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Two-Day “Must See Must Do” Visa Free St Petersburg Shore Excursion

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2 days (17,5 hours)

Duration

Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Public Tour

Tour category

min 1; max 12

Group Size

Overview

Important: we start this tour having 4 people minimum and reserve the right to increase the number of participants to 12 people maximum

– we do not change the program of this tour – if you want some changes/ additions you may book one of our private tours
– the price of the tour doesn’t depend on number of participants

There are things that you must do and see in a country. Otherwise you can’t say you’ve been there. St Petersburg is called the cultural capital of Russia. So this tour will allow you to cover all the major sights. On day 1 you visit Peterhof with its wonderful fountains, Catherine palace with a unique Amber room, and the Vodka museum (if you drink alcohol, you can’t leave Russia without trying our most traditional drink). On day 2 you walk in the very city center to feel the local atmosphere, have a guided tour of The Hermitage (we do not promise to show you 3mln exhibits, just the right amount of highlights to say you’ve seen the essentials of the collection), Savior on the Spilt Blood Church which has unique mosaic and is the center of St Petersburg street life. Our city is also known as The  Northern Venice, so it’s a must to take a boat ride along rivers and canals. The historians named  St Petersburg “ Imperial Capital of Russia”. So when you do a tour of Faberge Museum you get the feeling of life of the tsars and presents they used to give to each other. One lunch in Russian style is included so you could try local cuisine .

Activity level:
Moderate, but not recommended for couples with children under 6 y.o

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.

Highlights:

  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room
  • Peterhof lower park with fountains and upper garden
  • Metro stations
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists department ; let us know if you are interested)
  • Boat ride along rivers and canals
  • Faberge Museum
  • Vodka Museum

Day1

9 meet you at the port . Driving to Peterhof  with  visit of metro stations

10:30 -12 pm walking in Petergof upper and lower park

12:15-1:15  traditional Russian Lunch

1:15-2:15 driving to Pushkin

2:15-4:15 Catherine Palace &park guided tour

4:15-5:30 driving to the city

5:30- 6pm Vodka  Museum

7return the ship

DAY 2

9am meet near the ship

9-10:30am  walking along Nevsky prospect  Souvenir shopping

10:30- 11pm  Boat ride

11:15- 11:45 The Сhurch of our Savior

12-1pm Faberge museum

1-2pm  lunch

2:30-4pm  The Hermitage

4:30 pm back to the ship

Number of people in your group 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 255

Children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC  get discounts: $15 off the cost of the tour.

  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Admittance fees to all museums highlighted in orange
  • All port fees and all local taxes
  • Boat ride
  • Metro Ride
  • 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
  • One lunch on the first day
  • The cost of lunch on the second day
  • The cost of possible evening program

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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Andy, 13-14 September 2019 ; “Nautica” cruise ship

Hi Julia! We just finished our 2 day “must see must do” tour of St. Petersburg and wanted to report back to you quickly. In short, our tour was FANTASTIC!!!!! Correspondence was good. It took a little bit to get set with the other couple but it turned out to be a great decision. We really enjoyed our tour companions. Allina!!!!!!! We can’t say enough good things about her. She knew so much and was excellent with groups around, learning about the city and avoiding almost all lines. She is a wonderful, interesting tour guide and woman. She took us to places we never would have imagined and we treasured it all. Maksim was an excellent driver and navigator. He is kind and polite and he found the best parking spots. We never had to walk far to get back to your lovely and comfortable Mercedes. Car was always clean.
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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.