Best of St. Petersburg - 2 Days

LED-100 | St. Petersburg, Russia | See Special Notes

from $479.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Hermitage Museum Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace Peterhof Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise Canal Cruise

You will see:

  • St. Petersburg

Strenuous Includes meal Shopping

Excursion Length:
Approx. 18.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 34

Tour Overview

The first day of this spectacular tour begins with a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress, which was originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack. The fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London, and a place for imprisoning political prisoners, including Peter the Great's own son. Here, you will also visit the city's second tallest structure, the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which boasts an ornate gilded interior, 18th-century paintings, and the tomb of Catherine the Great.

Throughout both days, you will be driving through many of the city's residential and suburban districts - a truly excellent way to absorb the sights.

After a brief photo stop you will head to the impressive Hermitage museum, home to more than three million works of art. Explore the display rooms accompanied by your guide and enjoy viewing paintings by Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Titian.

By now you will have earned your delicious Russian lunch, which will be served in one of the best restaurants in St. Petersburg, and includes a choice of Russian sparkling wine and vodka, red caviar and local entertainment.

Your day continues with a visit to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a magnificently restored building that was built on the site of the March 1st, 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander II.

Your last stop, before heading back to the ship, is the awe-inspiring St. Isaac's Cathedral, which boasts a massive central dome, lavishly covered with 220 pounds of pure gold.

Day two begins with a tour of both the Grand Palace of Peterhof and its lovely gardens, often called Russia's Versailles. This magificant palace sits atop a hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Inside, you will marvel at the impressive Throne Room, Portrait Room and stunning White Dining Room. After your tour of the palace you will be able to explore the breath-taking 300-acre park and the Grand Cascade fountains, which feature Samson prying open the lion's jaws.

Savor your lunch feast served at another of St. Petersburg's finest restaurants before enjoying an hour-long canal tour in a small open-air boat along the Fontanka River or the Moika River. Your guide will be on hand to narrate your detailed route while you enjoy a glass of Russian sparkling wine, passing under many picturesque bridges.

Climbing back on to the bus you will head to the magnificent Yusupov Palace, noted as the site of the assassination of the monk Rasputin. Here, you will visit the palace's delicately restored apartments, and view an exhibition of photographs, waxworks, and the actual cellar room where Rasputin was poisoned then shot.

Your super-sized excursion ends with a stop at one of St. Petersburg's souvenir shops, where you will have time to browse and barter for many classical Russian gifts including lacquered boxes and painted nesting dolls.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


This tour is non-refundable within 7 days of the call.
Each of the sites included in the tour description will be visited sometime during the two days. Tour order will vary to avoid overcrowding at venues, opening and closing times or other logistical issues.

The Hermitage Museum requires all visitors to pass through security screening. Guests with a pacemaker must carry proof of medical exemption to avoid the screening process without exceptions. Admission will otherwise be denied into the museum.

The fountains at Peterhof are subject to maintenance work without advance notice. Protective overshoes are required inside the palace; these will be provided. Large bags, backpacks and flash photography are not allowed inside the Hermitage Museum.

Camera and video fees for the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yusupov Palace and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood are included in the tour.

Tour involves walking and stair climbing and is not wheelchair accessible. You might encounter considerable crowds, lines and delays at the venues.

Canal routing may vary; routing can be changed to the Neva River if tidal conditions do not permit entry to the canals. Tour involves walking and stair climbing at the boat pier and is not wheelchair friendly.

Excursion Length:

9.25 hours each day

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

See detailed itinerary for information about wheelchair accessibility

Camera/Video Restrictions:

See detailed itinerary for information about camera restrictions

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