This morning meet your guide and driver outside your cruise ship. One option is a visit to St. Petersburg’s first Fabergé Museum located 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. Please note: there are various ways to see Fabergé Museum, not just private. Please inquire for options.
Alternatively, you can visit the famous Yusupov Palace on the banks of 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 Pushkin (home of Catherine Palace) at a local restaurant. Lunch cost is not included in your tour and is payable locally.
Afterwards your driver and guide will take you 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 (Optional)
During the busy summer months, we highly advise to arrange VIP entrance to Catherine Palace. Generally, our guides are able to skip the lines with groups of two or less, but we are finding that this is getting increasingly difficult. With VIP entrance, you will enter through the main Golden Gates of the palace with your guide avoiding all the lines. You will then be met by a palace representative. Your guide will walk you to the main entrance from the gates, and take you into the private reception area where you will be able to use the facilities and leave your coats. Your tour of the palace will then begin. Please note that VIP Catherine Entrance is not included in program cost. Please inquire for details if you are interested.
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.