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Two Day “Back to the USSR” tour

ico_maps_add_2 Created with Sketch. St Petersburg, Russia
2 days (18 hours)

Duration

For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

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 .

Welcome to The USSR!

Would you like to know how much our country has changed since the Soviet time and what it was like living in the USSR? Take  this tour to get answers to these questions.The Tour includes all must see see  attractions the first time visitor has to see as well as some unique  museumes.As an optional tour, there will be a chance to share lunch with real Russian Family in ttheir apartment  situated very close to the port

We start it on day 1 with a metro visit (it was founded in the Soviet period), then do the Siege Memorial (there we discuss the role of the USSR in WWII), visit Catherine Palace (greatly damaged during Nazi occupation), go to Russian Museum  focusing  on Soviet period collection and finish with vodka museum (to find out more about this most popular Russian alcohol drink).

On day 2 we have a coffee break in the legendary Soviet donut café, visit Museum of Political History of  Russia( to learn more about Soviet period-from Lenin to Gorbachev)  and finish with the Hermitage Museum collection (a chance to see the highlights of over 3mln exhibits collection and hear some stories and legends of Soviet times).

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-12
Price Per Person US $ 460 340 280 260 230 215 205 Upon request

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:
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

9am Meet near your ship in the port / your hotel lobby

9:00 am-11:30 am Travel to Pushkin (25 km from St Petersburg). Visit to the Stalin Metro. & Siege memorial.

11:30 am-1:30 pm Inside tour of Catherine Palace with  Amber Room.Short  walk in the park .

1:45 pm-3:00 pm Driving back to St Petersburg with a quick lunch in a non-tourist place.

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Inside guided tour of the Russian Museum,(soviet art department )

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

6:00 pm-6:30 pm Russian Vodka museum.

7:00 pm Return to the port/ your hotel lobby

Evening program ( optional )

7.00pm- 8.30pm Dinner with the Russian family in their apartment

9:00pm – return to the port/ your hotel lobby

 

Day 2

9:00 am Meet in the port / your hotel lobby

9 am-11:00 am Second part of the city tour. Coffee break in a famous Soviet donut cafe.

11:00 am-12:00 pm Museum of the political history of Russia.

12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch in a Soviet style cafe.

2:15 pm-4:30 pm Hermitage museum inside guided tour (no impressionist department visit)

5:00 pm Return to the ship/hotel

  • Pick you up and drop off either in the lobby of your hotel or near your ship in the port
  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • 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
  • Blanket visas( visa substitute)for cruise passengers or visa invitation letters for on-land travelers
  • Special memory gift
  • The cost of lunches (about $10-15 per person at a traditional Russian pancake or pie house)
  • The cost of possible evening program
  • Port fees ( for cruise passengers )

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