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City sightseeing, Vodka Museum and Tasting, Evening Canal Cruise in St.Petersburg (6 hours)

Is any country more defined by its national beverage than Russia? Sure, the Czechs have Pilsner and the French their red wine, but in Russia, vodka isn’t just king – it’s Tsar of the country’s drinking scene. The name itself comes from the Russian word “voda,” or “water” – if that tells you anything about how life-sustaining the spirit is. Rumour has it that locals have been quaffing the stuff since roughly the 9th century – for a time, it was even considered medicinal. Combine an evening tour of St Petersburg's Vodka Museum with a scenic cruise on the city's rivers and canals. Enjoy a visit to the small museum where you'll learn the difference between Russian and Polish vodka, how vodka is distilled and the proper way to drink it. Then have an opportunity to sample distinct vodkas paired with traditional Russian snacks. Next embark on a leisurely boat ride along St Petersburg's Neva River―as well as a trio of other waterways―taking in the illuminated city from an entirely new view.

Take advantage to see the best of St.Petersburg, taste the world's famous Russian beverage and enjoy St Petersburg's astounding views! 

Starting at 3 pm, meet your private guide who will take you on a Walking city tour. Take a wander down Nevsky Prospekt, seeing its bustling shops, and learn how the main street was created at the request of Tsar Peter the Great – the city’s founder, as well as see three of the city’s magnificent Russian Orthodox cathedrals. See Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – one of the city’s superstar sights. Pose for photos against its candy-coloured façade while hearing tales of Tsar Alexander II, a reformist assassinated on the spot where the church was later built. Compare its ostentatious design with the more refined simplicity of nearby Kazan Cathedral. Then head to the Palace Square, a gorgeous central square that boasts Imperial-era architecture. Headed up by the colourful Winter Palace, Palace Square boasts not only grandiose buildings but a rich history, too; hear tales from your guide about the October Revolution in 1917 when repressed citizens stormed the Winter Palace. Then set off on a stroll near St. Isaac’s Cathedral, a delightful golden-domed creation that was built during the days of the Romanov dynasty. Walk around and marvel at its towering marble colonnades, ceiling frescoes and walls lavishly bedecked with mosaics.

Now make your way to a unique Museum of Russian Vodka where you will not only learn the history of this so-very-Russian beverage but will also try different kinds of vodka followed by typical after-vodka snacks! At the checkout choose between:

  • Deluxe Vodka Tasting Programme: Guided tour or the Museum + Three types of vodka (each - 30 g) + Three types of traditional Russian snacks
  • VIP Vodka Tasting Programme: Guided tour or the Museum + 2 sets of 4 glasses of historical Russian vodka drink "Polugar" of different flavors (rye and wheat, garlic and pepper, caraway, honey and pepper) + 6 pancakes + Sour cream + Pike caviar

Continue your evening with a walk to the Neva river pier to enjoy a refreshing boat ride along rivers and canals. Say "goodbye" to your guide here and enjoy the scenic view of the city from the water. The boat tour covers the most popular route along the Neva River, Fontanka and Moika Rivers as well as Kryukov canal.

After the tour, continue exploring the city on your own or take a way back to the hotel. 

Highlights

  • Explore the heart of the city and enjoy personalized attention from a private guide
  • Pass along Nevsky Prospekt - city's main avenue
  • See three cathedrals: St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and Kazan Cathedral 
  • Walk around Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and learn about the Winter Palace
  • Visit St. Petersburg's Vodka Museum with tasting and evening boat cruise
  • Learn the history of Russian vodka, the spirit's distilling process and how to taste it
  • Taste different types of vodka paired with traditional Russian snacks
  • Savour a relaxing cruise along city waterways

Itinerary:

15:00 - Meet your guide in the city centre
15:00 - 17:00 - Walking city sightseeing tour
17:00-18:00 - Vodka Museum + tasting programme
Walk to the Boat pier
19:00 - 21:00 - Boat River cruise 

Duration: 6 hours
Departure time: 03:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Guided walking tour of the city center
  • Entrance fee to Museum of Russian Vodka with guided visit
  • Vodka Tasting programme (2 options to choose from at the checkout)
  • Boat River tour for 2 hours
Not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off 
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food/Drinks (except offered at the Vodka Museum)
Additional info
  • River Cruise is operating during May-October. During the off season we will provide you with entrance tickets to St.Isaak's Cathedral instead of River Cruise
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Dress code is casual (i.e. jeans, sportswear, joggers or sneakers)
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Cruise Passengers: Additional fee of 100 USD for group of 2-4 persons; 135 USD for group of 5-8 persons is applicable for cruise ship passengers. (taxes, port fees, port parking, visa-free paperwork). Not later than 10 days before your arrival you MUST advise supplier on your Ship name, and passport details as follows: Name as in passport/ Passport Number / Passport expiry date / Date of Birth / Citizenship.
Departure and Return
Departure point: Fountain Rotating Bowl - on the corner of Nevsky and Malaya Sadovaya Street. Near the Kupetz Elisevs Food Hall by the fountain. Address: Malaya Sadovaya str. 8 (corner of Nevsky 56)

Departure time: 15:00

Sights included in program

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