St Petersburg Shore Excursions & Tours | TJ Travel » Languages » English https://st-petersburg-tours.ru Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:08:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best of Amsterdam Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-of-amsterdam-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-of-amsterdam-shore-excursion#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 09:53:33 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=5616 During this one day program…   Please, note that is tour is rather active and comfortable shoes are strongly recommended. 9:00 am – Meeting at the ship (your meeting time…

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During this one day program…

 

Please, note that is tour is rather active and comfortable shoes are strongly recommended.

9:00 am – Meeting at the ship (your meeting time and time of the whole tour  is always adjusted due to the ship arrival schedule)

9:00 am – 9:15 am – Bus transfer to the Downtown

9:15 am – 12:00 pm – Guided walking tour

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Boat ride along rivers and canals (extra fee – 10 Euro per person if you book in advance)/ free time

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Return to the ship

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

We will meet you right at your ship and then you be taken to the downtown where your walking tour begins. During this 3 hour stroll around the historical center our friendly local guides will expose you to over 800 years of Amsterdam history and culture. From its humble beginnings on the river Amstel to the glorious Golden Age Amsterdam has an exclusive place in world history. We’ll show you sites like The Jordaan, The world famous Canal Belt, Dam square, The Begijnhof and of course (being the very oldest part of Amsterdam) the infamous Red Light District.

You will be guided through the oldest part of the city stopping at numerous sights to explain the culture and feeling of this grand city both past and present. You walk down the oldest streets near the harbor of Amsterdam and get the chance to take a break if you wish halfway through the tour.

 

Some of the places you will see during your tour (Highlights):

  • The picturesque Jordaan Area
  • Western Church
  • The Anne Frank House
  • The Canal Belt (UNESCO world heritage)
  • The Begijnhof
  • The Dutch East Indies HQ
  • New Market (old city gates)
  • The Red Light District
  • Dam Square

 

The tour proceeds with a one hour canal cruise (optional, extra 10 Euro per person) , which takes you through Amsterdam’s enchanting canals. From the water you’ll enjoy a marvelous view of the 17th century merchants’ houses and carillon crowned churches.    This tour is optional and you can use this time to walk around, do some shopping or have a a bite before returning to the harbor.  

 

The price is $50 per person if you book a St Petersburg tour with us!*

 

Price includes:

  • Modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • English/Spanish/ Italian/ Russian/ Chinese/ French/ Italian   Speaking Guide service
  • Pick up and Drop off: Port of Amsterdam
  • Departure time : on request
  • Enjoy scenic views of the city on the water.

Price does not include:

  • Entrance tickets to 1 Hour Canal cruise 10  EU p/p ( regular price 16 euro )
*The regular price for the group tour is $ 60 per person.

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New Interactive Exhibition Opened in Peterhof https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/new-interactive-exhibition-opened-peterhof https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/new-interactive-exhibition-opened-peterhof#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 10:04:00 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4566 In Peterhof tourists are welcome at the new interactive exhibition called “Gosudarevy Potechi”. The exhibition includes 9 halls which hold some video installations, one multimedia book and other modern technologies…

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In Peterhof tourists are welcome at the new interactive exhibition called “Gosudarevy Potechi”.
The exhibition includes 9 halls which hold some video installations, one multimedia book and other modern technologies helping us to disclose uniqueness of all the items in the museum: personal effects of Peter the Great, measuring and navigation devices, original theatrical costumes of XVIII, a huge collection of imperial bicycles and etc. Almost at the end of the tour you witness an amazing interaction display with fireworks being set off the way it was done in 18 century and nowadays.

This beautiful museum will uncover secrets of Russian Emperor’s private life and take you through the history of Peterhof foundation up until the end of 19 century. This museum is a great way to learn more about Peterhof residence and Alexandria and it will be interesting both for adults and kids.

 

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Hermitage Museum Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/hermitage-museum-ranked-1-on-tripadvisor https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/hermitage-museum-ranked-1-on-tripadvisor#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:21:12 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4571 The popular travel website TripAdvisor has made up the list of the Top-25 museums in Europe and we are happy to say that the Hermitage Museum took first place! The Hermitage Museum…

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The popular travel website TripAdvisor has made up the list of the Top-25 museums in Europe and we are happy to say that the Hermitage Museum took first place!

The Hermitage Museum overcame the Florence Academy of Fine Arts and the Paris Museum d’Orsay. This ranking is based on tourist reviews from all over the world. The Hermitage Museum was the only museum from Russia to be listed among the best in Europe. The shortlist is published on TripAdvisor.

The Hermitage Museum is the largest museum in Russian and one of the largest in the world. It’s extensive collection numbers over 3 million exhibits which makes it impossible to see all of them even during the course of 1 year.

The Hermitage Museum was first opened to the public in the mid 19th century. Currently the collection is spread out between six main historical buildings: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, Hermitage Theater, and the General Staff Building.

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Cruiser Aurora Left its Moorings https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/cruiser-aurora-left-its-moorings https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/cruiser-aurora-left-its-moorings#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:37:34 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4559 For the first time since 1987, on Sunday September 21st, the Cruiser Aurora left its moorings. It was taken to the Kronstadt docks for repair works and will return to its permanent…

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For the first time since 1987, on Sunday September 21st, the Cruiser Aurora left its moorings. It was taken to the Kronstadt docks for repair works and will return to its permanent harbor only in 2016.

The Cruiser Aurora was built during the reign of last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. It had become a symbol of the Bolshevik Revolution after it fired a blank shot signaling to start the storming of Winter Palace in St Petersburg, in October 1917. That was the start of the new Soviet era and therefore it was decided to moor this famous battle-ship on the Neva River as a monument to the October Revolution. The Cruiser Aurora participated in all main military campaigns during the first half of 20th century and was turned into museum only after WWII in 1957.

 

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Faberge Museum – New Must-See in St Petersburg https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/faberge-museum-new-must-see-in-st-petersburg https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/faberge-museum-new-must-see-in-st-petersburg#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:09:14 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4552 We are happy to inform you that the Faberge Museum is now added to our two and three day group tours in St Petersburg Russia. The Faberge Museum was opened in…

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We are happy to inform you that the Faberge Museum is now added to our two and three day group tours in St Petersburg Russia.

The Faberge Museum was opened in the Shuvalovsky Palace, which was specially restored to house one of the largest collection of Faberge works in the world. The large amount of exhibits used to belong to media magnate Malcolm Forbes, who collected artworks of Faberge over 50 years. The first 200 items were acquired by Viktor Vekselberg in 2004 and the total sum of the purchase is unknown… Now the unique collection numbers over 4000 exhibits, including 14 world famous Easter eggs that belong to the royal family and the wealthiest families who lived in St Petersburg before the Revolution of 1917. The collection of Faberge works is being constantly refilled.

Address: Shuvalov Palace, 21 Fontanka Canal

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Irina Rubashkina https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/irina-rubashkina https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/irina-rubashkina#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:50:34 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4295 I have been working as a tour guide in Saint-Petersburg for over 15 years, and I am still enthralled with being a guide. I like meeting new people and sharing…

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I have been working as a tour guide in Saint-Petersburg for over 15 years, and I am still enthralled with being a guide. I like meeting new people and sharing with them my knowledge of the history, art, and architecture of the city, and also my impressions of its unique charm and special aura. It is a city, which may appear different, but is always fascinating, romantic and enigmatic.

I was born in Saint-Petersburg, and have lived here all my life. I remember this city in different periods: in Soviet times, when it was “the imperial capital with a provincial destiny”; when it was dirty and neglected at the beginning of 90-s; and I remember how the city started to flourish, and how it gained back its fame as the cultural capital of the country with clean avenues, restored buildings, polite and cultural people, and numerous museums, theatres and concert halls. I always feel pride when our visitors, having been charmed by Saint-Petersburg, exclaim “What a beautiful city you live in!”

Being a guide I feel myself the “ambassador of peace” as very often I am the first Russian our tourists meet here. I try to do my best to convey the idea that although we are from different countries and Russian history is complex and unique, we share the same values as people elsewhere.

Being a passionate traveller I always try to put myself “in the tourist’s shoes” and make the stay of our guests here comfortable and enjoyable, as people travel not only to get knowledge but also to relax and unwind.

Guiding is my part-time job which I combine with teaching English to students of journalism and public relations at Saint-Petersburg University, my alma mater.

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Elena Glazkova https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/elena-glazkova https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/elena-glazkova#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:48:33 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4292 Welcome to St. Petersburg! My name is Elena Glazkova, I am a graduate of the department of languages and literature of the Perm Teacher Training University. Now I work as…

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Welcome to St. Petersburg! My name is Elena Glazkova, I am a graduate of the department of languages and literature of the Perm Teacher Training University. Now I work as a tour guide. I’ve been working as a guide since 2006 and enjoy it very much. I like meeting people and sharing my knowledge of history and art, and also my memories, views, my personal experience of living in my country that has come through major changes.

I wasn’t born in St. Petersburg but it became one of my favorite hobbies long ago. I like discovering new pages in the history of this beautiful city. Together with my friends and my daughter Sasha I like strolling along the embankments, visiting museums, walking in the shades of trees in the huge gardens of Peterhof, Tsars Village or Pavlovsk. Iwould be pleased to share my love to St. Petersburg with you!

The best gratitude to me is to see that our guests from different countries enjoy being in the city, their smiles and thanks for the tour, their wish to come back to the city again and again!

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Nina Pokrovskaya https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/nina-pokrovskaya https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/nina-pokrovskaya#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:47:45 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4289 Hello! My name is Nina Pokrovskaya and I have been working as a licensed English-speaking tour guide in St Petersburg for 9 years.  I love this job so much that sometimes…

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Hello! My name is Nina Pokrovskaya and I have been working as a licensed English-speaking tour guide in St Petersburg for 9 years.  I love this job so much that sometimes it seems to me I was born to be a guide, though I am a teacher of English and German languages by diploma. I was not born in Saint Petersburg but when in 2005 I moved here from Murmansk … I fell in love with this city forever!  People find me very communicative, passionate and active (one of our tourists compared me once with a firework), so I’ll be happy to share my love for this wonderful city with you!

I enjoy meeting new people, telling them something really interesting about Russia and St. Petersburg. Believe it or not but one of my hobbies is answering questions!  I like when people are interested in the Russian history, our past and present, cuisine, everyday life, whatever! The best gratitude for me is to see that our guests from different countries enjoy the city and my excursions and they would like to come to Saint Petersburg again. Quite often they really do!

I have been happily married for seven years and have got two little children. My daughter’s name is Catherine. We called her after the Russian Empress Catherine the Great! My husband works in the State Hermitage museum so we both like fine art, history and travelling. Being an active traveler myself, I know how to make my own excursions entertaining, dynamic, comfortable for everyone and special.

I am sure that Saint Petersburg has much to offer the visitors and one would always find something interesting to see and to do here!

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Elena Kuznetsova https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/elena-kuznetsova https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/elena-kuznetsova#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:46:48 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4286 Hi, I am Elena, a licensed guide with over 9 years experience and many satisfied customers.  I was born in St. Petersburg. To my mind, it’s one of the most…

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Hi, I am Elena, a licensed guide with over 9 years experience and many satisfied customers.  I was born in St. Petersburg. To my mind, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I’m proud to live in such fascinating place. Northern capital of Russia is known for its monuments of history and culture, and unique architectural ensembles. I enjoy making my tourists happy to spend interesting time and to see beautiful places of my beloved city.  I always try to make our trips based on your wishes, that you could feel the hospitality of St. Petersburg.

About me: Higher Education: St. – Petersburg State Institute of Psychology and Social Work. Qualification – psychologist. I graduated from the Association of guides and interpreters in St. Petersburg in 2004, qualification guide-interpreter. I am an accredited guide to the Government of St. Petersburg.

I conduct tours of St. Petersburg and its suburbs in the English language for large tour groups and individual tourists. License: Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Savior on Spilled Blood, the Yusupov Palace, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, rivers and canals, sightseeing and walking tours.

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Irina Avdeeva https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/irina-avdeeva https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/irina-avdeeva#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:43:47 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4283 I am Irina Avdeeva. I trained to be a teacher of foreign languages at Teacher Training University. I took a course in the English and German languages. I have always…

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I am Irina Avdeeva. I trained to be a teacher of foreign languages at Teacher Training University. I took a course in the English and German languages. I have always been keen on English since I started to study it at school when I was ten. And later it didn’t take me long to decide what to do after finishing school.

I used to teach English at university and to employees of different international companies for many years. I should say I really liked it. And also, I stayed in England for some time sharing my knowledge of Russian with students of Durham University which was an exciting experience.  But then I felt that I wanted to try something else. So I decided to change my line, did a course in tour guiding and made it my full time job.

Living in such a fantastic city as St.-Petersburg gives you a lot of opportunities to learn and discover. And being a tour guide you have a constant need to move on to new knowledge. It is a very evolving job and you have to evolve with it.

I entirely enjoy my job. Meeting new people, showing them around our stunning city and sharing your knowledge with them is really great. Moreover, it is very exciting and challenging to deal with people from around the world getting to know their cultures, traditions and views. In my opinion, I am quite a sociable and outspoken person and also, I reckon, quite talkative. So, apart from giving information about the city, I never refuse to speak about something else regarding the past and the present of our country, people’s everyday life and concerns and any other issues that might interest our guests.

I love the city I live in. Every time I show  visitors around St.-Petersburg I can’t help feeling proud of it and falling in love with it again and again. So, why not come to St.-Petersburg and see everything with your own eyes with us?

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Svetlana Shostatskaya https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/svetlana-shostatskaya https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/svetlana-shostatskaya#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:42:15 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4280 My name is Svetlana. I graduated from the State Teachers´ Training University with a degree in literature and linguistics. I was born in Leningrad and live in Saint-Petersburg now, but…

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My name is Svetlana. I graduated from the State Teachers´ Training University with a degree in literature and linguistics. I was born in Leningrad and live in Saint-Petersburg now, but I’ve never moved. Our city changed its name several times reflecting the most significant turning points of the country’s history. It happened so that my profession made me study this history, full of contradictions.

Saint-Petersburg is not only my native city, but also my hobby and my inspiration. I believe that I have found my vocation, which is the greatest achievement of my life so far. I have always been in love with this city. But I managed to appreciate the beauty and mystery of Saint-Petersburg truly when I started training as a tour-guide. Since 2009, I have been working as a guide. This job is very special to me. What am I actually doing while conducting tours? I am sharing the adoration of my native city with people from all over the world, I am showing off the splendor of the Northern capital, and just having fun discussing everyday life. I can say without any hesitation that I am a happy person. I work with enthusiasm and pleasure since I really enjoy guiding. I can’t imagine any other profession which could make me as enthusiastic and satisfied as this one.

As for my hobbies, I like travelling and reading. The more I travel, the better I realize how lucky I am living in such an amazing city. And travelling inspires me to study the arts, architecture and history of my hometown even more. What is the mystery of Saint-Petersburg to me? Every time I visit its imperial palaces and gardens with my guests, I discover something new and experience different emotions. Let’s discover Saint-Petersburg together!

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Alexander Gorodinsky https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/alexander-gorodinsky https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/alexander-gorodinsky#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:41:05 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4277 Hello dear travellers. I love travelling for its great opportunity to get a real knowledge about people and the world. When I came to St. Petersburg for studying I fell…

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Hello dear travellers.

I love travelling for its great opportunity to get a real knowledge about people and the world. When I came to St. Petersburg for studying I fell in love with this magnificent city – full of history, elegant architecture and interesting, literate and open minded people. It is said in Russiaif you study in St. Petersburg  you get two degrees at once: one – for your major in University, another – for culture and history. I can say, it is true.

 

I got a master degree in Geography in St. Petersburg State University and The University of Bremen (Germany). For a few years I have been working on climate changes with German partners and participating in international expeditions to Arctic. While travelling I have been observing Russia from Hi-tech and historical cities to the real wild. Then I realized I would like to show all of this cultural and natural beauty of Russia to people to change their attitudes to Russia.

After additional graduation Igot a certificate from the St. Petersburg Association of Professional Guides and Interpreters andI have been guiding around St. Petersburg for 4 years.

I prefer to beinformal inmy excursions,having conversation to our guests rather than being boring like an audio guide. During our excursions we cover not only interesting and funny facts about highlights of the city, but also talk about everything happens to us in Russia: everyday life, habits of Russians, customes, politics etc. My favorite side tours are The Hermitage Diamond room and Catherine’s and Peterhof parks and pavilions by bicycle.

As for hobbies, I like mountain biking and hiking a lot travelling this way on the Globe. I do yoga and interested in Indian philosophy. I am also keen on classical music andplay the piano.

See you in magnificent streets of St. Petersburg!

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Nadia Smotkin https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/nadia-smotkin https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/nadia-smotkin#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:38:06 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4274 My name is Nadia. I have been living in St.Petersburg all my life, it is my native city. It is the city of my parents and grandparents. Therefore it is more…

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My name is Nadia. I have been living in St.Petersburg all my life, it is my native city. It is the city of my parents and grandparents. Therefore it is more than just my home – it is my culture, my lifestyle, my character, that have been formed through the generations. I have always felt a spiritual connection with my city and didn’t stop admiring its unique beauty: its magnificent and romantic rivers and canals, endless bridges, long and wide avenues decorated with elegant European style buildings, its treasures under the sky where every single stone and every house can tell its own story, where every palace still remembers its noble owners and the time of ceremonial receptions and luxurious balls.

After graduating from the University of Foreign Languages (Department of Language Studies and Translation) I decided to apply my knowledge of the language to a new profession – a tour guide. For me guiding is not just a job, it’s my hobby and my pleasure to show the city where I live and to share my knowledge of its history and art. I have been guiding for many years and never regretted it! St.Petersburg gives me a lot of inspiration and energy. The real happiness for me is to live in the city I was born in, the city I am in love with.

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Ksenia Simutenko https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/ksenia-simutenko https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/ksenia-simutenko#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:34:33 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4270 My name is Ksenia which means wellcoming. I`ve been doing my beloved job for almost ten years. It was my dream when a child to be a tour-guide and as…

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My name is Ksenia which means wellcoming.
I`ve been doing my beloved job for almost ten years. It was my dream when a child to be a tour-guide and as all my dreams fulfill, I am a tour-guide.
I was very lucky with my teacher, one of the best guides in Saint-Petersburg, who said: “your number one goal is to make your tourists happy”. This is my number one task and I try my best to succeed in it.
I put a lot of humor in my excursions, making them interactive and vivid. Dialog is greater then a monologue and I learn a lot at my work.
When my clients ask me how did I manage to learn SO much information about Saint-Petersburg, my native city, my answer is: “It’s not a problem to learn something that you love with all your heart and mind”.
I`m also very lucky with my boss Tatiana, it`s a pleasure to work for a person you like and know very well
My original education is teaching kids, so this is my second favorite activity. I put my pedagogical ideas into practice with my little one.
I also have a masters degree in international communication, so I tend to be a person of the world. I almost never have a cultural shock when I go somewhere I have a cultural excitement.
I`ve been to many countries and I have many more to visit.

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Maria Kostina https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/maria-kostina https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/maria-kostina#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:22:57 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4254 Hello! I am Maria. I am a local from Saint-Petersburg. I was born here and have lived here all my life. I have been a tour guide here for seven years.…

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Hello! I am Maria. I am a local from Saint-Petersburg. I was born here and have lived here all my life. I have been a tour guide here for seven years. I have a degree in English and French. I also speak Italian. When there is free time I love meeting my friends, reading books and watching films about Russian history. During winter time when I am less busy I like arranging tours to unusual museums for my colleagues and friends.

I love strolling the streets of Saint-Petersburg. I am deeply in love with my native city. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Full of history and beautiful places to visit. It is also called the museum in the open air. I will be happy to be your guide and share my city with you. You are warmly welcome to our city!

