Full Day Explore St. Petersburg

Full Day Explore St. Petersburg

Full Day Explore St. Petersburg

This tour is a great overview of St. Petersburg if you only have one day in the magnificent city.

What you will see during your tour of St. Petersburg:

Catherine’s Palace - typical of Baroque style, was built for the wife of Peter The Great in the village of Tsarskoe Selo, or today's Pushkin, and it became known as the Catherine’s Palace. Catherine became the Empress, Tsarina, after her husband’s death, and she was called Catherine I. It must be noted that Catherine I was not Catherine the Great, who was officially Catherine II. Tsarskoe Selo (in English: "The Tsar's Village") is located about 27 kilometers (17 miles) south of the city. Catherine’s Palace exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size and unique decorations. The stunning façade of the palace extends for almost 300 meters (1000 feet), and gives the first impression what to expect inside.

We shall have a full tour of the entire palace, however, the most stunning rooms of the Palace are the “lost Amber Room”, which has walls complete covered by different shades of amber mosaic, and the Great Hall with gilded walls, chandeliers and mirrors. We shall also view parts of the surrounding park's and gardens consisting of almost 600 hectares (1.500 acres). – An inside visit is included.

Peterhof Fountains & Grounds – You will be exceptionally lucky since our tour enters the palace compound through the unbelievable Upper Park, which is very seldom visited by hurried tourists. Built to rival Versailles in France, the palace sits atop of a high hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Peter the Great drafted the layout for the 300-hundred acre park and supervised the design of the palace fountains. The Grand Cascade, the most famous fountain group, features gilded Samson prying open lion's jaws as water cascades down the terraced steps, and small spouting fountains anoint smaller sculptures. We shall stroll through the lower parks and gardens, and view and “experience” (be careful!) some of the Peters surprise creations among the many decorative fountains. – No inside visit, only the fountain parks and gardens.Your Lunch reservations will be in is the elegant Summer Palace Restaurant on the day you visit Peterhof and the Fountain Parks.

Hermitage - The former residential palace of the Romanov rulers, called the Winter Palace, and four other buildings together house today one of the world's most prestigious museums, called The Hermitage and one of the premier art collections. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which contain over three million art works, including paintings by DaVinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh - to name a few. The Baroque style Winter Palace was designed by Italian architect Rastrelli, and boasts huge ceremonial reception rooms, throne rooms, private theatre, gold and marble, irreplaceable state gifts and collections, patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings, and gilded appointments. If nothing else, this is the “must” place in St. Petersburg. – An inside visit.

Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood - This recently restored church sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior with the traditional colorful onion domes. The church was built on the exact site of the March 1, 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander II, while riding in his carriage along the canal embankment. That is also the reason why the church is called “spilled blood”. The church is distinguished by its picturesque silhouette and rich colorful decoration. The facade is lined with ceramic tiles and colored glazed bricks. Inside you shall view large size works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes. During the Soviet Union the church served as a warehouse and a storage space, and it took more than a decade to restore it to its current condition. This is unquestionably one of the most popular photo spots in St. Petersburg – A photo stop.

Metro (the city’s underground subway system) - Visit the magnificent "palaces of the People" as the St. Petersburg Metro used to be called during the Soviet Union years. The construction was started after the II World War, and its expansion continues endlessly, new stations opening periodically A ride is arranged between the Technological Institute and the Moscow Arch of Triumph stations. Since the entire St. Petersburg was built on the marsh land, the tunnels had to be dug deep, deep until solid soil was found, and you shall descend endlessly deep on extremely fast moving escalators. All the stations are totally different and individually designed. Some are luxurious with art work, statues, sculptures, mosaic walls, and chandeliers, some are simpler looking. The trains run like clockwork, normally at 2 minutes apart, and they are always crowded, as if there was a constant rush hour – A ride and viewing of some picturesque stations is included.

Shopping: Browse for Russian souvenirs and gifts and bargain with local vendors at the various stops during your excursion. Your tour includes one official stop at one of St. Petersburg's quality souvenir shops where you can barter for such traditional Russian goods as lacquered boxes, jewelry, pins, hand painted nesting dolls, usually called “Matryoshka Dolls”, handicrafts, china and porcelain, Russian delicacies like Caviar, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, beautiful coffee table books about Russian topics, and many others. As a valued guest you will get a free gift and a 10% discount coupon.

Photo Stops: Split Blood Cathedral, Peterhof Fountain Park, State Hermitage Museum, Catherin Palace at Pushkin, the park in Pushkin

Please Note: Minimum age to participate in this tour is 12 years of age. This tour has intensive, extended distances to walk and many steps. On Wednesdays, the Split Blood Cathedral is closed and a visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and Cathedral is substituted. On Tuesdays, Catherine's Palace is closed and a visit to the Grand Palace is substituted.

Departures (Local Time)

Sunday
7:30 AM (12 hrs)
8:00 AM (12 hrs)
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9:00 AM (12 hrs)
Tuesday
7:30 AM (12 hrs)
8:00 AM (12 hrs)
8:30 AM (12 hrs)
9:00 AM (12 hrs)
Wednesday
7:30 AM (12 hrs)
8:00 AM (12 hrs)
8:30 AM (12 hrs)
9:00 AM (12 hrs)
Thursday
7:30 AM (12 hrs)
8:00 AM (12 hrs)
8:30 AM (12 hrs)
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Friday
7:30 AM (12 hrs)
8:00 AM (12 hrs)
8:30 AM (12 hrs)
9:00 AM (12 hrs)
Saturday
7:30 AM (12 hrs)
8:00 AM (12 hrs)
8:30 AM (12 hrs)
9:00 AM (12 hrs)

Duration:

Hours: 12

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Adult

$195.00

Total Cost
$195.00

Activity Level:

7

Inclusions

  • Russian Cruise Visa processing
  • Transportation
  • English speaking Guide
  • Admissions
  • Bottled Water
  • 1 Lunch
  • Welcome package
  • 10% Discount Coupon for shopping
  • Maximum group size 16 people

Tips

Remember to bring your camera. Minimum age to participate in this tour is 12 years old. This tour has intensive, extended distances to walk and many steps. You do not need a separate Russian visa to take this tour from your ship. Our tour operator is authorized by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to arrange services for cruise passengers who do not have Russian visas. In order to guarantee visa-free participation in this tour, we need to receive a Tour Authorization Certificate for you and each person in your traveling party. We must request this Tour Authorization Certificate from our operator no later than two (2) weeks prior to your sail date. We will email you your excursion tour voucher for your traveling party, and one tour authorization certificate for each member of your traveling party. It will be your responsibility to print and carry with you 1) the tour voucher, 2) the Tour Authorization Certificate, one for each person traveling with you, and 3) a valid passport for each person in your party. These documents will be required to participate in your St. Petersburg excursion. Failure to have these documents to present to Russian immigration officials and your excursion leader may result in you not being allowed off the ship in St. Petersburg, and may not entitle you to a refund. Please refer to the full terms and conditions listed on our website.

Departure Location

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

  1. 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.
  2. You will receive an email within 72 hours of booking from info@portpromotions.com 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.
  3. 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.
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