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Essential Collection

2 - Day St. Petersburg Tour (4417) (Visa Included)

Access from: St Petersburg


Key info

  • Tour ID: 4417
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Hermitage Museum
  • Church on Spilled Blood
  • Peterhof Park
  • Catherine's Palace
  • Peter & Paul Cathedral
  • Metro (Underground)
  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Hydrofoil

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 4417
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Hermitage Museum
  • Church on Spilled Blood
  • Peterhof Park
  • Catherine's Palace
  • Peter & Paul Cathedral
  • Metro (Underground)
  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Hydrofoil

Itinerary

Day 1.

- Pick-up from the port
- City Tour
- Visit Catherine Palace or Palace of Paul on Tuesdays
- Peterhof Park
- Take a metro ride
- Hydrofoil ride (weather permitting)
- Drive back to the port

Day 2.
- Pick-up from the port
- Visit Hermitage Museum
- Peter and Paul Fortress
- Peter and Paul Cathedral
- Church on Spilled Blood
- Drive back to the port

Itinerary may be revised if a particular museum is closed on the day of your tour.

All cruising clients taking tours in St Petersburg will require a Visa, Cruising Excursions will arrange this for you at no extra cost.

You will be met at the port of St Petersburg by your professional guide and Cruising Excursions representative who will guide you to your transportation.

This 2-day sightseeing tour is extremely popular for those who wish to see the main sights of St Petersburg such as The Hermitage, The Church on Spilled Blood and the Peter and Paul Cathedral, The Palace of Catherine & Peterhof Park and also have time to browse the local shops for souvenirs.

DAY 1:

Board your motor coach for a narrated drive by your English-Speaking professional guide, to the suburbs of St Petersburg, to the South to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the West to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential areas of St Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.

This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace park ensembles of the 18th Century that belonged to the Russian Tsars.

WHAT YOU VISIT:

Catherine Palace - Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.

Please be advised, during the high tourist season the Catherine’s Palace welcomes tourists every day except Tuesday's. However, this may also apply to certain 'Events' also taking place in St. Petersburg. In these instances, the Palace of Paul might be visited instead of the Catherine’s Palace.

*Palace of Paul - The ensemble's fame rests on the splendour of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming rather than grand rooms of his wife Maria.

Peterhof Park - Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II but has been restored to its full splendour. The gardens are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. The fountains of Peterhof are one of the most famous tourist attractions. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever-popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

Take a Metro (Underground) ride. The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes.

Complimentary with this tour (if weather permits) - you get a one-way trip by hydrofoil. This is the fastest and the most enjoyable way of travelling between Peterhof and St. Petersburg. Hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.

DAY 2:

One of the World's most magnificent Cities, St Petersburg stretches over forty-four islands. The City was built by Peter the Great in the 18th Century to rival the splendour of Paris and combines a wealth of palaces, churches and museums.

A full day of sightseeing includes a general sightseeing tour of the City along with visits to the Hermitage, the World-famous Art Treasury, Peter & Paul Fortress, the place where the City started and the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood, one of the City's landmarks, as well as several photo stops and shopping.

WHAT YOU VISIT:

The Hermitage - The Tsar's former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world's premier art collections. Your 1-2 hours guided tour (depending on the day) visits the display of rooms, which contain over three million art works, including paintings by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. Designed by Rastrelli. The Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, moulded and decorated ceilings.

Peter and Paul Fortress - Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London, a place for political prisoners - including Peter the Great's own son.

The Peter and Paul Cathedral - The city's tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great and even today only the television tower exceeds it in the height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings and icons - and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

The Church on Spilled Blood - was built on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The interior of the Church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Bottle of Water
  • Air-conditioned Vehicle
  • Entry Fees
  • Photo permits
  • Visa Free Visit
  • Port Fees
  • Local Taxes
  • English Speaking Guide

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Tipping
  • Metro Fare (1$)

NB IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The itinerary may be revised if a particular museum is closed on the day of your tour. If a particular museum is closed on the day you arrive, we will reverse the order of days in order for you to see all of the sites listed.


