Welcome to St Petersburg
Long known as little more than a bawdy spring-break party town and a retirement capital, St Petersburg is now forging a new name for itself as a culturally savvy Southern city. Spurred on by its redeveloped waterfront, revitalized historic district and stunning Dalí Museum, the downtown energy is creeping up Central Ave, spawning sophisticated restaurants, craft breweries, farmers markets and artsy galleries, all of... Read More
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St Petersburg Speedboat Adventure
Before you start zipping through the waters of Tampa Bay on your speedboat adventure from St Petersburg, you’ll have a safety orientation to review boating basics, rules of the water and hand signals. Then, hop in and experience the thrill of driving your own speedboat while your skilled guide introduces you to the beauty of the Florida coast.Following your guide, who will provide narration through the two-way communication system, you’ll pass beautiful islands that house national wildlife refuges and the historic Fort De Soto Park. You may see pods of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, gopher tortoises and numerous varieties of local birds. There will be several stops throughout the tour at various points of interest. If you want to change drivers, you may do so at any of the brief stops.
St. Petersburg Walking City Tour
Start your St. Petersburg tour from Palace Square, which is dominated by the Winter Palace. Next, you'll pass the palace where the famous Beef Stroganoff dish was invented and continue towards St. Isaac’s Square, to see its beautiful cathedral. Get the inside scoop behind the architectural flourishes on this gorgeous building, and discover how it has been used over the centuries. You’ll also see the bronze horseman, a symbol of St. Petersburg. After crossing the Neva River, stop at a favorite local spot from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Palace Embankment with its renowned Hermitage Museum, and many prominent St. Petersburg landmarks including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Chamber of Curiosities.With your local St. Petersburg guide, you will pay a visit to the oldest structure in the city, and the site where the town of Peter started in 1703. The cathedral located here became the burial place of the Russian emperors and members of their families, from Peter the Great onward. A visit to the cathedral is optional here, but it's well worth taking a peek.Pass the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars on the way to the most famous church in town. The church was built on the spot where the Russian emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, and here your guide will tell you the infamous story of how this historical event unfolded. Continue along St. Petersburg's busiest street, home to restaurants, theaters, museums, and ornate palaces of the ex-Russian aristocracy, learning more about St. Petersburg from a local perspective along the way.All that fresh air and walking will no doubt spark your appetite, so you’ll finish off the tour with a stop for food. Break for lunch in a typical Russian joint to try a traditional dish like borsch (soup), blinis (pancakes), or Beef Stroganoff. It’s here in the café that your tour will end, but you can linger as you like and relax and chat with your guide in the warm, cosy atmosphere.
2 Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Optional Lunch
Head to St Petersburg's Corey Causeway at 11:30am to board the StarLite Sapphire, a USCG certified sightseeing yacht built to accommodate up to 150 passengers. Once on board, settle into the climate-controlled indoor lounge or head to the outdoor decks for great views of Florida's coast. Grab a cocktail and snack from the bar (own expense) and enjoy live commentary from your expert captain about the area's history. You'll learn about the many harbor sites along the waterway and enjoy the scenery of the Gulf of Mexico. Keep a lookout for dolphins, as they're a common sight on this cruise!Lunch Upgrade: Make your afternoon complete by enjoying a delectable lunch prepared by an executive chef on board. Choose from several main courses served with salad and bread (see Itinerary for a sample menu).Please note: price displayed is for cruise only option.
Evening Dinner Dance Cruise from St Petersburg
See the highlights of St Petersburg's beaches and waterways on your dinner cruise from Corey Causeway.Cruise along the Gulf's calm inland waters. Before dinner, take a stroll on the observation deck to watch a spectacular sunset, take in views of the area's lovely beaches, and look for dolphins frolicking in the water. Then take a seat at your table framed by large picture windows. Choose from a menu of continental cuisine featuring 10 main course selections that might include stuffed shrimp, New Zealand rack of lamb, and roast chicken.Your meal includes an appetizer, salad, French bread and dessert. Coffee and tea are also served, and you can order drinks and cocktails (own expense) from the bar.After dinner, enjoy some romantic stargazing outside on the deck, or dance to your favorite songs from the 1960s and beyond.
St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour Including Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and Cruise
Your small-group tour with an expert guide begins when your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg. From the cruise port, head into the city on a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to see the most famous sights, beginning with the neo-classical splendor of St Isaac's Cathedral. Next, learn about the geometrical design of Palace Square in the city center, which connects Nevsky Prospect with Palace Bridge toward Vasilievsky Island. From here, admire the enormous Winter Palace that housed Russian tsars in the mid-1700s.Visit Peter and Paul Fortress as well as the cathedral – the burial vault of the Romanov family – and listen to commentary from your guide about the oldest construction of St Petersburg. Then, enjoy interior views of the beautiful Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the second largest mosaic museum in the world. After several hours of sightseeing, relax in an elegant restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon, take a 2-hour guided tour of Russia’s largest museum – the State Hermitage. Stroll through galleries featuring the world’s finest masterpieces, including collections by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the French Impressionists. Continue your comprehensive introduction to St Petersburg with a visit to the best shops of the city, where you can browse for bargains and souvenirs by local vendors. Afterward, get a unique perspective of the city on a 1-hour cruise along the Fontanka and Moika rivers, where your guide will point out more of the city’s fascinating architecture best reached by boat. Your tour ends with transport back to the St Petersburg cruise port.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the St Petersburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Dance Cruise with Optional Lunch
Meet in St Petersburg in the afternoon and board your fully modern dining yacht: a 113-foot (33-meter) finished with Victorian touches. Settle into your seat or lounge on the viewing decks to take in the remarkable Tampa Bay waterfront scenery as your 2.5-hour cruise begins.On board, enjoy music and dancing, grab a drink from the onboard bar, and admire the panoramic scenery of pristine waters and the beautiful Florida coast from the sightseeing deck. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other wildlife as you listen to your captain’s engaging, informative commentary on the area’s history and points of interest. Upgrade: Upgrade to enjoy a fabulous lunch onboard prepared by an executive chef. Choose from six main courses served with salad and bread, followed by a scrumptious dessert (see Itinerary for a sample menu). Note: Lunch is only available if you choose the upgrade option that includes it. Lunch is not included on the "Cruise Only" option.