St. Petersburg Private Tour Excursion Reviews

A private tour is the best way to see St. Petersburg, moving at your own speed with your own guide. Prepare to see it all, from the world famous Hermitage Museum to the impressive variety of palaces and cathedrals that bespeckle the former Russian Capital.
I can't say enough about Anastasia Travel.
Sail Date: July 2019
I can't say enough about Anastasia Travel. We were a little weary because their private tour cost was about the same as a group tour for two days. Our tour guide and driver - Leeza and Vadim - were great at getting us around and ... Read More
I can't say enough about Anastasia Travel. We were a little weary because their private tour cost was about the same as a group tour for two days. Our tour guide and driver - Leeza and Vadim - were great at getting us around and avoiding the crowds. We liked to think Vadim actually worked for the KGB, or whatever agency does that sort of thing now in Russia. He didn't say much. ;) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Two days in St.
Sail Date: July 2019
Two days in St. Petersburg, the most grand city in Baltic Sea. This is the highlight of the cruise and the private tour TJ Travel we joined did not disappointed us at all. There are so many palaces and churches to visit, and the canal was ... Read More
Two days in St. Petersburg, the most grand city in Baltic Sea. This is the highlight of the cruise and the private tour TJ Travel we joined did not disappointed us at all. There are so many palaces and churches to visit, and the canal was very impressive. The Russian government makes this city the most worth to visit in the region. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Outstanding two day tour by TJ Travel in St.
Sail Date: June 2019
Outstanding two day tour by TJ Travel in St. Petersburg! We booked a private tour for 4 and saw every major site, with front of the line tickets. In fact, the Hermitage Museum was closed on Monday July 1st, but TJ Travel got us back ... Read More
Outstanding two day tour by TJ Travel in St. Petersburg! We booked a private tour for 4 and saw every major site, with front of the line tickets. In fact, the Hermitage Museum was closed on Monday July 1st, but TJ Travel got us back Door passes to tour the entire museum, with very few people inside. Truly amazing! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Described as "Amber Museum and Russian Shopping Tour" the Museum was located in a shopping centre ...
Sail Date: June 2019
Described as "Amber Museum and Russian Shopping Tour" the Museum was located in a shopping centre and it was good, except the tour guide knew nothing about it and kept asking the security guard in Russian and then translated to ... Read More
Described as "Amber Museum and Russian Shopping Tour" the Museum was located in a shopping centre and it was good, except the tour guide knew nothing about it and kept asking the security guard in Russian and then translated to English. The "Russian Shopping Tour" was yet another tourist trap souvenir shop selling EXACTLY THE SAME souvenirs as yesterday with the operator getting a cut. A couple with us had actually been to that exact shop the day previously on their misleading tour with Cruising Excursions Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Once again, we book the Viator excursion called "St.
