Cruises to St. Petersburg
Cruise passengers arriving in St. Petersburg by sea can stay in the area for up to 72 hours without Russian visas, as long as their tour is booked with a certified tour company in St. Petersburg.
Palladium is a licensed tour operator, included in the register of the Russia Federal Agency for Tourism — http://www.russiatourism.ru/en
The register number — МВТ 012554.
We are authorized to arrange “blanket visa”/tour ticket for cruise passengers to go on tours in St. Petersburg without Russian visas.
Most of the cruise ships that make calls at St. Petersburg dock for 2 days. Some vessels stay for 3 days and a few others stay for 1 day.
A program for a two days’ stay would include a panoramic city tour, visits to the St. Isaac’s cathedral, the Church-on-Spilt Blood and Peter-and-Paul fortress, an excursion to the Hermitage museum, and a trip to one or two summer palaces of the Russian Tsars — Peterhof, Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) or Pavlovsk. Tickets to a ballet or a folklore show can be arranged for the evening.
This program can certainly be amended to suit one’s requirements either in advance or on site.
An itinerary of a three days’ stay will also start with a city tour and visits to the St. Isaac’s cathedral, the Church-on-Spilt Blood and Peter-and-Paul fortress. The second day will begin with a drive from St. Petersburg through the suburbs to Peterhof. After touring the Grand palace and the fountain park you’ll return to the city to visit the Hermitage museum. On the third day you will see the Catherine’s palace in Pushkin, including the famous Amber Room, and Usupov palace with Rasputin room.
Both itineraries can include a canal cruise.
Passengers arriving by ships that dock in St. Petersburg for 1 day can enjoy a panoramic city tour with visits to St. Isaac’s cathedral and the Church-on-Spilt Blood, excursions at the Hermitage museum and Peter-and-Paul fortress.
For travelers interested in the Jewish heritage of St. Petersburg we arrange a visit to the Big Choral Synagogue, the second largest synagogue in Europe. One can also visit the nearby Small Synagogue which is used for everyday services.
It is always possible to create your own customized personalized private tour.