08:00 - 09:00 Panoramic city tour (no interior visits)
09:00 - 10:00 Drive to Pushkin
10:00 - 11:30 Visit to Catherine Palace, a short walk in the Catherine Park
11:30 - 12:30 Drive to Peterhof
12:30 - 14:30 Peterhof: Upper Gardens, Lower park, time for lunch (there are many cafes in the park)
14:30 - 15:00 Hydrofoil ride back to St. Petersburg
15:30 - 17:30 Hermitage Museum tour*.
18:00 Return to the ship
*IMPORTANT! On Sunday Hermitage closes at 17:00 so the tour duration will only be 1.5 hours, with a walk on Nevsky Prospect after this (or you can visit Spilt Blood Church - optional)
These sights are included into the standard package:
The Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo is a former country residence of the Russian Emperors. Its three parks occupy an area of 600 hectares and have over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. The center of Tsarskoye Selo is Catherine Palace containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms and bronze sculptures. The palace is also home to one of the world's most exquisite pieces of architectural and decorative art, the Amber Room, an entire room made of amber panels, mirrors and gold leaf with a fascinating history.
Peterhof was founded by Peter the Great as Russia's answer to Versailles. Peter the Great is famous for the westernization of the country, and the main purpose of this particular residence was to impress foreign guests and to show that Russia was able to compete with Europe in architecture and park design. The Peterhof Upper Gardens and Lower Park are genuine masterpieces of landscape design. They include over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. What differentiates Peterhof fountains from those of Versailles is that the water runs using its natural pressure without any pumps - the idea belonged to Peter the Great and it still works! On the territory of the park you can see the Grand Palace and several pavilions which were turned into museums - Monplaisir, Catherine's Block, Marli, Hermitage and the Bath Block
The Hermitage is one of the greatest museums in the world. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage's treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and many others.
You can enrich your experience by adding the following extra tours:
Prices are per person based on the group size. Prices for groups over 8 people are on request
Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request.
To book your tour we need a prepayment of 10% of your tour cost. Full payment is required not later than 14 days before your arrival to St. Petersburg. As soon as you are ready to confirm your booking we will need the following information from you via e-mail for each member of your group:
After this, we will issue tour tickets for each member of your group (one ticket for each day) and forward them to you via e-mail. As of that moment we consider your tour officially booked with us.
To book your tour we need a prepayment equal to 10% of your total tour cost. Full payment is required not later than 14 days before your arrival to St. Petersburg. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard. Payment by bank transfer is also possible.
Children 6 years and under are free of charge. A 20 USD discount per day is offered to children 7-17 years old.
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