This two-day guaranteed departure tour enables you to see the best of this fascinating city with a professional and personable guide leading a small group of maximum 16 people.
What to Expect
The first full day tour includes a general sightseeing tour of the city along with visits to the Hermitage, the world’s famous
art treasury, and Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, You will have time for several photo stops and shopping as well.
The Hermitage – The Tsar’s former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world’s premier art collections. Your two-hour guided tour will bring you to display rooms with masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rafael, Rubens, and Renoir. Designed by Rastrelli, the Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, and molded and decorated ceilings.
Peter and Paul Fortress – Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia’s Tower of London, a place for political prisoners – including Peter the Great’s own son.
The Peter and Paul Cathedral – The city’s tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great. Only the television tower exceeds it in height today. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings, icons, and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.
The Church on Spilled Blood – Was built on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The interior of the Church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day. The Church was closed for services in 1930 and finally reopened in all its breathtaking former glory in 1997 after almost 30 years of restoration.
On the next day board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St. Petersburg: to the south to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the west to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th century that belonged to the Russian Tsars.
Catherine Palace – Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace’s north end, and the chapel. Go to the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.
Alternatively, you will visit Palace of Paul (Pavlovsk), another masterpiece of the 18th century located nearby (10 minute drive). The ensemble’s fame rests on the splendor of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming, rather than grand, rooms of his wife Maria.
Peterhof Park – Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent parks, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, but has been restored to its full splendor. The parks are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses.
The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.
Take a Metro ide. The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes.
If the weather permits you'll take a complimentary Hydrofoil trip to/from Peterhof. The hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.
- English speaking guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Entry fees
- Welcome gift pack
- Daily bottle of water
- Ear piece set ( for groups larger than 6 people)
- Photo permits
- Visa-free visit
- Port fees
- Local taxes
What to Remember
• The hydrofoil ride is provided if the weather permits
• The order of sights visited may vary