15 Best St Petersburg Tours & Experiences 2020 - Local Guides

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Tea parties, dinners and cooking in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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35 EUR

Tea parties, dinners and cooking in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment

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We host dinners and tea parties in our traditional St. Petersburg apartment in the historic center. Delicious home made food, mouth watering cabbage pies, borscht, pastry and cookies that melt in your mouth.
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35 EUR
St Petersburg All-inclusive visa free 2-day shore excursion
Tour ∙ 20 hrs
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299 EUR

St Petersburg All-inclusive visa free 2-day shore excursion

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This small group (max 16 people) St Petersburg Cruise Excursion will give you an opportunity to see all highlights of St. Petersburg in just two days for only $325 per person.
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299 EUR
Skip-the-Line Hermitage Museum Tour
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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30 USD

Skip-the-Line Hermitage Museum Tour

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Discover the spectacular Hermitage with a local guide! During the tour you’ll see the museum’s major art collections, including its main buildings: the Winter Palace and the General Staff Building.
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30 USD
Hermitage private tour
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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50 EUR

Hermitage private tour

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Avoid any hassle and skip the line at your visit to St. Petersburg's Hermitage with this private guided tour.
From
50 EUR
Private Half-Day Customised Tour of St Petersburg
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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8 USD

Private Half-Day Customised Tour of St Petersburg

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Hire a guide for half a day to enhance your experience in St Petersburg and make your stay safer, more exciting, and more educational! It's always better to have a local guide to accompany you to various attractions, show you off-the-beaten-path places, and help you skip long lines.
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8 USD
Skip-the-Line Peterhof & Catherine Palace Tour from St Petersburg
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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135 USD

Skip-the-Line Peterhof & Catherine Palace Tour from St Petersburg

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Discover the most magnificent imperial residences with a local guide! During the tour you’ll visit Peterhof Palace, often referred to as the Russian Versailles, and Tsarskoye Selo, featuring the majestic Catherine Palace with its mysterious Amber Room.
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135 USD
Small-Group Tour of Catherine Palace in Pushkin
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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150 USD

Small-Group Tour of Catherine Palace in Pushkin

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A fine ensemble of palaces and parks, the imperial residence located in Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) is famous worldwide. Get to know the history of the Russian Imperial family and enjoy the exquisite baroque and classical interiors of the Catherine Palace on a small-group tour with a professional guide.
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150 USD
Complete St Petersburg one-day tour
Tour ∙ 10 hrs
 ∙ From 
225 EUR

Complete St Petersburg one-day tour

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This tour itinerary was designed for those visitors who would like see major highlights of St Petersburg and its' environs in just one day.
From
225 EUR
Faberge museum private tour
Tour ∙ 1 hr
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50 EUR

Faberge museum private tour

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World's largest Fabergé collection has just gone on display at a new museum in St Petersburg. It includes nine unique Imperial eggs and more than 4000 other pieces of jewerly artwork.
From
50 EUR
Catherine Palace & Amber Room Tour from St Petersburg
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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65 USD

Catherine Palace & Amber Room Tour from St Petersburg

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Discover the favourite residence of Catherine the Great with a local guide! Admire the unconventional beauty of the newly recreated Amber Room, and enjoy a relaxing walk through the peaceful imperial grounds.
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65 USD
Matryoshka Doll-Painting Lesson in St Petersburg
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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55 USD

Matryoshka Doll-Painting Lesson in St Petersburg

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Use your imagination and create a truly unique masterpiece to cherish forever! Paint your own matryoshka doll under the guidance of a professional artist in art-center "Matryoshka". Treat your kids and family to an exciting hands-on experience!
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55 USD
Round Trip By Hydrofoil to Peterhof Parks and Palaces
Tour ∙ 6 hrs
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110 USD

Round Trip By Hydrofoil to Peterhof Parks and Palaces

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Feel like-a-local and spend a fascinating day exploring Peterhof Imperial Residence with a round trip by hydrofoil boat. Visit Grand Palace of Peterhof and enjoy exquisite interiors. Learn about Peter the Great and his maritime passions while visiting Monplaisir Palace, and of course unique gardens.
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110 USD
Skip-the-Line Peterhof Grand Palace & Park Tour from St Petersburg
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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70 USD

Skip-the-Line Peterhof Grand Palace & Park Tour from St Petersburg

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Take advantage of skip-the-line admission to the Peterhof Grand Palace to get ahead of the crazy crowds and large bus tours. Enjoy the exquisite interiors and roam the unique gardens filled with flowers and fountains.
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70 USD
Tour of the Catherine & Pavlovsk Palaces from St Petersburg
Tour ∙ 6 hrs
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170 USD

