1-day Classic St.Petersburg shore excursion
This one-day shore excursion of St. Petersburg will be perfect for the first acquaintance with the city. During the tour you will see iconic sights of the city, visit Hermitage museum and three major cathedrals. The tour has a light level of activity, and quite a relaxed itinerary. You will have a lot of time for walks and pictures. There will definitely be time for the lunch at local cafe or restaurant and souvenir shopping. St.Petersburg is the city with special atmosphere, please don’t hurry and just enjoy. We will make your day.
Please note: this tour is fully customizable and can be modified any way you wish. We can easily change timing of the tour, museums, add free time, shopping, local market and shops visit and anything according to your preferences.
DAY 1 itinerary
09.00 Meeting with a guide at the cruise terminal
09.00 – 10.30 Panoramic driving city tour including stops at the main highlights
10.30 – 11.30 Peter and Paul fortress and Cathedral guided tour
11.30 – 12.30 Savior on Spilled Blood Cathedral guided tour
12.30 – 13.00 St.Isaac Cathedral guided tour
13.00 – 14.00 Russian traditional lunch(optional, cost is not included)
14.00 – 16.30 The State Hermitage museum guided tour
17.00 Back onboard the cruise ship
* it’s possible to change Hermitage museum to Yusupov Palace tour, that includes Rasputin exhibition
Saint-Petersburg city tour
The itinerary above is a sample only. In case your ship is in port for less time, we will adjust it easily. You can also change the program in case you would like to visit different museums or spend more time in the city. Please contact us for more details.
Please note the visit to the Hermitage does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the new General Staff building. You can request it additionally when booking the tour.
Children/Students receive a discount of 25
The order of museum visits may change depending on availability of entrance tickets, museums days-off, traffic situation in the city.
The tour is private with your personal guide and driver. There will no be other people joining your tour.
The tour is driving. We use licensed drivers with cars (up to 2 people), minivans (3 – 7 people) and Mercedes Sprinters (8 – 19 people).
Tipping your guide and driver is not obligatory, but appreciated.
Dive into splendid halls full of treasuries of the one of the best museums in the world. Hermitage is a really unique place, it is the imperial residence, revolution site
Marvel at masters like Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Titian
Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood
The iconic church of St.Petersburg represents
Russia’s largest exhibition of mosaics (over 7,000 sq.m.). It includes the Italian colored marble, Ural and Altai semiprecious stones and mosaic collections of Russian heraldry.
The church was constructed on the spot where in 1881 a fatal attack on the emperor Alexander II had been made.
Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral
The birthplace of the city it was the first structure to be built in St. Petersburg and it never served for defense.
This Cathedral can truly be considered the center of St. Petersburg – its golden dome is visible even from the Gulf of Finland. The height of the cathedral is 101.5 meters, which makes it the tallest and most majestic church in Russia. Climbing up the old winding staircase (562 steps) to the colonnade allows tourists to observe the amazing panorama of the city from the observation deck which is situated 43 meters high. The temple is the fourth only to the St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, St. Paul’s in London and St. Maria’s in Florence.
Private guided boat tour through canals and Neva river
Nothing captures the majesty of St. Petersburg quite like breezing along the Neva River and charming canals, which offers an endless parade of breathtaking monuments.
We provide classy private boat open or with panorama roof and terrace, depending on weather conditions.
Faberge museum visit
Located in the Shuvalov Palace, this museum with stunning interiors represents a private collection of Faberge jewelry items, including nine of the world-famous Faberge Imperial Easter eggs.
General Staff Building with Impressionists and Post-Impressionist collection
The works of the Impressionists (Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro) and post-impressionists (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne) are widely presented in the part of Hermitage – General Staff building.
In St.Petersburg for cruise passengers there are 72 visa free hours, we will provide you with a document called a Tour Ticket which acts as your blanket visa during your stay in St. Petersburg. This document will allow you to take your tour with us.
Please, send us requests for shore excursions at least 4-5 days prior to your ship’s arrival to St. Petersburg. Otherwise, there is not enough time to issue travel documents for you required for passing passport control.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS
- great one-day tour to get familiar with the city
- get a relaxed but comprehensive overview of the major highlights
- a fast-pass tickets that get you straight inside the museums
- unlock the deepest secrets of the world’s most famous cathedrals
- discover part of 3 million masterpieces in the Hermitage with your private expert guide
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