Cruising Excursions can arrange your visa for your tours in St Petersburg, this is all included within the price of the tour, all you will need to do is provide your passport details to Cruising Excursions at least 7 working days before you travel, it’s as easy as that.

You will not be able to get through security without the Shore Excursion Vouchers and Visa's, please ensure you print these off and take them with you.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How much is the metro ticket? The cost of metro is around one ruble to be paid locally, your guide will assist with getting the metro tickets.

The cruise lines are telling me they will disembark their tours first, how will that affect this tour? Cruising Excursions generally start the tours at 9am, please do not worry, a lot of the cruise line tours have generally departed by then, our guides will be waiting for you at the port.

Is the meal included within the tour price? No, we do not include lunch on this tour, however there will be plenty of opportunity to get something to eat around the different venues you are visiting, your guide on hand will be able to suggest some restaurants to use.

If your cruise ship arrives on a Monday when the Hermitage is closed does that mean, we will not be able to visit the Hermitage? Please do not worry, in this instance we will reverse the order of the days, so you will get to see the Hermitage on the 2nd day. This will be the same with other venues where possible.

Can I do this tour if I am in a wheelchair? This tour is not recommended for wheelchairs, we would highly recommend a private tour for your comfort, as there is a lot of walking involved.

What currency do I need to take on the tour? A lot of the shops will accept Euro or USD, however, some of the smaller souvenir stands only accept Russian Rubles. Most of the shops and venues for lunch will accept credit cards where stated.

What time will my tour start? We will start this tour around 9am (depending on your cruise ships arrival time). You will need to pass through security with your tourist tickets (visas) we have provided for you, our guide will be waiting within the terminal with a Cruising Excursions sign. Please do not forget your tourist tickets as you will not be allowed to pass through security without these.

This states a group tour, how many people will this tour be for? The tour can run with as little as 2 guests and a maximum of 40 guests, however this will depend on number of guests reserved. If you are looking to reserve a small group tour, we highly recommend our 2-day small group with a maximum of 16 guests.

Are there earpieces that customers get on this tour in order to hear the guide clearly? Yes, where there are 7 passengers or more you will receive an earpiece, so you will be able to hear the guide clearly.

 

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 4417
    • Duration: 16 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Moderate

    Top highlights

    • Hermitage Museum
    • Church on Spilled Blood
    • Peterhof Park
    • Catherine's Palace
    • Peter & Paul Cathedral
    • Metro (Underground)
    • Peter and Paul Fortress
    • Hydrofoil

    Itinerary

    Day 1.

    - Pick-up from the port
    - City Tour
    - Visit Catherine Palace or Palace of Paul on Tuesdays
    - Peterhof Park
    - Take a metro ride
    - Hydrofoil ride (weather permitting)
    - Drive back to the port

    Day 2.
    - Pick-up from the port
    - Visit Hermitage Museum
    - Peter and Paul Fortress
    - Peter and Paul Cathedral
    - Church on Spilled Blood
    - Drive back to the port

    Itinerary may be revised if a particular museum is closed on the day of your tour.

    All cruising clients taking tours in St Petersburg will require a Visa, Cruising Excursions will arrange this for you at no extra cost.

    You will be met at the port of St Petersburg by your professional guide and Cruising Excursions representative who will guide you to your transportation.

    This 2-day sightseeing tour is extremely popular for those who wish to see the main sights of St Petersburg such as The Hermitage, The Church on Spilled Blood and the Peter and Paul Cathedral, The Palace of Catherine & Peterhof Park and also have time to browse the local shops for souvenirs.

    DAY 1:

    Board your motor coach for a narrated drive by your English-Speaking professional guide, to the suburbs of St Petersburg, to the South to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the West to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential areas of St Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.

    This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace park ensembles of the 18th Century that belonged to the Russian Tsars.

