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Private Tours

Suggested programs and all-inclusive rates – the best of St. Petersburg in a couple of days:

1-Day Package

The best choice if you have only one day to visit St. Petersburg or would like an introduction the main sights before you continue to explore on your own.

Price from: $159 per person
(private tour)

Sights to see:

  • City tour
  • The Peter and Paul Fortress
  • The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • The Hermitage Museum

2-Day Package

The best option for 2 day trip:
a wide variety of city sights without the rush and standing in lines.

Price from: $289 per person
(private tour)

Sights to see:

  • City tour
  • The Peter and Paul Fortress
  • The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • The Hermitage Museum
  • Catherine Palace and Amber Room
  • Peterhof Gardens & Palaces

3-Day Package

The best way to enjoy St. Petersburg and its beauty! This tour package features a combination of all the must-see places.

Price from: $399 per person
(private tour)

Sights to see:

  • City tour
  • The Peter and Paul Fortress
  • The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • The Hermitage Museum
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Yusupov Palace
  • Catherine Palace and Amber Room
  • Peterhof Gardens & Palaces

No Russian Visa Required

for cruise ship or ferry passengers arriving to St. Petersburg.
You can choose ANY local authorised travel company (not just cruise ship companies) for Visa-Free Shore Tours.

All you need is your valid passport
and our Tour-Ticket!

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Tailored Tours

See the sights you are interested in most! Whether you’re visiting Saint Petersburg for general sightseeing, a family holiday or something a little more romantic, just let us know your preferences and we’ll help you create your own custom made set of tours and activities!

News & Events

Latest News

How to apply for an electronic visa to St.Petersburg?

Friday, September 27, 2019

The citizens of 53 countries will be able to visit St. Petersburg and its neighboring Leningrad region with a free electronic visa from October 1. On September 27 Russian government passed a law on the issue. This is how it works…

Congratulations St. Petersburg!
Another award to the list!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

This year the city has been awarded twice and collected World Travel Oscars and the titles of “Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination” and “World’s Leading Cultural City Destination”. The double-victory is a great honor for us as in 2018 St. Petersburg competed against the recognized leaders such as Paris, Rome, Venice and Amsterdam.

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Why Us

We provide private city tours, shore excursions and walking tours of St. Petersburg
for groups, individuals and business travellers.
Our itineraries are always planned to meet your interests, budget and pace,
so that you always get the best offer and see more for your money.

  • 14 years  of experience 14 years
    of experience

    We have been providing tour services since 2005. We are one of the most experienced private guide services in St. Petersburg and would be glad to see you among our respected clients.

  • Licensed Tour Service Licensed Tour Service

    We are licensed Tour operator company (RTO 020589) and all our guides are professionals, accredited by local authorities and museums. ensuring you have the best possible tour experience in St. Petersburg. Our professional drivers accompany you throughout your trip in St. Petersburg.

  • Personal Approach & Flexibility Personal Approach & Flexibility

    Our itineraries are planned individually depending on your wishes, budget and party size. If you’re looking for Skip-the-line entrance to St Petersburg’s museums with none of the crowds that normally accompany group-tours then we’re the service for you. Our professional guides combine all this with warm smiles and a personal touch; truly the stuff good memories are made of.

  • No deposit  needed No deposit
    needed

    Payment is made upon arrival, so there are no obligations when you book.
    No credit card fees and we take cash payment in your preferred currency.
    We also offer a full refund in case your plans change (see Terms & Conditions).

  • Visa free   shore excursions Visa free
    shore excursions

    Visiting St. Petersburg is visa-free if you come by cruise ship. If you are a cruise passenger who is interested in taking a shore excursion in our wonderful city, we will take care of all the document formalities to arrange your private St. Petersburg tour.

  • Russian Language Courses Russian Language Courses

    Yet another good reason to visit St. Petersburg – group and individual courses in Russian language with the very best teachers in the heart of St. Petersburg. These courses will help you to better understand the culture and history of St Petersburg and Russia, and maybe even help you discover the famous “Russian soul”.

