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2-Day Deluxe Tour of St. Petersburg with Catherine Palace

*Lunch is included in the price of both group and private tours. We can remove lunches at your request on private tours and reduce the cost by 20 USD per person per day.

Our most popular and comprehensive tour at the most competitive price on the Baltic. The 2-Day Deluxe Tour of St. Petersburg with Catherine's Palace includes two full days of visits to the most sought-after sites, as well as traditional Russian lunches and a canal boat ride. An experience accompanied by an expert, yet conducted through a personal presentation of the city. There are also opportunities for sightseeing and shopping. This is our most exclusive tour is for those who want to make the most of their two days in St. Petersburg.

Guided Visits:

Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)*: Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s most famous halls, including major highlights such as the Jordan Staircase, the Raphael Loggias, the Pavilion Hall with the famous Peacock clock, and many others, along with the world-class collection of artworks. Our tour is designed to give you a thorough introduction to truly one of the greatest museums in the world. 

Does this tour include "early entrance" to the Hermitage Museum?

Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood: The iconic Orthodox church where Alexander II was fatally wounded. The richly decorated exterior and the exquisite mosaic interior are a must-see for any visitor to St. Petersburg.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral: The largest cathedral in St. Petersburg and the fourth largest in the world. St. Isaac's is an awe-inspiring structure from outside and from inside. 

Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens: The summer residence of Peter the Great, this estate features meticulously maintained gardens and a collection of gold statued fountains that is unlike anywhere else in the world. The Grand Cascade (the park’s centerpiece) contains 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its center shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky.

Catherine’s Palace with Amber Room: This Rococo palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Tzars and represents the peak of imperial opulence. A visit wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Amber Room, which has been completed reconstructed in great detail, some say even more exquisitely than the original.

Yusupov Palace: Although not of royal lineage, the Yusupov family was exceptionally wealthy and had great influence in Russia. Their residence, seated on the bank of the Moyka River, showcases ornately designed rooms, stairwells, and a stunning private theatre. A visit to the room where Rasputin was murdered is also included on the tour.

There will also be time for panoramic city sightseeing (with options for photo stops) including the Bronze Horseman, Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, the Neva River, Rostral Columns, and more. A metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations are included.

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Visa-Free Excursion:

This tour is Visa-free for cruise ship passengers docking in St. Petersburg for less than 72 hours who arrive and depart from a cruise ship. SPB-Tours is a licensed Tour Operator in the Russian Federation and has the legal right to offer Visa-free excursions to cruise ship passengers.

The flat-rate group tour is only available to ships docking in St. Petersburg for two days.

 

Guests with Mobility Issues:

We don't recommend this tour for guests with mobility issues. As an alternative, we suggest either a private tour or our group 2-Day Highlights Tour.

This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users, and if a person with a wheelchair decides to participate they must have a personal helper to assist in boarding/disembarking the vehicle, entering restrooms, restaurants, and all sites. At certain locations, a wheelchair user may not be able to exit the bus and may have to stay inside the bus.

Length:
18
hours
Activity level:
Details:
Price:
starting at $ 305 USD pp
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 17:00
Time Description
08:30 : 09:00

Meet and greet at the ship right after immigration, at the port.

09:00 : 10:30 City sightseeing tour covering the major sights, including a metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations.
10:30 : 11:30

Drive to the Peterhof Summer Residence.

11:30 : 13:00

Tour of the Peterhof Fountain Park and Upper Gardens, including photo opportunities of the breathtaking Grand Cascade and exterior of the Grand Palace.

13:00 : 14:00 Lunch at a local restaurant.*

*Cost of lunch is included on all group and private tours. We can remove lunches at your request on private tours and reduce the cost by 20 USD per person per day.

14:00 : 15:00 Drive to Tsars' Village (Tsarskoye Selo) at Pushkin.
15:00 : 16:00

An inside visit to Catherine's Palace with the famous Amber Room and a walk in the park.

16:00 : 17:00 Drive back to St. Petersburg.
17:00 Return to the ship, or optional evening activity.
Evening options
DAY 2 | 08:00 - 17:00
Time Description
08:00 Meet at the ship.
08:30 : 09:30 City sightseeing tour and canal boat ride.
10:00 : 12:00

Visit and guided tour of the Hermitage Museum*

*The exact entrance time can vary. Pre-booked time slots to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the management of the Hermitage Museum.

12:00 : 13:00

Traditional Russian Lunch at a local restaurant.*

*Cost of lunch is included on all group and private tours. We can remove lunches at your request on private tours and reduce the cost by 20 USD per person per day.

13:00 : 13:30 Guided visit inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood with time for souvenir shopping.
14:00 : 15:15 A visit inside of Yusupov Palace including the Rasputin Exhibit
15:30 : 16:15 A visit inside of St. Isaac's Cathedral.
17:00

Return to the ship.

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Tour price includes the following services:

All port fees and all local Russian taxes for the tour

Professional and personable English-speaking guide (other languages available upon request for private tours for an additional $60 USD per day)

Air-conditioned vehicle

WiFi on the bus

Lunches (cost of lunch is included on all group and private tours, and we can remove lunches at your request on private tours and reduce the cost by 20 USD per person per day.)

Canal boat ride

Admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary

Pre-booked entry time to the Hermitage Museum

One camera pass per person in the museums (except Yusupov Palace)

Subway ride

One bottle of water per person per day

Ponchos in case of rain

Audio headsets for groups of +6 guests

 

Tour price does not include the following services:

✘ Gratuities to the guide and driver (suggested tip is 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver given separately)

✘ Lunches for non-paying children (the restaurant will have a children's menu from which their meal can be ordered for and paid for on the spot directly)

✘ Photo passes for Yusupov Palace (may be additionally purchased for 5 USD per pass)

Additional Notes:

Note: Tour sequence may vary depending on overcrowding at venues, museums’ closing days and traffic conditions. The itinerary above is a sample only. If your ship is in port for less time, adjustments will be made. Please contact us for more details.

You will not miss any sights due to closing days! We always rearrange the itinerary accordingly to the ship's itineraries so that all venues can be visited.

Please note the visit to the Hermitage Winter Palace does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the General Staff building. It's available upon request on private tours at an extra fee of $10 USD per person. The visit takes 1.5 hours including standing in line to get into the museum.

This flat-rate group tour is only available to ships docking in St. Petersburg for exactly two days.

We can accomodate dietary restrictions if informed at least 10 days in advance.