1-Day Private Shore Excursion with Hermitage & Yusupov Palace

Shore Excursions in Russia
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Tour description

This active shore excursion is great for those who want to see the most interesting sights of St Petersburg just in one day. During the tour your private guide will show you the main streets of the city, squares, cathedrals and monuments that compose the architectural image of the city. You will visit the world-famous museum of St Petersburg - the Hermitage, the Yusupov Palace know as the site of Rasputin's murder and many other fascinating places. Take a sighseeing canal cruise to feel the atmosphere of the Northern Venice before returning to the cruise ship.

After meeting with the guide in the port terminal, you will start discovering St Petersburg with a sightseeing city tour. Being the former Russian capital, the historic center is called an open-air museum for the number of impressive facades, churches, and cathedrals. The first excursion of the day is to the Hermitage Museum, a symbol of St Petersburg and a unique museum by the quantity and diversity of the presented art objects. The guide will lead you through the spectacular state rooms of the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Tsars. You are going to see works from great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens and Rembrandt. After a break for lunch, you will have an excursion to the Church of our Savior on the Spilled Blood, representing Russian architectural style. Hop on board for a panoramic boat tour and admire the gold of church cupolas drifting by as well as many architectural landmarks that line the banks of the Neva River and the canals. Lastly, visit the Yusupov Palace which once belonged to one of the richest noble families in Russian history. The interior of the palace displays an exotic Arab lounge with colorful mosaics, a fountain and beautiful arches, an elegant Rococo family theater, wonderful ballrooms and banquet halls. This magnificent classical palace was the site of the murder of the famous Rasputin, a mysterious Siberian healer, whose visionary arts were entrusted to the family of the last Tsar Nicholas II.Please note: the actual starting and ending time will be adjusted in accordance with cruise ship's schedule. The order of the sightseeing may change depending on days of the week, museum opening hours, and traffic. On Wednesday, the Church on the Spilled Blood is closed, you will visit St Peter & Paul Cathedral instead (the burrial place of the Russian Tsars).At the time of booking each cruise ship passenger is required to provide his passport data in order to obtain the tour ticket, which allows entering Russia visa-free.

What's included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Visa-free arrangements (please, provide the passport data at booking)
  • Bottled water and juice
  • Professional & friendly guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned car/minivan
  • Welcome gifts
  • All admission fees per program
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What's not included

  • Meals