Home Shore Excursions The Gems of St Petersburg: Hermitage with World's Finest Art, Peter & Paul's Fortress - Burial Place of Romanoff Family and Golden Domed Church on Spilled Blood (Visa Included) (8 hours)

The Gems of St Petersburg: Hermitage with World's Finest Art, Peter & Paul's Fortress - Burial Place of Romanoff Family and Golden Domed Church on Spilled Blood (Visa Included) (8 hours)

Important info

SIZE: Private
TYPE: Cultural

One of the World's most magnificent Cities, St Petersburg stretches over forty-four islands.  The City was built by Peter the Great in the 18th Century to rival the splendour of Paris and combines a wealth of palaces, churches and museums.

A full day of sightseeing includes a general sightseeing tour of the City along with visits to the Hermitage, the World famous Art Treasury, Peter & Paul Fortress, the place where the City started and the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood, one of the City's landmarks, as well as several photo stops and shopping.


09:00 - Port pick up

09:00 - 13:00 - City sightseeing with inside visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral and Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood

13:00 - Lunch (own expense)

14:30 - Hermitage 

17:00 - Back to the port

*The tour time will be set to fit in with ship's arrival/departure time.


The Hermitage - The Tsar's former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world's premier art collections. Your 3 - 3.5 hours guided tour visits the display of rooms, which contain over three million artworks, including paintings by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. Designed by Rastrelli. The Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, moulded and decorated ceilings.

Peter and Paul Fortress - Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London, a place for political prisoners - including Peter the Great's own son.

The Peter and Paul Cathedral - The city's tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great and even today only the television tower exceeds it in the height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th-century paintings and icons - and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

The Church on Spilled Blood - was built on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded.  The interior of the Church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.


  • 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 the Hermitage museum (* If your tour falls on a Monday you will visit St. Isaacs Cathedral instead of Hermitage. (Included in the tour price)
  • Entrance fee to Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral
  • Entrance fee to Savior on Blood Church
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges


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


Guests must be able to walk a total of approximately 2 miles each day. Long flights of stairs are required to reach the public rooms in most palaces and the Hermitage. Due to the quick pace, this tour is not suitable for any mobility restricted traveller including slow walkers, or guests who need to sit and rest periodically. 

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. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is the world culture encyclopaedia written in Russian. It is a unique museum that combines a beautiful art collection with the memory of Russian national history. This is a museum of culture, a museum of art, a museum of Russian history, and also the museum of Russian architecture. The whole Hermitage is where the heritages of different nations were collected and displayed. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the w... 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 : 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
The building of the Peter and Paul Fortress in 1703 marks the founding of the city of St. Petersburg. The fortress has become one of the city's main attractions thanks to its many historic buildings. 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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2 person - US$ 446 (US$ 223 per person)
3 person - US$ 501 (US$ 167 per person)
4 person - US$ 660 (US$ 165 per person)
5 person - US$ 715 (US$ 143 per person)
6 person - US$ 768 (US$ 128 per person)
7 person - US$ 819 (US$ 117 per person)
8 person - US$ 872 (US$ 109 per person)
9 person - US$ 927 (US$ 103 per person)
10 person - US$ 930 (US$ 93 per person)
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