Monday's Best 1-day Shore Excursion

Price
from 150 USD
Duration
10,5 hrs
Activity Level
MODERATE
Tour Category
Private Tours
Monday's Best 1-day Shore Excursion

See the best highlights of Saint Petersburg in just one day, even if that day is a Monday! Catherine's palace with its world-famous Amber Room, amazing Peterhof gardens with fountains, mysterious Yusupov Palace on Moika river and of course Church on the Spilled Blood! No Russain Visa required!

Highlights
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  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Catherine's palace (Amber Room) & Park
  • Peterhof Park
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Yusupov Palace
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • OPTIONAL: 1 Delicious Russian Lunch
  • 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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
08:30 - 18:30 (Actual start time might be slightly adjusted to your ship's arrival)
08:30 Meet your guide and driver by the ship.
08:40 - 09:30 Panoramic City tour around Saint Petersburg's most popular sights with photo stops by Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral.
09:30 - 10:30 Depart to Tsarskoye Selo
10:30 - 12:00 Guided tour of the amazing Catherine's palace with Amber Room. Some time to walk in the park (limited)
12:10 - 13:00 Drive to Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch in a local cafe/restaurant (*optional).
14:00 - 15:00 Guided tour of the Lower Gardens of Peterhof with lots of fountains and sculptures.
15:00 - 15:40 Hydrofoil* back to St.Petersburg.
16:00 - 17:00 Guided tour of the Yusupov Palace, including the mysterious exposition telling about Rasputin and his murder.
17:30 - 18:00 Guided tour of the Church on the Spilled Blood.
18:00 - 18:30 Return back to the ship.
It is possible to substitute Church on the Spilled Blood for St Isaac's Cathedral at no extra charge on the day of the tour. If you would like to substitute Church on the Spilled Blood for Peter and Paul Fortress, please let us know if advance so that we would provide an additional voucher free of charge.
Book this tour
($ 20)
($ 50)
  • English-speaking tour guide (other languages available at a surcharge)
  • Experienced 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 
  • Activity kit for kids
  • Port fees & taxes
  • Smiles and positive experience

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 y.o. & under  = FREE
Students 7 - 17 y.o. = 10 USD OFF



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