The tour price is per vehicle, not per person. Car holds three (3) passengers on rear seat with Driver and Guide up front. Please see full description for further details on this option. Entrance fees for 1 venue, photography and video fees are included for the venue incorporated on your selected itinerary (where possible). Any meals, refreshments, subway fees, or gratuities are not included. No deviations can be made to the tour length or advised departure time. The tour order; however, can be discussed on the spot with your guide. A visit to the Hermitage's Gold Rooms is not included in this private vehicle package.
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 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. The Shore Excursions Desk onboard 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.
The entire cost of the vehicle will be charged to one person's credit card details and cannot be divided amongst the party. 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 the Shore Excursion 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 Shore Excursion 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 Shore Excursion Office. If you have any questions, the Shore Excursion Office will be able to assist you accordingly.
Private vehicle bookings do not include entrance fees, meals, gratuities, refreshments, or any further incidental charges that may occur at the time of reservation. You may customize your private vehicle tour by adding venue entrance fees with the Shore Excursions Desk onboard. Please keep in mind that (1 venue for half-day options and 2 venues for full-day options).
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.
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.
Lastly, visits to the Hermitage's Gold Room are only performed by pre-arranged appointments. 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 Yusupov Palace. Video and still photography are not permitted in the Grand Palace of Peterhof.