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6 Baltic Capitals Standard Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/6-baltic-capitals-standard-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/6-baltic-capitals-standard-shore-excursion#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:34:16 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=3664 This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen & St Petersburg Group Tours. * To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day…

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This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen & St Petersburg Group Tours.

* To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day Standard tour in St. Petersburg and  group tours in the other cities 

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THE BEST OF TALLINN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16

DURATION: 3 hours of walking tour + 2  hours of free time

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.

The guide will be meeting you right at the cruise ship pier and the bus transfer takes you to Upper Old Town. During this 15 minute drive you can admire beautiful parks surrounding the Old Town and have a look to the 13th century medieval Toompea Castle standing high above the ground at Toompea hill.

Our walking tour starts from Upper Old Town. You will see the Estonian Parliament and make a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to meet the oldest church in Tallinn – Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform.    

From Upper Old Town, you will descend to much livelier Lower Old Town. There you will see gothic style merchant houses and Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. Tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can be seen.

Walk through the St Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists. Tour ends at the Viru Gate and after that, you will have 2h of free time to have a lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, bus will take you back from the city center to the cruise port.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Tour Guide services for 3 hours
  • Two transfers
  • Company’s representative in cruise port to help with customer registration and payments (when payments are done in Tallinn)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF HELSINKI

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 3.5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

The Helsinki City Sightseeing tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. The tour starts from the port and you are going to drive along Esplanadi Street, down famous Mannerheim street, which is the main boulevard, passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto), Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, and the Parliament Building.

You won’t miss the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympics were held here). There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki’s sight, Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Then you are going to visit Rock Church**. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors of Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces. You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki – Central Station.

You will have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch, shopping, or to return to the ship.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The cost of the tour includes the service of the guide and driver

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF BERLIN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 12 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

7:00 am – Pick-up by your driver. After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in former West Berlin by your private guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital. You’ll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695.

Your will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop). Along the way you’ll see, among other sites the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and of course some notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War, such as Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Hitler’s Bunker.

Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the place where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial).

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Time for a typical hearty Berlin lunch (not included in the tour price). Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping).

Other highlights of former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall and the Humbold University. Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlins Champs Elysees, West Berlins former Showcase of the West.

7:00 pm – Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin Warnemunde in an a/c vehicle

Private A/c vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours

English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. The entrance to some of the museums is free of charge.

 

THE BEST OF STOCKHOLM

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint, from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city.  Overlooking a few of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is located on, the Old Town Hall (you will see the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall) as well as the Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgården. It is the Stockholmers most beloved recreational area and home to the city’s amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren “Junibacken” and much more. The Vasa Museum displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden’s greatest failure but is today instead one of our greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm’s inner harbour, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.

At the end of the tour we will take a guided tour in Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.

And last but not least, you will also get free time to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee. When the 5 hour Essential Stockholm Tour is over, you will return to your ship with unforgettable memories of Stockholm.

Note, the tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions and overcrowding at venues.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to the Vasa Museum and Town hall

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF COPENHAGEN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 4 HOURS

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Your introduction to the old Viking nations capital starts with a panoramic drive along the harbor front with stops at all of the legendary symbols of the world’s oldest monarchy. We will admire the Residence of the Danish Royal Family at the impressive Amalienborg Castle, boasting wonderful views of the Opera House and The Marble Church nearby. The charming fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen become alive when paying a visit to the statue created by the famous fables himself. The Little Mermaid, who is elegantly watching over her waterfront home, has become a must-see symbol of the city.

Towards the old town center, we will enjoy a walk on the celebrated pedestrian street, Stroget. The world’s longest strolling lane begins with the lively Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens next door and will lead us to the splendid Kings New Square. Half way down the street, we will delight ourselves with a visit to the magnificent Christiansborg Castle. This is considered home for both by Danish Parliament, Prime Ministers Offices as well as the Royal Reception Rooms regularly used for official dinners & banquets. You are able to revel in the royal atmosphere of the Great Hall upgraded by the modern tapestries helping to bring alive the Danish heritage & history.

Afterwards we will take some time to take in the charming area of Nyhavn. The graceful swans and stunning old boats lining the canal are a perfect balance to the colorful townhouses up on the street level. This is the perfect location to enjoy a short coffee break or stroll along the harbor filled with inviting cafés and restaurants.

Your day in Copenhagen will end with a short drive back to the cruise harbor. If wished, you can also stay in the city center.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to Christiansborg Palace

 PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

TWO DAY STANDARD FABERGE ST PETERSBURG TOUR

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16 PEOPLE

DURATION: 

Day 1 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 2 – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Day 1

8:00 am – Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)

City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil

10:30 am – 12:00 pm –  Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (optional)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Driving to Pushkin city

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Driving to the city. A visit to the subway station and a farmers market

5:00 pm – Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show / boat trip)

 

Day 2

9:00 am – Meeting by the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping

9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (optional)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – Inside guided tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm – Stroll along Nevsky Prospekt. You will find yourself in the heart of St Petersburg, feel the vibe of the city, pass by iconic buildings, including the oldest shopping mall – Gostiny Dvor. You will also get a unique chance to learn more about Russian local life by visiting Eliseev Imporium (Yeliseev’s Food Hall) and walking along the busiest thoroughfare of the great city. At the end of the day you will have time to do some shopping.

4:30 pm – Return to the ship

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable car (Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
  • A Permit for photo/video at the museums per person
  • Metro ride
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Head sets for the group of 10 and more

 

PRICE DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Lunches

If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof.

 

*It is possible to book the tour in one of the cities, included into the package.

**If you would like to have a private Exclusive Standard tour, please contact us and we will give you the price quote.

***Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

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Three-Day St Petersburg Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/three-day-st-petersburg-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/three-day-st-petersburg-tour#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:43:12 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=2660 During this three day program you will get to know: Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes) St Petersburg…

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During this three day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residence

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • Farmer’s market

 

DAY 1

9:00 am Meeting at the hotel
9:00 am – 12:00 pm City tour with visit to Peter and Paul Fortress
12:30 pm– 1:30 pm Lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Excursion to the Church on the Spilt Blood
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Yusupov Palace
4:30 pm Return to the hotel

DAY 2

9:00 am Meeting at the hotel
10:00 am – 10:30 am Travel to Peterhof by car (or by hydrofoil as optional)*
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Visit to Fountain Park**, Excursion in the Grand Peterhof Palace
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Travel to Tsars Village
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
5:00 pm Return to the hotel or optional evening program (theatre / folk show)

DAY 3

9:00 am Meeting at the hotel. Metro ride. Farmers’ market
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Excursion at the Hermitage Museum
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Visit to St Isaac’s Cathedral. Shopping
4:00 pm Return to the hotel

 

Number of people in the group 2 3 4 5 6 8 10
Price per person in Euro 440 340 280 250 230 210 190

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program
  • Guide’s services for 3 days depending on the program
  • Driver’s services for 3 days depending on the program (Comfortable car (Mercedes)/mini van with A/C)
  • Permission for  photo/video at the museums(except for Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ pp)

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

 

Note,  please:

  • If you travel with children under 7 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge Children/Students over 7 years old receive discount of  15 euro for the tour. Students must have an ISIC card , otherwise the discount is not available.

  • Please note that the hydrofoil to Peterhof is not operating starting from October until the end of April, extra cost of this option is 15 Euro per person

  • During the winter season park is covered with snow and all fountains are kept under wooden boxes for their preservation. So in the off-season you will have more time to explore the palace.

 

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During this program…

 

DAY 1- 7 hours (first 4 hours by car, rest by metro)

 

On the first day you will start with a Moscow city tour and see the most famous square in Russia – Red Square. You will find out why it’s named so (and no, not because of color!), walk the same paving stone as the Red Army in 1941, see the Lenin Mausoleum (visit inside if interested to see his body), and stroll along the world-known Department Store “GUM.”  You’ll make a stop at the Unknown Soldier memorial in Alexander Garden and watch the change of the guard if time allows.

Next you will see several sights by car including Bolshoi Theatre – the world-famous theatre for ballet and opera, the former KGB headquarters, a monument to the monks who wrote the Cyrillic alphabet, the birthplace of Mikhail Romanov – the first of the Romanov dynasty.

Moving along the river, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kremlin and its massive fortress towers. Your next stop will be to visit inside the biggest Orthodox Cathedral in Russia “Cathedral of Christ the Savior.” Your journey will take you out of the city center to see the New Maiden Convent (UNESCO site) where you will make a stop for memorable photos. You will cross Moscow river to the highest point in Moscow to see the panorama of the city from a hill of 80 meters above sea level. There you’ll make a photo stop to capture the Moscow skyline with Russia’s biggest football stadium and one of the Stalin Skyscrapers – Moscow State University.

Continuing the scenic drive you will see the Moscow Film Studio, then down the presidential motorcade road – Memorial park of WWII, the White House, New Arbat Street, the Ministry of Defense, the State Library, and Manezh Square.

At the end of the tour, you will take a short trip back to the railway station using the Moscow Metro which the most beautiful and second most efficient subway system in the world!

Our tour of Moscow Metro / Subway is one of the most impressive and popular excursions among foreign tourists. During the tour, we show the most beautiful subway stations. Some of them look like real castles or palaces, decorated with a great variety of marble, mosaics and chandeliers. Numerous bronze and granite statues reveal the accomplishments of the Soviet people.

A private tour guide will tell you about who and why Moscow needed the “underground” in the early 20th century, which theories and facts we now know about tunnels marked as “Top Secret” by the USSR government and why are some stations voiced by a female voice, and other by a male voice.

Also you will have time for lunch (it is optional, cost is not included).

DAY 2 – 6 hours (metro all day)

 

On the second Day 2 you will visit the heart of Moscow – the Kremlin. On the grounds of the Kremlin you will see the hundreds of cannons which were kept as trophies, the biggest cannon and the biggest bell in the world, visit inside Dormition Cathedral where Russian tsars were crowned and see palaces of different centuries.

Then you will visit the Armoury Museum – a collection of ceremonial weapons, Faberge collection, original carriages of 17-19th c., Russian and European-style crowns decorated with hundreds of diamonds and precious stones, wedding and coronation gowns of Russian empresses, items from church vestry and ambassadorial presents to Russia.

After a short lunch break, you will have time for Souvenir Shopping at Old Arbat Street (one of the oldest street in Moscow) and finally will return to your hotel by metro.

Also you will have time for lunch (it is optional, cost is not included).

DAY 3  – 5-6 hours (car all day)

 

On Day 3 you will visit one of the most famous galleries of Russian art – Tretyakov Art Gallery. You will admire celebrated works of Peredvizhniki (the Wonderers), modern paintings of 19th-20th century as well as famous Russian icons dating back to the 12th-15th centuries. The tour will be followed by a Moscow River cruise which is a wonderful way to see the city from a totally different perspective. You will pass “Sparrow Hills” (“Vorobyovy Gory”), Peter the Great Monument, The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Kremlin and some other must-see places in Moscow! Afterwards you will return to your hotel by car.

 

Number of people 1 2 3 4 5

6

Price in $$ p/p 1620 972 708 576 492 444

 

Price includes:

  • Excursions as per the itinerary (individual licensed English speaking guide)
  • Entrance tickets (all admission fees, local guides with permissions are included)
  • Individual transportation services on the route (A/C car, professional driver)

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

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One-Day Moscow Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/one-day-moscow-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/one-day-moscow-excursion#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:08:51 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=2365 During this one day program…       You will start with a Moscow city tour and see the most famous square in Russia – Red Square. You will find…

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During this one day program…    

 

You will start with a Moscow city tour and see the most famous square in Russia – Red Square. You will find out why it’s named so (and no, not because of color!), walk the same paving stone as the Red Army in 1941, see the Lenin Mausoleum (visit inside if interested to see his body), and stroll along the world-known Department Store “GUM.”  You’ll make a stop at the Unknown Soldier memorial in Alexander Garden and watch the change of the guard if time allows.

Next you will see several sights by car including Bolshoi Theatre – the world-famous theatre for ballet and opera, the former KGB headquarters, a monument to the monks who wrote the Cyrillic alphabet, the birthplace of Mikhail Romanov – the first of the Romanov dynasty.

Moving along the river, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kremlin and its massive fortress towers. Your next stop will be to visit inside the biggest Orthodox Cathedral in Russia “Cathedral of Christ the Savior.” Your journey will take you out of the city center to see the New Maiden Convent (UNESCO site) where you will make a stop for memorable photos. You will cross Moscow river to the highest point in Moscow to see the panorama of the city from a hill of 80 meters above sea level. There you’ll make a photo stop to capture the Moscow skyline with Russia’s biggest football stadium and one of the Stalin Skyscrapers – Moscow State University.

Continuing the scenic drive you will see the Moscow Film Studio, then down the presidential motorcade road – Memorial park of WWII, the White House, New Arbat Street, the Ministry of Defense, the State Library, and Manezh Square.

After a short lunch break, you will visit the heart of Moscow – the Kremlin. On the grounds of Kremlin you will see the hundreds of cannons which were kept as trophies, the biggest cannon and the biggest bell in the world, visit inside Dormition Cathedral where Russian tsars were crowned and see palaces of different centuries.

At the end of the tour, you will take a short trip back to the railway station using Moscow Metro which the most beautiful and second most efficient subway system in the world!

 

Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price in $$ p/p 516 300 216 174 156 132

 

Price includes:

  • Excursions as per the itinerary (individual licensed English speaking guide)
  • Entrance tickets (all admission fees, local guides with permissions are included)
  • Individual transportation services on the route (A/C car, professional driver)

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

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Grand Moscow Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/grand-moscow-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/grand-moscow-shore-excursion#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:04:10 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=2343 During this one day program…         You will visit the capital of Russia – Moscow. Please note, it is possible to go to Moscow either by train…

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During this one day program…        

You will visit the capital of Russia – Moscow. Please note, it is possible to go to Moscow either by train or by plane, most of our clients choose to go by train as it is really faster because of the traffic jams in Moscow (it’s a long journey from the airport), but the train station is situated just in the city center.

Here is the shore program for cruise ship passengers:

5:45 am – Transfer from the ship to the train station in St Petersburg

6:45 am – “Sapsan” high-speed train to Moscow

10:40 am – Local guide and driver will meet you at the train station in Moscow

The tour starts right from Leningradsky Railway Station – one of the busiest areas of Moscow. You will first visit the most famous square in Russia – Red Square. You will find out why it’s named so (and no, not because of color!), walk the same paving stone as the Red Army in 1941, see the Lenin Mausoleum (visit inside if interested to see his body), and stroll along the world-known Department Store “GUM”. You’ll make a stop at the Unknown Soldier memorial in Alexander Garden and watch the change of the guard if time allows.

Next you will see several sights by car including Bolshoi Theatre – the world-famous theatre for ballet and opera, the former KGB headquarters, a monument to the monks who wrote the Cyrillic alphabet, the birthplace of Mikhail Romanov – the first of the Romanov dynasty.

Moving along the river, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kremlin and its massive fortress towers. Your next stop will be to visit inside the biggest Orthodox Cathedral in Russia “Cathedral of Christ the Savior.” Your journey will take you out of the city center to see the New Maiden Convent (UNESCO site) where you will make a stop for memorable photos. You will cross Moscow river to the highest point in Moscow to see the panorama of the city from a hill of 80 meters above sea level. There you’ll make a photo stop to capture the Moscow skyline with Russia’s biggest football stadium and one of the Stalin Skyscrapers – Moscow State University.

Continuing the scenic drive you will see the Moscow Film Studio, then down the presidential motorcade road – Memorial park of WWII, the White House, New Arbat Street, the Ministry of Defense, the State Library, and Manezh Square.

After a short lunch break, you will visit the heart of Moscow – the Kremlin. On the grounds of Kremlin you will see the hundreds of cannons which were kept as trophies, the biggest cannon and the biggest bell in the world, visit inside Dormition Cathedral where Russian tsars were crowned and see palaces of different centuries.

Then you will visit the Armoury Museum – a collection of ceremonial weapons, Faberge collection, original carriages of 17th-19th c., Russian and European-style crowns decorated with hundreds of diamonds and precious stones, wedding and coronation gowns of Russian empresses, items from church vestry and ambassadorial presents to Russia.

At the end of the tour, you will take a short trip back to the railway station using Moscow Metro which the most beautiful and second most efficient subway system in the world! The guide will help you find your train that will bring you back to St Petersburg.

7:45 pm – High-speed train back to St Petersburg

12:30 am – Return to the ship

 

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
By train (PRICE per person in USD) 930 675 570 520 470 460 450 430
By plane (PRICE per person in USD) 1230 980 870 830 790 780 770 760

 

Price includes:

  • The service of the guide, driver and company representative
  • Entrance fees to the museums
  • Train/plane tickets

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

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All Highlights Excursion with Faberge Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/all-highlights-tour-with-faberge-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/all-highlights-tour-with-faberge-museum#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:29:04 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=1860 During this three day program you will get to know: Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes) St…

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During this three day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residences

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • Farmers’ market
  • Boat trip

 

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DAY 1

9:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the time of the beginning of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm City tour with a boat ride, Farmers’ Market visits. Guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress. Sightseeing tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Drive to Pushkin
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Drive back to the city with a metro visit on the way
5:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show)
Evening Tours

DAY 2

9:00 am Meeting at the ship
9:00 am – 10:00 am Drive to Peterhof
10:00 am – 11:00 am Guided tour of the the Grand Palace
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Stroll along the Fountain Park
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Hydrofoil back to the city
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Guided tour of the Church on the Spilt Blood
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Guided tour of the Faberge Museum (At this point of the tour you will join a small group tour up to 15 people,  in all other museums you will have private tours. If you prefer to have a private Faberge tour, please contact us for more details)
5:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show)

Evening Tours

DAY 3

9:00 am Meeting at the ship
9:45 am – 1:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before
the official working hours)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Guided tour of Yusupov Palace
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral
4:00 pm Return to the ship

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums days-off

 

Number of Tourists 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Price in US $$ p/p 1350 840 695 550 505 460 440 420 410 400 390 380 370 360 350 340

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program, boat ride, hydrofoil ride and metro visit
  • Early admission to the Hermitage Museum
  • Guide’s services for 3 days
  • Driver’s services for 3 day (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Yusupov Palace)
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day

 

Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of the lunches but it is possible to add them to the cost of your tour, especially for the groups from 8 and more (20$ per person per 1 lunch in a local cafe 30$ per person per 1 lunch in a local restaurant )
  • Photo and video permit at  Yusupov Palace (camera pass is 5$ per person, video pass is 12 per person)
  • Photo and video at the Faberge Museum is prohibited

 

Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive a discount of $50 US for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!

 

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During this three day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residences

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • Farmers’ market
  • Boat trip

 

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DAY 1

9:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm City tour with a boat ride, Farmers’ Market visits. Guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress. Sightseeing tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Drive to Pushkin
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Drive back to the city with a metro visit on the way
5:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show)

Evening Tours

DAY 2

9:00 am Meeting at the ship
9:00 am – 10:00 am Drive to Peterhof
10:00 am – 11:00 am Guided tour of the the Grand Palace
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Stroll along the Fountain Park
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Hydrofoil back to the city
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Guided tour of the Church on the Spilt Blood
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Guided tour of the Russian Museum
5:00 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program (theatre / folk show)

Evening Tours

DAY 3

9:00 am Meeting at the ship
9:45 am – 1:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before
the official working hours)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Guided tour of Yusupov Palace
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral
4:00 pm Return to the ship

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums days-off

 

Number of Tourists 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Price in US $$ p/p 1300 800 660 520 470 420 410 400 390 380 370 360 350 340 330 320

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program, boat ride, hydrofoil ride and metro visit
  • Early admission to the Hermitage Museum
  • Guide’s services for 3 days
  • Driver’s services for 3 day (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Yusupov Palace)
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day

 

Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of the lunches but it is possible to add them to the cost of your tour, especially for the groups from 8 and more (20$ per person per 1 lunch in a local cafe 30$ per person per 1 lunch in a local restaurant)
  • Photo and video permit at Yusupov Palace (camera pass is 5$ per person, video pass is 12 per person)
  • Photo and video permit at the Russian museum (camera/video pass is 8 $ per person)

 

Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive a discount of $50 US for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!

