1 Day Tour: St. Petersburg Must See

St. Petersburg must see








What can you see in St. Petersburg, if you only have one day? If this is your first visit to our beautiful city, then, of course, your choice will be the top St. Petersburg must see things:

  • River and canal boat tour to start with. Our city is laid out on numerous islands intersected with rivers and canals. A boat ride is certainly St. Petersburg must see number 1.
  • Peterhof Palace in the morning. This opulent summer residence of the Romanov-tsars will give you an idea of not only excessive life-style of the former Russian elite, but also of the ingenious inventions of Peter the Great, that he managed to carry out. The fountain system that works on the natural principle of gravity without any pumping or recycling is definitely one of such. Among all the Petersburg palaces, Peterhof was the favourite “child” of Peter the Great, his entertainment place, his ambition.
  • Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum in the afternoon. This St. Petersburg must see is both artistic and educational. The Hermitage is one of the world’s largest museums. One cannot possibly see all of it on one day. But there’s an advantage to that: you can relax and choose what you prefer to see. It can be more of the Winter Palace with its reception rooms, throne halls and private living quarters of the Russian tsars. Art lovers choose West European art collections and plunge into artistic masterpieces and beautiful decorations for the art.


    Group size2 pax4 pax6 pax8 pax10 pax12 pax14 pax
    Price per adult287 USD192 USD156 USD140 USD132 USD123 USD114 USD
    Price pp including early booking discount272 USD182 USD148 USD133 USD125 USD116 USD108 USD
    The price includes:
    • local taxes, port charges, visa-free tour tickets (complimentary),
    • driving city tour,
    • river and canal boat tour (privately for the group – separate boat),
    • hydrofoil ride across the Gulf of Finland to St. Petersburg city centre,
    • Peterhof Palace and fountain parks,
    • Hermitage tour (main complex, incl. Winter Palace, Small, Old & New Hermitages) or Russian Museum tour on Monday,
    • English-speaking tour guide, ear-phones for groups larger than 6 persons,
    • transport: a/c van of the necessary size,
    • Bottled water supply for 2 days

    St. Petersburg Must See tour itinerary is as follows:


    8:00 – pick up from the cruise ship


    8:30 – pick up from your hotel

    9:00 – Start your sightseeing with a river and canal boat ride

    Drive outside the city to a satellite town to St. Petersburg called Peterhof (or Petrodvoretz in the Soviet times)

    10:30 – a walk in the Upper Fountain Garden of Peterhof, see how the fountain system is gradually launched in the morning

    11:00 – tour of the Grand Peterhof Palace (gorgeous interiors with none of the room design repeating)

    12:00 – tour of the Lower Fountain Park (see the most famous cascades and fountains)

    Time for lunch/snack/coffee-break on the grounds of the fountain parks

    14:00 – high speed hydrofoil boat will take you across the Gulf of Finland to the very heart of St. Petersburg. You will arrive to the Palace embankment and finish the ride straight opposite the Winter Palace

    14:45 – overview tour of the Hermitage Museum will start at the Winter Palace. Stunning reception rooms of the former official winter-time Royal residence never fails to impress. The amazing collections of West European art will be a jewel in the collection of things to see for the day

    By 18:00 – finish at your hotel or return to your cruise ship


    If your hotel is located close to the Hermitage, you might opt to stay longer in the museum and explore more things – on your own or with your tour guide.

    If you arrive by a cruise that docks for just 1 day in St. Petersburg, it may be necessary to adjust the tour timing. Just let us know and we’ll arrange the tour in the most comfortable way for you.


    There are three most famous St. Petersburg palaces: Winter Palace, Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace. The first two are listed in the itinerary above. If you would like to see the third one, it is possible either to make your tour more active and squeeze Catherine Palace in, alternatively you can replace Peterhof Palace or Winter Palace (the Hermitage) with Catherine Palace in the given tour plan. It may be necessary to see sites in a different order, subject to entrance time confirmed by the museums This tour is not available on Mondays.