Sail Date: June 2019
Once again, we book the Viator excursion called "St. Petersburg 2-Day Grand Shore Excursion Tour." At $513 for two people it was a good deal for the amount of destinations you see. Here is the tour itinerary Expert, ... Read More
Once again, we book the Viator excursion called "St. Petersburg 2-Day Grand Shore Excursion Tour." At $513 for two people it was a good deal for the amount of destinations you see. Here is the tour itinerary Expert, professional and personable guide for two days Experienced and conscientious driver with a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for two days All port fees & local Russian taxes Lunch on both days Subway ride Canal cruise (boat ride) Bottled still water (one bottle per person per day) Electronic headsets for groups of 7 and more Photo permissions inside museums Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park Entry/Admission - Yusupov Palace on Moika River Entry/Admission - Savior on the Spilled Blood Entry/Admission - The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Cathedral I usually loathe this type of guided-tour-with-headset-transmitters-follow-the-flag, but in this case it was necessary. Russia, unlike the rest of the countries on this cruise made us go through stern-looking immigration officers stamping passports to get ashore. If you do not have a tour, you have to get a separate visa. It is doable, but we were just looking for an easy excursion day with minimal hassle. There is no such thing as an "easy" excursion in St. Petersburg. This was a hard two days. Every stop on the list above is spectacular from both a historical and cultural perspective...and more crowded than any destination I have ever visited. The first day we hit every stop except Peterhof and Catherine's Palace. Turns out we were there starting Tuesday and a couple of places were closed on Wednesday, so they packed it in to he first day. I did not know this at the time, but it made for a long, hard day. Words cannot describe some of the things I saw in St. Petersburg. The art and architecture are among the most beautiful I have ever seen. The Hermitage in particular is stunning. However, the Russian authorities know this and push more people than comfortable through these locations. The Hermitage was packed with tour groups, literally shoulder to shoulder, shuffling along like zombies. That was the worst, but all the urban locations were nearly as bad. Only on the second day did you get some relief at Peterhof because it is about an hour outside of town and is a giant park. Much nicer. That said, still go see these places. It may be miserable, but walking into a room with 26 Rembrandts hanging was remarkable. The tour itself was nice and our guide spoke excellent English. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We planned to visit Saint Petersburg, Russia for a couple of days before leaving on our 11-day ...
Sail Date: June 2019
We planned to visit Saint Petersburg, Russia for a couple of days before leaving on our 11-day Princess Cruise of the Baltic. After doing a lot of Internet research I settled on Best Guides (www.bestguides-spb.com). From the beginning we ... Read More
We planned to visit Saint Petersburg, Russia for a couple of days before leaving on our 11-day Princess Cruise of the Baltic. After doing a lot of Internet research I settled on Best Guides (www.bestguides-spb.com). From the beginning we dealt with Dariya via email and she was wonderful. Not only did they plan a custom tour for you, but they were able to quickly respond to your requests for changes and even provided visa support. We were to leave Washington Dulles Airport on June 3, 2019, but our flight was delayed for over 3 ½ hours. This caused us to miss the only non-stop from Dulles to St. Petersburg for the day. We were able to reschedule, but we ultimately did not arrive at our hotel until 2am. Fortunately, to reach Dariya via email from Zurich. She quickly rearranged our schedule so that we would not be meeting our guide and driver until 1pm (giving us some time for a little much needed rest). She did this all without penalty and even discounted the charges base on the actual hours we used instead of the time we had contracted for. One final note, as of this writing, Best Guides does not require prepayment of any fees until you have completed your tour! This level of trust is rare today, and it deserves loyalty. I can honestly say that I have never had a better travel tour experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Booked with TJ travel, very good guide and saved lots of time waiting inline to get tickets.
Sail Date: June 2019
Booked with TJ travel, very good guide and saved lots of time waiting inline to get tickets. 2-day guided tour, half the price compared to Princess excursion.
Booked with TJ travel, very good guide and saved lots of time waiting inline to get tickets. 2-day guided tour, half the price compared to Princess excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A delightful exhausting two day tour.
Sail Date: June 2019
A delightful exhausting two day tour. TJ covered all the highlights listed and then some. Our group of 14 travelled in a nearly new van with a skilled driver who seemed to always find parking near venues. I was very surprised the van ... Read More
A delightful exhausting two day tour. TJ covered all the highlights listed and then some. Our group of 14 travelled in a nearly new van with a skilled driver who seemed to always find parking near venues. I was very surprised the van had high speed wifi available for free. Our guide equipped us all with ear buds so we could always hear her. She was very experienced and seemed to know all the shortcuts to avoid lineups. We often saw other cruise ship guests lined up. Although there was much to see the guide made it easy for for the less agile to take breaks and catch up to the group. The earbuds were a great asset in these cases. A superb lunch was provided both days. The company had provided the required visas and there was no problem getting off and on the ship. A simple passport check was all that was required. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Totally recommended!
