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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Private Tour - Hermitage and City Tour

    A private vehicle is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together around this wonderful city. Here in what was once the splendid home of the Czars and Czarinas, view one of the world’s greatest art collections.

    Private Tour - Hermitage and City Tour

    An air-conditioned minivan 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.

    Minivans will take up to four guests.

    Your drive to the Hermitage will take you through a section of the city of St Petersburg and past the impressive buildings of a bygone imperialist era. You will see Palace Square in front of the Hermitage, the Alexander Column and the Headquarters of the Central Staff Building.

    The Hermitage Museum was built during the reigns of Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, the grandiose Baroque ‘Winter Palace’ and its four adjacent buildings house works such as those of Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt, among others (Routes around the Hermitage are determined on the day by museum curators therefore we cannot guarantee which works of art will be seen during your tour). As you walk across patterned parquet floors and up ornate staircases you can admire moulded and painting ceilings, gilded furniture, decorative malachite, lapis lazuli and jasper appointments of the Palace itself. Your guide will lead you through the many display rooms relaying fascinating facts about the Museum’s history, art and architecture.

    This excursion will operate by private minivan. Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of passengers in your party. Request only 1 ticket per group and not the number in your party. 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.

    The Hermitage - Flash photos are not permitted. You are advised that during peak season, the Hermitage can be very crowded. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside the Museum.

    Tour code

    LED_705

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Splendour of St Petersburg

    See all the splendour of St Petersburg’s sights as part of a small group.

    Splendour of St Petersburg

    Travel by minibus and in groups of no more than 14 to ensure that you experience as much as possible during your two days in St Petersburg. Early entrances to the Hermitage and Catherine’s Palace will give you a head start on the rest.

    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, Peterhof Fountains and Park, Church of the Spilled Blood, Hermitage Museum, St Peter and Paul Fortress, Yusupov’s Palace and St Isaacs Cathedral. Venture down into the city’s ornate metro and ride the subway, before joining a river cruise to showcase this multifaceted city.

    On one of the days a stop will be made at a local gift shop for the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.


    This tour will operate by minibus, coach, metro, boat and on foot. 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 the souvenir shops and by the street vendors. 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 times for our two day packages allow for guests to also participate in an evening tour should they wish to book one in addition.

    Tour code

    LED_068

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 days

  • 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 times for our two day packages allow for guests to also participate in an evening tour should they wish to book one in addition.

    Tour code

    LED_072

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2 days

  • 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

  • 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 two 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

  • 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

  • St Petersburg Introductory Package

    Save 10% on three of St Petersburg’s most popular tours by pre-booking this introductory package, only available to book pre-cruise.

    St Petersburg Introductory Package

    If you are a first time visitor to St Petersburg, you’ll be wondering, how can I make the most of my time and see the best of this Baltic jewel? Within this package we have included the hugely Panoramic St Petersburg and an evening’s entertainment at the Russian Folkloric Show during day one, with the full day Palaces of Catherine & Peterhof on day two.

    Panoramic St Petersburg, 3¾ hours: Begin your two day adventure with 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.

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

    Palaces of Catherine & Peterhof, 9¼ hours: Leave St Petersburg behind for a day surrounded by opulence, elegance and extravagance, whilst 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’.

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



    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour package is only available to book pre-cruise and it will not be possible to book on board. Partial refunds cannot be given for any element of the tour package that is not taken. We recommend that you read the essential information for each tour in Voyage Personaliser to ensure that it is suitable. Guests will return to the ship between each tour.

    Tour code

    LED_071

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 days

  • Complete St Petersburg

    A deluxe 2 day small group tour to see the best that this historical city has to offer.

    Complete St Petersburg

    Peterhof Palace was built to rival Versailles and is situated on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Peter the Great personally drafted the layout of the 300-acre park, giving detailed instructions on the design of its spectacular system of fountains. Most famous is the Grand Cascade, with its gold statue of Samson prying open the jaws of a lion. The Cascade is aptly named; water flows down terraced steps leading from the Palace down to the Lower Gardens. Spouting fountains spray streams of water over marble statues, culminating in a man-made canal leading out to the Gulf of Finland. In addition to exploring the Palace grounds, you will have the opportunity to tour the sumptuous interior and marvel at the opulence of the Throne Room, Portrait Room and the White Dining Room.

