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3-Day St Petersburg Luxury Visa Free Shore Excursion

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3 days (24,5 hours)

Duration

Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size

Overview

Please note, this is a private tour. That means you are the only participants on it. The tour price does depend on the number of travelers and the itinerary is fully flexible: press Custom Tour button to see more museums/activities you can add/ replace/ eliminate .

St Petersburg is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities under the sky. So if you are lucky to have three days here and would like to fully enjoy our city, here is our Luxury Tour! This tour is designed especially for small parties, which will help us to meet all your needs and expectations! The tour includes most of the must-see places as well as some hidden treasures that only you will be able to explore!

The pace of the tour is very smooth and relaxed and since it is a private tour for your party only we can always slightly adjust the itinerary upon your request.

On the first day, we start with the city tour so that you can get the first impression of St Petersburg! It is not only a driving tour, but we are going to make numerous photo stops, too. Then we continue with the VIP entrance to the State Hermitage Museum. The VIP entrance is a separate entrance for guests with special tickets, so you won’t even see the entrance lines! The Hermitage is one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings .  It is said that if you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Hermitage Museum, it would take you a full 11 years to see everything.  Please note that the collection of the French Impressionists is not exhibited in the main complex, you can enjoy all the paintings in the General staff building which is conveniently located on Palace Square just opposite the Winter Palace, for which you will need an extra ticket, so just let us know if you would like to do that!Another option that we can offer is the visit to the Diamond room treasury at the Hermitage, where you can see diplomatic gifts and private  belongings of Russian Tsars-all made of gold  and covered with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. This is a guided tour only provided by the local guide of the Hermitage, so we need to book it well in advance, please, let us know, if you are interested!

For lunch we offer you to visit a Russian family in their apartment. You will not only enjoy home cooking but will be able to learn more about our country from first hands! Our guide will be there with you to help with interpreting. This is truly a unique opportunity, available only for small parties!

In the evening you can enjoy a Russian ballet. There are numerous theaters in St Petersburg, so please contact us and we will help you to choose the best performance available on the day of your visit!

The second day we start with a trip to the town of Pushkin, where we are going to visit the world famous Catherine palace, which features the Amber room. This palace is definitely a must-see, however, for this tour we include two more extremely exciting places to see. The first is the Amber workshop, where the Amber room was recreated. The workshop is still a functioning facility, so during the tour you will learn more about amber and technical aspects of the restoration that was carried out. Especially after having seen the result of the work, this tour becomes almost unforgettable.

Another option is to visit the Agate rooms, which are located inside of a small garden pavilion just outside Catherine palace. It is a pity, that everyone knows about the copy of the Amber room, but the original Agate rooms that date back to the times of Catherine the Great are not that well-known. The pavilion is almost never crowded and is truly for people with exquisite taste. After the tour of the pavilion, you will enjoy a gorgeous view of the royal park from the gallery as well as a leisurely stroll in the gardens.

On the way back to the city we offer a short stop near the Chesma church, one of the not so many examples of Neo-gothic architecture in St Petersburg. What is more it is a functioning Russian Orthodox church, so you can learn more about Russian traditions. This church is a real gem; however, because of its location it is practically never crowded.

We recommend to have Lunch at the Restaurant “Art Caviar”. The restaurant specializes on dishes with caviar. The restaurant also has a small museum, where you can learn about different types of caviar and why the prices differ so greatly. The restaurant belongs to the producer of caviar, so their prices are reasonable and the quality is always the highest!

After lunch you will visit one of the iconic places of St Petersburg, the Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood, which has become the symbol of our city. The church is well-known for its onion-shaped domes and bright colors used in the exterior design, but inside it is as breathtaking, for the whole space of the church inside is covered by mosaics – about 70 thousand square feet total! Learn, why it was named “on the spilt blood” and take your time to enjoy the most Russian building in St Petersburg!

The last thing to do on the second day is a boat trip along rivers and canals of St Petersburg. Boat trips are very popular, for you we have prepared a private boat with your own tour guide and captain, to make the experience more special. Enjoy the views of the city from a new perspective!

