Make the most of your time off the ship with this exciting join-in small-group shore excursion. This is a rare visa-free 2-day group tour that takes you to Faberge Museum. Among all, enjoy a panoramic city tour, visit Catherine's Palace, verdant Peterhof Park, world-famous Hermitage and tour Church on the Spilled Blood. No Russain Visa required!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Explore the magnificent collections of the newly opened Faberge Museum - a unique private collection of Faberge eggs and Jewelry in Russia and in the world. Boasting over 4,000 items beautifully displayed in an unrivaled Shuvaalov Palace, this museum will surely be on top of your Favorite's list. The museum also features collection of paintings, statuetts, applied art.
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.
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
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.
|Day 1: 8:30 - 18:30 (Actual tour order will be adjusted to the day of the week)|
|08:30 - 08:45||Meet your guide and driver by the ship.|
|08:45 - 09:15||Start City Overview Tour including a photo stop by Peter and Paul Fortress.|
|09:15 - 11:40||Depart to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo to tour Catherine's palace with the famous Amber Room and Park.|
|11:40 - 12:30||Drive to Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains|
|12:40 - 15:00||Explore the wonderful gardens of Peterhof. Lunch in the park cafe (not included)|
|15:00 - 16:00||Return back to Saint-Petersburg.|
|16:00 - 17:30||
Tour of the Faberge Museum.
|18:00 - 18:30||Return back to the ship.|
|Day 2: 09:30 - 16:00 (Actual tour order will be adjusted to the day of the week)|
|09:00 - 09:15||
Meet you guide and driver by the ship.
|10:00 - 12:00||Tour of the splendid Hermitage Museum.|
|12:00 - 13:00||Free time: shopping OR lunch in a local restaurant/cafe (not included)|
|13:00 - 15:30||
Continue City Overview Tour with multiple photo stops, including guided tour of the Church on the Spilled Blood and St.Isaac's cathedral.
|16:00||Return back to the ship.|
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