The Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral & City Drive

8.25 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-110
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Points of Interest

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

Description

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

On this highly active and full day away from the ship you will have the unique opportunity to soak up some of St Petersburg's finest sights. As the second biggest city in Russia, there's plenty to see and so your day starts with a short drive to the Spit of Vasilievsky Island and a photo stop at the Rostral Columns that sit on granite plinths, and were originally intended to serve as beacons for ships coming into port.

Drive past the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of the city, which features the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where all the Tsars are buried, including Peter the Great and Alexander III. On top of the cathedral's gilded spire stands a magnificent golden angel holding a cross, one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg.

Before arriving at St Isaac's Square drive past the lively Decembrists Square and the impressive Bronze Horseman statue, for your tour of the fourth highest cathedral in the world, the awe-inspiring St. Isaac's Cathedral, which boasts a massive central dome lavishly covered with 220 pounds of pure gold.

Driving past the Admiralty building, near the Hermitage, you will then stop for a photo opportunity at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a spectacular building featuring ornate old Russian-style architecture.

Lunch consists of a traditional Russian feast and is served at one of the best restaurants in St. Petersburg, accompanied by Russian sparkling wine, vodka, red caviar and Russian folk music.

End the afternoon with a comprehensive tour of the incredible Hermitage Museum, home to more than three million works of arts and featuring more than a thousand rooms. Enjoy works of art from many prominent painters including Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Titian, while you peruse the ornate rooms decorated with gilded ceilings and parquet flooring. The Hermitage also possesses ancient and early medieval items, including objects dating from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age, as well as a fine Oriental art collection.

During the course of the day you will also have the opportunity to browse the many wonderful gift shops at each location.

Special Notes:

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

Camera and video fees for the Hermitage are included in the tour. Large bags, backpacks and flash photography are not allowed inside the Hermitage Museum.

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.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a photo stop for the Rostral Columns

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive past the Peter & Paul Fortress

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10

Drive past the Bronze Horseman

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to St Isaac's Square and visit to St Isaac's Cathedral

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10
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

Drive past the Admiralty and the Palace square

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Photo stop at the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:20
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
150
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

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

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
02:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
3300
Steps:
125
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:45