This three-day excursion package for St Petersburg caters for those who want to see the main sights of the city in a short period. St Petersburg is the most touristic city in Russia and as one of the most beautiful cities in the world it is no surprise why. Luxurious palaces and parks of the Russian emperors, relaxing canals like those of Venice, cathedrals built by outstanding architects of their era, and a wide range of sites connected with significant events in Russian history. There is something here for everybody.
In three days of excursions you will visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the State Hermitage (Winter Palace), the Saviour on Spilled Blood Cathedral and St Isaac's Cathedral. In addition you will go out of the city to see the Catherine Palace and its world-famous Amber Room. In case you want even more we can also offer an additional optional excursion around the city.
All excursions are held by professional, licensed guides, who will show you the most beautiful places in the city and tell you all about their history and legends connected with them. This three-day excursion package suits those visiting St Petersburg on cruise ships as it allows you to see all the main sights in the short time you have.
DAY1 | INTRODUCTION TO ST PETERSBURG
Walking excursion around the main sights of St Petersburg. On this excursion you will see:
- Peter and Paul Fortress – the oldest architectural monument in the city. The date of the foundation of this foundation is considered the date of the foundation of St Petersburg itself. From its establishment the history of the city begins. In the fortress’s Ss Peter and Paul’s Cathedral almost all emperors and empresses of Russia are buried, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas II and his family.
- Nevsky Prospekt – the main thoroughfare in the city; it is lined with grand buildings and is made up of several famous bridges. Practically every building on Nevsky has some interesting story or fact connected to it.
- Field of Mars – this is where victims of the Russian Revolution of 1917 were buried.
- Bronze Horseman – this is a symbol of the city; an equestrian statue of Peter the Great which was given to the city by Catherine the Great.
- Strelka of Vasilievsky Island - the strelka is the very tip of the island and many old and interesting museums are found here. Also here are two old lighthouses featuring statues of personifications of Russian rivers.
- Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral – this is one of the largest working Orthodox cathedrals in St Petersburg. It was Emperor Paul who desired the cathedral to resemble St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Work only began in 1801, after Paul's assassination, and was completed in 1811. It subsequently became a monument to the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812.
- Peter the Great’s Cabin – this is one of the few buildings to survive from the era of the city’s famous founder.
- Avrora Cruiser – another symbol of the city; it took part in military action in the Far East, but more famously played a role in the Russian Revolution as it fired a shot to begin the storming of the Winter Palace.
Guided tour of the Saviour on Spilled Blood Cathedral -– this is perhaps the most striking cathedral in St Petersburg. The Russian revival style building is brightly coloured and reminiscent of Moscow’s St Basil's Cathedral. It was founded in 1883 on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded by a terrorist’s bomb. Around the building there are 20 granite boards detailing the achievements of the reign of Alexander II. You will also go inside the cathedral and see its stunning interior which is made up of mosaics depicting bible scenes and the lives of Russian saints.
Duration: 6 hours | Transportation: by a private car and on foot
DAY2 | CATHERINE PALACE
Grand Catherine Palace – this amazing palace is an example of the work of master architect Rastrelli, who made an enormous contribution in making St Petersburg the beautiful city it is today. The palace is magnificent both inside and out.You will see the halls which are luxuriously decorated and incrusted with jewels and the apartments were the imperial family lived and received guests.
Amber Room – the most famous apartment in the Grand Catherine Palace is the Amber Room, which as its name suggests is completely decorated with amber. Part of the amber mosaics were prepared in the beginning in the 18th century in Prussia and given to Emperor Peter the Great. In 1755 they were installed in at the palace. During the Second World War all the decorations from the Amber Room were dismantled by the Nazis and taken back to Germany, where they were subsequently lost. Even today their whereabouts are a mystery. The room was restored using the original designs and it was reopened to the public to mark the 300th anniversary of St Petersburg in 2003. Everything was recreated from scratch. Six tonnes of amber were used to create the masterpiece.
Yekaterininsky Park – the grand palace is surrounded by a beautiful park, consisting of the Old Garden and the picturesque English Park.
Duration: 6 hours | Transportation: by a private car
DAY3 | HERMITAGE AND ST ISAAC CATHEDRAL
Hermitage (Winter Palace) – the Winter Palace is the main sight in St Petersburg. From 1762 to 1904 the palace served as the official winter residence of the Russian emperors. Its rich and varied architecture and sculptured décor have no match in St Petersburg. The Italian architect Rastrelli began building the palace in 1754 in the exuberant baroque style during the reign of Empress Elizabeth and so the style became known as Elizabethan baroque. The palace only took its final form during the reign of Empress Catherine the Great. It has over 1000 rooms, 117 staircases and around 2000 windows and doors. Today it holds the Hermitage – one of the world’s largest art galleries.
St Isaac’s Cathedral – this masterpiece of 19th-century architecture took almost 40 years to complete. The cathedral is decorated with 50 works of art and 300 monuments and bas-reliefs and is a unique example of Russian church architecture. More than 100kg of precious metals were used gilding its dome, which involved mercury and subsequently led to the death of several of the masters.
- The tour is available the whole year round starting on any day, but please take into account that the museum’s working hours and days-off vary so we reserve the right to change the itinerary while trying to save the excursion programme.
- Tickets to museums cannot be sold without an excursion with a guide.
- All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides - unless otherwise stated.
- Best time to travel on this route: from the end of April to mid-October and from December to mid-March.
• CANCELLATION POLICY •
DATE OF CANCELLATION
|FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||10%|
|FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||30%|
|FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||50%|
|LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||100%|
• IN THE CITY •
|Boat cruise around St Petersburg canals (from May till October)|
Duration: 1½ h.
• OUTSIDE ST PETERSBURG •
|Guided Tour of the Pavlovsk Palace.|
Duration: 2h | Transportation: by private car
|Day tour to Veliky Novgorod|
Duration: 12 hours | Transportation: by train
|Oreshek Fotress (only from May to October)|
Duration: about 6 hours | Transportation: by private car and by boat
• THEMED TOURS •
Tour availability: from Friday to Sunday
Duration: about 7 hours | Transportation: by a private car
|Best Cathedrals of St Petersburg tour|
Duration: 6 hours | Transportation: by a private car
|Guided tour of Zoological museum and Kunskamera|
Tour availability: daily except Mondays
Duration: 4 h | Transportation: walking