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Private Full-Day St.Petersburg Tour with Hermitage Museum and World's Biggest Fountains Complex at Peterhof (10 hours)

Take a day-long guided tour of St Petersburg and nearby Peterhof with roundtrip hydrofoil ride, visit some of the city's most beloved attractions, including the Hermitage, an incomparable museum housing millions of artworks from around the world. You'll also stop by Peterhof—known for its incredible array of outdoor fountains, being world's biggest fountain complex.

Enjoy this full-day comprehensive excursion with a professional guide. You will start the tour with a sightseeing city tour by comfortable, the air-conditioned vehicle. Begin with a peek at Vasilievsky Island, from here, catch sight of Old St Petersburg Stock Exchange, located at the Spit (Strelka), across from the Winter Palace. Next, head to Nevsky Avenue, St Petersburg’s main road and one of most well-known streets in Russia. Your guide will point out the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and other monuments of iconic Russian architecture, including Peter and Paul Fortress. Listen to commentary as you learn about St. Petersburg’s fascinating history!

Following the city tour, head to the State Hermitage Museum, once the residence of Russian tsars and today one of the world’s greatest museums, boasting more than 2.7 million exhibits and displays. Explore the galleries with your guide as you admire the impressive art collections. Then, enjoy an elegant lunch in one of the best Russian restaurants in the city centre (own expense).

In the afternoon, discover the spectacular imperial estate of Peterhof on a tour of the famous fountains and park complex located on the shores of the Neva River. As long as St.Petersburg was built as a seaport, the main and most beautiful buildings are located on the shores of Neva river, with facades to the river, so you will have an excellent opportunity to consider the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of St. Petersburg from the water, a perspective most people will never see. It is the best place which offers you an unobstructed view of the banks, for there are a number of remarkable sites to look at. The hydrofoil trip itself from St.Petersburg to Peterhov will take you only 45 minutes, which is three times faster than if you travel there by car and definitely more exciting!  Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex - St. Petersburg’s amazing imperial estate and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, widely recognised as being the most spectacular imperial palace in St. Petersburg with its beautifully manicured gardens boasting over 140 fountains, being the world's biggest fountain complex. After 200 years of serving as a grand summer residence of the emperors, Peterhof is inextricably connected with the Russian history. The seaside paradise was built, as a grandiose triumphal memorial glorifying the grandeur of Russia. When your boat docks at the mouth of the Sea Channel, enter Peterhof’s enormous park complex, including elaborate gardens filled with 18th-century fountains, statues, palaces and pavilions built upon the orders of Tsar Peter the Great.  First, stroll through the estate’s Lower Park, which lies between the Grand Palace and the shore and boasts more than 140 fountains, each operated without pumps. Stop at the impressive Grand Cascade with its golden statue of Samson holding open the jaws of a lion. Once you’ve seen all three cascades, including one with a chessboard design and another featuring Chinese dragons, you’ll understand why Peterhof is referred to as the “Russian Versailles.”  From here, stroll through the Upper Garden, a typical French-style formal layout with five fountains, including one depicting Neptune – God of the Sea. Watch out for the whimsical creations designed to soak visitors, such as the umbrella fountain that sheds water whenever someone takes a seat underneath!

After you finish exploring Peterhof, take a hydrofoil ride back to St.Petersburg, admiring the beauty of the surroundings from the water. Here you say goodbye to your guide and proceed to enjoy the city on your own!

ITINERARY

9:00 – Meeting your guide

9:00-11:00 – City tour including driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg

11:00-13:00 – Excursion to the Hermitage Museum

13:00-14:00 – Lunch (optional)

14:30-15:15 – Hydrofoil ride to Peterhof (weather permitting)

15:30-17:30 – Upper Park and Lower Park with Fountains

18:00 – 18:45 – Hydrofoil ride back to St.Petersburg

Tour ends at hydrofoil pier

 

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 10 hours
Departure time: 09:00 AM

Important info

Price includes
  • Hotel pick up
  • 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 fees to Hermitage Museum
  • Entrance fee to Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance, fully private tour

Not included
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food / Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
Additional info
  • The hydrofoil to Peterhof is not operating starting from October until the end of Apr, so transportation will be by car.
  • During the winter season the Peterhof park is covered with snow and all fountains are kept under wooden boxes for their preservation. In the off-season (October – April) you will have a guided tour of the Grand Palace
  • The timing in the itinerary is approximate and can be altered based on entrance time available to a particular site
  • Tour not available on Monday

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
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
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 : 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

Reviews

This tour was a great way to take in all the sights and history of St. Petersburg. Our guide Victoria was outstanding...very knowledgeable, and personable. We were able to see so many more sights because there were only 4 of us and we were able to navigate more easily in the smaller vehicle and in the crowded venues. I would highly recommend this tour, especially for first-timers to St. Petersburg.

Cynthia, USA   24 Jul 2017

I really enjoyed our tour and I recommend it to anyone wishing to go to city of Saint Petersburg. Fantastic time on the tour, very knowledgeable and helpful guide - couldn't have asked for more, she was very insightful with the history about St Petersburg as well

Rebecca S, Australia   15 Jun 2017

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