2-day DELUXE St.Petersburg shore excursion
We prepared this intensive 2-day itinerary for active travellers who would like to see and visit as much as possible. We will help you to make use of every minute in St.Petersburg.
Major cathedrals, Hermitage museum, Yusupov Palace, Impressionist paintings, Faberge Museum, two summer imperial residences and fountain park will be waiting for you during the tour. The guide won’t let you get lost in the information, this 2-day St.Petersburg experience is more like full immersion to adventure book.
In the evening we will be happy to arrange something special for you, like night boat tour with a spectacular view over open drawbridges, delicious typical dinner, Vodka museum visit, ballet or opera in one of 4 imperial theatres, music concert in a palace or traditional folk show.
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.
Tour price includes:
- visa-free tour ticket
- all port fees for two days and all local Russian taxes
- fast pass entrance tickets to the museums shown on the itinerary
- professional English speaking private guide service for two days (other languages upon the request)
- private vehicle (business class) for two days with this timing
- one pass for the camera per person in the museum
- bottled water
- audio headsets for larger groups of 7 and more people
- metro tickets
Tour price does not include the following services:
- cost of lunch (It is possible to add it to the cost of your tour)
- gratuities to the guide and driver (they are not required, but they are appreciated)
DAY 1 itinerary
08.30 Meeting with a guide at the cruise terminal
08.30 – 10.00 Panoramic driving city tour including stops at the main highlights, metro ride (optional), local market (optional)
10.00 – 11.30 St.Isaac’s Cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood church and Peter and Paul Cathedral guided tour
11.30 – 13.00 Yusupov Palace guided tour
13.00 – 14.00 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost is not included)
14.00 – 17.30 The State Hermitage museum guided tour including impressionist paintings in the General Staff Building
17.30 – 19.00 Faberge museum tour*
19.30 Back onboard the cruise ship
* in this museum we will provide you with entrance tickets and audioguides
DAY 2 itinerary
08.30 Meeting with a guide at the cruise terminal
08.30 – 09.30 Way to Peterhof
09.30 – 10.30 Peterhof Grand Palace guided tour
10.30 – 11.30 Peterhof fountain park guided tour
11.30 – 12.30 Way to Pushkin
12.30 – 13.30 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost isn’t included)
13.30 – 16.00 Catherine Palace and Imperial park guided tour
17.00 Back onboard the cruise ship
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 eur for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students and children in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
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.
Peterhof Grand Palace and Fountain Park
The Grand Palace along with the large fountain cascade in front of it is the main attraction of Peterhof and architectural dominant of the whole Palace and Park complex. In XVII-XIX centuries the Grand Peterhof Palace was the main ceremonial residence of Russian tsars, which hosted important events and celebrations, receptions, balls and masquerades.
It’s the famous ensemble of fountains classed as a World Heritage Site, where the Grand Cascade comprises 64 different fountains, and over 200 bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations. At the centre stands Rastrelli’s spectacular statue of Samson wrestling the jaws of a lion.
Catherine Palace with Amber Room
Catherine Palace ranks as one of the masterpieces of world art. This palace became favourite summer residence of the Russian
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)
Dive into splendid halls full of treasuries in one of the best museums in the world. The Hermitage museum consists of 5 buildings: Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage theatre. During the tour you will visit four of them except for the Hermitage theatre, that is an active one. The Hermitage is a really unique place, it is an imperial residence, revolution site, great museum and all in one place. Your expert guide will help you no to get lost in 3 min items of the museum and show you all the highlights and rooms, that big groups never visit. Marvel at masters like Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Titian and others while you will be exploring this former royal residence.
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in
The works of the Impressionists (Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro) and post-impressionists (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne) are widely presented in the General Staff building.
Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood
This unique historical monument, a masterpiece of architecture, painting and decorative art is one of the most remarkable highlights of St.Petersburg. It seemed that this ornate church with onion cupolas came to us from early Russian epic tales.However, it’s a memorial structure built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II, who had abolished serfdom in Russia, was assassinated.
The church interior is awesome. Its splendid mosaic decoration, that occupies over 7,000 sq. meters includes great variety of coloured semiprecious stones from Italy and Russia.
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 defence.
The main cathedral of the Russian Empire, where memorial events were celebrated by the Royal family in a majestic atmosphere.
You will be impressed by the size and stunning decorative embellishment: the beauty of malachite and lapis lazuli of the columns, the mysterious shimmering of the mosaics and gilded ornaments. The guide will tell you about the secrets of the cathedral’s construction, that lasted for 40 years.
The height of the cathedral is 101.5 meters, which makes it the tallest and most grandiose church in Russia. Climbing up the old winding staircase (562 steps) to the colonnade allows visitors to observe the amazing panorama of the city from the observation deck which is situated 43 meters high.
If you are willing to enjoy the exquisite interiors of the famous aristocratic family mansion, the Yusupov Palace on the Moika River is an ideal place. The museum comprises a lot of small and large halls, luxury and architectural harmony of which impress the most fastidious visitors. It is famous not only for its stunning interiors and richness of the stored
One of the most significant historical events that happened in the Yusupov Palace was the murder of Grigory Rasputin – a Siberian peasant, who was very close to the royal family during the reign of Nicholas II.
Faberge museum visit
Located in the Shuvalov Palace, this museum with stunning interiors represents a private collection of Faberge
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 deck, depending on weather conditions.
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
two days full of masterpieces, perfect gardens and special atmosphere
leave the tourists behind and head straight to the front of the line
all highlights of St.Petersburg
be immersed in the world’s most breathtaking Impressionist art
a private tour means your expert guide is there for you and you only
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