2-day Private Shore Excursion - Imperial Palaces of St Petersburg

2-day Private Shore Excursion - Imperial Palaces of St Petersburg
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$295
Duration: 2 days
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Description

Explore the imperial palaces of St Petersburg during this private shore excursion with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Get familiar with culture and history of Russia, taste traditional food and simply enjoy your visa-free stay in the Venice of the North during your Baltic Cruise. On the first day, head for Tsarskoye Selo to explore Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room. Another imperial residence to visit is Pavlovsk Palace, an elegant summer estate of The Romanov family. On the second day, you will see the summer estate of Peter the Great, magnificent Peterhof decorated with fountains and cascades. Once back to the city, your local guide will give you a tour of the Hermitage Museum including the Winter Palace, which was an official residence of Russian Tsars. Having seen all that luxury, you will return back to the ship full of fantastic memories.

In the morning you will meet your private guide after the passport control and take a seat in a comfortable a/c car or a minivan to explore the imperial heritage of St Petersburg in a nice company of your family, friends and a local guide. During these 2 days you are going to see the best palaces of the Russian monarchs and other important highlights of the city. 
Day 1 (9 hours)

  • Meeting in the port
    City Tour with picture stops. You will see the Spit of Basil's Island, St Peter & Paul Fortress, Nevsky prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Zinger House and other sights.
  • Transfer to the city of Pavlovsk
  • Tour to Pavlovsk Palace and Park, the biggest landscape park in Europe
  • Short ride to Tsarskoye Selo
  • 3-course lunch in a local restaurant (included)
  • Tour to Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room
  • Return to St Petersburg
  • Boat cruise along the Neva River and the canals
  • Return to the ship

Day 2 (9 hours)

  • Meeting in the port
  • Transfer to Peterhof, the summer residence of Peter I full of precious fountains, cascades, sculpture and pavilions. 
  • Subway (metro) tour, see the stations called 'underground palaces'
  • Tour of Peterhof Gardens. You will see the Grand Palace, the Grand Cascade, the Marine Canal, joke fountains and much more.
  • Hydrofoil ride back to St Petersburg (if weather permits)
  • 3-course lunch in a local restaurant (included)
  • Tour to the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum
  • Visit to the Church of our Savior on the Spilled Blood
  • Visit to St Isaacs Cathedral
  • Return back to the port

The actual starting and ending time will be adjusted in accordance with cruise ship's schedule. The order of the sightseeing may change depending on traffic and museum opening hours. The hydrofoil ride may be canceled in case of bad weather conditions, you will return to St Petersburg by car/minivan. Please note, at the time of booking each cruise ship passenger is required to provide his passport data in order to obtain the tour ticket, which allows entering Russia visa-free. The tour ticket (substitute for visa) will be sent to you via e-mail. 

Explore the imperial palaces of St Petersburg during this private shore excursion with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Get familiar with culture and history of Russia, taste traditional food and simply enjoy your visa-free stay in the Venice of the North during your Baltic Cruise. On the first day, head for Tsarskoye Selo to explore Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room. Another imperial residence to visit is Pavlovsk Palace, an elegant summer estate of The Romanov family. On the second day, you will see the summer estate of Peter the Great, magnificent Peterhof decorated with fountains and cascades. Once back to the city, your local guide will give you a tour of the Hermitage Museum including the Winter Palace, which was an official residence of Russian Tsars. Having seen all that luxury, you will return back to the ship full of fantastic memories.