ReviewsPacked in Loads with A Private Guide & Driver - Would Recommend

Was very dubious before leaving England whether to book an independent private guide in St Petersburg or go on the cruise ships excursions, especially with the Visa situation in Russia. I was travelling with my husband and another couple.

How pleased I was we took the leap of faith. Our Guide Tatiana was so knowledgeable and seem to know the private entrance to get into the Hermitage and other attractions on our itinerary which saved us so much time, by not going with a bus load of people.

We did fit an awful lot into 2 days, which was a bit tiring especially as we opted to go and see Swan Lake at the theatre at night, however as a one off visit, we got to see a lot in a short space of time.

I can highly recommend MaxiBalt Tours and the owner Alexei, who I Skype d before deciding on the final itinerary. His English is perfect and he is very accommodating and professional from start to finish.

From a monetary point of you, we spent less on the tours than if we had gone with the cruise company and had a minibus, guide and driver just for the 4 of us.

This is what we managed to squeeze into our 2 days


9:00 Meet at the Cruise Ship

9:00 - 12:00 City tour with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress

12:00 - 13:00 Time for lunch

14:00 - 16:00 The guided tour of the The Hermitage Museum

16:30 - 17:30 Canal tour

18:00. Collected at 1900 for Ballet - Swan Lake


9:00 Meet at the Cruise Ship

9:00 - 12:00 Tour of the Catherine's Palace

12:00 - 13:00 Drive to Peterhof

13:00 - 15:30 Tour of the Peterhof Gardens (no inside visits), time for lunch in one of the coffee shops in the park

15:30 - 16:30 Back to St. Petersburg with a Metro tour on the way

17:00 Back to the ship

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Russian Folk Show

Russian Folk Show

When you are in St. Petersburg, ballet is one of the things you can't miss! This is where the Russian Composer Peter Tchaikovsky wrote Swan Lake, one of the most beautiful and dramatic ballets of all times. Ballet here is always accompanied by an orchestra and you can be guaranteed that you will see a high quality performance.

Duration: 2 hours
Russian Ballet

Russian Ballet

If you are looking for a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing and want to get to know the Russian culture and mind, then this show is definitely for you. You will see Russian & Cossack dancing, listen to famous national instruments while beautiful voices sing of the joyful traditions in the Russian countryside. Feel yourself Russian!

Duration: 2-3 hours
Canal Tour

Canal Tour

What can be more impressive than seeing the beauty of St. Petersburg leisurely from the water? The city is criss-crossed with small rivers and canals which make the city look like Venice or Amsterdam. Our comfortable boat will take you past the granite embankments along the main waterways of St. Petersburg.

Duration: 1 hour