We return back to the ship at 5 p.m. so you have time to change and relax before joining our evening program. We can offer an evening of classical music in a former palace that used to belong to the member of the Russian royal family. The concert includes a tour of the palace, too, so it is a chance to feel as if invited to a royal reception! The hall is small. So on average there are usually only about 60 guests present (can be more or less, depending on the day).

On the third day we are going to visit another world-famous residence of the Russian royalty called Peterhof. It is located some 30 kilometers to the south of St Petersburg. On the way to Peterhof we are going to see the most impressive metro stations of our city. The metro system in St Petersburg is one of the deepest in the world. From the very beginning it was designed as a palace for the people, so it is not exactly a metro station you might expect.

Peterhof is definitely a must-see because of its gorgeous fountains, hence the second name of the residence “Russian Versailles”. However, to make your experience more full and special, we also offer a visit to the private palace of Catherine the Great located not far from Peterhof. Miraculously it survived WWII and is practically all original (Peterhof, for instance, was severely damaged). Catherine’s palace in Oranienbaum is called Chinese palace, because in those days Chinese style was extremely fashionable in Russia. The real gem of the palace is the Bugle-bead study, which is decorated with panels embroidered with bugle-beads and silk. This is a truly one of a kind treasure that survived almost three centuries and still impresses visitors of the palace.

After having visited the Chinese palace and the park with fountains of Peterhof we also offer a visit to another small pavilion which is hiding not far from the main residence: the Tsar’s pavilion. This stunning pavilion was created in 1830-40 for the wife of Nicholas I. There the tsarina could relax after grand receptions.  It is located on a manmade island and decorated in the style of Pompeii and XVIII century Italian country houses. The pavilion is a dream about Italy, an oasis of Southern paradise in the North of Russia. Only the chosen ones could come here. Join them!

On the way to the city we will stop for lunch in a very popular non-touristy place.

The last place to visit will be the Faberge museum. The name of this jeweler master has become almost a symbol of the age of  luxury. In our city is the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Royal Eggs), gift boxes,  Russian enamels etc. The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg to repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7-12
Price Per Person US $ 785 610 515 465 430 upon request

Activity level:
Moderate

Transportation:
Comfortable sedan ( 1-2 people ) ,Mercedes Viano ( 3-4 people ) , Mercedes Sprinter ( 5+ parties)  with a/c ; Wi-Fi ( upon request ) .

Guide:
Local , experienced and licensed English- speaking  guide (this tour is available in Spanish, German, French, Italian , Portuguese, Chinese as well  but by slightly different price).

 Day 1

9am Meeting you near your ship.

9-11am driving city tour with numerous photo stops at the most beautiful places.

11:30-2:30 pm VIP entrance to the Hermitage with guided tour. Optional: Guided tour of The Diamond room or/ and  guided tour of Impressionists/ Post Impressionists Department in General Staff Building.

3-4:30 pm Lunch with Russian family in their apartment.

5 pm return to the ship.

optional evening program  

6-7:30(depending on the performance)pm Pick up for ballet in The Mariinsky, Mikhaylovsky or Alexandrinsky theatres.

7(-8)-10:30 pm Ballet. 

11(the latest)pm Return to the ship.

 Day 2

9am Meeting near your ship.

9-10 am Driving to Pushkin City (=Tsar Village)

10-1 pm Catherine Palace with Amber Room and Amber workshop

Agate Rooms guided tour – if time permits (extra $15p/p);

1-2 pm Driving back with view on Chesma Church.

2-3 pm Lunch at top notch Restaurant “Art Caviar”    

3-3:30 pm The Church of our Saviour on the  Spilt Blood 

4-4:30pm  Private boat ride along rivers and canals 

5pm Return to the ship

optional evening program  

6:30 pm Pick up for the evening program

7-9:00pm You are met by welcome glass of champagne in the private palace of Grand Duke Vladimir; excursion in the palace (usually closed for public); concert of Russian Classical music by “Russian Musical Seasons

9:30pm Return back to the ship

Day 3

8:45 am Meeting near your ship.

8:45-10:15am Driving to Oranienbaum (=Lomonosov town) with Metro tour on the way there.

10:15-10:50 am Chinese Palace in Oranienbaum  guided tour.

