Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience

Shore Excursions in Peterhof

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Uncover the real gems of St. Petersburg on a 2-day private trip. Experience the old capital of Russia and be able to see its old treasures hidden behind the walls of St. Petersburg palaces. You will see the top attractions such as the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Peterhof, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church on the Spilled Blood and feel the real vibes of the city by visiting the deepest metro in the world and having a relaxing stroll along Nevsky prospect, the main street of St. Petersburg.
The first day of the 2 day private tour will be refreshing as you'll be moving out of the city center to enjoy royal summer residences, including Catherine palace with the Amber Hall and the Fountain Park in Peterhof.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 market10:00-11:00 am Driving to Peterhof11:00-12:30 am Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (optional)1:30-2:30 pm Driving to Pushkin city 2:30-4:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room4:00-5:00 pm Driving to the city. 5:00 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program (theatre/folk show/boat trip)The second day will start with a panoramic boat ride showing the best of the best sights of the city from the water. After a relaxing trip you'll see the Hermitage museum with its royal collections of paintings, reception halls and some of the hidden treasures. The next half of the day you will spend as a local. You will take a walk along the bustling Nevsky prospect with its old classical buildings, have some time for a typical Russian lunch and enjoy the magnificence of the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral. Day 2:7:30 am Meeting by the ship. Continuation of the city tour8:30-9.30 am Shared boat ride along rivers and canals.10:00-12:00 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 (optional)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 stop3:30-4.00 pm Inside guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral4:30 pm Return to the shipPlease 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 slot

What’s included

  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (comfortable car (Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
  • A permit for photo/video at the museums per person
  • Boat ride
  • Metro ride
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Headsets for groups of 10 and more

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Lunch expenses

Itinerary

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 (optional) 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) The second day will start with a panoramic boat ride showing the best of the best sights of the city from the water. After a relaxing trip you'll see the Hermitage museum with its royal collections of paintings, reception halls and some of the hidden treasures. The next half of the day you will spend as a local. You will take a walk along the bustling Nevsky prospect with its old classical buildings, have some time for a typical Russian lunch and enjoy the magnificence of the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral. 
Day 2: 7:30 am Meeting by the ship. Continuation of the city tour 8:30-9.30 am Shared boat ride along rivers and canals. 10:00-12:00 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 (optional) 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 slot
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