  • Hotel & Airport transfers Hotel & Airport transfers

    We provide hotel/train station/airport transfers in modern & air conditioned mini-buses and cars. If you book any tour with us, a one-way the transfer is complimentary (not applied for special offers).

  • All-you-might-need Inclusive Service All-you-might-need Inclusive Service

    We provide all the guests with bottled water, city-map, ponchos/umbrellas and welcome sweets. From pick up until departure, we will assist you and help to find the best place for a snack, or lunch, help with booking theatre tickets, answer your call or e-mail, and much more.

Testimonials

  • Rachel C. 1 1/2 day private tour of St Petersburg

    London, UK. Visited August 2019

    1 1/2 day private tour of St Petersburg

    From the very first contact via email with St Petersburg guided tours we knew we were in good hands. We hand picked our tour and our every request was met by Valeria putting together our tour just as we had asked,including a ride on the metro taking in some magnificent stations.
    Olga, our guide & Dmitry, our driver/guide, were informative, relaxed, so knowledgeable and passionate about their city and heritage. During the initial car tour we were filled with the wonder of their city, the architecture, the history, the beauty of this awesome city. None of our questions were taken lightly, they answered us with passion and detail.
    The stunning night time cruise was truly breathtaking- we would recommend a night cruise over the day cruise but try to find a cruiser with tourist information over the speakers- the musician we had on our boat was lovely but we could not really hear Olga talking over the music and we were there primarily to find out about the city!
    The following day Olga made ‘Catherine’ come to life at her palace and we loved how she described the magnificence of the Peterhof ground & the history of the fountains. The stunning views over the Baltic were an added bonus.
    Dmitry was always one step ahead of us – the car was there as soon as we had visited all our destinations to whisk us off to the next one. We did not queue anywhere- Olga confidently striding into each destination with an air of calm authority!
    We cannot express enough how incredible our experience was of St Petersburg and without the input from Olga and Dmitry we would have come away with just the sites as a reminder rather than full of wonder and knowledge.
    Thank you all.

  • Sylvia L. Fabulous Private 2 Day Tour!!!

    San Diego, California. Visited August 2019

    Fabulous Private 2 Day Tour!!!

    “St. Petersburg Guided Tours” provide fantastic customer service with a 5 STAR guide & driver. All questions, prior to trip were answered right away by Valeria via email. We wanted a 2 day customized PRIVATE TOUR for 4 people, including seeing the Grand Choral Synagogue. Valeria was so accommodating in providing exactly what we requested PLUS a fantastic guide, DARIA & great driver, Andrew. These 2 are the best team. We never had to wait in a line, ever! We saw other tour guided waiting in long lines with their tour groups. Daria, was like royalty and got us in right away. In additon, she stayed with us the whole time and explained everything thoroughly, and never appeared disinterested. Andrew always had his Merecedes Van waiting for us when we finished a site. In addition, St. Petersburg Guided Tours provided us the Best Price and I researched multiple Tour Companies. 3 other tour companies did not provide the customer service, price or tour itinerary we wanted. Our first day in St. Petersburg was a 12 hour day, since we wanted to see many sites and do a canal ride. We got to see all sites on list. Did not go to tourist traps that other tour compaines go to. We wanted a quick lunch: Daria did this. Before returning to cruise ship, Andrew stopped at a hotel so our friend could use the WC. So accommodating! Day 2: tour 9:00 am-4:45 pm to be back on the ship by 5:30 pm. We saw everything on wish list with perfect representatives!! Daria, Andrew and Valeria, you were wonderful!