 

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During this one day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residence

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit

 

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7:30 am – 8:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)
8:00 am – 9:15 am City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg. You will see: Nevsky prospect, National Library, Kazan Cathedral, the Square of Arts, Russian Museum, Ethnographical Museum, Michael’s Castle, Summer Gardens of Peter the Great, the log cabin of Peter the Great, the Spit of Basil Island, The State St Petersburg University, the Monument of Peter the Great, Admiralty, Theatre Square with famous Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral. Shopping, payment for the tour.
9:15 am – 10:00 am Driving to Pushkin (with metro ride on the way there)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Drive to Peterhof
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm  Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Walk in the Upper gardens & Lower Fountain Park
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Back to the city by hydrofoil
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Guided tour of Yusupov Palace
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Guided tour of the Church on Spilt Blood
6:30 pm Return to the ship
 
Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums days-off
The number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Price per person 580 310 270 230 220 210 200 190 183 175 173 170 168 165 163 160

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Guide’s services for 1 day
  • Driver’s services for 1 day (Comfortable car (Mercedes)/mini van with A/C)
  • A Permit for photo/video at the museums per couple (except Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ per person)
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water

Price doesn’t include:

  • Photo and video permit at Yusupov Palace (camera pass is 5$ per person, video pass is 12 per person
  • Cost of lunch

 Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive a discount of $25 US for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!
  • We have created our 1 day program taking into consideration that you have got just 1 day to spend in our city, but would like to visit as many places as possible, that’s why we have included all must sees which are open on this day.
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During this two day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residence

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway ride
  • Farmers’ market
  • Hydrofoil ride

 

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DAY 1

8:00 am Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil. A visit to the subway station on the way
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Driving to Pushkin city
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Driving to the city. A visit to the farmer’s market
5:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show / boat trip)

Evening Tours

DAY 2

9:00 am Meeting by the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Inside guided tour of St Peter and Paul Cathedral
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm A stroll along Nevsky prospect. You will find yourself in the heart of St. Petersburg, feel the vibe of the city, pass by iconic buildings, including the oldest shopping mall – Gostiny Dvor. You will also get a unique chance to learn more about Russian local life by visiting Eliseev Imporium (Yeliseev’s Food Hall) and walking along the busiest thoroughfare of the great city. At the end of the day you will have time to do some shopping.
4:30 pm Return to the ship

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museum days-off

 

number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
price in $$ p/p 870 560 430 340 315 290 285 280 275 270 255 240 235 230 225 210

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day

 

 

Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of lunches

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive discount of $35 US for the tour. Students must have an ISIC card. Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof

 

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Exclusive Excursion with Faberge Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/2-day-private-st-petersburg-shore-excursion-with-faberge-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/2-day-private-st-petersburg-shore-excursion-with-faberge-museum#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:02:13 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=1836 During this two day program you will get to know: Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes) St…

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During this two day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residences

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • Farmers’ market
  • Hydrofoil ride

 

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DAY 1

8:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St. Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.
10:00 am – 10:30 am Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil
10:30 am – 12.00 pm Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Driving to Pushkin
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Driving to the city. A visit to the subway station
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Guided tour of the Faberge Museum (At this point of the tour you will join a small group tour up to 15 people, in all other museums you will have private tours. If you prefer to have a private Faberge tour, please contact us for more details)
6:30 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show / boat trip)

Evening Tours

DAY 2

9:00 am Meeting at the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping
9:30 am – 1:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Inside guided tour of Peter and Paul’s Cathedral
4:00 pm Return to the ship

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museum days-off

 

number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
price in $$ p/p 1350 700 570 440 420 400 370 340 320 300 282 265 260 255 252 250

 

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program, boat ride, hydrofoil ride and metro visit
  • Faberge tour is held in the group up to 15 people
  • Early admission to the Hermitage Museum
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 day (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Faberge museum)
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day

Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of lunches
  • Photo and video at the Faberge Museum is prohibited

 

Note, please:

  • The tour includes two lunches that will be in a local cafe or restaurant.  You will be served a typical Russian Lunch. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Kids under 6 yo are traveling for free, elder kids and students (7-21 yo) receive 35$ off the cost of the tour. Students must have an ISIC card.
  • PLEASE, LET US KNOW ABOUT STUDENTS IN YOUR GROUP IN ADVANCE SO THAT WE CAN RESERVE THE RIGHT TICKETS FOR THEM.
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

 

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All Highlights St Petersburg Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/2-day-private-all-highlights-st-petersburg-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/2-day-private-all-highlights-st-petersburg-shore-excursion#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:01:16 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=1834 During this two day program you will get to know: Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes) St…

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During this two day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residences

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • Farmers’ market
  • Boat trip
  • Two lunches in traditional Russian style

 

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DAY 1

7:30 am – 8:00 am Meeting by the ship. (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). City tour in St Petersburg
10:00 am – 10:30 am  Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Guided tour of the Fountain Park and Upper gardens
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Travel to Tsars’ Village
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Driving back to the city. Visit to the subway station
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Inside guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Inside guided tour of the Church on Spilt Blood
6:30 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program

Evening Tours

DAY 2

8:00 am  Meeting by the ship
8:30 am – 9:30 am Boat Ride along the rivers and canals
9:45 am – 12:00 pm Inside guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (Early entrance, before official opening hours)
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Traditional Russian lunch
1:30 pm – 2.30 pm Inside guided tour of St. Peter and Paul Fortress. Payment for the tour. Shopping
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Inside guided tour of Yusupov Palace
5:00 pm Return to the ship

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums days-off

 

Number of people in the group 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 16
Price per person in USD 1160 680 570 460 420 380 370 360 355 350 345 340 337 320 300
Price per person in USD without lunches 1120 640 530 420 380 340 330 320 315 310 305 300 297 280 260

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program, boat ride, hydrofoil ride and metro visit
  • Early admission to the Hermitage Museum
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 day (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Yusupov Palace)
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • Two lunches in traditional Russian style (optional)

Price doesn’t include:

  • Photo and video permit at Yusupov Palace (camera pass is 5$ per person, video pass is 12 per person)

 

Note, please:

  • The tour includes two lunches that will be in a local cafes or restaurants. You will be served  typical Russian Lunch. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions.
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Kids under 6 yo are travelling for free, elder kids and students (7-21 yo) receive 35$ off the cost of the tour. Students must have an ISIC card.
  • PLEASE, LET US KNOW ABOUT STUDENTS IN YOUR GROUP IN ADVANCE SO THAT WE CAN RESERVE THE RIGHT TICKETS FOR THEM.
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

 

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During this two day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residence

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway ride
  • Farmers’ market
  • Hydrofoil ride

 

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DAY 1

8:00 am Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil. A visit to the subway station on the way
11:00 am – 12:30 pm  Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Driving to Pushkin city
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Driving to the city. A visit to the farmer’s market
5:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show/boat trip)

Evening Tours

DAY 2

9:00 am Meeting by the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Traditional Russian lunch  (optional)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Inside guided tour of St Peter and Paul Cathedral
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm A stroll along Nevsky Prospekt. You will find yourself in the heart of St. Petersburg, feel the vibe of the city, pass by iconic buildings, including the oldest shopping mall – Gostiny Dvor. You will also get a unique chance to learn more about Russian local life by visiting Eliseev Imporium (Yeliseev’s Food Hall) and walking along the busiest thoroughfare of the great city. At the end of the day you will have time to do some shopping.
4:30 pm Return to the ship

The price of the tour is 210 US dollars per person.  Maximum group size is 16. We guarantee the departure of the tour even if 1 person signs up. Please note it’s not available from all the ships

 

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums days-off

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day

 

Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of lunches

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive discount of $35 US for the tour. Students must have an ISIC card. Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof

 

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During this two day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residences

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • One lunch in traditional Russian style
  • Farmers’ market
  • Hydrofoil ride
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DAY 1

8:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St. Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.
10:00 am – 10:30 am Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil
10:30 am – 12:00pm Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (included)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Driving to Pushkin
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Driving to the city. A visit to the subway station.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Guided tour of the Faberge Museum
 6:30 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show/boat trip)

Evening Tours

DAY 2

9:00 am Meeting at the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping
9:30 am – 1:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Inside guided tour of Peter and Paul’s Cathedral
4:00 pm Return to the ship

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museum days-off

The price of the tour is 265 US dollars per person.  Maximum group size is 12. We guarantee the departure of the tour even if 1 person signs up. Please note it’s not available from all the ships.

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program, boat ride, hydrofoil ride and metro visit
  • Faberge tour is held in the group up to 15 people
  • Early admission to the Hermitage Museum
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 day (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Faberge museum)
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • One lunch in traditional Russian style

Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of lunch on the second day
  • Photo and video at the Faberge Museum is prohibited

 

Note, please:

  • The tour includes two lunches that will be in a local cafe or restaurant.  You will be served a typical Russian Lunch. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Kids under 6 yo are traveling for free, elder kids and students (7-21 yo) receive 35$ off the cost of the tour. Students must have an ISIC card.
  • PLEASE, LET US KNOW ABOUT STUDENTS IN YOUR GROUP IN ADVANCE SO THAT WE CAN RESERVE THE RIGHT TICKETS FOR THEM.
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

 

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During this one day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residence

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit

 

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7:30 am – 8:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)
8:00 am – 9:30 am City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg. You will see: Nevsky prospect, National Library, Kazan Cathedral, the Square of Arts, Russian Museum, Ethnographical Museum, Michael’s Castle, Summer Gardens of Peter the Great, the log cabin of Peter the Great, Aurora Battleship, the Spit of Basil Island, The State St Petersburg University, the Monument of Peter the Great, Admiralty, Theatre Square with famous Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral. Shopping, payment for the tour.
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours).
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Hydrofoil to Peterhof
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Lower park with fountains. Guided tour of one of the small palaces: Catherine block, Mon Plaisir, Bath block. Lunch (optional)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Back to the city by car
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Guided tour of The Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood
6:00 pm Return to the ship

Evening Tours

Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museum days-off

The number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Price per person 580 310 270 230 220 210 200 190 183 175 173 170 168 165 163 160

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Guide’s services for 1 day
  • Driver’s services for 1 day (Comfortable car (Mercedes)/mini van with A/C)
  • A Permit for photo/video at the museums per couple
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water

 

Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of lunch

 Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive a discount of $25 US for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!
  • We have created our 1 day program taking into consideration that you have got just 1 day to spend in our city, but would like to visit as many places as possible, that’s why we have included all must sees which are open on this day.

 

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7h Moscow one day tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/the-best-of-moscow-tour-2 https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/the-best-of-moscow-tour-2#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:51:56 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=858 During this one day program… you will start right from the most famous square in Russia – the Red Square. You will find out why it’s named so (and no, not because…

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During this one day program…

you will start right from the most famous square in Russia – the Red Square. You will find out why it’s named so (and no, not because of color!), walk the same paving stone as the Red Army in 1941, see Lenin Mausoleum (visit inside if interested to see his body), and stroll along the world-known Department Store “GUM”.  You’ll make a stop at the Unknown Soldier memorial in Alexander Garden and watch the change of guards if time allows.

Further in the car journey you will see the Bolshoi Theatre – world-famous for ballet and opera, former KGB headquarters, monument to monks who wrote Cyrillic alphabet, birthplace of Mihail Romanov – the first of the dynasty.

Moving along the river, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kremlin and its massive fortress towers. Your next stop will be to visit inside the biggest Orthodox Cathedral in Russia “Cathedral of Christ the Savior“. Your journey will take you out of the city center to see the New Maiden Convent (UNESCO site) where you will make a stop for memorable photos. You will cross Moscow river to the highest point in Moscow to see the panorama of the city from a hill of 80m above water level. There you’ll make a photo stop to capture Moscow skyline with Russia’s biggest football stadium and one of the Stalins Skyscrapers – Moscow State University.

Further in the car journey, you will see Moscow Film Studio, then down the presidential motorcade road – Memorial park of WWIIthe White House, New Arbat Street, Ministry of Defense, State Library, Manezh square.

After a short lunch break, you will visit the heart of Moscow – the Kremlin. On the grounds of Kremlin you will see the hundreds of cannons which were kept as trophies, the biggest cannon and the biggest bell in the world, visit inside Dormition Cathedral where Russian tsars were crowned and see palaces of different centuries.

At the end of the tour, you will take a short trip back to railway station using Moscow Metro which the most beautiful and second most efficient subway system in the world!

 

Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price in $$ p/p 430 250 180 145 130 110

 

Price includes:

  • excursions as per the itinerary (individual licensed English speaking guide)
  • entrance tickets (all admission fees, local guides with permissions are included)
  • individual transportation services on the route (A/C car, professional driver)

 

Price doesn’t include:

  • lunch expenses

 

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Moscow grand one day tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/the-best-of-moscow-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/the-best-of-moscow-tour#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:40:19 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=855 During this one day program… you will be transferred to the train station in St. Petersburg and get on board the fast train which will take to the capital of…

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you will be transferred to the train station in St. Petersburg and get on board the fast train which will take to the capital of Russia…

05.45am Transfer from the ship to the train station in St.Petersburg

06.45 “Sapsan” high-speed train to Moscow

10:40 Local guide and driver will meet you at the train station in Moscow

The tour starts right from Leningradsky railway station – one of the busiest areas of Moscow. You will first visit the most famous square in Russia – the Red Square. You will find out why it’s named so (and no, not because of color!), walk the same paving stone as the Red Army in 1941, see Lenin Mausoleum (visit inside if interested to see his body), and stroll along the world-known Department Store “GUM”.  You’ll make a stop at the Unknown Soldier memorial in Alexander Garden and watch the change of guards if time allows.

Further in the car journey you will see the Bolshoi Theatre – world-famous for ballet and opera, former KGB headquarters, monument to monks who wrote Cyrillic alphabet, birthplace of Mihail Romanov – the first of the dynasty.

Moving along the river, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kremlin and its massive fortress towers. Your next stop will be to visit inside the biggest Orthodox Cathedral in Russia “Cathedral of Christ the Savior“. Your journey will take you out of the city center to see the New Maiden Convent (UNESCO site) where you will make a stop for memorable photos. You will cross Moscow river to the highest point in Moscow to see the panorama of the city from a hill of 80m above water level. There you’ll make a photo stop to capture Moscow skyline with Russia’s biggest football stadium and one of the Stalins Skyscrapers – Moscow State University.

Further in the car journey, you will see Moscow Film Studio, then down the presidential motorcade road – Memorial park of WWII, the White House, New Arbat Street, Ministry of Defense, State Library, Manezh square.

After a short lunch break, you will visit the heart of Moscow – the Kremlin. On the grounds of Kremlin you will see the hundreds of cannons which were kept as trophies, the biggest cannon and the biggest bell in the world, visit inside Dormition Cathedral where Russian tsars were crowned and see palaces of different centuries.

Then you will visit the Armoury Museum – collection of ceremonial weapons, Faberge collection, original carriages of 17-19c, Russian and European-style crowns decorated with hundreds of diamonds and precious stones, wedding and coronation gowns of Russian empresses, items from church vestry, ambassadorial presents to Russia.

At the end of the tour, you will take a short trip back to railway station using Moscow Metro which the most beautiful and second most efficient subway system in the world! Guide will help you find your train that will bring you back to St Petersburg.

19.45 High-speed train back to SPb

00.30am Return to the ship

 

Please note, it is possible to go to Moscow either by train or by plane, most of our clients choose to go by train as it is really faster because of the traffic jams in Moscow (it’s a long journey from the airport), but the train station is situated just in the city center.

 

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
By train  (PRICE per person in USD) 930 675 570 520 470 460 450 430
By plane (PRICE per person in USD) 1230 980 870 830 790 780 770 760

 

Price includes:

  • the service of the guide, driver and company representative
  • Entrance fees to the museums
  • Train/plane tickets

Price doesn’t include:

  • lunch expenses

 

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photo4 Moscow is the largest and the majestic city of Russia, the capital city and the real gem of sightseeing in our country. This city offers the large variety of museums to visit and impressions to get. Our professional tour-guide and driver will be accompanying you! We are glad to share with you the beauty of Moscow! Please, get aсquainted with our shore option which is called Moscow grand tour. This option is really comfortable for cruise passengers whose ships dock in St. Petersburg for three days, so they could have a quick tour in Moscow.

photo4 Our land options are perfect whether you come to Russia for several days. Land tours could be arranged as one-, two- or three-day private options and could be customized upon your request. We will be also glad to help you with train/plane tickets whether you need them to travel from St.Petersburg to Moscow and back, and with the choice and booking of Moscow hotels to stay.

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TJ Travel is a fully authorized and licensed tourist company offering a selection of St Petersburg shore excursions for cruise ship passengers and general St Petersburg tours. Our friendly and multilingual St Petersburg tour guides will ensure your visit to our beautiful city will be truly unforgettable. The shore excursions and city tours we offer include the most famous and memorable sites in St. Petersburg including the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, Pushkin, and perhaps some sites you can’t find in a guidebook.


photo4 Here on our website you can prepare for your city tour or shore excursion by reading more about St. Petersburg and about Russia in general. We’ve gathered lots of beautiful photos of St. Petersburg and created a slideshow with music for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home — a virtual excursion. We will continue to add more and more to our site, highlighting the gorgeous attractions of St. Petersburg – the cultural capital of Russia and our beloved home. Sightseeing is an absolute joy for everyone who comes here – rain or shine, the city is a living museum.

photo4 If you are planning to arrive as a cruise ship passenger, please have a look at our shore excursions page. There we have listed our 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day shore excursions packages with different programs available – we have something suitable for everyone, no matter how active or relaxed you want your sightseeing trip to be. We will work with you to make sure your experience with us is as comfortable as possible.

 

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Monday Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/monday-group-st-petersburg-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/monday-group-st-petersburg-shore-excursion#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:34:53 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=123 During this one day program you will get to know: Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes) St Petersburg…

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During this one day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residence

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • One lunch in traditional Russian style

 

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7:30 am – 8:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)
8:00 am – 9:15 am City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg. You will see: Nevsky Prospekt, National Library, Kazan Cathedral, the Square of Arts, Russian Museum, Ethnographical Museum, Michael’s Castle, Summer Gardens of Peter the Great, the log cabin of Peter the Great, Aurora Battleship, the Spit of Basil Island, The State St Petersburg University, the Monument of Peter the Great, Admiralty, Theatre Square with famous Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral. Shopping,  payment for the tour.
9:15 am –10:00 am Driving to Pushkin (with a metro ride on the way there)
10:00 am –11:30 am Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
12:00 pm –1:00 pm  Drive to Peterhof
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm  Traditional Russian lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Walk in the Upper gardens & Lower Fountain Park
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Back to the city by hydrofoil
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Guided tour of Yusupov Palace
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Guided tour of the Church on Spilt Blood
6:30 pm Return to the ship

Evening Tours

The price of the tour is 160 US dollars per person.  Maximum group size is 12. We guarantee the departure of the tour even if 1 person signs up. Please note it’s not available from all the ships.

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Guide’s services for 1 day
  • Driver’s services for 1 day (Comfortable car (Mercedes)/mini van with A/C)
  • A Permit for photo/video at the museums per couple (except Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ per person)
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Cost of the lunch

Price doesn’t include:

  • Photo and video permit at Yusupov Palace (camera pass is 5$ per person, video pass is 12 per person)

 

 Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive a discount of $25 US for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!
  • We have created our 1 day program taking into consideration that you have got just 1 day to spend in our city, but would like to visit as many places as possible, that’s why we have included all must sees which are open on this day.

