St. Petersburg Amber Room Excursion Reviews

The Amber Room, a gift from the King of Prussia to Czar Peter the Great, is one of the most famous, mysterious, and majestic rooms of Catherine’s Palace in St. Petersburg.
Beautiful, but were not allowed to take pictures in this room.
Beautiful, but were not allowed to take pictures in this room.
Beautiful, but were not allowed to take pictures in this room. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
A huge tick in a box, long days, not really wheelchair friendly.
A huge tick in a box, long days, not really wheelchair friendly. The people of Russia were very friendly. Immigration into the country was easy, not as everyone was led to believe by some of the ships staff
A huge tick in a box, long days, not really wheelchair friendly. The people of Russia were very friendly. Immigration into the country was easy, not as everyone was led to believe by some of the ships staff Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Just fine, Kitschy as hell, not a life changing experience, but you can admire the craftsmanship ...
Just fine, Kitschy as hell, not a life changing experience, but you can admire the craftsmanship anyway.
Just fine, Kitschy as hell, not a life changing experience, but you can admire the craftsmanship anyway. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Costa Cruises
Informative, friendly, small (12 people) and professional .
Informative, friendly, small (12 people) and professional . Olga our guide was amazing and looked after us all very well. She was a mine of information both on St Petersburg and all the places we visited and on the personal side of living ... Read More
Informative, friendly, small (12 people) and professional . Olga our guide was amazing and looked after us all very well. She was a mine of information both on St Petersburg and all the places we visited and on the personal side of living there, as she does. We ate at lovely help yourself restaurants she had found for us, she made sure there were frequent rest room stops if needed and we were provided with hearing boxes which were fantastic making sure we could hear her all the time without having to strain. We got early pre entrance to the Hermitage (for all of us an hour and a half visit was enough!) and she tweaked the tour as needed, traffic and people wise. We didn't queue anywhere we went even St Catherine's (4 hour queue when we were there). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the company and think yourself lucky if you get our lovely Olga, Johan our driver and the quietly efficient and friendly Michael. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Superb and efficient.
Superb and efficient. Humorous tour guide Dina. Best ever. I can't think of a better bargain with such a short time in port. No visa needed, but did not have to deal with the lines at all venues.
Superb and efficient. Humorous tour guide Dina. Best ever. I can't think of a better bargain with such a short time in port. No visa needed, but did not have to deal with the lines at all venues. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent local tour guide with driver in new benz made this visit.
Excellent local tour guide with driver in new benz made this visit. Two days non stop touring - but again, what a busy city with 10 cruise ships in town as they flood the venues. But worth every minute. Go to Hermitage EARLY.
Excellent local tour guide with driver in new benz made this visit. Two days non stop touring - but again, what a busy city with 10 cruise ships in town as they flood the venues. But worth every minute. Go to Hermitage EARLY. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
An interesting place to visit … once.
An interesting place to visit … once. To be honest, amber might be a preciously limited commodity, but it's a bit like visiting a room made of lint balls.
An interesting place to visit … once. To be honest, amber might be a preciously limited commodity, but it's a bit like visiting a room made of lint balls. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Impressive!
Impressive! I love Amber. I would like to sit there alone and read a book. Or have tea.
Impressive! I love Amber. I would like to sit there alone and read a book. Or have tea. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Fantastic, unbelievable city and architecture and historical sites!
Fantastic, unbelievable city and architecture and historical sites! . As we did, highly recommend taking 2 different Princess excursions on the 2 days in St. P. to see everything important (all the sites we've indicated in this ... Read More
Fantastic, unbelievable city and architecture and historical sites! . As we did, highly recommend taking 2 different Princess excursions on the 2 days in St. P. to see everything important (all the sites we've indicated in this review). The more expensive 2-day combined excursion leaves out an important site. Both days include a lunch with entertainment. First day's lunch and ent. were very traditional, 2nd day less so. Also, taking a ship's excursion avoids having to get a visa, which you need if you do a private tour or want to go on your own.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I have to give the ship's tours an A+ here.
I have to give the ship's tours an A+ here. The World Cup was going on--and traffic was thick. Even so, everything was on time, the guides were excellent and we saw a great deal of the high spots of this city. Of course there was ... Read More
I have to give the ship's tours an A+ here. The World Cup was going on--and traffic was thick. Even so, everything was on time, the guides were excellent and we saw a great deal of the high spots of this city. Of course there was much more to see! If you go on the cruise with a group of six or so, it would probably be affordable to do one of the private tours. We were pleased with the group tours. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
Excellent tour group.
