1-Day Deluxe St Petersburg Tour
- "Russian Cruise Visa"
- All Local Taxes
- All admission tickets to below listed places
- Free-Time for dining, exploring or shopping
- All photo and video permits inside venues where allowed
- English speaking highest rated guide
- Bottled water
- Rain coats if needed
- Audio system with personal headsets (provided for groups of minimum 7 persons)
This full day program is tailored for the cruise ship passenger who wants to see the most St. Petersburg has to offer during the limited time frame allowed by your 1 day Legend of the Seas port calls on May 13 and May 28th 2014 . Your 1- day tour encompasses all the highlights of the city, and avoids repeating sites, or commentary, which is unavoidable when reservation 1-day or several half-day tours of the city as offered by the ship. Our program has been created taking into consideration the recommendations of thousands of our earlier guests. For instance, although three very similar 17th century palaces are included, we make an inside visit to two of them.
The Complete St Petersburg begins immediately after your ship has been cleared by the St. Petersburg Port of Authority and Immigration. The last bus is scheduled to depart not later than 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) after the official scheduled arrival time. For instance: If your ship’s official arrival time is 06:30 AM, the first passenger report usually around 06: 50, our first tour van or mini-bus departs with the first 16 passengers around 07:00AM. The last one is scheduled to depart at 07:45. That is 75 minutes after the official arrival time.
Your tour returns back to the ship at 5:30 PM (17:30), one hour before your ship is scheduled to sail. All the sites and destinations listed below are either visited inside, having photo stops, or just seen as mentioned separately in each case.
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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.
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.
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Browse for Russian souvenirs and gifts and bargain with local vendors at the various stops during your excursion. Your tour includes a stop at one of St. Petersburg's souvenir shops where you can barter for such traditional Russian goods 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.
IMPORTANT: The shops also serve as our emergency toilet stops. The shops are located all over the city, and when a group member announces a need to use a rest room, our guides normally make the emergency stop at the nearest souvenir shop. They are well equipped to receive tourist for that purpose. These stops are often misunderstood by our guests, and taken as an effort to make the group members to shop, but no person is required to step out from the bus, except the one who requested the restroom. The fewer people go inside the faster the tour shall continue again.
What other sites you will see along the way: During the two, or three days of touring (depending on the length of the stay of your cruise ship) in St. Petersburg your motor coach will pass through 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.