Day 1: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.
Day 2: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.
Carry and Helen from Scotland
20 03 2019
Dear Maria, It was really pleasure for me and my wife to have so professional and good company from your side to spend one weekend together on the middle of August 2018. Thanks to you and our driver Oleg we have a lot of very interesting information, pictures and good feelings. Your hospitality was exceptional!!! Carry and Helen from Scotland
11 09 2017
A group of 6, mainly Aussies, had a fantastic private tour of St. Petersburg. Our tour guide Mattew and driver Andrew were delightful and so informative. We crammed so much into the 2 days and we saw more than we would have been able to from the cruise ship tours and for so much cheaper. I recommend having this tour totally. A highlight was a dinner we pre - booked at ‘The Tsar’. Magnificent food and service. Chose this private tour rather than going on the cruise ship excursion. Turned out to be a great choice. Tour guide was excellent, very knowledgable on all the art in the museums and all general and historical matters. (We even got a chance to see impressionists in the General Staff ever though it wasn’t in our itinerary)
23 05 2017
This was my first time in Saint-Petersburg and I was a little nervous as I came on my own but the minute I arrived, sweet guide Rita was waiting to fetch me at the airport to whisk me off to my hotel. Things just got better from there! Driver alex was the most divine man, always leaping up to open doors and carry luggage. I was in St Petersburg for several days and saw so much, I could barely process it all. Rita’s English is perfect and her knowledge of Russian art and history is astonishing. Rita is not just a charming young woman but she totally brought St Petersburg to life for me. At the Hermitage, we experienced the Throne, Malachite, Gold and Treasure Rooms including fascinating ancient artefacts and diplomatic gifts. Better still, travelling with a tour company means you never ever have to stand in a queue. Those foolish enough not to use them were queuing for three blocks to get into The Hermitage, alone! I even saw the Swan Lake ballet, I was in Russian heaven! Words cannot begin to describe the wonder of it all!
14 12 2018
JUST got back from this tour. Alexandra is a great tour guide how she keeps her energy all day long amazes me. Great stop points for pics. Skip the line priority entrances – that’s the best you receive during the tour! Guide and driver were friendly and professional. Highly recommend taking this tour if it’s your first visit of St Petersburg Along the way we were told a lot of interesting facts about history, music, famous people and politics. Any time again, best spent money in this divine city. Thank you
Inclusions - Visa Free cruise passengers - All taxes, fees and handling charges - Expert professional guide, licensed for all destinations - Port pickup and drop-off at your ship (if applicable) - Hotel pickup and drop-off (if applicable) - Transport by private vehicle - Day 1 evening extension/free-time (optional) Exclusions - Gratuities (recommended) - Food and drinks Additional info - Confirmation will be received at time of booking - Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately - Comfortable walking shoes are recommended - If arriving by cruise ship; you will be issued a visa invitation letter after booking which you will need to show at customs upon disembarkation