Tour of the Catherine & Pavlovsk Palaces from St Petersburg

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Visit two of Russia’s grandest and most beautiful imperial residences, Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk Palace, on a fascinating day trip from St Petersburg! Together, Tsarskoye Selo and the Pavlovsk Palace form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From
170 USD
Jewish St Petersburg tour
Tour ∙ 7 hrs
 ∙ From 
175 EUR

Jewish St Petersburg tour

Explore the Jewish heritage of St. Petersburg on a full-day tour with a private guide. After a pick-up from your city hotel or cruise ship port, drive past the magnificent palaces of the Russian tsars and the romantic bridges and monuments of the city’s rivers and canals.
From
175 EUR

Customer feedback about Tours in St Petersburg

Rating 4.9 based on 39 reviews

Very intresting tour!
I really recomend this very interesting tour.

No line, no waiting and so much interesting facts.

A very professional guide!

10/10!
Skip-the-Line Hermitage Museum Tour
Fantastic
Really enjoyed the tour with our experienced and friendly tour guide
Definitely recommend this tour to everyone
Thanks
Private Half-Day Customised Tour of St Petersburg
Excellent trip
The guide Julia was very informative and gave us great insights into the history of St Petersburg and it’s monuments
Private Half-Day Customised Tour of St Petersburg
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From the very start on meeting Alexei in the morning and our guide Diana the service was exemplary. We had a simply fantastic 2 days in their company and it is difficult to know how we could have fitted more in. Diana was knowledgeable friendly and happy to amend the day to accommodate any of the groups needs. Our group tour consisted of 10 people from 3 different families, with a variety of interests but we found something for everyone. We arrived in St Petersburg on Brilliance of the Seas with Royal Carribean and despite the caution in their Royal Carribean's literature the visa-free process through border control was easy with just a passport, sea pass card (from the ship) and our maxibalt tour ticket. There was absolutely no problems - this had been our one concern prior to arrival but it absolutely wasn't an issue. Being in a small group was the best, as in busy museums such as the Hermitage we could use our "sneaking skills" as Diana put it to by pass any queues and maximise our use of the time available. During the two days we had lunch at two local restaurants (included in the tour price) where the service and welcome was on a par with Alexei and Diana's. Gift shopping whilst not imperative was made easier and cheaper by their knowledge of good shops off the beaten track where prices were much lower than the peak tourist areas, but quality was fantastic.

The tour we had included the Hermitage, Yusopov's palace, Catherines palace (inc the amber room), the fountains at Peterhof, St Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral, a hydrofoil trip, a metro trip, plus my personal highlight "The Church of the Spilled Blood" which is an iconic building. Diana was always on the lookout for things to make our visit even more memorable - for example we had a short stop at one of the summer houses at Catherines Palace to listen to a 6 man choir sing a traditional Russian folk song which was unbelievably good and would have been missed by all the larger group tours.

My sister is going to St Petersburg next year and I have already told her there is no option but to contact Alexei!

