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Complete St. Petersburg Tour with Shopping and Boat Trip (Visa Included) (3 days)

Important info

DURATION: 3 Days
TYPE: Cultural
DEPARTURE TIME:
FOOD/BEVERAGE PROVIDED: None
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
LEAVES FROM: Ship Pier

Inside visits of:

  • Fountains and Park Complex of Peterhof
  • Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Faberge Museum

As well as:

  • Boat trip
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Shopping

DAY 1

  • 9.00 am - Meeting at the ship (please, note the time of the beginning of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm - City tour - includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg. You will see the main city's highlights, Nevsky Prospect - city's main avenue, 3 main cathedrals of St.Petersburg: St Isaac's, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and Savior on Blood Church and have guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. 

The St Isaac's Cathedral is the former principal Orthodox cathedral of the country and one of the most visited city landmarks. The exterior of the cathedral barely hints at its breathtaking interior, which is adorned with gold, semi-precious stones, mosaics and oil paintings.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is located on the main street of the city. It was inspired by St Peter's Basilica in Rome. This impressive church became a monument to Russia's victory after the war of 1812. The church has regular services and it is also home to a museum.

The Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded. The interior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

Peter and Paul Fortress: originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London and a place for political prisoners - including Peter the Great's own son.

The Peter and Paul Cathedral: the city's tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great; even today, only the television tower exceeds it in the height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th-century paintings and icons, and the tombs of many tsars and tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch (expenses not included)
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Shared boat ride along rivers and canals
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  - Guided tour of the Faberge Museum (At this point of the tour you will join a small group tour up to 15-18 people, in all other museums you will have private tours. In case of small group tour is not available for this date, you will be able to explore the Museum with an audioguide (cost 150 RUB/per person / the deposit for each audioguide is 1000 RUB/per person, that will be refunded to you as you finish exploring the Museum). If you prefer to have a private Faberge tour, please contact us for more details)

Faberge Museum: was founded to preserve, study, and promote Russia's cultural heritage as well as to develop the city's extensive network of museums. The museum's collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jewelled works of art but also as unique historical artefacts. The museum's collection also includes decorative and applied works made by the Russian masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • 5:00 pm - Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre/folk show)

DAY 2

  • 9:30 am - Meeting at the ship
  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm - Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slot). 

The Hermitage: the Tsars' former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world's premier art collections. Your 3-3.5 hour guided tour will take you through rooms which contain over three million pieces of art, including paintings by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. Designed by Rastrelli, the Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases and moulded and decorated ceilings.

  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Hydrofoil ride to Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex

Hydrofoil ride: As long as St.Petersburg was built as a seaport, the main and most beautiful buildings are located on the shores of Neva river, with facades to the river, so you will have an excellent opportunity to consider the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of St. Petersburg from the water, a perspective most people will never see. It is the best place which offers you an unobstructed view of the banks, for there are a number of remarkable sites to look at. The hydrofoil trip itself from St.Petersburg to Peterhov will take you only 45 minutes, which is three times faster than if you travel there by car and definitely more exciting!

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Lunch (expenses not included)
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex exploration

Peterhof: former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, but has been restored to its full splendour. The gardens are dotted with charming pavilions, summer houses and are also home to Peterhof's famous fountains, including the Samson Cascade and the ever-popular Joke Fountains, one of which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Hydrofoil back to St.Petersburg
  • 6:30 pm - Return to the ship or optional evening program (Evening city tour / Vodka Museum)

DAY 3

  • 9:00 am - Meeting at the ship
  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Shopping and Lunch (own expenses), accompanied by guide and driver. 

Want to bring home some amazing souvenirs, search out unique gifts, or simply love shopping? This day offers some unique shopping experiences in St. Petersburg along Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg's main street. It is impossible to get to know the real Russia without getting acquainted with its traditions, folklore, customs, beliefs, and, of course, applied art. Applied arts of Russia accumulate all the abovementioned for the hand-made works produced by traditional masters. We will pick you up from your ship and you will begin a journey to the best shops in the city. You will visit the store located at the Arts' square (close to the Grand Hotel Europe), a definite highlight and home to a range of paintings created by local Russian artists, together with various souvenirs and craftworks, ATM and money exchange facilities. US dollars and major credit cards can be used in the store. You will take great pleasure in shopping for these exclusively Russian works of art and in afterwards presenting your relatives and friends with these souvenirs which will not only take your breath away but also keep the memory about Russia in your hearts for a long time. Then, put your purchases at your vehicle and walk to the flea market behind the Spilled Blood Cathedral. There is the best shopping for price and selection. Here U.S. dollars are readily accepted and the prices are negotiable. Visit Gostiny Dvor, a huge department store, where you can buy such traditional Russian goods as lacquered boxes, jewellery, pins, hand-painted nesting dolls, usually called "Matryoshka dolls", china and porcelain and many others. Constructed between 1757 and 1785, Gostiny Dvor has a reputation for being one of the world's first shopping malls and occupies a whole city block on Nevsky Prospekt. At the end of your visit, put all your treasures on your vehicle and return to the ship.

