Embark on a private tour with our professional local guide and see the best treasures of St. Petersburg. Explore the most well-known masterpieces of the Hermitage museum and the Faberge museum. Get to know how Russian tsars and tzarinas spend their summer holidays in Peterhof and Catherine Palace. During the 2-day tour, you will not only enjoy palace interiors and the royal collections but also get to see one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world and admire the inside of the Church on the Spilled Blood all covered with mosaics! Besides you will get inside St. Isaac's Cathedral that still strikes with the opulent decorations on the walls and gilded iconostasis.
After a pick-up at your ship, you will have a panoramic city tour with photo stops at the most beautiful spots in the city. Your day will proceed with a ride to summer residences located outside St. Petersburg. Enjoy the stroll in the Lower garden of Peterhof and see the golden gallery of Catherine Palace with its gorgeous Amber Hall. In the middle of the day, you will have time for a hearty traditional Russian lunch (not included). At the end of the day you will visit the second largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the country followed by a drop-off at your ship. Day 1:8.30 am Meeting by the ship. (please note: the time will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. A visit to subway station.10:00-11:00 am Travel to Peterhof by car11:00-12.30pm Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (optional)1:30-2:30 pm Driving to Pushkin2:30-4:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room4:00-5:00 pm Driving to the city. A visit to the subway station.5.00- 5:30 pm Inside guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral6.00 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program (theatre/folk show/boat trip) The second day uncovers the best art pieces and other treasures kept inside the Hermitage museum. After a short lunch break, you will see the unique collection of Faberge works. The Church on the Spilled Blood located closeby won't leave you indifferent with its glittering mosaics. The tour will finish in the port. Day 2:8.00 am Meeting by the ship. Continuation of the city tour, including Summer Gardens of Peter the Great, the Spit of the Basil Island, Michael’s Castle, Admiralty, the State St Petersburg University, Academy of Fine Arts, the Monument of Peter the Great, etc. 9.00-10.00 am A stroll on Nevsky prospect. 10.00-12.30 pm guided tour of the State Hermitage museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)12.45-1.45 pm Lunch (optional)2:00-2.30 pm Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood2.45-3.45 pm Inside guided tour of the Faberge museum ( you will join the group up to 15 people; if you prefer a private guided tour please contact us to get the price)4:30 pm Return to the ship Please note:The timing and the 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