St Petersburg cruises

Russia’s great imperial city, St. Petersburg cannot fail to leave a lasting impression on all who visit. A wonderful opportunity to discover this jewel in the Tsarist crown which still sparkles as brightly as ever. From the magnificent Winter Palace to the Hermitage and the Peter and Paul Museum, a visit to St. Petersburg is a truly classic experience.

Excursions

Please note: Russian visas are not necessary when joining an organised shore excursion or booking private arrangements online through the Voyage Personaliser or the Shore Excursion Office on board. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on the Voyage Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure. It is a requirement that all guests stay in their excursion group to ensure they comply with visa regulations. Should you choose to visit St Petersburg independently, a visa must be obtained, prior to arrival.

  • Emperors & Assassinations

    Visit some of St Petersburg’s most historical sights on a walking tour of the city.

    Emperors & Assassinations

    Your walking tour of St Petersburg uses the cities canals and elegant bridges to guide you to the Summer Garden. Located on a man-made island, the garden dates back to 1704 and were designed by Peter the Great. Take a walk through what remains to be, one of the most romantic and evocative places in St Petersburg.

    St Michael’s Castle is an extraordinary red-brick structure built by a paranoid Paul I to be a safer alternative to the Winter Palace. Ironically it was only a royal residence for 41 days as the Emperor was assassinated in his own bedroom. Continue through the grounds and St Michael’s Park before arriving at the distinctive onion shaped domes of the Church on Spilled Blood. You’ll have the opportunity to go inside this former church which was built on the spot where Alexander II was assassinated.

    As you continue to walk, you will find yourself in the cultural heart of the city, Arts Square. The square and its surrounding museums, theatres and concert halls were designed by Italian neo-classical architect Carlo Rossi. You’ll have some free time here for a photo opportunity and a chance to purchase local souvenirs from a nearby gift shop before returning to your ship.



    This tour will operate by coach and on foot.There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour over flat paved surfaces. Flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour will operate in all weather conditions. The Church of the Spilled Blood is currently undergoing restoration; during your visit some of the domes will be surrounded by scaffolding. The order of sites may vary.

    Tour code

    LED_073

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Hidden Gems

    Head off the beaten track and away from the crowds to discover some of St Petersburg’s best kept secrets that even some guide books don’t list.

    Hidden Gems

    St Petersburg is home to some of the most stunning architecture in Russia, yet some of it remains a mystery to many, keep your eyes peeled as your tour begins with a panoramic drive through the city.

    Yelagin Palace is one of the lesser know Palaces and was the home of Maria Fydorovna, the mother of Alexander I. It was designed by a young Carlo Rossi who later went on to become the undisputed master of neo-classicism in the city. Yelagin Palace has an intimate, cozy feeling and is completely accessible with all display rooms located on the ground floor. Join your guide as you walk through rooms including Empress’s Dressing Room, the exquisitely painted Porcelain Study and the Blue Parlour with its silk damask wallpaper. You’ll have some free time to enjoy a walk in the peaceful grounds where swans, geese and ducks can often be found down by the pond.

    Make your way to the rear of the Palace and discover the Glass Museum located in the Orangery. This small but fascinating museum is divided into 2 sections showcasing precious glassware versus modern works of the glassmaker which will be presented by your guide.

    Hidden Gems is a quieter, more tranquil option, perfect for anyone looking for a leisurely outing.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over flat ground. There are approximately 20 steps in the Palace to the restrooms and 16 steps up to the terrace. There will the possibility to purchase snack or souvenirs, however please note that only Russian Rubles will be accepted as payment.

    Tour code

    LED_063

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Russian Folklore Evening

    A dazzling experience awaits during this fabulous evening of Russian folkloric dance and music, staged at the Officers Assembly.

    Russian Folklore Evening

    Be captivated by the flamboyant dance of the Saint Petersburg State Ensemble of Folkore Song and Dance. ‘Kalinka’, ‘Katyusha’ and many others are popular songs which will also delight you during your evening.

    Russia is well known for its achievements in the performing arts and is justifiably proud of its dance companies with their tradition of folkloric dance and music.

    Traditional costumes add to the magic of this special evening and refreshments of Russian ‘champagne’ will be served during the intermission.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Casual dress is acceptable. You are advised that there are approximately 80 steps to access the auditorium and there is no lift. The venue is non-exclusive to Cunard and the content of the performance, and company performing is subject to change. It is possible that the venue and repertoire may differ from that described above.

