8:30-9:00 – disembark, go through the passport control, meet your guide and driver at the port terminal.
Start with some driving city tour that will serve as a foreword and introduction to St. Petersburg and Russia in general and Faberge times. Drive outside St. Petersburg to Peterhof.
10:15-12:00 – 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 Carl Faberge workshop in particular. The magnificent gardens with the unique fountain system will add to your impressions of Peterhof.
Time for lunch/snack and transfer to Pushkin (formerly called Tsarskoye Selo)
13:30-15:00 – Next on the 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.
Return to St. Petersburg city centre
16:00-17:30 – Faberge museum. It goes without saying, that this special visit is the pinnacle of the Faberge tour day: for this hour and a half you will be surrounded by incredible beauty.
Around 18:00-18:30 – return to the port, evening free.
9:00 – meeting. Continue the city tour. You’ll see conventional must-see sights and have stops for taking pictures. You will also pass by some places/buildings connected with Carl Faberge and Faberge Jewelry House.
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 t public a 10:30 every day).
11:30-12:30 – Special tour of the Hermitage Treasury Gallery (also known as “Gold Rooms”), exhibiting fabulous jewelry collections that used to belong to the crown.
12:40-13:00 – Palace Square walk.
Time for lunch/snack.
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 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.