3 Day Deluxe St Petersburg Tour
The Most Popular 3 Day Itinerary in St Petersburg: this three-day tour encompasses all the highlights of the city and avoids repeating sites or commentary which may occur by reservation several tours of the city.
- "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
- 4 hours of "Free Time" over 3 days for shopping, dining, photography, etc
- Bottled water
- Rain coats if needed
- Audio system with personal headsets (provided for groups of minimum 7 persons)
This unique 3 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 3 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 3 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 5:30 PM (17:30), 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), a river/canal cruise party with included drinks($79), 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 thing($40)
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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.
|<.||Peter and Paul Fortress – The location where the first brick was laid in 1703, and from where the entire city started. To protect his new Russian capital Peter the Great decided to build first a fortress to protect the city against the Swedish attacks. However, the fortress soon became Russia's Tower of London, a place for imprisoning politically harmful people - including, among the others, Peter the Great's own son. Inside the territory we shall visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral - the city's tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great. The traditional, ornate church interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings and icons - and the tombs of many Romanov Dynasty Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and her family members, and the last Tsar, Nikolai II. – Inside visit is included.|
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.
|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.
|Yusupov Palace - Though it matches, if not exceeds, any of the tsarist family palaces of the same era, the Yusupov Palace was never a royal residence, but instead the private home of the richest Russian family before the Russian Revolution. A tour of the Yusupov Palace will open the eyes of a modern person to realize and see the luxury in which the Russian "rich and famous" used to live 200 years ago. The aristocratic Yusupov family comes from the nation of Tatars. During the ages, they became very close to the ruling tsars of the Romanov Dynasty and held different governmental positions for several generations. They also became immeasurably wealthy. In St. Petersburg alone they had five different palaces, and the one in your DenRus itinerary, located on the embankment of the Moika Canal, was their main family residence. Five generations lived in this building between the years 1830 to 1917. Inside visit|
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3-Day Deluxe St Petersburg Tour is available every port call for ships staying for 3 days.
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Browse for Russian souvenirs and gifts and bargain with local vendors at the various stops during your excursion. Your tour includes a stop at one of St. Petersburg's souvenir shops where you can barter for such traditional Russian goods 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.
IMPORTANT: The shops also serve as our emergency toilet stops. The shops are located all over the city, and when a group member announces a need to use a rest room, our guides normally make the emergency stop at the nearest souvenir shop. They are well equipped to receive tourist for that purpose. These stops are often misunderstood by our guests, and taken as an effort to make the group members to shop, but no person is required to step out from the bus, except the one who requested the restroom. The fewer people go inside the faster the tour shall continue again.
What other sites you will see along the way: During the three days of touring in St. Petersburg your motor coach will pass through 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.