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Essential Collection

Small Group Tour: The Gems of St Petersburg (Visa Included)

Access from: St Petersburg


Key info

  • Tour ID: 26440
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • The Hermitage
  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • The Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • The Church on Spilled Blood

From $181.04pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 26440
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • The Hermitage
  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • The Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • The Church on Spilled Blood

Itinerary

9:00 Pick-up from the port
9:00-10:30 Panoramic drive around the city
10:30-12:30 Inside visit to the Hermitage
12:45-14:00 Free time for lunch on guests’ own
14:30-15:30 Inside visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress
16:00-16:30 Inside visit to the Spilled Blood Cathedral
17:00 Back to the ship

Tour order may vary. Tour can not be operated on Monday and Wednesday due to the museums’ days-off

Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

Only Available on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday & Sunday

All cruise 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 by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned vehicle ready to commence your tour.

This is a small group discovery tour with a maximum of 16 passengers.

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 1.5 - 2 hour guided tour 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:

  • Rain Poncho
  • 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$)

 

Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How much is the metro ticket? The cost of metro is not one ruble but one dollar. It is paid to the tour guide prior the metro visit

Is the meal included within the tour price? No meals aren’t included, and they are payable on the day.

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 26440
    • Duration: 8 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Moderate
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • The Hermitage
    • Peter and Paul Fortress
    • The Peter and Paul Cathedral
    • The Church on Spilled Blood

    Itinerary

    9:00 Pick-up from the port
    9:00-10:30 Panoramic drive around the city
    10:30-12:30 Inside visit to the Hermitage
    12:45-14:00 Free time for lunch on guests’ own
    14:30-15:30 Inside visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress
    16:00-16:30 Inside visit to the Spilled Blood Cathedral
    17:00 Back to the ship

    Tour order may vary. Tour can not be operated on Monday and Wednesday due to the museums’ days-off

    Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

    Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

    Only Available on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday & Sunday

    All cruise 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 by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned vehicle ready to commence your tour.

    This is a small group discovery tour with a maximum of 16 passengers.

    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 1.5 - 2 hour guided tour 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:

    • Rain Poncho
    • 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$)

     

    Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

    Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    How much is the metro ticket? The cost of metro is not one ruble but one dollar. It is paid to the tour guide prior the metro visit

    Is the meal included within the tour price? No meals aren’t included, and they are payable on the day.

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Return Transportation
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Entrance Fees as per program
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: 3
    Activity Level Scale:
    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
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    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.
    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
    FURTHER INFORMATION
    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
    This tour now includes 'Early admission into the Hermitage' beating the crowds!!
    (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 visas 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.

    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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