The message is quite simple, if you go to St Petersburg, then you must go MaxiBalt!
St Petersburg All-inclusive visa free 2-day shore excursion
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My wife and I had an excellent two-day visit to St. Petersburg, thanks to Alexei and Maria. (Note for disclosure purposes: This was a private tour rather than one of the group itineraries. Our time was limited because we were on a cruise.) The proprietor (Alexei) listened to our priorities in advance, made great suggestions, and then drove or walked us around with insightful and enjoyable (but not overbearing) commentary. Alexei clearly loves his home city and conveyed that to us. The fact that he had spent a year as a grad student in the US made his remarks and responses all that much more meaningful. The only times Alexei did not stay with us was when he turned the job over to Maria for Catherine’s Palace on the first day and the Hermitage on the second. Maria’s tours were wonderful. She asked about our main interests before we walked into the Hermitage. We knew this could only be an introduction to the museum’s amazing holdings, so we had picked out our points of focus rather than follow someone else’s “top ten”. We wanted to spend our time on two of the major collections, combined with an architectural overview of the palace. Without knowing in advance about our interests, Maria quickly calculated the best walking paths including temporary shows that were in different wings from the permanent exhibits. The walking paths alone would have been worth the admission but there was much more. No matter what the painting, Maria had well-informed answers to our constant and unscripted questions. It was a memorable experience. After the Hermitage, we had a great time celebrating with Alexei and Maria over traditional dumplings. Until the next time!
St Petersburg All-inclusive visa free 2-day shore excursion
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My wife and I concluded our Russian river boat vacation in St. Petersburg and extended two days at a hotel to spend more time is this beautiful city. I had contracted with MaxiBalt Tours in advance of arriving in Russia for private guides for the Faberge and Hermitage museums. The services promised were delivered and could not have been better. Alexei Volkov, himself, coordinated both tours personally and the guides he provided were extremely knowledgeable and made sure we saw what we wanted to see. We never felt rushed and on this, our 2nd trip through the Hermitage, we were shown through doors and hallways so as to avoid much of the crowd. At the end of our last tour, Alexei showed us to a restaurant (somewhat hidden) where we enjoyed a nice lunch with him. All in all, Maxibalt Tours went above and beyond to leave us with very good memories of St. Petersburg.
Hermitage private tour
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My wife and I concluded our Russian river boat vacation in St. Petersburg and extended two days at a hotel to spend more time is this beautiful city. I had contracted with MaxiBalt Tours in advance of arriving in Russia for private guides for the Faberge and Hermitage museums. The services promised were delivered and could not have been better. Alexei Volkov, himself, coordinated both tours personally and the guides he provided were extremely knowledgeable and made sure we saw what we wanted to see. We never felt rushed and on this, our 2nd trip through the Hermitage, we were shown through doors and hallways so as to avoid much of the crowd. At the end of our last tour, Alexei showed us to a restaurant (somewhat hidden) where we ejoyed a nice lunch with him. All in all, Maxibalt Tours went above and beyond to leave us with very good memories of St. Petersburg.
Faberge museum private tour
S
Delightful experience at a Russian family
I had the pleasure of visiting Elena's household with my American friends. She came highly recommended for a visit to a traditional Russian family. Elena turned out to be truly a gracious host and on top of that, she is an expert chef! We were treated with borsch, pies with cabbage filling, cookies with nuts and raisins, curd patties!!! Besides the delightful culinary experience, Elena is also a professional interpreter, very well-traveled, including numerous visits to the US so she could easily relate my American companions. She is also very well-versed in Russian history and culture. In addition to her family's cozy atmosphere, an additional bonus is the location of her apartment where every building in her neighborhood is a piece of art. To cut a long story short, the experience was unforgettable in every respect!!!!

Tea parties, dinners and cooking in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment
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Wonderful evening
We wanted to feel a bit closer to the people and city and this was the prefect way to do so. With language being a barrier it was hard to talk to locals. Before the night we were asked about allergies and preferences or dislikes. The directions were clear and easy, we took a bus.

Elena greeted us outside the apartment to give us some history about her family and the building. Inside we met Sasha and the cats, and were given a tour of their beautiful home before sitting down to canapés and vodka, local dishes with wine, dessert with Russian coffee or tea and we stayed much later than we ought as the conversation was lively and covered every topic possible. It was a warm and cosy evening.

We left feeling we’d made new friends and seen just a glimpse behind the doors of St.Petersburg. A must do experience!
Tea parties, dinners and cooking in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment
J
Excellent Trip
We pre booked Ulko Tours for a trip to Peterhof, Grand Palace and Park.

Everything went very smoothly (unlike a tour we booked with another company). We were picked up promptly at our hotel and transported to Peterhof in a very comfortable Toyota.

Our tour guide was Senia and she did a superb job. She was very friendly, relaxed and informative. She was very knowledgeable on the palace and park and gave us lots of interesting detail

Beyond this Senia answered our many other questions about Russia - history,
transport, sport, culture etc