Sail Date: September 2018
Totally recommended! After lots of research we picked Alla and are so glad we did! We had two whirlwind days with pocket rocket Svetlana, who really knew her stuff and maximised each minute. We 'did' the Hermitage, Catherine ... Read More
Totally recommended! After lots of research we picked Alla and are so glad we did! We had two whirlwind days with pocket rocket Svetlana, who really knew her stuff and maximised each minute. We 'did' the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Peterhoff Gardens, St Isaacs and the Church on Spilled Blood, had a subway ride and river cruise, a flash restaurant lunch one day and a picnic on the bus another! We were a small group (16) and never felt rushed despite the pace! Excellent value! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The highlight of our trip.
Sail Date: September 2018
The highlight of our trip. Saw it all! Wonderful! Did a night private tour. Plan on not resting much these 2 days in St. Petersburg.
The highlight of our trip. Saw it all! Wonderful! Did a night private tour. Plan on not resting much these 2 days in St. Petersburg. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We packed so much into our 2 days.
Sail Date: September 2018
We packed so much into our 2 days. Marina our guide was so helpful and probably the most intelligent woman I have met. She had great use of the English language, was knowledgeable and patient. Our group was only 16 people so excellent ... Read More
We packed so much into our 2 days. Marina our guide was so helpful and probably the most intelligent woman I have met. She had great use of the English language, was knowledgeable and patient. Our group was only 16 people so excellent hearing. Lunches were of a high standard although I would have like white wine instead of beer on day 2. Our itinerary included City tour, Hermitage Museum, Church on the Spilled Blood, St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral, Subway ride, Canal ride, Yusupov Palance and the Gregoary rasputin exposition, Pushking, Catherine's Palace including the Amber Room and Gardens. Peterhof Summer Residence & upper gardens Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked a 2 day private tour and shared the cost with another couple.
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked a 2 day private tour and shared the cost with another couple. We were picked up in a Mercedes van both days. Our tour guide was very informative and we geared our tour to the sights we wanted to see which included all of the ... Read More
We booked a 2 day private tour and shared the cost with another couple. We were picked up in a Mercedes van both days. Our tour guide was very informative and we geared our tour to the sights we wanted to see which included all of the major attractions. We didn't feel that we missed anything. We were back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. In speaking with other passengers, we felt that we saved a great deal of money and received the same, if not better tour with Viator for half the cost as our tour was private and geared to what we wanted to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Excellent two day private tour of St Petersburg with Daniel as our guide, tour moved at the pace we ...
Sail Date: August 2018
Excellent two day private tour of St Petersburg with Daniel as our guide, tour moved at the pace we wanted and we were able to do specific things that we wanted to do in St Petersburg which we couldn't have done in a group situation. ... Read More
Excellent two day private tour of St Petersburg with Daniel as our guide, tour moved at the pace we wanted and we were able to do specific things that we wanted to do in St Petersburg which we couldn't have done in a group situation. Highly Recommended. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Half day.
Sail Date: August 2018
Half day. Saw the fabrege museum, peter and Paul fortress, St Isaccs. Probably the best excursion on the trip
Half day. Saw the fabrege museum, peter and Paul fortress, St Isaccs. Probably the best excursion on the trip Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Amazing - we customized our private tour ...
Sail Date: August 2018
Amazing - we customized our private tour ... our favourites: --treasure room at Hermitage; Faberge Museum; Impressionist paintings at General Staff building at Hermitage --we visited Peter & Paul fortress; Hermitage; Catherine ... Read More
Amazing - we customized our private tour ... our favourites: --treasure room at Hermitage; Faberge Museum; Impressionist paintings at General Staff building at Hermitage --we visited Peter & Paul fortress; Hermitage; Catherine Palace, Peterhof, St. Isaac's, St. Isaacs, Spilled Blood and Yusupov (important historically but I would skip this one) --I would also skip the Neva River cruise Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
2 Day Grand Tour.
Sail Date: August 2018
2 Day Grand Tour. Very intensive but excellent tour. Highly recommended.
2 Day Grand Tour. Very intensive but excellent tour. Highly recommended. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We booked this tour upon reading reviews from a woman on line who took this tour with her mother a ...
