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.
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