Her English was very good

All in all we had a great day out. Our driver, Yuri, also did a great job

The tour is not cheap but we could not have had such a great trip without a tour guide and I would thoroughly recommend Ulko Tours
Skip-the-Line Peterhof Grand Palace & Park Tour from St Petersburg
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We,a group of 7 people of friends and relatives, had an excellent two-day visit to St. Petersburg. We were on a cruise and instead of using the excursion arranged by Royal Caribbean, we booked our own from MaxiBaltTours. This was a private tour with a van and a driver. The owner Alexei gave us great suggestions in advance to choose the best way to see as much as possible the city within our limited time, yet everything run smoothly. The guide Elena was so nice and patient to help everybody. She was well prepared and spoke excellent English. She was very knowledgeable and well informed about the all historical events and the great art works. Thanks to Alexei and Elena, we experienced a most enjoyable and unforgettable tour in St. Petersburg.
St Petersburg All-inclusive visa free 2-day shore excursion
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Day tour to Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace
I was traveling alone to St. Petersburg and only have a limited time there, and this day tour allows me to visit the 2 palaces in a day! My guide Marianna, and driver Akin, are both really friendly and helpful, making my tour a very pleasant and seamless one, not to mention that we have the privilege to skip the lines for entering each of these palaces. Marianna is very knowledgeable and cheerful, and speak very good English. She is also very accommodating and flexible in terms of the tour schedule. Last but not least, I got a very beautiful St. Petersburg picture guide book from Ulko tour as a gift, which is a really nice surprise! Highly recommend, worth the price.
Skip-the-Line Peterhof & Catherine Palace Tour from St Petersburg
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A quite interesting tour with our guide Constantin
Our guide Constantin and our car driver Nikita were on time to pick up us from our Hotel. They took us through the city with a nice new Van and Constantin told us many interesting stories about the city while traveling to Catherine Palace. There we had not to wait to enter in the palace and to admire the magnificent arquitecture and art of this incredible perfect restored palace. Constantin explained us a lot of details concerning the history of Imperial Russia in a perfect German language. We enjoyed a lot this tour and got safe back to our hotel. We can recommend everybody to get the services of this agency, Thank you very much: Andrea, Pauline and Carlos

Small-Group Tour of Catherine Palace in Pushkin
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Ulko Tours are the Best!!!
My husband and I took a Tour with Ulko tours and I cannot say enough good things about them... They were so professional, well informed and very nice, when i booked our tour Elana was the Best she always responded immediately and was such a pleasure to speak with she always made me feel very comfortable .... Our Tour guide Marianna was excellent any question you had Marianna new the answer she was outstanding... What a wonderful experience, one I would Highly recommend... Thank you Ulko Tours for our Beautiful memories of St. Petersburg we will never forget them, we look forward to using Ulko tours again...
Fondly, Denise & Tony
Round Trip By Hydrofoil to Peterhof Parks and Palaces
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Fabulous Personal Tour
We were delighted with our personal guide and tour of St Petersburg. I'd researched some places that interested us and Julie from Ulko Tours exceeded our expectations. We first went on a tour of the city, then to Peter and Paul Fortress, then to Spilled Blood Church, St Isaacs Cathedral (with a climb to the top and a view of the city, the Yusipov Palace and many other stops along the way, all with an interesting commentary of interesting facts and history. It was easy meeting up with our guide at the ship terminal and everything went smoothly. I would highly recommend this company.
Private Half-Day Customised Tour of St Petersburg
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Excellent guide and excursion!
Daria is an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. We also got a couple of freebies not included in the tour as she granted our request to see the Carriage museum at Catherine's palace, and also had our driver stop for us at the war memorial at our request on the way, where I got an excellent video of the interactive monument. Very happy, one of the highlights of our trip. Also, Paul's palace in Pavlovsk is not to be missed, one of the best palaces to be seen in Russia.

Tour of the Catherine & Pavlovsk Palaces from St Petersburg
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Fantastic experience with Elena and her family
Meeting Elena and her family and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal in her lovely apartment was a St Petersburg highlight for me.
I booked the dinner for our group of four Australian friends and it was more than what I hoped for. As well as our experience of being in a St Petersburg family apartment, Elena generously shared some of her family history and answered all our questions.
Thank you very much Elena and Sasha. It was an evening I will always remember.
Tea parties, dinners and cooking in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment
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The highest quality service!
Yes! Our tour guide which we booked on Ulko Tours was not only knowledgeable, helpful, and accomodating, but also well-trained, well-prepared, bilingual, but also had great knowledge of the world making her, Marina, one of the best tour guides we´ve had!
Congratulations to all the Ulko staff for excellent service and training, our visit could not have been the same without your assistance. Thank you! We highly recommend Ulko Tours.
Catherine Palace & Amber Room Tour from St Petersburg
Superb tour guide Nadja
Nadja was the most knowledgeable tour guide we have ever had. She knew everything about anything we pointed to in the entire Hermitage. Nadja also knew exactly where to go to see the Best the hermitage has to offer. She enhanced the tour by making sure we got around the crowds quickly and efficiently while still seeing everything we wanted to and more! My only regret was not having booked her for more days!!!
Skip-the-Line Hermitage Museum Tour
Great experience
Christina’s commentary was knowledgeable and informative. She actually got our tour into a couple of extra special little performances. Obviously she knew her way around and how to beat the lines. Very professional. Max greeted us prior to taking off on the first day and was there to greet us on the last day. He cares about the client’s experience. The driver was super. Highly recommend this company.
St Petersburg All-inclusive visa free 2-day shore excursion

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