    WHAT YOU VISIT:

    Catherine Palace - Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.

    Please be advised, during the high tourist season the Catherine’s Palace welcomes tourists every day except Tuesday's. However, this may also apply to certain 'Events' also taking place in St. Petersburg. In these instances, the Palace of Paul might be visited instead of the Catherine’s Palace.

    *Palace of Paul - The ensemble's fame rests on the splendour of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming rather than grand rooms of his wife Maria.

    Peterhof Park - Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II but has been restored to its full splendour. The gardens are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. The fountains of Peterhof are one of the most famous tourist attractions. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever-popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

    Take a Metro (Underground) ride. The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes.

    Complimentary with this tour (if weather permits) - you get a one-way trip by hydrofoil. This is the fastest and the most enjoyable way of travelling between Peterhof and St. Petersburg. Hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.

    DAY 2:

    One of the World's most magnificent Cities, St Petersburg stretches over forty-four islands. The City was built by Peter the Great in the 18th Century to rival the splendour of Paris and combines a wealth of palaces, churches and museums.

    A full day of sightseeing includes a general sightseeing tour of the City along with visits to the Hermitage, the World-famous Art Treasury, Peter & Paul Fortress, the place where the City started and the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood, one of the City's landmarks, as well as several photo stops and shopping.

    WHAT YOU VISIT:

    The Hermitage - The Tsar's former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world's premier art collections. Your 1-2 hours guided tour (depending on the day) visits the display of rooms, which contain over three million art works, including paintings by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. Designed by Rastrelli. The Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, moulded and decorated ceilings.

    Peter and Paul Fortress - Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London, a place for political prisoners - including Peter the Great's own son.

    The Peter and Paul Cathedral - The city's tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great and even today only the television tower exceeds it in the height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings and icons - and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

    The Church on Spilled Blood - was built on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The interior of the Church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED:

    • Bottle of Water
    • Air-conditioned Vehicle
    • Entry Fees
    • Photo permits
    • Visa Free Visit
    • Port Fees
    • Local Taxes
    • English Speaking Guide

    NOT INCLUDED:

    • Lunch
    • Tipping
    • Metro Fare (1$)

    NB IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    The itinerary may be revised if a particular museum is closed on the day of your tour. If a particular museum is closed on the day you arrive, we will reverse the order of days in order for you to see all of the sites listed.


    Cruising Excursions can arrange your visa for your tours in St Petersburg, this is all included within the price of the tour, all you will need to do is provide your passport details to Cruising Excursions at least 7 working days before you travel, it’s as easy as that.

    You will not be able to get through security without the Shore Excursion Vouchers and Visa's, please ensure you print these off and take them with you.

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    How much is the metro ticket? The cost of metro is around one ruble to be paid locally, your guide will assist with getting the metro tickets.

    The cruise lines are telling me they will disembark their tours first, how will that affect this tour? Cruising Excursions generally start the tours at 9am, please do not worry, a lot of the cruise line tours have generally departed by then, our guides will be waiting for you at the port.

    Is the meal included within the tour price? No, we do not include lunch on this tour, however there will be plenty of opportunity to get something to eat around the different venues you are visiting, your guide on hand will be able to suggest some restaurants to use.

    If your cruise ship arrives on a Monday when the Hermitage is closed does that mean, we will not be able to visit the Hermitage? Please do not worry, in this instance we will reverse the order of the days, so you will get to see the Hermitage on the 2nd day. This will be the same with other venues where possible.

    Can I do this tour if I am in a wheelchair? This tour is not recommended for wheelchairs, we would highly recommend a private tour for your comfort, as there is a lot of walking involved.

    What currency do I need to take on the tour? A lot of the shops will accept Euro or USD, however, some of the smaller souvenir stands only accept Russian Rubles. Most of the shops and venues for lunch will accept credit cards where stated.

