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Exquisite St. Petersburg (Visas Included)

Enjoy and discover St. Petersburg in the special full most comprehensive 2-day program. A fluent in English and knowledgeable guide is highly recommended in order to understand fully the richness of the Russian culture. You will visit Peterhof, a capital of the world's most wonderful fountains, Pushkin - the summer residence of Russia's most famous Tzarina Catherine the Great and will have a rich sightseeing programme around St.Petersburg to get acquainted with this magnificent city and see thе city at its very best.

This 2 full day program is tailored for the cruise ship passenger who wants to see the most famous sites of St. Petersburg. The two-day program is planned so that you take a trip to the suburban summer residences of the Russian royal family (Pushkin and Peterhof) on one day and on the other day a comprehensive city overview tour with inside visits to Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, Spilled Blood Church and the world-famous Hermitage Museum.

On the first day the tour returns back to the ship at 5:30 PM (17:30), and on the day of your departure one hour before your ship is scheduled to sail.  All the sites and destinations listed below are either visited inside, having photo stops, or just seen as mentioned separately in each case. The order in which they are visited is not given because 1 day in each week every museum is closed, so we rearrange the order and days so the closed museums or palaces are visited on the other day.

DAY 1. 9 HOURS

Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St Petersburg:  to the South to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the West to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). Heading west to Peterhof, you will see the industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.

This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th Century that belonged to the Russian Tsars.

WHAT YOU VISIT:

Catherine Palace - Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.

Peterhof Park - Travel to another 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 countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. 14 Exclusive rates for wholesalers, host agencies and

The fountains of Peterhof are one of the most famous tourist attractions. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

Complimentary with this tour (if weather permits) - you get a one way trip by hydrofoil. This is the fastest and the most enjoyable way of travelling between Peterhof and St. Petersburg. A hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 45 minutes.

DAY 2. 7 HOURS

One of the World's most magnificent Cities, St Petersburg stretches over forty-four islands.  The City was built by Peter the Great in the 18th Century to rival the splendour of Paris and combines a wealth of palaces, churches and museums.

A full day of sightseeing includes a general sightseeing tour of the City along with visits to the Hermitage, the World famous Art Treasury, Peter & Paul Fortress, the place where the City started, and the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood, one of the City's landmarks, as well as several photo stops and shopping.

WHAT YOU VISIT:

The Hermitage - The Tsar's former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world's premier art collections. Your 1.5 - 2 hours guided tour visits the display of rooms, which contain over three million artworks, including paintings by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. Designed by Rastrelli. The Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, moulded and decorated ceilings.

Peter and Paul Fortress - Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London, 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 and 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.

The Church on Spilled Blood - was built on the spot where the Emperor 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.

INCLUDED:

NOT INCLUDED:

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

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Order of tour days may be changed due to days-off on particular sights
  • The timings in the itinerary are approximate and can be altered based on entrance time available to a particular sight
  • Please be advised, that during the high tourist season, the Catherine’s Palace welcomes tourists every day except Tuesday's. However, this may also apply to certain 'Events' also taking place in St. Petersburg.  In these instances, the Palace of Paul might be visited instead of the Catherine’s Palace. *Palace of Paul - The ensemble's fame rests on the splendour of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape park in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of Emperor Paul I and charming rather than grand rooms of his wife Maria.

DEPARTURE/RETURN DETAILS: flexible (adjusted to the arrival/departure time of your ship)

Type: Private Tour
DURATION: 2 Days
Departure time: 09:00 AM

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : Hermitage
The Hermitage 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 world, f... 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
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Peterhof Fountains & Grounds
The fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia's most famous tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors every year. Fountains were intrinsic to Peter the Great's original plans for Peterhof - it was the impossibility of engineering sufficiently powerful jets of water that prompted him to move his attentions from the Strelna site to Peterhof - and subsequent generations competed with their predecessors to add grander and ever more ingenious wa... 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

Reviews

This was a fantastic supercharged two-day tour, which exceeded our expectation. Our guide Valeria was fantastic and very skillful at getting us to early viewings so as to beat the crowds. She was very knowledgeable and fluent in English. She had picked up and dropped off at the port, on time, on both days. For once the weather was really kind, as our other visits to St Petersburg have been in the rain! We would definitely do this tour again if the occasion arises. I would highly recommend this excursion to everyone.

Deepak, India   11 Aug 2017

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