A private tour is the best way to see St. Petersburg, moving at your own speed with your own guide. Prepare to see it all, from the world famous Hermitage Museum to the impressive variety of palaces and cathedrals that bespeckle the former Russian Capital.
Very knowledgeable guide, and a well planned tour. We visited the Hermitage, Peterhoff, many monuments and public places, the Metro, a boat trip around the city and two great lunches in local restaurants.
Our tour included the Peter & Paul Fortress, the Church on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum and various palaces on the first day. She also took us to a good souvenir shop where we got vodka samples, and to a restaurant for lunch that was very "authentic" Russian. On the 2nd day, we had booked a separate canal cruise through the same company, but we were the only 2 people who had booked it, so the Operator send a private car and guide at our disposal all day!! The canal & river cruise were a nice change from the bus, and then our guide took us to different experiences, such as a ride on a public bus and to a local famous grocery market.
Highly recommend Guide Guru. Three day small group tour of 6 for $275 per person. Excellent tour guide and driver. Unexpected wifi on van was a nice surprise. Highly recommend small group to tour St Petersburg as this makes moving through crowds and the city much easier. Small groups also offer greater flexibility and the ability to do more.
Tour was based on the specific interest of our group. City highlights panormaic tour with inside visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood. The museum of Soviet Aracade Machines, Maket Russia Museum (HO gauge trains), Hermitage, shopping department store and local grocery stores, Vodka museum and lunch along with lunch on day one at local restaurant (supurb food).
Before leaving home we booked a 2 day tour with TJ Travel In St Petersburg, Russia. It was fabulous. Our guide, Viktoria, was marvelous, spoke great English and was so informative as she took us around the city over 2 days to visit the Hermitage, Faberge Museum, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace, Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral, Spilled Blood Church, St. Isaac's. She knew how to avoid some of the crowds and guided our group of 10 to a great lunch option. Transportation was on a comfortable Mercedes 16 passenger bus. It was a great 2 days, and I highly recommend TJ Travel.
We had the extreme privilege of being guided on our tour by a young man named Mikhail whose day job is actually as an art historian at the Hermitage. It was a 2 day tour jam-packed each day with 8 hours of information from this brilliant man on all the antiquities and history of Peterhof, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Fountain Park, Tsars Village, Catherine Palace, the Hermitage Museum WOW!, and Church of the Spilt Blood. Outstanding tour. How we lucked out getting Mikhail as our guide I'll never know.
The highlight of the entire cruise. We booked a 2 day St Petersburg grand tour. $285 + tips. We booked on line and emailed them our passport information. They were waiting at the pier with a 16 passenger Mercedes bus. We took a ride on the subway and then visited Yusupovs palace traveled by bus to Catherine palace including the amber room and the park. We then went to Peterhof with its amazing fountains and gardens. We took a hydrofoil ride back to the city where our driver met us. On the second day we took a boat ride in the city then an early entry into the Hermitage. Lunch at an amazing restaurant then Church on the blood, St. Peter and Paul fortress, St Isaac cathedral. And many more stops. Our guide and driver were amazing at avoiding the crowds.
I did a private culinary tour with a company I found online and while pricey, it was worth every penny. Had a great guide in Ilya. I joked to folks that he didn't shut up the entire time but he was a weath of knowledge and had a great personality. He'd spent a couple years in CO and spoke perfect English. We saw a ton of stuff and I thoroughly enjoyed his company and choice of restaurants and dishes. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. St-Petersburg-Essentialguide.com
We booked with MaxiBalt tours who were exxcellent. We did a two day tour with 11 people with ages ranging from 11-67. We all loved it. We saw The Amber room, Neva River Cruise, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherines Palace, Church of the spilled blood, Hermitage Palace and Peterfof Palace. I would recommend MaxiBalt tours as they picked us up on time and got us back to the ship on time. Did everything we wanted to do and the lines in most of the places were enormous and if we hadnt been in a private group we would have been waiting hours and hours and hardly seen anything. Anna our guide was out of this world. Her knowledge was beyond belief. Alexi the owner was very fast communicating and getting the tour organised.
Great two day tour with wonderful 12 person group from the ship. Tour guide was so friendly and it was great to get her views on the world. The pace was perfect and we would highly recommend. St. Petersburg is absolutely beautiful!
Our tour guide Marina did an excellent job. I could highly recommend her and Alla Tours. She was so knowledgeable about all things Russia it was impressive. We did the 3 day St Petersburg tour. She kept the group on track and moving through all the "must be seen" high points of each place visited Hermitage, Peterhov, Church of the Spilled Blood. We also had a nice boat ride around the city and rode on the subway. We had lunch each day at really nice restaurants.
We took the 3 day deluxe tour as a private tour for 2. We spent a fabulous 3 days in St Petersburg with our guide Olga B and driver Max. We saw everything on SPBs small group tour plus had early access to places, skipped to the front of the line at others and saw everything without the crowds. Saw churches and other sights that the larger groups can't go into. Great lunches. Loved this tour!
Our guide Ivan was excellent. They managed to fit the Hermitage, the Fabrege and multiple churches and a boat tour into one jam packed day that hit all the high points, missed the crowds, avoided the traffic and made the day memorable.
Unfortunately missed our first day in port due to poor weather but SPB were brilliant and ensured we made the most of the time we had there. We were a small group of 14 and so they could be flexible and adapt the day to suit. We managed to do river trip, Hermitage, Church of the spilled Blood, St Isaac's, Hydrofoil, Peterhof gardens. subway ride and farmers market plus good lunch. We were out from 8am to 7pm so very long tiring day in the pouring rain but still the highlight of the cruise.
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