St. Petersburg Private Tour Excursion Reviews

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.
We went with Denrus who were excellent.
We went with Denrus who were excellent. Our guide, Nadya was very knowledgeable and, as there were only 6 of us in a minibus we were able to move around easily, which was especially welcome in the Hermitage which was full of groups of ... Read More
We went with Denrus who were excellent. Our guide, Nadya was very knowledgeable and, as there were only 6 of us in a minibus we were able to move around easily, which was especially welcome in the Hermitage which was full of groups of about 50. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our 2-day tour - for just the 2 of us - led by Elena of Red October was how all these shore ...
Our 2-day tour - for just the 2 of us - led by Elena of Red October was how all these shore excursions should be! The pace was perfect, with our guide AVOIDING the horrendous bus/cruise crowds as much as possible. Elena was extremely ... Read More
Our 2-day tour - for just the 2 of us - led by Elena of Red October was how all these shore excursions should be! The pace was perfect, with our guide AVOIDING the horrendous bus/cruise crowds as much as possible. Elena was extremely well-informed, answered our every question, and tailored the tour to our needs and interests. We saw all of the "must-sees" in St. Petersburg, and also a bit more of what was really important to my husband and myself (ie almost 4 hours in the Hermitage, Swan Lake, etc) Obviously Viking cannot do their included excursions individually, but all effort should be made to approach the excellence we experienced here - at least Viking excursions should not become part of the problem (of the obnoxious, pushy mega-groups)! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
I cannot thank T J Tours enough for making a most memorable experience for us on our two day tour ...
I cannot thank T J Tours enough for making a most memorable experience for us on our two day tour of St Petersburg.Our tour guide Ellen was very knowledgable and spoke very good English.They also provided a wheelchair and a pusher for the ... Read More
I cannot thank T J Tours enough for making a most memorable experience for us on our two day tour of St Petersburg.Our tour guide Ellen was very knowledgable and spoke very good English.They also provided a wheelchair and a pusher for the two days which helped me enjoy the sights while they pushed my husband in the wheelchair.He has walking difficulty's so he would not have been able to enjoy the tour if it had not been for them.They made our holiday once again Thankyou Tatiania ,Ellen the driver and the two lovely guys who helped my husband. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A terrific tour organised by Irina of White Nights Travel - strongly recommend.
A terrific tour organised by Irina of White Nights Travel - strongly recommend. They were nothing but helpful and informative from start to finish, and it was lovely to feel so unrushed.
A terrific tour organised by Irina of White Nights Travel - strongly recommend. They were nothing but helpful and informative from start to finish, and it was lovely to feel so unrushed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Tour guide, Sergei, was extremely knowledgeable.
Tour guide, Sergei, was extremely knowledgeable. Got us past the long lines at Peterhof palace. Really had a great visit.
Tour guide, Sergei, was extremely knowledgeable. Got us past the long lines at Peterhof palace. Really had a great visit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider:
Great commentary by the guide.
Great commentary by the guide.
Great commentary by the guide. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Brilliant 2 day private tour taking in pretty much everything on the to do checklist
Brilliant 2 day private tour taking in pretty much everything on the to do checklist
Brilliant 2 day private tour taking in pretty much everything on the to do checklist Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Experience was very good.
Experience was very good. Traveling with smaller groups makes it more personal.
Experience was very good. Traveling with smaller groups makes it more personal. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Overall very good but the guide's english wasn't great and the two lunches were very bad.
Overall very good but the guide's english wasn't great and the two lunches were very bad. Being that it was just my wife and I, we hoped we would go to a small place for lunch. Instead we were taken to large hall with other ... Read More
Overall very good but the guide's english wasn't great and the two lunches were very bad. Being that it was just my wife and I, we hoped we would go to a small place for lunch. Instead we were taken to large hall with other tours and given a table for two with terrible food. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
our guide was History major and shared a wealth of history on Romanov family and Russia
our guide was History major and shared a wealth of history on Romanov family and Russia
our guide was History major and shared a wealth of history on Romanov family and Russia Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We went on private tour with TJ Travel to visit all of the major sight seeing place in St.
We went on private tour with TJ Travel to visit all of the major sight seeing place in St. Petersburg. In addition, we also visit the Metro station.
We went on private tour with TJ Travel to visit all of the major sight seeing place in St. Petersburg. In addition, we also visit the Metro station. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We had an excellent and informative 2 days.
We had an excellent and informative 2 days. While it was exhausting, it was so interesting. I had no idea how beautiful St. Petersburg was!
We had an excellent and informative 2 days. While it was exhausting, it was so interesting. I had no idea how beautiful St. Petersburg was! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Simply the best.
Simply the best. Personal, reliable, informative, friendly, cleverly organised tour. St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities we've ever seen. Unforgettable.
Simply the best. Personal, reliable, informative, friendly, cleverly organised tour. St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities we've ever seen. Unforgettable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Saw all the famous highlights of St Petersburg in a private tour, which was nice, though our tour ...
