St. Petersburg 2-Day Shore Tour: Hermitage, Catherine Palace

Multi-day & Extended Tours in Russia

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On this 2-day cultural tour of St. Petersburg, disembark from your cruise ship and explore the city’s most impressive sights and splendors. Visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, explore Russian Imperial palaces, venture to the Versailles-rivaling Peterhof Fountain Park, and go for a canal cruise – it’s no accident that St. Petersburg is also known as the “Venice of the North.” Guides will ensure your tour of the city goes smoothly during this 17-hour excursion. You can also sign on for an additional, 3-hour extension, during which you can experience St. Petersburg's various nighttime attractions, from the theatre to folklore performances.
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg remains one of the world’s most beautiful cities. This comprehensive, 2-day shore tour makes it easy to discover its many charms, from palaces and parks to canal trips and cultural evenings out. Lasting for roughly 17 hours across two days (or 20 hours, should you sign on for an optional, 3-hour evening extension), this tour is the perfect introduction to the city. On the first day, disembark from your ship after arriving in the city, and head straight out on a city orientation tour of the city center. You’ll have interior visits to landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace, punctuated with a stop for lunch. You'll also take an hour-long cruise on the River Neva. At 5:30pm, choose to return to your ship or use your 3-hour extension to see the city after dark. Explore or dine out independently, or sign on for optional evening activities (available for an extra fee), including a visit to the Faberge Museum, a pub crawl, a visit to the ballet, or a guided walking tour. On the second day, meet your guide at 8am at your port and venture just beyond the city limits to Pushkin, where the Catherine Palace — one of the world’s great palaces — is located. Spend the morning exploring the palace and its grounds before breaking for lunch, after which you’ll visit Peterhof, a seafront palace complex that’s famous for its sprawling gardens and many fountains. Wind down the tour and return to St. Petersburg, where you’ll go for a ride on the metro, famous for its baroque decoration. The tour concludes when you’re returned to your ship one hour before departure.Please see the Itinerary for details on each day of the tour.

What’s included

  • Russian visa-free entry for cruise passengers
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan with 4G high-speed internet
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Still photography permits for museums (where applicable)
  • Umbrellas, if needed
  • Guide radio and headsets for groups of seven or larger

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
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