Welcome to Peterhof

What you see today is largely a reconstruction, as Peterhof was a major casualty of WWII. Apart from the damage done by the Germans, the palace suffered the worst under Soviet bombing raids in December 1941 and January 1942, because Stalin was determined to thwart Hitler’s plan of hosting a New Year’s victory celebration here.

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$210 Multi-day & Extended Tours

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion 2-Day City Group Tour with Visa

Day 1:8:30 am Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship's arrival time). City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. A visit to a subway station and a farmers market 10:00-11:00 am Driving to Peterhof 11:00-12:30 am Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (not included) 1:30-2:30 pm Driving to Pushkin city  2:30-4:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room 4:00-5:00 pm Driving to the city 5:00 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program (theatre/folk show/boat trip) Day 2:7:30 am Meeting by the ship. Continuation of the city tour 8:30-9.30 am Boat ride along rivers and canals 10:00 am-12:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage museum (early admission, before the official opening hours) 12:15-12:45 am Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood  1:00-2:00 pm Lunch (not included) 2:15-3:15 pm Stroll along Nevsky prospect. You will find yourself in the heart of St. Petersburg, feel the vibe of the city, pass by iconic buildings, including the oldest shopping mall – Gostiny Dvor. You will also get a unique chance to learn more about Russian local life and walking along the busiest thoroughfare of the great city. If time permits, there will be a shopping stop 3:30-4:00 pm Inside guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral 4:30 pm Return to the ship Please note:The timing and sequence of the museum visits are given approximate and depend on the days of the weekThe sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums' days-offIn order to minimize the flow of tourists inside the museum, the Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slotNot accessible for people with mobility issues. In case you are travelling with a wheelchair, mobile scooter or a walking frame, please consider taking a private tour

$260 Shore Excursions

St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day All Highlights Group Tour

Your tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of the cruise terminal, right after passport control. After checking in, take a seat in a comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes mini-bus. Once everyone has joined the group, the tour will begin. Waiting time is limited to 30 minutes after scheduled tour start time. Maximum number of passengers is 16. Day 1 7:30 a.m. — Meet your guide and driver by the ship 8 a.m. — Panoramic city tour around St. Petersburg's most popular sights including a great panoramic view of Peter and Paul Fortress - the heart of Saint Petersburg  - and the golden spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral - the tallest historical structure in the city!  Subway tour 9:30 - 10:30 Drive to Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains 10:30 a.m. — Guided tour of the lower park with fountains, watch fountain opening ceremony 12 p.m. — Traditional Russian lunch 2 p.m. — Guided tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room 3:30 p.m. — Drive back to St. Petersburg 4:30 p.m. — Guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral 5:30 p.m. — Guided tour of Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood  6:30 p.m. — Return back to the ship   Day 2 8 a.m. — Meet your guide and driver by the ship 9 a.m. - 10 am — River and canal boat tour 11 a.m. — Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum 1:45 p.m. — Traditional Russian lunch 3 p.m. — Guided tour of Yusupov palace with Rasputin Exhibit  5 p.m. — Return back to the ship

$285 Tours & Sightseeing

St. Petersburg 2-Day Grand Shore Excursion Tour

Please note: The itinerary is a sample. The actual itineraries are adjusted to coordinate with your ship's arrival and departure. Sequence and timing of sights visited may vary based on days of the week, tourist congestion in the city, and capacity allowances mandated by museums. The content of each program will remain the same  EXCEPT in the rare case wherein a specific ship has a shorter time in port than normal. Please contact us for the exact itinerary for your cruise ship.  DAY 1 8:30 a.m. — Meet your guide in the cruise terminal right after clearing immigration City Highlights tour including the city's most famous and beautiful buildings and historic monuments: the tip of Vasilyevsky Island, the log house of Peter the Great, the battleship Aurora, Nevsky Prospect, Arts Square, Ostrovsky Square, the monument to Catherine the Great, the Alexandrinsky Theatre, the Yeliseyevsky grocery store, the National Library, the Russian Museum, the Gostiny Dvor department store, the Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty, the Bronze Horseman, the Mariinsky theatre, and St. Nicholas' Cathedral. The tour gives a comprehensive view of the historic city centre and acquaints you well with the city. On the way to some suburban estates you will drive through residential areas where the majority of St. Petersburg's residents live. 10:00 a.m. — Guided tour of St. Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral 11:00 a.m. — Travel to Peterhof summer estate 12:00 p.m. — Tour of the Lower Fountain Park and Upper gardens 1:30 p.m. — Travel to Tsars Village (Tsarskoe Selo). Packed Lunch (Stolle pies – a Russian favorite) 2:30 p.m. — Guided tour of Catherine palace (including the famous Amber room) and walk through the park 4 p.m. —Travel back to the city. 5:30 p.m. — Onboard or Optional Evening Program DAY 2 7:30 a.m. — Meet in the cruise terminal right after immigration 8:00 a.m — Subway ride and tour of the most beautiful Metro stations 9:00 a.m. — Boat ride (picturesque canal and river tour by boat, passing famous palaces, bridges, churches and parks) 10:00 a.m. — Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (early entry) 12:30 p.m. — Traditional Russian lunch at a local restaurant 1:30 p.m. — Guided tour of Church on the Blood 2:30 p.m. — Visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral  3:30 p.m. — Guided tour of Yusupov Palace incl. Gregory Rasputin exhibition 5 p.m. — On board

