This friendly, very popular, small group shore excursion was created to introduce the best of St Petersburg in a fun and interactive way. The tour includes all the must sees and features the city culture including all the most requested inside visits in St Petersburg and its surroundings: Hermitage/Winter Palace, St Isaac Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, Metro, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The tour is limited to a maximum of 15 group members.
During your Baltic cruise the visit to St Petersburg will certainly become the highlight of you entire trip. This unique 2-day program is intended for those who want to see St. Petersburg highlights in the most effective way. VISA-FREE Shore Excursions in St. Petersburg takes care of the smallest details to make your Russian trip enjoyable and memorable. Day 1: Your fully licensed guide and professional driver of a comfortable air conditioned vehicle will greet you at passport immigration control next to your ship. 8 00 Start your day with a CITY OVERVIEW TOUR. You will be able to see and take pictures of the most famous and beautiful sights of St. Petersburg center, get acquainted with the history of the city and the Romanov family. JOURNEY TO PUSHKIN (TZARSKOE SELO) -You will visit former Tsars' summer residence - Catherine's Palace including the famous Amber Room - the 8th "wonder" of the World and Catherine's Park. Traditional Russian lunch (included) PETERHOF TOUR - Another summer residence of Russian emperors. You will see the Upper Garden which resembles Versailles in its planning and, the Lower Park with its incomparable Fountains. On the way back to the city you will have a short METRO TRIP the interiors recall palaces not subways. 17:00 Return to the ship. * After your tour program you may have your choice of returning to the ship or having 3-hour extention to stay in the city center to stroll the majestick streets, do some shopping or simply enjoy a dinner at a good( not so touristy) Russian restaurant or a café.
Optional evening activities (available for an extra fee):
The Faberge Museum
Concert of classical music
Matrioshka doll master class
Vodka museums and vodka tasting
Day 2: 8 00 Meet your guide. PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of the "Venice of the North". SAVIOR ON THE SPILT BLOOD CATHEDRAL, which startles visitors with its mighty size, multicoloured "onion" domes, magnitude of its décor covered with mosaics created to depict religious subjects. Have free time to have lunch in one of the local cafes (own expense). HERMITAGE MUSEUM – Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Enjoy art collections with over three million works of art, the spectacular state and private rooms. ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL TOUR 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. 17 00 Return to your ship. 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.