This personal private tour is perfect for either cruise passengers as a Visa-Free shore excursion, or as a land tour with pick up from your centrally located hotel. It was created to include more interaction with the city and culture as well as all of the most popular attractions: Hermitage/Winter Palace, General Staff, Church on Spilled Blood, Peter and paul fortress, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, a Metro ride, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The private guide will introduce you to locals too so that you can share thoughts and experiences.
Pick-up from the port or your centrally located hotel. Panoramic city tour of St Petersburg and a visit to the Peter and paul fortress. Visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Break for lunch (own expense). Visit the Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise. At the end of the first day tour you have your choice of returning to the ship for the night or stay with us and explore the city more, visit a fine restaurant, shop or just sit in an outdoor cafe people watching, attending the optional "Feel Yourself Russia" famous folkloric show, Ballet, Jazz Club, Faberge museum, visit one of the popular English style pubs to chat with locals...it is your time to do as you please. When you are ready to return, we transport you to your ship for the night.
Pick up from the port or your centrally located hotel.
Start the day with a city tour to the South. See the major sites of the palace estates including statues, monuments, rivers and canals, beautiful bridges, cathedrals and palaces, memorial squares and parks. Visit Catherine Palace and view the stunning palace facade which is 1000 feet long. The tour will visit all of the major halls and private rooms. A particular highlight is the Amber Room.
Enjoy free time in Pushkin in the delightful, small town of Pushkin. Dine (own expense), explore, take photos, shop, or stroll its manicured parks.
Drive to Peterhof and visit Peterhof Fountain Park built to rival Versailles in France, Peter the Great helped design the 300 acre park and fountains. Stroll through the lower park, and its 150 fountains. Please note that Peterhof is not included from October 1 to April 15 due to the Fountains being turned off for the winter, another palace will be substituted.
Return to St Petersburg and take the Metro (subway system) which is an attraction in itself find out why they are known as the magnificent "Palaces of the People" .
Return to your ship or centrally located hotel.