  •  Afaircop. Our best tour ever – highly recommended

    Guildford, UK. Visited July 2019

    Our best tour ever – highly recommended

    We had such a great time – we would love to do it all again.
    We requested for a two day custom tour . Valeria arranged advance skip the q tickets and also the visas. We also left the ship at a leisurely 8.30 whereas the coach tours left at 6.45 am!
    on the first day we met Valeria at the port and then we toured st petersburg by private van and visited the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Cathedral of the saviour of the spilled blood, an exquisite gift shop, had lunch in a traditional pie shop and then went to a Matryoshka workshop to learn to paint our own Russian dolls and then on to the hermitage museum for a grande finale to the day.
    Day 2 we travelled on the metro and saw the opulence of the stations then went on to the Catherine Palace as we especially wanted to see the amber room. After lunching locally we went to see the fountain gardens at Peterhof.
    Throughout our tours Valeria amazed us with the history of St Petersburg and the sites we visited – she was extremely knowledgeable and told us many anecdotes and witty stories which brought the history of the sites to life. We really felt immersed in St Petersburg and its history and enjoyed every moment
    The tour was excellent value (especially compared to the ship tours ) and was perfect for our family.
    Thank-you so much to Valeria and our driver Andrew we hope we can come back and see more.

  • Janice. Three perfect days

    Melbourne, Australia. Visited June 2019

    Three perfect days

    We had a private tour of three days organised by St Petersburg Guided Tours. Valerie was v helpful in assisting us to create the itinerary that we wanted. Zara, the guide, is very knowledgeable about art, Russian history, and the country. She has a lovely personality, and great sense of fun. She took great care of us during the tour. She gave us good recommendations for where to eat in the evenings, how to get around and what to see in our time after the tour. Pavel is an excellent and safe driver.

    The advantage of the private tour was that we were able to see all of the main sites in three days. It was tailored to our interests and we learned so much about St Petersburg and Russia. It was at our pace, and had flexibility each day, to spend more or less time at various places. We are keen walkers and Zara happily tramped miles thru various parks and along avenues.

  • Joan. Fabulous St. Petersburg Visit During Baltic Cruise

    San Bernardino, California. Visited May 2019

    Fabulous St. Petersburg Visit During Baltic Cruise

    We visited as part of a Princess Cruises Baltic Cruise. After reading rave reviews of ToursinStPetersburg.com, I contacted them by email and was pleased with the response and suggested 2 day tours. During several discussions, Valeria offered a tour that covered the sights we were interested in, as well as some that she thought were important. There were 6 retirees in our party. We were met at the port by Nadia, who was an excellent tour guide with a delightful personality. She had been an exchange student in the US so was especially good with our American English. The van driver, Michael, was superb, managing to park immediately near the sights, and to get pick-up locations so our walking was minimal. We visited the Church of the Spilled Blood, St.. Isaacs, the Faberge Museum and the Hermitage on day 1, then drove to the Catherine Palace and Peterhof Garden with a brief shopping stop on day 2. Nadia suggested lunches in lovely local restaurants which offered great food and atmosphere. We felt secure the entire time of our visit. Valeria, the company owner, made a point of meeting us in person to thank us for the reservation. The prices for our private, customized tour was just over half the cost of the ship’s offerings. I heartily recommend St. Petersburg Guided Tours.

  • Peter Sammons. Outstanding

    Derby, England. Visited August 2018

    Outstanding

    If you want to see St Petersburg from a cruise ship and have only 2 days then the people to contact are St, Petersburg Guided Tours. We had 2 days full of information, we saw all the sites and travelled on the Metro (London tube needs to learn). From our first contact via email with Valeria who put our tour together, who arranged our 2 day visas, to meeting Nadia our guide and our driver Dmitri everything went like clockwork. Nadia was a mine of information especially in the Hermitage Museum. The price we paid was far less than the same type of tour organised by the ship and we had the benefit of one to one, not mixed in a group trying to hear the guide. At all sites that admission charges were required Nadia went of to get the tickets and then said follow me and walked us to the front of the queue, we never had to wait. We had lunch breaks both days , we had said we only required a snack and they took us to small fast food cafes which was ideal (we paid for both their meals). Would we go to St.Petersburg again, definitely, and we would certainly use St.Petersburg Guided Tours, Excellent.