Sail Date: August 2018
We booked this tour upon reading reviews from a woman on line who took this tour with her mother a year ago. Upon starting emails with Katherine of Anastasia Travel she asked what we wanted to see,and booked a two day tour that gave us an ... Read More
We booked this tour upon reading reviews from a woman on line who took this tour with her mother a year ago. Upon starting emails with Katherine of Anastasia Travel she asked what we wanted to see,and booked a two day tour that gave us an incredible experience in St Petersburg! This tour started with our beautiful and extremely knowledgeable guide Anna meeting us at passport control, and taking us to a beautiful black Mercedes to meet our exceptional driver Slava. He navigated the city for two days, and got us from spot to spot on time and safely. We took a tour of the city with Anna telling us about all the buildings along the way, stopped at many interesting spots for pictures, took a metro ride and loved it, went on a hydrofoil ride to see the Peterhoff gardens which are incredibly beautiful. Went to the Tzar’s Village And toured Catherine’s Palace and the Amber room. Spectacular! Went on to St Isaac’s Cathedral which was breathtaking, and Anna was once again full of incredible information on everything in the church. Then on to Savior on Spilt Blood. A history lesson on the way to it as to how and why it was built. Once again Anna was so brilliant about the church and it was beautiful inside. After that a quick,stop at the Hard Rock Cafe for souvenirs and back to the ship. Day 2 had Anna and Slava meeting us again, and off to a river and canal tour. We were the only 3 people on the canal boat! This is the personalized service given by Anastasia. We were met outside of The Hermitage by Anastasia’s owner with a picture taken of my husband and I on the first day (taken by a photographer) and a small gift of chocolate. She was so kind and wanted to make sure we were enjoying our tour. I hugged her hard and said we were beyond thrilled with our tour We were also given back packs with snacks and water, ponchos in case it rained and a booklet full of historic facts. This is the kind of very personalized service Anastasia provides. We spent over 4 and a half hours in The Hermitage and it was incredible. Anna got us in past waiting groups p, and knew everything about all the rooms, paintings, mosaics, sculptures, jewels, decorated floors and ceilings along with the history of everything. She was an exceptionally smart, and pretty guide who never left our side and made sure we enjoyed every minute of these two days. We even heard stories of her grandmother’s experiences during the war, how her family lived in a Russia, and the pride she has in her country. We then finished day two at Peter and Paul fortress and Cathedral. We were back to the ship in plenty of time before it left port, and tired but thrilled with the totally awesome two days we spent with Anna and Slava. If you ever get to St Petersburg we highly recommend Anastasia Travel for an experien5ce you will never forget. Ask for Anna and Slava, they are a dynamic duo. Anastasia also does tours in Tallin, Helsinki and Stockholm which we wish we had known about. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Great and busy tour with ALLA.
Sail Date: July 2018
Great and busy tour with ALLA. Very professional. Good lunches. Great itineraries. Loved it.
Great and busy tour with ALLA. Very professional. Good lunches. Great itineraries. Loved it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We had a excellent guide Eugene, he took us to every major site and he was so knowledgeable but ...
Sail Date: July 2018
We had a excellent guide Eugene, he took us to every major site and he was so knowledgeable but also interesting. Two days to cover SPB is hard work, a lot of walking and a ton of information, but very well worth it.
We had a excellent guide Eugene, he took us to every major site and he was so knowledgeable but also interesting. Two days to cover SPB is hard work, a lot of walking and a ton of information, but very well worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We splurged and spent the money for a tour for just the two of us.
