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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

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St. Petersburg, Russia
Safety measures
icon2 days  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English
Safety measures
icon2 days  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English
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Safety measures
icon2 days  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English

Overview

This 2-day tour through St. Petersburg gets you acquainted with the city, its history, and its culture. Visit Catherine Palace, Peterhof Garden (Petrodvorets), Rasputin Museum at the Yusupov Palace, the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Plus go on a canal and riverboat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
  • Discover St. Petersburg over the course of two days on a shore excursion
  • Avoid visa hassles with a visa-free waiver on this organized tour
  • Visit the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Peterhof and more
  • Small-group tour includes entrance fees and lunch
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Restaurant lunch x 1
Packed lunch x 1
Visa-waivers for cruise ship passengers
Expert, professional and personable guide for 2 days
Experienced and conscientious driver with a comfortable A/C vehicle for 2 days
All port fees and local Russian taxes
1 bottle of still water (0.5L) per person per day
Personal audio receivers with earphones
All photo permissions
Subway ride
Canal cruise (boat ride)
Gratuities: Recommended gratuity is 10% for the guide and 5% for the driver, given separately
  • St. Petersburg Passenger Port "Marine Façade"
  • St. Petersburg Passenger Port "Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment"
  • St. Petersburg Passenger Port "English Embankment"
  • 8:30 AM
    We will be waiting for you in the port terminal. Our port manager/guide will meet you just few steps off the passport control zone. They will hold a bright name card 'ALLA TOURS'.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with any mobility issues or other serious medical conditions
    • We strongly request that you advise us of any special diets at least 7 days prior to your tour and we will do our best to accommodate you. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee that your personal needs will be satisfied
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Alla Ushakova
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion.

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    • "I have no reservations in rating this excursion as A+." See review

    Reviews

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    322 Reviews
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    Reviews by Viator travelers

