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Two-Day active tour for on-land travelers

ico_maps_add_2 Created with Sketch. St Petersburg, Russia
2 days (19 hours)

Duration

For on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size

Overview

This tour was designed especially for active people who love sights and would like to visit a lot of them  taking  in as much of the city as possible. It  is a private one which allows us to manage all the sights listed.

On day 1 We do a city tour, visit metro with most beautiful stations, farmers market where we can try, buy or just enjoy local produce;  Catherine Palace with its world famous Amber Room, admire Peterhof with its amazing fountains, and taking  the hydrofoil back to the city finish our day with St Isaac’s cathedral, the fourth largest Christian temple in the world.

On day 2 We take you to Peter and Paul cathedral, family cemetery of the Romanov dynasty, Hermitage museum where we get all the highlights, Yusupov palace where you find out more about Rasputin’s enigmatic death and Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood with its unique mosaic made in Russia.

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 500 370 315 290 265 245 230 220 205

Children under 6 у.о. will be included   for free ; children of 7-18 y.o. and students with ISIC  get  $15 discount off the cost of the tour.

Activity level:
High

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:

  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists/post impressionists department)
  • Metro stations visit
  • Farmers Market
  • Petergof lower park with fountains and upper garden
  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room
  • St Isaac Cathedral
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • Peter and Paul cathedral in the Fortress
  • Yusupov Palace or Faberge Museum

Day 1

8:00 am Meet in the lobby of your hotel ( near your apartment) . First part of the city tour including  walk along Nevsky Prospect

9:30 am-11:00 am Travel to Pushkin .Visit the St Petersburg Metro and local Farmer’s Market.

11:00 am-12:30 pm Tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room.

12:30 pm-1:30 pm Drive to Peterhof.

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Traditional Russian Lunch (optional).

2:30-4:00 pm Guided tour of the Lower park with fountains.

4:00 pm-4:30 pm By hydrofoil back to the city.

4:50 pm-5:30 pm Guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral.

6:00 pm Return to your hotel or optional evening program of your choice.

Day 2

9:00 am Meet with your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel (apartment)

9:00 am-10:00 am Second part of the city tour.

10:00 am-10:45 am Guided tour of Peter and Paul Cathedral inside Peter and Paul Fortress.

11:00 am-1:30 pm Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (no impressionists department visit).

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

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Tour of Yusupov Palace or Faberge museum visit with an audio guide.

5:00 pm-5:30 pm Guided tour of the  Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood.

6:00 pm Return to your hotel

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guide services for 2 days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Visa invitation letters for getting visas at the Russian Embassy ( consulate) in your country- if you need it
  • Admittance fees to the museums highlighted in orange as well as hydrofoil ride
  • Bottled water (one bottle per person per day)
  • Permits for video and photos in the museums
  • Headphones for groups of 6 or more
  • Special memory gift
  • TThe cost of lunches (about $10-15 per person at a traditional Russian pancake or pie house)
  • TThe cost of evening programs
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The Dykman's, Hotel Indigo
Dear Julia: we're back home, happy and reliving our memories of the most amaizing trip to your beautiful country. Now, with the pictures on hand we are revisiting the incredible places and all the splendor we saw in our tours.Thank you for the books recommended and many thanks for the recipe of Borsch! I'd made my light version last week, but I will try yours before the winter ends. We would highly recommend your services! Meeting you was great and we enjoy very much your knowledge and expertise.We send you a big hug and hope to keep in touch!
Ira, Grand Hotel Europe
Hi Julia,Thanks for your note. You, Elena and Vladimir made our trip to St Petersburg a wonderful experience. Our thanks again to you and the team for your terrific assistance. Should you need a reference for anything, it would be my pleasure to provide it.
John, Petr Hotel
Hi Julia. You were absolutely correct when you said that Helen was one of the very best. We learnt and saw a lot.
Darlen and Timothy, Private apartment
I have found St. Petersburg to be a wonderful place to visit. Last night we went to a restaurant where the waiters and waitresses sang and danced as well as took our orders and brought our food. It was a very interesting experience and the food was very tasty. One of the waitresses was a really good singer, I think she has had formal training because I saw her helping others with their singing arrangements. We have enjoyed this trip to St. Petersburg very much.
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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!

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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.

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