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St. Petersburg (3-Day) – Shore Excursion

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Explore the elegant city of St. Petersburg for three days on an Exeter International Private Shore Excursion.  Enjoy behind the scenes access and expert guiding while you are in port. 

The following is just a suggested shore excursion itinerary.  Please contact Exeter International for a custom and tailor designed program. 

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Day 1
Stunning St. Petersburg |

This morning, after your cruise ship clears customs, your private driver and guide will meet you at the cruise pier.

Start with an overview city tour to get you acquainted with Peter the Great’s “Venice of the North.”

Your guide will point out the Peter Paul Fortress, the famous Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great, the Strelka (the spit in the center of the Neva River, overlooking the Winter Palace, the first stock exchange, and dozens of stately palaces) and of course, the grand Nevsky Prospect, the main avenue of the city.

Continue to Palace Square. The Winter Palace – a Russian baroque architectural masterpiece. It was home to all the Russian royals except for Paul, until the 1917 revolution. Converted into the Hermitage Museum, it houses a priceless collection of art, artifacts and antiquities, worth millions of dollars. From Greek and Roman relics to Matisse, Van Gogh and da Vinci – the art collection at the Hermitage is one of the largest and finest in the world.

Walk to St. Issac’s Cathedral with its columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. If you feel strong enough, climb up to the pinnacle of its massive golden dome for some of the most gorgeous views over St. Petersburg.

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Visit the Shuvalov Palace, which houses Viktor Vekselberg’s private collection of Faberge objets d’art. By far the finest collection of these prized pieces in the world today, this tour is limited to very few people and is by special appointment only.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide

Day 2
Imperial St. Petersburg |

Drive out into the countryside around St. Petersburg to visit two of St. Petersburg’s most stunning palaces – Catherine Palace (formerly known as Pushkin) and Pavlovsk.

The understated summer palace of the Tsars, Pavlovsk was started by Cameron, a Scot and a favorite of Catherine the Great, but it was finished by Andrei Voronykhin – a Russian serf who rose to become one of Russia’s finest architects, under the patronage of Paul I and his wife, Maria.

In stark contrast, the Rococo style Catherine Palace bears the extravagant signature of Rastrelli, the architect who designed much of St. Petersburg’s royal precinct. Named for Catherine I by her daughter Tsarina Elizabeth, it was later embellished by Catherine II (The Great). Razed by the Nazis during the second siege of Leningrad, the palace and its fabled Amber Room have been painstakingly restored to exquisite perfection.

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Learn how the Amber Room has been restored by Russian craftsmen after World War II on a private tour of the Amber Room workshops (by private appointment only).

Services: Full-Day Vehicle, Driver & Guide

Day 3
The Palace of all Palaces |

Today you will head out to Peter the Great’s summer palace, Peterhof. Cascading fountains on lush manicured lawns that roll down to the Baltic Sea make it reminiscent of a Russian Versailles. Enter the Lower Gardens and watch out for sprays of water from the trick and treat fountains on the grounds. Walk to the Upper Gardens and mount the steps to the Grand Palace. It’s grandiose Baroque façade gives way to an eclectic interior. Visit the grottos beneath the palace and learn more about the incredible vision and engineering behind the fountains that spout streams of water across the gardens.

When the weather is nice in the summertime, a special treat is to take the express hydrofoil back into the city. The one-hour ride takes you out of the city traffic and into the Baltic Sea! Your guide will accompany you on the hydrofoil and your driver will meet you at your destination. Cost of hydrofoil is included in your tour.

Return to your cruise ship in time for your ship’s departure.

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