Saw all the famous highlights of St Petersburg in a private tour, which was nice, though our tour guide not very flexible and felt compelled to impart every historical detail she knew (it seemed). Visited the artillery museum, very likely ... Read More
Saw all the famous highlights of St Petersburg in a private tour, which was nice, though our tour guide not very flexible and felt compelled to impart every historical detail she knew (it seemed). Visited the artillery museum, very likely the highlight of the entire cruise for my 11 yo son. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Mercedes with driver plus a tour guide.
Mercedes with driver plus a tour guide. Money well spent.
Mercedes with driver plus a tour guide. Money well spent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We booked the 2 day Grand tour with Alla Tours because they were a lot cheaper, had excellent ...
We booked the 2 day Grand tour with Alla Tours because they were a lot cheaper, had excellent reviews, and much smaller groups (max 16 people). We paid $300 & $45 tips for the 2 days which was worth every cent. We left later on the ... Read More
We booked the 2 day Grand tour with Alla Tours because they were a lot cheaper, had excellent reviews, and much smaller groups (max 16 people). We paid $300 & $45 tips for the 2 days which was worth every cent. We left later on the first day to avoid being held up in customs (only took 10 mins). We did an hour city tour with photo stops. Then went to Yusopov Palace where Rasputin was lured to and killed- beautiful inside. Next St Peter & Paul Fortress where the Romanov family is buried. Taken to a Russian restaurant for a 3 course lunch with wine or beer. In afternoon went on Hydrofoil to Peterhof and walked around the lower and upper gardens with their amazing fountains. Photos don't do this justice. Drove back and paid for tour at a souvenir shop. 2nd day started at 7.30 as straight through customs. Visited a subway then 1 hour canal trip. Went into Hermitage Museum at 9.40 before the public are allowed in at 10.30. Stunning and interesting. Visited Church of the Spilled Blood and St Isaacs Cathedral. Drove to Catherine's Palace and the famous Amber room - unbelievable building. Then back to ship. This was a full 2 days with Elena who was so knowledgable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A 2 day full on tour in a 16 seat minibus.
A 2 day full on tour in a 16 seat minibus. Early entrance to avoid the crowds in the Hermitage, we virtually had the place to ourselves. Our guide Sergey was very knowledgeable and very proficient in English. This was 2 days full on, with ... Read More
A 2 day full on tour in a 16 seat minibus. Early entrance to avoid the crowds in the Hermitage, we virtually had the place to ourselves. Our guide Sergey was very knowledgeable and very proficient in English. This was 2 days full on, with an early 7:15am start on the second day.The tour was "Splendour of St Petersburg, and took in, Hermitage, St Isaacs Cathedral, Catherines Palace, Museaum of St Peter and Paul Fortess, Yusupovs Palace, the Amber Room, Peterhof, Alexanders Palace, a hydrofoil ride, visit to the St Petersburg Metro. The sights were breathtaking and the two days completely changed my perspective of the modern day Russian people. The ride on the Metro still had the Cold War era symbols and monuments, a sight of what Russia once was. An excellent experience, expensive, but worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Before you book with the big operators, you may want to look at the Tours By Locals website.
Before you book with the big operators, you may want to look at the Tours By Locals website. We had a fantastic guide - Irina K and she provided an intimate, personal tour in St P.
Before you book with the big operators, you may want to look at the Tours By Locals website. We had a fantastic guide - Irina K and she provided an intimate, personal tour in St P. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
TJ Tours EXCELLENT.
TJ Tours EXCELLENT. The only way to go. They handle everything including visa, driver, English speaking guide, etc! Look no further.
TJ Tours EXCELLENT. The only way to go. They handle everything including visa, driver, English speaking guide, etc! Look no further. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We booked our 2 day Grand Tour with Alla Tours for two main reasons – 1) much cheaper than tours ...
We booked our 2 day Grand Tour with Alla Tours for two main reasons – 1) much cheaper than tours from the ships & they covered more places 2) much smaller groups.The ship’s tours can have 50 people on them, whereas Alla has a ... Read More
We booked our 2 day Grand Tour with Alla Tours for two main reasons – 1) much cheaper than tours from the ships & they covered more places 2) much smaller groups.The ship’s tours can have 50 people on them, whereas Alla has a maximum of 20 & we had 14 on our tour. It cost $300 each for 2 days +$45 for tips. Alla arranged it so that we didn’t leave until after the main rush so that it didn’t take us ages to go through immigration on the first day. The second day there isn’t that problem, so we started at 7.30am the second day. The first day we looked at St Isaacs church on the outside & then took a ride on the subway. Yusupov Palace, beautiful, travelled by hydrofoil to Peterhof & walked around the lower fountain gardens & Upper Gardens which were spectacular. Continued to The Tsars Village (Tsarskoe Selo) & Catherine’s Palace & the fabulous Amber room.Day two we visited a little farmers market, stopped by Kazan cathedral, took an hour’s boat ride on the canals which was delightful, 2 hours in the Hermitage, lunch at the Metropole hotel, visited the Church of the Spilled Blood where the wall paintings were breath-taking & then St Isaac’s cathedral. The latter is huge in every way & the decoration is fantastic. Last stop was St Peter & Paul Fortress, cathedral & Mint. It was a very full 2 days, but so good. Excellent guide named Marina.I did buy some attractive wooden Christmas tree decorations like onion dome churches.Total spending per person for 2 days was $345 = £215 in August 14. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
As a former travel agency owner with 20 years experience in group travel and tour operators I know ...
