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Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg provided by TJ Travel

Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
20h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    20h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Infant seats available
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 20h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 20h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21901P11
Important information
Inclusions
  • Services of a professional guide for two days
  • Driver’s services for two days (comfortable (Mercedes) minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ pp)
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Bottled water for each day
  • Earphones
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - Neva Embankments
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Yusupov Palace on Moika River
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch expenses
Duration
20h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Marine Facade
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please, make sure to print it out before you set off. (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation)
  • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Not recommended for guests with back problems
  • No special dress code
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
  • Your blanket visa requires you to be accompanied by a guide at all times
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note the boat ride is not private
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Services of a professional guide for two days
  • Driver’s services for two days (comfortable (Mercedes) minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ pp)
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Bottled water for each day
  • Earphones
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - Neva Embankments
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Yusupov Palace on Moika River
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch expenses
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Marine Facade
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
20h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please, make sure to print it out before you set off. (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation)
  • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Not recommended for guests with back problems
  • No special dress code
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
  • Your blanket visa requires you to be accompanied by a guide at all times
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note the boat ride is not private
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Park And Gardens of Peterhof
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Catherine Palace and Park
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Neva Embankments
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    The State Hermitage Museum
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Yusupov Palace on Moika River
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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pumble21
Joao Pessoa, PB4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This is the 1st review I have ever written.. that is how impressed we were by the outstanding trip and service from TJ Travel. We were a group of 7 with 3 teenagers who had no interest in long museum or cathedral visits. Ksenia spoke English fluently and was friendly and entertaining, and so knowledgable. TJ designed a tour specifically for us, with the teens in mind... we took them to the Hermitage, Palaces, Cathedrals and famous sights, zipping straight to particular rooms so they wouldn't get bored. TJ also included a trip to the Kunstkamera for them which was the highlight as they got to see real life mutants, as well as a boat trip. We packed in more in the 2 days than any other tour we have ever heard of, and Ksenia took us to traditional Russian restaurants for lunch on both days, that were both delicious and cheap. She was also happy to divert so that the boys could take their selfies at the football stadium.
Originally we were going to get visas and tour ourselves as the teens would get bored on the ship's excursions (which were also ridiculously expensive). However getting a visa was expensive and a difficult process, so we wrote to the top 3 companies who were able to take visitors without a visa. A Russian friend had given us a list of sights and TJ came back with exactly what we had asked for, with a price that was cheaper than it would have been to get the visas. They also replied immediately to all my many emails. All entrance fees were paid, and we skipped the long queues everywhere. We did not need guides either because Ksenia was so knowledgable about everywhere we visited.
Anyone with teens knows how hard it is to keep them focussed on cultural trips, and 2 out of the 3 said Russia was their favourite port of the whole cruise. High praise for Ksenia and TJ indeed!
My husband's cousin lives in St Pete and could not believe the amount of places we had visited in 2 days, double the amount of the ship's tours, and at half the cost. We cannot thank TJ and Ksenia enough.
Written 3 December 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your feedback. Here at TJ travel we work very hard to make your stay is as marvelous as possible. The true reward for us are your positive comments about our work. Our team of managers, guides and drivers are one of the best in business. Our guides are very passionate about their work and this is the most important. We are glad to know that Ksenia was such a great match for you! We are glad to know you liked your tour! There is so much more to see in St Petersburg and we hope to meet you again! Best regards, TJ Travel
Written 27 December 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Barry H
West Palm Beach, FL45 contributions
Jul 2019
We were on a Baltic Cruise on the Seabourn Ovation. In Russia, you need a Visa, but if you go on a tour, they take care of it for you. The ship did have comprehensive 2 and 3 day tours, but we really wanted to do a private tour to customize and personalize our experience and have more flexibility. I am so glad that we found TJ as the experience was outstanding. The communication before the trip in setting up our itinerary was easy (we toured with them on days 1 and 3 and did a tour to Moscow with the ship on day 2). Our tour guide, Elena, met us outside customs and took us to our private Mercedes mini-van with our driver Alexander and off we went. Elena was outstanding: fun, knowledgeable, interesting, sweet and very willing to answer all of our questions about Russia and life in Russia. We crammed a lot in to 2 days but Elena made it easy and pleasurable. I would highly recommend going to Peterhof in the morning by hydrofoil in time to see the fountains turn on. Also, make sure you get the early access tickets to the Hermitage. In fact, we spent more time there and decided to forgo the Faberge museum as we had seen some eggs at the Armory in Moscow. The canal tour is also a must as you see the city from an entirely different perspective. Elena took us to traditional restaurants for lunch, one in St. Petersburg and another in Pushkin near Catherine's Palace. TJ also arrange amazing tickets with transportation to the ballet one night, something that should not be missed. I cannot speak any more highly of Elena and our experience with TJ. Oh and by the way, we did more that the ship tours and it was much less expensive!
Written 6 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

