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The program below is given as an example of a 2-day tour for you to feel more comfortable knowing what it could be:
9.00 – 11.15am – Our guide meets you by the ship. City tour of St. Petersburg, part 1. Within this City Tour you will drive along the most popular sights of our beautiful city such as Point of Basil Island, Palace Square with famous Winter Palace, Menshikov Palace, Academy of Fine Arts. Also we will drive along Nevskiy Prospekt – the main street of our city. You will see such places as Arts Square, Catherine’s Garden, Anichkov Bridge, St. Isaac’s Square, Bronze Horseman. 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 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 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.
11.15 – 12.00pm – Going to Peterghof by car (by hydrofoil – extra charge 15$ per person).
12.00 – 1.30pm – 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.
1.30 – 2.30pm – Lunch (optional). The cost of food and drinks is not included into the tour price.
2.30 – 3.30pm – Drive to Pavlovsk.
3.30 – 5.00pm – 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.
5.00 – 6.00pm – Drive back to the city will take about one hour.
6.00pm – You are back at your ship.
9.00 – 10.30am – 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 tea and very delicious buns called “pyshki”; visiting a famous Eliseev shop to admire its illumination and a variety of food it offers. Also visits of the farmers’ market, one or two of our metro stations are included into this program.
10.30 – 12.30pm – 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.
12.30 – 1.30pm – Lunch (optional). The cost of food and drinks is not included into the tour price.
1.30 – 2.30pm – Church on the Spilt Blood inside tour. Church on the Spilt Blood was created in the best traditions of Russian art of the 14th – 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.
2.30 – 3.30pm – 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.
3.30 – 5.00pm – Everyday life in the city. Shopping.
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 30USD discount for the tour. Students must have an ISIC card.
The price includes:
• a professional English-speaking guide for 2 days,
• a professional driver with a comfortable air-conditioned car or mini-bus for 2 days,
• tickets to all museums and parks for all people in the party,
• photo passes for all museums,
• blanket visas for all people in the party,
• 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.