A Discovery Exclusive: Ultimate Saint Petersburg - 2 Days

23.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-150
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$ 649.95
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Points of Interest

  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Catherine Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

St. Petersburg's fascinating history comes alive the moment you board your motorcoach. After a brief journey through the city you'll visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Built by order of Peter the Great in 1703 to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress later became a political prison. Trotsky, Lenin's older brother Alexander, Dostoyevsky, and Peter's own son, Alexei, were once held inside these walls.

In the center stands the impressive 280-year old Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Alexander III. A much-beloved city landmark, it was the first church in St. Petersburg to be made of stone.

Your next destination is the renowned Hermitage Museum. Comprised of the Winter Palace and four other buildings, the Hermitage is home to one of the world's greatest art collections. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the magnificent display rooms including the Gold Room. Here, you'll see a stunning collection of classical antiquities, and 17th and 18th century jewelry created for the imperial court.

Then, it's a stop at one of the city's best restaurants for a delicious Russian lunch, which includes Russian sparkling wine, vodka and red caviar.

After your meal, you'll visit the famed Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, site of the 1881 assassination of Alexander II. Your final stop before heading back to the ship is the awe-inspiring St. Isaac's Cathedral, which boasts a massive dome that's lavishly covered in 220 pounds of pure gold.

But your first day isn't over yet. Later that evening, you will relive elegant, 18th-century court life with a visit to the breathtaking Catherine Palace. First, you will be taken on a tour of the palaces' imperial coaches while enjoying champagne and canapés. Then you will proceed to the palace interior which includes visits to the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster and the Amber Room. After "Catherine the Great" makes her entrance, you will sit down in the Throne Room for a wonderful concert of classical music and then proceed to dinner and a folkloric performance in one of the restaurants in Pushkin. 

Your second day begins with a tour of the Peterhof Palace. Completed in 1725, the awe-inspiring palace and grounds are often referred to as the Russian Versailles. Situated on top of a picturesque hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the panoramic views include a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations.

After a delicious lunch, you will hop aboard a canal boat for a cruise along the city's canals.

Back on your motorcoach, you will visit the Yusupov Palace, site of one of Russia's most dramatic historical moments – the murder of Rasputin. After a tour of the apartments, you'll visit the cellar room where the mesmerizing monk was assassinated.

At the end of your premium two-day tour, you will return to your ship with a warm appreciation of St. Petersburg's historic and natural beauty.

Special Notes:

THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PASSENGERS EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING IN ST. PETERSBURG

This tour is non-refundable within 7 days of the call. There will be an exclusive opening for guests booked on this tour for all Monday calls.

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.

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. Your touring on the first day will return to the ship at approximately 5:00pm which allows you to freshen up before the evening touring starts.

Camera and video fees for the Hermitage, Peterhof, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yusupov Palace, Peter & Paul Cathedral, Peterhof Grand palace and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood are included in the tour. Photography is not allowed in the Gold Room at the Hermitage. Large bags, backpacks and flash photography are not allowed inside the Hermitage Museum. Camera and video fees for Catherine Palace are included; flash photography is not allowed in areas where paintings are displayed.

The fountains at Peterhof are subject to maintenance work without advance notice.

Protective overshoes are required inside the palace; these will be provided.
Evening dress code: Elegant/casual dress and low-heeled comfortable shoes that will not damage the Palace's floors.

Tour involves walking and stair climbing and is not wheelchair/scooter accessible.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Day 1 - Depart from ship for a panoramic city drive of St. Petersburg

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:45

Welcome shot of vodka and canapes to the sounds of the Royal Guards Orchestra

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:10

Guided tour of Catherine Palace

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:40
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
700
Steps:
96
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Reception and concert of the Classical Quartet in the Grand Hall

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:25
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Greetings by Catherine the Great, performance at the Court Yard

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Russian dinner with folkloric band performance

Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
01:00

Day 2 - Depart from ship for a guided tour of the Grand Palace in Peterhof

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
01:15

Tour of the Grand Palace in Peterhof

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
670
Steps:
70
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Tour of the Lower Garden with fountains & walk to the parking lot

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:40
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1500
Steps:
130
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Lunch at one of the local restaurant with a folkloric band performance

Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
01:15
Time at site:
01:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and the cathedral

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
430
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Scenic cruise along the Fontanka River or Moika River or Neva River

Transport type:
Canal and river motorboat
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
30
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided tour of Yusupov Palace including a Rasputin cellar

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
665
Steps:
60
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Shopping at a local souvenir store

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
55
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30

Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Gold Room

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
02:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
3360
Steps:
125
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Lunch at one of the local restaurant with a folkloric band performance

Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Guided tour of the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:45
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
480
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Drive to St Isaac's Square and guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
400
Steps:
8
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship. You will have time to change before setting out again for the evening portion of your tour.

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30

Evening Tour - Depart ship for a guided tour to Tsarskoe Selo

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
01:15

Tour of the Carriage Museum

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No