Home Shore Excursions Private Tour: Scenic Neva River Cruise, Church on the Spilled Blood & Shopping (Visa Included) (4 hours)

Private Tour: Scenic Neva River Cruise, Church on the Spilled Blood & Shopping (Visa Included) (4 hours)

Important info

SIZE: Standard
TYPE: Scenic
DEPARTURE TIME: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM

You will be met at the port by the guide who will accompany you to your air-conditioned vehicle ready to commence your tour.

St. Petersburg is one of the most picturesque cities in the world and this tour will ensure that you experience the beauty which St. Petersburg can offer. St. Petersburg was built in 1703 by Peter the Great around a network of canals. The stunning golden domes and ornate places reflect in the canal waters, making river and canal cruise a wonderful experience. You will first take a relaxing boat trip which will provide you with fantastic views of St. Petersburg and an enjoy views of St. Petersburg’s spectacular canals. Your boat will go along the Fontanka, the Moyka, the Winter Canal and enjoy a loop around the Neva River. *Please be advised there are approx 10 steps onto the pier. Guests will need to be able to board the boat for this tour.

SOME OF THE PLACES WE VIEW: Engineer Castle, Field of Mars, Church on Spilt Blood, St Peter and Paul’s fortress, Trinity Bridge, Winter Palace,The Kunstkamera, St Isaac’s Cathedral,  Academy of Fine Arts, etc.

WHAT YOU VISIT: You will continue to the Church on Spilled Blood built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II assassinated on March 1st, 1881. This church was constructed in 1907 based on traditional architecture. 

This tour is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the sights of St. Petersburg in an extremely unique way. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy a bit of shopping as you will make stops throughout the tour to experience quaint boutiques during your excursion. At the end of the tour enjoy a transfer back to the port.


  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Entrance fee to Savior on Blood Church
  • Neva River Cruise tickets (this is a shared boat)
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges


  • Food / Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)

DEPARTURE/RETURN DETAILS: flexible (adjusted to the arrival/departure time of your ship)

Additional info

Note that all of our tours in St. Petersburg are operated by authorized guides, and you, therefore, do not need to secure an independent visa in order to participate in this tour. However, in order to book this tour, you must provide us with full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so that our guides can secure the proper tour visas on your behalf. Note also that, if you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own while not accompanied by one of our guides, you will need to secure an independent visa.

Please be aware that cruise lines occasionally mislead passengers by telling them that they are not allowed to disembark the ship in St. Petersburg unless they are on an excursion purchased through the cruise line. In addition, the cruise lines also sometimes tell passengers that they cannot disembark the ship until the passengers on the cruise lines' excursions have done so first. This is incorrect, and you are free to exit the ship as soon as passengers start to disembark because Russian law states that a cruise ship cannot hold passengers onboard against their will as long as they have the proper documents. In order to clear immigration, you will need to bring along: 1) Your passport; 2) A photocopy of the picture page of your passport; and3) A copy of your tour tickets. 4) An immigration form passed out to all guests on the ship. We will provide you with your tour tickets as part of the documents we e-mail to you after you make a tour booking.


You must allow plenty of time to get through the security at St Petersburg Port, sometimes the queues at security can be very long and it can take a long time to get through, please disembark your cruise ship in plenty of time in order to meet your tour.

Please note: Going through security checks on your first day of arrival may take a long time, UVisitRussia do not have any control of this, please be patient and allow plenty of time. If you are touring the 2nd day, generally security is not as bad as the 1st day of arrival.

It is important you travel with your shore excursion vouchers and visas. We will send this information via email approximately 7 working days prior to your travel date (once you have provided your passport information), if you travel without these documents you will not be able to pass through security thus resulting in you not being able to join the tour (in these cases uVisitRussia cannot be held responsible for tours being missed and no refund of this tour will be given).


Comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible atta... Read more
Saint Petersburg : The Drawing Bridges
St. Petersburg’s drawbridges are a major tourist attraction. The Drawbridges Boat Tour is a great opportunity to watch bridges rise their wings very close. Like Venice, St. Petersburg is situated on several big and small islands, and thus one can hardly walk more than a few hundred meters without crossing a bridge. The night river atmosphere with perfect sight of the Peter & Paul Fortress, Vasilievskiy Island and the most romantic time ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Academy of Arts
The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, informally known as the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was founded in 1757 by Ivan Shuvalov under the name Academy of the Three Noblest Arts. Catherine the Great renamed it the Imperial Academy of Arts and commissioned a new building, completed 25 years later in 1789 by the Neva River. The academy promoted the neoclassical style and technique, and sent ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Canal Cruise
St. Petersburg is also called “the Venice of the North”, and that is why your tour also includes a cruise on the River Neva and the picturesque downtown canals by small open-air boat. Read more
Enjoying a prominent location on the Fontanka River Embankment between the Summer Garden and the Mikhailovskiy Garden, the Mikhailovskiy Castle (also known as the Engineers' Castle) is one of St. Petersburg's most striking and unusual buildings, a reflection of Emperor Paul I's fascination with medieval chivalry, mysticism, and all things military.  Read more
Saint Petersburg : Field of Mars
A large park named after Mars, the Roman god of war, situated in the center of Saint Petersburg. Read more
Officially known as the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, this was the first museum in Russia, and is one of the oldest in the world. The museum's founder, Peter the Great, had begun collecting curiosities - stuffed animals, model ships, tools and astronomical instruments. In 1718, The Tsar gave the order for the establishment of a 'kunstkammer' (a chamber of art), and himself enriched the collection with exhibits brought back from eac... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Winter Palace
St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. Read more
The city of Saint Petersburg is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world's gr... Read more
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Our flexible payment options allow you to pay 20% of a deposit first and the remaining 80% in 14 days prior to your tour date - payment can be done both online or over the phone. This gives you the peace of mind knowing your spaces are booked on the tours and that you do not miss out on making the most of your time in Russia.

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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the best tour guides only. Multilingual and well travelled, each possesses deep insight into the diverse attractions and cultural patterns throughout the region. With us guides undergo a rigorous selection process, achieving outstanding knowledge of local culture and language. Rest assured that the best tour guides only will be working on the tours to give you excellent opportunity to explore the best of the sights during both short and long-term stay in Russia.

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2 person - US$ 310 (US$ 155 per person)
3 person - US$ 360 (US$ 120 per person)
4 person - US$ 456 (US$ 114 per person)
5 person - US$ 490 (US$ 98 per person)
6 person - US$ 522 (US$ 87 per person)
7 person - US$ 553 (US$ 79 per person)
8 person - US$ 584 (US$ 73 per person)
9 person - US$ 621 (US$ 69 per person)
10 person - US$ 650 (US$ 65 per person)
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