    What the Louvre is to Paris, The Hermitage is to St Petersburg. Here, in what was once the splendid home of the Czars and Czarinas, you will find one of the world’s greatest art collections. The Hermitage is so vast it would take a lifetime to experience all of its treasures. Built during the reigns of Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, the grandiose Baroque ‘Winter Palace’ and its four adjacent buildings house works of Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt, among others. Just as dazzling are the patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, moulded and painting ceilings, gilded furniture, decorative malachite, lapis lazuli and jasper appointments of the Palace itself. Walk through a selection of display rooms with your guide who will relate fascinating facts about the Museum’s history, art and architecture. (Routes around the Hermitage are determined on the day by museum curators therefore we cannot guarantee which works of art will be seen during your tour.)

    Visit the home of one of Russia's most wealthy families -Yusupov Palace. Built in 1770, the Yusupovs acquired the Palace 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. The Palace was also the site of the infamous murder of Rasputin, whom Prince Felix Yusupov feared was a bad influence on Czar Nicholas II.

    Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral became Russia’s ‘Tower of London’, a place for imprisoning political prisoners, including Peter the Great’s own son. Visit the Cathedral, one of the tallest structures in the city.

    Join a cruise boat, and cruise the North bank of the Neva River passing the cruiser Aurora before entering the Fontanka River. Continue as far as Michael's Castle, residence of the most mysterious Russian Czar – Paul I. Enter the Moyka River and pass by the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and the Winter Canal as you sip Russian ‘champagne’.

    Luncheon is included on each day at a leading city restaurant.

    During your two days of touring St Petersburg your coach will pass through the city’s residential suburbs en route to Peterhof.

    On one of the days a stop will be made at a local gift shop for the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.


    This tour will operate by minibus, boat and on foot. The maximum group size for this tour will be 14 guests. Each of the sites included in the tour description will be visited at some point during the two days. The tour order may vary to avoid crowding at venues and traffic. The touring on the first day will return to the ship at approximately 5.30pm, which allows you to choose from any of the evening tours available on your voyage. Camera and video fees are included in the cost of the tour. Flash photography restrictions may apply in certain rooms at the venues. At the Grand Palace of Peterhof, photography and videography are prohibited in the Palace. The Palaces and Hermitage can be crowded and you may be expected to queue outside in all weathers. There is extensive walking on this tour including many steps and gravel pathways. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Peterhof fountains are subject to maintenance work without notification. Protective overshoes are provided, which can make the floor slippery in the Palaces. 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. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside. There is limited opportunity for shopping. Credit cards are accepted, and US Dollars and Euros may be accepted, unofficially. The boat route is subject to change depending on the water level and weather conditions. 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_069

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 days

  • Evening River Cruise

    Marvel at St Petersburg’s ornate architecture and sip chilled Russian bubbly on an evening cruise along the River Neva.

    Evening River Cruise

    Steeped in history, the River Neva runs through the centre of this magnificent city.

    After a coach journey of around 35 minutes, board your boat and glide along the River Neva for an entrancing perspective on many of the city’s famous landmarks. Look out for the Bronze Horseman with St Isaac Cathedral in the background, the gilded spire of the Admiralty building and the oldest university in Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1724.

    It really is a wonderful way to experience one of Russia’s most famous and historical cities.

    You’ll also catch glimpses of the mysterious Michael’s Castle and the ornate Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, amongst many other well-known local places of interest.

    Popular classical music will be performed during the cruise, accompanied by a glass of Russian champagne and an assortment of canapés.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. The boat cruise lasts approximately 1½ hours. 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. 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_081

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Private Tour - Yusupov Palace and Church of Spille

    Visit the Palace famous for being the assassination site of Grigory Rasputin.

