Private Best of St. Petersburg Two Day Program (Visas Included)
Private Best of St. Petersburg Two Day Program (Visas Included)
Day one of your private St. Petersburg tour begins immediately after your ship has been cleared by the St. Petersburg Port Authority and Immigration.
On the first day the excursion returns back to the ship at approximately 5:30 PM. On the second day you return one hour before your ship is scheduled to sail. All the sites and destinations listed below will be visited inside, be seen during an exterior photo stop, or seen in passing. Due to museums, palaces or other sites being closed on alternate days throughout the week, the order in which they are visited is not given. Each departure is arranged around these closings so that all sites mentioned are seen as described. You will have the same guide for all days of your St Petersburg tour.
You will enjoy interior visits at:
Catherine's PalaceThe grand Baroque style palace was built for the wife of Peter The Great in the village of Pushkin. It exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size, the stunning facade of the palace extends for almost 1000 feet, and its unique decorations. You will have a tour of all the rooms open to the public, including the stunning lost Amber Room, and the Great Hall. You will also view a few selected parts of the more than 1,500 acres of park and gardens that surround the palace.
Peter and Paul Fortress Built in 1703, by Peter the Great to protect his new capital, it never saw battle and became a prison for politically harmful people. You will visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the traditional, ornate church that houses 18th century paintings, icons and the tombs of many of the Romanov Dynasty Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the last Tsar, Nikolai II and his family members.
Peterhof Palace You will enjoy an interior visit at Peterhof Palace and also see some of the enormous fountains and gardens. Built to rival Versailles in France, the palace design was drafted by Peter the Great who supervised the design of the palace fountains. After your interior visit, you will look down upon the Grand Cascade, the most famous fountain group, stroll through the lower parks and view and experience some of Peter's surprise creations.
HermitageThe former residential Winter Palace of the Romanov rulers, today houses one of the world's most prestigious museums where the rooms rival the art within them. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which house some of the museums more than three million art works, including works by DaVinci, Rafael, Rembrandt - to name a few. If nothing else, this is the must see place in St. Petersburg.
Church of the Savior on the Spilled BloodBuilt on the site of the 1881 assassination (spilled blood) of Tsar Alexander II. It sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior of traditional colorful onion domes, ceramic tiles and colored glazed bricks. Inside you will view large works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes.
St. Isaac's Cathedral The cathedral's massive central gold dome, one of the largest in the world, is covered with 220 pounds of pure gold and dominates the city skyline. The Cathedral was commissioned in 1818 and took more than three decades to complete. After the October Revolution of 1917 the cathedral was turned into a museum.
Photo stops will be made at the following sites:
The Palace Square between the Winter Palace, the General Headquarters.
Rostral Columns One of the most photographed locations in St. Petersburg.
Lunches: The first day features a traditional Russian lunch, served in one of the better restaurants and the second day lunch will be in a restaurant specializing in international cuisine. Both lunches will consist of three course meals.
Shopping: In addition to local vendors at most of the stops during your excursion, a stop at one of St. Petersburg's souvenir shops will be made where you can barter for traditional Russian goods as china and porcelain, nesting dolls, jewelry, lacquered boxes, pins, handicrafts, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, Russian coffee table books, and much more.
Please Note: All of our 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 us with full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so that our guides can secure the proper tour visas on your behalf. Note also that, 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.
Reviewer: Lisa Ezratty
A private tour during your St. Petersburg visit is a must. Well worth the money! Our guide Inna was so knowledgeable and was amazing at making the most of our time in St. Petersburg. When touring as a private small group you get to skip all the long lines! Not just entry lines, but each line that is created within the palaces toured. This perk saves you hours allowing you to visit more sights. Our group of three toured it all!
Reviewer: Marian Carroll
St.Petersburg was amazing, and even better when our wonderful guide got us past the massive lineups quickly and efficiently. Svetlana knew her history, was very proficient in the English language and actually teaches English to adults, so we were able to increase her language base with modern terms and slang! The lunches provided were very tasty and filling, and the restaurants lovely and calming away from the tourist crowds! Well worth paying the extra for a private tour!
Reviewer: Maria L Collazos
We were so lucky to get Maria as our tour guide in St. Petersburg! She was very good at keeping our group of 9 on schedule, she was very patient and answered all our questions. We really had a great time visiting all the beautiful sites because of her efficient guiding within the museums and coordination with the driver Alexander (very safe driver) moving around the city. Without a doubt St. Petes was the highlight of our Baltic Cruise due to Maria and Alexander's expertise.
It is a great way to see as much of St Petersburg within the limited amount of time available off a cruise ship. We were able to short-cut many of the waiting lines and having a private guide go through the history of the exhibits for us around so many groups while proceeding at our own pace was invaluable.
Reviewer: Roland Kirouac
We recently completed our 2 day tour of St. Petersburg (Sept. 16-17, 2018). Our guide Dmitry was very knowledgeable and timely. Because we were only 3 people with our guide included, we were able to slip through the lines in a number of spots....result was less time waiting and more time to appreciate the splendor of the various attractions. He added an extra stops with a tour of the St. Petersburg subway system and gift store away from the crowds. Private tour was slightly more pricey than the group cruise tours, yet, was definitely worth it.