Cruise stopover in St Petersburg – Do I need a visa?

If you are on a cruise ship with a scheduled stop in St Petersburg and wish to see the sights, you have two choices to disembark and visit the city. You can obtain a Russian visa and travel according to your own schedule or you can book an organised tour which will not require you to apply for a Russian visa.

1. Obtaining a Russian Visa

If you wish to travel freely throughout St Petersburg and not be restricted to the schedule of an organised tour then you will need to obtain a Russian visa.  We will help you throughout this entire process, use the 'check visa costs and apply' widget on this page to get you started.  Alternatively you can call us on 020 7993 8027 to speak with one of our visa agents or live chat with us.

Do I need a single or double visa? If your cruise ship is scheduled to stop in St Petersburg for 2 days and you wish to visit St Petersburg on both days then you will need a double entry visa if you intend to return to the ship at night.  Alternatively you may wish to book a hotel in St Petersburg and return to the ship at the end of the second day, in this case a single entry visa will be sufficient.

2. Book an organised tour

There are several tours available in St Petersburg each of which do not require you to obtain a Russian visa of your own as you will be 'covered' under the tour organisers agreement. If you would like more information about any of these tours please call us on 020 7993 8027 or live chat with a member of our team.

1 Day Tours
Are you travelling to St Petersburg on a cruise ship? You will need a visa if you wish to go ashore and explore the city on your own. Do you need a visa for St Petersburg Russia? All UK passport holders and most other nationalities require a visa to visit Russia regardless of how you arrive. You can check prices and start the Russian visa application process here.

St Petersburg City Tour

£125

Places visited

Hermitage Museum,  Fountain Park in Peterhoff,  Catherine Palace & Amber Room,  Church on Spilt Blood

Extras included

Hydrofoil Ride (Hermitage Pier to Lower Fountain Park),  Metro ride + Tour, Traditional Russian Lunch

Times

7.30am to 6.30pm (intensive pace)

Book

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St Petersburg Private Tour

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Places visited

City Orientation, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral, St Isaacs Cathedral, Canal Tour, Hermitage Museum

Extras included

Bottled water, English speaking tour guide

Times

9.00am to 6.00pm (Moderate pace)

Book

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2 Day Tours

St Petersburg All Inclusive

£220

Places visited

Hermitage, Peterhoff fountain parks & fountain launching ceremony, Catherine palace & Amber room, St Isaacs cathedral, Church on spilt blood, Peter & Paul fortress, Yusupov palace.

Extras included

Metro tour, Hydrofoil ride to Peterhoff, Private boat trip along the rivers and canals, Russian lunch

Times

Day 1: 7.30am to 6.30pm (intensive pace)
Day 2: 8.00am to 5.00pm (intensive pace)

Book

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St Petersburg Faberge Tour

£205

Places visited

Peterhoff fountain park, Catherine palace & Amber room, Peter & Paul fortress & cathedral, Church on Spilt Blood, Hermitage museum, Faberge museum.

Extras included

Metro tour, Hydrofoil ride to Peterhoff, Russian lunch

Times

Day 1: 8.00am to 5.00pm (moderate pace)
Day 2: 9.00am to 4.00pm (moderate pace)

Book

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3 Day Tours

St Petersburg Group Tour

£300

Places visited

Fountain park in Peterhoff, Peterhoff Grand palace, Catherine palace & Amber room, St Peter & Paul cathedral, Church on spilt blood, Hermitage, St Isaacs cathedral, Yusupov palace, Faberge museum.

Extras included

Metro tour, Farmers market, Hydrofoil ride to Peterhoff, Private boat trip along the rivers and canals, Traditional Russian lunch

Times

Day 1: 9.00am to 5.00pm (moderate pace)
Day 2: 9.00am to 5.00pm (moderate pace)
Day 3: 9.00am to 4.00pm (moderate pace)

Book

Call us 020 7993 8027 or Live Chat