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St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

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Make the most of your time in St. Petersburg on this small-group shore excursion limited to just 15 people. Spending two days exploring offers the opportunity to not only see the city's top sights, including the Hermitage Museum, but also to go outside the city to explore the cities of Peterhof and Pushkin.

Day 1

During your Baltic cruise St Petersburg will certainly become the highlight of your entire trip. This unique mini-group 2-day tour of the city and it’s surroundings is intended for those guests, who want to see and explore the best of St. Petersburg in the most effective way. Our Visa -Free shore excursion will take care of the smallest details and make your Russian trip not only worry-free, but very enjoyable and memorable as well.

At 8:30 am your friendly, fully licensed guide and safe driver of a comfortable air- conditioned vehicle will be greeting you at passport immigration control next to your ship

At 9:00 am we’ll pick up our air/rail visitors in the lobby of their hotel.

Let’s start to explore the cultural capital of Russia from OVERVIEW CITY TOUR. You will be able to see and take pictures of the marvellous panoramic sights of the city centre, such as: the famous avenue-ensemble Nevsky, Anichkov Palace, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Winter Palace, Palace Square, Bronze Horseman, State University, Academy of Fine Arts and many others. Along the route you'll become acquainted with the history of St. Petersburg and the Romanov family.

Catherine Palace and Park

You will visit former Tsars' summer residence - famous Catherine Palace, the part of the World Heritage Site. Together with your knowledgeable guide you will explore the impressive interiors of this palace and stroll Catherine Park with its beautiful pavilions, sculptures and ponds.

After the tour we will take you to a good not so touristy local restaurant so you could enjoy TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN LUNCH. Those of you who are vegetarians or have some food restrictions please let us know in advance.

Cathedral of St. Catherine

This little-known cathedral is delightful. Nestled among the trees near the Catherine Palace it is a place of quiet reflection that makes a change from the busy attractions of Tsarskoe Selo.

Park And Gardens of Peterhof

Peterhof is another summer residence of Russian emperors. You will see and explore the Upper Garden which resembles Versailles in its planning and the Lower Park with its incomparable fountains. Peterhof is famous for its fountains, and the central water feature the Grand Cascade that will definitely impress you

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is a Russian Orthodox cathedral located in Peterhof. Emperor Alexander II approved the Kievan style design for the cathedral in 1882.

The National Congress Palace (Constantine Palace)

The palace and its complex are justly considered to be one of the most prestigious places for events of any level. The guide will tell you an interesting story about one of the most impressive royal suburban palaces

Metro Station Avtovo

On the way back to the city you will have a chance to see the "not so touristy" St. Petersburg and make a short METRO TRIP the interiors of which recall palaces not subways. Feel like a local riding Russian subway.

At about 5 30 pm after your first day tour you may choose either to return to the ship or have a 3-4 hour EXTENSION to explore the city on your own, dine out, or sign on for one of the optional evening activities, available for an extra fee, such as: Faberge Museum tour, Russian Ballet, Folklore Show, Concert, Guided walking tour in the city centre, Dinner, Shopping, Bar Crawl

Day 2

At 8:30 am Pick up from the cruise terminal

9:00 am pick up from the hotel

Neva Embankments

GUIDED CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of the "Venice of the North" will introduce this city differently. Enjoy your cruise and admire the beautiful baroque and neoclassical architecture of St Petersburg, take many amazing pictures of the famous landmarks and hear more about the fascinating history of St Petersburg

Peter and Paul Fortress

The monumental structure of the oldest fortified fortress of Saint Petersburg that you will see along your river cruise route will impress you without a doubt. Please be well prepared and make sure that your camera, phone or tablet has enough memory to store all the awesome images: a moment lasts for a few seconds but the memory lives on forever!

Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I

Please take a look and photo of the symbolic monument of St Petersburg and enjoy the story about its founder Tsar Peter the First.

Saint Petersburg Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences

We will tell you the story about this historical building and the most famous Russian Scientists

St. Petersburg University

St. Petersburg University is the oldest and one of the biggest Russian universities. The main building, Twelve Collegia, is located on Vasilievsky Island and includes the Library, the Faculty of Biology and the Institute of Earth Sciences.

Masks Of Lions

On The Strelka Of Vasilievsky Island Let’s stop at the most impressive, breathtaking view point of St. Petersburg, stroll the embankment of Neva river and take some more beautiful photos

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Enjoy the tour of SAVIOR ON THE SPILT BLOOD CATHEDRAL, which startles visitors with its mighty size, unique multicoloured "onion" domes and its mosaic interiors.

