St. Isaac's Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the
largest cathedral in Russia . It was built between 1818 and 1858 , by
the French - born architect Auguste Montferrand , to be one of the most
impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital .
One hundred and
eighty years later the gilded dome of St . Isaac's still dominates the
skyline of St . Petersburg . Although the cathedral is considerably
smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it
boasts much more impressive fades and interiors
HERMITAGE & WINTER PALACE EXCURSION
Tour the world - renowned Hermitage Museum in St . Petersburg with a 3
hour guided visit . Walk the reception halls of the Winter Palace, and
tour the art gallery to behold the great masterpieces of Western
European art . Then explore the rest at leisure .
Highlights: • Visit one of the largest art galleries in the
world on a guided tour • Enjoy one of the best Western European art
collections in the world • See masterpieces from Raphael, Leonardo,
Rembrandt, and many more • Experience the grandeur of the former winter
CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON BLOOD
Discover one of the most magnificent monuments in St . Petersburg with
an entrance ticket to the Church of the Savior on Blood . Admire the
acclaimed pictorial compositions and multicolored decorations of the
church, built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated .
a state museum following restoration after major damage by a bomb during
World War II, the cathedral contains over 7500 square meters of
intricate mosaics . Marvel at the fine details of biblical scenes that
cover the walls and ceilings, including the mosaic of Christ Pantocrator
under the central dome .
PETERHOF LOWER PARK + GRAND PETERHOF PALACE + IMPERIAL YACHTS MUSEUM
One of the most beautiful Palaces & Palace Parks in the world! The world
- famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof is an
outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18 - 19 th
It was founded in the 18 century by Peter the Great close to
his new northern capital . Peterhof was intended to become the most
splendid official royal summer residence in the world with its 176
fountains of various forms & styles, the four cascades, the majestic
palace, the gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.
collections of sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts make Peterhof truly unique in the world . The focal center is the Great
Palace which towers above the edge of the 16 - meter - high terrace .
Highlights: • Visit the country residence of the Russian czars at
Peterhof Palace • Go for a walk around the formal French - style Lower
Gardens • Learn more about life in imperial Russia
LEGENDARY BATTLE CRUISER AURORA PHOTOSTOP
Travel back in time by stepping on board the memorial ship Aurora, which
played an important role in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 . The
cruiser Aurora was built between 1897 and 1900 by the "New Admiralty" in
St . Petersburg and joined Russia's Baltic fleet in 1903 . The ship
measures 126 . 8 meters ( 418 feet 5 inches) in length, 16 . 8 meters (
55 feet 5 inches) in width and weighs a staggering 7 , 600 tons .
PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS TERRITORY VISIT
The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St . Petersburg,
Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico
Trezzini's designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress . In the early
1920 s, it was still used as a prison and execution ground by the
Bolshevik government .
CATHERINE PALACE AND PARK VISIT WITH AMBER ROOM
Tsarskoye Selo is a real pearl among the summer residences of the
Romanovs and a UNESCO site . The Catherine Palace is located in app . 1
hour drive outside St . Petersburg in the town of Pushkin . The historic
name of the ensemble of palaces and parks is Tsarskoe Selo , translated
as Tsar's Village .
The Catherine’s Palace overwhelms the visitor with the golden baroque
interiors of the time of the Empress Elizabeth, Peter the Great’s
daughter . On our tour you will admire the Golden enfilade, including
the Grand Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Parlor and of course the gem of the
Catherine Palace – the Amber Room .
HIGHLIGHTS : • Tour the famous Catherine Palace with a professional
guide • Marvel at the magnificent Amber Room and hear about its
restoration • Enjoy a walk in Catherine Park and learn about its
NEVA RIVER CRUISE ON THE CANALS
On this tour, see the city’s main attractions from the water : Anichkov
Bridge, St . Michael’s Castle, Sheremetyev Palace, Field of Mars, A . S
. Pushkin’s house, the Artillery Museum, and much more! For the longest
part of its history, St . Petersburg has been the capital of the Russian
Empire . All the Russian Emperors lived here, and therefore all the
biggest architectural ensembles, luxurious palaces, exquisite gardens,
parks and monumental cathedrals are all here as well – the city is
rightly called marvelous! There is no better way to see this city than
by boat – breathtaking views of the famous bridges will amaze you with
their beauty and scale . You won’t miss a single detail with an audio
guide at your service! This is a trip you’ll never forget, and will win
St . Petersburg a permanent place in your memories.