    Showing 1-10 of 322 reviews
    star-5
    Excellent tour.
    Julie P
    , Sep 2019
    Svetlana, our tour guide made this tour very special. We covered an amazing amount of history with in depth knowledge and a great sense of humour. Couldn't have been better!
    star-5
    One too many castles!
    JanetLucille_T
    , Sep 2019
    Our Alla tour guide Eugenia was phenomenal! We had a two day action packed tour which was perfectly orchestrated. We had early entry tickets to the Hermitage which allowed us to get started ahead of hundreds of other visitors. Advance tickets, when available, had been purchased to expedite every facet of each visit. Thoroughly enjoyed the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Cathedral, the church on Spilled Blood, St Isaac’s Cathedral, riding the subway, the boat tour, lunch at a traditional Russian restaurant and the lengthy walk around The Peterhof gardens. On day 2 we walked over 5 miles, resulting in two of our 8 passengers sitting out St Catherine’s palace which was the most crowded. Personally, I would drop the Yusupov Palace and add the Faberge Museum as the palace did not measure up to the others. Kudos to Eugenia and driver Sergei with his comfortable MB van for perfectly timing every stop. Highly recommend
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Amazing Experience
    Damon_R
    , Sep 2019
    We completed this 2 day tour with our guide Demitre who was excellent, sharing his knowledge and passion for St Petersburg. We were on a cruise and did not know what to expect but all of the sights exceeded our expectations, we have never seen so much gold and decoration in and on buildings anywhere else in the world. On arrival at the port we cleared border control and were greeted by a rep from Alla Tours, everything was as described in the programme, small group, clean mini bus, excellent guide and driver. Would recommend and use this company again if we returned.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Wonderful 2-day tour in St. Petersburg
    Peter_M
    , Aug 2019
    My wife and I took Ulko tours for our trip to St. Petersburg and we can't begin to speak highly enough about our St. Petersburg tour. It was the pinnacle of our 13-day cruise and our tour guides Alex and Oleg were fantastic. Alex was our guide and Oleg was our driver. Alex had such a deep knowledge of all the places we saw and was able to add so much more to the tour. He really made history come alive with extra the information we learned. The bus very was clean, up-to-date and Alex and Oleg were always protective of us, watching at all times to make sure no one got left behind, and attentive enough to find plenty of clean places for bathroom stops. We never had any problems hearing what he had to say because the audio system was first-rate and Alex's English is impeccable. Really, we couldn't have asked for a better tour thanks to these guys. We hit all the points that were listed and even a couple that weren't on the list. Never even felt like we were rushed that much at any of the spots either. Lunch on day one was delicious. I've never had Borsch soup that tasty. Lunch on day 2 was good. Since we had to drive a distance to see Peterhof Palace we ate while we drove which was fine with us. We got to eat and sightsee. Each day, Alex and Oleg even found time for us to do a little souvenir shopping. If you're on the fence about this tour, or Ulkotours, don't be. These folks did a great job of showing us all around St. Petersburg. Have fun! We did!
    star-5
    Outstanding St Petersburg
    Thomas_D
    , Aug 2019
    We booked a Viator tour for the 2 day St Petersburg tour and it surpassed our wildest dreams. We had been on a Princess cruise in the Baltic and had used Princess tours for other ports, but they didn't have what we wanted for St Petersburg, so we booked through Viator, which we have ued extensively all over the world. It was the best tour of our whole vacation. Our tour guide, Alexandra, from Alla Tours, was so knowledgable and so nice , she brought St Petersburg to life. Highly recommended !!
    star-5
    Viator knocks it out of the park...
    toppsoo7
    , Aug 2019
    Viator hit a homerun with this one. Our guide Dimitri did a fabulous job. Dimitri, a native Russian spoke impeccable English. His knowledge of the sites we visited ( which was many ) was amazing. Our tour was way less than what the cruise ship wanted for the same tour. Our tour was limited to 16 people, as the cruise company uses 40 person buses. We were in a 16 person Mercedes van that was plush. I highly recommend taking this tour. You will be wore out at the end of 2 days, but it is an awesome tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    St Petersburg 2 day tour with Alla.
    STEPHEN_R
    , Aug 2019
    Oxanna was very informative in s knowledgeable, friendly and charming way. Excellent tour and guide.
    star-5
    Wonderful 2 days in St. Petersburg
    Jeanne_H
    , Jul 2019
    I would definitely recommend this tour. Eleana from Alla Tours was our guide for 2 days. She was excellent. We saw all the highlights and learned so much about Russian history. Also had a fabulous lunch at a beautiful restaurant.
    star-5
    ALLA Tour--small group 2-Day Grand Shore Excurion
    A S
    , Jun 2019
    I have no reservations in rating this excursion as A+. Our guide, Alex A., was extremely knowledgeable. He directed our tour well, making best use of the time and overseeing our comfort. The small group format allowed flexibility for weather and traffic considerations. I feel every penny was well-spent to see so much of St. Petersburg in two days.
    star-5
    Trio to St. Petersberg
    JohnJoseph_G
    , Oct 2018
    The tour visited many of the popular destinations in St. Petersburg. We saw all of the important sites and the tour guide was pleasant and informative. All of our group enjoyed the tour.
    star-5
    Do not miss this tour!
    billanddeb34683
