Private Guide and Vehicle - Full Day
Vehicles with an English-speaking guide, are offered on a full-day (8 hours) basis between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm. For programs outside of that time, an additional supplement applies.
Vehicles are air-conditioned and are provided with a driver . Guests are not allowed to operate vehicle.
Private Vehicle Bookings do not include: Entrance fees, Meals, Parking fees or Tolls, Refreshments or Gratuities.
Type of vehicle used will be determined on number of guests booked. The guide and driver will occupy the front seats.
Note that 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.
Please Note - The visa is only valid for the time you are with your guide. If you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own outside of this tour, you will need to secure an independent visa.
Most museums and palaces including the Hermitage & Peterhof (Monday) Catherine's Palace (Tuesday) St Issac's, Peter and Paul Fortress, Spilled Blood (Wednesday) are closed one day of the week as well as additional days throughout the season (holidays, certain days during the last week of the month. etc.) It is the guest's responsibility to book this service on a day when the sites you wish to see are open, and for the duration required to see them. SEG does not monitor opening days, dates or times and cannot be held responsible for guests booking this service when sites are not available.
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.
Due to administration and immigration restrictions, there will be no refund for programs canceled within 15 days of departure.
Reviewer: Stephen & Donna Lyons
Ekaterina was an exceptional guide! My wife anbd I thoroughly enjoyed the day. She married our wishes with her extraordinary knowledge of St. Petersburg and made it a fun and fact filled day. We would engage her servies again in a heartbeat.
Reviewer: Mel & Mim
The guide Elizabeth and driver Valentine were excellent. They took us to the places we had selected and made some adjustments so that our day and a half was even more than we expected. Their recommendation for a Russian restaurant where we selected local food was excellent. We never felt rushed. Even though it was a bit more expensive than organized tours we could spend as long or as little time as we wanted and could select the rooms in the Hermitage that we were most interested in and we viewed the dungeon in Saint Peter and Paul Fortress which was not part of the regular organized tour. Highly recommended!