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St Petersburg: 2-day Visa-free Shore Excursion

1. St Petersburg: 2-day Visa-free Shore Excursion

On day 1 you'll be met and greeted around 8:30 AM depending on your ship's arrival time by your guide at port terminal. You'll start with city introduction tour with a gardens and fountains tour to follow. Drive back to city with metro tour on the way. Enjoy a Russian lunch and a boat tour of the rivers and canals. You'll return to your ship around 17:00. For optional evening program (theater / folk show) - please check with local supplier. Day 2 - You'll start with a private Hermitage museum tour. Enjoy a traditional Russian lunch. Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood will follow. Afterwards you'll have time to stroll along Nevsky prospect / shopping. You should plan to be back to your ship around 16:30. Please note: actual sequence of sites can be re-arranged due to booking availability, weather conditions, traffic, official ceremonies, etc. Substitutions may apply. Itinerary: • Traditional Russian lunch after Peterhoff on day 1 • Boat tour along rivers and canals after returning back from Peterhoff on day 1 • Traditional Russian lunch after Hermitage tour on day 2 • St Isaak's Cathedral photo stop on day 1 • Peter and Paul Fortress photo stop during city orientation tour on day 2 Please note that the actual tour sequence may be re-arranged due to museums' days off and booking availability.

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Saint Petersburg Two-Day Shore Excursion

2. Saint Petersburg Two-Day Shore Excursion

Your group will consist of a maximum of 16-18 people and will follow a set 2-day itinerary. On day one, meet your guide and driver after passport control. Enjoy special early access on your visit to the famous Hermitage Museum (one of the major museums of the world, an important and grand architectural complex which has one of the most important art collections worldwide). Enjoy lunch in a typical Russian restaurant, before heading to the summer palace of the czars in Pushkin city, famous for Catherine Palace and its magnificent interiors. At the end of the day there is an optional evening program. Day two starts with a visit to Peterhof, the summer residence of the czars, and a jewel of Russian art, palaces and fountains. Head back to St. Petersburg to see the tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the cathedral and the famous Savior on Spilled Blood church. At the end of the tour enjoy a romantic boat trip along the rivers and canals, followed by an optional evening program.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

3. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

Spend 2 days exploring beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise and ferry passengers can easily participate in this tour, all arrangements will be made for them by the tour operator and no visa is required. Enjoy visits to major monuments and sites, including the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Cathedral of Our Savior of Spilled Blood. Tour Russia's cultural capital to see famous artworks and revel in the opulence of St. Petersburg's imperial heritage. This 2-day tour includes a half-day visit to Peterhof, where you'll enjoy tours of the Fountain Park, the Catherine Palace, and Amber Room, before roaming the famous gardens. The 2nd day of the tour includes visits to fortresses and palaces as well as a guided tour of the infamous Hermitage Museum. Lunch is provided on both days, as well as comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and from the port. Day 1: • 8:00 AM-8:30 AM Disembark the ship. After having passed the passport control, you will be met by your local English-speaking guide and the company representative in the arrival area of the port. (If your ship arrives to Saint Petersburg at 8:00 AM, disembarkation starts at 9:00 AM-9:30 AM). • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM City highlights tour (part 1) including photo stops at Spit of St. Basil Island and Peter and Paul Fortress • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Transfer to Peterhoff Fountain Park by hydrofoil • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Tour of Peterhoff Lower Gardens • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Tour of Catherine Palace including Amber Room and gardens • 3:30 PM-4:45 PM Transfer to Saint Petersburg. Visit to a metro station on the way back to the city • 4:45 PM-6:00 PM City highlights tour (part 2) including the Cathedral of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood  • 6:30 PM Return to the ship Day 2: • 9:30 AM Meet your guide at the arrival area of the port • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Hermitage Museum  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Faberge Museum Tour • 3:45 PM-4:30 PM St. Isaac's Cathedral Tour • 5:00 PM Return to the ship

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St Petersburg: 2-Day Premium Group Shore Excursion

