Discover St. Petersburg with your English-speaking guide on this active and comprehensive two-day excursion. You will visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens, Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral, the iconic Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yusupov Palace (the site of Rasputin's murder) and more. Your local tour guide will bring the city's fascinating and grandiose history to life with stories and anecdotes. You will ride on the city's River and canals, enjoy two traditional Russian lunches and immerse yourself in this beautiful city on this small-group shore excursion for ships in port for 2 days. This excursion is Visa-free for cruise ship passengers. Please provide passport information at time of booking so that we may issue the Visa-waiver document prior to your arrival.
Note: Below is a SAMPLE itinerary. The actual tour sequence will vary depending on overcrowding at venues, museums’ closing days, and traffic conditions.Day 108:30am-09:00am Meet and greet at the port09:00am-11:00am City sightseeing tour. A visit to the Metro station / ride on the subway (optional, if time permits)10:00am-10:45am A visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors11:00am-11:45am Drive to Peterhof Fountain Park11:45am-01:00pm Walk in the Peterhof Fountain park and Gardens01:15pm-02:15pm Lunch at a local café02:15pm-03:15pm Drive to the Tsars’ Village (summer residence)03:15pm-05:00pm visit to the Catherine's palace with the Amber room and a walk in the park***05:00pm-06:00pm Drive back to St. Petersburg06:00pm Return to the ship Day 208.00 am Meet at the ship08.30-09.30 am Sightseeing tour by boat along canals and Neva river10.00-12.00 pm Visit and guided tour to the Hermitage Museum (Pre-booked entry time*)12.00-01.00 pm Lunch at a local café01.00-01.30 pm Excursion in the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood02.00-03.30 pm A visit to the Yusupov Palace, site of Rasputin's murder03.45-04.30 pm A visit to St.Isaac's cathedral 05.00 pm Return to the ship
*Please note: Entry times will vary as pre-booked time slots are scheduled to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the Hermitage museum.***Substitution on certain dates–Due to the 2018 World Cup and a record cruise season, on certain dates there may be extensive waiting times, overcrowding or limited availability to Catherine's Palace. The substitute visit will be the Faberge Museum or Pavlovsk Grand Palace and is intended to provide a more comfortable and enjoyable visit to St. Petersburg.