The Original Private 2-Day Explorer Tour of St Petersburg

Price
from 187 USD
Duration
17,5 hrs
Activity Level
MODERATE
Tour Category
Private Tours
The Original Private 2-Day Explorer Tour of St Petersburg

The only 2-day tour that takes you inside the Grand Palace of Peterhof - a true gem of Russian Architecture which is not to be missed! Among other sights, you will also see Church on the Spilled Blood, St Isaac's cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress as well as the Hermitage Museum and Catherine's palace & park. No Russian Visa required!

Highlights
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  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Grand Palace of Peterhof
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Peterhof Park
  • Rivers & Canals Boat tour
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • OPTIONAL: 2 Delicious Russian Lunches
  • Visa-Free Paperwork

See as many highlights as one can cover within a short period: 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 Saint 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 in the world. But it is also a magnificent Royal palace with 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 fantastic interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.

2 hrs (or more if time permits)

Explore one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces - the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Severely damaged during the Second World War, thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff, this palace was brought back to life and restored to its former beauty from photographs and maps in the 1950s. A complex combination of Baroque and NeoClassical styles, this palace is a real gem of Russian architecture, and you will surely fall in love with it the way we have. Hundreds of fountains and golden statues surround Peter's Palace - Russia's answer to Versailles. Unfortunately, in winter, the fountains are turned off, and wooden boxes cover the garden statues.


1 hr

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 engineering masterpiece with no pumps, but with a unique location, selected specially to make this miracle happen. The force of gravity provides all the strength and the power of the fountains. 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 wooden boxes cover the garden statues.

1-3 hrs

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 embankments. Built over 42 islands, Saint Petersburg is surrounded by water and interlaced with a complex web of rivers and canals. They 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 through 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 magnificent vistas of the city are often visible from the water. Therefore an essential part of any exploration of the city is to get out in a boat and cruise the rivers and canals of Saint Petersburg.

1 hr

St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and ranks among the largest basilicas 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 remarkable 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

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. There are several other museums scattered around the fortress grounds, like the political prison museum or St. Petersburg history exhibition, and you can buy a special day ticket which enables access to all.

1 hr

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, and the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was built on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.

Closed Wednesdays.
15-30 min

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local Russian Restaurant. A typical lunch includes a salad, a cup of soup, a main course, and dessert. Vegetarian & gluten-free options are available upon request. Please contact your manager.

PRICES:

19 USD Short lunch: soup, main course, dessert, tea/coffee
25 USD Standard lunch: salad, soup, main course, dessert, tea/coffee
30 USD Premium lunch at an upscale restaurant: salad, soup, main course, dessert, tea/coffee
19 USD Child meal (for kids under 7 y.o.): tomato & cucumber salad, chicken nuggets, and french fries

Add-ons:
a glass of champagne 6 USD
1 hr

Visa-Free paperwork is complimentary and included in 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: 08:30 - 18:00 (Actual tour order will be adjusted to the day of the week & your ship's arrival)
08:30 - 08:45 Meet your guide and driver by the ship.
08:45 - 09:30 Start City Overview Tour including photo stops. Subway tour. Depart to Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains.
09:30 - 11:00 Guided tour of the Grand Palace of Peterhof with special Early Admission.
11:00 - 12:30 Explore the wonderful gardens of Peterhof.
12:30 - 13:15 Depart by Hydrofoil* back to St. Petersburg.
13:45 - 14:45 Traditional Russian lunch (*optional).
15:15 - 15:45 Guided tour of the Church on the Spilled Blood.
16:00 - 17:00 Guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral.
18:00 Return back to the ship.

*OPTIONAL: If you would like to enhance your tour with a visit to Catherine's palace in Tsarskoye Selo, please select the appropriate check-box below. 
The price is 45 USD per person.
Day 2: 09:00 - 17:00 (Actual tour order will be adjusted to the day of the week)
09:00 - 09:10 Meet your guide and driver by the ship.
09:30 - 10:30 Rivers and canals boat tour.
11:00 - 13:30 Tour of the splendid Hermitage Museum.
14:00 - 15:00 Traditional Russian Lunch (*optional).
15:30 - 16:30 Continue City Tour. Guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress with cathedral.
17:00 Return back to the ship.
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  • English-speaking tour guide (other languages available at a surcharge)
  • Private driver
  • Private A/C vehicle
  • All admissions as per program
  • 1 Bottle of water pp per day
  • Visa-free paperwork
  • Radio-headsets for groups 7+
  • Welcome gift for adults 
  • Port fees & taxes
  • Smiles and positive experience
  • Meals (lunches) & drinks.
  • Tips/Gratuity
  • Optional Evening Program
  • 45 USD surcharge per group if your tour language is German, French or Spanish.
  • 90 USD surcharge for Portuguese, Italian or Mandarin. Other languages are available upon request.
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended!
To make your experience as smooth as possible we highly discourage the following clients from participating in this tour due to high program intensity:
  • Wheelchair/walker/scooter users
  • People who need walking asistance
*In case of weather conditions not permitting hydrofoil ride, there will be no refund provided. We use our van instead.

DISCOUNTS:
Children 6 yo & under  = 80% discount
Students 7 - 17 yo = 20 USD OFF

If you would like to enhance your tour with a visit to Catherine's palace in Tsarskoye Selo, the additional charge is 45 USD per person
The same price applies to adults, students and children over 5 y.o. Infants 0-4 are Free of charge. No strollers allowed. 


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