2-Day Intensive All Highlights GDT Join-in Shore Excursion

Price
285 USD
Duration
19 hrs
Activity Level
INTENSIVE
Tour Category
Join-in Tours
2-Day Intensive All Highlights GDT Join-in Shore Excursion

If you're in St. Petersburg for the first time and would like to see as mush as possible, enjoy this Most Complete 2-day join-in group tour! Get acquinted with Russian history in a company of a professional English-speaking tour guide, who will make your time in our city the memorable one! No Russain Visa required!

Maximum group size: 16 passengers  

Highlights
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  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Catherine's palace (Amber Room) & Park
  • Yusupov Palace
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Peterhof Park
  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Rivers & Canals Boat tour
  • Metro (subway) Tour
  • 2 Delicious Russian Lunches**
  • Visa-Free Paperwork

See as many highlights as one can possibly cover within a short period of time: Aurora cruiser, the first house of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, numerous rivers and bridges, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square and the Hermitage museum, the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, Palace Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, University Embankment with its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, the Square of Arts with Michael's Palace, the Mosque, the Smolny Convent, the Taurida Palace, the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters) and many more!

Please note that depending on the time allowed, not all sights might be included!
2+ hrs (depending on occasion)

Hermitage is one of the largest museums of the world. But it is also the magnificient Royal palace with the stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now ist's the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrant, de Goya and many other prominent painters from all over the world. Treat yourself with a grand exploration of the most amazing masterpieces of the European Art, including the French Impressionists, and marvel at the amazing interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.

2 hrs (or more if time permits)

This guided tour includes Catherine's palace tour with the world's famous Amber Room and the peaceful gardens with multiple photo opportunities. Catherine's Palace and the surrounding parks were created by Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, which is why Pushkin was formerly known as 'village of the tsar's' (Tsarskoe Selo). The palace, with its famous Amber Room, is an impressive post-WWII reconstruction. The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. The gardens of Catherine Park, which are spectacular in the snow, are dotted with unusual buildings, including a Chinese village.

Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.
2 hrs

This palace was purchased by the wealthy Yusupov family in 1830 and since then it was the main house for the family. A special wing was built to house their art collection. It also was the scene of the grizzly murder of the sleazy Siberian peasant Rasputin, who was exercising too much influence over the royal family for Felix Yusupov's liking. There is a Rasputin tour, and you can see where Felix and his entourage tried to poison and shoot Rasputin in the cellar in 1916, before they beat him and chucked him into the river, where he finally died.

1 hr

St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and ranks amont the largest cathedrals of the world. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. It's not only the impressive structure, but also the collection of the greatest engineering innovations. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.

30 min

The fastest way to get to or from Peterhof during the busy summer season. Saves a lot of time and gives you a chance to take a nap:). The boats depart from the piers in the very center of the city, thus giving you a unique free bonus - a chance to enjoy the stunning panorama of the Neva banks.

30-45 min

A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engeneering masterpiece with no pumps, it a unique location, selected specificly to make this miracle happen. All the force and the power of the fountaing are provided by the force of gravity. A great photo opportunity for keen photographers. Take some time to see the surrounding gardens and Peter's villa Monplaisir. Unfortunately in winter the fountains are turned off and the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.

1-3 hrs

This fortress, built to deflect Swedish raids, was the city’s very first structure. While the view from the fortress ramparts is fantastic, the main attraction is Trezzini's Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in 1712. Almost all Romanov tsars including Nicholas II, are buried here. The cathedral's spire is the tallest architectural construction of the city, topped only by the TV Tower that can be seen a little further to the right of the fortress.

Viewing from outside

The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city-center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was build on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.

