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.

Download PDF Itinerary here. 

ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

$1,275 per person, based on two guests traveling together.  Please contact Exeter International for exact pricing and availability.

Day 1
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg

Today meet your guide and driver outside your cruise ship

To get you acquainted with Peter the Great’s “Venice of the North,” you will 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.

Afterwards, 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.

This afternoon you will visit the Hermitage. The Hermitage collection in the Winter Palace spans just about every artistic period going back to the Greek and Roman collections. This extraordinary museum boasts that it 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

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.

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

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