    Tour code

    LED_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Return to St Petersburg Package

    Pre-book this tour package and make a 10% saving on three of the best excursions for returning visitors to St Petersburg.

    Return to St Petersburg Package

    If you have visited St Petersburg and seen the main sights, head off the beaten track on three excursions that will give you an insider’s view of the city. We have included within this package; Hidden Scenes, Picturesque St Peterburg and the St Petersburg Explorer.

    Full details of the duration and content for each excursion can be found on your Cruise Personaliser.
    Begin your day with drive to the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood with its iconic colourful domes that marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt in 1881. Venture inside to view the impressive mosaics and Icons that have been restored to make this one of St Petersburg most popular attractions. Browse the local stalls where you can pick up a traditional keepsake before embarking on a leisurely riverboat cruise along the River Neva.

    Continue your adventure underground in one of the deepest metro systems in the world, during your ride you’ll pass through grandiose stations that are certainly no London Underground! You will also visit a Russian Orthodox Church and the famous Kuznechniy Market where locals will try and tempt you with fresh fruits, honeys and maybe even Caviar as you wander the aisles.

    Now you have been reacquainted with this beautiful city, day two is up to you. You’ll be transported to three different locations within the city where you will be given a map and some free time to experience the city independently.


    This tour will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour package is only available to book pre-cruise and it will not be possible to book on board. Spaces are limited and so it is advisable to book early. Partial refunds cannot be given for any element of the tour package that is not taken. We recommend that you read the essential information in Voyage Personaliser for each tour to ensure that it is suitable for your party. Please be advised that whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat during the boat cruise, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). The Church of the Spilled Blood is currently undergoing restoration; during your visit some of the domes will be surrounded by scaffolding.

    Tour code

    LED_072

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2 days

  • Private Tour - Catherine Palace, Shopping

    The magnificence of Imperial Russian court life in the 18th century awaits you in the setting of one of Russia’s most famous palaces – Catherine Palace.

    Private Tour - Catherine Palace, Shopping

    An air-conditioned car with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made.

    Cars will take up to three guests.
    Situated in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, the grand blue Catherine Palace was named in honour of Peter the Great’s wife, Catherine. The Palace was built in the mid 18th century during the reigns of Elizabeth and Catherine II, the Baroque façade is nearly 1,000 feet long with decorative white and gold ornaments, and the grounds comprise of some 1,482 acres of manicured gardens and parklands. You’ll visit various rooms of the Palace’s sumptuous interior and glimpse part of the vast gardens.

    One of the many highlights will be the Amber Room with its walls decorated with real amber of different hues. The long classical gallery of heroic Roman and Greek busts that run alongside the exterior of the Palace was designed as a covered walkway for Catherine the Great by the Scottish architect, Charles Cameron.

    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. Only ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour. You may be expected to queue to gain entrance to Palaces in all weather.

    Catherine Palace - The Palace is expected to be crowded. Protective overshoes are provided for inside Catherine Palace, which can make the floors slippery and care should be taken. Flash photos are not permitted inside and photography is prohibited in the Amber Room. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside.

    Tour code

    LED_702

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Boat Cruise & Yusupov Palace

    Enjoy a relaxing boat trip passing many of St Petersburg’s landmarks, before visiting the delightful Yusupov Palace.

    Boat Cruise & Yusupov Palace

    A boat trip on St Petersburg’s canals and waterways is one of the highlights of any visit to the city. Join a river boat for a leisurely trip along the Neva, Fontanka and Moyka rivers, taking in the impressive landmarks. Refreshments of Russian ‘champagne’ will be provided during the boat trip.

    Yusupov Palace belonged to the wealthy Yusupov family and is the historic site of the gruesome murder of the peasant and mystic Rasputin. The mysterious circumstances of his death are legendary. The yellow, colonnaded building was acquired by the aristocratic Yusupov’s in 1830 to house their collection of paintings. The unique collections of art assembled by the Yusupovs and their reputation as well-educated hosts attracted the most outstanding representatives of Russian cultural life to the Palace. Tour the cellar, which houses an exhibition on the infamous mystic.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot.The boat route is subject to change depending on the water level and weather conditions. There are steps at the embarkation/disembarkation of the canal boat. It may also be necessary to cross other boats to reach your specific vessel. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). There are many steps in the Palace and narrow steep steps into the cellar. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Special overshoes have to be worn in Yusupov Palace during wet weather conditions to protect the floors. These will be available on entering the Palace. Crowds are to be expected and you may have to queue outside in all weathers. The Church of the Spilled Blood is currently undergoing restoration; some of the domes are surrounded by scaffolding. The order of visits may vary.