Closed Wednesdays
15-30 min

By day or by night, the most spectacular view of St. Petersburg can be seen from the water. The unforgettable panoramas of the Hermitage, squares and enbankments. A city was built over 42 islands, so St. Petersburg is surrounded by water and interlaced with a complex web of rivers and canals that seem to bind the city together, while also marking the borders of its different districts and neighborhoods. The slow ride by Nikolsky cathedral belltower, or throught the tunnels of the wide bridges, or under the glass walkway of Mariinsky theater, where the light is barely seen on the other side is an experience you'll never forget. St. Petersburg's architecture means that great vistas of the city are often visible from the water, and therefore an essential part of any exploration of the city is to get out in a boat and cruise the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.

1 hr

Go underground and enjoy seeing palaces built for regular people - this is how amazing Subway Stations are in St Petersburg. Chrystal chandeliers, bronzeworks, marble flooring, amazing sculptures and mosaisc. Why visit another palace? The first stations were opened in 1955, the newest ones open every year, still rich and impressive.

20-40 min (as a part of commute)

Enjoy two delcious lunches at local Russian Restaurants. Typical lunch includes a salad, a cup of soup, main course and dessert. Vegetarian & gluten free options are available upon request. Children under 7 (who travel free of charge) do not get an individual meal. It must be ordered separately. Please contact your manager.

**IMPORTANT:
Join-in Group tours: included for groups of any size
Private tours: Included for groups of 8 and more
1 hr

Visa-Free paperwork is complimentary and included into your tour package. Don't forget to provide us with your passport details in a timely manner.

When booking, please have the following details ready for each participant:
1) Name as in Passport
2) Passport Number
3) Date of Birth
4) Citizenship

valid for up to 72 hrs

Detailed Program

Time Description
Day 1: 8:30 - 18:30 (Actual tour order will be adjusted to the day of the week & your ship's arrival)
08:30 Meet your guide and driver by the ship.
08:30 - 10:00 Panoramic City tour around St. Petersburg's most popular sights including 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 construction in the city!      
10:00 - 10:30 Hydrofoil*  to Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains
10:30 - 12:00 Explore wonderful gardens of Peterhof
12:00 - 13:00 Traditional Russian lunch (included)
13:00 - 14:00 Transfer to Tsarskoye Selo
14:00 - 15:30 Guided tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room
15:30 - 16:30 Drive back to St.Petersburg, Subway tour on the way.
16:30 - 17:00 Guided tour of St . Isaac's Cathedral 
17:30 - 18:00 Guided tour of Church on Spilt Blood
18:00 - 18:30 Return back to the ship.
Day 2: 08:00 - 17:00 (Actual tour order will be adjusted to the day of the week)
08:00 Meet you guide and driver by the ship.
08:30 - 09:30 Rivers and Canals Boat tour
09:45 - 10:15 Drive to the Hermitage museum, explore Palace Square or get amazing views from the Palace Embankment (depending on where the bus stops)
10:30 - 13:30 Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (without Impressionists) NOTE: Whenever possible, Special Early Admission will be ordered to avoid crowds.
13:45 - 14:45 Traditional Russian Lunch (included)
15:00 - 16:30 Guided tour of Yusupov palace with Rasputin basement.
17:00 Return back to the ship.

Included

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Experienced private driver
  • A/C Mercedes Mini-bus
  • All admissions as per program
  • 1 Bottle of water pp per day
  • Visa-free paperwork
  • Radio-headsets for groups 7+
  • Welcome gift for adults
  • Activity kit for kids
  • Port fees & taxes
  • Ponchos (when raining)
  • 2 Lunches in local restaurants
  • Smiles and positive experience

NOT Included

NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Important

*In case of weather conditions not permitting hydrofoil ride, the group will return by private vehicle. No refunds.
Due to the group nature of this tour and to make your experience as smooth as possible we kindly ask you to accept certain rules:
  • No wheelchairs/walkers/scooters 
  • No people with walking asistance 
  • No children under 5
DISCOUNTS:
Students 7 - 17 y.o.= 20 USD OFF
Children 5 - 6 y.o.= 265 USD OFF
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