  • PhilandSus. Exceptional Private Tour

    Christchurch, New Zealand. Visited July 2018

    Exceptional Private Tour

    At short notice I managed to secure a full day St Petersburg private tour for my husband and I. We were just delighted with our guide Valeria..from her warm greeting at the Port, her knowledge of her city and the history to all the little extras like NO waiting in queues at all. Because we didn’t have to stand in line with other tour groups, there was no wasting time and we were able to fit so much into our day. Our car was modern and comfortable and our driver was fantastic…he’d drop us at the door and the 3 of us would scoot in to where we wanted to go…tickets already purchased to present….and after he’d be waiting out front ready to go again!. Valeria took us to her favourite lunch spot..to eat divine fresh bakery items and great coffee. She was so easy to chat to about everyday life in St Petersburg it was a real treat. She asked if we wanted to stop for any souvenir shopping which I did, and we went to a little shop tucked away with the most fabulous selection of Russian dolls and handpainted Christmas decorations along with lots of other interesting souvenirs (very reasonably priced). With limited time in St Petersburg this was the absolute best way to get around and see everything you want to see at your pace (we packed heaps in) and no frustrations that can be encountered even with small tour groups. Valeria was fun and energetic, highly organised and with her excellent English, just a jewel of a tour guide. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a personal and totally engaging tour of St Petersburg. THANKYOU WE WILL BE BACK! X

  • Rena3207. Stunning!

    Port Phillip, Australia. Visited June 2018

    Stunning!

    I visited Russia with a negative, if as it turned out, a somewhat uninformed view of Russia and as a result a low expectation of our Baltic cruise stop in St Petersburg; well, what a surprise that turned out to be, absolutely stunning!
    We booked through St Petersburg Guided Tours and was lucky enough to have Valerie (Valaria) organize, reorganize and then lead our small group of 4. She has patience, perfect English, a genius for context and for painting the picture that gives such colour and realism to the visual experience.
    St Petersburg is a seriously great experience. I’ve drawn the deep breath at the Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Terracotta Warriors, Angkor Wat and the Forbidden City etc. I can assure you St Petersburg resides in the top three. The Hermitage, Peterhof Fountain Park and Grottos and the Yusupov Palace plus much more just dashed my preconceptions.
    Our 2 day private tour for 4 with Valarie turned out to be a steep discount to even the elite class of 16 from the ship.
    Strongly recommend both the city and St Petersburg Guided tours.
    Sonny

  • olibats2017. How to pick the right guide

    Seville, Spain. Visited May 2018

    How to pick the right guide

    Since St.Petersburg is visited by over 7 million tourists (of which 3.5 m foreigners, most of which package tours) picking the right tour guide can be tricky. I was lucky to find Valeria of St.Petersburg Guided Tours (not to be confounded with similarly named Tour-in-StPetersburg). I booked a 3-day private tour and everything went smoothly and as promised. The communications by by email and also by WhatsApp during my visit was rapid and efficient. I wanted to see Moscow after my 3 days in St.P. and she advised how to get there best (by Sapsan high speed train) and booked tickets and seats for me since international reservation on Russian Rail did not work. Also, Valeria showed flexibility according to the weather and knew how to skip long queues of mass tourism.
    A memorable experience I can warmly recommend to other individuals or small groups. I wish Valeria much success with her small sympathetic enterprise.

