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5 hours Driving City Tour “Your own St Petersburg“

ico_maps_add_2 Created with Sketch. St Petersburg, Russia

5 hours

Duration

Visa free shore excursion

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 15

Group Size

Overview

If it is your first visit to St Petersburg, this  5 hours driving city tour with numerous photo stops  and short  break for lunch is really what you need.To make it less expensive more flexible entry fees are not  included, but if you suddenly feel  that you want to visit a museum en route , we can easily arrange it on the spot (tickets to almost any museum in the  city are available with our tour vouchers but the Hermitage; if you still want to go to the Hermitage, we can arrange tickets on the spot, but then you will be in the museum on your own (without our guide, who will wait for you outside). During the tour you will see the main attractions of the city and  have a local guide to answer all your questions. This tour will give you the first taste of the city; it is very relaxed and you can change it on the spot in any way you wish. So you will see your own St Petersburg the way you wish!

Activity level:
light

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:

  • Nevsky Prospect ( the main street in St Petersburg) with National Library, Kazan Cathedral, Dom Knigi ( book Store) , Eliseev Bbrothers Emporium
  • The Square of Arts with Russian Museum and Ethnography Museum
  • Michael’s Castle and Summer Gardens of Peter the Great
  • The Log Cabin of Peter the Great, and Aurora Battleship
  • The Spit of Basil Island, The State St Petersburg University, the Monument of Peter the Great
  • Theatre Square with famous Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral (may be even attending the morning service)
  • St Isaac square with St Isaac Cathedral
  • Peter and Paul cathedral
  • Palace Square with The Hermitage

We will pick you up  near your ship to start 5 hours private driving city tour with highlights  listed above and finish  near your ship at the port

Number of people in your group 1-2 3-5 6-7 8-15
Price per group total 225 245 260 275
  • Pick you up and drop off near your ship in the port
  • Guide services & driver services for 5 hours
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visas ( visa substitutes )
  • Port fees
  • Entrance fees to the museums ( if you decide to attend some museums en route )
  • Any extra hour with your driver and a guide is $40 p/p per hour ( not per person)

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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.

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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.

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