St Petersburg, Russia - Baltic, Norway & Fjords 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: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • 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. 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.

    Tour code

    LED_072

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2 days

  • 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

  • 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 - 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

  • 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.


    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

  • Hidden Scenes

    Glimpse everyday life in the city of St Petersburg. Visit an ornate Russian Orthodox Church, take a ride on the Metro system and visit a local market.

    Hidden Scenes

    Enjoy a short panoramic drive of St Petersburg before stopping at Our Lady of Vladimir Cathedral. Completed in 1769, the Cathedral is a fine example of transitional style from Baroque to Neoclassicism. The detached belfry is a fine work of mature Neoclassicism while the interior of the church features and elaborate Baroque iconostasis, transferred from the Anichkov Palace chapel in 1808. The Cathedral also had a famous parishioner in Fyodor Dostoevsky – the author of Crime and Punishment.

    The construction of St Petersburg’s Metro was started in 1940, interrupted by World War II, and completed in 1955. It features elegant stations and the subways lie deep underground due to the soft upper strata. Take the escalator down to the platform for a 20-minute ride, travelling between several modern and old stations.

    The vibrant fresh food market of Kuznechniy provides the perfect opportunity to experience everyday life of the local people selling a variety of goods. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments at a local café with some pastries.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to 90 minutes walking and comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Modest dress should be worn when entering St Prince Vladimir Cathedral, covering knees, shoulders and head. Smoking is strictly forbidden in the Cathedral premises. If the Kuznechniy Food Market is closed, the visit will be replaced by an alternative fresh food market, Russia roubles are the only accepted currency at the markets. Please keep with your guide at all times. There are 97 steps and steep escalators to access the metro. The order of sites may vary.

    Tour code

    LED_022

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • The Hermitage & Gold Room

    Tour one of the world's greatest repositories of art, then visit the Hermitage's Gold Room, home to extraordinary jewellery.

    The Hermitage & Gold Room

    The Czar’s former Winter Palace and four adjacent buildings house one of the world’s best collections of art. Your visit will include various rooms which contain part of the two million works, including paintings by Da Vinci, Raphael Rembrandt and Van Dyke to name a few. 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.

    The Hermitage’s Gold Rooms are home to an array of remarkable jewellery and artefacts, including Greek and Scythian antiquities created for the imperial court, and a stunning collection of 18th and 19th century snuff boxes. During your tour you will visit one of the two Gold Rooms.

    Your drive to the Hermitage will take you through a portion of the city of St Petersburg, passing the Neva River Embankment, Saint Isaacs Cathedral, Admiralty and Peter and Paul Fortress.



    The tour involves approximately 3 hours’ walking at a fast pace, including many steps. You are advised that during peak season, the Hermitage can be 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. Photography and videography inside the Gold Room is prohibited. 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_029

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ 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 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

  • 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.

    JJoin a cruise boat and cruise the North bank of the Neva River 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.


    This tour will operate by minibus, boat and on foot. The maximum group size for this tour will be 16 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 Crowds 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. It may also be necessary to cross other boats to reach your specific vessel. Bookings will close 7 days prior to the sailing date of the voyage.

    Tour code

    LED_069

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 days

  • St Petersburg on Foot

    A great opportunity to discover St Petersburg, up close.

    St Petersburg on Foot

    You will be transferred by coach to Palace Square, the site of many historic events and from here your walking tour begins.

    With your guide you will stroll through Alexandrovsky Garden which runs parallel to the Neva River and lies along the south and west façades of the Russian Admiralty. The English park was named after Alexander II of Russia who ordered some 52 species of trees to be planted there. At its architectural centre sits the monument of Peter the Great, the Bronze Horseman.

    Continuing through the park, to the west enjoy stunning views of the Senate and Synod Building, which is now the headquarters of the Constitutional Court of Russia. Upon reaching Senate Square admire St Isaac’s Cathedral, well known for its magnificent central golden dome. The design of the Cathedral in general and the dome in particular later influenced the design of the United States Capitol in Washington DC.

    Then it’s back onboard your coach for a short transfer to Nevsky Prospect and the Kazan Cathedral, the principal Russian Orthodox Church. From here you’ll follow Catherine’s Canal to the famous Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood.