kemty
Stamford, CT7 contributions
Jul 2019
I decided to book a private tour in St. Petersburg because there were 6 (2 parents and 4 young adults) of us and so it was actually less expensive then doing a shore excursion with ship. It was the best decision I made on our trip! I had several questions while booking, and TJ Travel got back to me very quickly. It was easy to meet up with our fantastic guide- Irina- once we arrived in port. She escorted us to our van - which was nice and clean. We then drove around St. Petersburg, and its environs, while she explained what we were seeing, and also patiently answered all of our questions. At the stops we did not have to wait in line - and were whisked through the crowds- which saved much time. We also went to two restaurants - both of which were good. We had a fabulous two-day visit to St. Petersburg - thanks to Irina and TJ Travels! The only thing that I wish we had done was also sign up for an evening excursion. Highly Recommend.
Written 16 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mlnate
Plainsboro, NJ111 contributions
Aug 2019
Hats off both to TJ Travel and to our terrific guide, Nadia Smotkin, for a 2-day private tour of Saint Petersburg. Without question it was the highlight of our glorious Baltic Sea cruise.

First, over the many months of planning this trip, TJ communicated exceptionally well, responding to my questions and emailing substantive replies promptly. The result was a comprehensive itinerary that was customized to our interests. The logistics were carefully planned and included all the most important attractions, as well as some that allowed us to view daily life among the locals, including tasty Russian lunch venues and a visit to the amazing Saint Petersburg subway during rush hour.

Second, and most importantly, I give thanks to our guide, Nadia, and our driver, Igor, for making this such a fun and memorable visit. Aside from Nadia's wealth of knowledge about Russian history, artwork and culture, she is such a delightful person to get to know, always smiling and laughing with funny stories, but at the same time always conscious of time and logistics so that we stayed right on schedule with our 2-day itinerary.

We learned so much in the two days about the land of Russia and the people who live there. Nadia gave us personal examples of daily life in Russia today, as well as during the Soviet period and the Pestroika decade following the collapse of the Soviet Union. So much we didn't know beforehand, but we leave with the impression of a hard-working, but not materialistic people, who have a distinct pride in their country and its legacy of artistic beauty and excellence.