 

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Alexander Nevsky Lavra https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/alexander-nevsky-lavra https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/alexander-nevsky-lavra#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:55:19 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=705 The Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra was established by Peter the Great as the first and the largest monastery of St Petersburg in 1710. It was given the title of…

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The Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra was established by Peter the Great as the first and the largest monastery of St Petersburg in 1710. It was given the title of “Lavra” which means the monastery of the highest rank in 1797.

The monastery is famous for its four historical cemeteries which are themselves the monuments of the 18th and 19th centuries. St Petersburg‘s aristocracy and the most outstanding people were buried there, including Dostoevsky and Tchaykovsky.

The Lavra is still one of the most important monasteries of Russia. In 1922 the remains of St. Alexander Nevsky, one of the patrons of St. Petersburg, were taken away by the Bolsheviks and were brought back to the Lavra just in 1989. Nowadays the Lavra as previously represents the remains in its Holy Trinity Cathedral. The complex of the monastery is also known as the part of the Museum of the City Sculpture.

The tour around the sights of the Lavra is really picturesque and is rich in history.

 

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Veliky Novgorod https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/veliky-novgorod https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/veliky-novgorod#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:55:07 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=703 About 180 kilometers from St Petersburg you can find the historic Russian city of Veliky Novgorod (Great Novgorod). The translation from Russian means “The New Big City” or “The Great…

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Veliky Novgorod | St Petersburg Attractions

About 180 kilometers from St Petersburg you can find the historic Russian city of Veliky Novgorod (Great Novgorod). The translation from Russian means “The New Big City” or “The Great New City.” Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest and most culturally important cities in Russia. The city sits along the Volkhov River, near to Lake Ilmen and has approximately 230,000 inhabitants.

Veliky Novgorod was first mentioned in the ancient Sofia First Chronicles as early as 859, although the exact date of the city’s founding is not certain. During the beginning of the city, Scandinavian Prince Rurik was invited to Veliky Novgorod to keep law and order, thus giving birth to the prince Rurik dynasty that ruled over all Russian lands for more than 750 years. Novgorod was also one of the greatest international trade centers on the Baltic-Volga commercial route that linked Northern Europe with Asia starting in the mid – 8th century.

In 882 Veliky Novgorod was made the second city in Kievan Rus’ after Oleg of Novgorod captured Kiev and formed the Kievan Rus state. It was customary that the elder son of the ruling Kievan monarch would rule Novgorod. But in case there was no son to rule, the city was governed by a mayor, called a “posadnik”

Viking kings visited Veliky Novgorod seeking safe haven from enemies and the city is mentioned in ancient Norse sagas as the capital of Gardariki, or the East Slavic lands. One of the Viking kings, Olaf II of Norway had a church erected in his memory in 1028.
The most famous prince to rule Novgorod was Yaroslav the Wise. Yaroslav created the first written code of laws among the Eastern Slavs and his son financed the construction of St. Sophia Cathedral. The cathedral is the best preserved of existing 11th century churches and perhaps the oldest structure still in use in Russia.

After 1136 Veliky Novgorod was made Novgorod Republic and the city state controlled most of Nothern Europe, from Estonia to the Ural Mountains. At this point in history Veliky Novgorod was one of the largest states in medieval Europe. Currently there are approximately fifty existing medieval churches around Novgorod, although some were destroyed by Germany during WWII and reconstructed.

Novgorod is considered the home of Russian Republican and Democratic traditions. Up until 1478, all important decisions were taken by the “veche” – ancient parliament comprising the representatives of the town aristocratic families. If there was a critical decision to be made, all Novgorod citizens took part in the veche.

Novgorod had a unique political structure, spiritual freedom, and territorial independence which helped the city evolve into cultural and artistic center. Medieval Novgorod had become one of the greatest art centers of Europe and its architectural traditions, school of icon-painting, jeweler’s and artists became world famous. Novgorod was also literary center in Russia and a leader in book production.

In 1478 Veliky Novgorod was annexed by Ivan III to Grand Duchy of Moscow after the cities inability to feed its growing population and subsequent dependence on the Vladimir-Suzdal (including Moscow) Region for grain. By the 1550’s Veliky Novgorod was the third largest Russian city with approximately 25-30 thousand inhabitants.

In 1611 Sweden briefly took control of the city during the “Time of Troubles.” However, the city was retaken by Russia six years later by the Treaty of Stolbovo.

During World War II Novgorod was taken by the German army and many of the city’s historic monuments were destroyed. After the Soviet Army retook the city on January 19, 1944 only forty stone buildings were still standing.

The main monuments in Novgorod have been declared the World Heritage Sites. In 1998, the city was officially renamed “Veliky Novgorod” referring to its medieval title “Lord Novgorod the Great”.

In Veliky Novgorod the most famous site is the Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). The Kremlin fortress was mentioned in chronicles as early as in 1044 and was the center for most important events in the life of ancient Novgorod. Events included hosting foreign embassies, seeing-off warriors to battle, public assembly meetings called “veche”. The Kremlin includes the following sites:

– Chamber of Facets (1433) – The oldest palace in Russia which served as the meeting hall for archbishops.
– The oldest Russian clock tower (1673)
– St. Sophia’s Belfry – The oldest Russian bell tower (mid 15th century)
– The royal palace (1771)
– Millennium of Russia statue (1862)
– The oldest trade-yard in Northern Europe

 

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Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/museum-of-decorative-and-applied-arts https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/museum-of-decorative-and-applied-arts#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:54:48 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=701 The Stieglitz Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts is among the most interesting museums in St Petersburg, although it is not one of the most well known attractions. The Museum…

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The Stieglitz Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts is among the most interesting museums in St Petersburg, although it is not one of the most well known attractions.

The Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts was founded in 1878 at the Baron Stieglitz school of Technical Design. Stieglitz was the court banker, often referred to as the “King of St. Petersburg’s Stock Exchange.” As he was also very fond of Arts, Stieglitz decided to create a museum for the students of this school. The new museum was to accommodate Stieglitz’s private collection of rare glassware, tapestries, porcelain, furniture, and tiled stoves. Eventually his collection evolved into one of Europe’s richest collections of decorative and applied arts with over 30,000 exhibits on display.

The building for the museum was constructed from 1885 to 1896 using the design of its first director, architect М. Е. Messmacher, and was created in Italian Renaissance style. The lower part of the intentionally rusted facade has large arch-shaped windows; the upper part includes twin windows that are richly decorated with architectural elements and sculpture. The interiors of the various halls were designed to match the collections of masterpieces which are showcased there.

After 1917 a large part of the museum collection was handed over to the Hermitage. In 1923 the Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts was officially reorganized as a branch of the State Hermitage Museum. From 1926 to 1929 the museum was closed.

Unfortunately during the Soviet years the luxurious interiors fell into disrepair, with one hall even used as a gym and its walls painted over. After the fall of the Soviet Union a slow process or restoration began at the museum and eventually it was reopened in 1945.

At present, the museum displays examples of Russian and Western European Art (16th-20th centuries) as well as Soviet Applied Art and industrial design. There are remarkable collections of Russian tiled stoves (18th century) and Soviet textiles. The museum also has various decorative arts and crafts, including furniture, ceramics, glass, fabric, costumes, porcelain, chandeliers, tiled stoves, artistic metalwork, bass relieves and carvings.

 

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Faberge Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/faberge-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/faberge-museum#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:54:35 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=699 The new Faberge Museum opened its doors to visitors in 2014 and it’s becoming a new must-see tourist spot in St Petersburg especially for those who are interested in jewelry.…

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The new Faberge Museum opened its doors to visitors in 2014 and it’s becoming a new must-see tourist spot in St Petersburg especially for those who are interested in jewelry.

The collection was started by Victor Vekselberg, who acquired the Faberge collection in 2004 during a closed auction from the descendants of American billionaire and the genius of publishing industry – Malcolm Forbes. Based on the acquisition of this extensive collection, it was decided to form a display of the Faberge Museum. Shuvalovsky Palace was chosen for the placement of the display. The restoration of the palace lasted for 7 years and cost nearly 1.2 billion dollars.

At the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th centuries Fabergé was the official jewellery supplier of the Russian Tsars and aristocracy, as well as of the British Crown, Scandinavian, Greek and other European Courts and Eastern rulers. Faberge works are considered to be some of the most exquisite and perfect works of art on the planet.

The unique collection numbers over 4,000 exhibits.

Tour highlights:

14  famouns Easter Eggs designed by Faberge. This is the largest collection of Easter Eggs in the world. Among them 9 Easter eggs were commissioned by Alexander II and Nicolas II – two last Russian emperors.

Objets de fantaisie – jewellery which didn’t have any practical meaning. These includes miniature furniture, watering pots, medieval reliquaries and flowers. Kiss-me-quick is so ornate that it’s hardly distinguishable from the real flower.

The largest collection of guilloche enamel, which glitters with diversity of colours. Faberge enamellers developed 144 different colour shades.

Objects of art designed with the use of ancient Russian technique. One of them is Punch set made from champlevé enamelthat presents all kind of table sayings

Collection of paintings including Makovsky, Brullov, Aivosovsky, Polenov, Harlamov as well as Russian icons, some of which belonged to the Royal family.

 

 

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Constantine Palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/constantine-palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/constantine-palace#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:54:13 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=697 Konstantinovsky Palace is located in the Petrodvorets district of St. Petersburg in the village of Strelna. The Grand Palace in the southern Gulf of Finland, which was then called “the Konstantinovsky”…

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Constantine Palace | St Petersburg Attractions

Konstantinovsky Palace is located in the Petrodvorets district of St. Petersburg in the village of Strelna. The Grand Palace in the southern Gulf of Finland, which was then called “the Konstantinovsky” was built almost the entirely during the eighteenth century. The Palace was intended for Peter the Great as his summer residence and construction was started in 1720. However in 1721 work was suspended as Peter the Great decided to build a residence at Peterhof because of its more favorable location. Architect Michetti took drawings of the palace and left the country. Elizabeth I eventually resumed construction of the palace and invited famous architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli. The present building of the Grand Palace eventually became the property of Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich. Since then, the palace became known as “Konstantinovsky”. The next owner of the palace was the son of Nicholas I, Konstantin. It was during this time the front of the royal residence was finally completed.

After the 1917 revolution Konstantinovsky Palace fell into disarray. Valuable books, documents, a rich collection of paintings and ceramics, and personal belongings of the royal family were scattered in various museums or even irretrievably lost. It was at this time the Palace hosted a school, a sanatorium, and finally a training center for the Navy.

During the World War II Konstantinovsky Palace was equipped with a German observation post. As a result of massive shelling and a fire the building was destroyed down to a stone skeleton. Eventually Russia took back the Palace from the Germans but the damage was already done.

The building gradually began to decline due to lack of interest in preservation. In 1990, the Palace and park complex were placed under the protection of UNESCO. Only 11 years later by declaration of then president of Russia Vladimir Putin, Konstantin Palace and Park were assigned to the presidential administration. For the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg Konstantinovsky Palace was restored and received a new status – the state complex “The Palace of Congresses.” It is now considered the Presidential Residence in St. Petersburg and has had comparisons made with the White House in America.

The renovated Konstantinovsky Palace hosted more than fifty heads of state during St. Petersburg tercentenary celebrations in 2003, with Berlusconi, Blair and Bush among them.  Restoration of Strelna Palace and Park became a symbol of the revival of a great Russia and its national cultural heritage.

Today in the newly refurbished state rooms of the Konstantinovsky Palace regularly hosts meetings at the highest political level, scientific and political forums, corporate parties, banquets, cocktail parties, receptions, balls and fashion shows.

A wide range of excursions are offered to visitors. In the palace itself you can see the Blue, Marble and “Belvedere” halls, the various presidential suites, and you will be told about the events of the summits held there. In addition there are the following excursions (some of them are held only during the summer season):

–        Peter the Great’s revitalized ideas

–        The present and the past centuries

–        The collection of the Konstantinovsky Palace. Alisher Usmanov’s Gift

–        Russian Versailles

–        The Consulate Village

–        Visiting a wine cellar (including wine sampling)

–        Riding the electric cars used by the world presidents during the G8 summit

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Artillery Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/artillery-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/artillery-museum#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:53:49 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=695 Here you will find one of the largest artillery museums in the world and a real paradise for little and not very little boys. While males of your group are…

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Artillery Museum | St Petersburg Attractions

Here you will find one of the largest artillery museums in the world and a real paradise for little and not very little boys. While males of your group are learning more than they will ever need to know about Kalashnikov rifles or touching one of the anti-aircraft guns situated under the open sky, the ladies can enjoy battle paintings, huge sculptures, and portraits of handsome Russian generals. This is the museum that will showcase just why the Russian army was victorious in numerous wars.

Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, Russian Artillery Museum includes precious collections of various military weapons from over 54 countries around the world. It also provides a wonderful history of the Russian military, famous generals, epic battles, and the weapons that helped Russian armies achieve status as a military powerhouse.

The impressive museum collection occupies 13 rooms with a total area of over 17,000 square meters and 850,000 exhibits. Among the collections you will find uniforms, awards, models of weapons and fortresses, and a gigantic collection of books and documents about weapons and famous Russian battles. The museum also contains an impressive collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. You can also find exhibits of art retelling Russia’s heroic past, portraits of Russian Emperors, Grand Dukes, famous commanders, and soldiers and officers who distinguished themselves in battle.

Here are some of the interesting artifacts and weapons you will find at the Artillery Museum in St. Petersburg:

– An outdoor exhibit including more than 250 units of artillery and rocket launching systems, and military engineering and signal equipment which are displayed on open platforms. It includes Russian and foreign artillery units, both ancient and contemporary ones: self- propelled, towed and anti-aircraft artillery units, including those that use nuclear ammunition.

– Lenin’s personal armored car

– Personal weapons of Napoleon Bonaparte

– There is a special section in the museum devoted to the Kalashnikov rifle, “Kalashnikov — A Man, a Weapon, a Legend.” The Artillery Museum holds the most impressive collection of Mikhail Kalashnikov’s arms, personal belongings, documents, and photos. Several of the arms are single copy, experimental versions of Kalashnikov’s work.

– A collection of more than 1,200 cannons and mortars. The caliber of the cannons range from 20 to 420 mm.

– Military uniforms of Russian Emperors including Peter the Great, Grand Dukes, Catherine the Great, and Soviet Armed Forces.

–  The largest collection of steel weapons in Europe, and possibly in the world (swords, sabers, daggers, etc). This exhibit includes a saber of Peter the Great, a sword of Alexander I, sabers of Alexander III and Nicholas II. There is also a rare saber from a French general who fought in the War of 1812.

– A firearms exhibit from the most prominent gunsmiths of the world including a German fortress gun from 1420. This exhibit also includes foreign rifles from the 15th to 20th century.

– Armor worn Medieval knights from the 16th to 18th centuries including Japanese Samurai armor from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also find armor from Iran, Turkey, India, Mongolia, and China.

– One of the most complete collections in the world of sights for artillery guns of the 18th – 20th centuries. This includes artillery meteorological instruments, range-finders, aiming circles, and stereo-telescopes.

– A full library collection starting from the 16th century which contains more than one hundred thousand different books – numerous Russian and foreign publications on the history of artillery and engineering art, including regulations, manuals, reference books, collections of orders and circulars, and monographs.

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Russian Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/russian-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/russian-museum#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:53:28 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=692 Opened on March 7, 1898 in Mikhaylovsky Palace, the Russian Museum contains the world’s largest collection of Russian art. The original collection had art from the collections of the Hermitage,…

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Russian Museum | St Petersburg Attractions

Opened on March 7, 1898 in Mikhaylovsky Palace, the Russian Museum contains the world’s largest collection of Russian art. The original collection had art from the collections of the Hermitage, the Museum of the Academy of Arts, and from the Royal Palaces.

During the first 10 years of the Russian Museum the size of the collection almost doubled. The Academy of Arts donated its Christian antique collection which had over 5,000 items alone. A large amount of art also came from private collections. The museum houses 400,000 exhibits from the 10th century to today, with ancient icons to Avant-garde paintings of the XX century. If you are limited on time and looking for art, this museum should be your first choice.

Since 1976, the Russian Museum has coordinated the academic work of all the art museums of Russia. In 1992, the President declared the Museum as a special object of national cultural heritage. Now the Museum owns 3 additional palaces in the center of St Petersburg – Stroganov Palace, Marble Palace, and St. Michael’s Castle – where you can see artwork from the collections of the Russian Museum.

 

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Kunstkamera https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/kunstkamera https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/kunstkamera#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:53:09 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=690 Established by Peter the Great and completed in 1727, Kuntskamera was the first museum in Russia and contains a collection of almost 2,000,000 items. It is located in the center…

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Kunstkamera | St Petersburg Attractions

Established by Peter the Great and completed in 1727, Kuntskamera was the first museum in Russia and contains a collection of almost 2,000,000 items. It is located in the center of St. Petersburg, just across the Neva River from Winter Palace and the State Hermitage Museum. The museum houses a collection of natural and human oddities and was initially created to enlighten the Russian people dispel the belief in monsters. Peter the Great was quoted as saying “I want the people to observe and to learn.”

History

Collections such as Kuntskamera were quite fashionable in Europe during the reign of Peter the Great. Most of these collections were stored in monasteries, churches, in the state treasury, or were privately owned by wealthy noblemen. Kuntskamera can be considered one of the richest of all comparable European collections.

While visiting Holland in 1697 Peter the Great attended the lectures of Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), the most celebrated anatomist of that period of time. Peter was thoroughly impressed with Ruysch’s collection of rarities and decided to purchase the entire collection of over 2,000 anatomical preparations. The collection was carefully moved to St. Petersburg and exhibited free to the public who were welcomed with free shot of vodka or a cup of coffee with sweets. Nobles were treated to Hungarian wine as they browsed the odd rarities.

In 1718 Peter the Great signed a resolution that read: “Should anyone find underground or underwater some old thing, namely: unusual or rare stones, human skeletons or bones of animals, fishes or birds, which differ from ours, or which are bigger or smaller than normal, as well as old inscriptions on stones, iron or bronze…” kitchen utensils, weapons, in other words all “old or wondrous” objects, the latter should be promptly submitted for the tsar’s inspection. Soon after this resolution various oddities began to arrive from all around Russia and the world including a sheep from Vyborg with two tongues and two sets of eyes situated on each side, lambs from Tobolsk, one with eight legs and the other with three eyes.

At first the collection was housed in the Summer Palace, the first residence of Peter the Great on the bank of the Fontanka River. The collection was so enormous that separate rooms were required including servants to keep and preserve the objects. It was at this point Peter the Great decided to name these rooms “kunstkamera” (kunstkammer in German) according to the European fashion, which meant “cabinet of rarities.”

In the past Kuntskamera included unusual, “live” exhibitions such as deformed people which were called “monsters” or “freaks”, and who lived at Kuntskamera. An example included Mr. Foma Ignatiev, a dwarf who stood 4’16” tall and had only 2 fingers on each hand and foot, similar to crayfish claws. In those days collecting different freaks, dwarfs, or giants was fashionable in Europe. European kings would place them in their courts either as motley fools for entertainment, as servants or as bodyguards. Peter the Great also partook in such fashion and brought a giant named Bourgeois to Russia. Bourgeois stood 7’4” tall and when he walked along the streets, he was always towering over a crowd of people.

Peter the Great was the best guide of the museum and enjoyed showcasing the collections to foreign ambassadors and Russian noblemen while discussing the strange exhibits.

The Collection

The museum includes a library, an anatomical theater, and an observatory. Some of the strange curiosities in Kuntskamera include:
– A hermaphrodite
– Siamese twins
– Two-headed sheep
– The heart and the skeleton of Peter the Greats’ personal servant, “Bourgeois”, a giant of 7’4”
– Various torture devices
– Great Gottorp Globe – the first planetarium globe in the world
– A collection of teeth, removed by Peter the Great

At present Kuntskamera is home to the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography and includes remnants of Peter the Greats’ bizarre collection. A guided tour of Kuntskamera is an enlightening experience and a showcase of oddities and rarities from around the globe.