4. St Petersburg: 2-Day Premium Group Shore Excursion

Take the most comprehensive two day tour to maximize your time in the city. Your experience will begin with meeting your guide and driver in the terminal next to your ship. After a city tour through the best squares and spots of St. Petersburg, we will take a drive to Peterhof grounds. This former imperial residence was a home to Peter I, who was the founder of St. Petersburg. The Lower garden is not a only a nice and relaxing place for walking but also a great fountain park with some old pavilions dating back to the beginning of the 18th century. Your day outside the city center will continue with a drive towards Catherine palace. Before you will be able to see imposing interiors of the palace with the famous Amber Hall, you’ll have a traditional Russian lunch nearby. Your suburban trip will end with a panoramic drive back to the city. On the way to the city you will have an opportunity to visit one of the oldest metro stations and admire it superb design. Next, visit the Church on the Spilled Blood, which retains great original mosaic pieces covering its interiors and exteriors. Aterwards you will be brought back to the port The good start of the second day will ensure a boat ride along rivers and canals which helps you to see the city under a different angle. You will go under the draw bridges which our city is famous for and see former mansions lining along the embankments. After this short trip you will get inside the Hermitage where your guide will show you the best masterpieces of the collection and make distant history come alive for you. One of the main highlights of the collection is the Peacock clock which unusual mechanism puts in motion all its figures. After having traditional Russian lunch you will see interiors of Yusupov palace which once belonged to the wealthiest families in the country. It was there that Rasputin was killed not long before the revolution of 1917. Before heading back to the port you will be able to admire breathtaking interiors of St. Isaac's Cathedral famous for large-scale frescoes and unique marble decor.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

5. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

After meeting with your guide and driver on day one at the pier you will start a city tour. You will be guided through the most breathtaking spots of St. Petersburg including Spit of Basil Island, St. Isaac’s Square, Monument of Peter the Great, Theater Square with the famous Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospekt and more. From the city center proceed to the former summer residence outside the city - Peterhof. This residence is famous for its fountain park decorated with statues and small pavilions. The most exciting part of the garden tour is seeing so called “trick fountains” which were designed to entertain the guests coming to the Peterhof grounds.  Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon your return to the city enjoy a scenic boat ride along the rivers and canals of St Petersburg. The tour will finish at your ship. On the second day of your tour see more of the city highlights, stroll along Nevsky prospect and finally observe the magnificent collections of the Hermitage, the largest museum in the country. There, see all the main highlights: Winter Palace State rooms, Hanging Garden, and masterpieces of the art collection including works of Rembrandt, Rafael, and Leonardo Da Vinci. After having lunch in one of the local cafes see the Church on the Spilled Blood that is considered to be the museum of mosaics. Finally, see the highlights of the legendary Nevsky Prospect.

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St Petersburg: 2-Day Shore Excursion Incl. Faberge Museum

6. St Petersburg: 2-Day Shore Excursion Incl. Faberge Museum

On day 1, meet your guide at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). The city tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St. Petersburg. A highlight is a photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral. During the tour, you will also be driven to Peterhof to see the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park and then have a traditional Russian lunch (included). Returning to St Petersburg city, take a guided metro tour. Then enjoy a boat tour along the river and canals. Next, visit the Faberge Museum (may be arranged at a different time due to booking availability and museum days off), and then around 5:00 - 6:00 PM, will be returned to your ship. On day 2, meet your guide at the ship, and proceed to a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, followed by traditional Russian lunch (included). After lunch, take a guided tour inside the Church of the Spilt Blood or Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, and around 4 PM, you will be returned to the ship. Please note that the actual tour timing and sequence of sites may change depending on days of the week, traffic, etc. Substitutions may apply due to museums days off, official ceremonies, etc.

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St. Petersburg: Full-Day Imperial Residences Private Tour

7. St. Petersburg: Full-Day Imperial Residences Private Tour

Experience the grandeur of the Russian Baroque palace of Catherine the Great and unlock the secrets of the Amber Room – one of the world’s wonders. In the afternoon, discover Peterhof - St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Located on the sea shore, the Great Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.  Afterwards, discover the gorgeous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the second largest mosaic museum in the world. The Amber Room of the Catherine Palace is a chamber decorated with amber panels, gold leaf, and mirrors. Originally created in the 18th century, the panels disappeared during WWII. In 2003 the panels were recreated and the Amber Room reconstructed. Step into the world of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine as you walk though the gilded ballrooms and imperial halls, and marvel at the luxury of the decoration. All Russian monarchs lived, worked, granted audiences, and held diplomatic receptions, gala balls, and masquerades in the gorgeous palace halls. The park that surrounds the palace is a spectacular work of Russian gardening art of the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines masterpieces of architecture with the stunning beauty of nature. This tour can be combined with a visit to Pavlovsk to see the imperial estate and park complex of Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great.

