3-day 2 Capitals shore excursion

Tour snapshot:

Duration

36 hours

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VISA FREE

No visa required

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Transportation

By private car/minivan

No hidden cost

All port fees and local taxes included

Private guide

Professional & licensed

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Skip-the-line tickets

No Waiting lines at monuments or museums

The tour is all yours

100% private tour

Visit Moscow and St.Petersburg during 72 visa-free hours? Way to go!

We have prepared a special Russian culture immersion tour. In addition to major highlights of St.Petersburg, you will see the world famous Red Square and Kremlin* in Moscow. 

The tour starts with a panoramic city tour including visit of three main cathedrals, that are absolutely different and unique. After you will admire the world-famous treasures of the Hermitage museum collection. Your first tour day will end up with one of the most beautiful and relaxing tours – boat tour. The view of St.Petersburg from the boat is awesome, especially when it’s a private one.

The second day will be dedicated to the capital of Russia – Moscow. Only 4 hours by fast speed train and you are at the Red square, surrounded by majestic Kremlin and  St.Basil Cathedral. The guide will tell you  the history of old Russia and the Time of trouble. During the panoramic city tour, you will see impressive Stalin skyscrapers, The Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya and Nikolskaya streets, the Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Your third day in St.Petersburg will be full of beauty and luxury of summer imperial residences. The day will start with a very pleasant walk in one of the most beautiful parks in the world – Peterhof fountains park and then you will visit Catherine Palace and dive into stunning interiors full of gold and treasuries. No doubt, Amber room is one of the palace treasuries.

*On Thursday the Kremlin is closed, so the tour will instead include the State Tretyakov Gallery.

Please note: this tour is fully customizable and can be modified any way you wish. We can easily change the 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 and all local Russian taxes
  • skip the line entrance tickets to the museums shown  on the itinerary
  • professional  private English-speaking guide service (other languages upon the request)
  • private vehicle (business class) for two days with this timing
  • one pass for the camera per person in the museums
  • bottled water
  • audio headsets for larger groups of 7 and more people
  • metro tickets
  • Sapsan train 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 – 10.30 St.Isaac’s Cathedral guided tour
10.30 – 11.30 Peter and Paul fortress and Cathedral guided tour
11.30 – 12.00 Saviour on the Spilled Blood Church guided tour
12.00 – 13.00 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost is not included)
13.00 – 16.00 The State Hermitage museum guided tour
16.30 – 17.30 Boat tour through canals and Neva river
18.00 Back onboard the cruise ship

DAY 2 itinerary

06.00 Meeting with a guide at the cruise terminal
07.00 – 11.00 Sapsan train to Moscow
11.00 – 14.00 Panoramic Moscow city tour including Christ the Savior Cathedral guided visit
14.00 – 15.00 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost is not included)
15.30 – 17.00 Kremlin (territory and cathedrals, armoury visit on request)
17.00 – 18.30 Red square and surroundings
19.30 – 23.30 Sapsan train to St.Petersburg
00.00 Back onboard the cruise ship

DAY 3 itinerary

08.30 Meeting with a guide at the cruise terminal
08.30 – 09.30 Way to Peterhof
09.30 – 11.30 Peterhof fountain park guided tour
11.30 – 12.30 Way to Pushkin
12.30 – 13.30 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost is not included)
13.30 – 15.30 Catherine Palace and Imperial Park guided tour
16.30 Back onboard the cruise ship

Saint-Petersburg city tour

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  • For a groups of 9+, please contact us for a special quotation.
    Guided inside visits during city tour.

Tour overview:

Important information:

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.

Guided visits:

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 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.

The Hermitage 

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.

Saviour on the Spilled Blood Church

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 a great variety of coloured semiprecious stones from Italy and Russia.

St.Isaac’s Cathedral

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.

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. Instead, it had a rich history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia’s most prominent political prisoners. Today this unique monument of Russian history and culture is a symbol of St.Petersburg.

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 tzars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.  The palace tour takes you through the luxurious gilded rooms – Golden Enfilade, including the famous Great Hall and the gem of the palace – Amber room. A nice view of the Catherine park opens through the windows. Charming pavilions decorate the park and add to the splendour of the palace.

Christ the Savior Cathedral
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow is the largest Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church. It accommodates nearly ten thousand people and impresses with its immense size. The cathedral is associated with many historical events, many outstanding Russian artists worked on its decoration and design, a lot of famous musical works have been performed here.

Kremlin
Massive walls, majestic chambers, golden-domed cathedrals and ancient towers form a unique operating museum, administrative and political complex that bears many legends and secrets. No visitor will remain indifferent to the beauty of the gorgeous Kremlin.

Optional visits:

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 upscale 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 Hermitage (General Staff building).

VISA FREE

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

  • Russian culture immersion

  • UNESCO world cultural heritage

  • a fast-pass tickets that get you straight inside the museums
  • Moscow major highlights

  • comfort and fast trip by Sapsan train

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