Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

Shore Excursions in Russia

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Have a great time on a personalized private tour with an experienced tour guide who will show you St. Petersburg in all its splendor and be flexible to adjust the program to your interests. You will get to know the best tourist sights of St. Petersburg including such summer tsar residences as Catherine Palace and Peterhof, see the collections of the Hermitage - the largest museum in the country, visit the most unusual cathedral in Russia - Church on the Spilled Blood and even more! You will also taste some of the everyday life by descending down the escalator to the deepest metro system in the world. In addition to the above, you will take a boat ride along rivers and canals which will show you a different facet of the city. This tour is designed to maximize your stay in St. Petersburg which is a great way to see as much as possible within a limited time frame.
Your 2-day private tour starts with a pickup at the pier between 7 and 7.30am after you clear the customs.  Our representative will meet you with TJ sign and introduce you to your guide. The exact sequence of the tour depends on the museums' working hours and tickets availability. Below you will see a general itinerary. On the first day you will visit the Fountain park with Catherine palace, including the unique Amber Hall that was completely restored after the WWII. Two cathedrals in the city center will give you an insight into the history of Romanov dynasty ruling the country for more than 300 years.10-10:30am: Travel to Petergof by hydrofoil 10:30-12pm: Guided tour of the Fountain Park. Walk in the Peterhof Lower Fountain Park12-1pm: Traditional Russian lunch (optional)1-2pm: Driving to Tsars’ Village2-3:30pm: Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room3:30-4:30pm: Drive back to the city. Visit a subway station 4:30-5pm: Guided tour of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood 5:15-6pm: Guided tour of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral6:30pm: Return to the ship or evening optional programDay 2:The second day begins with a pickup at 8am. Highlights of day two include an early access to the Hermitage and a guided tour of Yusupov Palace, noted as the place where Rasputin was murdered 8:30-9:30am: Boat ride along the rivers and canals 9:45-12pm: Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (Early entrance, before official opening hours) 12:30-1:15pm: Traditional Russian lunch (optional)1:30-2:30pm: Guided tour of St Isaac cathedral. Time for shopping3-4:30pm: Guided tour of Yusupov Palace5pm: Return to the shipPlease note: The timing and sequence of the museum visits are approximate and depend on the days of the week The sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide due the traffic and museums days closed In order to minimize the flow of tourists inside the museum, the Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slot

What’s included

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program as well as the cost of hydrofoil ride and a boat trip along rivers and canals
  • Services of a professional guide for two days
  • Driver’s services for two days (comfortable (Mercedes) minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ pp)
  • All port fees
  • The cost of blanket visa (tour ticket)
  • All local taxes
  • Bottled water for each day
  • Earphones

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Lunch expenses
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