The name of Carl Faberge never leaves people indifferent. Some associate it with precious Easter eggs the last Russian tsar ordered for his wife and mother. Others envision intricate jewelry pieces with hidden surprises. Some will remember beautiful jewelry enamels, the recipe of it has been long lost. Our St Petersburg tour with Faberge Museum will show you all three and many more. The name of Faberge is linked not only with the excessive life of the Russian tsars, but also with the Revolution, that devastated the jewelry workshops. You will see, where the famous workshops were once located and learn the story of disastrous 1917 during this St Petersburg tour.
08.30 – 09.00 Disembark, go through the passport control, meet your guide and driver at the port terminal.
The meeting spot is inside the port terminal, after the passport control stalls in the arrivals. Look for the sign with our company logo.
9:00 - 10:15   Drive outside St. Petersburg to Peterhof with sightseeing on the way.
Start your St Petersburg tour with some city sightseeing that will serve as a foreword and introduction to St. Petersburg and Russia in general and Faberge times.
10.15 – 12.00 Peterhof Palace and Park ensemble. Tour of the Special Storerooms of Peterhof.
Your first major visit is Peterhof palace and park ensemble, considered by many to be “the Crown Jewel” of sights in all of Russia. Here the tour will take you to the Special Storerooms of Peterhof located in the part of the Grand Peterhof Palace that once used to serve as private quarters to Catherine the Great herself. The Special Storerooms exhibition shows private belongings of the Romanov tsars and some crown jewelry including works of the early 20th century jewelers and the House of Faberge in particular. The magnificent gardens with the unique fountain system will add to your impressions of Peterhof.
12:00-13:30 Time for lunch/snack and transfer to Pushkin (formerly called Tsarskoye Selo)
We suggest stopping for lunch in a local place either in Peterhof or in Pushkin (the next point of visit. It is also possible to have a snack on the grounds of Peterhof gardens.
13.30 – 15.00 Catherine Palace and Amber Room tour.
Next on your first day of St Petersburg tour is the spectacular Catherine Palace. This lavish Imperial palace is the only inside visit in the itinerary, which is not connected directly with the name of Faberge. However those who appreciate beauty will certainly enjoy the exquisite Amber room and the magnificent Catherine gardens.
By 16:00 Return to St. Petersburg city centre.
16.00 – 17.30 Faberge Museum tour.
It goes without saying, that this special visit is the pinnacle of St Petersburg tour: for this hour and a half you will be surrounded by incredible beauty.
18.00 – 18.30 Return to the port, evening free.
09.00 Meeting. Continue the city tours.
You’ll see conventional must-see sights and have stops for taking pictures. You will see: Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Egyptian Sphinxes embankment, St. Isaac's Square, Field of Mars, Square of Fine Arts, the Bronze Horseman and many more. You will also pass by some places/buildings connected with Carl Faberge and the House of Faberge.
10.00 The State Hermitage museum, special early admission.
Enjoy the treasures of the Hermitage museum. You will walk through the reception rooms and throne halls of the Winter Palace and plunge into the precious collections of West-European art. The special early entrance will allow you to perceive the masterpieces without the crowds of regular visitors (the Hermitage opens doors to public a 10:30 every day).
Optional: Special tour of the Hermitage Treasury Gallery (also known as “Gold Rooms”), exhibiting fabulous jewelry collections that used to belong to the crown.
12.30 – 12.45 Palace Square walk.
You will see the most famous square of our city with the Alexander Column, Triumphal Arch of the General Staff building, views to St. Isaac's and the Admiralty and starting point of Nevsky Prospect (the main street of our city).
12:50-13:50 Time for lunch/snack.
To spare time you can consider stopping for lunch/snack in one of the numerous local cafes around Palace Square.
14.00 – 15.00 General Staff Building of the Hermitage.
You will see the famous collections of Impressionists, Postimpressionists, Matisse and Picasso and visit the Faberge memorial exhibition also located there.
15.30 – 16.00 Church on the Blood inside visit.
Although this picturesque onion-dome church has nothing to do with Faberge (except that it’s the contemporary to Faberge monument of architecture), however this short visit will certainly add to your St Petersburg tour, as Resurrection Cathedral or Saviour on the Blood (as locals call it) is the world’s largest museum of mosaic.
16.30 Return on board the ship.
visa-free shore excursion
English-speaking tour guide
comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
port pick up & drop off
General Staff building (Impressionists collections), main complex incl. Winter Palace