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2-Day Essential Saint Petersburg Join-in Shore Excursion

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The tour covers the essential must-sees of the city, yet leaves enough time to sit back and enjoy. During this Shore Excursion, you will explore the largest museum in Russia - State Hermitage, the magnificent Church on the Spilled Blood, the capital of fountains - Peterhof Imperial Residence, and many other sites. The small group up to 14 pax is a perfect size.
Duration
16 hrs
Activity Level
Easy
Tour category
Join-in Tours
Language
English
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$210.0
PER
PERSON
Per group
Kazan Cathedral
20 min
About

Kazan Cathedral is the largest cathedral of Saint Petersburg. Constructed by the order of Russian Tsar Paul I in 1801-1811, it was supposed to be the monument to the glory of Russian arms. The famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who participated in the War of 1812, was buried inside the Kazan Cathedral.

Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral
30 min
About

This fortress, built to deflect Swedish raids, was the city’s very first structure. While the view from the fortress ramparts is fantastic, the main attraction is Trezzini's Peter and Paul Cathedral. Almost all Romanovs including Nicholas II, are buried here. There are several other museums scattered around the fortress grounds, like the political prison museum or St. Petersburg history exhibition and you can buy a special day ticket which enables access to all.

Alexander column
10 min
About

Alexander column is the world's tallest triumphal column. It is neither dug into the ground nor reinforced on the foundation.  It is held only by accurate calculation and its weight. 

Metro (subway) Tour
20 min
About

Go underground and enjoy palaces built for regular people - this is how amazing Subway Stations are in St Petersburg. Chrystal chandeliers, bronze works, marble flooring, amazing sculptures, and mosaics. Why visit another palace? The first stations were opened in 1955, the newest ones open every year, still rich and impressive.

Rivers & Canals Boat tour
90 min
About

By day or by night, the most spectacular view of St. Petersburg can be seen from the water. These are the unforgettable panoramas of the Hermitage, squares, and embankments. St. Petersburg is surrounded by water and interlaced with a complex web of rivers and canals that seem to bind the city together, while also marking the borders of its different districts and neighborhoods.

Peterhof Imperial park and palace
60 min
About

Peterhof is one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces. A complex combination of Baroque and Neo-Classical styles, this palace is a true gem of Russian architecture, and you will surely love it. Hundreds of fountains and golden statues surround Peter's Palace – it is Russia's Versailles.

St. Isaac's Cathedral
30 min
About

St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the biggest cathedral of Russia and ranks among the largest cathedrals of the world. It was built between 1818 and 1858, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. It's not only the giant structure but also the collection of the greatest engineering innovations.

Hermitage Museum
120 min
About

Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world. But it is also the magnificent Royal Palace with stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now it’s the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, de Goya and many other prominent painters from all over the world.

Church on the Spilled Blood
30 min
About

The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion-domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city-center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was built on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881. 

Day
Time
Description
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Day 1
08:15 - 08:30
Meet your tour guide in the arrival hall of the passenger port.
08:30 - 10:00
Enjoy overview panoramic city tour with stops in the most picturesque sights of Saint Petersburg. Admire Peter and Paul's Fortress panorama from the best viewpoint of St. Basil's Island across the River Neva.
10:00 - 13:15
Depart to Peterhof for a guided tour of the wonderful gardens with picturesque fountains and statues by the Bay of Finland.
13:15 - 14:15
Free time to grab some lunch.
14:15 - 15:45
Return back to Saint Petersburg with a Subway tour on your way in and a visit to a local food market.
17:00 - 17:30
Return back to the ship.
16:00 - 17:30
Boat ride along the rivers and canals
Please note that tour starting time might be adjusted according to the arrival time of your cruise ship. Your tour documents will reflect the exact tour starting times on both days. Please pay attention!
Optional Tours
18:00 - 19:00
Optional Evening at Faberge Museum
19:00 - 21:00
Optional Russian Folk-Show
19:00 - 23:30
Optional Russian Ballet
Must be booked at least 72 hrs in advance!
Day 2
08:15 - 08:30
Meet your group in the arrival hall of the Cruise Passenger Terminal.
08:30 - 10:00
Continue your panoramic city tour with many stops including Nevsky prospect, Eliseev Emporium, Aurora Cruiser, and many other sights.
10:00 - 12:00
Depart to the Hermitage Museum for a 2hr guided tour of the Largest Art Museum in Russia. You will be expertly guided through the vast collections and will get a perfect first-timer's introduction to the highlights of the collection.
12:15 - 12:45
Guided tour of Church on the Spilled Blood, one of the most picturesque churches in the city.
13:00 - 14:00
Free time to grab some lunch.
14:15 - 15:15
Enjoy your exploration of the city with Kazansky Cathedral and St. Isaac's Cathedral (outside).
15:15 - 16:00
Say your goodbyes to the amazing city of Saint Petersburg and board the ship.
Included in tour

Professional English-speaking tour guide

Experienced private driver

Air-conditioned Mercedes Mini-bus

All admissions as per program

Lunches on each day

1 bottle of water per person per day

Visa-free paperwork for Russia (No Russian Visa is required for all passengers who book with Shore Excursions Center)

Saint-Petersburg Passenger Port fees & taxes

not Included in tour

Tips/Gratuity

Optional Evening Program

Important info

In case of weather conditions not permitting hydrofoil ride, the group will return by private vehicle. No refunds are provided.

Due to the group nature of this tour and to make your experience as smooth as possible we kindly ask you to accept certain rules:

  • No wheelchairs/walkers/scooters 
  • No people requiring walking assistance 
  • No children under 6 (pls. contact us before book)
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