9.00am – 12.00pm – Our guide meets you by the ship.
City tour of St. Petersburg, part 1. Within the City Tour you will drive along the most popular sights of our beautiful city such as Point of the Basil Island, Palace Square with famous Winter Palace, Academy of Fine Arts. Also you will drive along Nevskiy Prospekt – the main street of our city. You will see such places as Arts Square, Catherine’s Garden, St. Isaac’s Square, Bronze Horseman, Naval (St. Nicolas) Cathedral. At the most beautiful places the guide will supply you with more information and will offer you to make a stop for taking photos.
Inside tour of Peter and Paul’s Fortress with its Cathedral is included into this City Tour. The Fortress is the place where the city began in 1703. Inside St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress there is a Cathedral with the same name that occupies a special place among the churches of St. Petersburg. This cathedral used to be a burial place for the Russian Tsar Family beginning from the time of Peter the Great. Peter the Great was the first to be buried in the unfinished building of this Cathedral. A tradition to bury the members of the ruling dynasty, widespread throughout the world, was followed in St. Petersburg, too.
12.30 – 1.30pm – Lunch (optional). The cost of food and drinks is not included into the price.
1.30 – 2.30pm – Drive to Pavlovsk that is located about 30 km from St. Petersburg.
2.30 – 4.30pm – Inside tour of Pavlovsk Palace and Park (Catherine’s Palace and Park in Pushkin by request) – Imperial summer residence that was a present from Catherine the Great to her son Paul. In 1776 he married a 17-year-old Sophie Dorothea Augusta von Wurttemberg, converted to Russian Orthodoxy with the name of Maria Foedorovna. Up to the end of Maria’s life Pavlovsk remained under her tender and loving care. This residence became the child of this clever, talented and energetic Empress. It was the greatest creation of this remarkable woman. Pavlovsk is full of charm and taste, nature and art are combined here in a graceful harmony.
4.30 – 5.30pm – Drive back to the city will also take about one hour.
5.30pm – You are back at your ship.
9.00 am – 10.00am – Our guide meets you by the ship.
City tour, part 2. To make your City Tour unforgettable we try to include in it some special features that belong only to our wonderful city, such as visiting famous St. Petersburg courtyards-wells; a little café, called “Pyshechnayay” with hot coffee and very delicious buns called “pyshki”; visiting a famous Eliseev shop to admire its illumination and a variety of food it offers.
10.00 – 10.45am – Going to Peterghof by car (by hydrofoil – extra charge 20$ per person).
10.45 – 11.45pm – A tour of Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park of Peterhof. Peterhof, called the seaside paradise, the capital of fountains, an entertainment previously unknown in Russia, was opened to the public on August 15, 1723. This imperial residence on the shore of the Gulf of Finland became a triumphal memorial symbolizing Russia’s access to the Baltic Sea. While walking around the park you will see Grand Fountain Cascade, Marine Canal, 4 smaller cascades, many statues and a lot of other beautiful things.
11.45am – 12.30pm – Inside tour of one of small palaces (e.x. Monplesir). Petehof comprises nineteen big and small palaces. Most of them were used by the members of Tzar family for their everyday life. This is a nice option to see how they lived, what they ate, what they wore.
12.30 – 1.15pm – Lunch (optional). The cost of food and drinks is not included into the tour price.
1.15 – 2.15 pm – Drive back to the city will take about one hour as Peterhof is about 30 km from the city.
2.15 – 3.00pm – Church on the Spilt Blood inside tour. Church on the Spilt Blood was created in the best traditions of Russian art of the 14th to 17th centuries and stands out among all St. Petersburg churches by its distinct national appearance. It was made in 1883-1907 on the spot where on March 1st, 1881, the terrorist mortally wounded Alexander II.
3.00 – 4.00pm – Tour along rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg. Boat trips on the city’s rivers and canals have lately gained a great popularity. The navigation season in St. Petersburg lasts from April to October. The covered cabins of boats allow having trips in any weather. This is a 1-hour tour by boat. It is a very nice opportunity to take excellent photos from the water.
4.00 – 4.40pm – Inside tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. St. Isaac’s Cathedral is an integral part of St. Petersburg as well as St. Peter’s Cathedral is a part of Rome, and St. Paul’s Cathedral is a part of London. It is one of the largest domed buildings in the world. Built in the early 19th century, it is remarkable for its perfect harmony of architecture, painting, sculpture and mosaics. Nowadays it functions both as a church and a museum.
5.00pm – You are back at your ship.
9.00am – Our guide meets you by the ship.
9.30 – 10.15am– A Visit to the Subway and the Local Market. The oldest subway stations in St. Petersburg were made in Stalin time. His idea was to impress everyone, especially foreign guests. Such materials as marble, mountain crystal, guilded bronze were used for their construction. Usually our guests are very pleased to see them.
10.30am – 1.30pm – Inside tour of the State Hermitage Museum. The State Hermitage is the largest museum of Russia. Its collection has about three million exhibits, including works of painting, sculpture, graphic and applied art, archeological finds, coins and medals. It has been formed in the course of three centuries. The museum consists of five buildings that is why in the beginning we always give our tourists an opportunity to choose what departments they would like to see within our tour. Please remember, the collection of impressionists is exhibited in a separate building and is not included into this tour. Please let us know if you would like to see them. + Diamond Room Private Tour.
Diamond Room Private Tour at the Hermitage – this small museum inside the Hermitage was arranged to show how the jeweler’s craft has been developed within several centuries, the period of time is from the third millennium B. C. to the beginning of the 20th century. The way the jewelers’ art was developed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia differed a lot from the same process in other cities of Russia and in Europe. Quite many craftsmen from Moscow moved to the capital of Russia to continue working here, St Petersburg at that time, as well as very skillful masters from different parts of Europe. As a result, the biggest part of Diamond Room collection now consists of different pieces of jewelry made by European specialists. It is greatly associated with the names of highly qualified European jewelers, such as Jeremie Pauzie, Jean-Francois Xavier Boudde, Johann Gottlieb Scharff and others. Members of the imperial court and of the highest society of Russia sponsored very often the creation of watches and clocks, rings, necklaces, snuffboxes and other precious things. Talking about the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century Carl Faberge and the masters of his workshop continued the traditions of jewelers craft in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
1.45 – 2.45pm – Lunch (optional). The cost of food and drinks is not included into the tour price.
3.00 – 4.30pm – Yusupov Palace inside tour. Yusupov Palace is a building in St. Petersburg with a 250-year architectural biography. It is a luxurious, gorgeous mansion where passed the lives of five generations of an ancient aristocratic family of Yusupov. By the Queen of England this Palace was included into the list of the best European Mansions. Within this tour you will see Grand Halls and the place where famous Rasputin was killed by Felix Yusupov (this option is possible only with a private guide).
5.00pm – You are back at your ship.
The price per each person is calculated according to the quantity of people in the group.
Group size (number of people). Price per person.
NB Children from the age of seven as well as students get 45USD discount for the tour. Students must have an ISIC card.
The price includes:
• a professional English-speaking guide for 3 days,
• a professional driver with a comfortable air-conditioned car or mini-bus for 3 days,
• tickets to all museums and parks for all people in the party,
• blanket visas for all people in the party,
• photo passes for all museums,
• 1 bottle of water per person per day,
• all local taxes,
• all port fees,
• umbrellas if needed,
• raincoats if needed,
• radio equipment for parties from 6 people and more,
• traditional Russian snacks.
The price does not include:
• The cost of lunches or dinners in restaurants.