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Full 2-Day Deluxe St Petersburg $238

This is probably the most interesting program available in St Petersburg, intended for engage the city and it's culture in a fun adventure that includes all the must-sees.

2 Day Deluxe St Petersburg Tour

TITLE 
2-Day Deluxe St. Petersburg
INTERNET
Free high speed Wi-Fi in your van
GROUP SIZE
Maximum 15 persons
PRICE  
$238 per person
CHILDREN
Children 12 and over are welcome, otherwise we suggest one of our fine Private Tours
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Intensive, extended distances to walk, many steps. 
DURATION
18 Hrs total in 2 days, pending on the ship's schedule
LANGUAGE
This tour narration is given in English, other languages are available in Private Tours

INCLUDES

  • "Russian Cruise Visa"
  • All Local Taxes
  • All admission tickets to below listed places
  • All photo and video permits inside venues where allowed
  • English speaking highest rated guide
  • Free Time for shopping, lunches(own expense), exploring
  • Free use of local Cell Phone during Free-Time to keep in touch with your guide
  • Bottled water
  • Rain coats if needed
  • Audio system with personal headsets (provided for groups of minimum 7 persons)
STARTING TIME
1st Day not later that 45 minutes after the ship's official clearance to St. Petersburg.
PHOTO STOPS
St. Isaac Square, Rostral Columns on the Spit of Vasilevsky Island,  Square of Arts, Narva Gateany where desired in the walking or driving portions of the tour when feasilble
INSIDE VISITS
Church on the Spilled Blood, Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens,  State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Catherine Palace at Pushkin, the Park at Pushkin, St Isaac Cathedral and Palace, Metro underground ride, Canal Boat trip, opportunity for Russian souvenir in non-touristy gift stores that Russians shop in for unique gifts at low prices.
RESTRICTIONS
This tour is not suitable for "slow walkers" or mobility restricted persons. There is unfortunately no place to load walker devices or wheelchairs in the vehicles
RESTROOM STOP
Comfort stops are scheduled to be no more than 2 hours apart but this is a flexible tour, with a lot of direct city interaction so there are many chances to use restrooms.

This unique 2 full day program was created after years of experience creating tours for cruise ship passengers, created by an American who knows the sorts of activities and approach Canadian, American and UK tour members would enjoy. It is intended for those who want to see the most St. Petersburg has to offer during a 2 day port call.  The design and conduct of the tour is unlike any of the others offered by conventional tour operators. It is focused on local culture, people, activities and history in a fun active engagement with the city. There is more walking in non-tourist filled areas, talking with locals about life here and culture, free time to explore in interesting, accessible and safe environments.

There are many 2 day tours, almost all focus on groups listening to a history lecture that spans the time of 1703 to 1917 with a million facts and dates but this is the only one that includes contemporary life and times, and interactive conversation about topics you are interested in. Sure, our guides are experts in the details of history but we all feel that reciting memorized lists of dates is not a good way to help visitors to understand the context or how the facts relate to real life. So expect more interactive conversation than a dry history lecture. You will return to the ship with a better understanding of what you experienced and the people and places. 

On the first day the tour returns back to the ship at 6:30 PM (18:30), and on the day of your departure one hour before your ship is scheduled to sail. That gives you the opportunity to participate in Tickets and Tours unique evening programs, such as fun interactive Russian home cooking Master Class($50), Spectactular "White Nights Fantasy" Dinner show in a palace ($114),  or 4 hours of free time to explore, shop, pub hop, photography, attend a jazz cafe or just sit in an outdoor cafe and people watch and meet social friendly locals doing the same things ($40).

Detailed Itinerary( Click)


Day of Arrival
City Tour -  You'll either see, or  visit the major sites and historical  attractions of St. Petersburg old center, including statues, monuments, rivers and canals, beautiful bridges, cathedrals and palaces, memorial squares and parks. You shall also enjoy photo opportunities in selected locations.
 
This tour will portion of the tour will give you an overview of the city's layout, history and environment passing through historic neighborhoods, civil buildings, grand homes and current day life environments.
 
