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One-day Light Shore Excursion

One-day Light Shore Excursion

One-day Light Shore Tour

Tailor made tour!  
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We booked for a group of 5 including my parents who are 80 years old. Elena, who runs the tour company, was our guide. Her English is perfect and her local knowledge amazing. She loves her city and it’s history. We had a car and driver for the day. He was really helpful too. We went to the Fortress and a church in the morning then lunch in a very untouristic cafe. It was really authentic food and great value. We then went to the Hermitage museum in the afternoon. She had it all organised. No waiting in the long queue. We had a drive around the city to see lots of other places of interest before we went back to the cruise ship. Listening to the other people who did tours of St Petersburg we definitely got a much better experience than a large group.
I would highly recommend RedSun Tours for customised trips especially if you have children or adults who need a trip tailored to keep everyone interested.

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Visited Saint-Petersburg in May.It was wonderful.I saw the most beautiful places of this city,and the Church of the spilt blood was the most exiting for me.My guide and driver was Anastasia.She is very professional and knowledgeable.I like her stories about Russian tzars.Thank you very much for many photo stops , and good choice of restaurants for lunch.I recommend Red Sun Tours for everyone. Perfect service. Excellent organization.

One-day Light Shore Tour is for travelers who want to see the city and explore it leisurely. It is perfect for senior travel, second time travelers and big family travel. The itinerary is not overwhelming and includes the must-sees and some time on your own.

One-day Shore Tour Itinerary in St Petersburg
Meeting Elena at the ship
Meeting at the ship
  • 09.00 — Meet by the ship
  • 09.00 — 12.00 – City sightseeing tour with the visits to St. Peter&Paul fortress and cathedral, the Church on Spilled Blood
  • 12.00 — 15.30 — Free time in the city with your guide and driver
  • 16.00 — return to the ship
One-day Shore Tour Details

The first part of the tour includes a visit to Peter and Paul fortress and the Cathedral. There you will see the Romanov family burial vaults and learn more about the royal Russian dynasty. Most of the Romanovs are buried there. You will also take a look at the the Peter and Paul fortress itself. It used to be a prison for revolutioners and political opposition.

The Church on Spilled Blood gives an overview of the most dramatic time in Russian history – the end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century. See the spot where Alexander II was assassinated. The Spilled Blood cathedral is also a fine example of “neo-Russian” architeture.

You can also add St Isaac’ Cathedral in the tour or book an entire Orthodox Tour focused on cathedral history.

At the  Church on Spilled Blood
At the Church on Spilled Blood

After 3 hours city tour to the fortress and cathedrals, you will have some free time in the city. You may go for a walk in the city center, drink a cup of Russian tea with “pirrogi”, go to the farmer’s market, visit one of the metro stations of St. Petersburg or do some shopping. Our experienced guide and driver will accompany and advise you.

The tour is visa-free for cruise ship passengers docking in St. Petersburg for less than 72 hours. Red Sun Tours is a licensed tour operator in the Russian Federation and has a legal right to offer visa-free shore excursions for cruise ship passengers. You can apply for the blanket visa through our contacts form.

The itinerary is made flexible to fit in any timing you have. It also includes all the must-sees so leaving St Petersburg you will visit all the popular places. We can also customize it for hotel stayers. 

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1 day(s)
7 hours
  • This tour includes
    • 3 hours city tour with the visit to the Church on Spilled Blood and St. Peter and Paul fortress
    • free time in the city center
  • The itinerary of the tour

    09.00 — Meet by the ship

    09.00 — 12.00 – City sightseeing tour with the visits to St. Peter&Paul fortress and cathedral, the Church on Spilled Blood

    12.00 — 15.30 — Free time in the city with your guide and driver

    16.00 — return to the ship

  • Tour price includes
    • all port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes
    • visa support
    • professional English-speaking guide for 7 hours (other languages available for private tours upon request )
    • A/C vehicle for 7 hours
    • admission tickets to the museums shown in the itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: According to the Russian Federation Law, all cruise ship passengers, staying in Russia for up to 72 hrs, do not need a Russian visa if they book the tour with us. We will legally provide you with an officially authorized document (Tour Ticket or Blanket Visa) which is considered a Russian visa equivalent.

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