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Two-Day Art & Architecture tour

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2 days (17,5 hour)

Duration

For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size

Overview

This tour is designed especially for art lovers. It has some sights that we usually omit. On day one we visit the unique art Nouveau Vitebsky Railway Terminal and Chesma church. Later on we proceed to Catherine palace with its world famous Amber Room and Agate rooms which are as unique but much less crowded. Back in the city we do Russian Museum with its unique collection of our national art and Church of our Savior on Spilt blood with made in Russia mosaics. Our afternoon program finishes with Faberge Museum and its famous collection of Easter Eggs. On day 2 we visit Hermitage museum (3 hours give us permission to focus on this or that part of the collection; we can reaarange program to spend even more time in this museum ) and Peterhof (this tour includes not only fountains, but also elegant Tsar Pavilion). St Petersburg metro with its most beautiful  stations is like a cherry on top of your cake.

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:

  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room;
  • Agate Rooms in Catherine Park
  • Petergof lower park with fountains and upper garden;
  • Tsar and Olga Pavilions in Petergof
  • Russian museum
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • The Hermitage ( with impressionists/post impressionists department)
  • Faberge Museum
  • Metro stations

Day 1

9:oo am Meet with your guide and driver .

9:00 am-10:30 am Driving to Pushkin town. Vitebsky Railway Terminal; Chesma Church.

11:00 am-1:00 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace featuring the Amber room. Agate rooms.

1:00 pm-2:30 pm Driving back to the city with lunch on the way there.

2:30 pm-4:00 pm Guided tour of  Russian Museum.

4:15 pm-4:45 pm Guided tour of the Church of our Savior on Spilt Blood.

5:00 pm-6:00 pmWalking along Nevsky Prospect.

6:00 pm-7:00 pm Tour of Faberge Museum with audio guide.

7:30 pm-8:00 pm Return to the ship

Day 2

9:00 am-10:00am Meet with your guide and driver .Second part of the city tour.

10:00 am-1:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum.

1:00 pm-2 pm driving to  Peterhof (with lunch boxes).

2 pm-3:30 pm Walk through the Lower Park with fountains. Guided tour of the Tsar Pavilion.

3:30 pm-5:00 pm Driving back to the city with visit to St Petersburg metro.

5:00 pm Return to  your ship

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Price Per Person US $ 500 380 320 295 270 255 245 230 225 220 210

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.

  • Pick you up and drop off either in the lobby of your hotel or near your ship in the port
  • Guide services for 2 days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Visa waivers (for cruise passengers)
  • Admittance fees to the museums highlighted in orange
  • Metro ride
  • 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
  • Visa waivers ( blanket visas) for cruise passengers and visa invitation letters for on–land travelers
  • The cost of lunch
  • The cost of possible evening program
  • Port fees (for cruise passengers)

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Paul ; 2019 cruise ship

Dear Julia, I just wanted to let you know that I very much enjoyed our tour of St. Petersburg. Elena was our tour guide and provide us with an enjoyable and educational 2 days. The depth of her knowledge and presentation style were first rate. Importantly, she also listened to our group’s interests and made appropriate adjustments in our schedule to accommodate our group needs. Taking the "private" (6 people) tour of St Petersburg with your company, Dancing Bear Tours, was far superior to the cruise offered excursions which would have been on large tour buses with many people.Vladimir was our driver and was also great. What we want from the transportation is that there should be no "glitches" and that we should always be able to quickly get to our next destination. Vladimir was always nearby on our stops and made it easy for us to get around. He was also, of course, friendly and professional. There were no "glitches"; thanks again. I do not typically post comments about my trips, but you can feel free to use these comments as you wish. Best Regards, Paul

Sally, “Serenade of the Seas” cruise ship

Hi Julia,Thank you again for coordinating such a wonderful tour. I’ve left a review and hope that you have no end of requests for tours! We’re in the middle of our move from the UK back to the US, but once we’re settled I can’t wait to make some borscht, watch the DVDs you gave me, and pick up some of the books you recommend. I also would like for you to pass along my highest praise to Katerina/Kate. My daughter and I really enjoyed our time with her and tour…. I had such a memorable time in St. Petersburg and it was all because of your excellent itinerary an d Kate’s tour. Thank you!

Brenda, Hotel SPb

Dear Julia, Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our tour with Aleena and Annatollie. I am certain that I spelled their names incorrectly, but you know who they are. Our time with them will never be forgotten. Everything was so well planned and so informative. They both went out of their way to meet our needs and take care of us in every possible way. Aleena is such a darling woman. She was very professional and knowledgeable at each location. We loved our time with her. Our driver, Annatollie was such a gentleman. He was always right there to pick us up after each visit and always jumped out of the car to open the door for us. Always helped me in and out of the car. We felt very spoiled every minute of our tour! Thank you for all of your preparation and planning. Also for providing this exceptional experience. We will never forget our time in St. Petersberg. What a beautiful city it is! Thank you for the Dvd also! We will enjoy watching it now that we are home. Best wishes

Mariangela, “Serenade of the Seas “ cruise ship

Julia,Thank you we enjoyed our short time in SPb immensely. The art, history and architecture was breathtaking. Kate is truly a wonderful tour guide. Thanks again

Mark, Seabourn Quest

Julia,We just got home from our cruise. I thank you, Elena and Vladmir for a wonderful three days. I went to. We were exhausted at the end, but glad we saw all that we did. The itinerary was perfect. Vladmir’s driving was truly professional. I wish every car I got in had someone like him driving. Elena was highly knowledgeable and it was a delight to spend two days with her.
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