    A brief stop will be made at local gift shop for a light refreshment and shopping opportunity, before heading back to the ship, passing by the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Artillery Museum.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking included over mainly paved, flat surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour will operate in all weather conditions. US dollars, Euros and Credit Cards are accepted in the gift shop.

    Tour code

    LED_048

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Peter & Paul Fortress & Boat Cruise

    This tour offers a romantic overview of the city, as seen from a canal boat and also includes a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral.

    Peter & Paul Fortress & Boat Cruise

    From 1721 the Peter and Paul Fortress housed part of the city's garrison and served as a high security political jail. Among the inmates was Peter's own rebellious son, Alexei, plus Gorky, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother, Alexander.

    Visit the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. On top of the Cathedral’s gilded spire stands a magnificent golden angel holding a cross. This weathervane is one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg.

    From the pier, not far from the Peter and Paul Fortress, you’ll embark your canal boat for a leisurely cruise. Cruising along the Neva River you’ll enter the Fontanka River and travel as far as Michael's Castle, residence of the most mysterious Russian Czar – Paul I. On the Moyka River you’ll pass by the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood before disembarking at one of the piers along the river. Russian ‘champagne’ will be served in the salon of the lower deck of the boat.



    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 14 steps at the embarkation/disembarkation of the canal boat. It may also be necessary to cross other boats to reach your specific vessel. There are cobblestones and steps at the Fortress. There are 31 steep steps to access the fortress jail. The order of this itinerary may vary.

    Tour code

    LED_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ 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. 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.

    Tour code

    LED_030

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Peterhof Palace

    The Csars often retreated to the cool countryside to escape the summer, building palaces that could compete with Europe's best.

    Peterhof Palace

    Peterhof Palace is a study in regal splendour. Peter the Great personally drafted the layout of the 300-acre park and prepared 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. Water flows down terraced steps leading from the Palace to the Lower Gardens and spouting fountains spray streams of water over marble statues, culminating in a man-made canal leading out to the Gulf of Finland.

    You will have the opportunity to tour the interior and marvel at the opulence of the Throne Room, the Portrait Room, White Dining Room and Chinese Rooms. The most convenient way to return to the city centre is by hydrofoil directly from Peterhof. The 30-minute journey will cross the Gulf of Finland and pass the shipyards and Petrovsky Stadium.


    This excursion will operate by coach, hydrofoil and on foot In the event the hydrofoil is cancelled, the tour will operate by coach both ways. Total time inside the Palace is up to one hour, plus some time in the gardens. The Palace is expected to be crowded and you may be expected to queue outside in all weathers. There is approximately 2½ hours’ walking involved including steps. Peterhof fountains are subject to maintenance work without 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 or bottles inside.

    Tour code

    LED_015

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5¼ 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

  • Picturesque St Petersburg

    Visit the spectacular Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and take a scenic cruise by some of the city's landmarks.

    Picturesque St Petersburg

    This tour is filled with memorable sights, one of which will be Palace Square. You’ll be able to take pictures as you pass by before moving on to one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

    The incredible, colourful building of the Church of the Resurrection, also known as The Church of the Saviour on The Spilled Blood was directly inspired by St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. Its main features include a variety of spectacular onion domes, central tower with a pyramidal roof, decorated arches and columns. Built between 1883 and 1907 by Alfred Parland on the site of Alexander II’s assassination, this church was intended as a celebration of Russian art’s enduring values.

    You’ll have a short time for some souvenir shopping before embarking on a leisurely boat cruise along the River Neva to take in the city sights. Pass by Michael's Castle, the State Hermitage Complex, Spit of Basil Island, Admiralty shipyard and Troitsky Bridge.


    There will be around 1½ hours’ walking during this tour and there are 14 steps to negotiate at the boat pier. Local currency is the Rouble, however the local vendors may unofficially accept US dollars and Euros. The order of this tour may vary. The boat route is subject to change depending on the water level and weather conditions. It may also be necessary to cross other boats to reach your specific vessel.

    Tour code

    LED_035

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

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