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A full day of sightseeing includes visits to the Hermitage, the world's famous art treasury, and Peter & Paul Fortress, a place where the city got its start along with lunch and shopping.
WHAT YOU VISIT
The Hermitage - The Tsar's former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world's premier art collections.
Your three to three and half hour guided tour visits the display rooms, which contain over three million art works, including paintings by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir to name a few. Designed by Rastrelli, the Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings and gilded appointments.
Peter and Paul Fortress - Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London, a place for imprisoning political prisoners - including Peter the Great's own son.
The Peter and Paul Cathedral - The city's tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great and even today only the television tower exceeds it in the height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings and icons - and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.
PHOTO Stop OPPORTUNITIES
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood - This recently restored church sports an ornate and exaggerated "Russian-style" exterior and is built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated.
St. Isaac's Cathedral - The cathedral's massive central gold dome, one of the largest in the world, dominates the city skyline.
Cruiser Aurora - Now a museum on the west bank of the Neva, the armored cruiser Aurora fired her guns to signal the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Browse for souvenirs and gifts and bargain with local vendors at the various stops during your excursion.
The Palaces Of Catherine & Peterhof
A comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique chance to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th century, former summer residences of the Russian tsars that are considered to be exquisite monuments of Russian art with a worldwide reputation.
WHAT YOU VISIT
Catherine Palace Inside, The Palace Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel.
A gallery of Greek and Roman heroic busts decorates a covered walkway designed for Catherine the Great. Surrounding the palace are 1,400 acres of manicured gardens and parkland.
Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.
Peterhof Palace Grounds - Built to rival Versailles, the palace sits atop a 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 Samson prying open lion's jaws as water cascades down terraced steps and small spouting fountains anoint smaller sculptures.
Try out your bargaining skills with the local vendors near the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo and the Grand Palace in Peterhof.
WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Board your motor coach for a narrated drive through St. Petersburg. Drive south of St. Petersburg to Tsarskoye Selo, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas. Heading west to Peterhof, you will see the industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.
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.
Departures (Local Time)
9:30 AM (Hours: 8 hrs p/d, Days: 2)
Hours: 8 hrs p/d
Choose Child / Adult Pricing
Cost Per Person (Adult)
Tour Cost: $264.00
Tax/Other Fees: $75.00
Total Cost: $339.00
Cost Per Person (Child)
Tour Cost: $224.00
Tax/Other Fees: $75.00
Total Cost: $299.00
As an officially registered company our tour provider 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 tour ticket that you will present to the customs/immigration offices.
At the cruise ship pier. 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.