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Saint Petersburg: 2-Day Small Group Guided Tour

8. Saint Petersburg: 2-Day Small Group Guided Tour

Day 1: At 8:00 AM, you will start your day with a city overview tour. You will be able to see and take pictures of the most famous and beautiful sights of St. Petersburg, as well as become acquainted with the history of the city and the Romanov family. You can explore Pushkin (Tzarskoe Selo), visit the former Tsars' summer residence, and experience Catherine's Palace and Catherine's Park to see the eighth wonder of the world, the Amber Room. After a big morning of exploration, it will be time for a traditional Russian lunch to recharge and regain your energy. Following your lunch, you will drive to Peterhof, which was another summer residence of Russian emperors. You will see the Upper Garden, which resembles Versailles in its layout, as well as the Lower Park Fountains. On the way back to the city you will have a short metro trip to discover that these underground interiors seem closer to palaces than they do subways. Return to the ship at 5:00 PM. Day 2: A canal cruise will start your day. You will visit Savior on the Spilled Blood Cathedral, one of the most beautiful and famous examples of traditional Russian architecture and art, such as stone carving and mosaics (there is more than 7000 m2 covered with mosaics here). Have free time for lunch in one of the local cafes (own expense). Then, visit Hermitage Museum which includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the new Hermitage, and the old Hermitage. This is followed by a tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral, where the dome is gilded with 100 kilograms of gold. St. Isaac's is ranked as number one in the world for the richness of its interior decoration. Return to your ship at 5:00 PM.

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St Petersburg: 3-Day, Visa-Free Cruise Shore Excursion

9. St Petersburg: 3-Day, Visa-Free Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover the highlights of St Petersburg on a 3-day, visa-free cruise excursion. Each day your guide will pick you up at the cruise ship terminal and drop you off there each night to sleep in your cruise cabin. Day 1  Your first stop is at sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island. Then visit Peter and Paul Fortress and enjoy a guided tour of Peter and Paul Cathedral, the first building of the ancient city of St Petersburg. In the cathedral you can see the tombs of the Romanov dynasty. After the visit of the cathedral, explore the Church of The Savior on Spilled Blood. Then, enjoy lunch in a typical Russian restaurant. In the afternoon your guided tour will continue with a visit of the Hermitage Museum.  Day 2  Explore Peterhof, the summer residence of the Czars and often called the "Russian Versailles." Walk through Petershof Park and visit the Palace. Then, enjoy lunch in another typical Russian restaurant. After lunch, discover the spectacular Catherine Palace. Day 3 Begin your day with a metro station tour and take a ride on the Russian subway. Next you'll explore St Isaak Cathedral with a guide and enjoy a guided tour of the Faberge Museum. You will need to purchase your own lunch on this day. Finally, relax on a boat trip of the rivers and canals of St Petersburg before heading back to your cruise ship.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Join-in Small-Group Guided Tour

10. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Join-in Small-Group Guided Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day small-group tour with an English-speaking guide. Benefit from skip-the-line admission to the main museums, and enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off on both days of the tour. Share your tour with other travelers so there will always be a group for you on any given date. Have look at the sample itinerary below, though please bear in mind the exact museums you will attend depend on the dates of your visit. Rest assured, however, that the key museums are always included. On the first day, meet your guide at the reception of your hotel between 8:30–9 AM. Take a 1-hour tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, then transfer to Peterhof Fountain Park by hydrofoil. Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Peterhof Lower Gardens before breaking for lunch between 12:30 PM–1:30 PM. After lunch, explore Catherine Palace, including the Amber Room and gardens, with your guide for 1.5 hours. Stop at a beautiful metro station on your way back to St. Petersburg, then take a 1-hour of the Fabergé Museum between 4:30–5:30 PM. The first day concludes with drop-off at your hotel around 6:30 PM. On the second day, head straight to the Hermitage Museum after meeting your guide at your reception at 9 AM. Enjoy early admission to the museum and take a 3-hour guided tour. After a 1-hour lunch break, spend 2 hours in the afternoon visiting the Church on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel around 5 PM.

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What people are saying about Catherine Palace

A very busy two days. Our guide, Valeria from Marina Wilson Tours, was very informative and gave us a wonderful experience of St Petersburg. There were only the two of us on the tour so we had the personal attention of our guide and driver. Entry to Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage was very speedy and 'beat the crowds'. Lunches were excellent and in unusual restaurants rather than the usual mass cratering of most tours.

I had a great tour and a very knowledgable kind guide tour Irina. Everything went according to the program and in a friendly way. I really recomend to do this 2 days tour. We cover the main highlights of Saint Petersburgh. Get your guide is a excelent application. Thank you. Isabel

Everything worked just fine. Our guide was excellent. Eugenia was very nice. Our driver, Andre, was excellent. Everything we purchased in our tour was delivered. We recommend !!

Very competent and individual guidance. We saw a lot and arrived very well and quickly everywhere. It was perfectly organized. Many thanks to both of them.

Very informative ellina was excellent guide and it was very personalized very much enjoyed it