St. Petersburg Through the Eyes of Russian People (Visas Included)

Price: $155.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Food and Beverage Tastings.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible walking shoes. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of tour vehicle. Guests must be able to walk over cobblestone, paved and unpaved surfaces. Please take this information into consideration when booking. To sample vodka or any other liquor, guests must be 21 years of age with proof. Underage guests will be served a soda in place of vodka. There is no difference in price. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Due to administration and immigration restrictions, there will be no refund for programs canceled within 15 days of departure.

St. Petersburg Through the Eyes of Russian People (Visas Included)

Immerse yourself in all things Russia and feel like a local as you see this magnificent city through the eyes of its inhabitants. While touring palatial St. Petersburg, one is dazzled by the beauty of its palaces, cathedrals, and parks, but the city offers much more than this and one of the attractions is a ride on a metro.

The metro's stunning stations intended by Stalin to be 'palaces for the people' should be placed high on the itinerary. The Soviet's best architects were employed to design St. Petersburg's metro stations. The first line opened in 1955 and is the most fascinating. You will take a short ride on the train and see two stations which you will notice are decorated differently. Because of the many waterways in the city, stations are buried deep underground, and long escalators lead down to the platforms. A metro ride is a unique experience and will give you a glimpse into the daily life of the people of St. Petersburg.

Next on the agenda you will visit a traditional grocery store to see how they differ and to see how they are the same as yours. A peek at St. Petersburg's markets and food stores provides an intriguing insight into local life and how people go about their daily business. Many locals shop for food in numerous markets that sell fruit, vegetables, fresh meat and fish, delicious homemade cottage cheese, and wonderful natural honey. Sellers in the market come from all over the former Soviet Union and one can witness quite a variety of personalities there and enjoy friendly attitudes.

Before the tour has concluded you will continue to a restaurant which specializes in Russian food and hospitality. You will be treated to a variety of vodka tastings together with traditional Russian snacks served to complement this famous Russian drink. After the vodka sampling and relaxing at the restaurant your tour vehicle will be waiting to return you to your ship.

Please Note: The Metro, supermarket, and food market is not wheelchair accessible. Photo/video is not allowed while in the metro.

All of our St. Petersburg tours are operated by authorized guides, and you, therefore, do not need to secure an independent visa to participate in this tour. However, 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. Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 2, 12, or 44 passengers maximum. Groups with more than 30 guests may be accommodated upon request. Please take this information into consideration when booking.

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. Also, 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. 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. We will provide you with your tour tickets as part of the documents we e-mail to you after you make a tour booking.