2 Day Deluxe St Petersburg Tour
- "Russian Cruise Visa"
- All Local Taxes
- All admission tickets to below listed places
- All photo and video permits inside venues where allowed
- English speaking highest rated guide
- Free Time for shopping, lunches(own expense), exploring
- Free use of local Cell Phone during Free-Time to keep in touch with your guide
- Bottled water
- Rain coats if needed
- Audio system with personal headsets (provided for groups of minimum 7 persons)
This unique 2 full day program was created after years of experience creating tours for cruise ship passengers, created by an American who knows the sorts of activities and approach Canadian, American and UK tour members would enjoy. It is intended for those who want to see the most St. Petersburg has to offer during a 2 day port call. The design and conduct of the tour is unlike any of the others offered by conventional tour operators. It is focused on local culture, people, activities and history in a fun active engagement with the city. There is more walking in non-tourist filled areas, talking with locals about life here and culture, free time to explore in interesting, accessible and safe environments.
There are many 2 day tours, almost all focus on groups listening to a history lecture that spans the time of 1703 to 1917 with a million facts and dates but this is the only one that includes contemporary life and times, and interactive conversation about topics you are interested in. Sure, our guides are experts in the details of history but we all feel that reciting memorized lists of dates is not a good way to help visitors to understand the context or how the facts relate to real life. So expect more interactive conversation than a dry history lecture. You will return to the ship with a better understanding of what you experienced and the people and places.
On the first day the tour returns back to the ship at 6:30 PM (18:30), and on the day of your departure one hour before your ship is scheduled to sail. That gives you the opportunity to participate in Tickets and Tours unique evening programs, such as fun interactive Russian home cooking Master Class($50), Spectactular "White Nights Fantasy" Dinner show in a palace ($114), or 4 hours of free time to explore, shop, pub hop, photography, attend a jazz cafe or just sit in an outdoor cafe and people watch and meet social friendly locals doing the same things ($40).
Detailed Itinerary( Click)
Day of Arrival
A 60-minute journey by small open-air boats travels the Fontanka River, the Kryukov Canal, the Moika River and the Neva River.
Peter the Great conceived the Neva as the main thoroughfare of the city, and from the beginning the river was considered a vital part of the whole architectural ensemble. During the journey you pass under numerous picturesque bridges, and admire the exteriors of the many old beautiful buildings in St Petersburg. Also to view the low silhouette of the city from the wide Neva offers many unique photo opportunities. Your guide will provide a map so you can follow your route as you motor along. - 1-hour cruise included.
This has been one of the most popular and interesting activities, seeing real neighborhoods, interacting with locals, away from the tourist traps in a very safe and interesting block radius. Food choices in neighborhood restaurants, about 60, range from Indian, Mexican, Thai, Georgian, French, Italian, Cuban, Fusion, Russian, Subway Sandwiches, English or Irish pubs and more. Many with lovely outdoor dining, and all with English menus.
|The St. Isaac's Cathedral: Designed by Auguste de Monferrand in 1818 the church was named in tribute to Peter the great who was born on the day of St. Isaac of Dalmatia. The Cathedral is 101,5 m (333 ft) high and the dome (for the making of which 100 kg (220,5 lb) of gold was used) is 26,5 m (87 ft) in diameter, making it one of the largest in the world after St. Peter 's Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
The interior is “a symphony of gold, marble, lapis lazuli, malachite and porphyry”. The walls and vaults are decorated with paintings and mosaics by the leading artists of the day, and the walls and floors are lined with marble from Russia, France and Italy. The columns of the iconostasis are faced with malachite and lapis. There are all together 112 columns of polished granite holding the building up, of which 24 support the dome.
The Cathedral can accommodate 14,000 people. Inside visit.