Because you are in a small group, you will have plenty of time to ask questions and are encouraged to discuss your thoughts.
 
 


Scene along Canal Cruise
Canal Cruise - St. Petersburg is also called "the Venice of the North", and that is why our tour also includes a cruise on the River Neva and along the picturesque downtown canals.

A 60-minute journey by small open-air boats travels the Fontanka River, the Kryukov Canal, the Moika River and the Neva River.

Peter the Great conceived the Neva as the main thoroughfare of the city, and from the beginning the river was considered a vital part of the whole architectural ensemble. During the journey you pass under numerous picturesque bridges, and admire the exteriors of the many old beautiful buildings in St Petersburg. Also to view the low silhouette of the city from the wide Neva offers many unique photo opportunities. Your guide will provide a map so you can follow your route as you motor along. - 1-hour cruise included.


 

View of Church on spilled Blood in St Petersburg
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood - This recently restored church sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior with the traditional colorful onion domes. The church was built on the exact site of the March 1, 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander II, while riding in his carriage along the canal embankment. That is also the reason why the church is called "spilled blood".
The church is distinguished by its picturesque silhouette and rich colorful decoration. The facade is lined with ceramic tiles and colored glazed bricks. Inside you shall view large size works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes. During the Soviet Union the church served as a warehouse and a storage space, and it took more than a decade to restore it to its current condition. This is unquestionably one of the most popular photo spots in St. Petersburg. –Full interior tour


Free Time Time to explore the Vladimirsky historic neighborhood as featured in several of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novels. You can shop in a modern partment store, visit a working stunning Orthodox Church, visit the most famous and restored traditional food markets in St Petersburg, visit one of several museums, wander in the authentic, unrestored residential streets, shop in a non-tourist gift shop full of hand crafted Russian made gifts from humorous to artistic at a unique shop that has local non-tourist prices or have lunch (at your own expense) of any level of service you wish from blinis at an outdoor stand, to top restaurants on "restaurant row" , all up to you. Or sit in an outdoor dining area of a popular English pub across from the historic church.

This has been one of the most popular and interesting activities, seeing real neighborhoods, interacting with locals, away from the tourist traps in a very safe and interesting block radius. Food choices in neighborhood restaurants, about 60, range from Indian, Mexican, Thai, Georgian, French, Italian, Cuban, Fusion, Russian, Subway Sandwiches, English or Irish pubs and more. Many with lovely outdoor dining, and all with English menus.



Interior of the Hermitage art section
Hermitage plus Free Time - The former residential palace of the Romanov rulers, called the Winter Palace, and four other buildings together house today one of the world's most prestigious museums, called The Hermitage and one of the premier art collections. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which contain over three million art works, including paintings by DaVinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh - to name a few.
The Baroque style Winter Palace was designed by Italian architect Rastrelli, and boasts huge ceremonial reception rooms, throne rooms, private theatre, gold and marble, irreplaceable state gifts and collections, patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings, and gilded appointments. If nothing else, this is the “must” place in St. Petersburg. – After a tour of the spectacular state and private rooms, you will be given an opportunity no other tour allows, free time to choose which areas of interest you would like to explore from antiquities to art, and everything in between. We will meet up again and continue your tour.

Interior of the Hermitage art section The St. Isaac's Cathedral:  Designed by Auguste  de Monferrand in 1818 the church was named in tribute to Peter the great who was born on the day of St. Isaac of Dalmatia. The Cathedral is 101,5 m (333 ft) high and the dome (for  the making of which 100 kg (220,5 lb) of gold was used) is 26,5 m (87 ft) in diameter, making it one of the largest in the world after St. Peter 's Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
The interior is “a symphony of gold, marble, lapis lazuli, malachite and porphyry”. The walls and vaults are decorated with paintings and mosaics by the leading artists of the day, and the walls and floors are lined with marble from Russia, France and Italy. The columns of the iconostasis are faced with malachite and lapis. There are all together 112 columns of polished granite holding the building up, of which 24 support the dome.
The Cathedral can accommodate 14,000 people. Inside visit.

