This 1-day public shore excursion is an ideal St. Petersburg day tour for the first-time visitors of our city who arrive by cruise and have just one day in the Russian most famous city. This mini-group guided St. Petersburg day tour includes the two most popular highlights that are must-sees in any tour itinerary: the State Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Palace and fountain parks. The river and canal boat tour by a small private boat will add to your impressions of our city, which is frequently called “Russian Amsterdam” or “the Venice of the North”. Russian traditional lunch is another must for any St. Petersburg day tour as it serves a great introduction to food culture of our country. Such everyday life things as a metro ride will show you St. Petersburg citizens in their daily routine and also will take you to the world’s deepest underground system.
Price: 130 USD per adult
7:30 – disembark, go through the passport control, meet your guide and driver at the arrivals of the port terminal.
7:30-9:30 – Your St. Petersburg day tour will start with the city sightseeing by car and boat. You will have stops for picture taking and short walks in the most famous and beautiful squares of St. Petersburg. During the sightseeing tour you will cover: Egyptian Sphinx embankment, Spit of Vassilievsky Island, Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Square, Church on the Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Field of Mars, Summer Gardens, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, Mariinsky Theatre and many more. River and canal boat tour will be an excellent introduction to St. Petersburg for you. You will see the most famous sights from water, enjoy beautiful vistas of the Grand Neva River as well as narrow canals of the city centre.
9:30-10:30 – Drive outside the city to Peterhof, the most famous summer residence of the Romanov tsars
11:00-13:00 – in Peterhof your tour includes the Grand Peterhof Palace inside visit. Beautiful masterpiece of early baroque style, this palace has no repeating rooms – each room is different is style, colour or composition. The unique fountain system of Peterhof has no pumps or electricity, the natural principle of gravity is imployed even nowadays
13:30-14:30 – Russian traditional lunch in a local place on the way from Peterhof to St. Petersburg downtown.
Return to St. Petersburg city centre. Metro (=subway) tour on the way. St. Petersburg metro is counted as the world’s deepest. Some metro stations are exquisitely decorated with natural stones and mosaics
15:30-17:30 – Hermitage museum tour. Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most famous museums, possessing over 3,5 million exhibits. Of course it’s not possible to view all pieces on the exhibition even if you stay fro a week there. During your 2-hour overview tour of the Hermitage museum you will see the main highlights of the West European art collections and some of the gorgeous halls of the former Winter residence of the Romanov-tsars. NOTE: on Mondays the Hermitage is closed. If your cruise docks in St. Petersburg on Monday, the Hermitage museum tour will be replaced with a tour to another famous picture gallery: the State Russian Museum. The Russian Museum offers an interesting exposition of Russian art from ancient icons to Avant-garde paintings, including Russian impressionists, Shagall, Roerikh, Bakst and many others.
18:00 – return on board the cruise.