The tour price is per vehicle, not per person. For those guests who want to experience St. Petersburg in a small group, you can tour the city and surrounding areas via private car or van. A driver with an English-speaking guide will accompany you during the program you have selected. (Foreign language guides may be requested but may incur additional fees.) We have compiled specific itineraries to help maximize your time in port. Listed below and on the following page, you will find the information needed to pre-reserve your private car or van.
Pre-reserving: In order for Royal Caribbean International; to make all of the necessary arrangements, advance reservations are strongly recommended for this service due to limited availability of both vehicles and guides. Actual vehicle type may vary depending on availability and final number of guests participating per vehicle.
General Information: Three (3)-passenger cars or ten (10)-passenger vans can be arranged for your private half-day or full-day excursion. This is a private tour; thus, the family or group of friends who accompany you should agree to share the cost. Royal Caribbean International will not match up persons requesting an excursion to form a private group for a car or van. Please note that a party of two or three must pre-reserve a car, not a van.
Cars and vans should only be pre-reserved by one individual per party, since Royal Caribbean International places orders per vehicle. The entire cost of the vehicle will be charged to that person's credit card details and cannot be divided amongst the party by Royal Caribbean International. A tour ticket will be issued and delivered onboard the ship to the stateroom of the guest booking this tour.
All group participants (in the vehicles) who have pre-reserved a vehicle through Royal Caribbean International Explorations Office will not require an individual Russian visa to participate in this program, unless otherwise stipulated through the Russian Consulate or Embassy in their specific country.
Where To Go: Onboard the ship, the Explorations Office will request the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour. Please provide this information promptly to avoid being denied participation by the local authorities. Private vehicle arrangements are non-refundable after confirmation of the individuals in your party has been provided to the Explorations Office. If you have any questions, the Explorations Office will be able to assist you accordingly.
St. Petersburg is a large city with the same traffic and construction problems found in any other large metropolitan area. Please keep in mind that you must consider travel time, venue location, and crowding when making your tour selections. Since many venues are likely to be visited by other tour groups, please note that you may experience crowding at some locations that is beyond the control of the local agents or Royal Caribbean International.
Lunch Note: The full-day private car or van excursions in St. Petersburg do not include lunch. However, your guide can assist you in choosing a local restaurant suitable for lunch. Kosher food is available in St. Petersburg. It is customary to invite the guide to dine with you, covering his or her expenses. This way, the guide can assist you in ordering and provide an opportunity for you to discuss those subjects concerning St. Petersburg, which may be of interest to you. Your driver will provide his own lunch and remain with the car or van during this time.
In addition, on the day of your private tour, your guide will help organize your itinerary, make recommendations and advise you as to any unusual requests. It cannot be guaranteed that the same guide will escort you on both the AM and PM departures (if 2 are taken) or Day 1 and Day 2 departures (if 2 are taken).
Please keep in mind: Cars hold a maximum of 3 persons. Vans hold a maximum of 10 persons. A party of 2 or 3 must pre-reserve a car only. Vans are reserved for groups of 4 to 10 guests.
Entrance fees (1 venue for half-day options and 2 venues for full-day options), photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated on your selected itinerary (except where noted otherwise). Meals, refreshments, and gratuities are not included. Visits to the Hermitage's Gold Room are only performed by pre-arranged appointments and are not included in the listed Hermitage visit with a private vehicle. Photography in St. Isaac's Cathedral is permitted. No deviations can be made in length of tour or departure time. Subway fees are not included. Video recordings are permitted at the Yusupov Palace. Effective with the 2009 season, video and still photography are not permitted in the Grand Palace of Peterhof.