Tsar Palaces & Estates (10 hours) from 128 USD. Visa-free!

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Days: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Departure time: 08.30

Duration: 10 hours

1 pax                           $ 467

2 pax                           $ 283

3 pax                           $ 242

4 pax                           $ 206

5-6 pax                        $ 170

7-8 pax                        $ 154

9-10 pax                      $ 137

11-15 pax                    $ 145

16-20 pax                    $ 140

21-25 pax                    $ 132

26-30 pax                    $ 128

Prices are in USD per person per tour

Discount for kids (3-12 yo) - 15 USD

Infants (0-3 yo) are free of charge

Inclusions:

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; This tour doesn’t include visit to Impressionist collection of the Hermitage as this collection is exhibiting in another building; Lunch in local restaurant (3 course menu, tea/coffee, mineral water); One pass for the camera per person in the museums; 2 bottle of mineral water per person in the vehicle.

Exclusions:

Gratuities to the guide and driver.

Excursion description

This exiting day is dedicated to the richness and extravagance of Russian Imperial Family. You will see the main and the most marvelous Tsar’s residences in one day!

Your guide will meet you at the pier at 8.30 am. Depart the pier for short drive to the main museum of St.Petersburg: The State Hermitage. To make this visit hassle free we provide early opening. Following your visit, board a comfortable hydrofoil and commence the 40- minute ride to the magnificent Peterhof. You will have a pleasant stroll in the parks and enjoy the biggest system of water cascades, fountains and sculptural elements in the world. By lunch time we will transfer you to the restaurant to taste traditional Russian dishes and traditional Russian hospitality. And later in the afternoon we take you to Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo to see its Golden Halls and world wonder the Amber room. You will be back to the ship at 06.30 pm.

The State Hermitage Museum (early opening)

For those wanting 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's 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.

Hermitage is not just a place full of treasures, but the museum itself is a real jewel, piece of antiquity, a house of mysterious Russian history.

Hydrofoil Ride

High-speed and comfortable hydrofoil with panoramic windows will bring you to Peterhof in less than 40 minutes.Your waterway runs along Finnish Gulf and Neva River passing the naval city of Kronshtadt and Vladimir Putin official residence – Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna.

Peterhof: Parks and Fountains (Grand Palace is not included)

One excursion that you will definitely want to take!

Peterhof is a gala summer residence created for the Russian Emperor Peter the Great in the very beginning of the 18th century.

A splendid park on the shore of the Baltic Sea with more than 150 fountains, 4 big cascades, beautiful palaces, blooming flowers and friendly squirrels – this place is really a must to visit.

French Versailles was indeed Peter the Great inspiration when he decided to build an imperial palace and many say Peterhof is even more beautiful than the famous French complex.

The focal point of the whole ensemble is the jaw-dropping cascade fountain leading down from the palace. From there the park spreads out to the left and right along the coastline with trick fountains, pyramid fountains, marble sculptures and lots of other impressive displays.

As of today the Peterhof is decorated by the biggest system of water cascades, fountains and sculptural elements in the world.

Catherine Palace and Amber room

If any proof is needed for the extravagance of Russia's Imperial rulers, then it can be found in the fact that, in less than two centuries, the Romanov Tsars established this suburban estate named TsarskoeSelo (Tsar village) - that, in terms of grandeur and excess, outstrip even famous French Palaces and gorgeous Italian Villas.

The resultant palace, completed in 1756, is nearly 1km in circumference, with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters. It took over 100kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors.

The interiors of the Catherine Palace are no less spectacular. The so-called Golden Enfilade of staterooms, designed by Rastrelli, is particularly renowned and forms the focus of the palace tour.

The Amber Room in the Palace was a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World".

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