Only the Best - 1 Day Shore excursion


I offer visa-free private, individual tours and shore excursions. Please bear this in mind when comparing services and prices. Other guides and tour companies may quote for you joining one of their group tours.

Price: 245USD per person for a 1 day tour

To book tour or ask any questions please email: [email protected]


What is included:

About the tour


Day 1

8:30-9.30: Meeting in the port

You will see me waiting for you once you have disembarked and cleared passport control.
Meeting clients in the port
Meeting in the port.
9:30-11.30: Panoramic city bus tour
We start with a bus tour around the main sights of St. Petersburg with stops for photos at the most photogenic ones. Amongst those we pass will be: Nevsky Prospekt, Kazan Cathedral, Michael's Castle, Summer Garden, Spit of Basil Island,St. Petersburg University and the Admiralty.
Nevsky Prospect
Gostiny Dvor on Nevsky Prospect
11.30-12.30 Church on the spilled blood.

We will have an inside tour St Petersburg’s most elaborate church marvelling at the dazzling exterior and an interior decorated with some 7000 sq metres of mosaics, Italian coloured marbles and decorative stones from the Urals and Altai region.
Church on the spilled blood
Church on the spilled blood
12.30-13.30: Lunch or coffee break at a local cafe.

Pelmeni - a traditional dish.
13.30-16.00: Hermitage tour.

Marvel at the magnificent interiors of the winter palace while viewing the stunning collections of European art which are displayed in the museum.

I am happy to adapt the tour to your interests: it can be focused on the history of Russian royal family plus the most impressive interiors OR on the art collection - we can agree it in advance.
Peacock Clock
Peacock clock in the Hermitage museum.
16.00-18.00: Peter and Paul Fortress

Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and named after two apostles it is one of the city's most popular sights. Here we will have a walking tour around the inside of the fortress seeing gardens, statutes, and several historic buildings.
Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Fortress
18.00-19.00: Canal boat tour.

Cruising the rivers and canals that surround St. Petersburg is an amazing and fun way to explore the city's attractions and its famous landmarks. This is a public tour, but with an English commentary.
Canal boat tour
Canal boat tour
19.00-20.00: Tour of St. Isaac's cathedral

This lavishly decorated building is the largest cathedral in St. Petersburg and a recognisable city landmark thanks to its imposing golden cupola. We will have a guided tour inside and learn about some of the interesting history of this unique building.
St. Isaac's cathedral
St. Isaac's cathedral
20.00-20.30: Metro Stations

We will visit a couple of the most impressive palatial stations in St. Petersburg where we will see grand columns, marble interiors and ornate decorations of the soviet period.
Metro station
Metro Station
20.30-21.30 Transfer back to your ship.

Optional stop enroute before the end of your tour for souvenir shopping.

You can buy many interesting and unique souvenirs in Russia such as Replica Fabergé Eggs, Porcelain, Lacquered Boxes, Amber items - and of course our famous "matryoshka" nesting dolls.
Souvenir Shop
Display of traditional nesting dolls.
To book tour or ask any questions please email: [email protected]