    Tour code

    LED_030

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Simply St Petersburg

    Discover the highlights of Russia’s second city over two days as part of a small group.

    Simply St Petersburg

    Simply St Petersburg is a more relaxed two day excursion choice that allows you to get closer to the action. We have combined the must see sights with plenty of opportunities to rest and catch your breath. The benefit of early entrances to the Hermitage and Catherine’s Palace will allow you to get ahead of the crowds, and a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof Fountains and Park provides you with a chance to see the city from a different angle.

    On one of the days, luncheon will be served at a local restaurant, and on another a packed luncheon will be provided to allow you more flexibility with your free time.

    During your time in St Petersburg you will visit the inside of some of the city’s classic sights; Catherine’s Palace and the famous Amber Room, Church of the Spilled Blood, Hermitage Museum and St Peter and Paul Fortress. Venture down into the city’s ornate metro and ride the subway, before joining a river cruise to showcase this multifaceted city.


    This tour will operate by minibus, coach, metro, boat and on foot. This tour will have a maximum group size of 14 guests per guide. All entrance fees, photograph and video permits are included in the price. The order of the itinerary may vary depending on the day of the week. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside. Credit cards are accepted in the shops and US Dollars and Euros may be accepted, unofficially, in souvenir shops. The boat route is subject to change depending on the water level. There are 14 steps at the embarkation/disembarkation of the canal boat. It may also be necessary to cross other boats to reach your specific vessel. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). The Church of the Spilled Blood is currently undergoing restoration; during your visit some of the domes will be surrounded by scaffolding

    Tour code

    LED_067

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 days

  • The Hermitage at a Slower Pace

    Enjoy a glimpse of one of the greatest art collections in the world, with this slower paced visit to The Hermitage Museum.

    The Hermitage at a Slower Pace

    Embark on a scenic drive through the city of St Petersburg, providing the opportunity to view the Neva River Embankment, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Admiralty and Peter and Paul Fortress, before arriving at The Hermitage Museum. Comprising of over 1,000 rooms containing over 3 million items, this museum includes works from Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt, among others.

    On arrival, your guide will take you inside The Hermitage through the main entrance and up to the 1st floor, before taking you on a guided tour at a relaxed pace, revealing fascinating facts about the museum’s history, art and architecture. Routes around The Hermitage are determined by museum curators; therefore we cannot guarantee which works of art will be seen on the day.

    Your guide will briefly pause the tour after 45 minutes; so those who wish to continue on the guided tour through the museum may do so. Alternatively, enjoy approximately 50 minutes of free time to explore the museum independently, at your own pace, before rejoining your guide for the return coach drive to your ship.

    This tour has been created for those passengers who are unable to manage two hours of continuous walking, as featured on the standard Hermitage tour (LED004). Guides will walk at a slower pace, which will result in a smaller area of The Hermitage being explored. The first floor will be visited which requires steps to be negotiated. The Hermitage can become very crowded and you may be expected to queue outside in all weathers. Camera and video fees are included in the tour cost. Flash photography is not permitted. There is limited opportunity for shopping at the gift shop within the museum. Russian Rubles and Credit Cards are accepted. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside the museum.

    Tour code

    LED_075

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Private Tour - Peterhof Palace, (Entrance Included

    A private vehicle is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

    Private Tour - Peterhof Palace, (Entrance Included

    Vehicles with an English-speaking guide, local driver and selected itineraries are offered on a four hour basis. No deviations to duration, venues included, departure or return time can be made. Please select the tour itinerary of your choice from the list on your record of shore excursions.

    This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that guest’s on board account and cannot be divided between the party. Once on board, you will receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Entrances, toilet facilities, photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated in your chosen tour itinerary. Meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included.

    Cars will take up to three guests


    Note: Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of guests in your party. Only ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking guide and local driver. No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made. You may be expected to queue to gain entrance to palaces in all weathers.