 

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Yusupov Palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/yusupov-palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/yusupov-palace#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:52:45 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=688 Yusupov Palace is one is one the main historical sites a top attraction in St Petersburg. The Palace was built in the mid of the 18th century for the Shuvalov family…

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Yusupov Palace is one is one the main historical sites a top attraction in St Petersburg. The Palace was built in the mid of the 18th century for the Shuvalov family and was owned by the Yusupov family in the 19th century. The Palace is one of the few examples of an aristocratic mansion. It is famous for its art gallery, luxurious theatre, music room, and the private quarters of the Yusupov’s family, and it remained in the ownership of the family until seized by the Bolsheviks in 1917.

Originally Yusupov Palace was built for the niece of Peter the Great, Princess Praskovia and in the mid-1740’s it was merged with a larger mansion belonging to Count Pyotr Shuvalov. Count Shuvalov was a politician and had a large influence during Tsarina Elizabeth’s reign. The Count would host lavish parties and private balls in the Palace and was a part of the Shuvalov family until his son, Count Andrei, sold the mansion to the government.

Eventually Empress Catherine gifted Yusupov Palace to Countess Alexandra Branitskaya in 1795. The Countess was the wife of Crown Hetman of Poland and owned the Palace for nearly 35 years. At this point the mansion was sold to her relatives in the Yusupov family for 250,000 Rubles on March 5, 1830.

Once in the hands of the Yusupov family, the Palace was remodeled in a more classical style and enlarged to include an art gallery, banquet room, a garden pavilion, greenhouses, and a new three-story eastern wing fitted in true Russian Empire style. In the early 1890’s the Yusupov family again ordered changes to the mansion by famous Russian architect Alexander Stepanov. Stepanov added water, heating, sewage, and electricity to modernize the mansion. The most famous addition of Stepanov was the private theatre which is still in use today for special theatre performances.

Grigory Rasputin – Murdered in Yusupov Palace

Yusupov Palace was made famous as the place where the Siberian peasant and Russian mystic Grigory Rasputin was assassinated on December 17, 1916 in the private room of Prince Felix Yusupov. Over the years there has been controversy, myths, and a great deal of mystery surrounding the death of Rasputin. As part of a tour in Yusupov Palace visitors can see a recreation of the events that took place on this fateful evening.

Rasputin was known throughout Russia as a mystic healer, prophet, and visionary. However, many believed him to be a religious charlatan who used his powers of persuasion over Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their only son Alexei, to partake in excesses of drinking and sex. He was certainly a controversial figure and in some circles has been credited with the eventual fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia.

A group of nobleman including Prince Felix Yusupov had decided that Rasputin’s influence over the Royal Family was so great that the only recourse was to assassinate him. On the night of December 16th Rasputin was given an open invitation to visit Yusupov Palace to visit with Princess Irina.

Once in the Palace Rasputin was brought by Prince Yusupov to the cellar where he was offered red wine and various cakes, all laced with enough of the poison cyanide to kill up to 5 men. As Yusupov anxiously waited, there was no result and he quickly ran upstairs to consult with the other conspirators. It was believed later that the mystic had an immunity to poison or that in fact he never tasted the wine and cakes due to a medical condition.

Prince Yusupov returned to Rasputin and shot him in the back with a revolver and quickly left the palace along with the other conspirators. Upon his return and to his astonishment, Rasputin was still alive and whispered to Yusupov “you bad boy” and proceeded to unsuccessfully strangle him. Rasputin was quickly shot 3 more times, beaten, sexually abused (apparently having his penis severed), wrapped in carpeting, and thrown into the icy Neva River.

It was determined that Rasputin died from drowning, although the poison should have killed him much earlier. Eventually Rasputin’s body was taken to the woods and burned. In the flames Rasputin apparently sat up and tried to move, shocking those people overseeing the horrifying event. The most believable explanation for this was an improper cremation, although many still believed that Rasputin contained some mystical powers and that he simply refused to die.

After the October Revolution, the palace was handed to the educational authorities, which fortunately opted to preserve many of the original interiors and used the building as a type of clubhouse for the city’s teachers. Over the years many of the rooms have been meticulously restored to give tourists the feeling of a lifestyle reserved for a few elite families in St. Petersburg.

 

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Lomonosov (Oranienbaum) https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/lomonosov https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/lomonosov#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:52:30 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=686 Lomonosov is a town located along the Peterhof road, about 40km from St Petersburg. Lomonosov contains several parks and palaces including the Sliding Hill Pavilion, the Grand Menshikov Palace (not…

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Lomonosov (Oranienbaum) | St Petersburg Attractions

Lomonosov is a town located along the Peterhof road, about 40km from St Petersburg. Lomonosov contains several parks and palaces including the Sliding Hill Pavilion, the Grand Menshikov Palace (not to be confused with the other Menshikov Palace in the center of St Petersburg), The Palace of Peter III, The Chinese Palace, and the Stone Hall Pavilion.

The Chinese palace was built in 1762-1768 by Italian architect Antonio Rinaldi. One of the most beautiful things about this palace is the painted ceilings and walls which were made specifically for the Chinese Palace. Empress Catherine II used the palace as her private country house and was opened usually only for her close friends. The Chinese Palace was opened as a museum in 1922.

The Palace of Peter the Third was also built by Antonio Rinaldi between 1759-1762 for Grand Duke Peter Fedorovich. The largest room of the palace is the paintings hall, containing works of Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German painters from the 18th-19th centuries. The main hall, designed with rounded corners, has excellent acoustics. In 1761-1762 the walls were decorated with beautiful oriental style paintings by Fedor Vlasov. Of particular value are two walnut chairs, bought by Peter II in Paris. Also in the palace is the uniform of Colonel Holstein along with a sword, cocked hat and scarf. Colonel Holstein was the commander of the palace and was often seen in this uniform greeting visitors from the balcony. The palace was not damaged in World War II and remains in its original condition.

The Grand Menshikov Palace with the Lower Regular Garden was constructed by Giovanni Maria Fontana and Gottfried Schidel in 1711-1727 for Prince Alexander Menshikov, the first Governor General of St Petersburg, the closest associate of Peter I. The Menshikov Palace, along with the other palaces was built after Russia extended its empire after achieving victory in The Great Northern War (1700-1721) against the Swedish which left Russia as the new major power in the Baltic Sea.

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Museum of Russian Political History https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/museum-of-russian-political-histor https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/museum-of-russian-political-histor#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:52:06 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=683 Behind the park on ulitsa Kuybysheva stands the former house of Mathilda Kshesinskaya, Russia’s prima ballerina before the revolution, whose affair with the Crown Prince Nicholas (later Nicholas II) was…

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Behind the park on ulitsa Kuybysheva stands the former house of Mathilda Kshesinskaya, Russia’s prima ballerina before the revolution, whose affair with the Crown Prince Nicholas (later Nicholas II) was once the talk of St Petersburg. Gorky sniffed that she earned it “with leg shaking and arm-swinging”, but it was probably a gift from Nicholas. The house is the epitome of Style Moderne elegance, trimmed with tiles and floral tracery.

Now this former palace is known as Museum of Russian Political History.

The Revolution

In March 1917 the Bolsheviks commandeered it as their headquarters: Lenin came here straight from Finland Railway Station, addressed crowds from its balcony and mapped out party strategy here until 1917, when a provisional government clampdown sent the Bolsheviks into hiding and the house was wrecked by loyalist troops.

After restoration, it was an obvious home for the museum of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which moved here from the Winter Palace in 1957.

Present Day

In 1991 this was recast as the Museum of Russian Political History, the only museum of its kind in Russia.

This fascinating museum offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the amazing and complicated political history of our country. The museum holds many testimonies of the political life of Russian society since the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 21st century, if you’re interested in the subject or in Kshesinskaya (to whom a section is devoted), its well-worth going with one of our guides in order to enjoy such things as the rather snazzy Soviet porcelain decorated with slogans, and caricatures of Lenin from newspapers that would be shut down once the Bolsheviks seized power, not to mention a visit to the second floor headquarters used by the central committee in July 1917, including the room occupied by Lenin.

The museum has an extensive collection of more than 500,000 exhibits, reflecting the history and transformation of government, the political system, and the fate of the most prominent historical figures from the past. It all attests to the upheavals and processes of the revolutionary, democratic and socio-political movements and parties in Russia.

The Fall of The Soviet Union

Personal belongings and documents of prominent public figures can be gazed upon here with original documents, among them, a decree of Napoleon, signed by his own hand, to the letters of Mikhail Gorbachev, the seventh and last undisputed leader of the Soviet Union whose policies of openness (Glasnost) and restructuring (Perestroika) as well as summit conferences with United States President Ronald Reagan and his reorientation of Soviet strategic aims contributed to the end of the Cold War, removed the constitutional role of the Communist Party in governing the state, and inadvertently led to the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The Collection

The museum’s collection of materials about political parties represent virtually the entire political spectrum of modern Russia including at the federal and regional level. The collection also includes materials on the activities of state and party leaders, community leaders, members of both houses of The Russian Parliament, the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region and many other subjects within the Russian Federation.

Information about the 1917 Revolution and the Civil War are also included with hundreds of rare pamphlets, documentary photographs, and much more, awaiting discovery within the museum.

In addition, the museum has one of the most complete collections in the country on the history of modern Russia. Today, the museum exhibits are devoted to the most important dilemmas and problems from the political life of Russia during the 19th to early 20th centuries and includes a number of stationary exhibitions, memorials and historic interiors.

Why you should visit

A visit to Russia and St Petersburg entails a step back in history to a time of great upheaval and confusion, a time when the whole industrialised world was perched upon a precipice and relations were extremely strained and eventually broken.

The splendour of our Palaces and the grand excesses of our monarchy and nobility were soon to be replaced and it is here that you will experience the administrative machinations of our countries leaders.

This is what makes this museum one of the most popular places to visit among our perhaps older clients and younger ones interested in the political sciences.

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Pavlovsk https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/pavlovsk https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/pavlovsk#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:51:49 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=681 Anyone who lives in a big city knows how important it is to be able to escape the hustle and bustle, the heat (in summer), the cramped and dusty streets…

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Pavlovsk Park & Palace | St Petersburg Attractions

Anyone who lives in a big city knows how important it is to be able to escape the hustle and bustle, the heat (in summer), the cramped and dusty streets and the air pollution and take a walk in nature and more often than not it is to Pavlovsk that we, St Petersburger citizens go.

In 1777, in an unusually warm gesture, Catherine the Great gave 607 hectares of land along the river Slavyanka to her son, the future Tsar Paul, to reward him for the birth of a grandson who would continue the dynasty.

This area of virgin forest, used by the tsars for hunting, was named Pavlovsk, after Paul (Pavel in Russian) and is one of the largest landscapes parks in the world, festooned with pavilions, mausoleums, follies, statues, towers and ornamental bridges, just waiting to be discovered around the next corner.

With the completion of Russia’s first railway line, from St Petersburg to Pavlovsk, it became one of the most popular day-trips from the capital.

Pavlovsk Park is one of the largest in Europe and covers an area of 600 ha. The famous Russian architectural historian Vladimir Kurbatov, author of books on St Petersburg, Pavlovsk and Gatchina, as well as the monumental labour Gardens and Parks of the World, wrote in 1911 in his Pavlovsk guidebook: “No matter how beautiful Pavlovsk Palace is, no matter how precious its collections, it cannot be compared to Pavlovsk Park.”

Pavlovsk Park has indeed long enjoyed the fame as one of the finest landscape parks in Europe. Poetic and endlessly diverse, it corresponds, in the words of the early nineteenth century French writer Saint-Moret, “to all tastes and to all states of the soul”. “Each new step brings a new picture to the eyes” was how Russian poet Vasily Zhukovsky described a walk through the Pavlovsk Park.

Analyzing the reasons for the attraction of the park, the main contribution is often regarded as being the wonderful proportionality of the natural landscape and the architectural structures, which stand in complete harmony with the world of man in regard to the relationship with the surrounding environment.

From the terrace behind the Great Palace, you can stand and survey the sweep of the Slavyanka Valley and will see, high up on the far bank, The Apollo Colonnade which has been left a picturesque ruin after first being struck by lightning and then damaged by a landslide during a storm.

Down to the right, steps descend to the Centaur Bridge, guarded by four centaurs, leading to a derelict Cold Bath with a superb view uphill to the Palace. Downstream are the Humpback Bridge and the Black Bridge – with a monumental staircase running down from the Palace and just beyond, by a sharp bend in the river, stands a most eye-catching Pavilion, the circular Temple of Friendship, commissioned as a diplomatic gesture to cement the somewhat shaky relationship between Maria, Paul’swife and Catherine the Great.

Walking through the halls and along the avenues of the Pavlovsk Palace and park complex, one cannot help feeling an admiration for the versatile talent and inexhaustible imagination that are embodied in the surrounding landscape and architecture. Nature and the daring creative effort of man, the solemn grandeur and the heartfelt simplicity – all this is Pavlovsk.

The Great Palace

Home to Paul and Maria Fyodorovna, the palace was originally erected by Charles Cameron, the architect responsible for Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin. But it was Vincenzo Brenna who extended it into the larger more elaborate complex you see today and some of the best architects in St Petersburg were recruited to decorate its interior, Quarenghi, Rossi and Voronikhin among many others.

The most striking thing about the rooms to be seen here, is their relative human scale, you could almost imagine living here yourself, they are much more intimate than the palaces of Peterhof or Pushkin.

Forming a single architectural and artistic whole with the park, the Pavlovsk Palace employs in its design such relationships of architectural volumes and masses that, despite its rather small dimensions, the palace’s building produces the impression of a majestic monumental edifice which, at the same time, is organically set in the surrounding landscape.

Erected on a hill, the palace takes in the earliest and the latest rays of the sun. The rising sun is reflected in the mirrors of the halls and the palace seems to be lit from within like a precious stone. The suites of Pavlovsk Palace belong to the best achievements of Russian architecture. The round, oval, octagonal, rectangular and square halls and rooms of the palace are faced with artificial marble or coloured stucco and covered with paintings or moulded ornaments. The strict articulation of the smooth walls is enlivened by a delicate range of the rosy, greenish, golden, white and lilac hues of the interior finish and decor.

The play of colour is enhanced by the well-planned illumination of the palace. While the flood of light streams into the Italian Hall through the glazed part of the dome, it penetrates the Grecian Hall through the tall windows, and also flows in through the windows of the adjacent Halls of War and Peace. The Picture and Church Galleries have rows of windows on both sides. Light also contributes to the charming atmosphere of the Little Lantern study.

A few of the highlights to be seen within its walls.

The Egyptian Vestibule, lined with pharaonic statues and zodiac medallions.

The domed Italian Hall, intended to invoke a Roman bathhouse.

Paul’s Study and The Hall of War, an explosion of gilded objects de guerre, where even the candelabras symbolize war spoils, although you will hear that Paul himself never saw any military action.

Contrasting with Maria’s Library and The Hall of Peace, as gilt-ridden as the war hall but garnished with floral motifs, musical instruments and symbols of fecundity.

The Grecian Hall, resembling a Greek temple and the most ornate room in the palace, featuring exquisite jasper urns and eagle winged divans.

After the Palace it will be time to head out across its beautifully airy courtyard and explore the wonders of the grounds.

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Cruiser Aurora https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/cruiser-aurora https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/cruiser-aurora#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:50:39 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=678 This writer believes there is something quite magical about visiting a pre-World War I battleship moored in the heart of the city, especially one as historically important as this one. It…

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Cruiser Aurora | St Petersburg Attractions

This writer believes there is something quite magical about visiting a pre-World War I battleship moored in the heart of the city, especially one as historically important as this one.

It was on the 25th of October, 1917, at 9:40 pm, that its forward cannon fired a symbolic blank shot at the Winter Palace, the first in a sporadic barrage that accompanied the storming of the building, and the start of the communist revolution.

After the palace had fallen, the ship’s radio was used to broadcast Lenin’s address, “to the Citizens of Russia”, proclaiming victory for the proletarians.

Built between May 1897 and May 1900 at The Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg, the 6731 tonne cruiser experienced a baptism of fire at Tsushima Bay, during the Russo- Japanese war, when it was one of the few ships in the Baltic Fleet to avoid being sunk by the Japanese forces.

In the early 1920’s the Aurora was converted into a training ship and with the advent of war in 1941, it’s heavy guns were removed for use in the land defense of Leningrad. The ship herself was moored at the port in Oranienbaum and after constant shelling from the Fascist forces surrounding the city and numerous bombings, courtesy of the Luftwaffe, she sank in the harbor on the 30th September 1941.

Raised from her watery grave in peacetime, she was moored in her present location and was declared a national monument in 1948 and later opened as a museum.

Now you may wander around the deck and tour a historical exhibition in four ward rooms below decks, presenting more than 500 original documents, photographs and ship items, which tell the story of the cruiser and how the ship influenced the destiny of Russia.

Elsewhere, note the portrait of the ship’s captain framed by armored plate with a hole left by the shell that killed him at Tsushima.

The Cruiser Aurora is in great shape, with a smart paint job and gleaming brass work, and stands today as the oldest commissioned ship of the Russian Navy, lovingly cared for by an active service crew commanded by a Captain of the 1st Rank, and still flying the navel ensign under which she was commissioned.

From 1956 to the present day some 28 million people have visited her. Lately Aurora ship has left its permanent place of docking as it needs restoration. It will be back to its berth by 2016.

Class: 1st rank cruiser

Type: Pallada-class protected cruiser

Shipyard: New Admiralty, St. Petersburg

Laid down: May 23rd, 1897

Launched: May 11th, 1900

Commissioned: July 29th, 1903

Full load displacement: 6731 g

Length: 126.7 m

Width: 16.8 m

Draft: 6.2 m

Machine power: 11971 hp

Speed: 20.0 knots

Cruising distance: 4000 miles (7200 km)

Fuel: 964 tons of coal

Artillery armament (1917): 152 mm (Canet gun) — 14; 76.2 mm (Lender air-defense gun) — 6

Torpedo tubes — 3 (1 above water and 2 underwater tubes)

Weight of metal fired in one broadside: 267 kg per a salvo; 652 kg per a minute

Crew: 570 people (including 20 officers)

 

 

 

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Shlisselburg Fortress https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/shlisselburg-fortress https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/shlisselburg-fortress#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:50:25 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=676 Many visitors to Russia wish for the chance to see and experience the true Russian countryside (one could even say wilderness), as opposed to the splendour of St Petersburg and…

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Shlisselburg Fortress | St Petersburg Attractions

Many visitors to Russia wish for the chance to see and experience the true Russian countryside (one could even say wilderness), as opposed to the splendour of St Petersburg and its pristine Parks…and it can be done without an arduous journey into the heart of the land because just a mere 22 miles from St Petersburg sits the Island Fortress of Schlisselburg.

Isolated some 600m offshore, the Fortress is accessible by a ferry that sails across Ladoga Lake , the largest inland body of water in Europe.

Shlisselburg’s high walls and wooden-roofed towers in the Novgorod style of fortification have been partly restored, but its ruinous skyline attests to the ferocious wartime onslaught it endured during WWII, making the fortress look almost as forbidding as it must have appeared to those imprisoned there in Tsarist days.

The History

Born out of rivalry between the medieval rulers of Novgorod and Sweden, who realised that The River Neva’s outflow from Lake Ladoga held the key to the lucrative trade routes between Russia and the Baltic.

