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St Petersburg Cruise Port Tours

The Port of St. Petersburg is the largest port in northwest Russia, serving as one of the world's most popular cruise destinations and the primary gateway between the Baltic Sea and Russia. Ships docking in St. Petersburg do so in the heart of the city, at Vasilevsky Island.

The Basics
Cruisers docking at the St. Petersburg cruise port who book a guided shore excursion tour can enjoy up to 72 hours of visa-free travel in Russia, while those who want to travel independently must secure a Russian tourist visa in advance. Tours usually take travelers out to explore the city and the region's numerous historical and cultural highlights, including the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine Palace, and Peterhof. Many cruise ships spend at least one night at the port, allowing visitors to explore further afield, perhaps even hopping on a plane for a quick day trip to Moscow.
  • Book a shore excursion to avoid the hassle of securing a Russian tourist visa in advance of your trip.
  • Most St. Petersburg shore excursion tours include pickup and drop-off at the St. Petersburg port.
  • Tours to the royal palaces outside the city center can take upwards of 8 hours given the travel time involved.
  • Private guided tours of St. Petersburg ensure you won't miss any of your must-see sights.
How to Get to St. Petersburg from the St. Petersburg Cruise Port
Large cruise ships dock at the Marine Facade passenger port on Vasilyevsky Island, a 15-minute taxi ride from the historic city center. Shore excursions generally include port pickup and drop-off, but there's also a local bus (#158) that departs the port to the nearest metro station, Primorskaya, every half an hour.

Port Information
The local currency is the ruble, and the local language is Russian. English is not widely spoken, so if you venture away from the port on your own, try to get the location written for you in Russian to give to a taxi driver when returning. ATMs can be found at the cruise terminal and will likely provide the best exchange rate. The port also boasts a tourist information booth, WiFi, vending machines, and souvenir shops.

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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride, St ... 
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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Discover St. Petersburg with your English-speaking guide on this active and comprehensive two-day excursion. You will visit the world-famous ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $301.98
2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group, St Petersburg, Ports ... 
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2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

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On this 2-day cultural tour of St. Petersburg, disembark from your cruise ship and explore the city’s most impressive sights and splendors. Visit the ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 20 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.00
2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg, St Petersburg, Ports of Call Tours
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2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

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While in port in St. Petersburg, embark on a 2-day group tour of the city's highlights. See Catherine Palace and its opulent Amber Room; admire Peterhof Palace ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 20 hours (approx.)

From USD $285.00
St. Petersburg 3-Day Grand Shore Excursion, St Petersburg, Ports of Call Tours
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St. Petersburg 3-Day Grand Shore Excursion

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Explore the best of magnificent St. Petersburg in a small group, allowing for a more personalized and intimate experience with premium service including ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 1 day 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $385.00
Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour, St Petersburg, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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Enjoy Saint Petersburg at your own pace, with no rushing, having enough time for photo stops, walking, shopping and enjoying lunch! No Russian Visa required! ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.00
St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Essential Group Tour, St Petersburg, Ports of Call Tours
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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Essential Group Tour

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Enjoy this comprehensive 2-day shared group tour at a fixed low price, covering all the major highlights of St Petersburg. No Russian Visa required! The tour ...  Read more

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $210.00
St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private City Cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Tour, ... 
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private City Cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Tour

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While in port, see the sights of St Petersburg on a half-day shore excursion, led by a knowledgeable private guide! Explore the city from the water on a ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.00

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