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.
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.
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.
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.
The home of Russian ballet and opera since the 1860s, the Mariinsky Theatre, is a cultural leader and one of the most illustrious and beautiful theatres in the world. Currently, the performances are shown on 3 different stages: the historic theater building on the Theater Square, the new theater building, located around the corner, and the specially designed unique concert hall.
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.
This guided tour includes Catherine's palace tour with the world's famous Amber Room and the surrounding gardens. Catherine's Palace and the parks were created through the 18th century and became the home to many Russian empresses, including Catherin the great, so it’s also known as 'village of the tsar's' ( Tsarskoe Selo ). The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.
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.
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.
Professional English-speaking tour guide
Experienced private driver
Air-conditioned Mercedes Mini-bus
All admissions as per program
3 traditional Russian lunches
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
Optional Evening Program
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 asistance
- No children under 5