The Fortress was first fortified in 1323 by Prince Yuri of Novgorod and the island on which it sits is known to Russians as Oreshek (‘’little nut’’) and constantly changed hands until its definitive recapture in 1702 by Peter the Great, who renamed it Schlusselburg (meaning “Key Fortress” in German)

Having lost its military significance after Peter’s victory over Sweden in The Northern War, the fortress became a prison for anyone threatening autocracy, becoming as synonymous with Tsarist repression as the Lubyanka would be in Soviet Times.

In the February 1917 Revolution it fell without a shot being fired, and prisoners joyfully burnt their cell blocks. When asked if it should be preserved as a monument to the tyranny they replied “We have suffered enough, let the foul place crumble to ruin!”

The Museum

Nonetheless, the Bolsheviks turned it into a museum devoted to the infamies of Tsarism, just a few years after, Ladoga became the gateway to a chain of waterways and penal camps (The infamous Gulag) reaching to the Solovetskiy Islands within the Arctic Circle, where uncounted thousands perished building the White Sea Canal.

Although the local town of Schlisselburg fell and was occupied by the Nazis in 1941, the fortress miraculously managed to hold out for 500 days right up until the Blockade of Leningrad (St Petersburg) was broken. In honor of this feat, the town was renamed Petrokrepost (Peter’s Fortress) – a name that’s still used in everyday speech.

Your guide will:

Take you into the Maw of the sixteenth-century Tsar’s Tower (Tsarskaya bashnya), where you will emerge in a grassy yard facing the ruined Fourth wing (Chetvortiy korpus), the last penal block to be built (in 1911), whose three floors once held a thousand prisoners, two to a cell. Set ablaze in 1917, it later served as a Soviet strongpoint and was pummelled by Nazi artillery, like the former prison church, whose shell forms a memorial to the fortress’s defence during the Blockade, festooned with sculptures made from redundant weaponry.

Your guide will then tell you about:

Its penal history which unfolded in two separate blocks at the end of the yard.The New Prison (Norvaya tyurma) which was constructed in 1884, for members of the Narodnaya Volya previously held in the Peter and Paul Fortress. Brutality, solitary confinement and silence were used here to crush their spirits. Within four years, seventeen of the twenty-one had died – many from suicide.

Earlier generations of revolutionaries were interred in the Old Prison or Secret House (Sekretny dom) built during the rain of Paul, which was first used by Nicholas I to incarcerate those Decembrists who weren’t hanged or exiled to Siberia. The mocked up cells here suggest that conditions were better than 60 years later, with proper beds, desks and chairs, and long woollen coats for the prisoners to wear to protect against the severe Russian Winter and the all pervasive damp.

Let your guide tell you about:

Some of the latter-day inmates, who spent only a few weeks here, before being hanged in the yard and show you a plaque marking the spot where Lenin’s brother, Alexander Ulyanov, was executed for attempted regicide in 1887.

And we will transport you back:

To still earlier when there was the (no longer extant) Tower of Cells, where VIPs were confined and tell you about perhaps the cruellest fate of all which was that of Anna Leopoldovna’s son, Ivan VI, who was deposed as a baby by Empress Elizabeth and as “prisoner No 1” denied any education or enjoyment so that he would grow up unfit to be a tsar, before being murdered in 1764 after trying to escape.

And finally…

To dispel the grim mood, we shall exit by a portal near Ulyanov’s execution place, to find a rocky beach and to gaze upon the exceptional beauty which is Ladoga Lake and the surrounding Russian countryside.

 

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Monument to the Defenders of Leningrad https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/monument-to-the-defenders-of-leningrad https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/monument-to-the-defenders-of-leningrad#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:50:01 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=674 This hugely important monolithic monument commemorates the hardship that Leningrad’s citizens endured during the 900-day Siege of Leningrad in World War II, and is truly an arresting sight as you…

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Monument to the Defenders of Leningrad

This hugely important monolithic monument commemorates the hardship that Leningrad’s citizens endured during the 900-day Siege of Leningrad in World War II, and is truly an arresting sight as you approach it down the extremely long and wide Moskovskiy Prospekt (Road to Moscow).

This devastating blockade caused the most destruction and the largest loss of life ever known to a modern city and is imprinted on the consciousness of the city, and all who survived it were and always will be, rightfully revered and looked upon with awe.

In the aftermath of the Siege most of our palaces and historical landmarks were left in ruin, including Catherine Palace and Peterhof Palace, with many art collections and treasures looted and transported to Nazi Germany.

These included the famous Amber room, which has never been found…Over 1,500,000 soldiers and civilians died and more than 1,400,000 were evacuated from Leningrad and perished from starvation or the countless bombardments of the city.

Paid for by public donations, it was unveiled in 1975 as the centre piece of Ploshchad Pobedy (Victory Square). The bowels of the monument consist of a vast broken ring of steel (symbolizing the breaking of the siege) lined with giant medals and flickering flames, where you can hear the strains of Shostaskovich’s Seventh Symphony, which was composed and performed during the Blockade.

Off this lies a subterranean memorial hall with bronze caskets displaying relics from the siege, including a violin that was used to perform the symphony. There are also documents and artifacts reminiscent of the heroism of the defenders of Leningrad, both for soldiers and of the ordinary citizens. Two instructive films, based on real events, can also be viewed together with an electrified map entitled “The Heroic Battle of Leningrad.”

In addition that constant metronomic beat that you hear was broadcast over the radio throughout the Blockade, to symbolize the starving cities heartbeat.

Above the ground rises a 48-meter-high red granite obelisk, fronted by statues of a soldier and a worker. Most striking of all are the larger-than-life blackened bronze tableaux of partisans, salvage workers, nurses and other citizens, defiantly facing south towards the enemy.

Constructed on a truly grand scale, it was designed to be viewed from a distance or from a passing vehicle on the main road to and from the airport, to remind foreign visitors of the price that the city paid to defeat the Nazis.

This attraction is a somber and quite unbelievable history of war and the suffering and heroism born out of such times. After visiting this attraction you will probably come away with a far richer understanding of the deep love citizens have for St Petersburg and why this city is truly special.

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Grand Choral Synagogue https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/grand-choral-synagogue https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/grand-choral-synagogue#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:49:45 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=672 The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg is the 2nd largest synagogue in Europe and has a fascinating history. It now stands as a testament to the perseverance of the…

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The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg is the 2nd largest synagogue in Europe and has a fascinating history. It now stands as a testament to the perseverance of the Jewish community in St Petersburg to finally have their own place of worship, and a most beautiful one at that. It stands discreetly off Ulitsa Dekabristov, with its corkscrew-ribbed cupola poking above the rooftops, on the corner of Lermontovskiy Prospekt.

The 19th Century

Jews were the most oppressed minority within the Tsarist Empire, where they were largely confined to a region called The Pale of Settlement and were barely tolerated in the capital prior to the reforms of Alexander II.

Not until 1893 was the community socially and financially secure enough to build a synagogue and cultural centre, in the Moorish style of synagogues in Eastern Europe.

Work begins

A committee headed by Horace Ginzburg had been started, to plan and fund raise for the construction. The largest contribution was made by Evzel Ginzburg and large donations were also given by S.S. Polyakov and I.A. Vavelberg along with several other contributions totalling some 100,000 Rubles.

However, their contributions proved to be still not enough to commence on this splendid synagogue and a loan was taken from the St Petersburg-Moscow Commercial Bank for 70,000 Rubles along with additional offerings from Horace Ginzburg and brothers Samuel and Daniel Polyakov.

Time and time again the committees proposals, to buy a suitable plot of land were denied, for sometimes unsubstantiated reasons, by the Police master-general of the time. After 10 years of negotiations the house of A.A. Rostovsky and its adjoining plot of land was purchased for 65,000 Rubles.

And so began the discussions about the design of the synagogue and it was decided that a competition would be held. The winning architects were Bakhman and Shaposhnikov, whose design was submitted to Tsar Alexander II only to be turned down; Alexander thought it should be “a little more modest.” Fortunately the architects re-made their design, for free, and on May 16, 1883 Alexander II approved the second design and construction began.

From Building to Opening

From 1884 to 1888 the main construction took place and in 1888 the cupola of the Grand Choral Synagogue was decorated and the process of interior design began. On December 8, 1893 the Grand Choral Synagogue was officially opened and consecrated during a most lavish ceremony. The door was opened with a specially designed silver key and 7 Torah scrolls were brought into the hall. It had taken so many years to be accepted into society and over 24 years to raise money, plan and receive permission, but finally the Jewish community of St Petersburg had their Grand Choral Synagogue.

The World Wars

During WWI a 100-bed hospital for the wounded, of all confessions, was organised by the Jewish community, on the premises of the synagogue. And the Synagogue was bombed by the Nazi army during the Siege of Leningrad between 1941 and 1943. However, the hospital remained in operation. The Jewish community managed to survive the blockade, as well as many other oppressions over the years.

Soviet Times

During the Soviet Era the Jewish community had a rocky relationship with the authorities and the Grand Choral Synagogue was closed several times, only to be re-opened after the authorities realized the importance it played within the community. A famous Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn was even imprisoned for “anti-soviet” activities. However, the Grand Choral Synagogue remained a part of the community and the persistence of the Jews in St Petersburg kept it alive. Fund-raising was banned, traditional rituals were made un-lawful, and the activities inside the Synagogue were watched closely by the authorities and secret police. In the 1970’s and 1980’s repairs were made to the Synagogue but all was still not well. Many Jews were refused emigration and forced to stay in the Soviet Union – the Grand Choral Synagogue became an important place for communication and refuge. In the mid to late 1980’s there was a youth movement and the Synagogue started to fill up again with those wishing to worship. Cultural organisations were formed during Perestroika and concerts were held in the Grand Choral Synagogue.

Present Times

Today the Great Choral Synagogue of St Petersburg is a registered landmark and an architectural monument of federal importance as well as, of course, an important cultural center for the Jewish community in St Petersburg. The Synagogue runs several schools and is involved in charitable works such as a Yeshiva that dispenses cheap meals to Jewish pensioners. There is also a Matzobakery and a Kosher restaurant along with a souvenir shop for visitors.

Several renovations have taken place during the last 15 years including renovation of the concert hall and a new Mikvah.

There is now an informative exhibition on Jewish history in the foyer of the Great Synagogue (Bolshaya Sinagoga), whose magnificent prayer hall, with its stucco squinches and stalactite mouldings, has been restored following a 5 million dollar donation from the Saffra family in 1999, along with others from the diaspora. This hall holds in excess of 1,200 people and has woman’s galleries on three sides.

And Finally

The Synagogue is praised for its wonderful acoustics and it is said that by placing ones ear in the right place, one can hear the minutest of whispers from way across the opposite end of the hall, your guide will show you where to put your ear.

 

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Naval Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/naval-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/naval-museum#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:49:31 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=670 Russia and St Petersburg have had a long and rich association with the sea, Peter the Great was fascinated by anything nautical and went about building a formidable navy and…

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Russia and St Petersburg have had a long and rich association with the sea, Peter the Great was fascinated by anything nautical and went about building a formidable navy and one could say that the great River Neva is the life blood of the city.

Recognizing this, August 1st 2013, saw the grande re-opening of the Central Navy Museum, which is now housed in the Kryukovy Barracks in Truda Square, close to the the world famous Mariinsky Theatre and Potseluev Bridge.

The building’s showrooms and Atrium (covering more than 3 thousand square meters) now holds one of the most extensive and historically important collections of the sea to be held by any major city of the world.

This museum is not only a must for enthusiasts, but this writer believes that within all of us lies some sense of the adventure of exploration, commerce and of military might, without which, our city could never have been realized and Russia would never have been one of the world’s super powers.

This new museum is growing and will eventual have 19 exhibition halls, restoration workshops, a studio of marine painters, a scientific and technical library, a photo laboratory, a cafe and a conference hall and Our guides are seeing something new very time they visit.

The prize exhibits here are the botik (boat) in which Peter the Great learned to sail – a vessel dubbed the ” grandfather of the Russian Navy” and Russia’s oldest surviving submarine, designed in 1881.

A host of intricately made modal ships, among them Russia’s first naval battle ship (amour clad) from 1877 are also on display.

Exhibits recounting the Disaster at Tsushima Bay, a sea battle with Japan in which the Cruiser Aurora took part and was one of only a handful of ships to survive and surrounding rooms chart events during the Revolution and World War II.

A fine collection of carved figure heads from eighteen-century vessels, numerous marine paintings, banners, flags and pendants and photographs of the Potemkin mutineers and Kronstadt sailors.

The museum concludes with the Russian Navy’s postwar expansion during the Cold War and competition with America as a world superpower.

Come with us to St Petersburg’s Naval Museum and our guide will enthusiastically give you the background stories to go with all there is to see and do here.

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Erarta Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/erarta-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/erarta-museum#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:49:07 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=668 The goal of this lovely modern museum is to provide every visitor with an opportunity to discover the best works of contemporary art. The idea (as with most modern art…

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The goal of this lovely modern museum is to provide every visitor with an opportunity to discover the best works of contemporary art.

The idea (as with most modern art museums) is to ensure that relatively unknown artists that have created something interesting, exceptional and thought provoking, are accessible and that visitors can interact with what they are seeing.

Today, the Erarta counts among its collections, about 3,000 works by more than 160 artists, who represent regions from all over the vast territory of Russia, it also includes graphics, sculpture, installations, and other types of modern fine arts.

With 5 floors of art space it is the largest non-governmental contemporary art museum in all of Russia.

The staff of this Museum choose what paintings, and other works, to add to their collection purely based on talent alone and not on how well known the artist is or what school of art they belong to.

The Erarta collection is much much larger than what is exhibited and is constantly refreshed, which makes this a very popular museum among art lovers.

To help you, as much as possible, to appreciate what you are seeing, self-portraits are displayed and video interviews with the artists are shown on touch-screens.

In addition one of Erarta’s cinema halls is equipped with another innovation “art-animation”.These are short-length animated movies developed especially for Erarta that in someway continue certain paintings from the museum collection, the museum says that often art-animation helps visitors develop a different or better understanding of a piece of work, sometimes in a wholly unexpected way.

The galleries located in the northern wing of the building display original works by artists who may not be represented in the Erarta Museum, these works are for sale and the gallery on the first floor houses monthly personal exhibitions or artistic projects.

The Workshop and Art Shop

In the art shop, visitors are able to buy productions from the Erarta workshop for example ready-made prints (copies of paintings on paper or canvas) and giclees (copies of paintings with final hand-made improvements), as well as order copies of any painting in the museum or electronic collection. Giclees and prints are sold in a tube or on a stretcher, as well as being decorated with a framework chosen by the customer from the wide range on offer.

The Facilities

There is a gift shop where a wide range of designer souvenirs and prints are available, and some of the Erarta brand-name products are especially popular.

There is a restaurant the “Aivazovsky” offering Russian and European cuisine and two cafes the “АRT point” café and the “Royal” cafe, with live music.

All in all a visit to Erarta is a great way to understand modern Russia and perhaps bring home a really memorable souvenir.

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Peterhof https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/peterhof https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/peterhof#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:48:50 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=666 As the first of the great imperial palatial ensembles to be established outside St Petersburg, Peterhof embodies nearly 300 years of Tsarist rule and self-aggrandizement. As the name suggests (meaning…

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Peterhof | St Petersburg Attractions

As the first of the great imperial palatial ensembles to be established outside St Petersburg, Peterhof embodies nearly 300 years of Tsarist rule and self-aggrandizement.

As the name suggests (meaning “Peter’s Court in German, and pronounced “Petergof” in Russian), it’s founder was Peter the Great, and it is said that the architects had a hard time keeping up with the stream of ideas issuing from his pen.

The scale of this project and it’s technical achievement, in particular the 150 fountains, all fed with out pumps, taking water (by gravity alone) from the Ropsha Hills over 22 km away, via 50 km of pipes, 22 locks and no fewer than 18 lakes, can not be underestimated and stands as a rival to France’s Palace at Versailles.

Peterhof comprises a number of Palaces, the grandest and most sumptuous being The Great Palace built during the reign of Empress Elizabeth, when court life became more opulent, reaching its pinnacle when Catherine the Great held all night parties, illuminated by 10,000 candles, in the 102-hectare Lower Park.

Another Palace, Monplaisir (meaning my pleasure) was Peter the Great’s favorite and it was here that he liked to relax (surrounded by it’s both homely and extravagant decor, influenced by Holland and Peter’s love for Amsterdam) and review the construction of Peterhof or look out onto the Gulf of Finland and scrutinize the maneuvers of his fleet.

Upper gardens

The Upper Gardens cover over 15 hectares (~37 acres) and are the front yard leading up to the Grand Palace. It is important to note that the fountains you will find in the Lower Gardens do not use pumps, the fountains are at a lower elevation than the ponds so the pressure is enough to power the fountains, including the Grand Cascade. The exception is the Samson fountain, which requires a 4 km aqueduct to create enough pressure.

Lower gardens

The Lower Gardens contain most of the more prominent fountains and are featured in a lot of the pictures you will see if you do a search for Peterhof. The Lower Gardens span an area of 102 hectares (~252 acres) and are split in half by the canal into the eastern and western sections.

The Lower Gardens were designed in French style and showcase the talents of Peter I, his sense of style, and his sense of humor. In the Lower Gardens there is another ‘Hermitage’, certainly not to be confused with its more famous counterpart, it is a small pavilion surrounded by a moat and containing 124 paintings from different European artists.

Peterhof, its palaces, grounds, ornamental gardens and truly unbelievable and exquisite fountains is a sprawling development so let our guides, who know it like the back of their hand, escort you around and introduce you to its wonders.

Just a few of the highlights of our tour

See the Great Palace with its reception, state and throne rooms and the ceremonial staircase, aglow with gilded statues and vases all beneath a stunning fresco of Aurora and Genius chasing away the night.

Look upon the Sea Canal, which flows through Peterhof’s Lower Park and once formed an approach route for yachts. This granite banked canal is flanked by 22 marble basins all spurting water ” what an entrance!”

We will ensure you see the finest of the fountains such as the Grand Cascade, which honors the Russian victory over Sweden. The Grand Cascade is the most notable and ornately designed of all the fountains in Peterhof.  The fountains were severely damaged during World War II and had to be restored from photos. The restoration was painstakingly difficult and took many years, even as recently as 1995 there was restoration projects taking place but today it is fully restored to its majestic self.

The Samson fountain is the center of the Grand Cascade and is the highest fountain in Peterhof. A special 4 km reservoir allows the fountain to shoot 20 meters into the air, easily grabbing the attention of all visitors to Peterhof. The original statue was stolen by the Germans during the war but was reproduced from photos by Vasily Simonov and on display again in 1947.

The Chess board Hill Cascade, boasting three dragons from which water spouts down a chequered chute flanked by statues of Greek and Roman deities. This cascade is one of the main attractions of the eastern section of the Lower Gardens. It contains a small grotto which is the oldest part along with a 4 tiered cascade which is surrounded by statues. The chessboard design was added in the mid-18th century.

The Golden Hill Cascade, a flight of waterfalls issuing from gilded orifices and really too many more fountains to mention here. This cascade is near Marly Palace. It has a statue of Neptune at the top and along the sides are various other Greek mythical figures such as Neptune, Triton, Nymph, Andromeda, Venus, and Cupid.

Sun fountain resembles the sun due to the water coming from the column in the center being a circular shape. At the base of the fountain 20 more jets spray water as the entire structure rotates.

We won’t forget to show you the joke fountains, like the umbrella fountain which starts raining only when you sit beneath it and the spruce fountain, disguised as a tree.

You will learn something of the feat to install the monumental hydraulic system which keeps these fountains flowing.

Hear about the Fascist occupation of Peterhof and which fountain they stole and was eventually tracked down in Germany and re-installed in 1956.

Visit Monplaisir Palace and see and hear why it was such a personal favorite of Peter’s.

Again this is only a taste of what our tour has to offer, please place your trust in us to show you all that is worth seeing and anything that must not be missed.