Excellent tour group. Fluent in English, very small groups = 4 day one, 6 day two. Hit all the hightlights.
Excellent tour group. Fluent in English, very small groups = 4 day one, 6 day two. Hit all the hightlights. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sadly unable to take photos in the amber room even without a flash!
Sadly unable to take photos in the amber room even without a flash!
Sadly unable to take photos in the amber room even without a flash! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Full on two days, didn't have enough time to do the city justice but what we did fit in was out of ...
Full on two days, didn't have enough time to do the city justice but what we did fit in was out of this world.
Full on two days, didn't have enough time to do the city justice but what we did fit in was out of this world. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Alla Tours had limited groups of 16 people.
Alla Tours had limited groups of 16 people. I think we got to see many things that were not included in ships tour. The Amber Room was incredible and the fact that it had to be replaced after the original room was destroyed by the ... Read More
Alla Tours had limited groups of 16 people. I think we got to see many things that were not included in ships tour. The Amber Room was incredible and the fact that it had to be replaced after the original room was destroyed by the Germans. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The crowds were huge since there were 7 large and two medium size cruise ships in port at the same ...
The crowds were huge since there were 7 large and two medium size cruise ships in port at the same time. Our tour group was only 12, so we were able to keep together and make our way through the Palace without losing anybody.
The crowds were huge since there were 7 large and two medium size cruise ships in port at the same time. Our tour group was only 12, so we were able to keep together and make our way through the Palace without losing anybody. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
we booked an independent tour operator..
we booked an independent tour operator.. best guides.. and were very happy with their service. st. petersberg is a fascinating city and one and a half day is not enough for it. as for the amber room.. gorgeous and stunning
we booked an independent tour operator.. best guides.. and were very happy with their service. st. petersberg is a fascinating city and one and a half day is not enough for it. as for the amber room.. gorgeous and stunning Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was an almost perfect tour.
This was an almost perfect tour. The five of us went with a family of four in a mini-van. If the driver had washed the van windows it would have been much better. We drove by many places worthy of pictures but that was a waste of time as ... Read More
This was an almost perfect tour. The five of us went with a family of four in a mini-van. If the driver had washed the van windows it would have been much better. We drove by many places worthy of pictures but that was a waste of time as the windows were so cloudy. Otherwise our guide was very good and we were pleased. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Glad we saw this- no photos allowed though.
Glad we saw this- no photos allowed though.
Glad we saw this- no photos allowed though. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
There was a problem with our e-tickets, so although we got to Catherine's Palace early, we had to ...
There was a problem with our e-tickets, so although we got to Catherine's Palace early, we had to wait about an hour until we got in. Once inside, the palace was crowded and we were rushed though the rooms.
There was a problem with our e-tickets, so although we got to Catherine's Palace early, we had to wait about an hour until we got in. Once inside, the palace was crowded and we were rushed though the rooms. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Words can't describe this room, simply magnificent.
Words can't describe this room, simply magnificent.
Words can't describe this room, simply magnificent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Absolutely beautiful.
Absolutely beautiful. We hired a private driver from ULKO to take us to dinner in Mansarda. The food was amazing and we have a wonderful table by the window with clear sight of St. Isaac Cathedral. The firework was a blast to watch ... Read More
Absolutely beautiful. We hired a private driver from ULKO to take us to dinner in Mansarda. The food was amazing and we have a wonderful table by the window with clear sight of St. Isaac Cathedral. The firework was a blast to watch during dinner. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Interesting and beautiful, but crowds detracted from the experience
Interesting and beautiful, but crowds detracted from the experience
Interesting and beautiful, but crowds detracted from the experience Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Lindblad Expeditions
Very impressive.
Very impressive. Our tour got in before the public tours. This made it so much nicer as there were lots of crowds when we left.
Very impressive. Our tour got in before the public tours. This made it so much nicer as there were lots of crowds when we left. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We'd seen the history of this room on TV and were really anxious to see it in person.
We'd seen the history of this room on TV and were really anxious to see it in person. It didn't disappoint. The skill needed to carve this room is exceptional; it's hard to take it all in. Gorgeous.
We'd seen the history of this room on TV and were really anxious to see it in person. It didn't disappoint. The skill needed to carve this room is exceptional; it's hard to take it all in. Gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was part of the two day excursion package we booked for St Petersburg.
This was part of the two day excursion package we booked for St Petersburg. All the major sights are absolutely packed with people so don't expect to spend a lot of time standing and admiring the artifacts.
This was part of the two day excursion package we booked for St Petersburg. All the major sights are absolutely packed with people so don't expect to spend a lot of time standing and admiring the artifacts. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line