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Shari, USA
Yulia, thankyou so much for designing our trip to Russia. My grandson Sean and I had the most wonderful time. The sights were amazing. We were able to do a little exploring on our own too. Every one was so helpful. It was especially nice we had the same guide...   read more
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St. Petersburg


Visa-free tours in St. Petersburg for all budgets

See the Peter and Paul Fortress, take a walk on Nevsky Prospekt, visit the Hermitage museum
Express to Russia » Shore excursions

Shore excursions

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Tours to St. Petersburg


  1. Do I need to apply for a Russian Visa?

    Passengers arriving on an ocean or sea cruise do not need a Russian visa if:

    • they stay in the city less than 72 hours;
    • they book a land tour with an Authorized Tour Company and are escorted by a guide and driver during the tour;
    • they spend their nights on board the cruise ship

  2. Are your tours group tours or private tours?

    We are easily able to organize private tour or group tours for parties up to 15 people. Please let us know the type of tour you require when you submit your request and our managers will customize and organize the tour according to your preferences.

  3. Where will our guide be waiting for us on our first day?

    Your guide and driver will meet you by your ship holding a signboard with your name (or the name of one of the parties in your group if on a group tour).

  4. How can we book and pay for our shore tour?

    To book your tour we require a prepayment equivalent to 10% of your tour cost. Full payment is required not later than 14 days before your arrival in St. Petersburg. As soon as you are ready to confirm your booking we will need the following information from you via email for each member of your group:

    • Full name as per passport
    • Passport number
    • Date of Birth
    • Citizenship
    • Dates of the tour with us
    • Name of the ship

    After receiving this information, we will issue tour tickets for each member of your group (one ticket for each day) and forward them to you via email. As of that moment we consider your tour officially booked with us. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard. Payment by bank transfer is also possible.

  5. What is your cancellation policy?

    You can cancel your tour reservation two weeks before your tour begins without any cancellation fee. Cancellations received less than 14 days before the start date of your tour or in case of a no-show on the day of your tour, we will apply a penalty equivalent to 50% of the total cost of the excursion program.

    Concert and theatre tickets: There are no refunds for evening tours (theatre, tickets, folk show or boat rides).

  6. What currency should I use in Russia?

    The official currency in Russia is the Russian rouble. You may exchange money at banks or ATM machines which are conveniently located in most locations in the city. If you need an advice while you are on your tour, our guides will be glad to help you.

    Most shops and restaurants accept the major credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa.

  7. Should I tip the guide and driver?

    Tips to guides and drivers are appreciated – they are not included in the tour cost. The recommended amount is from 5% to 10%, to be given separately to the guide and the driver.

  8. Does your company have a certificate or license to provide tours?

    Our company is a licensed tour operator authorized to provide all types of Russian Tours. Our register number at the Federal Agency of Tourism of the Russian Federation is MVT №009479. We meet our tourists directly at the ship and provide them with tour tickets.

  9. Do you have any special offers or discounts?

    Children 6 years and under are free of charge. A 20 USD discount per day is offered to children 7-17 years old.

  10. What is a tour ticket?

    A tour ticket is an official confirmation that you have booked a tour and is used for passing immigration control in the port. It is important to have it with you for the disembarkation. Usually it is sent via email, you just need to print it and take it with you when you leave your ship.

  11. How does the process of the disembarkation work?

    As soon as your ship is cleared (it takes about 30 minutes) you are allowed to disembark. You should have your tour ticket, immigration card, passport and a photocopy of your passport page with your personal information and photo.

    Our guide will be waiting for you next to the ship at the requested time. Please remember! You are allowed to disembark in St. Petersburg without a Russian visa only f you have all the documents mentioned above.

  12. Will we have lunch during our tour?

    Our packages do not include meals. During the tour our guides will recommend restaurants where you can have lunch. It is also possible to arrange lunch in any restaurant you wish in advance, you will need to send the request to your manager.

Shore excursions with Express to Russia are one of the best ways of seeing St. Petersburg in a limited time

Be prepared to have the time on your life on a tour with us!

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