    Peterhof Palace - Due to its popularity, the Palace is expected to be crowded. Peterhof fountains are subject to maintenance work without advance notification. Photography and videography are prohibited in the Palace. Protective overshoes are provided, which can make the floor slippery in the Palace. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside.

    Tour code

    LED_701

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Vintage Volga

    Take a tour in a vintage Volga, pride of the cars produced by the Soviet Union.

    Vintage Volga

    Throughout the communist world, Volga cars were seen as the ultimate status symbol, used by high party officials and security services. Volgas have been in production since 1956.

    This tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be driven by Volga around the city by a professional local driver and escorted by an English-speaking guide. The ride will include all the famous sights and locations of the historical city centre including Vasilievsky Island where the Rostral Columns stand; the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Cruiser Aurora, from which the blank shot that signaled the start of the Russian Revolution was fired, the Troitsky Bridge and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood.

    This is your own private leisurely tour; you may stop and go as you please within the allocated time limit.

    Prior to returning to the port, relax over ‘high-tea’ at one of the city’s five-star hotels.


    This excursion will operate by vintage Volga. This tour is sold ‘per Volga’, each holding two guests, and includes the ‘high-tea’. A third guest may travel on request, at an additional cost. You can modify your itinerary according to your own preferences, but no entrance fees or additional costs are included. If your tour overruns you will be responsible for paying any additional fees.

    Tour code

    LED_018

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Neva River Cruise

    Take in some of the city’s landmarks during a leisurely cruise along the River Neva.

    Neva River Cruise

    Flowing through the city of St Petersburg, the River Neva is an essential part of its charm, and has played an important part in numerous historical events. The width of the river ranges from an impressive 1,300 to 2,000 feet, however near the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage it exceeds 2,600 feet wide.

    After a coach journey of around 45 minutes, board your boat and sit back, relax and soak up the scenery as your leisurely cruise takes you along the Neva, River. Have your camera ready to capture photographs of some of the city’s famous landmarks, including the Bronze Horseman with St Isaac Cathedral in the background, the former shipyard; the city Admiralty, the oldest University in Russia which was founded by Peter the Great in 1724 and the Academy of Sciences, to name a few

    You’ll also see the former Stock Exchange, the four buildings of the state Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress and the famous cruiser Aurora, before entering the Fontanka river where you’ll catch a glimpse of the mysterious Michael’s Castle and the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood.

    During your tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with interesting information about the city’s rich history.

    Afterwards, a short stop will be made at a gift shop where coffee, tea or water will be offered.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. The boat cruise lasts approximately one hour. There is minimal walking required on this tour; however guests must be able to negotiate 14 steps at the boat pier. Access to the boat is via a wooden gangplank. A bottle of water will be provided on board the boat. It may also be necessary to cross other boats to reach your specific vessel. The boat route is subject to change depending on the water level and weather conditions. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). The Church of the Spilled Blood is currently undergoing restoration; some of the domes are surrounded by scaffolding.

    Tour code

    LED_078

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Panoramic St Petersburg

    A wonderful scenic drive which encompasses much of the rich architecture and history of this sprawling metropolis.

    Panoramic St Petersburg

    This panoramic tour of St Petersburg will show you many of the interesting and historical sites of the city. The beautifully decorated St Isaac’s Cathedral is well known for its magnificent, central golden dome, which dominates the city skyline. History surrounds the Hermitage and Palace Square, once the centre of Russian power with the Czar’s residence, state offices and Alexander Column.

    Pass by the north bank of the River Neva, it was here that the blank shot that started the Russian Revolution was fired from the Cruiser Aurora. The uniquely named Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood sits on an equally unique site, the place where Alexander II was assassinated. The striking multi-coloured onion domes, representative of the intricate pseudo-Russian style of architecture, create a memorable picture.

    There will be a chance to browse for a variety of Russian craft items and enjoy some refreshments during a shopping stop.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is minimal walking on this tour. Local currency is the Rouble, however the gift shop accepts credit cards and, unofficially, US dollars and Euros. Photograph stops are programmed, time and traffic permitting. The Church of the Spilled Blood is currently undergoing restoration; some of the domes will be surrounded by scaffolding.

