3-day A to Z St.Petersburg shore excursion
3 days in St.Petersburg is an ideal time for the balanced itinerary. There is enough time for the major
Your first day in St.Petersburg starts with a panoramic city tour including visit of three main cathedrals of the city, that are absolutely different and unique.
The second day will be dedicated to summer imperial residences. You will have a very pleasant walk in one of the most beautiful parks with fountains in Peterhof and then you will visit Catherine Palace and dive into luxurious interiors full of gold and treasuries. No doubt, Amber room is one of the palace treasuries.
The third day of the itinerary will be a relaxing one. By the private upscale boat, you will enjoy a view of St.Petersburg from the water, gliding through the charming canals and impressive Neva river. The boat will take you directly to Yusupov Palace, one of the most beautiful mansions of the noble families. Stunning interiors hide dark secrets including Grigory Rasputin assassination. The tour will continue with a visit to one more gorgeous museum – Faberge museum with the collection of 9 imperial Faberge eggs and other jewellery.
We have also planned two hours for the shopping or relaxing somewhere in the city centre.
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 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 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 three days (other languages upon the request)
- private vehicle (business class) for three 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
09.30 – 11.00 Panoramic driving city tour including stops at the main highlights, metro ride (optional), local market (optional)
11.00 – 13.30 St.Isaac’s Cathedral, Saviour on spilled blood Church, Peter and Paul Cathedral guided tour
13.30 – 14.30 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost isn’t included)
14.30 – 17.00 The State Hermitage museum guided tour
17.00 – 18.00 General Staff building ( impressionist and post-impressionist paintings ) guided tour
18.30 Back onboard the cruise ship or optional evening program
DAY 2 itinerary
09.30 – 10.30 Way to Peterhof
10.30 – 12.30 Peterhof fountain park guided tour
12.30 – 13.30 Way to Pushkin
13.30 – 14.30 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost is not included)
14.30 – 17.30 Catherine Palace and Imperial park guided tour
18.30 Back onboard the cruise ship or optional evening program
DAY 3 itinerary
09.30 – 10.30 Private boat trip
10.30 – 12.30 Yusupov Palace (Ceremonial halls and Rasputin exhibition) guided tour
12.30 – 13.30 return transfer to the city Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost isn’t included)
13.30 – 14.30 Faberge museum
14.30 – 16.30 Shopping/ walking
17.00 back onboard the cruise ship
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 (outside view) and Lower park with fountains
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 a 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.
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)
Dive into splendid halls full of treasuries of one of the best museums in the world. Hermitage is really unique place, it is imperial residence, revolution site and great museum and all in one place. Everyone will find something interesting for himself. Your expert guide will get the right direction according to your preferences.
Marvel at masters like Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Titian and others while you spend three hours exploring this former royal residence.
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 coloured 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 defence. Instead, it has 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.
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 jewellery 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).
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 tourists. It is famous not only for its luxurious interiors and richness of the stored items, but also for being a landmark in Russian history. 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.
Catherine’s Palace with Amber Room
Designed in the style of Russian Baroque, it took more than 100 kilograms of pure gold to gild facades of Catherine Palace. The Amber room is the gem of the Palace. It was a subject of pride of every Russian tsar – from Peter I to Nicholas II. No one ever tried to repeat the mosaic of the Amber room due to its expensiveness, fragility and high time cost.
This Cathedral can truly be considered the centre 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.
The State Russian Museum is one of the world’s largest museums and is perhaps the only one in the country, where treasures of national culture are presented so widely. It accommodates not only paintings, but also graphics, sculptures and works of decorative art. Today the museum collection comprises nearly 400 000 exhibits.
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.
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- a fast-pass tickets that get you straight inside the museums
- enjoy the atmoshere of the city
- discover fantastic range of must-sees
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