For anyone visiting Saint Petersburg, I highly recommend this company and their terrific guides!
Written 8 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rguth2930
Glendale, AZ347 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Wow, where to begin. Our group of 4 couples, were on a 12 night Baltic cruise, with stops in Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen & St. Petersburg (2 days). I am so glad we found TJ Travel for all of our shore excursions in each port. From day one, this company has been so responsive to all my questions, and so helpful planning all of our private tours. Don't do the ship tours, you get way more on private tours, and this company was the best. We learned so much in each port, and our time in St. Petersburg was beyond awesome. Our guide Michael, was incredible, along with our driver Ivan. They stayed with us for 2 full days and the evening tour. We are still talking about all we saw, the history, incredible palaces, churches. We had no idea what to expect as we had never been in Russia before, but after our 2 days there, we decided this was the best tour we have ever had in any port in 20 plus cruises. I would visit there again if I ever have the opportunity, and I will recommend this company to anyone visiting St. Petersburg or any other Baltic port. They coordinate all tours, and send detailed information on each tour, when to meet, where to meet. They cover it all. In addition to Russia, our guide Kaspar in Helsinki, Julie in Stockholm, Cathy in Copenhagen, Aili in Tallinn, were all experts in their knowledge of each port and we learned so much from each of them. This was a trip of a lifetime, and TJ Travel made it so easy for us. We all feel like we made new friends, along with seeing all we saw, learning about the history of each country, and experiencing the local culture. What an incredible experience we all had, and one we will never, ever forget. If you ever have the opportunity to visit and want excellent private tours, don't walk, RUN to TJ Travel to help you. You will not be disappointed. For us we will never forget what we saw, and friends made along the way. A HUGE THANK YOU for everything.
Written 17 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter S
Sheffield, UK24 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We have just arrived home in the UK having undertaken a 2 day private tour with TJ Travel in St Petersburg. I do not usually post reviews but on this occasion I am making an exception as a result of the outstanding service we received. We were a party of 5 including 2, 81 year olds undertaking an overnight cruise visit to the city. Initial communication was by email and we had a lot of questions. Replies were always prompt usually within 24 hours and written in excellent English. We were reassured of the visa arrangements and that a private tour would best meet our needs as it offered a large degree of flexibility and would be best able to accommodate the needs of our 2 more senior members. We were not disappointed. All the arrangements went smoothly and the services we received from our 2 guides; Svetlana and Elizabeth were excellent from the standard of their English to the knowledge of both the sights and history of their City. Although we arranged a itinerary that provided us with the opportunity to see and experience all the major sights including a trip to the Faberge museum it was flexible enough that Elizabeth was able to source for me a world cup football shirt from the shop of the official sponsor. Nothing appeared to much trouble. Our trip to St Petersburg was wonderful and in large part this was down to the service we received from TJ Travel. I cannot commend them highly enough.
Written 26 June 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michele J
Santa Barbara7 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We did the private tour for two days in St. Petersburg with TJ Travel after arriving from the WindStar cruise ship. So glad we didn't go with the ships excursions as we wouldn't have seen nearly all that we saw with our private guide. It was fantastic to never wait in a line, never be in a big crowd, and being driven around the city with our private driver. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much. I would highly recommend TJ Travel to anyone. Everything was an absolute breeze with them from scheduling, to picking us up each day, and taking us to all the things we wanted to see plus more.
Written 29 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jul 2019 • Couples
While on a 14-day Holland America cruise, my husband, who is a manual wheelchair user, and I booked this tour of St Petersburg through ShoreTrips.com as the shore excursions offered by Holland America are not wheelchair accessible. When we got off the ship upon our arrival in St Petersburg our tour guide, Olga Kozmina and driver, Eugenie Zaitsev were waiting for us. We were greeted warmly and after settling us in the spacious Mercedes Benz van and adjusting the rear seats to comfortably accommodate my husband’s wheelchair, we were off to start our tour. Well, Olga and Eugenie quickly showed themselves to be very professional and absolutely beautiful people who were willing to do whatever was required or requested to make our 2 days in St Petersburg unforgettable! Olga’s knowledge of St Petersburg and desire to share this knowledge and her love for this city with us was absolutely awesome, and Eugenie’s gentle and constant concern and attentiveness to my husband’s needs and excellent driving made it possible for us to immerse ourselves fully in the excitement of being in this absolutely enthralling city! Our 2 days in St Petersburg far exceeded our expectations, thanks to Olga and Eugenie, so much so that not only did we see and experience St Petersburg extensively and learn an incredible amount, but we were also very lucky to share the 2 days with two very kind and generous people whose company we thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you Olga and Eugenie for making our two days in St Petersburg such memorable ones!!
Written 24 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lewbal
Baltimore, Maryland18 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Luckily for us, a friend recommended TJ Travel based on her visit to St. Petersburg. The two-day tour was super-organized, delivered everything exactly as advertised, and was perfect in every way. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and considerate. The driver was excellent. We cannot imagine a better way to explore St. Petersburg. Throughout the exploration pre-booking process and the booking itself, TJ travel was incredibly good about communicating/responding within 24 hours to our emails. Amazingly, our private tour for four cost LESS than a "small-group" tour (25 people) offered by the cruise ship. Don't consider any other tour option. We also used TJ travel for a Berlin tour prior to the ship's departure. Again, everything was perfect. Cannot recommend TJ Travel highly enough!
Written 25 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Debs2458
Glasgow, UK7 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Cannot fault this tour company. Book online and pay on the second day of the tour. Having been on many cruises to St Petersburg, this 2 day tour took in all the sites that you would wish to see there at a fraction of the cost of the cruise liner tours. Small numbers on the tour, earphone technology ensures that you hear and see everything. Knowledgeable staff.
Written 14 September 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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"Superb Experience"
We had the most remarkable tour with TJ Travel. Not only everything was perfect, but we felt, in every instance, th
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excellent
Very good customer service and good experience help customer and work very well no long waiting time Thank you
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Honest and trustworthy!
We had to cancel a 3 day tour through St. Petersburg with TJ Travel because of Covid-19. Although their business wa
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Professional, honest Tour Company
We booked a Tour with T J Travel for May 2020 to see St Petersburg. Unfortunately our cruise was suspended and we
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Good Company to book with
We were booked with TJ Tours to go on a private 2 day shore excursion in July for 1 day Moscow, 1 day St Petesburg
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Excellent
Used Shore Excursions 5 years ago (2015) while on a Celebrity Cruise to the Baltic. Our cruise rep suggested Shor
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The Best Way to see St.Petersburg
We did the two day tour, booking on our Royal Caribbean ship. Tour takes care of visa requirements. Busy schedule
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TJ Travel
Fantastic 2 day tour from a cruise. Highly recommended! By - passed all of the lines ... everything, including Visa
Ray A
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Tour was well organized!!
Wonderful 2 day tour of a beautiful city. We had a great time visiting some amazing and opulent sites.
mizrae
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So Incredibly Edifying!
Daria and her driver were prompt, professional, and courteous. Daria has a background in art education and thus was
christinaf982
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Great two day tour of St. Petersburg
This was the highlight of our cruise!! Dina was FANTASTIC. So glad we did this over the tours offered from the crui
nmlux
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I had a wonderful time in St Pertersburg
Thanks to TJ travel I had a wonderful time in St Petersburg. Svetlana was a wonderful guide and the drivers and the
David E
David E
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Great Guide and So Much History Shared
We would use TJ Travel over and over, our guide was so informed, and were lucky as she was an older guide who lived
Dawn O
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Great Tour
We had a great experience with TJ tours. They picked us up from the cruise port soon after our ship arrived and we
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A wonderful city
Day 2 of our tour was just as full as the first day taking in shopping and a river cruise among lots of other sight