State Hermitage Museum

The tour Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Enjoy art collections with over three million works of art, the spectacular state and private rooms

The General Staff Building

The General Staff Building is an edifice with a 580 m long bow-shaped facade, situated right in the heart of the city, on Palace Square, in front of the Winter Palace. The monumental Neoclassical building was designed by Carlo Rossi in the Empire style and built in the beginning of the 19th century.

Palace Square

The main square of St Petersburg which has witnessed the main historical events of this city. It is really a majestic place surrounded by elegant buildings that give it a stately character. 15 minutes •

St. Isaac's Cathedral

You will visit the biggest cupola cathedral of Russia. The dome is gilded with 100 kilograms of gold. St. Isaac's is ranked as number one in the world for the richness of its interior decoration

At 5:00pm Return to your ship/ hotel, seeing off, lots of hugs and kisses, but the amount of tears permitted to shed is limited by only 2 drops per person

Note: Your guide may change the sequence of sightseeing, depending on museums occupancy, days off, traffic and other circumstances. Please do not be concerned. You will see all the sights mentioned in your itinerary.

Highlights Highlights
Overview City Tour; Tzarskoe Selo; Peterhof Parks & Fountains; Canal Cruise; Savior on the Spilled Blood; Hermitage; St. Isaac's Cathedral
Tour Duration Tour Duration
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  • Guide services
  • Driver services
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Blanket visas (visa-free service)
  • Admissions to all museums as per program
  • Bottled water
  • All taxes and fees
  • Rain coats
  • Lunch

  • Gratuity***

Depending upon your preferences you have complete flexibility as to dining choices. We are able to offer bistro, cafe, or restaurant style dining along the route or you may order meals at recommended restaurants. For travel groups larger than 8 people we recommend ordering pre-arranged lunches at recommended restaurants in advance (a time-saver). All meals are served at the time of guest's arrival (a traditional Russian 3 - course lunch will cost you about $15 USD pp)

After the first day's tour you may return to the ship or attend the theater either to hear an opera or to watch a ballet (from $80 - $150 USD pp depending upon theater, performance and seat location). We will reserve the best tickets in advance for you for a very memorable cultural experience. You can visit the famous Mariinsky (former Kirov), Hermitage, Mikhailovsky, Alexandrinksy, Palace Theaters. If you choose to hear and see something that is connected with Russian folklore, there are folklore shows at your disposal with Russian dances, song, tricks, traditional Russian instruments (balalaika, gusli, playing on wooden spoons, or on saws) and much more ($60-80pp). Or simply enjoy a dinner at a good, not so touristy Russian restaurant. A 2 way transfer will cost 1-6 people $90, 7-12 people $140, 13 -18 people $190

Nobody will force you to tip in Russia, it's completely up to you. If your guide and driver exceed your expectations you can tip them according to western standards 10-20% shared between the guide and the driver (approximately 3-7% to the driver and 7-14% to the guide, USD, EURO or RUB in cash)

Your guide can assist you in your purchase of Russian souvenirs for your relatives and friends such as shawls, objects made of malachite and lapis-lazuli, 'Matroyshka' dolls, painted wooden ecology-friendly toys for kids, watches with revolutionary or Soviet symbols, fur, crystal, gold, icons, stamps with pictures of the Russian Imperial Family, caviar, vodka and much more. We know the stores where the prices are lowest and the selections larger than usual. We want you to get the high quality you desire at a fair price.

Upon your request made in advance, we can add a hydrofoil ride to/from Peterhof. Please be informed that some people consider St.Petersburg hydrofoils to be too noisy and crowded. Due to local navigation safety standards, they may not be available on very windy days.

We can arrange for "early admission" which allow you to enter the museums earlier than the official opening hours or "special opening" which allows you to visit the museum when it is typically closed. However, please do not expect to be the only visitors there. It is not a reservation made by one company for one group of tourists. That's how some tour providers will present it. Sometimes the museum is more crowded during "early admission" hours than after it's officially open for public. Usually museum occupancy depends on the number of cruise ships in the port on any given day. In other words that depends on your luck. Even though we won't be able to avoid all the crowds inside the sights (most of the city must sees are crowded from May to September) please do not be concerned, we will be able to take you inside avoiding long lines.

What you can expect during your visit

  • Transportation vehicle and equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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