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Peter and Paul Fortress | St Petersburg Attractions

Built to secure Russia’s hold on the Neva delta, Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) is where it all started for St Petersburg.

During 1703, forced laborers toiled from dawn to dusk, and died in the thousands, completing the initial construction in only seven months.

The crude earthworks they constructed were subsequently replaced with monstrous brick walls, high arched gates and menacing spearhead like bastions, which jut out from all directions.

The main entrance gate from the Neva River side is probably the most imposing, situated between the Gosudarev and the Naryshkin Bastions and is preceded by a long granite pier, it is from here that prisoners would leave the fortress bound by boat for the gallows of Shlisselburg.

Standing upon this pier, one gets a glorious view across the Neva but just turn around and take a long look at the Neva Gate and Neva Curtain Wall of this fortress and feel slightly unnerved by it’s strong, dark, towering ramparts.

Within these walls one gets the feeling of a small town with its paved main roads and cobbled side streets and the buildings, some of which we now list below, have seen and been apart of the whole history of St Petersburg.

Peter and Paul Cathedral

The golden spire of the cathedral signifies defiance from the heart of the fortress and within is found the tombs of the Romanov monarchs from Peter the Great onwards and most importantly, the remains of Russia’s last royal family who were finally laid to rest here, exactly eighty years after they were killed by the Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg.

Grand Ducal Mausoleum

Built to intern extended members of the royal family when the cathedral became too crowded for burial of any but the closest relatives. The principle tomb belonging to Archduke Vladimir, the heir to the Romanov dynasty, who was born in Belgium after the revolution and died in Miami, his remains were returned to Russia in 1992.

Boat House and Mint

Opposite the cathedral exit, in the courtyard, stands a Boat House topped by a nymph with an oar, symbolising navigation and inside lies an exact replica of the small boat in which Peter made his first sailing trips.

Across the courtyard looms the Mint and the world’s first lever press for coining money was devised here in 1811. The mint continued to produce coins till the end of the Soviet era and it still produces military medals and commemorative coins to this day.

Trubetskoy Bastion

The Fortress’s infamous prison is also known as the ‘Russian Bastille’, it was here that Peter the Great had his son tortured to death and later revolutionaries such as the Decembrists were incarcerated. The prison was designed to be virtually silent and all prisoners were kept in strict solitary confinement. Among some of the well known inhabitants were Lenin’s brother Alexander Ulyanov and Gorky and Trotsky in 1905.

Commandant’s House

Housing an exposition about the history of St Petersburg, whose occupant’s responsibilities included the security of the prisoners in the fortress and informing the Tsar when the Neva became navigable by bringing him a goblet of river water.

Your tour guide

As mentioned earlier the fortress has seen the best and worst of St Petersburg’s history and our guide will tell you the stories connected with all there is to see and do here.

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/church-of-the-savior-on-spilled-blood https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/church-of-the-savior-on-spilled-blood#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:48:06 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=662 The Church of “Our Savior on the Spilt Blood” is designed in the style of the 16th – 17th centuries Moscow and Yaroslavl churches. It is famous for its wonderful…

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The Church of “Our Savior on the Spilt Blood” is designed in the style of the 16th – 17th centuries Moscow and Yaroslavl churches. It is famous for its wonderful mosaics which cover more than 7,000 square meters of inner space.

The church was erected on the location of the assassination of Russian Tsar Alexander II which happened on the 1st of March in 1881. Alexander II is known as one of the outstanding Russian public figures who held the important military, economic and political reforms in Russia. The Church on the Spilled Blood was specially constructed to commemorate him; the money for its creation was collected from all over Russia.

The Church is especially remarkable for its architectural design and is one of the local must-sees. It works as a museum and shows the rare examples of Russian mosaic art.

 

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St Isaac’s Cathedral | St Petersburg Attractions

Towering majestically above the rooftops, St Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievsky Sobor) is one of our city’s premier tourist attractions and is even distinguishable from way out into the Gulf of Finland.

In fact it’s too massive to take in at close quarters, but it stands in its own, virtually wide open square, Isaakievskaya Ploshad (St Isaac’s Square), and it’s from the center of this square that you achieve the best view of the cathedral.

During the day, it’s gilded dome is without doubt one of the glories of the St Petersburg skyline and at night the gigantic columns and statues take on an almost other worldly appearance.

It’s opulent interior with fourteen kinds of marble, as well as gilded stucco, malachite, jasper, mosaics and frescoes is just as impressive as it’s exterior and the view from its colonnade offers an unsurpassed vista of our fair city, 360 degrees of history spread out below you.

Construction started in 1818 and a design by Auguste de Montferrand, an unknown and untested architect, was chosen by Alexander I over 23 other designs from much more experienced men. Rumor has it that construction (1818-42) and decoration (1842-58) were prolonged on purpose due to a popular superstition at the time that the Romanov dynasty would come to an end with the cathedral’s completion.

And so a few words on some of the things you will see and hear about during your tour of this magnificent building:

• The 800 square meter painting of the Virgin Mary, painted by Karl Bryullov, surrounded by saints and angels which adorns the inside of the cupola, the fourth biggest cupola in the world.

• The beautiful stained glass window and elaborate gilded bronze doors into the sanctuary, where only the Monarch and the patriarch were once admitted.

• Vintage scale models of the cathedral, it’s dome and the scaffolding used to erect the portico.

• The outsized cast-iron relief in remembrance of the cathedrals architect – which was the only honor bestowed upon him for dying on the job after forty years of toil.

• Hear how nearly 100 kg of gold leaf was used to cover the exterior of the dome, helping push the cost of the cathedral to over six times as much as that spent on the Winter Palace.

• Hear about the almost unbearable working conditions of the serf-laborers and how 60 died carrying out just one process.

• Hear how this cathedral appeared as “reference point no.1″ during World War II.

• Climb the 562 steps to the great colonnade, topped with 24 statues, walk along its windswept iron gallery and gantries to be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of central St Petersburg. Your guide will point out to you the most famous buildings to be seen from this remarkable vantage point.

• Your guide will also enjoy telling you, how that superstition, about the fall of the Romanov dynasty with the completion of the cathedral, actually came true, well almost!

So just a taste of what’s in store should you choose to take a tour with us to marvel at one of the worlds largest and greatest dedications to the Russian Orthodox Faith.

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Catherine Palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/catherine-palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/catherine-palace#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:46:50 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=658 One of the most popular tourist destinations in St Petersburg, Catherine Palace was originally constructed by the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein for Catherine I in 1718. The original 2-story building…

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Catherine Palace | St Petersburg Attractions

One of the most popular tourist destinations in St Petersburg, Catherine Palace was originally constructed by the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein for Catherine I in 1718. The original 2-story building had 16 rooms and the original staircase is still visible today inside the palace.

After the death of the Empress Catherine I in 1728, the estate of Tsarskoe Selo passed to Empress Elizabeth, who had more imperial ideas for the future of the palace. She had grown fond of hunting in the forests and perceived the palace as a potential source of revenue. Soon after ascending the throne in 1752, Empress Elizabeth ordered her court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli to reconstruct the palace in a truly lavish and extravagant style.

On July 30th, 1756, Rastrelli showcased his masterpiece to Empress Elizabeth, her court, and foreign ministers. They were in awe at the beauty and magnificence of the palace. The Empress spared no expense for the construction and it was rumored that even the roof was made completely of gold. Over 100 kilograms of gold were added to the building facade and statues peering down from the roof.

The Amber Room

Amber, described as the “Tears of God”, has been used for healing, jewelry, and even money over thousands of years. Amber was also crushed into a powder and used as incense for the unique smell it delivers when burned. Very often it encloses insects and even small animals from up to 65 million years ago. In the ancient world amber was a highly valued commodity. For example, in ancient Rome a poet complained “A small statuette of amber was more costly than a slave.” During the Middle Ages amber was used as medicine to treat such diseases and illnesses as the plague, typhus, gought, hysterical attacks, hepatitis, cramps, sore throat, and asthma.

The original Amber Room was created between 1701 and 1713 by Gottfried Thurau for King Friedrich Wilhelm I, the first King of Prussia. The room was then gifted to the Russian Czar Peter the Great, in exchange for a treaty which brought together Russia and Prussia in a war against Sweden. In addition, Peter the Great Peter presented to King Frederick 55 large grenadiers and an ivory goblet that he made with his own hands. Peter the Great wrote at the time to Empress Catherine: “The King has made me the elegant present of a yacht which was finely decorated in Potsdam and the amber study which I have long desired.”

The Amber Room was moved in 1755 to the Winter Palace and then to Catherine Palace. Czarina Elizabeth had her Italian architect, Bartolomeo Rastrelli create a new design from the originals and this required more amber from the Baltic Sea, provided by Frederick II of Prussia. The Amber Room had multiple renovations during the 18th century and in the end contained over 6 tons of amber and a combined 10 years of construction work.

During WWII the Amber Room was disguised behind simple wallpaper after attempts to remove it proved too difficult. However, the German army was well prepared to search for such treasure and the Amber Room was removed from Catherine Palace in 1941 by the German army and was last seen in Konigsberg, now Kaliningrad. It was on display at Konigsberg Castle and the director of the museum was overjoyed that the room had been returned to Germany.

As the Russian army advanced on the German soldiers near the end of WWII, the room mysteriously disappeared.

To this day treasure hunters are scouring the land near Kaliningrad hoping to find the mysterious Amber Room. The original Amber Room was reconstructed for the 300-year anniversary of St Petersburg and is a shining treasure to be seen in Catherine Palace once again.

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Hermitage Museum | St Petersburg Attractions

Many tourists come to St Petersburg simply to visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s great museums which celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2014.

Visiting all of its’ 350 exhibition rooms would entail a walk of over 10 km and it was once calculated that to undertake the feat of glancing, just momentarily, at every item would take over 9 years to accomplish.

The Hermitage houses amazing examples of Italian High Renaissance art, as well as unrivalled collections of paintings by Rembrandt, the extensive collection of Dutch and Flemish masters – not to mention fabulous treasures from Siberia and Central Asia, Egyptian and classical antiquities, and Persian and Chinese artworks, among many many others.

In addition, there are the interiors of the Winter Palace itself, with its sumptuous state rooms, where the Tsars once held court and the Provisional Government was arrested by the Bolsheviks.

The sheer opulence of these rooms must be seen to be believed and to stand in the middle of them, trying to soak up their rich and at times tumultuous history will be, we trust, one of life’s unforgettable experiences.

Our Tour

Because of its sheer size it is all too easy to get lost and become overwhelmed and tire before you have seen all that must be seen and this is exactly where our guides can help you. And please don’t forget about our “early entry” arrangement with this museum, together we will beat the queues and the crowds!

Just some of our tour highlights

Rembrandt’s masterpiece “The Return of the Prodigal Son” one of his last canvases and “Dande” with its tragic story of having been slashed and then defaced with acid by a deranged visitor in 1985.

The Peacock Clock, a miracle of craftsmanship by the English Jeweller James Coxe, once belonging to Catherine the Great’s lover Potemkin. On the rare occasions that the peacock “performs” it spreads it’s tail as a cockerel crows and a mushroom rotates in surreal accompaniment. This famous icon is rumored to have saved the Hermitage Museum from destruction during WWII and the catastrophic 900 day siege of Leningrad.

Two magical works of Leonardo Da Vinci are on display – “Madonna Benois” and “Madonna Litta” a later and much accomplished work depicting the Virgin suckling the infant Jesus. Works by Titian that he “never planned to sell” and one of his last works completed when he was over 90 years old are also on display.

The Winter Palace Staterooms, which are as memorable as anything on display in the Hermitage Museum, are a sight to be seen as well. The rooms are glittering with gold leaf and enormous crystal chandeliers, and boasting acres of marble. They have witnessed everything from imperial gala balls to declarations of war.

Ultimately this is only a taste of what our wonderful tour of St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace has to offer you and for, further, more in depth reading may we suggest the following link:  http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/

So please, place yourself in the experienced hands of our passionate and knowledgable guides, who, through interesting stories, facts and some myths will bring this amazing building, and all it contains, to life for you…

And thus avoid the all too familiar feeling of having missed something important but have already reached that threshold whereby you simply can’t take in anymore.

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EUROPEAN CUISINE

 

  • Terrassa

Cuisine: European and Russian Address: Kazanskaya 3, St. Petersburg

Hours: Daily noon-midnight

Website:http://www.terrassa.ru/en/

  • Capuletti

Cuisine: Italian

Address: Bolshoy Prospect, 74 Hours: 24 hr

Website:http://ginza.ru/spb/restaurant/capuletti

  • Palkin

Cuisine: European

Address: 47, Nevsky pr

Hours: Daily noon-midnight

Website: www.palkin.ru

  • Casa del Myaso

Cuisine: European

Address: 6, Birzhevoy proezd, Vasilevsky Island

Hours: Daily noon-midnight

Website:http://www.we-love-meat.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=71

  • Marcelli’s

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 43, Nevsky pr

Hours: Daily , 08.00am-06.00am

Website: http://www.marcellis.ru/en/

  • Schastye or Happiness

Cuisine: European, Italian

Address: Malaya Morskaya St., 24

Hours: Daily noon-midnight

Website: http://www.v-teple.ru/cafe/menuenglish/

RUSSIAN CUISINE

  • Idiot

Cuisine: Russian

Address: Nab. Moiki, 82

Hours: daily from 11.00-1.00

Website: http://idiot-spb.com/eng/

  • Gogol

Cuisine: Russian Address: Sadovaya 39/41

Hours: Daily, 12am-12pm

Website:http://eng.restaurant-gogol.ru/index.html

  • Teplo

Cuisine: European and Russian

Address: 45 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa

Hours: Daily noon-midnight

Website: http://www.v-teple.ru/cafe/menuenglish/

  • Pirogi( Stolle)

Cuisine: Russian

Address: 33, Dekabristov str., daily 8am-10pm 19, Dekabristov.str, daily 9am-9pm 1/6 Konushennypereulok, daily 9 am-9 pm 50, 1st line of Basil Island, daily 8am-10pm.

Website: http://www.stolle.ru/en/menu/saint-petersburg

  • Teremok

Cuisine: Russian fast food

Address: Nevsky Pr, 93 and etc.

Hours: daily 8 am – 23 pm

CHINESE CUISINE

  • Nihao

Cuisine: Chinese

Addresses: Nevskiy Prosp., 160

Hours: Fri – Sat, 11 am – 23:30 pm

Website: http://www.nihaorest.com/

  • Chin-Chin Café

Cuisine: Chinese, Indian

Addresses: Mytninskaya Emb., 3 Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am –12 am, Sat-Sun – 12 pm – 12 am

Website: http://chin-chin-cafe.ru/interior

INDIAN CUISINE

  • Tandoori Nights

Cuisine: Indian

Address:Voznesensky Prospect, 4

Hours: 12.00 – 23.00

Website: http://tandoorinightsspb.com/

  • Go Goa

Cuisine: Indian

Address: Nab. KanalaGriboedova, 38

Hours: 12.00 – 23.00

Website: http://gogoa.spb.ru/

  • Cardamon restaurant-bar

Cuisine: Indian and Russian

Address: 1st line of Vasilievsky Island, 18

Hours: 12.00 – 23.00

Website: http://www.cardamom-bar.ru/eng/

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St Petersburg Hotels https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/st-petersburg-hotels https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/st-petersburg-hotels#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:18:06 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=651 Luxury hotels Grand Hotel Europe 57, Nevsky prospect www.nevskypalace.com Crowne Plaza St Petersburg Ligovsky 61 Ligovsky pr. http://www.ihg.com/ Kempinski Hotel 22, Moika www.kempinski-st-petersburg.com Emerald 18, Suvorovsky www.grandhotelemerald.com Four Seasons Hotel…

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Luxury hotels

  • Grand Hotel Europe

57, Nevsky prospect www.nevskypalace.com

  • Crowne Plaza St Petersburg Ligovsky

61 Ligovsky pr. http://www.ihg.com/

  • Kempinski Hotel

22, Moika www.kempinski-st-petersburg.com

  • Emerald

18, Suvorovsky www.grandhotelemerald.com

  • Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace

1 Voznesensky Prospekt http://www.fourseasons.com/stpetersburg/

  • W Hotel

6 Voznesensky Prospect http://www.wstpetersburg.com/

  • Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg

57 Nevsky Prospect http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/stpetersburg/

Superior Hotels

  • Angleterre

39, Bolshaya Morskaya www.angleterrehotel.com

  • Renaissance Baltic Hotel

4, Pochtamptskaya www.marriott.com

  • Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge

Vasilievsky Island, 2-4, Birzhevoy Lane

https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/st-petersburg/sokos-hotel-palace-bridge

  • Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden

Bataiskii Pereulok 3 A
https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/st-petersburg/sokos-hotel-olympia-garden

  • Park Inn Nevsky

4 lit. A, Goncharnaya Street;
89, Nevsky Prospect http://www.parkinn.ru/hotel-stpetersburg

  • Petro Palace Hotel

14, Malaya Morskaya www.petropalacehotel.com

  • Novotel

3A Mayakovskogo www.novotel.com

  • Crowne Plaza Ligovskiy

Ligovskiy Ave., 61 http://www.crowneplaza.com/

Mini Hotels

  • Casa Leto

34, Bolshaya Morskaya www.casaleto.com

  • Alexander House Guest House

Kryukova Kanala Emb., 27 http://a-house.ru/en/index.php

  • Anabel

147, Nevsky prospect www.anabel.ru

  • Deluxe Hotel

4 Galernaya, ap. 6 http://www.spbdeluxe.ru/delux.html

  • Comfort Hotel

25, Bolshaya Morskaya http://www.comfort-hotel.ru/

  • Shelfort Hotel

26, 3rd line of Vasilievsky Island http://www.shelfort.ru/eng/1.html

  • 3 Mosta

Naberezhnaya r. Moyki http://www.3mosta.com/

Budget Mini Hotels

  • Baskov Hotel

6, Baskov lane http://baskof-hotel.com/

  • Octaviana

76, Nevsky prospect www.octaviana.spb.ru

  • Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya

Stremyannaya St., 18 http://stremyannaya-hotel.ru/en/

  • Hotel Nouvelle Europe

Mayakovskogo St., 23/6 http://mini-hotel.eu/en

  • Park Lane Inn

Pravdy Street 20-22 http://www.parklaneinn.ru/eng/

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Being the cultural capital of the Russian Federation and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, St. Petersburg has everything for a memorable and unforgettable travel experience. St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 18th century. The relatively young city has lavish architecture, its rich history and cultural traditions, which have inspired many world-famous poets, writers, musicians and artists.

Climate

The weather and seasons change in St. Petersburg throughout the year which will affect the list of items needed to be in your suitcase. In the winter time, temperatures reach minimum in February when it can be –15 /–20 degrees Celsius. In the summer, highs reach 25-30 degrees Celsius during July. The climate in St. Petersburg and in the Baltics is very humid making waterproof clothing necessary at any time of the year. The weather in the Baltics is the most unpredictable and it’s not very safe to rely on weather forecasts. If you are coming to the Baltic region in winter, it’s advised to take a jacket covering, a warm sweater and trousers, waterproof boots, wool socks, scarf, hat and mittens/gloves. Coming during the autumn/spring time, you don’t require too many layers of clothing, but you will certainly need a warm jacket, waterproof shoes, hat and gloves. It gets especially wet in spring which starts in March and lasts till the middle of May. During the summer season the weather might be quite tricky. It can be sunny and warm one day and then chilly and rainy the next. On most summer days in May, June and the second half of August the average temperature is usually around 15 degrees Celsius. For a summer trip, it’s recommended to pack a light sweater or jacket which you can take off if it gets warmer. The most important thing to bring with you is an umbrella, it may come in handy given that we get about 40-50 sunny days a year.

