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Two Day “All St Petersburg in 20 hours” Private Shore Excursion

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2 days (19,5-20 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 .

This Two Day Active Shore Excursion was designed especially for people who love sightseeing and would like to see as much as possible. The tour is packed with attractions so you will see almost everything in two days.

We do a city tour in a comfortable vehicle, visit metro with the most beautiful stations resembling underground palaces and try, buy or just enjoy local grocery in a nearby  market. Our next stop is The Catherine Palace with its world-famous Amber Room. Dancing Bear Tours has a unique skip the line access to this museum.

After having a quick lunch in some non touristy place we drive to Russian Versailles – Peterhof (which is, in fact, much more exciting than its French prototype).

Return back to the city  driving along а new, picturesque high speed road. We finish our first day tour showing you the interior of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the fourth largest Orthodox temple in the world.

We start our second day with early hours visit to the Hermitage Museum where we you will enjoy the world class masterpieces of European painting,  located in incredibly beautiful Gala Rooms; after this rather strenuous guided tour we  show you St Petersburg under a bit different angle –sailing along rivers and canals of The Northern Venice by private boat; after that you try a lunch in Russian style (not included into the cost of your tour). We continue our tour   giving you a chance to admire The   Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood fully covered by mosaics from outside and inside; the Royal collection of Faberge eggs, Russian enamels and silver in Faberge Museum will finish our 2 day tour “All St Petersburg in 20 hours” at 5pm right near your cruise ship hoping for your return to try other exciting activities, as St Petersburg is worth visiting at least twice!

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 570 435 370 335 305 285 275 260 250

Children of 7-18 y.o. and students with ISIC  get  $15 discount off the cost of the tour

All  discounts for 2021 adult  cruise passengers are applicable  for this tour( see Discounts section in the main menu )  

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

8-8:30 am Meeting by your ship. City tour.

9:30 am-11:00am drive to Tsar’s Village. St Petersburg Metro ride on the way there.

11:00 am-12:30 pm Inside guided excursion of Catherine Palace featuring the Amber Room.

12:45 pm-1:30 pm Lunch.

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Scenic drive to Peterhof.

2:30 pm-3:45 pm Peterhof Lower Park with Grand Cascade and Upper Park.

3:45 pm-4:30pm driving along new high speed road with picturesque views on the city and Gulf of Finland

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

6:00 pm-7:00 pm Return to your ship or optional evening program.

Day 2

8:00 am Meeting by your ship.

8:00 am-10:00 am Visit to a local farmer’s market. Second part of the city tour including Nevsky Prospect.

10:00-12 am-Early hours entrance and guided tour of The Hermitage Museum

12:30 am-1pm private boat ride along rivers and canals

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Lunch.

2:30 pm-3:00 pm Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood inside guided excursion.

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Yusupov Palace

5:00 pm Return to your ship.

  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Admittance fees to all museums listed in the program in orange
  • All port fees and all local taxes
  • 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 lunch
  • The cost of possible evening program

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Marilyn, Ponant's le Soleal cruise ship
Julia, Have been home for a couple of weeks now, so this is a very belated thank you to you, our driver and our guide for a wonderful 3 days. Truly, this tour met and exceeded all our expectations and we are very grateful. Katja (Katya?) was so knowledgeable, entertaining and delightful – we could not have asked for more. She proved to be adaptable and friendly and good company and we could not commend her enough.Vladimir proved to be the strong, silent type who just got things done. I personally would like to thank him for his ready help with getting an old crock like me in and out of the van without mishap!We could not believe how much difference doing a private tour made to our enjoyment of your city – just Katja knowing how and when to get me a wheelchair, our delight in walking past all those queues as she guided us to the front and we sailed past all those hapless tourists who had to wait in line! And the individual treatment we received was first rate. Julia, your help in organizing upfront was a lifesaver and we thank you heartily. I don’t believe this could have been bettered, even down to your choice of restaurants! Also your help in accommodating some of our group’s visit to the Naval Museum was above and beyond.We all enjoyed meeting with you all and wish you all the very best for the future,With heartfelt thanks.
Denise
Hi Julia, Just wanted to say a big thank you to you, Kate and Vladimir for making St Petersburg the highlight of our cruise. Kate was very good at finding clean toilets for me at short notice! She also managed to find a photo shop which sells compact flash cards which my daughter’s camera uses. These are not easy to find these days having been superseded by SD cards, but this was all done very efficiently without taking up too much valuable sightseeing time. We all loved the pie shop where we had lunch on the second day! I will be adding my own 5* review on Trip Advisor as soon as I get a chance (still trying to catch up with things up home at the moment). Kind regards.
Sue, Oceania Marina
Hi Julia, A quick note to let you know that our 3-day tour in St Petersburg was the highlight of our 18-day trip. Kate is a wonderful guide – very knowledgeable and has a great personality. Everything went perfectly. The lunches were interesting from a cultural standpoint and very good. The van was very comfortable for my husband. The driver was always there for us, much appreciated as my husband has issues walking. I enjoyed the stop at the farmers market where I had the opportunity to try local pickles – I pickle my own vegetables and am always eager to try others. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to not only visit St Petersburg but to talk openly with Russians about every day issues. Best regards!
Mike and Kay, Wind Surf
Hello Julia, A 5 Star review has been posted to Tripadvisor. A special shout out to Elena. She is the most knowledgeable guide I have ever had. I highly recommend her when you are booking future tours.
Joan, Norwegian Breakaway
Dear Julia, thank you so much for our recent tour in St Petersburg. This was booked by our friend, John Baker. We had a brilliant time and Katya was amazing. Such a wealth of knowledge.We really appreciated all of your efforts. Thank you very much!
Diarmuid, Celebrity Eclipse
Dear Julia. Many thanks for your mail. It looks like many things we experienced during our two days there, I had not heard of it before. We arrived home at 1am this morning from our trip. In summary, it was the highlight of the the trip and we were absolutely delighted with having chosen you as our tour company. Helene was fantastic, super knowledgeable, well organized and had that personal touch. We could not have asked for a better guide. Our driver too (Sasha - hope I have the correct spelling here!) did a super job getting us right beside all the attractions. I will write more details in my review, and I certainly will be putting anyone I ever hear of going to St. Petersburg in touch with yourself. It is a beautiful city and I can see how you and your team would be so proud to show it off to visitors. I really hope to return there at some stage in the future.
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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!

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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.

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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.