Private Tour: Neva river cruise - Faberge Halls - State Hermitage Museum - 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Russian Vodka - Russian Classical Ballet Performance (12 hours) - uVisitRussia
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Private Tour: Neva river cruise - Faberge Halls - State Hermitage Museum - 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Russian Vodka - Russian Classical Ballet Performance (12 hours)

Feel the beauty of Saint-Petersburg from water! Don't forget to take your camera to make unforgettable breathtaking pictures of Saint-Petersburg, it's canals and bridges. Go under the widest bridge in the world - the Blue Bridge! Admire golden wings of flying lions on the Bank Bridge and give a kiss to your sweet heart going under Bridge of Kisses. Admire unbelievable treasuries of the UNESCO-listed Faberge Halls in the Hermitage State Museum and finish your wonderful day by looking at the amazing ballet performance of world famous Russian Classical Ballet. This well-combined and perfectly organised tour with skip-the-line access to the top attractions lets you take the best of Saint-Petersburg in 1 Day! Don't miss this chance and Saint-Petersburg will not leave you indifferent. Fall in love with this wonderful city!
  • Enjoy a romantic night including dinner
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

10-00 - Meet your driver at the sea-port with sign with your name. At the time specified, please pass through customs control and the immigration post, and arrive in the central hall. Our driver will be at the center of the terminal and move you to Neva pier.

11-00 - The driver will help you to board on the boat. Start your 2-hours river cruise with audio-guide. You will see the beauty of the city from water - truly unbelievable impressions! You will cross the canals, going under the famous Saint-Petersburg bridges which lattices do not repeat and have it's own exclusive design. You will see from the water the stars of the city which made Saint-Petersburg so popular among the thousands of visitors from all over the world - Admiralty, Krukov Canal, "Bronze Horseman", Saint-Isaac's Cathedral and Peter-and-Paul Fortress, Summer Garden and Winter Palace, you will go under the widest bridge in the world - the Blue Bridge (97,3 meters), give a kiss to your sweetheart going under Pozeluyev "kiss" Bridge. There are free umbrellas and free wifi on board. 

13-00 - Meet your guide with sign with your name just upon the ship arrival on the pier and start your excursion around Saint-Petersburg Hermitage State museum which is located in walking distance from the pier. During this 4-hours excursion knowledgeable art historian guide will give you brilliant facts you never know from the guide books. In about 1-1,5 hours from the excursion beginning the guide will offer you to make some coffee-break at the Hermitage cafe (own expense). Then you can continue to see other exhibits of the Hermitage. After that follow to the unique Faberge Halls of the Hermitage with your guide. Faberge Halls have been open only few months ago. You can be the one of few who already had the possibility to see himself the present of Vladimir Putin to the 250-years anniversary of the Hermitage - The egg of Rothschild - work of Faberge Factory in 1902. It does not have any analogues all over the world.

At about 17-00 the guide will leave you at the authentic Russian restaurant to devour a 3-course traditional Russian dinner and 1 shot (50 ml) of Russian Vodka. The guide will help you to have seats and check that everything is alright for you. After you finish the dinner, the driver will take you to one of the best Russian ballet and opera theatres.

It is time to admire one of the classical ballet performances: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet or others on the outstanding ballet stages of the world famous Mariinsky, or Alexandrinsky or Hermitage Ballet theatre (based on the schedule available for a particular tour date). Starting time is usually around 7:30 pm gand the performance lasts for about 2-2.5 hours.

After the performance is over, our driver will lead you back to your ship.

The cost includes:

  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Fully private tour
  • 2-hours Neva River cruise with audio-guide
  • Entrance fee to The Hermitage Museum and Faberge Halls
  • 3-course Traditional Russian Dinner with 1 shot of best Russian Vodka (please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking)
  • Ticket to the evening performance to one of the Russian Ballet and Opera Theatres of St.Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre or Alexandrinsky Theatre or Hermitage Theatre, based on what is available as per their schedule on the tour date) 
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

The cost does not include:

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

Additional information:

  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • A dress code is required to enter theatres - no shirts
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Citizenship, passport name, number and expiration date are required for all participants
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The timings in the itinerary are approximate and can be altered based on entrance time available to a particular sight

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


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 we 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.

