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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.

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

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.

  • 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

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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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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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.