Tsarskoe Selo (in English: "The Tsar's Village") is located about 27 kilometers (17 miles) south of St. Petersburg and it has a long history connected with generations of Romanov Tsars. Catherine Palace exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size and unique decorations. The stunning facade of the palace extends for almost 300 meters (1000 feet), and gives the first impression what to expect inside. Our tour will visit all the major halls and rooms, including the Great Hall, the Blue Room, the Picture Gallery, many of the private studies and bed rooms.
One of the many highlights will be the Amber Room with its walls decorated with real amber of different hues. The palace was practically destroyed during the Second World War, and all the amber from the walls of the Amber Room was taken away from the country by the invaders. After the tour you will also view parts of the surrounding park's and gardens consisting of almost 600 hectares (1.500 acres) and filled with marble statues. Inside visit.
Important Tour Ticket Information
Please note: Booking a visa-free shore excursion requires some basic informationfor each memberofyour party to be sent to Russian passport control before your arrive. Soon after we confirm your booking we will send an email which contains a link to a secure form that allows entering passport details for each member covered by this order. Soon after the passport is entered we will send your tour tickets by email which you can print and present to the passport control officer when exiting your ship.
Your printed ticket, along with your passport is presented to the passport control officer when disembarking and your Tickets and Tours ticket is your visa to enter Russia so be sure to print it and have with with you before leaving the ship.
- 08:00 Meeting at the port
- 08:00 - 10:00 City Tour and Orientation
- 10:00 - 11:00 Canal and Neva River Cruise
- 11:00 - 11:45 Church on Spilled Blood
- 12:00 - 13:30 Free Time and Lunch(own expense)
- 13:30 - 16:00 Hermitage and Winter Palace
- 16:00 - 16:45 St Isaac Cathedral
- 17:30 Arrival back at your ship
- 08:30 Meeting at the port
- 08:30 - 10:00 Tour and drive to the Southern Palace Estates
- 10:00 - 11:30 Catherine Palace and Imperial Park
- 11:30 - 13:00 Pushkin lunch(own expense) and FreeTime
- 13:00 - 14:00 Drive to Peterhof
- 14:00 - 15:45 Peterhof Fountain Park
- 15:45 - 16:30 Drive to St Petersburg
16:30 - 17:00 Metro Ride
- 17:00 - 17:30 Return to your ship
Shopping for gifts to remember your visit by, or present as gifts back home, we offer several opportunities to shop in regular gift stores and avoid the overpriced tourist shops as a company philosophy. Shopping can be during your 3 different "Free Time" periods. Your guide can offer suggestions of which stores have the better offerings and prices. Traditional Russian crafts as lacquered boxes, jewelry, pins, hand painted nesting dolls, usually called “Matryoshka dolls”, handicrafts, china and porcelain, Russian delicacies like Caviar, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, beautiful coffee table books about Russian topics, and many others.
What other sites you will see along the way: you will see some of the city's residential and suburban districts en route to Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. Among other things you shall pass the St. Nicholas Cathedral, and the nearby Theater Square with the world famous Mariinski Theatre (of such world famous ballet dancers like Vaslav Nijinski, Rudolf Nurejev, Mikhail Barishnikov) the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, and the monuments to the distinguished composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Glinka.
You will pass by the Yusupov Palace (once the wealthiest person in Russia), and the symbol of St Petersburg - the Bronze Horseman in the Decembrists' Square. Across the Neva River are the oldest buildings of St Petersburg, including the Menshikov Palace (the mansion of the first governor of St Petersburg), the St Petersburg University, which are lined up one after another, and they never fail to impress a visitor every time you drive around this "museum in the open air." On the opposite side of the Neva there stands the Admiralty with its sharp and high golden spire, which is a compositional center of the entire city, and will never allow you to get lost.
You shall also naturally drive along the Nevskij Prospekt, the fashionable main street of St. Petersburg. It is the center of business, fashion, boutiques, major shops, restaurants, hotels, but also some famous sites like the Kazan Cathedral, the Gostinni Dvor 18th century department store, the Alexandriinski Theatre, the Anichkov Bridge and many others.
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