Peterhof - St. Petersburg, Russia St. Isaac's Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

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. 

Featuring Extraordinary Experiences:

  • VIP Entrance to Catherine Palace (Optional)
  • Amber Room Workshops of Catherine Palace

Special Touring Notes:

Some palaces are open late in the summer on certain days, allowing for later entry with fewer crowds. If you are open to early evening touring, please let us know and we’ll schedule accordingly.

The itinerary below is merely a suggestion to cover the highlights of St Petersburg in the short time you have. If there are any special interests you have, please let us know well in advance so we can incorporate them into your sightseeing program.

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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$1,550 per person based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for exact pricing and availability.

Day 1
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum - St. Petersburg, Russia

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

To get you acquainted with Peter the Great’s “Venice of the North,” you should start with an overview city tour that will start where all tours should begin – 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, you will make the short drive to Palace Square. The focal point of this ensemble is the Winter Palace—an architectural masterpiece of the Russian Baroque and the royal residence of all the Russian Emperors (except Paul) until the 1917 Revolution. The existing Winter Palace is based on three earlier versions, the first two of which were rather modest and were erected under Peter the Great. After his death, the palace was repeatedly expanded and redesigned, most notably by the famous architects Domenico Trezzini and Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

The art collection, started in 1764 by Catherine the Great, grew over a period of two decades as she acquired more pieces. Eventually she commissioned new buildings to house the ever-growing collection, the Hermitage. Now the complex of four buildings, including the Winter Palace, holds the largest collection of art in the world.

If you are interested, you may also visit the General Staff Building, located just across Palace Square, 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.

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

To get you acquainted with Peter the Great’s “Venice of the North,” you should start with an overview city tour that will start where all tours should begin – 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, you will make the short drive to Palace Square. The focal point of this ensemble is the Winter Palace—an architectural masterpiece of the Russian Baroque and the royal residence of all the Russian Emperors (except Paul) until the 1917 Revolution. The existing Winter Palace is based on three earlier versions, the first two of which were rather modest and were erected under Peter the Great. After his death, the palace was repeatedly expanded and redesigned, most notably by the famous architects Domenico Trezzini and Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

The art collection, started in 1764 by Catherine the Great, grew over a period of two decades as she acquired more pieces. Eventually she commissioned new buildings to house the ever-growing collection, the Hermitage. Now the complex of four buildings, including the Winter Palace, holds the largest collection of art in the world.

If you are interested, you may also visit the General Staff Building, located just across Palace Square, 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.

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

Day 2
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg Catherine's Palace - St. Petersburg, Russia

Meet your guide just outside your cruise ship.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience: Faberge Privately Guided

Begin today with a visit to St. Petersburg’s first Fabergé Museum. The palace houses the celebrated Fabergé collection of Russian Entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg, which, with its over 1500 choice pieces, now easily outranks the comparatively small collection of the Kremlin Armoury Museum.

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.

Afterwards your driver and guide will take you to see one of the city’s most elegant and beautiful palaces- Catherine Palace 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: VIP Entrance to Catherine Palace (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: Amber Room Workshops

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.

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

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