  • MM R. My research to find a great Tour Operator paid off

    Havelock, New Zealand. Visited August 2017

    My research to find a great Tour Operator paid off

    We wanted to have a more personal tour for our 3 days in St Petersburg. One where we could go at our pace but more importantly see things as locals would. There are many operators in StP and difficult to work out which is best for you. After much research (having been a Travel Agent for many years) I chose to work with Valeria. We could not have been happier with the arrangements and contact we had at all times and the confidence I felt when dealing with her. From the purchasing of theatre tickets to the day to day schedule we were not rushed but were able see all our desires. Having Nadia as our guide was special in its self as we learnt so much about the people and the way of life in StP through Nadia. She effortlessly moved us to the front of queues ensued we were moving in the right space to be in front of the most famous paintings and works or art while others could only stretch to get a glimpse. Our transport and driver couldnt be faulted, clean vehicle personable driver always waiting when we were ready to move onand excellent driving skills. We would definitely use Valeria and her company again and would recommend her for a hasslefree option when travelling to StP

  • Givemeaholiday. Thank you so much for your excellent service

    London. Visited in June 2016

    Thank you so much for your excellent service

    Unfortunately we have extremely limited time in St Petersburg, but Valeria collected us from the station and dropped us off to the airport having a ranged to maximise 100% fully our very limited time in St Petersburg.

    I had been desperate to visit the Hermitage Museum since I was very young and therefore this was the highlight of the trip. Valeria had organised a route through the museum that we saw everything without wasting a minute.

    I cannot more highly recommend the service that we provided an extremely pleasant way in which you assisted us with everything.

    Many thanks. I really hope to visit again to finish seeing your most beautiful city and museum.

  • Kathryn Fitzgerald. Excellent service, knowledgeable guide

    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Visited June 2014

    Excellent service, knowledgeable guide

    We took two day tours with Valeria, one to Peterhof and one to Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk. Valeria, our contact and guide, is extremely knowledgeable about the history, architecture and art work of the sites. Not only were the tours efficiently arranged and excellently conducted, Valeria was happy to provide additional information, such as recommending restaurants and a tour of the best subway stations. She responded immediately to my first email of inquiry and followed through on every question. She clearly loves her city and is enthusiastic about sharing it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What about tipping for a guide and a driver?

    Tips for the driver and your guide are is not included in the cost of your tour. Tips are at your discretion but if you’ve enjoyed your tour you might wish to leave a tip of 10% for your guide and 5% for the driver.

  • Is it true that I can leave the cruise ship only when I book a tour from the cruise company?

    No. Moreover, it is not true that the ship will depart without you. The cruise companies are focused on large groups, while we provide private tours. If you book any tour with us, you`ll have private tour service for the best price as well as the perfectly planned itinerary, so you`ll be back to the ship on time, and definitely won`t miss it.

  • I saw the list of the tours you offer. I would like add changes to the program. Is it possible?

    Yes. All of our itineraries are designed to give you an unforgettable experience of St Petersburg but we are happy to make any changes we can to ensure our tours better suit your individual interests, wishes, and budget, so long as those changes don’t conflict with the seasonal availability and operating hours of Museums, events and points of interest. The main advantage of our tours is that they are always private and can be customized even upon arrival.

  • I am not a cruise traveler, and do not want any package tours. Can I book one museum visit with your company?

    Absolutely! We provide individually planned itineraries in St Petersburg and its Imperial suburbs for all kinds of tourists. Whether you are looking for one of our premade 2-3 days intensive programs, a tailored tour or simply a single visit to a single museum or point of interest (such as our “the Hermitage only” tour) we can cater to all needs. Just e-mail us with your preferences.
    Other Russian city trips and excursions are available upon request as well.

  • How can I pay for the tour?

    You can choose any option you like – credit card, Paypal or cash payment on arrival. The price stays the same. We will provide you with all the detailed information regarding payment after booking confirmation.

  • Do I need Russian visa for visiting St Petersburg?

    If you arrive by a cruise ship, you do not need visa. You will however, need a tour-ticket (a document confirming the tour you booked with us) which you will need to present to the passport control. We will provide you with this document. If you plan to arrive by plane, we will provide you with visa support in the form of a tourist invitation letter, which is necessary for all tourist visa applications. Get more information about Russian Visa.

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