    Private Tour - Yusupov Palace and Church of Spille

    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 two guests.

    Your first visit will be to Yusupov Palace, one of the most interesting sights in St Petersburg, representing a rare combination of an architectural monument and ‘a temple of art’.

    The rich and powerful Yusupov family have owned the Palace since 1830 and it is the only Russian Palace approved on the list of international private Palaces to maintain its original interior and furniture.

    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. The Palace is also famous for being where Grigory Rasputin’s assassination took place in the winter of 1916.

    Your next stop is the ornate and brightly coloured exterior of the Church of the Saviour of the Spilled Blood. This recently restored Church is a photographer's delight. This uniquely-named Church 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, will create a memorable picture.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of guests in your party. Request only one ticket per group and not the number in your party. 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.

    Yusupov Palace - Flash photography restrictions may apply in certain rooms. Protective overshoes are provided in wet weather which can make the floor slippery in the Palace. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, umbrellas, large bags or bottles inside.

    Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood – Flash photography restrictions apply.

    Tour code

    LED_703

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Palaces of Catherine & Peterhof

    A unique chance to admire the splendid palaces and parks of the former summer residences of the Russian Czars.

    The Palaces of Catherine & Peterhof

    Catherine Palace was named in honour of Peter the Great’s wife, Catherine 1. The Baroque façade is nearly 1,000 feet-long with decorative white and gold ornaments, and the grounds comprise of acres of manicured gardens. Visit the Palace’s interior and glimpse part of the vast gardens. One of the highlights is the Amber Room, decorated with amber of different hues. See the gallery of heroic Roman and Greek busts designed as a covered walkway for Catherine the Great.

    Peterhof Palace attests to the pomp, pageantry and extravagance of Russia’s ruling class. The Palace is a truly splendid building with a yellow and white exterior embellished with gold. Peter the Great built the Palace to rival Versailles, personally drafting the layout of the 300-acre park and spectacular system of fountains. Most famous is the Grand Cascade, with its gold statue of Samson. In addition to exploring the Palace grounds, you will visit the Throne Room, Portrait Room and the White Dining Room.

    Lunch will be served in a leading restaurant and includes a glass of ‘champagne’, tea or coffee.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to six hours’ walking. Time allocated inside the Palaces is up to one hour, plus time in the gardens. Crowds are likely and you may be expected to queue outside in all weathers. Protective overshoes are provided, which can make the floor slippery. Camera and video fees are included. Flash photography is not permitted inside Catherine Palace and photography is prohibited in the Amber Room. Photography is prohibited in the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles are not permitted inside the Palaces. Peterhof fountains are subject to maintenance work. The order in which the palaces are visited may vary.

    Tour code

    LED_028

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9¼ hours

  • Private Tour - City Tour, Hermitage, Shopping

    A private vehicle is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together around this wonderful city. Here in what was once the splendid home of the Czars and Czarinas, view one of the world’s greatest art collections.

    Private Tour - City Tour, Hermitage, 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 two guests. Your drive to the Hermitage will take you through a section of the city of St Petersburg and past the impressive buildings of a bygone imperialist era. You will see Palace Square in front of the Hermitage, the Alexander Column and the Headquarters of the Central Staff Building.

    The Hermitage Museum was built during the reigns of Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, the grandiose Baroque ‘Winter Palace’ and its four adjacent buildings house works such as those of Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt, among others. Routes around the Hermitage are determined on the day by museum curators therefore we cannot guarantee which works of art will be seen during your tour). As you walk across patterned parquet floors and up ornate staircases you can admire moulded and painting ceilings, gilded furniture, decorative malachite, lapis lazuli and jasper appointments of the Palace itself. Your guide will lead you through the many display rooms relaying fascinating facts about the Museum’s history, art and architecture.

    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.

    The Hermitage - Flash photos are not permitted. You are advised that during peak season, the Hermitage can be very crowded. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside the Museum.

    Tour code

    LED_700

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours