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Exclusive St. Petersburg Two Day Program
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Escape the overcrowded tours and enjoy this complete two day program in groups averaging 15 and never more than 30 guests. With inside visits to Peterhof, Catherine's Palace, the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Issacs and Spilled Blood, there is no other tour more complete.

All the sites and destinations listed below will be visited inside, be seen during an exterior photo stop, or seen in passing. Due to museums, palaces or other sites being closed on alternate days throughout the week, the order in which they are visited is not given. Each departure is arranged around these closings so that all sites mentioned are seen as described. You will have the same guide for both days of your tour.

You will enjoy interior visits at:

Catherine’s Palace: The grand Baroque style palace was built for the wife of Peter The Great in the village of Pushkin. It exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size, the stunning façade of the palace extends for almost 1000 feet, and its unique decorations. You will have a tour of all the rooms open to the public, including the stunning “lost Amber Room”, and the Great Hall. You will also view a few selected parts of the more than 1,500 acres of park and gardens that surround the palace..

Peterhof Palace: You will enjoy an interior visit at Peterhof Palace and also see some of the enormous fountains and gardens. Built to rival Versailles in France, the palace design was drafted by Peter the Great who supervised the design of the palace fountains. After your interior visit, you will look down upon the Grand Cascade, the most famous fountain group, stroll through the lower parks and view and “experience” some of Peter's surprise creations.

Hermitage: The former residential Winter Palace of the Romanov rulers, today houses one of the world's most prestigious museums where the rooms rival the art within them. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which house some of the museums more than three million art works, including works by DaVinci, Rafael, Rembrandt - to name a few. If nothing else, this is the “must” place in St. Petersburg.

Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood: Built on the site of the 1881 assassination (spilled blood) of Tsar Alexander II. It sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior of traditional colorful onion domes, ceramic tiles and colored glazed bricks. Inside you will view large works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes.

Peter and Paul Fortress: Built in 1703, by Peter the Great to protect his new capital, it never saw battle and became a prison for politically harmful people. You will visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the traditional, ornate church that houses 18th century paintings, icons and the tombs of many of the Romanov Dynasty Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the last Tsar, Nikolai II and his family members

St. Isaac's Cathedral: The cathedral's massive central gold dome, one of the largest in the world, is covered with 220 pounds of pure gold and dominates the city skyline. The Cathedral was commissioned in 1818 and took more than three decades to complete. After the October Revolution of 1917 the cathedral was turned into a museum.

Photo stops will be made at the following sites:

The Palace Square between the Winter Palace, the General Headquarters.

Rostral Columns One of the most photographed locations in St. Petersburg.

Lunches: The first day features a traditional Russian lunch, served in one of the better restaurants and the second day lunch will be in a restaurant specializing in international cuisine. Both lunches will consist of three course meals.

Shopping: In addition to local vendors at most of the stops during your excursion, a stop at one of St. Petersburg's souvenir shops will be made where you can barter for traditional Russian goods as china and porcelain, nesting dolls, jewelry, lacquered boxes, pins, handicrafts, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, Russian coffee table books, and much more.

Note that all of our tours in St. Petersburg are operated by authorized guides, and you therefore do not need to secure an independent visa in order to participate in this tour. However, in order to book this tour, you must provide us with full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so that our guides can secure the proper tour visas on your behalf. Note also that, if you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own while not accompanied by one of our guides, you will need to secure an independent visa.

Tour Size
Small
Tour Type
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
2 Days
Tour Departs From
Custom pick-up is provided for this tour. Please enter your desired pick-up location above.
Activity Level
Moderate
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch Daily
Recommended Dress
Comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions
There will be no refund for programs canceled within 15 days of departure.

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