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Private Shore Day Trip: Overview City Tour with Hermitage and Cruise to Peterhof Fountain Complex, Traditional Russian dinner and Evening Ballet Performance (15 hours)

Important info

DURATION: 15 Hours
DEPARTURE TIME: 08:00 AM

Highlights

  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples and first-time visitors
  • Fast-track entry: beat the crowds and lines with our skip-the-line tour
  • Traditional Russian Lunch with Vodka shot included
  • Informative, friendly and professional art historian guide

08:00 - Meet our guide at the sea-port terminal with a sign with your name. At the time specified, please get through the customer control.
After you get through the immigration post, you will get to the central hall. Our driver will be at the centre of the terminal.

08-30 - 10-30 - Get your private air-conditioned vehicle and start your excursion around Saint-Petersburg. Admire the golden spire of Peter-and-Paul Fortress, estimate the beauty of  Dvortsovaya Square ensemble, Neva river granite embankments, Nevsky prospect, small rivers and canals, greatness and power of two most outstanding Cathedrals of Saint-Petersburg - Isaakievsky and Kazansky. 

11-00 - 11-45 Make a stop near the Hermitage to get the speed-ship hydrofoil "Meteor" and start your journey to the Peterhof,  named as "Russian Versailles". 45 minutes of beautiful views is for you to make perfect photos!

11-45 - 14-00 Get your personal well-learned guide and start your private excursion around St Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Peterhof. A professional guide has a degree in art history, will tell you what you will never read in the guidebooks, share details with you that you never know during the regular "overview" Peterhof excursion.

14-00 - 14-45 It's time to come back to Saint-Petersburg. Take your speed-ship hydrofoil "Meteor" to get back to the city. 

15-00 - 16-40 - Get your special fast-pass to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg during a 1h 40 min. private excursion with an art-expert guide. Walk few minutes and now you are here. During the small tour you will see state palace interiors of the Winter Palace, the most glorious tsar residence in Russia, started by Empress Elizabeth I and finished under Catherine the Great's rule. View Renaissance masterpieces by Da Vinci and Michelangelo; wonder at works by Rubens and Goya; and admire paintings by Matisse, Picasso and more as your guide explains their meaning and history.

17-00 - 18-20 - After the excursion along the Hermitage galleries you are enough tired and hungry to have some rest for the meal. Be accompanied by your guide to the nearby restaurant and have a 4-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Vodka there. Plunge to the comfortable soft couches and enjoy your meal, feel yourself renewed and ready for the new step of your trip.

18-20 - Driver is waiting for you to get you to one of the best Russian Ballet and Opera theatres. Evening performance starts at 19-00. Best Russian ballet companies of Mariinsky Theatre, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Hermitage Theatre performing Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet to the music of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev and other Russian composers. Estimate brilliant performance of Russian Classical Ballet School and relax listening magic entrancing music.

At about 22-45 - get your driver to come back the ship.

The cost includes:

  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • 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)
  • Fully private tour 
  • Entrance fee to The Hermitage Museum
  • Entrance fee to Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex (no Palace)
  • Roundtrip hydrofoil tickets
  • 4-course Traditional Russian Dinner with 1 shot of best Russian Vodka (please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking)
  • Ticket to the evening performance to one of the Russian Ballet and Opera Theatres of St.Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre or Alexandrinsky Theatre or Hermitage Theatre, based on what is available as per their schedule on the tour date) 
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

The cost does not include:

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

Additional information:

  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • A dress code is required to enter theatres - no shirts
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Citizenship, passport name, number and expiration date are required for all participants
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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
One of the main St. Petersburg's Ballet stages. In Russia, Alexandrinsky Ballet is within 3 top Ballet companies: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Alexandrinsky Ballet.The Hall is the hall of the Imperial theatre, beautifully decorated. In 2007 this historical 18th century building was restored and looks like in 1756. Alexandrinsky Theatre was the main Ballet and Opera stage of the Russian Empire before Mariinsky (Kirov) theatre. Alexand... 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 : Embankment of the Neva River
The Neva is the main waterway of Petersburg and the town is situated along its banks and across the islands of its broad delta. It is one of the largest rivers in Europe by volume of water and also one of the world's shortest major rivers at only 74 kilometers. The Neva connects Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, to the Baltic Sea. For centuries, it was of great strategic importance for transport and so the interests of the Russians, Swedes... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Theatre
Rest assured that ballet performances at the Imperial Hermitage theatre of the State Hermitage are important events in the theatrical life of St. Petersburg. 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
World-known Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera theatre is one of top 6 ballet and opera companies in the world. It is a "must see" in St. Petersburg. The theatre has been the home of Russian ballet and opera since the 1860s and has become a mecca for both Russian and international artists. The theatre was reconstructed by A. Kavos, and in 1860 was opened as the Mariinsky Theatre. It was named after the wife of the reigning Tsar Alexander II, Ma... 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
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
1/7th of the World : Russian Food
Russian Food is a collection of the different cooking traditions of the Russian people.  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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