11:15-12:45 pm Peterhof Lower Park with fountains guided tour.

12:45-1:15 pm Tsar Pavilion  guided tour.

1:15-2:15 pm Lunch.

2:15-3:15pm Driving back to the city.

3:15- 4:15pm Guided tour of Faberge museum.

5pm Return to the ship.

 

  • Guide services for 3 days
  • Driver services for 3 days
  • Admittance fees to all museums highlighted in orange
  • All port fees and all local taxes
  • Boat ride
  • Metro ride
  • Visa waiver for the shore excursions
  • Bottled water (one bottle per person per day)
  • Rain ponchos in case of rain while visiting Peterhof Lower Park
  • Permits for video and photos in the museums
  • Headphones for groups of 6 or more
  • Special memory gift
  • The cost of lunches on 3 days
  • the cost of visit to Agate Rooms in Catherine Park -$15p/p
  • the cost of visit to the impressionists/post impressinists department in the Hermitage-$10p/p
  • The cost of evening programs
  • the cost of guided tour in Diamond Room at the Hermitage -$25 p/p (see Evening Tours)

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Chinese Palace which was created at the time of Catherine the Great. It is a unique rococo style residence with a famous bugle work cabinet. It is the only palace in the vicinities of SPb which survived World War II. It is one of the private residences which means that only chosen ones could come there, be one of them. Enjoy this unique architectural miracle, much more impressive inside than from the façade. Feel special as it’s only the second season when you can take pictures inside.

This stunning pavilion was created for the wife of Nicholas I which could relax after grand receptions there. It is located on a man made island and decorated in the style of Pompeii and XVIII century Italian country houses. The pavilion is a dream about Italy, an oasis of Southern paradise in the North of Russia. Only the chosen ones could come here. Join them!

There is a chance to drop to the Amber Workshop to see how masters responsible for the restoration of Amber Room keep creating other masterpieces; there will be a chance to take pictures in the workshop as it is not allowed to do that in Amber Room itself.

A special treasure room with ambassadors’ gifts and private belongings of Russian Tsars-all made of gold and covered with diamonds, rubies and emeralds; it is possible to visit it with the museum guide only, should be booked well in advance

One of the most famous collections of French impressionists and post impressionists outside France is situated in the General Staff Building in St Petersburg – just opposite the main Hermitage Museum Complex ( across the Palace Square) – let us know if you are interested and we will book tickets in advance.

We offer unique, once in your life time experience, which proved to be a climax of St Petersburg visit for many of our guests: a lunch with Russian family in their apartment. Enjoying home cooking and speaking with your host and hostess you will learn and understand a lot about Russian culture, traditions and lifestyle, see the way local people live and discuss with them everything under the sun!

The Pavlovsk Park and Palace ensemble is among the finest royal residences in the environs of St Petersburg. Unlike other famous royal residences Pavlovsk has the unique charm of a private estate. The palace was designed in reserved classical style and will be highly appreciated by true art connoisseurs. During a tour of Pavlovsk Palace you will not only be able to witness stunning state rooms used for official ceremonies and festivities in the palace, but also some private rooms where the family could gather together in the evening.

An interactive museum of Soviet arcade machines that are the core of the collection. There are over fifty of them on display. The ticket includes some tokens to play. The museum will help you to go back in time and learn more about the Soviet Russia. As for your kids, they will be curious to learn what was interesting for their fathers and grandfathers.

One of the coziest and most hospitable museums of our city.

Museum has 12 halls of art space. Interior dolls, theatre dolls, fairy-tale dolls, dolls depicting customs and traditions are on display there. All in all, the museum has over 40000 exhibits. It is guarded by purring spirits – 3 cats that appear when the museum is closed and dolls wake up… The only disadvantage is that you can’t play with the dolls, you can only look at them.

A unique and the first one in Russia art space where exhibits of shadow art are on display. You will learn the history of our city in light and shadow language there, meet Peter the Great, its founder, and even face your own shadow. Are you ready to look at everything and even yourself from a different angle?

Unique monument of the XV century built in Western gothic style. The only civil building in this style that survived in our country. There ambassadors were received, the Novgorod parliament and court sat and the grand dinners took place. Now the Novgorod jewelry collection of VI-XVII centuries is on display there.

