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2-Day St. Petersburg Tour: Spotlight

     Spotlight St. Petersburg tour is disabled-friendly and kid-friendly. As a rule, this tour turns out to be semi-private, when you share a coach and ride in style. Spotlight St. Petersburg tour was designed for anyone who would like to savour the history, art and architecture without rushing around. Each day you will focus on one big museum and one short inside visit. The pace of the tour allows you to also experience some simple local life activities, such as a visit to a farmers’ market. We did not include set-menu lunches on purpose, as this way you can stay flexible with what, where and when to eat and have the freedom to check out local coffee-shops or restaurants or return back on board the ship for your meal. Relatively short tour days guarantee you won’t be worn out in the evening and will be able to enjoy an evening program, if you wish to have one.

  • Tour duration: day 1 – about 7 hours, day 2 – about 7 hours

  • Tour type: public (mini-group)
  • Group size: 10-12 persons max (on average groups are around 4-6 persons). Minimal number of people for this St. Petersburg tour to take place: 2 persons

  • Activity level: easy to moderate. The tour is suitable for wheelchair users (in this case we arrange   Monplaisir Palace in Peterhof visit – one level, no stairs)

  • Transportation: a private air-conditioned vehicle of the necessary size (if we have wheelchair users in the group, wheelchair van is provided)

  • Tour guide: an English-speaking tour guide for the entire time in St. Petersburg

  • Inside visits: the State Hermitage museum (including the Winter Palace, Old Masters collections and General Staff building with the collections of Impressionists and Postimpressionists), Church on the Blood, Peterhof – the Grand Peterhof Palace and famous Upper and Lower fountain gardens

  • Also included in the price: river and canal boat ride (privately for the group – separate boat), blanket visa (= cruise passenger visa = tour tickets), port access fee for your guide and van to meet you by the ship side, ear-phones for groups larger than 6 persons

Price: 230 USD per adult

This tour is available to purchase by separate days:
150 USD per adult  for one day
Petersburg Tour

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Day 1

9:00 – disembark, go through the passport control, meet your guide

Your tour starts directly at the cruise terminal, after the passport control stall. Your guide will meet you at the terminal. Detailed city sightseeing tour that includes walking on Nevsky prospect and one of pedestrian streets, an inside visit to a local active church and a visit to Yelisseev’s grocery store. Besides conventional must-see sights and photo-stops you will also see some minor and joke monuments.

11:00-13:00 – tour of the Hermitage museum (main museum complex including the Winter Palace and Old Masters’ collections)

13:00-13:15 – Palace square walk

13:15-13:45 – time for lunch/snack/coffee-break

13:45-14:30 – tour of the General Staff building (the Hermitage collections of Impressionists and Postimpressionists)

15:00-15:30 – inside visit to Church on the Blood (world’s largest museum of mosaics)

Around 16:00 – return on board the ship

Day 2

9:00 – meeting, drive outside the city to Peterhof

10:15-10:30 – tour of the Upper Fountain

10:30-11:30 – tour of the Grand Peterhof Palace

11:30-13:00 – tour of the Lower Fountain gardens including the highlights of the gardens such as the Grand Cascade, Chess-board cascade, Roman fountains and some informal joke fountains

Time for lunch/snack/coffee-break on the grounds of the gardens

Return back to St. Petersburg

Optional: metro (=subway) ride on the way

14:30-15:30 – river and canal boat tour

Around 16:00 – return on board the ship

Evening Activities

It may be necessary to see sites in a different order, subject to the museum days-off and entrance time confirmed by the Hermitage, Catherine Palace and the Yussoupov Palace.
Your licenced guide WILL accompany you on all the inside visits and provide the commentary and answer your questions.

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