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St. Petersburg (2-Day) — Shore Excursion

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Explore the palatial city of St. Petersburg for two 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.  

For custom luxury travel, tours and shore excursions to St. Petersburg and Russia, please contact one of our travel experts.

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ITINERARY

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$1,135 per person, based on two travelers.

Day 1
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg

Meet your guide and driver this morning for the short drive to Palace Square and the Hermitage. Early entrance to the Hermitage has been arranged for you, so that you can enter the museum before the general public. The Hermitage collection spans just about every artistic period from Greek and Roman collections to Matisse. The museum boasts that it holds the largest collection of art in the world.

This afternoon, visit Peter Paul Fortress: the birthplace of St. Petersburg. After walking through the many gates and across the bridges and moats, you can begin to feel the late 18th century era that required such fortification. As Peter’s original outpost against the Swedes, St. Petersburg was born from this fortress and its historical significance is felt to this day by the presence of every Romanov tomb from Peter the Great.

This afternoon, your guide will take you into the stately St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Its malachite and lapis lazuli columns are not to be missed! For those with strong legs, you can climb to the top of the cathedral’s dome for the finest views over St. Petersburg’s historic neighborhood.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience (Optional) St. Petersburg’s first Fabergé Museum, a must see, is at the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka Canal, right in the city center. The palace houses the celebrated Fabergé collection of the Link of Times Foundation owned by Russian Entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg, which, with its over 1500 choice pieces, now easily outranks the comparatively small collection of the Kremlin Armoury Museum. Mr. Vekselberg has assembled the most formidable collection in the world of works by this great Russian master craftsman, best known for his celebrated million-dollar Imperial Easter Eggs. There are various ways to see Fabergé Museum, not just private. Please inquire for options.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Day 2
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg

This morning meet your guide and driver outside your cruise ship.

One option is a visit to the General Staff Building, the Eastern Wing of which is now a part of the Hermitage. Designed by Carlo Rossi, one of the central architects that conceived St Petersburg, the General staff building was the headquarters of the army in Imperial times. At just under 2,000 feet it is the longest building in Europe. This is now the home of the Hermitage’s contemporary art collection, including its collection of French Impressionists.

Alternatively, you can visit this morning the famous Yusupov Palace on the banks for the Moika Canal. Enjoy a tour of the palace including its famous theater and Arabian Room. You will hear the story of Rasputin’s murder and more history of Russia leading up to the Revolution.

You may wish to have lunch today in the village of Pavlovsk at the restaurant, Podvorye. This charming restaurant is made of wood and features lively folk entertainment at lunch. Lunch cost is not included in your tour and is payable locally.

Later today your driver and guide will take you out into the Russian countryside to see one of the city’s most elegant and beautiful palaces- Catherine Palace (formerly Pushkin) and its fabled Amber Room. This palace was started by Catherine I (Peter the Great’s second wife and not Catherine the Great) and it bears her name. The baroque design is truly a masterpiece and this palace, with its striking blue and gold exterior, is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience: While visiting Catherine Palace, you will be invited into the Amber Room workshops where craftsmen rebuilt the famous amber panels lost in World War II. This tour is by appointment only and cannot be moved to another time or day.

Afterward, head back to the city center. Depending on your interests, you have the choice of exploring the fabulous French Impressionist collection of the Hermitage or delving more into Russia’s history at the Yusupov Palace.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

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