Second Day

City Tour to the South -  You'll either see, or  visit the major sites and historical  attractions of St. Petersburg on the way south to the palace estates including statues, monuments, rivers and canals, beautiful bridges, cathedrals and palaces, memorial squares and parks. You shall also enjoy photo opportunities in selected locations.
 
This tour will portion of the tour will give you an expanded overview of the city's layout, history and environment passing through historic neighborhoods, civil buildings, grand homes and current day life environments.
 
Because you are in a small group, you will have plenty of time to ask questions and are encouraged to discuss your thoughts.
 
 

 

Exterior of Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace in Pushkin – typical of Baroque style, was built for the wife of Peter The Great , Catherine I, in the village of Tsarskoe Selo, or today's Pushkin, and it became known as the Catherine Palace.
Tsarskoe Selo (in English: "The Tsar's Village") is located about 27 kilometers (17 miles) south of St. Petersburg and it has a long history connected with generations of Romanov Tsars. Catherine Palace exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size and unique decorations. The stunning facade of the palace extends for almost 300 meters (1000 feet), and gives the first impression what to expect inside. Our tour will visit all the major halls and rooms, including the Great Hall, the Blue Room, the Picture Gallery, many of the private studies and bed rooms.
One of the many highlights will be the Amber Room with its walls decorated with real amber of different hues. The palace was practically destroyed during the Second World War, and all the amber from the walls of the Amber Room was taken away from the country by the invaders. After the tour you will also view parts of the surrounding park's and gardens consisting of almost 600 hectares (1.500 acres) and filled with marble statues. Inside visit.
 

FREE Time in Tsarskoye Selo  –Over the years of creating shore excursions we found that every visitor's preference for lunches is different. As a result we decided to give everyone the option to use their lunch time as they prefered, and at their own expense. In the delightful, beautifully kept small town of Tsarskoye Selo( often called "Pushkin")
 
You have the opportunity of using free time to dine, sight see, do photography, shop in regular non-tourist shops, or stroll around its manicured parks or cathedral, have barbequed Shashlik in outdoor cafes, visit a pub for 1.5 hours
 

 

Peterhof Fountain Park
Peterhof Fountains & Grounds – You will be exceptionally lucky since our tour enters the palace compound through the unbelievable Upper Park, which is very seldom visited by hurried tourists. Built to rival Versailles in France, the palace sits atop of a high hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Peter the Great drafted the layout for the 300-hundred acre park and supervised the design of the palace fountains. The Grand Cascade, the most famous fountain group, features gilded Samson prying open lion's jaws as water cascades down the terraced steps, and small spouting fountains anoint smaller sculptures. We shall stroll through the lower parks and gardens, and view and "experience" (be careful!) some of the Peters surprise creations among the many decorative fountains. – No inside visit, only the parks and gardens.
 

Metro (the city's underground subway system) - Visit the magnificent "palaces of the People" as the St. Petersburg Metro used to be called during the Soviet Union years. The construction was started after the II World War, and its expansion continues endlessly, new stations opening periodically.
A ride is arranged between the Technological Institute and the Moscow Arch of Triumph stations.
Since the entire St. Petersburg was built on the marsh land, the tunnels had to be dug deep, deep until solid soil was found, and you shall descend endlessly deep on extremely fast moving escalators. All the stations are totally different and individually designed. Some are luxurious with art work, statues, sculptures, mosaic walls, and chandeliers, some are simpler looking. The trains run like clockwork, normally at 2 minutes apart. – A ride is included.

Important Tour Ticket Information

Please note: Booking a visa-free shore excursion requires some basic informationfor each memberofyour party to be sent to Russian passport control before your arrive. Soon after we confirm your booking we will send an email which contains a link to a secure form that allows entering passport details for each member covered by this order. Soon after the passport is entered we will send your tour tickets by email which you can print and present to the passport control officer when exiting your ship.

