St Petersburg shore trip
is for those who want the most flexibility with their
itinerary in St. Petersburg. When you meet your guide you discuss your
interests and the places you wish to see. Your guide will help
you maximize your time based on your desires and traffic conditions.
Some people like this option so they can spend a lot of time in one
location. Others like to try to see as much as possible in the time
If you'd like to soak up the local culture, get lots of city photos or ride the famous St. Petersburg Metro then this is an excellent option for you. In St Petersburg there are often long lines and or required reservations at museums and palaces so this is not a good option if you intend to visit a site such as a museum or palace.
Please note that this "Flexible Itinerary" includes a
driver and a licensed guide who provides commentary while you are in
the vehicle and also during your selected stops. Your guide
can make recommendations based on your interest. It is important to
understand that with a flexible itinerary, we cannot guarantee you can
see everything you desire in the amount of time you have chosen. Traffic
conditions and weather ultimately affect the driving time to the places
you wish to visit.
: Folding wheelchair OK, some sites may be inaccessible (advance notice required)
Russia Visa-Free Entry Voucher Information
With these private St Petersburg shore excursions, our partners in Russia provide everything you need to satisfy Russia's entry requirements. You will NOT need to purchase a separate Russian Tourist Visa.
Russian law requires that cruise passengers taking Private Shore Trips have the following documentation:
1) A valid passport
2) A photocopy of your passport
3) Proof that you have purchased an escorted tour arranged by a government licensed agency authorized to receive foreign cruise passengers inside the St. Petersburg port area. Our partners in Russia provide a Visa-Free Entry Voucher as proof of your tour.
To process your Visa-Free Entry Voucher we will need the following information for each person in your private party at the time of your reservation.
-Full name as listed in the passport
-Passport Expiration Date
-Date of Birth
Special Note- Your cruise line may tell you that you must purchase an expensive Russian tourist visa to get off the ship if you are not taking their big bus tour. This is not true. The visa they refer to is only for passengers who plan to go ashore unaccompanied by an authorized guide. With the Visa-Free Entry Voucher our partners in Russia provide, you are required to depart and return to the port with the tour we have organized for you. You do not have the option to stay in St. Petersburg and return to the ship on your own. Visa-Free Entry Vouchers are sometimes called a "blanket visa".
Four Week Notice- To obtain the needed Russian Tourist Visas we can only accept reservations with a minimum of four weeks notice.
can also be customized to fit your needs. If you have a larger group, we can offer you a private
using a mid-size bus or full size coach. Please