Palace. I could have spent a couple more days there. See the first day of my tour on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/jPckUiVeIA4

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

rgarick

1 review

Brief morning panoramic tour of the city with spb tours---excellent tour guide and driver who navigated easily through the streets of St Petersburg and along highways.....Subway stop was not really necessary but they enjoy showing it off! Lunch stop was ("meat" pies) and drinks- actually quite tasty!

Provider: Independent Operator

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