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).

Duration: 12 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM

Important info

Price includes
  • Port pickup and drop-off by car (Private transfers)
  • Private tour of the Hermitage State Museum and Faberge Halls
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional art historian guide (at the Hermitage and Faberge Halls)
  • Neva river cruise (free Wi-fi and umbrellas on board).
  • Tickets for the ballet performance (one of the best seats with a full view of the stage)
  • 3-course Russian dinner with 1 shot of Russian vodka (50 ml)
Not included
  • Coffee-break at the Hermitage cafe (optional)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of theatre performances. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • If you prefer opera rather than ballet please advise and you will be served with the best available options
  • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • The excursion is in English, but other languages are possible for the additional payment. Please, advise if you need this option
Departure and Return
Departure point
Saint-Petersburg sea port
Departure time
12 hrs (approx.)
Return details
Saint-Petersburg sea port

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 : 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 : Admiralty
The One of St. Petersburg most oldest and, arguably, most historically important buildings, the Admiralty building serves as the focal point of Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and Voznesenskiy Prospekt. While its location at the convergence of some of St. Petersburg's most epochal streets embodied Peter's emphasis and, some would say, obsession with the importance of northern capital's maritime might, it served a far more important and reali... Read more
One of the main St. Petersburg's Ballet stages. In Russia, Alexandrinsky Ballet is within 3 top Ballet companies: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Alexandrinsky Ballet.The Hall is the hall of the Imperial theatre, beautifully decorated. In 2007 this historical 18th century building was restored and looks like in 1756. Alexandrinsky Theatre was the main Ballet and Opera stage of the Russian Empire before Mariinsky (Kirov) theatre. Alexand... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Bank Bridge
Just a few minutes' walk down the Griboedov Canal from Nevsky Prospekt and Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg's Bank Bridge is one of the world's most beautiful pedestrian bridges, thanks to the glorious sculptures of golden-winged griffons by famous local sculptor Pavel Sokolov. At 1.85 meters, it is also the narrowest in the city, a miniature architectural gem. Read more
Saint Petersburg : Blue Bridge
The widest bridge in St. Petersburg, the Blue Bridge can easily pass unnoticed, as it carries much of St. Isaac's Square on its 97.3-meter back. The first section of the present bridge, a single iron span on stone supports designed by V. Geste, was erected in 1805. In 1841, the bridge was more than doubled in size to its present width. Read more
The most famous statue of Peter the Great was immortalised as the Bronze Horseman in the epic poem by Alexander Pushkin. With his horse (representing Russia) rearing above the snake of treason, Peter's enormous statue was sculpted over 12 years for Catherine the Great by Frenchman Etienne Falconet. Its inscription reads 'To Peter I from Catherine II – 1782'. The Bronze Horseman, an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter ... 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
Saint Petersburg : Faberge Museum
The astonishing Faberge museum is the newest and probably the most anticipated museum in St Petersburg. It holds the largest collection of fabulous Faberge eggs. The core of the museum's collection, Imperial Easter eggs were created for the last two Russian Tsars. There are a galaxy of other items made by Faberge, as well as his contemporaries. The museum also holds decorative applied and fine arts, including amazing gold and silver items, painti... Read more
World-known Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera theatre is one of top 6 ballet and opera companies in the world. It is a "must see" in St. Petersburg. The theatre has been the home of Russian ballet and opera since the 1860s and has become a mecca for both Russian and international artists. The theatre was reconstructed by A. Kavos, and in 1860 was opened as the Mariinsky Theatre. It was named after the wife of the reigning Tsar Alexander II, Ma... Read more
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Saint Petersburg : Summer Garden
The Summer Garden occupies an island between the Fontanka, Moika, and the Swan Canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia and shares its name with the adjacent Summer Palace of Peter the Great. 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
1/7th of the World : Russian Food
Russian Food is a collection of the different cooking traditions of the Russian people.  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.

Also you get the best, top-rated and most experienced and knowledgeable hand-picked tour guide appointed on a priority basis.
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.

Once you complete your reservation, we will send you a booking confirmation email. As the day of the tour approaches, our logistics team will provide you with all relevant information for your tour.

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