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2-Day Russian History Private Tour: Communism and WW2
This tour covers the history of Russia from the time of Peter the Great to Putin and Gorbachev, taking you to the places where the Empire was created and crushed in the Revolution – only to be reborn as a new Communist superpower. In these intense 2 days, you will see all of the city’s main sights, visit unique museums that shed light on the country’s tragedies and triumphs in the 20th century, and get a deeper understanding of Russia’s military and political history.
Due to requiring a specialized tour guide, this tour has limited availability.
Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad: Learn more about one of the most harrowing periods of the city's history - the 900-day Blockade of Leningrad Siege of Leningrad. The museum features war artifacts, such as the German Aeroplane that was shot down and fell to the ground in Tauricheskiy Garden.
Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens: Scenario of fierce battles during World War II, Peterhof was the summer residence of Peter the Great. This estate features meticulously maintained gardens and a collection of gold statued fountains that is unlike anywhere else in the world. The Grand Cascade (the park’s centerpiece) contains 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its center shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky.
Hermitage Museum*: Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s most famous halls, including major highlights such as the Jordan Staircase, the Raphael Loggias, the Pavilion Hall with the famous Peacock clock, and many others, along with the world-class collection of artworks. Our tour is designed to give you a thorough introduction to truly one of the greatest museums in the world. *On some dates, the visit to the Hermitage Winter Palace could be replaced for a visit to the Hermitage General Staff Building, which hosts the Impressionist Collection.
Catherine’s Palace with Amber Room: This Rococo palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Tzars and represents the peak of imperial opulence. A visit wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Amber Room, which has been completed reconstructed in great detail, some say even more exquisitely than the original.
This tour is Visa-free for cruise ship passengers docking in St. Petersburg for less than 72 hours who arrive and depart from a cruise ship. SPB-Tours is a licensed Tour Operator in the Russian Federation and has the legal right to offer Visa-free excursions to cruise ship passengers.
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 18:00
|08:30 : 09:00||Meet and greet at the ship right after immigration, at the port.|
|09:00 : 10:30||
City sightseeing tour and photo stop at the Bronze Horseman, St. Isaac's Square, the Palace Square and The Spit of Basil Island.
Russian Revolution Tour: a visit to the Field of Mars Square and to the Monument to the Victims of Political Repression. Outside visit of the KGB Headquarters and a photo stop at the Smolny Cathedral.
|10:30 : 11:00||Guided visit inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.|
|11:30 : 12:30||A visit to the Cold War and Soviet Life exhibitions at The Museum of Political History of Russia.|
|13:00 : 14:00||Lunch at a local restaurant (optional).|
|14:30 : 16:00||
Visit and guided tour of the Hermitage Museum*
*The exact entrance time can vary. Pre-booked time slots to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the management of the Hermitage Museum. Lunch at a local café (optional).
|16:30 : 17:30||Guided visit to the Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, at the Rumyantsev Mansion.|
|18:00||Return to the ship, or optional evening activity.|
DAY 2 | 09:30 - 17:00
|09:30||Meet at the ship.|
|09:30 : 10:30||City sightseeing tour with a subway ride.|
|10:30 : 11:30||Drive to Tsars' Village (Tsarskoye Selo) at Pushkin, passing by the Siege of Leningrad Memorial and Pulkovo Heights.|
|11:30 : 13:00||
An inside visit to Catherine's Palace with Amber Room and a walk in the park.
|13:00 : 13:30||
Lunch at a local restaurant (optional).
|13:30 : 14:30||Drive to the Peterhof Summer Residence.|
|14:30 : 16:00||
Tour of the Peterhof Fountain Park and Upper Gardens.
|17:00||Drive back to the city and return to the ship|
St. Petersburg, Berlin or Warnemünde/Rostock, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn:
Tour price includes the following services:
✓ All port fees and all local Russian taxes for the tour
✓ Professional and personable English-speaking private guide (other languages available upon request for private tours for an additional $60 USD per day)
✓ Air-conditioned vehicle
✓ WiFi on the bus
✓ Admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
✓ Pre-booked entry time to the Hermitage Museum
✓ One camera pass per couple in the museums
✓ One bottle of water per person per day
✓ Subway ride
✓ Ponchos in case of rain
✓ Audio headsets for groups of +6 guests
Tour price does not include the following services:
✘ Gratuities to the guide and driver (suggested tip is 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver given separately)
✘ Cost of lunch or snacks
Note: Tour sequence may vary depending on overcrowding at venues, museums’ closing days and traffic conditions. The itinerary above is a sample only. If your ship is in port for less time, adjustments will be made. Please contact us for more details.
You will not miss any sights due to closing days! We always rearrange the itinerary accordingly to the ship's itineraries so that all venues can be visited.
Please note the visit to the Hermitage Winter Palace does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the General Staff building. It's available upon request on private tours at an extra fee of $10 USD per person. The visit takes 1.5 hours including standing in line to get into the museum.
We can accommodate dietary restrictions if informed at least 10 days in advance.