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Private Grandiose St. Petersburg - City Tour & Hermitage (Visas Included) (8 hours)

Experience a St. Petersburg panoramic drive which takes you to the best of the city´s famous landmarks in the comfort of your private vehicle. Visit State Hermitage museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Its exhibitions include over 3 million exhibits representing Antiquity, Western Europe, Middle East, Russia and many more epochs, countries and regions.

In the morning meet your personal experienced guide and a private driver on the cruise ship pier.

Start your sightseeing day with a comprehensive overview city tour for 4 hours. Drive to the Spit of Basil Island, from where you are afforded excellent views of the River Neva, the outside of the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and the Winter Palace. Your private shore excursion taking in such sights as the Synagogue, the Smolny Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman, the Mariinsky Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St.Isaak's Cathedral etc.

Then you will have time to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants (own expense) before you continue to explore St.Petersburg. Your guide will recommend a good place for lunch.

Now visit The Hermitage Museum  -  the largest art museum in all Russia and ranking among the most prestigious museums in the world. It was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 as a private court museum and evolved into the most remarkable collection of art in the world with a total collection of more than 2.7 million works. The tour covers the masterpieces of Western European art. The route includes the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, the collection of Western European art featuring Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and others. There are Dutch and Flemish Art collections, including Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck and the superb French Impressionists collection. You will see a collection of Spanish art, second only to Madrid's Prado and a collection of French art, the largest outside of France, displaying works by Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, Gaugin and Matisse. After this, you will visit the magnificent Palace Square, the heart of historic St. Petersburg. Surrounded by some of the city's most magnificent buildings, it is an architectural showcase and one of the prime tourist attractions in the city.

Enjoy a private drop-off back to the cruise ship. 

ITINERARY:

09:00 - Port pick up. Meet your guide and driver at the port. Transfer to the city
09:00 - 13:00 - City sightseeing 4hrs
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch (own expense)
14:30 - 16:30 - Hermitage Museum
17:30 - Back to the ship port

INCLUDED:

  • Ship pier 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)
  • Private guided city tour
  • Entrance fee to the Hermitage museum
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Port visas

NOT INCLUDED:

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

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

Duration: 8 hours
Departure time: 09:00 AM

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 : 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 : Grand Choral Synagogue
The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg  sometimes called the St. Petersburg Synagogue, is the second largest synagogue in Europe. It was built between 1880 and 1888, and consecrated in 1893. Poet Osip Mandelstam called the Petersburg Synagogue a "lavish, outstandish seductress." Read more
The most famous statue of Peter the Great was immortalised as the Bronze Horseman in the epic poem by Alexander Pushkin. With his horse (representing Russia) rearing above the snake of treason, Peter's enormous statue was sculpted over 12 years for Catherine the Great by Frenchman Etienne Falconet. Its inscription reads 'To Peter I from Catherine II – 1782'. The Bronze Horseman, an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter ... 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
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 : Smolny Cathedral
Smolny Cathedral was originally intended to be the central church of a monastery, built to house the daughter of Peter the Great, Elizabeth, after she was disallowed to take the throne and opted instead to become a nun. However, as soon as her Imperial predecessor was overthrown during a coup, carried out by the royal guards, Elizabeth decided to forget the whole idea of a stern monastic life and happily accepted the offer of the Russian throne. 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
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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