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SPB & Moscow: 3-day Russian Experience
This tour combines our most popular tour- the 2 Day Deluxe Tour with a tour in Moscow on the 2nd day in port, giving our guests opportunities for sightseeing and shopping and most importantly an all-inclusive and comprehensive glimpse at the largest cities in Russia: St. Petersburg and Moscow. In addition to seeing the big highlights in St. Petersburg, you will see the world famous Red Square and Kremlin in Russia's capital Moscow*.
This is a very active tour and is not appropriate for anyone with mobility restrictions. For everyone's safety and comfort, wheel-chairs and walkers of any kind are not permitted on the shared, group option of this excursion.
*On Thursday the Kremlin is closed, so the tour will instead include a visit to St. Basil's Cathedral
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:00 - 18:00
|08:00||Meet at the ship|
|08:00 : 09:30||City sightseeing tour. Subway ride|
|10:00 : 12:00||
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.
|12:00 : 12:30||A visit to Church of Our Savior on the Blood|
|12:30 : 13:30||Lunch at a local restaurant|
|14:00 : 15:00||
A visit to Peter and Paul’s fortress and
cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors
|15:15 : 16:30||Excursion to the Yusupovs’ Palace|
|16:45 : 17:30||A visit to the St. Isaac’s Cathedral|
|18:00||Return to the ship|
DAY 2 | 05:45 - 23:45
|05:45||Transfer from the ship to the train station in St. Petersburg|
“Sapsan” high-speed train to Moscow (economy seats). (Business class upgrade +230 USD per person roundtrip).
Arrival in Moscow, meet your guide and driver
|11:00 : 14:00||City sightseeing tour covering major sights and photo stops at: Komsomolskaya Square, Lubyanka Square, Red Square, St.Basil’s Cathedral (Intercession Cathedral), Christ Our Savior Cathedral, Novodevichi Convent, View point on Sparrow Hills, Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Gora and Victory Park, The White House of Russian Parliament, New Arbat Street|
|14:00 : 15:00||Lunch at a local place (Georgian or Russian)|
|15:30 : 17:00||
**Tour of the Kremlin grounds
|17:00 : 18:00||**Free time in the Alexander Gardens near the Kremlin|
|18:15||Drive to the train station|
|19:45||High-speed train back to SPB|
Arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to the ship
|23:45||Back on board the ship|
DAY 3 | 08:00 - 17:00
|08:00||Meet at the ship, paying for the tour. Time for shopping.|
|08:30 : 09:30||City sightseeing tour by boat|
|09:30 : 10:30||Drive to Peterhof|
|10:30 : 12:00||Walk in the Peterhof Lower fountain park and the Upper gardens|
|12:00 : 13:00||Drive to the Tsars’ Village|
|13:00 : 14:00||Lunch at at local Cafe|
|14:00 : 15:30||
An inside visit to the **Catherine's palace with the Amber room and a walk in the park
*Please note: On extremely busy this year (2019), Catherine’s Palace tickets may be sold out. On these days we will take our guests to an alternative site such as the Faberge Museum, Russian Museum, Monplaisir Palace, Pavlovsk Palace or another popular site in the city. If this is the case we will also refund you the difference. 2019 has seen increasing numbers of guests to Catherine’s Palace and the site has not been able to supply tickets to meet demand on some days.
|15:30 : 16:30||
Drive back to St. Petersburg
|17:00||Return to the ship|
Tour price includes the following services:
Tour price includes the following services in St. Petersburg:
- all port fees for three days and all local Russian taxes
- professional and personable English-speaking guide for three days
- A/C vehicle for three days with this timing
- admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
- Pre-booked entry time to the Hermitage museum
- photo passes for all museums per person except for Yusupov Palace (photo pass $ 6 US extra;video pass $ 12 US extra)
- subway ride
- one bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain
- audio head-sets for groups of 10 or more
- canal boat ride in St. Petersburg
Tour price includes the following services in Moscow:
1. All local Russian taxes and port fees
2. All transfers in St. Petersburg and Moscow
3. Ticket to the “Sapsan” speed train (round trip) economy class.
Extra +230 USD per person for roundtrip business class upgrade.
4. A/C vehicle in Moscow for one day
5. Professional and personable private English-speaking guide in Moscow for one day
6. Entrance fees to the museums indicated on the itinerary
7. Lunch at a local place
8. One bottle of water
Tour price does not include the following services: Gratuities for the guide (10%) and driver (5%) to be given separately
This is a sample itinerary. Actual start/end times are coordinated with your ship's arrival/departure time and day of the week. Sequence will vary based on days of the week.
**If the day in Moscow is Thursday, you will instead see St. Basil's Cathedral, since the Kremlin is closed to the public.