Three-day moderate tour

Three-day moderate tour

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  • 4.5
    165 votes
  • 22 hours

    from 2 persons

    from $475

    Options: add a visit to one of the Gold rooms of the Hermitage (has to be booked in advance, the cost of the tour is USD 150 for the group); add hydrofoil ride from Peterhof to St. Petersburg at USD 20 per person; add an evening activity like going to the ballet or folk show; add some time for shopping.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1
9.00 am

Meeting your personal guide & driver.

9.00 - 10.45 am

City Tour.

11.00 am - 1.00 pm

General tour of the Hermitage Museum.

1.15 pm - 1.45 pm


2.00 - 2.30 pm

Inside tour of the Church of Savior on the Spilt Blood.

3.30 pm

Back to the cruise ship or optional evening activities.

Day 2
9.00 am

Meeting your personal guide & driver.

9.00 - 10.30 am

Driving to Pushkin with a subway ride on the way (2nd name of the Tsars Village).

10.30 - 12.30 am

Tour of Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin + a walk in Catherine’s park.

12.30 am - 1.30 pm

Driving to Peterhof.

1.30 - 2.00 pm

Lunch at a simple café of Peterhof.

2.00 - 3.15 pm

Walking tour of the Lower Park of Peterhof (with fountains).

3.30 - 4.30 pm

Drive back to St. Petersburg.

5.00 pm

Back to the ship/hotel or optional evening program.

Day 3
9.30 am

Meeting your personal guide & driver.

10.00 - 10.45 am

Tour of Peter and Paul's Fortress, including Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

11.00 - 11.30 am

Tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

11.45 am - 1.15 pm

Tour of Yusopov Palace (where Rasputin was murdered) OR Faberge Museum.

1.30 - 2.30 pm

Lunch at a local cafe.

3.00 - 4.00 pm

Rivers and canals boat tour (joining other tourists on the boat).

4.30 pm

Back to the ship/hotel or optional evening activities.



Each of the sites included in the tour description will be visited sometime during the day. Tour order will vary to avoid overcrowding at venues, opening and closing times or other logistical issues.


The detailed 3-day Moderate tour description

This is our most popular 3-day tour. It includes the sites and museums that are absolute must-sees of St. Petersburg and are very likely on your to-do list. We will meet you at your hotel or at cruise ship directly and the journey begins!

The first tour day is only 6 hours long and focuses on the central part of St. Petersburg. You will do a city tour with photo stops at most popular sites and then will enter the main museum of St. Petersburg - the world-famous Hermitage. The general tour (and its small group tour option) only includes a visit to the main museum complex and does not take you to the General Staff Headquarters building where they display the collection of French impressionists as well as art of the 20th century. Keep in mind, that a tour of General Staff Headquarters requires separate entrance tickets which are not included into the tour rate but we can add a visit for private/group tours at small additional fee. If you are only interested in modern art rather than classical art, we can replace a visit to the main building of the Hermitage with a visit to General Staff Headquarters. And yes, the tour of the main building includes a visit to the Winter palace that used to be the residence of the royal family. The Hermitage tour is quite challenging as the museum is huge and you will have to walk/stand a lot so after the tour you will have a lunch break and then go either to St. Isaac's Cathedral or to the Church on the Spilt Blood depending on traffic and tour pace. You will do both chuches during the 3 days, so the order of visits does not matter much.

The second tour day is focused on the suburban residences of the royal family - Pushkin, also known as Tsars Village and Peterhof. If you don't like crowded museums, we suggest replacing Catherine's palace tour with Pavlovsk palace tour. Catherine's palace is extremely crowded during the high season and even though we always get the entrance tickets in advance, you may have to wait in lines anyway. Besides, after seeing the splendor of the Winter palace, Catherine's palace won't impress you as much whereas Pavlovsk palace will offer a more personal feeling to the lifestyle of Russian emperors. After the tour of the palace you will drive to Petrhof where you will enjoy the dance of the fountains of the magnificent Lower park of Peterhof. You will see the Great palace from outside too.

The third tour day focuses on St. Petersburg as well as the 1st day including more sites and museums for you to explore. We have also included a rivers and canals boat tour to the itinerary that will allow you to rest during the day and show the city from a new perspective. Among the sites to see we offer Peter and Paul's fortress with an inside visit to Peter and Paul's Cathedral (the oldest Cathedral of St. Petersburg) and one of the museum of your choice - Faberge museum tour or Yusupov's palace tour. Keep in mind, that guided tours to these museums are expensive for groups of 2-4 persons so to make the rate more economical, these museums are included with individual audio guide system. Groups of 5 persons or more will get a tour conducted by the tour guide.

If you are not on a tight budget, it might be a good idea to include a hydrofoil ride on the way back from Peterhof. Or we can do a metro ride on the way back from Peterhof. Keep in mind, that the tour guide will suggest cafes/restaurants for you to stop for lunch each day. If you are with a group of 6 persons or more, we suggest arranging lunches in advance as it is not easy to find spots at good cafe/restaurant for a big group at once during lunch time. You will know the menu and cost for lunch on each tour day in advance.

To conclude, our Moderate 3-day tour is perfect for 1st time visitors of the city who come on cruise ship/ferry or stay at a hotel. It is also a good option for families with children as the sites and museums are mixed so that the children are not bored or tired.

Cost of the private tour:

Special offer for tour leaders with bigger groups →
Number of people in the group 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person, USD 740 576 489 431 398
TOTAL price, USD 1480 1728 1956 2155 2388

Don't mind joining a group?

Sign up for a small group tour with an English-speaking guide at $475 per person! There will be no more than 6 persons in the group. The rate remains the same even if only two persons sign up on tour!

The price includes:

FREE tour tickets (special cruise visas) for cruise ship passengers

Pick up and drop off at the cruise ship directly

The services of an English-speaking guide and his/her undivided attention

The rent of a comfortable vehicle with a/c and driver services

The entrance tickets to all the venues in the program

The permission for amateur photo and video (except Yusupoff's palace where it has to be bought separately on the spot)

The cost of headphones for groups of 6 pax or more

Parking fees

Free bottled water (1 bottle per person per day)

The price does NOT include:

The cost of lunch (about USD 10-15 per person per day at a cafe, about USD 25-40 per person per day at a restaurant)

Tips to the guide/driver (at your discretion, usually about 10% of the total tour cost to both)

Health insurance