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: 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.
This was a small tour of about 16 people. We were able to cover so much of the area because of the smaller group and it was very easy to maneuver through the area with the smaller vehicle. This tour was well worth our time.
Reviewer: Marsha Kearney
Thought we might have trouble getting off the ship, but Oceania was most kind and even let us off earlier than others. The group leader was good, but microphone kept cutting out. The Gardens and time to visit the Hermitage (we were fortunate and visiting two days) was the highlight of the tour.
Reviewer: Karin Dains
Pleasant guide, decent tour
Reviewer: susan roy
The day did not start out well, as our pickup at the dock was late. However, once we got over that hurdle, we totally and completely enjoyed our tour of St. Petersburg, which was well planned and extremely informative. Our guide had a wonderful command of English and a wealth of knowledge about the city he introduced us to, very obviously, a city he loves.
Reviewer: Dr M D Chan
Packed day of travel with a knowlegable Guide. very enjoyable and highly recommended