Days: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Departure time: 09:00 or 14:00
Duration: 5 hours
Prices are in USD per person per tour
Discount for kids (3-12 yo) - 15 USD
Infants (0-3 yo) are free of charge
All port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes; Visa-free formalities; Private vehicle; English/or German/or Spanish/or Italian/or French local Guide; Entrance tickets to the museums; One pass for the camera per person in the museums. Please kindly note: in Diamond room of Hermitage museums and in Faberge Museums photos and videos are strictly prohibited; 1 bottle of mineral water per person in the vehicle.
Gratuities to the guide and driver.
"Treasures of The Russian Empire" is an exclusive shore excursion, tailor-made to offer the best experience in St Petersburg! Designed by Fremad Russia, the excursion allows cruise travelers to witness the wealth of the Romanov Empire.
Your tour guide will meet you at the pier and take you for the shore excursion that explores the most important treasuries of St. Petersburg. Your first stop is The State Hermitage Museum and its Diamond Room.
Next, you will visit the Fabergé Museum and admire treasures from the best craft masters. Jeweled Faberge eggs, jewelry, imperial rings, jewelry boxes and other rarities will fill you with excitement! And moreover, there is an amazing story behind each exhibit. At the end of this 5 hour visa-free shore excursion, we will bring you back to your cruise ship.
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.
The Diamond Room
The Diamond Room hosts a significant collection of archaeological artifacts such as the famous Scythian and Greek gold, priceless gems that belonged to the Romanov family, diplomatic gifts to the Russian Imperial Court, and a fabulous collection of Western European jewelry crafted by the most prominent jewelers of the time.
The exhibition's highlight is a superb collection of royal snuffboxes decorated by brilliant masters of the 18th century.
The 19th century jewelry craftsmanship had reached its peak in the works of Carl Fabergé. The Diamond Room showcases several fantasy pieces by Fabergé including a miniature replica of the Russian Royal Regalia made for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.
The Faberge Museum was the first privately owned museum in Russia. It was founded to preserve, study, and promote Russia's cultural heritage and repatriate lost cultural valuables to Russia.
In November 2015, after 7 years of restorations, The Shuvalov Palace has become the first privately owned museum in Russia. The museum showcases the largest collection of Faberge items in the world. During the "Treasures of The Russian Empire" shore excursion, you will see masterpieces abundantly decorated with semi-precious gemstones: the world-famous Faberge eggs, precious porcelain dinning sets and other finest works of decorative arts produced by The House of Fabergé, a jewellery firm founded in 1842 in St. Petersburg.
Until 2004, the exceptional collection belonged to the heirs of the American newspaper magnate Malcolm Forbes, who collected the royal jewels for over 25 years. As a result of the acquisition by Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg, the legendary Forbes collection was saved from being broken down and was repatriated to Russia.
The exhibition includes 4,000 works of decorative and fine art - gold and silver jewelry, miniatures, paintings, porcelain and bronze - and will appeal to travelers of all ages.