$257 Shore Excursions

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: 2-Day Tour, with Faberge Museum

Day 1:  8:30 Meet and greet your guide at port terminal (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and can be adjusted depending on your ships' docking time) . City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St. Petersburg. A highlight is a photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral. During the tour, you will drive to Peterhof, see the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park and then have a traditional Russian lunch (included). Next you will be driven to Pushkin for a guided tour of Catherine Palace and the Amber Room. Returning to Petersburg city, you will get to tour the Faberge Museum ( may be arranged at different time due to booking availability and museum days off), and then around 5-6 pm, will be returned to your ship. Day 2: Meet your guide at the ship, and proceed to a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, followed by traditional Russian lunch (optional). Your guide will suggest a local cafe. Price is usually $8-$10 pp After lunch, take a guided tour inside the Church of the Spilt Blood, and around 4 pm, you will be returned to the ship Please note: actual tour timing and sequence of sites may be changed depending on days of the week, traffic, etc. Substitutions may apply due to museums days off, official ceremonies, etc.

$299 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

This personal private tour is perfect for either cruise passengers as a Visa-Free shore excursion, or as a land tour with pick up from your centrally located hotel. It was created to include more interaction with the city and culture as well as all of the most popular attractions: Hermitage/Winter Palace, General Staff, Church on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, a Metro ride, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The private guide will introduce you to locals too so that you can share thoughts and experiences.Day 1: Pick-up from the port or your centrally located hotel. Panoramic city tour of St Petersburg and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Break for lunch (own expense). Visit the Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise. At the end of the first day tour you have your choice of returning to the ship for the night or stay with us and explore the city more, visit a fine restaurant, shop or just sit in an outdoor cafe people watching, attending the optional "Feel Yourself Russia" famous folkloric show, Ballet, Jazz Club, Faberge Museum, visit one of the popular English style pubs to chat with locals...it is your time to do as you please. When you are ready to return, we transport you to your ship for the night.Day 2: Pick up from the port or your centrally located hotel.Start the day with a city tour to the South. See the major sites of the palace estates including statues, monuments, rivers and canals, beautiful bridges, cathedrals and palaces, memorial squares and parks. Visit Catherine Palace and view the stunning palace facade which is 1000 feet long. The tour will visit all of the major halls and private rooms. A particular highlight is the Amber Room.Enjoy free time in Pushkin in the delightful, small town of Pushkin. Dine (own expense), explore, take photos, shop, or stroll its manicured parks. Drive to Peterhof and visit Peterhof Fountain Park – built to rival Versailles in France, Peter the Great helped design the 300 acre park and fountains. Stroll through the lower park, and its 150 fountains. Please note that Peterhof is not included from October 1 to April 15 due to the Fountains being turned off for the winter, another palace will be substituted. Return to St Petersburg and take the Metro (subway system) – which is an attraction in itself – find out why they are known as the magnificent "Palaces of the People" . Return to your ship or centrally located hotel.

$231.33 Multi-day & Extended Tours

St.Petersburg 2 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

DAY 1: Arrival to Saint-Petersburg08:30 passport control09:00 the group's meeting with the guide and the driver of Aventura Travel 09:00 -11:30 sightseeing tour (including stops by sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island),  Fortress of Saint Peter and Paul (this is the first building of the ancient city of St. Petersburg and the are tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral) 11:30 - 13:30 Hermitage Museum (one of the major museums of the world, an important and grandiose architectural complex which has one of the most important art collections)14:00-15:00 Lunch in typical Russian restaurant  15:00-16:00 Way to the summer palace of the czars in Pushkin city is 25 km from the city and famous for its palace of Catherine and the magnificent interior: the famous "Amber Room" (a work of art of inestimable value and beauty) 16:00-18:00 Tour of the Catherine Palace 18:00-19:00 Back to the city19:00 Optinal evening program on a further requestDay 2: St. Petersburg09:00 passport control, the group's meeting with the guide and the driver of Aventura Travel  09:00- 10:30 The way to Peterhof (the summer residence of the czars, called the "Russian Versailles"). Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art, a city of parks, palaces and fountains. It is located 29 km to the west of St. Petersburg 10:30-12:00 Peterhof Park12:00-13:00 Departure to the city 13:30-14:30 The Savior on Spilled Blood (The Church of the Russian styled domes which attracts by its dazzling and colorful facades and interiors) 15:00-16:00 Boat trip by the rivers and canals 16:30 Back on board