St Petersburg, visa-free tours

Visa Free Tours of St Petersburg

Open Russia Tours can arrange for visa-free tour programmes of St. Petersburg for Baltic cruise passengers and passengers of the cruise ferries 'Princess Maria' and 'Princess Anastasia'. Tours can be of up to 3 days, as cruise passengers are allowed a maximum of 72 hours in Russia without needing a visa.

Our 1, 2 and 3 day tour programmes provide a unique opportunity to tour the Imperial Capital of Russia and visit its palaces, museums, churches, cathedrals and historic monuments without the additional effort and expense involved in obtaining a visa. These tours provide the opportunity to explore this wonderful city and enjoy its history and culture, accompanied by an expert guide and with transportation by private car included.

Open Russia Tours is always happy to design an individual customized programme for you, based on your interests and expectations. As we have run many of these tours, however, we have included sample itineraries below. These day-tours described can be taken in any order and, if needed, modified to include your particular interests.

In order to take advantage of this visa-free opportunity, ferries passengers will need to make their hotel reservations through Open Russia Tours. A full list of hotels with prices and ratings is available upon request.

For nights spent at a hotel, we can also help arrange an evening programme for you, which might include a trip to the ballet, opera, symphony or folk-show, a boat-ride on the canals, or dinner in one of St. Petersburgs many restaurants (we are happy to provide recommendations if needed).

Day Tour 1: 08.00 - 17.00 (9 hours), Guide and Car provided

08.00 - 10.00Orientation drive around the city

10.00 - 12.30visits to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress

12.30 - 13.30Lunch/snacks Optional: pre-set 3-courses lunch in town at 26 USD / 23 EUR per person

13.45 - 16.30Guided Tour of the Hermitage Museum and its great collection of Old Masters and much more

17.00Return to your hotel or back to your cruise ship

Day Tour 2: 08.30 - 17.00 (8.5 hours), Guide and Car provided

08.30 - 09.45Walk/drive tour around the city

09.45Drive (45 min) to Pushkin town, summer residence of the Tsars: Catherine Palace with the famous Amber Room and Imperial Gardens

12.45 - 13.45Lunch/snacks Optional: Lunch in the rural Podvorie restaurant - Russian traditional lunch with 5 courses and drinks at 32 USD / 28 EUR per person

14.00Drive back to the city

15.00-16.30Visit to Yusupov Palace

17.00Return to your hotel or back to your cruise ship

Day Tour 3: 09.00 - 17.00 (8 hours), Guide and Car provided

09.00 - 10.00In the morning, a visit to the still practicing St. Nicolas Church is followed by a drive to Peterhof, the summer residence of Peter the Great on the Gulf of Finland.

10.30 - 12.30Tour of the Great Palace and its spectacular gardens with 150 fountains. We will also visit Monplaisir (the 'Dutch House'), designed Peter the Great himself and which became one of his favourite palaces, used for parties and intimate private dinners.

12.30 - 13.30Lunch/snacks Optional: lunch in the Garden Restauarant, 28 USD / 24 EUR per person

13.30Hydrofoil back to the city (Hermitage Pier)

14.30-15.30Free time for walking on the main street Nevsky prospect and shopping

15.30-16.30Visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral

17.00Return to your hotel or back to your cruise ship