Enjoy 14 halls with over 250 Novgorod icons of XI-XIX centuries. Novgorod is one of the centers of icon painting in our country. This exhibition is one of the best collections of Russian icons as it allows to follow the history of icon painting in our Russia.

Stretch your legs and enjoy the public boat ride. You will see views of the Volkhov river and the lake Ilmen which is called the Slavonic Sea because the area round is so flat. It takes 1-1.5 hours.

Kremlin is the heart of the city, the fortress in its center. During the tour you can see St Sophia cathedral, the oldest temples of our country made of stone, the monument to the Millennium of Russia and the place where merchants used to trade which is called “Yaroslavovo Dvorische” – Prince Yyaroslav court.

A functioning Russian orthodox monastery. It was founded in the XI century by Yaroslav, the grand duke who was baptized by St George, hence the name. St George cathedral, a gem of Russian medieval architecture, has unique frescoes and even an ancient graffiti.

Kazan Cathedral  one of the grandest churches in St Petersburg with its colonnades of 96 columns embracing Nevsky prospect like the outstretched wings of a gigantic eagle; it  was built between 1801 and 1811 to house a venerated icon Our Lady of Kazan by Andrey Voronikhin (a serf of Count Stroganov).

Divo Ostrov (the name means Wonderful Island in Russian and the attraction is really located on an island) is the best amusement park in Russia. It was founded in May 2003 and had 17 attraction rides then. Now there are 46 of them. Some of the amusement rides are for adults, some for families and some for kids. Divo Ostrov gives unique impressions to people of all ages. Every adult gets a ticket to his childhood and every child finds himself in the world of his dreams and fantasies.

If you are a passionate train lover, this place is your paradise: it’s the biggest railway museum in Europe, a sort of “Technical Hermitage”.  You can practice driving a train with the help of the simulator here: enjoy 6 real life scenarios! If you come with small ones, there are game zones especially for them. If you finally get bored of trains, you can take a selfie with a sad peasant  in the cold carriage or to practice Morse code with a plaster telephone operator.

Russian museum is the biggest museum of national art in the world and a unique architectural ensemble of the historical center of Saint Petersburg. With its 400000 exhibits it covers the history of Russian art from X century icons  up to XX-XXI century avant-guard art  and soviet  painting. You can see Ilya Repin, Mikhail Vrubel, Mark Shagal, Vasiliy Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and many others there.

An annual festival of sand sculptures on the territory of Peter and Paul Fortress; international team of sculptors from different European countries create sculptures from special sand on the given subject which varies every year; the exhibition will be of great interest for you and your little ones

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

This private museum is a model of Russia made at the scale 1:87. The model is 800 square meters and symbolically shows all regions of our country. It’s the biggest model in Russia and second biggest in the world (after Minjatur Wunderland in Hamburg). It took 100 people 5 years to complete it. The model is interactive, so your children will be delighted to press buttons there.

It’s a museum inside the other museum. This section has 2400 exhibits which makes it one of the most prominent collections of this kind. Our country had the biggest Jewish population in the world at the end of the XIX century. So, this exhibition shows how the Jews lived in the Russian empire. You will know everything about traditional costumes, books, things used in everyday life, holidays, crafts the Jewish took part in, holidays they celebrated, etc.

These stunning pavilions were created in 1830-40 for the wife and daughter of Nicholas I (the daughter’s name was Olga). There the tsarina could relax after grand receptions.  They are located on manmade islands and decorated in the style of Pompeii and XVIII century Italian country houses. These pavilions are dreams about Italy, an oasis of Southern paradise in the North of Russia. Only the chosen ones could come here. Join them!

Agate rooms are a two-storied bath house. The first floor was used to take a bath and the second one had famous rooms where guests could relax afterwards. Their walls were decorated with agate – hence the name.

This unique complex was built by Charles Cameron for Catherine II in the 18th century and was restored only after WWII. It managed to preserve almost intact. Fortunately, this treasure is not as popular with mass tourism as Catherine palace, so if you want to enjoy something truly authentic and not overcrowded, this is definitely your choice.

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The Faberge Museum has the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg to repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.