    Tour code

    LED_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • St Petersburg Introductory Package

    Save 10% on three of St Petersburg’s most popular tours with this introductory package, only bookable pre-voyage.

    St Petersburg Introductory Package

    Let St Petersburg show you the best it has to offer with this first time visitor package, which includes the full day Palaces of Catherine and Peterhof and an evening’s entertainment at the Russian Folkloric Show during day one, with the hugely popular Panoramic St Petersburg on day two.

    Palaces of Catherine and Peterhof, 9¼ hours: Begin your two day adventure surrounded by opulence and extravagance, visiting the splendid palaces and parks of the former summer residences of the Russian Tsars. Luncheon will be served in a leading restaurant including a glass of Russian ‘champagne’.

    Russian Folkloric Show, 4 hours: Spend the evening being captivated by flamboyant dances and uplifting songs performed by a local Russian folk ensemble in traditional costumes. Enjoy a glass of Russian ‘champagne’ during the intermission.

    Panoramic St Petersburg, 3¾ hours: Enjoy a scenic drive around the city and admire the highlights, including St Isaac’s Cathedral, The Hermitage, Cruiser Aurora and the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood.

    Full details of each, individual excursion can be found on your Voyage Personaliser.

    This package is only available to book pre-voyage and it will not be available on board. Partial refunds will not be given for any element of the package that is not taken. We recommend that you read the essential information for each, individual tour to ensure that this package is suitable for your party.

    Tour code

    LED_079

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 days

  • Catherine Palace & Amber Workshop

    Explore Catherine Palace and be part of the privileged few who witness the continuous restoration of amber in its workshop.

    Catherine Palace & Amber Workshop

    Sit back, relax and watch the hustle and bustle of busy St Petersburg pass you by, as you head out of the city to the town of Tsarskoye Selo.

    Upon arrival, admire the elaborately decorated Baroque façade of Catherine Palace, which stretches out for nearly 1000 feet, and is flanked by ornate white and gold ornaments. Your guide will host you on a walking tour through the various rooms of the Palace’s sumptuous interior. One of the many highlights will be a visit to the Amber Room with its walls decorated with real amber of different hues.

    Next, you’ll visit the Amber Workshop, which is housed in one of the outbuildings of the Palace. The workshop was created especially for the reconstruction of the Amber Room. Learn how fine pieces of jewellery are created using the same traditional techniques that were used when resurrecting the Amber Room to its former glory. As a reminder of your unique visit you’ll be given a piece of natural amber, which was meant to be part of the Amber Room decoration, but did not fit in.

    This tour is a truly unique experience and needs to be booked early to avoid disappointment.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Palace can become crowded and you may be expected to queue outside in all weather. There is up to 2½ hours’ total walking on this tour including stairs and gravel pathways. Protective overshoes are provided inside Catherine Palace, which can make the floor slippery and care should be taken. Camera and video fees are included in the tour cost. Flash photos are not permitted inside and photography is prohibited in the Amber Room. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside. The order of visits may vary.

    Tour code

    LED_052

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Catherine Palace

    The magnificence of Imperial Russian life in the 18th century awaits you in the setting of one of Russia's most famous palaces.

    Catherine Palace

    Situated in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, the grand, blue Catherine Palace was named in honour of Peter the Great's wife, Catherine I. Built in the mid 18th century during the reigns of Elizabeth and Catherine II, the baroque façade is nearly 1,000 feet long with decorative white and gold ornaments and the grounds comprise of some 1,482 acres of manicured gardens and parklands.

    You will visit various rooms of the Palace's sumptuous interior and glimpse part of the vast gardens. One of the many highlights will be the Amber Room with its walls decorated with real amber of different hues. The long, classical gallery of heroic Roman and Greek busts that runs alongside the exterior of the Palace was designed as a covered walkway for Catherine the Great by the Scottish architect, Charles Cameron.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Total time allocated inside the Palace is up to 50 minutes, plus 30 minutes in the gardens. Although an early opening has been arranged for cruise ships, the Palace can become crowded and you may be expected to queue outside in all weathers. There is up to 2½ hours’total walking on this tour including stairs and gravel pathways. Protective overshoes are provided inside Catherine Palace, which can make the floor slippery and care should be taken. Camera and video fees are included in the tour cost. Flash photography is not permitted inside and photography is prohibited in the Amber Room. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside.

    Tour code

    LED_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours