Catherine's Palace & City Highlights (Includes Visa)
Experience the city's highlights on a pleasant drive through St Petersburg.
You will pass the Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg's most famous street, the vast Palace Square, the University Embankment that is lined with buildings of the 18th century, and much more.
Your drive will then take you through the suburbs to the opulent Catherine Palace. This estate, in what was formerly known as Tsarskoe Selo, was the summer residence of the imperial family.
Explore its grand state rooms, the superb white marble Grand Staircase and the spectacularly baroque Great Hall - an astonishing room of gilt, carved wood and mirrors - and the famous Amber Room that was stolen by the Nazi. It was recreated and reopened in 2003 after 23 years of restoration.
The Palace of Paul will replace Catherine’s Palace if your travel date is on a Tuesday or the last Monday of the month. The Palace of Paul has one of the largest landscape parks in Europe, you will get to admire the elegant rooms of Emperor Paul I as well as the great art collections.
You will be required to provide your passport details at least ten days prior to your cruise departure date to assure you receive the required visa support documents which are necessary for you to participate in this tour and will be presented to the Customs/Immigration Authorities in Russia.
- English speaking guide
- Museum fees
- Welcome Aboard Package (water, chocolate, & information on the Romanoff Family)
- Children under 5 free
Remember to bring your camera. As an officially registered company our tour operator, provides you with visa free excursions and will meet you near your ship. According to the Russian Federation law, visas are not required for the shore excursions if you book the tour through the company officially licensed and authorized by the Russian government to receive foreign cruise passengers and to operate inside St Petersburg port area. As they are officially authorized by the Russian government they will supply you with the proper documentation: a Tour Ticket that you will present along with your passport to the customs/ immigration offices. You will need to provide your passport information for this paperwork to be completed 10 days prior to sail date. Catherine's Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the last Monday of the month.
The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.
Redemption and Voucher Details
- After you complete your booking, your credit card will be charged and our expert Shore Excursion Concierge agents will 'hand'-review your shore excursion selections against your cruise itinerary to confirm compatibility. Your credit card statement will list the merchant for the charges as Port Promo Cruise Tours.
- You will receive an email within 72 hours of booking from firstname.lastname@example.org which confirms your booking and contains the vouchers required for your shore excursions. Please print these vouchers and bring them with you on your cruise. You will be required to turn the voucher(s) in to the corresponding shore excursion supplier(s). The vouchers feature information regarding how to meet up with the tour leader upon arrival to a port and other important details.
- Your tour is completely refundable if your ship is unable to get into port or due to weather cancellations. See our terms and conditions for complete details.