1 Day Imperial Saint Petersburg Highlights Tour (Visas Included)
Your day will be filled with amazing sites after your English-speaking guide collects you in comfortable vehicle, escorting you from landmark to landmark. The Hermitage Museum, located in the Winter Palace is the first imperial location. Then you visit the stunning Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood, before seeing the astounding Peterhof Palace and Park. This is an incredible day ideal for both individual travelers and families! On your tour, you will receive headsets, bottled water, and maps and local newspapers.
Upon connecting with your English-speaking guide, your St. Petersburg tour of this world class city begins in the heart of St. Petersburg, at the Hermitage Museum, based in the Winter Palace. Aside from Paris' Louvre, no other collection rivals the size and quality of the Hermitage Museum.
Founded by Catherine the Great upon purchasing 255 paintings from Berlin, the Hermitage now has over 2.7 million displays. Since 1764, it's housed the main portions of the Hermitage Collection. With masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, and Renoir, it's regarded as a marvel, both inside and out. While you won't have time to see everything in this massive collection, you will definitely be amazed at this beautiful museum on your visit to the Hermitage.
The next leg of your St. Petersburg tour brings you to the astounding, romantic-styled Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood. Erected in 1883, following the assassination of Emperor Alexander III (on this exact location), the grand church (with its 7500 beautiful mosaics) was completed in 1907.
Thereafter, you'll be escorted to the iconic Peterhof Grand Palace and Parks. Dubbed the Russian Versailles and erected by Peter the Great to rival Versailles, the stunning collection of palaces, gardens, and grottos are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your visit, you will see the fountain gardens, but will not the interior of the palace.
Rising 50 ft. above the Gulf of Finland, the Grand Palace stands like a glorious bluff. Even so, it's the Grand Cascade, with its fountains and statues, which is the main attraction of the Tsar's summer residence. Most prominent is the statue of Samson Tearing the Jaws of the Lion, which symbolizes a Russian war victory.
Book this imperial tour of St. Petersburg to feel the legendary pulse of the Russian culture.
Please Note: Your ship must arrive by, or be in port at, 7:00 AM and must be scheduled to depart at 7:00 PM or later in order to book this tour. The Hermitage Museum is closed on Mondays. All tours in St. Petersburg are operated by authorized guides, and you therefore do not need to secure an independent visa in order to participate in this tour. However, in order to book this tour, you must provide the full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so the proper tour visas can be secured on your behalf. If you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own while not accompanied by one of our guides, you will need to secure an independent visa.
Please be aware that cruise lines occasionally mislead passengers by telling them that they are not allowed to disembark the ship in St. Petersburg unless they are on an excursion purchased through the cruise line. In addition, the cruise lines also sometimes tell passengers that they cannot disembark the ship until the passengers on the cruise lines' excursions have done so first. This is incorrect, and you are free to exit the ship as soon as passengers start to disembark, because Russian law states that a cruise ship cannot hold passengers onboard against their will as long as they have the proper documents. In order to clear immigration, you will need to bring along: 1) Your passport; 2) A photocopy of the picture page of your passport; and 3) A copy of your tour tickets. Your tour tickets will be provided as part of the documents we e-mail to you after you make a tour booking.
Reviewer: Kenneth Dmytryshyn
My wife and I felt that the tour was very worthwhile and well planned and executed (although the weather at times was quite chilly/drizzle). The Russian tour guide (Amma?) was excellent, spoke very good/clear English, and gave very informative overviews of the city and its history. Disembarking the ship and clearing Russian immigration on a non-Princess excursion proved to be a non-event - it went smoother than expected. We will definitely consider purchasing Shore Excursion tours on future sailings.
Reviewer: Nick C.Y. Loh
This tour is worth every penny not only in terms of the sights/places of this fabulous city but also the quality of the logistic and itinerary. The tour guide must be congratulated for her tireless care and explanation of the history behind the city. She is extremely knowledgeable in her work. I would rate her as one of the best if not the best tour guide I have encountered.
The tour included Church of our Savior on spilled blood, Hermitage, and Peterhof. The tour guide was knowledgeable, and provided detailed description. It was an exciting and fruitful excursion. The only comment I would have is to cut out Peterhof and spend extra time in Hermitage
Reviewer: Ramon Navarro
We have been on over 30 cruises and done many tours but this was the best of the best. It is an exceptional tour at an outstanding price. We enjoyed it so much, we are doing it again in 2019. The tour included the purchase of a visa for the country. If you purchased a visa and tried to do this on your own, the visa would cost more than the tour. You can't go wrong on this one.
If you stay in St. Petersburg for one or two days, I suggest to take this tour. We went to the hermitage museum, the church on Spilled blood, and the summer palace. Our guide is very knowledgeable about the Russia history and very eager to introduce the history to us. But you have to follow her very closely, otherwise you have to find your way to go back the pier.