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This private one-day
shore excursion in St Petersburg introduces the highlights of
the city at an easy pace. After meeting with the guide in the port
terminal, get to the city center by a comfortable car/minivan with an
experienced driver. You will first visit the cradle of the city - St
Peter and Paul's Fortress and learn the history of the city's
construction while walking on historical cobblestones. On the city tour,
you will have many photo-stops at the most interesting spots and visit
Kazan Cathedral, the main Orthodox Church of St Petersburg. The main
attraction of the day is the
Hermitage Museum exhibiting the heritage of the Russian Empire.
Winter Palace with its opulent interiors and see the
collections of European art presented by such masters as Leonardo da
Vichi, Rafael, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, and others.
Take a stop for lunch in a local cafe and visit the
Church on the Spilled Blood, one of the most picturesque
constructions of St Petersburg. The last activity of the excursion
before returning to the cruise ship is taking a
boat trip on the rivers and canals. Enjoy the spectacular views
of the Neva River, the Summer Garden, St Michael's Castle, the Palace
Embankment, the Trinity Bridge and many others. Return to the cruise
ship to continue your Cruise.
9:00 - meeting with the guide at the cruise ship
9:00-10:30 - city tour of St Petersburg with photo-stops and a walk
on the territory of St
Peter & Paul's Fortress
10:45-11:00 - visit the
Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan
11:15-13:30 - a tour of the
Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace
13:45-14:45 - time for lunch or a coffee break
15:00-15:30 - visit the
Church on the Spilled Blood
16:00-17:00 - take
a boat trip on the rivers and canals of St Petersburg with
an audio guide
17:00-18:00 - return to the cruise ship
This shore excursion in St Petersburg is a great option
to cover the most famous attractions in a short time. You
will start the day by meeting your private guide in the
cruise port terminal and heading to the city center. During
the city tour, you will have picture stops at the feet of
Rostral Columns, the Sphinxes, St Isaac's Square, Square of
Arts and many other remarkable spots. On your way to
Peterhof, you will dive into the everyday life of local
people and see the heritage of the Soviet era - the famed
metro of St Petersburg. Visit 2-3 subway stations that are
called 'underground palaces' and continue the trip to the
Gulf of Finland. The
Lower Park of Peterhof, our next stop, is a
magnificent summer estate of the Russian Tsars richly
decorated with cascades, fountains and gilded sculpture.
Return to the city center and have a short break for lunch.
After, the guide will show you the
Spilled Blood Church, one of the most recognizable
attractions in all the city. The last sight of the shore
excursion is the
Hermitage Museum. Visit the Winter Palace and see
the interiors of the former royal residence and explore the
collections of European Art collected by the Romanovs.
Return to the port and continue your Baltic cruise.
The itinerary will be adjusted
to the cruise ship schedule, traffic and museum availability
9:00 - meeting with the guide
9:00-10:00 - city tour with photo stops
10:00-11:00 - a trip to Peterhof with a
15-min subway tour
11:00-12:30 - a tour of the
Lower Park of Peterhof
12:30-13:30 - return to the city center
13:30-14:30 - time for lunch
14:30-15:00 - an inside visit to the
Church on the Spilled Blood
15:15-17:30 - a tour of the
18:00 - return to the port
of St Petersburg for cruise ship passengers includes visiting
the famous summer residences of the Romanovs family.
It starts in the
port terminal where you will meet the guide and continues with a city
A panoramic ride along the University Embankment will show you a
spectacular view of St Isaac's Square and the Cathedral, the Admiralty,
the Palace Bridge, and the Palace Embankment.
Later, passing by the
sleeping areas of the city on our way to Peterhof, you can have a short
subway trip to see the stations called 'the underground palaces'.
Lower Park of Peterhof, where you will have a walking tour, is
famous as the capital of fountains.
You will see the Grand Cascade, the
exterior of the
Grand Palace, the Roman fountains, the joke fountains
and much more.
After a lunch break, the guide will bring you to Tsarkoye Selo and walk
you through the astonishing halls of Catherine's
The Amber Room, the 8th wonder of the world, will be
the highlight of the tour.
Enjoy a short walk in the Parl and return to
the city center.
The last sight of your St Petersburg shore excursion is
an inside visit of the
Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood. Once finished the
tour, the driver will take you back to the cruise ship.
The itinerary of the shore excursion will be adjusted according to the
cruise ship schedule traffic and museum availability.
On Wednesdays, you
will visit St Peter and Paul's Cathedral instead of the Church on the
9:00 - meeting with the guide in the cruise port
9:00-10:45 - panoramic city ride and a trip to Peterhof with a
short metro tour
10:45-12:15 - a walking tour of the
Lower Park of Peterhof
12:15-13:15 - break for lunch or a coffee stop
13:15-14:00 - a trip to Tsarkoye Selo
14:00-16:15 - a
tour to Catherine's Palace and a walk in the Park
16:15-17:00 - return to St Petersburg
17:00-17:30 - visit the
Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood
18:00 - drop off at the cruise ship