Your printed ticket, along with your passport is presented to the passport control officer when disembarking and your Tickets and Tours ticket is your visa to enter Russia so be sure to print it and have with with you before leaving the ship. 

Tour Timing 

Itinerary

  • 08:00         Meeting at the port
  • 08:00    -    10:00       City Tour and Orientation
  • 10:00    -    11:00       Canal and Neva River Cruise
  • 11:00    -    11:45       Church on Spilled Blood
  • 12:00    -    13:30        Free  Time and Lunch(own expense)
  • 13:30    -    16:00        Hermitage and Winter Palace
  • 16:00    -    16:45        St Isaac Cathedral
  • 17:30                             Arrival back at your ship

Next Day:

Itinerary

  • 08:30                             Meeting at the port
  • 08:30    -    10:00       Tour and drive to the Southern Palace Estates
  • 10:00    -    11:30       Catherine Palace and Imperial Park
  • 11:30    -    13:00       Pushkin lunch(own expense) and FreeTime
  • 13:00    -    14:00        Drive to Peterhof
  • 14:00    -    15:45       Peterhof Fountain Park
  • 15:45    -    16:30       Drive to St Petersburg
    16:30    -    17:00       Metro Ride
  • 17:00    -    17:30       Return to your ship 

Additional Info

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Shopping for gifts to remember your visit by, or present as gifts back home, we offer several opportunities to shop in regular gift stores and avoid the overpriced tourist shops as a company philosophy. Shopping can be during your 3 different "Free Time" periods. Your guide can offer suggestions of which stores have the better offerings and prices. Traditional Russian crafts as lacquered boxes, jewelry, pins, hand painted nesting dolls, usually called “Matryoshka dolls”, handicrafts, china and porcelain, Russian delicacies like Caviar, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, beautiful coffee table books about Russian topics, and many others. 

What other sites you will see along the way: you will see some of the city's residential and suburban districts en route to Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. Among other things you shall pass the St. Nicholas Cathedral, and the nearby Theater Square with the world famous Mariinski Theatre (of such world famous ballet dancers like Vaslav Nijinski, Rudolf Nurejev, Mikhail Barishnikov) the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, and the monuments to the distinguished composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Glinka.
You will pass by the Yusupov Palace (once the wealthiest person in Russia), and the symbol of St Petersburg - the Bronze Horseman in the Decembrists' Square. Across the Neva River are the oldest buildings of St Petersburg, including the Menshikov Palace (the mansion of the first governor of St Petersburg), the St Petersburg University, which are lined up one after another, and they never fail to impress a visitor every time you drive around this "museum in the open air." On the opposite side of the Neva there stands the Admiralty with its sharp and high golden spire, which is a compositional center of the entire city, and will never allow you to get lost.
You shall also naturally drive along the Nevskij Prospekt, the fashionable main street of St. Petersburg. It is the center of business, fashion, boutiques, major shops, restaurants, hotels, but also some famous sites like the Kazan Cathedral, the Gostinni Dvor 18th century department store, the Alexandriinski Theatre, the Anichkov Bridge and many others.

Optional Berlin Tour Details

Moderate Activity

Option Price: $99

Duration: 12 hours

Activity level: low to medium; some walking is involved.

Pick-up by group motor coach right after arrival at Warenmunde

After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in West Berlin by your private guide who will escort you to highlights of the German capital.

You'll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace dating from 1695.

You will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop).

Along the way you'll see the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined "Unter den Linden" Boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Of course you will see a few notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War including Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Adolph Hitler's Bunker. Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the spot where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history.

Lunch (not included in the tour price).

Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping).

Other highlights of the former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall, and the Humbold University.

Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlin’s Champs Elysees, West Berlin’s former Showcase of the West.

Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship

The tour includes:

1. Transfer Warnemunde to Berlin and back to Warnemunde in an A/C vehicle

2. A/C vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours

3. English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. Entrance fees to some museums are no charge.

Times and locations may vary depending on your ship arrival and departure times, as well as interests of the group and traffic in Berlin.

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