As a former travel agency owner with 20 years experience in group travel and tour operators I know a good tour company and good guides. Alex's Tour & Travel is SUPERB! Alex arranged 3 entire days for us and there was not a single ... Read More
As a former travel agency owner with 20 years experience in group travel and tour operators I know a good tour company and good guides. Alex's Tour & Travel is SUPERB! Alex arranged 3 entire days for us and there was not a single misstep or problem. We saw everything as promised, with personalized service, flexibility, fun and had the most knowledgeable and amazing guide! Everything was perfect and beyond our expectations. Our group left the city with greater knowledge of and a deeper appreciation for the city than we ever could have acquired as part of a large group on a motorcoach. All the pre trip planning and communication was extremely timely and responsive. I can't imagine seeing St Petersburg any other way. And our 3 day tour with private guide and car/driver was no more expensive than the 3 day tour offered by the cruise line! Don't let the company name fool you; Alex's Tour & Travel is THE BEST. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
we arranged for a private 3-day group tour through Alla Tours.
we arranged for a private 3-day group tour through Alla Tours. It was wonderful. There were a total of 10 of us from the ship, which was a perfect number. The ship was scheduled to dock at 8:00 am. We met our guide at 8:45 am the first ... Read More
we arranged for a private 3-day group tour through Alla Tours. It was wonderful. There were a total of 10 of us from the ship, which was a perfect number. The ship was scheduled to dock at 8:00 am. We met our guide at 8:45 am the first day. Because we did a private tour, we did not have to get Russian visas. We only had to show our tour tickets and passports. Immigration was very quick – less than 5 minutes. We started the day with a tour of the city. Some things on the itinerary had to be changed a bit because they were running the SPB marathon this day and there were road closures and more traffic than expected. We had a photo stop at St. Isaac’s cathedral then went to the Church of the Spilled Blood. Amazing. We were there right when it opened and our tour guide expertly put us at the front of the line. We had lunch included and the service was horrible. We were the last table served, when food came out, it was not hot. We were supposed to have 1 hr for lunch but it took between 1:30 – 1:45. After lunch we went to the Russian Museum for 1.5 hours. Then it was to the Peter and Paul fortress, with a visit inside the church and a 45 min boat ride to wrap up the day. We then went to a souvenir shop to shop and pay for the tour. We had 35 min here. We were a bit late due to traffic issues and were back at the boat at 5:40 pm. I should note there are some nice souvenir stores in the pier. Prices here were very similar to what we found throughout the city. Sunrise was at 4:39 am, sunset 11:24 pm. Some passengers went to the ballet or a folk show this night. There was a very nice hot buffet in the Crystal Cove that started at 11:30 for those returning since they missed dinner on the ship to do this. Day 2 – started at 8:00 am. We drove to Peterhof for a tour inside and a 1 hour walk through the fountains / gardens. We were there right as they turned the fountains on. We then had lunch. It was much better than yesterday with much quicker service. Then we drove to Catherine’s Palace for a tour inside and a walk through the gardens. We were back at the pier at 5:00 pm. Sunrise was 4:40 am, sunset was 11:23 pm. Many ship passengers went to Moscow this day. For those who went, they left the ship at 7:15 am and returned at midnight. The ship had a very nice hot buffet in the Cove that started at 11:30 pm or midnight for those who went to either Moscow or to the Ballet. Day 3 – We left the ship at 9:00 am and the day started with admission to the Hermitage. We had about 2.5 hours to tour. Even with the special early admission, the museum was very busy and crowded. We then had a very nice lunch right next to the square outside the Hermitage. After lunch we went to St. Isaac’s cathedral for our inside visit, since we were not able to get in the first day. Then we went to Yusupov palace. We made our guide cut our visit short here because we were nervous about getting back to the ship, given the traffic, and most of us wanted to do some more shopping. We were back at the pier at 4:40 pm. All aboard was 5:30 pm and we sailed at 5:50 pm (early – scheduled at 6:00 pm). Sunrise was 4:41 am and sunset was 11:22 pm. We sent clocks back 1 hour. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
Our TJ Travel guide was knowledgeable, spoke good English, answered all our questions
Our TJ Travel guide was knowledgeable, spoke good English, answered all our questions
Our TJ Travel guide was knowledgeable, spoke good English, answered all our questions Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Wonderful local guides, different on each day, who supplied visa without effort and gave wonderful ...
Wonderful local guides, different on each day, who supplied visa without effort and gave wonderful experience of this gem of a city.
Wonderful local guides, different on each day, who supplied visa without effort and gave wonderful experience of this gem of a city. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises