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Private Tour - Catherine Palace and Hermitage (Visa Included) (8 hours)

Important info

DURATION: 8 Hours
SIZE: Private
TYPE: Cultural
DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00 AM
FOOD/BEVERAGE PROVIDED: None
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
LEAVES FROM: Ship Pier

You will be met at the port by your professional art-historian guide who will accompany you to your air-conditioned vehicle ready to commence your tour.

WHAT YOU VISIT

Take a pleasant drive from St Petersburg through the suburbs to the opulent Catherine Palace.  This estate, in what was formerly known as Tsarskoe Selo, was the summer residence of the imperial family.  Explore its grand staterooms, the superb white marble Grand Staircase and the spectacularly baroque Great Hall, an astonishing room of gilt, carved wood and mirrors and the famous Amber Room that was looted during WWII and has been recently recreated to its former glory.  

Today you will also visit the Hermitage (the Winter Palace).  With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality.  Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety.  The collection is displayed in 4 buildings built in the 18-19th centuries, the home of the Russian Tsars.  Your guide will focus your attention on the highlights of its collection.

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 Catherine's Palace and Amber Room
  • Entrance fee to the Hermitage museum
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

NOT INCLUDED

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
Restrictions:

Guests must be able to walk a total of approximately 2 miles each day. Long flights of stairs are required to reach the public rooms in most palaces and the Hermitage. Due to the quick pace, this tour is not suitable for any mobility restricted traveler including slow walkers, or guests who need to sit and rest periodically. 

Additional info

Note that all of our tours in St. Petersburg are operated by authorized guides, and you, therefore, do not need to secure an independent visa in order to participate in this tour. However, in order to book this tour, you must provide us with full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so that our guides can secure the proper tour visas on your behalf. Note also that, if you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own while not accompanied by one of our guides, you will need to secure an independent visa.

Please be aware that cruise lines occasionally mislead passengers by telling them that they are not allowed to disembark the ship in St. Petersburg unless they are on an excursion purchased through the cruise line. In addition, the cruise lines also sometimes tell passengers that they cannot disembark the ship until the passengers on the cruise lines' excursions have done so first. This is incorrect, and you are free to exit the ship as soon as passengers start to disembark because Russian law states that a cruise ship cannot hold passengers onboard against their will as long as they have the proper documents. In order to clear immigration, you will need to bring along: 1) Your passport; 2) A photocopy of the picture page of your passport; and 3) A copy of your tour tickets. 4) An immigration form passed out to all guests on the ship. We will provide you with your tour tickets as part of the documents we e-mail to you after you make a tour booking.

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 of this, please be patient and allow plenty of time. If you are touring the 2nd day, generally security is not as bad as the 1st day of arrival.

It is important you travel with your shore excursion vouchers and visas. We will send this information via email approximately 7 working days prior to your travel date (once you have provided your passport information), if you travel without these documents you will not be able to pass through security thus resulting in you not being able to join the tour (in these cases uVisitRussia cannot be held responsible for tours being missed and no refund of this tour will be given).

Dress:

Comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.

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
The Palace-and-Park ensemble of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) - a former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XX centuries, famous for the splendor of its Baroque interiors, including the stunning Gold suite of rooms and the unique Amber Room, the 8th wonder of the world. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions ris... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Amber room
The Amber Room is one of the most famous, mysterious, and majestic rooms of Catherine's Palace in St. Petersburg. Often hailed as "the eighth wonder of the world," it is an opulent room adorned with gold and precious amber. When Peter the Great met Frederick William I in November 1716 to mark the conclusion of an alliance between Russia and Prussia, the King gave the Emperor gifts that included the Amber Study. Peter wrote at the time to Empress ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Winter Palace
St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. Read more
The city of Saint Petersburg is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world's gr... Read more
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2 person - US$ 570 (US$ 285 per person)
3 person - US$ 654 (US$ 218 per person)
4 person - US$ 740 (US$ 185 per person)
5 person - US$ 835 (US$ 167 per person)
6 person - US$ 930 (US$ 155 per person)
7 person - US$ 1029 (US$ 147 per person)
8 person - US$ 1104 (US$ 138 per person)
9 person - US$ 1161 (US$ 129 per person)
10 person - US$ 1250 (US$ 125 per person)
Price for persons: 1 - 9

Our flexible payment options allow you to pay 20% of a deposit first and the remaining 80% in 14 days prior to your tour date - payment can be done both online or over the phone. This gives you the peace of mind knowing your spaces are booked on the tours and that you do not miss out on making the most of your time in Russia.

Also you get the best, top-rated and most experienced and knowledgeable hand-picked tour guide appointed on a priority basis.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the best tour guides only. Multilingual and well travelled, each possesses deep insight into the diverse attractions and cultural patterns throughout the region. With us guides undergo a rigorous selection process, achieving outstanding knowledge of local culture and language. Rest assured that the best tour guides only will be working on the tours to give you excellent opportunity to explore the best of the sights during both short and long-term stay in Russia.

Once you complete your reservation, we will send you a booking confirmation email. As the day of the tour approaches, our logistics team will provide you with all relevant information for your tour.

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2 person - US$ 570 (US$ 285 per person)
3 person - US$ 654 (US$ 218 per person)
4 person - US$ 740 (US$ 185 per person)
5 person - US$ 835 (US$ 167 per person)
6 person - US$ 930 (US$ 155 per person)
7 person - US$ 1029 (US$ 147 per person)
8 person - US$ 1104 (US$ 138 per person)
9 person - US$ 1161 (US$ 129 per person)
10 person - US$ 1250 (US$ 125 per person)
Price for persons:
688