An Unforgettable Evening of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg with Private Roundtrip Transfer (Visa Included) (4 hours) - uVisitRussia
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An Unforgettable Evening of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg with Private Roundtrip Transfer (Visa Included) (4 hours)

St Petersburg is extremely famous for it's many Theatres and of course the Ballet. When porting overnight why not reserve the ballet in one of the most famous theatres in St Petersburg, the Palace Theatre for performances such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker or Don Quixote (this depends when your cruise ship ports and you will be notified 1.5 months prior to your sailing which performance has been reserved).

You will be met at the port by your private driver at around 17:30, who will guide you to an air-conditioned transport ready to take you to the theatre.

St. Petersburg is extremely famous for its many Theatres and of course the Ballet. When porting overnight why not reserve the ballet in one of the most famous theatres in St. Petersburg! The ballet performances from Petersburg provide some of the best ballet dancers and ballet troupes. Nearly every evening the curtain goes up and beautiful ballet performances begin; live music of great composers are played by the symphonic orchestra situated next to the stage.

During this tour, you will admire one of the well-known classical ballet performances: Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Romeo and Juliet or others on the outstanding ballet stage of one of these world-famous theatres (this depends on the date when your cruise ship ports / you will be notified in advance which performance has been reserved).

Theatre tickets must be pre-reserved and it is advisable to pre-reserve them as soon as possible there are limited seats available.

Russian history of ballet can date back to as early as the 17th century during the reign of Peter the Great. Everything has changed but the ballet has remained the same. The breathtaking beauty of the setting, the idiosyncrasies of Russian theatre-going and the historic atmosphere should be more than enough to guarantee a truly memorable evening out. Ballet has always been and will remain one of the most amazing and wonderful spectacles for audiences of all ages and fortunes. Between appearing and its present-day form, the art of ballet has undergone a colossal transformation of its canons, which are now called classical.

The ballet made its way to Russia during the reign of Peter the Great, in the beginning of 18th century. In 1738, thanks to the petition by the French dance master Jean-Batiste Lande, the first Russian ballet school – now world-famous as the St. Petersburg Dance Academy named after Agrippina Vaganova – was established. Noble youth was obligated to study dancing: in St. Petersburg ballet dancing became a mandatory discipline even Noble Cadet Corps.

Almost from the very beginning, Russian ballet tradition acquired fans all over the world. Russian dancers were famous for their grace, fluidity and expression of hand movements and amazing intuitive understanding of their characters. Russian composers, such as Petr Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev, are considered the real maestros of ballet music. Productions by legendary choreographers Marius Petipa, Mikhail Fokin, Vaclav Nizhinsky and George Balanchine are still considered the etalons of world art of choreography. By the early 19th century Russian ballet had morphed into a national school. 'Flight performed by the soul' is how Alexander Pushkin described Russian ballet, whilst speaking of contemporary ballerina A.I.Istomina in Eugene Onegin. Special privilege was extended to ballet among all other theatres. The authorities paid great attention to ballet’s development and provided it with governmental grants. Russian ballet was destined to revive the art worldwide.

After the Russian revolution ballet remained at the centre of nationwide art. In spite of the emigration of a number of leading figures, the school of Russian ballet survived and promoted new performers. A number of new important ballet companies were created in many Russian cities and a number of soon-to-be great dancers came on stage in those years. They included Maya Plisetskaya, R.S.Struchkova, V.T.Bovt and N.B. Fadeyechev. The turning point came in the late 1950s with the appearance of a new generation of choreographers. Among these were Leningrad ballet masters Y.N. Grigorovich and I.D.Belski, who based their ballets on musical and dance dramaturgy that conveyed meaning through dance. They revived forgotten genres such as the one-act ballet, satirical ballet, ballet symphony and choreographic miniature.

Russian companies now tour abroad with increasing success. Dancers and ballet masters started working abroad, staging spectacles and even heading ballet troupes in Europe and America; these world-renowned artists included Nureyev, Makarova, Baryshnikov, Grigorovich, Vinogradov, Plisetskaya and Vasilyev. Russian ballet dancers today occupy principal positions in many foreign ballet troupes, whilst maintaining the best traditions of Russian ballet.

The ballet generally lasts for around 3 hours, you will be returned back to the port around 10.30pm - 11pm.


  • Private roundtrip transportation (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Ballet Tickets (to one of the Opera and Ballet Theatres of St.Petersburg, based on the playbill for a tour date) 
  • Port Visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges


  • Guide services
  • Food / Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional info

Dress code at the Theatre - no shirts.

If your cruise ship is porting overnight the ballet will be scheduled for your 1st night porting.

Note that all of our tours in St. Petersburg are operated by authorized staff, 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 our staff, 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).

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 05:30 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Visa
  • Ballet Tickets
Additional info

If your cruise ship is porting overnight the ballet will be scheduled for your 1st night porting.

Sights included in program

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