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2 Day Bus Tour Gems of St. Petersburg

Highlights

City Tour

Peter & Paul Fortress

Church on Spilled Blood

Hermitage

Catherine Palace

Peterhof park

Metro Tour

Description

This 2-Day tour enables you to see the best of this fascinating city with a professional and personable guide. Drive to Peter and Paul Cathedral, the site of most of the tombstones of the Romanovs rulers, explore deep inside the Hermitage museum, visit the Catherine Palace and the gorgeous Fountains of Peterhof and admire the beauty of the Church on Spilled Blood. Feel the pulse of the city while exploring the underground stations and relax on a trip by hydrofoil. An order of the sights may vary.

Day 1. The gems of St. Petersburg.

A full day tour includes a general sightseeing tour of the city along with visits to the Hermitage, the world’s famous art treasury, and Peter & Paul Fortress, a place where the city got its start and the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, one of the city’s landmarks, as well as several photo stops and shopping.

The Hermitage – The Tsar’s former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world’s premier art collections. Your two hours guided tour visits display rooms with masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, and Renoir. Designed by Rastrelli, the Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings. 

Peter and Paul Fortress –Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia’s Tower of London, a place for political prisoners – including Peter the Great’s own son.
The Peter and Paul Cathedral –The city’s tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great and even today. Only the television tower exceeds it in height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings, icons, and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.
The Church on Spilled Blood – It was built on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The interior of the Church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day. The Church was closed for services in 1930 and finally reopened in 1997 after almost 30 years of restoration in all its breathtaking former glory.

Day 2. Suburban Royal Palaces.
Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St. Petersburg: to the south to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the west to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th century that belonged to the Russian tsars.
Catherine Palace – Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace’s north end, and the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.
Alternatively,you will visit Palace of Paul (Pavlovsk), another masterpiece of the 18 c. located nearby (10 min. drive). The ensemble’s fame rests on the splendor of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming, rather than grand, rooms of his wife Maria.
Peterhof Park –Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent parks, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, but has been restored to its full splendor. The parks are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

Take aMetro (Underground) ride. The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes. If the weather permits we provide a complimentary Hydrofoil trip to/from Peterhof.The hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.

Itinerary

What you see:

- City tour
- Peter & Paul Fortress
- Church on Spilled Blood
- Hermitage
- Catherine Palace
- Petehof park
- Metro tour

Pictures

Pickup

at the cruise ship terminal.

Dropoff

at the cruise ship terminal.

Things to bring

printed voucher.

photo / video camera.

Inclusions

- English speaking guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Entry fees as per program
- Welcome gift pack
- Bottle of water daily
- Ear piece set ( for groups larger than 6 pax)
- Photo permits
- Visa-free visit
- Port fees
- Local taxes

Exclusions

lunches (at your cost)

Cancellation

Cancellations more than a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

Prices:

Mini bus tour: 219 EUR per person (16 pax in a bus maximum).

Big bus tour: 155 EUR per person (40 pax in a bus maximum).

Duration: 2 days.

Languages: English.

Please note: this tour is for cruise ship passengers only!

- Metro tokens are not included. The price is $1 (pay while on tour).

- For mini-bus tours we provide early admission to Hermitage museum.
- Hydrofoil is provided complimentary, if the weather permits.
- The order of sights visited may vary.

- This is a moderate walking tour.