If you wish to explore some more sights on this day - let us know.

INCLUDED

  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Entrance fee tо Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex (no Palace)
  • Entrance fee to Hermitage museum
  • Entrance fee to Faberge museum
  • Boat trip
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees and local taxes
  • Headsets for the groups of 7 and up

NOT INCLUDED

  • Cost of lunches. It's recommended to add lunch if your group is 7 people+. The additional cost is $25 per person per 1 lunch in a restaurant.
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional evening activities on Day 1 and 2

Note, please:

  • We provide a discount for children up to 6 y.o.
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!
  • Please, ensure that you make your booking at least 5-7 working days prior to your ship's arrival to St. Petersburg. The port authorities require all passport information in advance and late bookings sent in less than 5 working days will be rejected.

Important Information:

You must allow plenty of time to get through the security at St Petersburg Port, sometimes the queues at security can be very long and it can take a long time to get through, please disembark your cruise ship in plenty of time in order to meet your tour.

Please note: Going through security checks on your first day of arrival may take a long time, UVisitRussia do not have any control over this, please be patient and allow plenty of time. If you are touring the 2nd or 3rd day, generally security is not as bad as the 1st day of arrival.

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is the world culture encyclopaedia written in Russian. It is a unique museum that combines a beautiful art collection with the memory of Russian national history. This is a museum of culture, a museum of art, a museum of Russian history, and also the museum of Russian architecture. The whole Hermitage is where the heritages of different nations were collected and displayed. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the w... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peterhof
A symbol of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an absolute must-see for tourists - Peterhof, also known as "the capital of fountains", is reason enough to go to Russia and admire its unique fountains and palaces. The palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille", although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic... Read more
Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible atta... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Nevsky Prospect
Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Admiralty
The One of St. Petersburg most oldest and, arguably, most historically important buildings, the Admiralty building serves as the focal point of Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and Voznesenskiy Prospekt. While its location at the convergence of some of St. Petersburg's most epochal streets embodied Peter's emphasis and, some would say, obsession with the importance of northern capital's maritime might, it served a far more important and reali... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Canal Cruise
St. Petersburg is also called “the Venice of the North”, and that is why your tour also includes a cruise on the River Neva and the picturesque downtown canals by small open-air boat. Read more
Saint Petersburg : Faberge Museum
The astonishing Faberge museum is the newest and probably the most anticipated museum in St Petersburg. It holds the largest collection of fabulous Faberge eggs. The core of the museum's collection, Imperial Easter eggs were created for the last two Russian Tsars. There are a galaxy of other items made by Faberge, as well as his contemporaries. The museum also holds decorative applied and fine arts, including amazing gold and silver items, painti... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Kazansky Cathedral
Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Palace Square
Palace Square, one of the most famous squares in the world, serves as an excellent example of how different architectural styles can be combined in a most elaborate and aesthetically pleasing way. This amazing Square, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance. The architectura... Read more
Very early in the history of St. Petersburg the Strelka (spit) of the Vasilievsky Island, the largest island in the Neva delta, was intended to become the heart of downtown St Petersburg. Some of the buildings, such as the Customs House, still remind us today of Tsar Peter’s original intentions. Although the downtown area of the city eventually moved onto the left bank of the river, the architects of the early 19th century di... Read more
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2 person - US$ 1132 (US$ 566 per person)
3 person - US$ 1269 (US$ 423 per person)
4 person - US$ 1404 (US$ 351 per person)
5 person - US$ 1550 (US$ 310 per person)
6 person - US$ 1740 (US$ 290 per person)
7 person - US$ 1890 (US$ 270 per person)
8 person - US$ 2008 (US$ 251 per person)
9 person - US$ 2142 (US$ 238 per person)
10 person - US$ 2280 (US$ 228 per person)
Price for persons:
675