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3-day Deluxe Tour
16 person max or private | 25.5 hrs. with guide and driver | Includes 3 lunches | Very active
An extended version of our most popular tour–and the most comprehensive tour at the most competitive price on the Baltic–the 3-day Deluxe Tour in St. Petersburg includes three full days of visits to most sought-after sites, traditional Russian lunches, sightseeing combined with shopping, an expert and personal presentation of the city.
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) – 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.
Hermitage Museum (General Staff Building - Impressionists collection) – This crescent shaped building situated on Palace Square was built to celebrate the victory over the French in 1812, and was used as the headquarters for the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Foreign Ministry and the Finance Ministry until 1918. It is now a part of the Hermitage Museum and houses their vast collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, among others. The collection is world-class, yet the crowds are far fewer at this wing of the museum.
*Fabergé Museum – Located in the Shuvalov Palace, this museum showcases a private collection of over 4,000 Faberge items, including nine of the world-famous Faberge Imperial Easter eggs.
Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood – The iconic Orthodox church where Alexander II was fatally wounded, the richly decorated exterior and the exquisite mosaic interior are a must-see for any visitor to St. Petersburg.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral – This is the largest cathedral in St. Petersburg, and the fourth largest in the world. This is an awe inspiring structure from outside and from inside.
Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral – First established in 1703, the original timber fortress was one of the first structures erected in the city. This area has since played an important role in the history of the city and the country, not only for its military significance but also as a political prison, as well as the burial site of the Russian Tzars.
Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens – 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 centrepiece) contains 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its centre shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky.
**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.
Yusupov Palace – Although not of royal lineage, the Yusupov family was exceptionally wealthy and had great influence in Russia. Their residence, seated on the bank of the Moyka River, showcases ornately designed rooms, stairwells and a stunning private theatre. A visit to the room where Rasputin was murdered is also included on the tour.
Find here some more information about the City sightseeing tour.
*Important: Due to strict regulations set by the museum, the Faberge Museum has limited entry! On certain dates the admission to this museum will be replaced by the Russian Museum.
Visa Free Excursion:
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.
This tour is not recommended for wheelchair passengers, and if a person with a wheelchair decides to participate he/she must have a personal helper to assist in boarding/disembarking the vehicle, and entering the restrooms and restaurant, and all sites. At certain locations a wheelchair person may not be able to exit the bus, and may have to stay inside the bus.
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 17:00
|08:30 : 09:00||
Meet at the ship, pay for the tour
|09:00 : 12:00||City sightseeing tour with shopping opportunities and many photo stops. A visit to the local farmers’ market, Grand Choral Synagogue and/or Subway ride (at your request). A visit to Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral.|
|12:00 : 13:00||
Lunch at a local café
|13:00 : 14:00||A guided tour of the Fabergé Museum* (for this portion of the tour, you will join a group of up to 18 people.) If admission is not possible to to the regulations set forth by the museum, the Russian Musuem will be the alternative visit.|
|14:00 : 15:30||Excursion in the Yusupov Palace.|
|15:30 : 16:30||
Inside visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
|17:00||Return to the ship or optional evening activities, for example the folklore show or a ballet|
DAY 2 | 07:45 - 17:00
|07:45 : 09:00||Meet at the ship. City sightseeing Tour.|
|09:00 : 10:00||Drive to Peterhof.|
|10:00 : 12:00||
Tour of Peterhof Lower fountain park and Upper gardens. Stunning view of the Grand Cascade. Photo opportunities of the exterior of the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Tour and Interior visit of one of the smaller palaces of Peterhof–Catherine’s Block or Mon Plasir.
|12:00 : 13:00||Lunch at a local café.|
|13:00 : 14:00||Drive to Pushkin (Tsars’ Village).|
|14:00 : 16:00||Visit inside Catherine’s Palace** with the Amber room.|
|17:00||Return to the ship or optional evening activities.|
DAY 3 | 08:45 - 17:00
|08:45 : 09:00||Meet at the ship. City sightseeing tour.|
|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 : 13:00||Inside visit to the Church on the Spilled Blood.|
|13:00 : 14:00||Lunch at a local café|
|14:00 : 15:00||A visit to the General Staff Building at the Hermitage to see the Impressionist Exhibit|
|15:00 : 16:00||Boat ride through the canals and/or Neva River|
|17:00||Return to the ship.|
Tour price includes the following services:
- All port fees for three days and all local Russian taxes
- Professional and personable English-speaking guide for three days. (Other languages available for private tours upon request for +$60 USD per day).
- A/C vehicle for three days with this timing (every extra hour costs $40).
- Admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
- Subway ride
- One camera pass per person in the museums. (except Yusupov's Palace) Please note no photography is allowed at the Grand Palace.
- One bottle of water per person per day
- Audio head-sets for larger groups of 10 and more people
- Canal boat ride
- Cost of lunches
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.
Very young children (6 y.o. or younger are NOT permitted in the Faberge Museum). Parents of such children will need to wait for them with the driver during this part of the tour.
You will not miss any sights due to closing days! We always rearrange the itinerary accordingly so that all venues can be visited.
Lunches are included in the price. They cost 15 USD per person per day. If you do not wish to have our provided lunches we can remove that cost from your tour price.