    , Sep 2018
    Our tour guide Katya and our driver exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Our entire 2 day tour went flawlessly and the knowledge Katya shared with us made our trip! I would highly recommend this tour company. There is no way you could see all that is included on your own!
    star-5
    Outstanding guide (Alassandra) and tour. Highly recommend!
    MaryF H
    , Jul 2018
    Very well organized, superb English and great use of time. Two full days of outstanding stops. WiFi on the bus, early entry into Hetmitage & skip the line status really enhanced our experience. Alassandra was an outstanding guide.
    star-5
    Exhausting but rewarding 2 days in St Petersburg
    Colin_W
    , Jul 2018
    Can highly recommend this 2 day tour which included all the main attractions in this magnificent city. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very informative and efficient. Managed to get us around the Hermitage backwards (against the rules!!) which resulted in less crowds and a more relaxed tour.
    star-5
    Great value for an excellent tour
    Jeffrey_C
    , Jul 2018
    We chose this tour after all the positive reviews we saw on Trip Advisor, and we were thrilled with our experience. Our tour guide Olga and our driver were awesome. Olga was very informative, organized, and professional, yet she was also light and humorous, and made the tour so much fun. The tour included a really nice lunch at a restaurant one of the days and a packed lunch the second day. Our family of 4 saved hundreds of dollars per person over the tour the cruise ship offered, we had a much smaller group (16 people), and saw more than the tour offered by the cruise ship. We highly recommend Alla Tours and Viator!
    star-5
    I'm normally quite conservative in...
    Paul W
    , Jun 2018
    I'm normally quite conservative in my reviews but in this case I can't find enough superlatives. We were a little worried about the visa waiver particularly as our cruise ship company insisted we wouldn't get ashore unless we booked through them. As it transpired the excellent pre-departure support of the tour company and their first class representatives at the Port ensured that everything went as smooth as clockwork. Incredibly efficient as well. The visa waivers came through within minutes of booking! The tour itself was fantastic. It covered practically every major sight, was truly all-inclusive, and the tour guide Alexandra was attentive, charming and very well informed. She clearly enjoyed her work and her enthusiasm was infectious. I had to conclude that this was the best organised tour that we had ever been on. Congratulations an absolute pleasure.
    star-5
    A great 2-day tour plan, the tour...
    ChongYuan_Z
    , Apr 2018
    A great 2-day tour plan, the tour lady and driver were very knowledgeable and friendly. we enjoyed tour very much!
    star-5
    This shore tour is an absolute must...
    Penelope N
    , Nov 2017
    This shore tour is an absolute must for everyone cruising into St Petersburg. It is very well organised and our guide Alex was amazing, he gave us an insight into life as it is today as well as the history of Russia and kept us entertained all day. We had 16 in our group which made the whole experience more comfortable, personal and enjoyable. The bus was comfortable and we all felt very safe travelling through the city. The museums, cathedrals palaces and gardens were spectacular, St Petersburg was definitely the highlight of our Baltic cruise.
    star-3
    The tour guide was excellent but two...
    Richard K
    , Oct 2017
    The tour guide was excellent but two issues stood out that caused the three star rating - 1. There were too many people on the bus, more than the 16 stated as a max, causing some to sit in the far back without windows. If you can't see out it greatly diminishes the joy of touring! Tour promised early admission to the Hermitage but due to so many cruise ships being in port we visited in mid afternoon and the museum was totally packed. It was not the experience we were promised or looking forward to. According to the tour, it was out of our control. Deliver what your promise.
    star-5
    Amazing 2 Day tour, our tour guide...
    Rodolfo S
    , Oct 2017
    Amazing 2 Day tour, our tour guide and driver were great knowledgeable passionate and very professional. I highly recommend this tour, filled with so much information. I love it!!!!
    star-5
    We booked through Viator for a 2 day...
    Allan M
    , Oct 2017
    We booked through Viator for a 2 day tour of St Petersburg with Alla Tours. Viator were very prompt and efficient. We were concerned because our ship docked in half an hour late and then we were held up at immigration for another half an hour but the Alla tour guide was waiting for us outside and she assured us there was nothing to worry about. The group was small with only 16 people. They adjusted the tour schedule so that we could see all the major buildings and they obtained early passes so we beat the crush of other tourists. We visited the State Hermitage, St Peter and Paul, Spilled Blood, Upsupov Palace, Peterhof Gardens, Catherines Palace, and St Isaacs, had a canal tour and went on the subway. Lunch on the first day was in a beautiful restaurant and the food was excellent. The second day we ate a packed much on the bus as we had a long way to travel to The Gardens. This lunch was not so great. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and accomodating. A few of the group wanted to shop for souvenirs so she asked the bus driver to stop and we had sufficient time to look around. She even came in and helped us. At the end of the tour we received an informative booklet of St Petersburg which included the places we had visited. This was a lovely touch to end the tour. I would thoughougly would recommend doing St Petersburg with Alla Tours

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