    What time will my tour start? We will start this tour around 9am (depending on your cruise ships arrival time). You will need to pass through security with your tourist tickets (visas) we have provided for you, our guide will be waiting within the terminal with a Cruising Excursions sign. Please do not forget your tourist tickets as you will not be allowed to pass through security without these.

    This states a group tour, how many people will this tour be for? The tour can run with as little as 2 guests and a maximum of 40 guests, however this will depend on number of guests reserved. If you are looking to reserve a small group tour, we highly recommend our 2-day small group with a maximum of 16 guests.

    Are there earpieces that customers get on this tour in order to hear the guide clearly? Yes, where there are 7 passengers or more you will receive an earpiece, so you will be able to hear the guide clearly.

     

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • English Speaking Professional Guide
    • Visas for both days
    • Air Conditioned Vehicle
    • Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
    Activity Level Scale: 3
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Metro tokens are not included. You will be able to get a metro token on the day for around $1 USD or 1 ruple (pay while on tour). Hydrofoil is provided complimentary (if the weather permits)
    Child seats are required for children who weigh less than 79 pounds - there is no charge for this but you must put in special request if a seat is required.
    Itinerary may be revised if a particular museum is closed on the day of your tour.
    Audio sets are provided for groups of 7 passengers or more
    We provide a bottle of water for each day
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    When making a booking for St Petersburg we will require your passport information to confirm your visa for the tours. A member of our sales team will email you with the details required within 24 hours of making the reservation. It is important you travel with your shore excursion vouchers and visa's. We will send this information via email approximately 4 weeks prior to your travel date (once you have provided your passport information).
    If you travel without these documents you will not be able to pass through security thus resulting in you not being able to join the tour (in these cases Cruising Excursions cannot be held responsible for tours being missed and no refund of this tour will be given).
    YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR PASSPORT INFORMATION WHEN MAKING THE RESERVATION IN ORDER TO ARRANGE YOUR VISA, THE DETAILS REQUIRED ARE AS FOLLOWS:
    Full Passengers Names
    Passport Number
    Start Date and End Date of Passport
    Nationality
    Currency: Russian Rubles (Most places accept credit card as payment, a few places will accept Euro or USD Dollar - although this is very limited). Depending on what you are wanting to buy, you may use your credit card in most places (your guide on the 1st day will give you the best advice regarding currency).
    There is a lot of walking involved in this tour, please ensure you wear comfortable footwear. You will be provided with a complimentary bottle of water for each day by your guide. Please do not forget your camera, there are plenty of photo opportunities (Please note: your guide will inform you where you are not allowed to take photographs).
    When visiting the underground system, the entrance fee is 1 Ruble (this is not included within the tour price), do not worry if you do not have Rubles you will be able to pay in euro or USD.
    - Lunch is not included within the tour, however the guide will give a good suggestion of where to eat on each day, there are plenty of eateries and you will require around $10 to $15 (USD) per person for a 2 course meal. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants.
    On both days you will have the same English Speaking Professional Guide who will greet you at the port.
    (If you are travelling in the months of June, July and August (these months are extremely busy), please ensure you reserve at least 2 weeks prior to your travel date to ensure the visa's can be arranged and emailed in plenty of time).
    You must allow plenty of time to get through the security at St Petersburg Port, sometimes the queues at security can be very long and it can take a long time to get through, please disembark your cruise ship in plenty of time in order to meet your tour.
    Please note: Going through security checks on your first day of arrival may take a long time, Cruising Excursions do not have any control of this, please be patient and allow plenty of time. If you are touring the 2nd day, generally security is not as bad as the 1st day of arrival.
    Cruising Excursions generally start the tours at 9am, please do not worry about disembarkation, although security takes a long time to go through, a lot of the cruise line tours have generally departed by then, our guides will be waiting for you at the port.

    Joining instructions

    Clients will be met by a Cruising Excursions representative at the port, the representative will be holding a sign with the Cruising Excursions logo.
    Morning tours generally commence at 9AM (shore time) or if your ship ports later then you must disembark as soon as possible.
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