Days: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Departure time: 9:00 am
Duration: 9 hours
Prices are in USD per person per tour
Discount for kids (3-12 y.o.) - $15
Infants (0-3 y.o.) are free of charge
Included: All port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes; visa-free entry formalities; private vehicle; English/or German/or Spanish/or Italian/or French-speaking local guide; entrance tickets to the museums; lunch at a local restaurant (3-course meal, tea/coffee, mineral water); one camera pass per person in all museums; 2 bottles of mineral water per person in the vehicle.
Excluded: Gratuities to the guide and driver.
The magnificent stories and legends, the luxurious sites and delights of the Russian Cultural Capital are waiting for you!
The shore excursion starts at 9am. Your guide will meet you on the pier and take you for the whole day tour including excursions to the most well-known museums of St.Petersburg: the Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Isaak’s Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Blood. Then you will have a lunch in one of the city restaurants. After lunch, you will visit the most famous museum in Russia: The State Hermitage Museum. By 6pm we will bring you back to the ship.
The Peter & Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Built in the 18th century, the fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history.
Established in 1703 by Peter the Great, the Peter and Paul Fortress has held some high-profile criminals in its prison cells, including 'Crime and Punishment' author Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lenin's right-hand man, Leon Trotsky.
The fortress is also home to the famous Saints Peter and Paul, the city's oldest cathedral, dating back to 1712. The cathedral's majestic bell tower and its flying angel figurine exemplify the city's architectural splendor. The Peter and Paul Cathedral served as a burial-vault for the members of the Romanov dynasty.
St. Isaac's Cathedral
One of the most stunning structures in the world, the interior decoration of the cathedral is a symphony of gold, marble, lapis lazuli, malachite and porphyry. The walls and vaults are covered with painted and mosaic compositions, and the cathedral itself dominates the central part of the city.
Designed by the French architect, Montferrand, between 1818 and 1858, St. Isaac's Cathedral is the largest church in St. Petersburg. Its height is 101,5 meters, and the golden dome of the cathedral is seen from all points of the city. Around the cathedral stand 112 granite columns, each weighing 114 tons.
The inner area of the temple is 4000 square meters. The interior of the cathedral is striking and magnificent. Paintings and mosaic work of Russian and foreign artists decorate the huge arches and walls of the temple. The massive doors, each weighing 10 tons, are decorated with magnificent bronze bas-relief sculptures.
Church of the Savior on Blood
Also known as Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ or even just the Church on the Blood - as it marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, the Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture.
The Cathedral is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian architectural style, the talents of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the Roman mosaics. 7,500 square meters of mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings.
Although years of neglect during the Soviet Era left the building in poor condition, 27 years of painstaking restoration led to the reopening of the cathedral in 1997.
The State Hermitage Museum
For those seeking a greater insight into Russian culture and history, the Hermitage's extensive collection of artworks literally paints a picture of the nation's captivating past. In fact, it is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world!
The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from Berlin. Nowadays, the Hermitage has about 2.7 million exhibits and displays a full range of world art from ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French impressionists, and sculptures by Rodin.
Hermitage is not just a place full of treasures, but the museum itself is a real jewel, a piece of antiquity, a house of mysterious Russian history.