About Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.

Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.

Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.

Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.

Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.

Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.

Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.

Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

Peter & Paul Fortress & Menshikov Palace: A UNESCO Partner Tour

3½ Hours
Moderate Walking 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Inscribed in 1990, the Historic Center of St Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments is an extensive collection of monumental architectural elements constructed at a precise time, in a restricted repertoire of styles. These palaces, churches and theaters are masterworks by the greatest architects of the Baroque and Neoclassical styles, extravagantly realized by decree of their royal patrons.

When Peter the Great re-conquered the lands along the Neva River in 1703, he built the Peter & Paul Fortress, intended to protect the area from possible attack by Sweden. Now one of St Petersburg's major attractions, the Peter & Paul Fortress has become an icon of the city. A short drive brings you to a small island on the Neva River Delta for a guided walking tour of the fortress. Among its famous prisoners were writers Dostoevsky and Gorkiy, and revolutionaries Trotsky and Lenin's older brother, Alexander. At the center of the fortress is the Peter & Paul Cathedral, with its magnificent spire -- one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg. In 1998, the remains of Russia's last Czar, Nicholas II, and his wife, children and the servants who died together at the hands of revolutionaries were interred in the cathedral's St Catherine Chapel.

Continue to the home of Alexander Menshikov, Peter the Great's best friend and companion. Originally from a very humble background, Menshikov was quickly promoted by Peter and eventually became the Governor General of St Petersburg. Much of the new capital's construction was carried out under Menshikov's supervision, including the Peter & Paul Fortress. As Governor General, he commissioned the large Menshikov Palace on Vasilievsky Island, where he lived until 1727. Your guided tour of the Menshikov Palace includes the hall, the gala staircase, and Dutch-style rooms with walls and ceilings covered in typical Dutch tiles. Much of the palace interior is adorned with gold, silver, marble, precious woods, paintings, moldings, antique Italian sculptures, large Venetian mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. The walls are upholstered with Chinese silk and tapestries. The walnut study is especially remarkable -- during the restoration work, the ceiling was uncovered to reveal an early 18th-century fresco depicting Peter I as a victorious warrior.

As your visit to this classic palace concludes, you'll return to the pier.

Please note: Tour does not operate on Mondays. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. You will encounter cobblestones at the Peter & Paul Fortress.


Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/540