Private Guide and Vehicle - Full Day (Visas Included)
This tour includes a vehicle with an English-speaking guide, and is 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 include a designated driver. Guests are not permitted to operate the vehicle.
Private vehicle bookings do not include entrance fees, meals, parking fees or tolls, refreshments or gratuities.
The type of vehicle used will be determined by the number of guests booked for the tour. The guide and driver will occupy the front seats. Groups of 2 passengers will be accommodated by car, groups of up to 12 passengers will be accommodated by minivan, and groups of up to 44 passengers will be accommodated by bus.
Please 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.
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.
This tour includes a private driver and vehicle, and does not have a set itinerary so that you may plan your own day. There is no set itinerary, guests are responsible for securing their own attraction tickets for the day of the tour. Some tickets may sell out and may not always be available on the day of the tour. 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: Bill and Willa Poon
Yulia Chebotar was our tour guide, and Andrew was the driver. Yulia gave us the option of Peterhof Grand Palace which is an outside city tour or the city center tour which is about 5 hours long. This included a rest break of an hour at Abpoba, a souvenir shop that provides free washrooms, hot/cold drinks and biscuits. We had 2 hours free time to have lunch. We wanted authentic regional food, Yulia choose Restoran Yat for us. Superb! The private bus sits 22, which was very comfortable for our small group of 5. Our group wanted to experience a tank adventure which is located 1.5 hours outside the city. As we did not make prior arrangements with the tank operator, Yulia was able to make contact and set up an arrangement, but due to the distance and time required, we chose to just keep the city tour. We were impressed that she was able to make arrangements in such a short time. I highly recommend booking with Shore Excursions as it is amazingly more economical than with the ship.
Reviewer: John Butler
Our guide, Adele, did an excellent job of organizing a route that included all the specific places we wanted to visit and she also adding a few lesser known places which we thoroughly enjoyed. Overall it was an excellent day.
Reviewer: David S.
Our tour guide Sergei was very friendly and knowledgeable. He spoke English well and accommodated the varying interests and needs of our large group of 9, including an infant and a toddler. We had a very full day of sightseeing including Peterhof and the Hermitage impressionist collection. Sergei and our driver made sure that we arrived back at the ship on time.
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!