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3-Day St Petersburg Visa Free Shore Excursion

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3 days (16,5 hours)

Duration

Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size

Overview

If you have 3 days in St Petersburg, this tour is ideal for you. Being private, it allows you to take time and covers all the major sights of the city: on day 1 – city tour, boat ride along rivers and canals, Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood with unique mosaic, Hermitage museum orientation tour (2.5 hours are more than enough for a small group in the main complex), on day 2 farmers market with local produce and an opportunity to mix with locals, Siege Memorial that lets you learn more about the Great Patriotic war (part of World War 2) and the greatest Siege in the history of mankind when 1.5 mln citizens  of our city died of starvation  , Catherine Palace with the famous Amber Room, Peterhof with wonderful fountains and metro tour featuring the most beautiful stations; on day 3– Peter and Paul Cathedral (family cemetery of all Russian tsars from Peter I up t the last Russian tsar Nicholas II), Yusupov palace, where you will try to solve the enigma of Rasputin’s death and St Isaac’s Cathedral (former main Orthodox cathedral of the city). Lunches are not included to let you order a la carte.

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).

Highlights:

  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room
  • Petrgof lower park with fountains and upper garden
  • Metro stations
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists department ; let us know if you are interested)
  • Boat ride along rivers and canals
  • Yusupov Palace with Rasputin Exhibit
  • Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Fortress
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • St Isaac Cathedral
  • Siege Memorial
  • Farmers market (upon request )

Day 1

9:00 am-11:30 am Driving / walking excursion of St Petersburg.

11:30 am-12:00 pm Boat ride along rivers and canals

12:30 pm-1:00 pm Guided excursion of the Сhurch of our Savior on the spilt Blood

1:30 pm-2:15 pm Lunch (optional).

2:30 pm-5:00 pm Guided excursion of the State The Hermitage

5:30 pm-6:00 pm Return to your ship or optional evening program.

Day 2

9:00 am Meet near your ship.

9:00 am-10:00 am Travel to Pushkin. Visit the Farmer’s market (upon request).

10:15 am-10:45 am St Petersburg Siege Memorial guided excursion.

11:30 am-1:00 pm Guided excursion of the Catherine palace with Amber Room.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm drive to Peterhof.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm Lunch (optional).

3:00 pm-4:30 pm tour of Upper Garden and Lower Park.

4:30 pm-6:00 pm back to the city with St Petersburg Metro ride.

6:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program.

Day 3

9:00 am Meet at your ship.

10:00 am-11:00 am Guided tour of St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peter and Paul cathedral in the Fortress.

11:30 am-1:00 pm Yusupov Palace tour.

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Lunch.

3:00 pm-3:30 pm Guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral (+the colonnade – optional).

4:00 pm Return to your ship.

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 725 520 430 380 340 315 295 280 275

Children under 6 у.о. will be included for free; children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC get discounts: $20 off the cost of the tour

  • Guide services for 3 days
  • Driver services for 3 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Admittance fees to all museums listed in the program
  • 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
  • The cost of possible evening program
  • Faberge Museum can be part of your program at $15 extra p/p (see Evening Tours)

Activity's Location

Ico_maps Created with Sketch. St Petersburg, Russia

FAQs

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Do I need visa for shore excursions in St Petersburg?
According to the laws of Russian Federation cruise passengers, arriving to SPb for no more than 3 days, do not need visas (stamp in your passport which you get in Russian Embassy in your country) in their passports when accompanied by fully registered tour companies (like us; our register number is РТО 006852). The system is as such if you decide that you wish to have a tour with us we will ask you to provide us with your passport information. We will prepare for you so called tour tickets (visa substitutes) and submit your personal details to the port authorities on the eve of your ship's arrival thus you'll disembark.
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Where do I meet my guide?
You will be met by our guide (holding the plaque with logo of the company) in the lobby of Marine Facade Port (not outside) - just follow the flow of other cruise passenger.
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Where do we finish excursion day?
We will leave you directly near your ship.

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Hi Julia, Kate the Great-est and Dennis (do I have the spelling correct) did a wonderful job. I will do a review on TripAdvisor when we get home and I have my PC. Also, thank you for the use of the wheel chair. It made things much easier.
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Evening Tours

The Faberge Museumhas 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 was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto 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.