Meet the guide at the cruise port terminal of St Petersburg and start exploring the best sights of the Venice of the North. You will see the most important highlights, impressive museums and the historical center of St Petersburg with its wide avenues, large squares, palaces and monuments. Here is a sample itinerary:
Day 1 (9 hours + 3,5 hours evening program)
8:00 - 8:30 am - Meeting at the port terminal (the exact time depends on the cruise ship docking time)
8:30 - 9:30 am Panoramic city tour with picture stops at the most remarkable spots. You will see the Spit of Basil Island, St Peter & Paul Fortress, Summer Garden, St Michals Castle, Nevsky Prospect, Zinger House, Kazan Cathedral and much more.
9:30 - 10:15 am - Transfer to the city of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo)
10:15 - 12:00 am - Excursion to Catherine's Palace with the Amber Room & Park
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Traditional Russian 3-course lunch in a local restaurant (included)
1:00 - 1:45 pm - Transfer to the city of Peterhof
1:45 - 3:30 pm - Guided tour of the Lower Park of Peterhof
3:30 - 4:30 pm - Ride back to St Petersburg with a short subway ride to see the most stunning metro stations
5:00 pm - Return back to the cruise ship
6:30 pm Pickup for an evening program
7:30 9:30 pm Chamber concert of classical Russian music in the Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir. You will be guided through the halls of the palace and offered a glass of sparkling wine. During the concert, enjoy the compositions by Tchaikovsky, Rimskii-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Glinka and other famous Russian composers.
10:00 pm Return to the cruise ship
Day 2 (9 hours)
8:00 am - Meeting at the port terminal
8:30 - 10:00 am - Sightseeing canal cruise
10:30 - 1:00 pm - Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum including the Winter Palace (skip the line entry)
1:00 - 2:00 pm Traditional Russian 3-course lunch in a local restaurant (included)
2:15 - 2:45 pm - Excursion to the Church on the Spilled Blood
3:00 - 3:30 pm - Excursion to St Isaac's Cathedral
3:45 - 4:15 pm Shopping stop
5 pm - Return back to the cruise ship
The actual starting and ending time will be adjusted in accordance with cruise ship's schedule. The order of the sightseeing may change depending on days of the week, museum opening hours, and traffic. Please note, at the time of booking each cruise ship passenger is required to provide his passport data in order to obtain the tour ticket, which allows entering Russia visa-free.