Sail Date: July 2018
We splurged and spent the money for a tour for just the two of us. Well worth it with the amount of places to visit. Our guide and driver were amazing and the company catered the tour to our wish list. Out tour guide also moved items on ... Read More
We splurged and spent the money for a tour for just the two of us. Well worth it with the amount of places to visit. Our guide and driver were amazing and the company catered the tour to our wish list. Out tour guide also moved items on the itinerary around to cover everything more efficiently. Please do not listen to Princess when they say that only Princess tours will be able to disembark first. They can not hold you. Once the announcement was made that the ship had been cleared we went down to where you disembark and joined the short line of Princess tour people and walked right off. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fantastic two day deluxe tour with only six people in which we enjoyed the sights of the wonderful ...
Sail Date: July 2018
Fantastic two day deluxe tour with only six people in which we enjoyed the sights of the wonderful city of St Petersburg.
Fantastic two day deluxe tour with only six people in which we enjoyed the sights of the wonderful city of St Petersburg. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Can't rave enough about our experience from answering questions pre and post booking to our 2 day ...
Sail Date: July 2018
Can't rave enough about our experience from answering questions pre and post booking to our 2 day Imperial Splendors and Faberge Museum tour. Our small group of 15 easily zipped through SPB traffic. We saw many more sites than the ... Read More
Can't rave enough about our experience from answering questions pre and post booking to our 2 day Imperial Splendors and Faberge Museum tour. Our small group of 15 easily zipped through SPB traffic. We saw many more sites than the ships offerings for nearly 1/2 the cost. Our guide Svetlana and driver, Dimitri, were fabulous. We never waited to get into a site and never waited for our driver when we were done. Of the many sites we saw our favorites include Ch on the Spilled Blood, SPB by boat cruise, Peterhof lower park fountains, Catherine's Palace Amber room, the Hermitage and most of all the Faberge Museum. What an incredible collection, I could have spent a half day there! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We hired a two day tour.
Sail Date: July 2018
We hired a two day tour. It was amazing. I was truly surprised with the city and the history behind every single place. I highly recommend you seize the time you get in St. Petersburg.
We hired a two day tour. It was amazing. I was truly surprised with the city and the history behind every single place. I highly recommend you seize the time you get in St. Petersburg. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
After much research I decided to book a private two day tour through Alla Tours.
Sail Date: July 2018
After much research I decided to book a private two day tour through Alla Tours. They were cheaper than the cruise ships two day bus tour. All tickets were included. Olga our tour guide and Alexander (our driver) were wonderful. The ... Read More
After much research I decided to book a private two day tour through Alla Tours. They were cheaper than the cruise ships two day bus tour. All tickets were included. Olga our tour guide and Alexander (our driver) were wonderful. The two day tour was fantastic. Exhausting but fantastic. The weather was perfect the first day. Olga had so much historical knowledge. Everywhere we went she pointed out all of the little things you may never learn if you are part of a big tour when you have 75 other people with you. Alexandar our driver was alway there to pick us up and wisk us off to the next exciting place. We went to the Amber Room, did a city tour, river cruise tour, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum, Yusupov Palace, Catherine’s Palace, Church of Spilled Blood, Peterhof Palace and two wonderful lunches from small local cafes. All in all the five of us couldn’t have been more pleased with the tour and the service. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took the 3-day deluxe tour with SPB.
Sail Date: July 2018
We took the 3-day deluxe tour with SPB. There were 16 people on the bus with a driver and guide. We saw many highlights including Neva river cruise, subways, Peter and Paul Fortress, Yusupov Palace/Faberge, Peterhof Palace, Catherine ... Read More
We took the 3-day deluxe tour with SPB. There were 16 people on the bus with a driver and guide. We saw many highlights including Neva river cruise, subways, Peter and Paul Fortress, Yusupov Palace/Faberge, Peterhof Palace, Catherine Palace, Hermitage, Spilled Blood Church, etc. Our tour guide, Irina, was great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises