St. Petersburg is a marvelous city, featuring many memorable landmarks. This tour provides an overview of St. Petersburg afforded by a private driver, first visiting the Farmer's Market, then seeing the main landmarks like the Winter Tsar's Palace and Church of our Saviour on Spilt Blood. This adventure is followed by a ride on the Underground Metro, then an authentic lunch at a Russian family's home.
Your St. Petersburg tour begins with a relaxing drive around the city. Your English speaking guide will point out all of the highlights, and coloring the landmark with historical background. Simply sit back and enjoy your comfortable car.
A visit to the bustling Farmers Market is the first fun stop, adding an undeniable layer of authenticity to your day. From the market, you'll hop on the Underground Metro, which is an experience, because unlike many urban subways, the stations in St. Petersburg are magnificently adorned, decorated with mosaic stained-glass panels. As well, marble and granite decorate the walls and floors.
Thereafter, you'll visit a Russian home for the chance to chat with the family and ask questions. Enjoy a delicious lunch as stories and experiences of Russian life is shared. Hospitality always creates a comfortable ambiance to any gathering and here, you'll feel right at home. This half day St. Petersburg tour is unforgettable and comes complete with folks you may know well into the future. Don't forget your camera!
Tour includes: English speaking guide; Air-conditioned vehicle; Entry fees as per program; Welcome gift pack; Bottle of water daily; Photo permits; Visas Included visit; Port fees; Local taxes. Metro tokens are not included. The price is $1 US (pay while on tour) An order of sights visited may vary. Highlights: City tour, Family visit, Lunch.
Note: all of our St. Petersburg tours are operated by authorized guides, and you therefore do not need to secure an independent visa in order to participate in this tour. However, in order to book this tour, you must provide us with full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so that our guides can secure the proper tour visas on your behalf. Note also that, if you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own while not accompanied by one of our guides, you will need to secure an independent visa.
Please be aware that cruise lines occasionally mislead passengers by telling them that they are not allowed to disembark the ship in St. Petersburg unless they are on an excursion purchased through the cruise line. In addition, the cruise lines also sometimes tell passengers that they cannot disembark the ship until the passengers on the cruise lines' excursions have done so first. This is incorrect, and you are free to exit the ship as soon as passengers start to disembark because Russian law states that a cruise ship cannot hold passengers onboard against their will as long as they have the proper documents. In order to clear immigration, you will need to bring along: 1) Your passport; 2) A photocopy of the picture page of your passport; and 3) A copy of your tour tickets. We will provide you with your tour tickets as part of the documents we e-mail to you after you make a tour booking.
Reviewer: Barbara Grant
Guide was excellent. Car was clean and had nice ammenities, WIFI, raincoat, bottled water. Tour was customized to our wishes. Shared meal was very good; enjoyed a true cultural experience.