National Currency

The ROUBLE is the national currency of the Russian Federation. Banknotes come in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 and there are 1,2,5 and 10 Rbl coins. The Rouble is always fluctuating what you can see following the link where the exchange rate according to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation is shown.
If you need to exchange money, there is no need to exchange it in your country. Please, just let your guide know that you would like to exchange your money and he/she easily will help you to do it at one of the bank’s branches or at an exchange office.

Safety

Traveling to St Petersburg is generally safe. Tourists are treated well, though you have to be careful in the crowded places and it’s better to avoid groups of beggars or gypsies, big crowds, street shops, metro as well as public transportation. It’s better to keep your passports and money in a safe place. If you don’t plan to buy anything it will be safer to leave them in the hotel. As in any country it’s better to avoid wandering alone in deserted places. You shouldn’t be afraid of walking in the day time. It is absolutely safe especially in the city center. In recent years efforts have been made to eliminate the risk from pickpockets, but they still exist and you should be aware of it even inside the museums.

Transportation

St. Petersburg is the second largest transportation hub in the country after Moscow. The metro is the most popular mean of transportation among locals. About 4 mln.people use St. Petersburg metro everyday, which makes it one of the most crowded in the world. St. Petersburg metro is the most efficient way to get around the city. Other public transportation might be a bit difficult to use as they are no route maps which can help you to navigate in the city.
Below you will find summary of the transportation system:

The city has 5 passenger railway stations:
• Balric railway station
• Vitebsky railway station
• Ladogskyvoksal
• Moscovsky railway station (the main railway station)
• Finlyandsky railway station

Souvenirs

St. Petersburg is the city teemed with a variety of gift shops. Here you can purchase almost everything connected with the Russian culture: valenki, matroshka, birch wood crafts, pavlovsky platok, shapka-ushanka, vodka, caviar, laquer boxes and etc. Our guides will help you to choose only the best souvenirs for you, your family and friends.
If you’re interested in clothing stores, we have different shopping malls ranged from the cheapest ones to the expensive shops.

We also recommend to visit Elisseeff Emporium as it’s known for its interior dated 19th century. It has been restored recently and now it is open for new guests. Here you can enjoy your shopping, relaxing music and pleasant environment.

Some common and useful Russian words and phrases:

No/yes Нет/да Nyet/da
Hello Здравствуйте zdravstvuite
Good Bye До свидания dasvidaniya
Thank you спасибо spasiba
Sorry извините izvinite
Please пожалуйста pazhalusta
I don’t understand Я не понимаю Ya ne ponimayu
How are you Как дела Kak dela
Nice to meet you Рад встрече Rad vstreche
Where is the ..? Где… Gdye…?
I don’t speak Russian Я не говорю по- русски Ya ne gavoryu pa russki
I love you Я люблю вас Ya lyublyu vas ( sounds like “yellow blue vus”)
restaurant ресторан restoran

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This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen & St Petersburg Group Tours. 

* To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day Exclusive Faberge tour in St. Petersburg and  group tours in the other cities 

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THE BEST OF TALLINN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16

DURATION: 3 hours of walking tour + 2  hours of free time

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.

The guide will be meeting you right at the cruise ship pier and the bus transfer takes you to Upper Old Town. During this 15 minute drive you can admire beautiful parks surrounding Old Town and have a look to the 13th century medieval Toompea Castle standing high above the ground at Toompea Hill.

Our walking tour starts from the Upper Old Town. You will see the Estonian Parliament and make a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to meet the oldest church in Tallinn – Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform.    

From Upper Old Town, you will descend to much livelier Lower Old Town. There you will see gothic style merchant houses and Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. The tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can be seen.

A walk through St Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists. Tour ends at Viru Gate and after that, you will have 2 hours of free time to have lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, bus will take you back from the city center to the cruise port.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Tour Guide services for 3 hours
  • Two transfers
  • Company’s representative in cruise port to help with customer registration and payments (when payments are done in Tallinn)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF HELSINKI

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 3.5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Helsinki City Sightseeing tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. The tour starts from the port and you are going to drive along Esplanadi Street, down famous Mannerheim street, which is the main boulevard, passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto), Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, and the Parliament Building.

You won’t miss the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympics were held here). There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki sight, Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Then you are going to visit Rock Church**. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors of Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces. You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki – Central Station.

You will have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch, shopping, or to return to the ship.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The cost of the tour includes the service of the guide and driver

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF BERLIN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 12 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

7:00 am – Pick-up by your driver. After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in former West Berlin by your private guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital. You’ll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695.

Your will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop). Along the way you’ll see, among other sites the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and of course some notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War, such as Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Hitler’s Bunker.

Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the place where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial).

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Time for a typical hearty Berlin lunch (not included in the tour price). Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping).

Other highlights of former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall and the Humbold University. Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlins Champs Elysees, West Berlins former Showcase of the West.

7:00 pm – Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin Warnemunde in an a/c vehicle

Private A/c vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours

English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. The entrance to some of the museums is free of charge.

 

THE BEST OF STOCKHOLM

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint, from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city.  Overlooking a few of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is located on, Old Town Hall (you will see the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall) as well as Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgården. It is the Stockholmers most beloved recreational area and home to the city’s amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren “Junibacken” and much more. The Vasa Museum displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden’s greatest failure but is today instead one of our greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm’s inner harbour, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.

At the end of the tour we will take a guided tour in Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.

And last but not least, you will also get free time to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee. When the 5 hour Essential Stockholm Tour is over, you will return to your ship with unforgettable memories of Stockholm.

Note, the tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions and overcrowding at venues.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to the Vasa Museum and Town hall

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF COPENHAGEN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 4 HOURS

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Your introduction to the old Viking nations capital starts with a panoramic drive along the harbor front with stops at all of the legendary symbols of the world’s oldest monarchy. We will admire the Residence of the Danish Royal Family at the impressive Amalienborg Castle, boasting wonderful views of the Opera House and the Marble Church nearby. The charming fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen become alive when paying a visit to the statue created by the famous fables himself. The Little Mermaid, who is elegantly watching over her waterfront home, has become a must-see symbol of the city.

Towards the old town center, we will enjoy a walk on the celebrated pedestrian street, Stroget. The world’s longest strolling lane begins with the lively Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens next door and will lead us to the splendid Kings New Square. Half way down the street, we will delight ourselves with a visit to the magnificent Christiansborg Castle. This is considered home for both by Danish Parliament, Prime Ministers Offices as well as the Royal Reception Rooms regularly used for official dinners & banquets. You are able to revel in the royal atmosphere of the Great Hall upgraded by the modern tapestries helping to bring alive the Danish heritage & history.

Afterwards we will take some time to take in the charming area of Nyhavn. The graceful swans and stunning old boats lining the canal are a perfect balance to the colorful townhouses up on the street level. This is the perfect location to enjoy a short coffee break or stroll along the harbor filled with inviting cafés and restaurants.

Your day in Copenhagen will end with a short drive back to the cruise harbor. If wished, you can also stay in the city center.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to Christiansborg Palace

 PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

TWO DAY EXCLUSIVE FABERGE ST PETERSBURG TOUR

WITH THE FABERGE MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 12 PEOPLE

DURATION: 

Day 1 – 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Day 2 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Day 1

8:00 am – Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)

City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil

10:30 am – 12:00 pm  – Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Driving to Pushkin

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (included)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Driving to the city. A visit to the subway station.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Guided tour of the Faberge Museum (At this point you will be joined to a small group tour up to 16 people to lower expenses. If you prefer to have a private Faberge tour please contact us for more details)

6:30 pm – Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show / boat trip)

 

Day 2

9:00 am – Meeting by the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping

9:30 am – 1:00 pm – Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (optional)

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Inside guided tour of Peter and Paul Cathedral

4:00 pm – Return to the ship

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
  • Faberge tour is held in the group up to 16 people.
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • One  lunch in traditional Russian style
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable car(Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
  • A Permit for photo/video at the museums per person
  • Metro ride
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Head sets for the group of 10 and more

If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof.

 

*It is possible to book the tour in one of the cities, included into the package.

**If you would like to have a private Exclusive Standard tour, please contact us and we will give you the price quote.

***Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

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This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen & St Petersburg Group Tours.*

* To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day All Highlights tour in St. Petersburg and  group tours in the other cities 

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THE BEST OF TALLINN 

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16

DURATION: 3 hours of walking tour + 2  hours of free time

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.

The guide will be meeting you right at the cruise ship pier and the bus transfer takes you to Upper Old Town. During this 15 minute drive you can admire beautiful parks surrounding Old Town and have a look to the 13th century medieval Toompea Castle standing high above the ground at Toompea Hill.

Our walking tour starts from Upper Old Town. You will see the Estonian Parliament and make a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to meet the oldest church in Tallinn – Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform.    

From Upper Old Town, you will descend to much livelier Lower Old Town. There you will see gothic style merchant houses and Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. The tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can be seen.

A walk through St Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists. Tour ends at Viru Gate and after that, you will have 2 hours of free time to have a lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, the bus will take you back from the city center to the port.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Tour Guide services for 3 hours
  • Two transfers
  • Company’s representative in cruise port to help with customer registration and payments (when payments are done in Tallinn)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF HELSINKI

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 3.5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Helsinki City Sightseeing tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. The tour starts from the port and you are going to drive initially along the Esplanadi Street and after that turn to the famous Mannerheim street which is the main boulevard. You will be passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto) Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall and the Parliament Building.

You will also see the Olympic Stadium where 1952 Olympics were held. There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki sight. Sibelius Monument is constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

After that you are going to visit Rock Church. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors of Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces.

You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, the heart of Helsinki – Central Station and Senate Square. You will have 30 minutes of free time at the Market Square before returning back to the cruise harbor.

Please note that the tour order may vary. Visit to Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events.

You will also have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch and shopping or to return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The cost of the tour includes the service of the guide and driver

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF BERLIN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 12 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

7:00 am – Pick-up by your driver. After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in former West Berlin by your private guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital. You’ll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695. Your will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop). 

Along the way you’ll see, among other sites the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and of course some notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War, such as Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Hitler’s Bunker. 

Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the place where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial).

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Time for a typical hearty Berlin lunch (not included in the tour price). Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping).

Other highlights of former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall and the Humbold University.Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlins Champs Elysees, West Berlins former Showcase of the West.

7:00 pm – Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin Warnemunde in an a/c vehicle

Private A/c vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours

English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. The entrance to some of the museums is free of charge.

 

THE BEST OF STOCKHOLM

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint, from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city.  Overlooking a few of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is located on, the Old Town Hall (you will see the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall) as well as the Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgården. It is the Stockholmers most beloved recreational area and home to the city’s amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren “Junibacken” and much more. The Vasa Museum displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden’s greatest failure but is today instead one of our greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm’s inner harbour, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.

At the end of the tour we will take a guided tour in Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.

And last but not least, you will also get free time to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee. When the 5 hour Essential Stockholm Tour is over, you will return to your ship with unforgettable memories of Stockholm.

Note, the tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions and overcrowding at venues.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to the Vasa Museum and Town hall

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF COPENHAGEN

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 4 HOURS

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Your introduction to the old Viking nations capital starts with a panoramic drive along the harbor front with stops at all of the legendary symbols of the world’s oldest monarchy. We will admire the Residence of the Danish Royal Family at the impressive Amalienborg Castle, boasting wonderful views of the Opera House and The Marble Church nearby. The charming fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen become alive when paying a visit to the statue created by the famous fables himself. The Little Mermaid, who is elegantly watching over her waterfront home, has become a must-see symbol of the city.

Towards the old town center, we will enjoy a walk on the celebrated pedestrian street, Stroget. The world’s longest strolling lane begins with the lively Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens next door and will lead us to the splendid Kings New Square. Half way down the street, we will delight ourselves with a visit to the magnificent Christiansborg Castle. This is considered home for both by Danish Parliament, Prime Ministers Offices as well as the Royal Reception Rooms regularly used for official dinners & banquets. You are able to revel in the royal atmosphere of the Great Hall upgraded by the modern tapestries helping to bring alive the Danish heritage & history.

Afterwards we will take some time to take in the charming area of Nyhavn. The graceful swans and stunning old boats lining the canal are a perfect balance to the colorful townhouses up on the street level. This is the perfect location to enjoy a short coffee break or stroll along the harbor filled with inviting cafés and restaurants.

Your day in Copenhagen will end with a short drive back to the cruise harbor. Upon request, you can also stay in the city center.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to Christiansborg Palace

 PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

TWO DAY ALL HIGHLIGHTS ST PETERSBURG TOUR

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16 PEOPLE

DURATION: 

Day 1 – 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Day 2 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Day 1

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Meeting by the ship. City tour in St Petersburg

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Guided tour of the Fountain Park and Upper gardens

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Travel to Tsars’ Village

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Driving back to the city. Visit to the subway station

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Inside guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Inside guided tour of the Church on Spilt Blood

6:30 pm – Return to the ship or evening optional program

Day 2

8:00 am – Meeting by the ship

8:30 am – 9:30 am – Boat Ride along the rivers and canals

9:45 am – 12:00 pm – Inside guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (Early entrance, before official opening hours)

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Traditional Russian lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress  /Cathedral.  Payment for the tour. Shopping

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Yusupov Palace

5:00 pm – Return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program as well as the cost of  hydrofoil ride and a boat trip along rivers and canals
  • Services of a friendly, and a highly professional guide for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable (Mercedes) minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ per person)
  • All port fees
  • The cost of blanket visa,
  • All local taxes
  • Cost of traditional Russian lunches
  • Bottled water for each day
  • Ear phones sets for the group from 10 people

If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof.

 

*It is possible to book the tour in one of the cities, included into the package.

**If you would like to have a private All Highlights tour, please contact us and we will give you the price quote.

***Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

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5 Baltic Capitals Exclusive Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/5-baltic-capitals-exclusive-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/5-baltic-capitals-exclusive-shore-excursion#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:47:30 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=639 This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm & St Petersburg Group Tours* * To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day Exclusive Faberge…

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This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm & St Petersburg Group Tours*

* To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day Exclusive Faberge tour in St. Petersburg and  group tours in the other cities 

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THE BEST OF TALLINN

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16

DURATION: 3 hours of walking tour + 2  hours of free time

 TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.

The guide will be meeting you right at the cruise ship pier and the bus transfer takes you to Upper Old Town. During this 15 minute drive you can admire beautiful parks surrounding the Old Town and have a look to the 13th century medieval Toompea Castle standing high above the ground at Toompea Hill.

Our walking tour starts from the Upper Old Town. You will see the Estonian Parliament and make a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to meet the oldest church in Tallinn – Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform.    

From Upper Old Town, you will descend to much livelier Lower Old Town. There you will see gothic style merchant houses and Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. The tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can be seen.

A walk through St Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists. The tour ends at Viru Gate and after that, you will have 2 hours of free time to have a lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, bus will take you back from the city center to the cruise port.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Tour Guide services for 3 hours
  • Two transfers
  • Company’s representative in cruise port to help with customer registration and payments (when payments are done in Tallinn)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

THE BEST OF HELSINKI

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 3.5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

The Helsinki City Sightseeing tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. The tour starts from the port and you are going to drive along Esplanadi Street, down famous Mannerheim street, which is the main boulevard, passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto), Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, and the Parliament Building.

You won’t miss the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympics were held here). There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki’s sight, Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Then you are going to visit Rock Church**. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors of Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces. You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki – Central Station.

You will have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch, shopping, or to return to the ship.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The cost of the tour includes the service of the guide and driver

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF BERLIN

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 12 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

7:00 am – Pick-up by your driver. After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in former West Berlin by your private guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital. You’ll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695.

Your will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop). Along the way you’ll see, among other sites the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and of course some notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War, such as Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Hitler’s Bunker.

Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the place where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial).

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Time for a typical hearty Berlin lunch (not included in the tour price). Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping). Other highlights of former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall and the Humbold University. Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlins Champs Elysees, West Berlins former Showcase of the West.

7:00 pm – Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin Warnemunde in an a/c vehicle

Private A/c vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours

English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. The entrance to some of the museums is free of charge.

 

THE BEST OF STOCKHOLM

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint, from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city. Overlooking a few of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is located on, Old Town Hall (you will see the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall) as well as the Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgården. It is the Stockholmers most beloved recreational area and home to the city’s amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren “Junibacken” and much more. The Vasa Museum displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden’s greatest failure but is today instead one of our greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm’s inner harbour, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.

At the end of the tour we will take a guided tour in Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.

And last but not least, you will also get free time to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee. When the 5 hour Essential Stockholm Tour is over, you will return to your ship with unforgettable memories of Stockholm.

Note, the tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions and overcrowding at venues.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to the Vasa Museum and Town hall

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

TWO DAY EXCLUSIVE FABERGE ST PETERSBURG TOUR

WITH FABERGE MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 12 PEOPLE

DURATION: 

Day 1 – 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Day 2 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Day 1

8:00 am – Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)

City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Driving to Pushkin

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (included)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Driving to the city. A visit to the subway station.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Guided tour of the Faberge Museum (At this point you will be joined to a small group tour up to 16 people to lower expenses. If you prefer to have a private Faberge tour please contact us for more details)

6:30 pm – Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show / boat trip)

 

Day 2

9:00 am – Meeting by the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping

9:30 am – 1:00 pm – Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (optional)

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Inside guided tour of Peter and Paul Cathedral

4:00 pm – Return to the ship

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
  • Faberge tour is held in the group up to 16 people.
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • One  lunch in traditional Russian style
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable car(Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
  • A Permit for photo/video at the museums per person
  • Metro ride
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Head sets for the group of 10 and more

If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof.

 

*It is possible to book the tour in one of the cities, included into the package.

**If you would like to have a private Exclusive Standard tour, please contact us and we will give you the price quote.

***Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

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5 Baltic Capitals Imperial Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/5-baltic-capitals-imperial-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/5-baltic-capitals-imperial-shore-excursion#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:46:24 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=637 This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm & St Petersburg Group Tours* * To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day All Highlights tour…

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This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm & St Petersburg Group Tours*

* To book this package please follow the link below “Calculate and Book” button and choose Two day All Highlights tour in St. Petersburg and  group tours in the other cities 

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THE BEST OF TALLINN

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16

DURATION: 3 hours of walking tour + 2  hours of free time

 TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.

The guide will be meeting you right at the cruise ship pier and the bus transfer takes you to Upper Old Town. During this 15 minute drive you can admire beautiful parks surrounding the Old Town and have a look to the 13th century medieval Toompea Castle standing high above the ground at Toompea Hill.

Our walking tour starts from Upper Old Town. You will see the Estonian Parliament and make a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to meet the oldest church in Tallinn – Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform.    

From Upper Old Town, you will descend to much livelier Lower Old Town. There you will see gothic style merchant houses and Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. Tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can be seen.

A walk through St Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists. The tour ends at Viru Gate and after that, you will have 2 hours of free time to have a lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, bus will take you back from the city center to the cruise port.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Tour Guide services for 3 hours
  • Two transfers
  • Company’s representative in cruise port to help with customer registration and payments (when payments are done in Tallinn)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

THE BEST OF HELSINKI

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 3.5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

The Helsinki City Sightseeing tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. The tour starts from the port and you are going to drive along Esplanadi Street, down famous Mannerheim street, which is the main boulevard, passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto), Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, and the Parliament Building.

You won’t miss the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympics were held here). There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki sight, Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Then you are going to visit Rock Church**. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors of Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces. You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki – Central Station.

You will have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch, shopping, or to return to the ship.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • The cost of the tour includes the service of the guide and driver

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

THE BEST OF BERLIN

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 12 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

7:00 am – Pick-up by your driver. After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in former West Berlin by your private guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital. You’ll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695.

You will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop). Along the way you’ll see, among other sites the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and of course some notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War, such as Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Hitler’s Bunker. Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the place where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial).

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Time for a typical hearty Berlin lunch (not included in the tour price). Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping). Other highlights of former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall and the Humbold University. Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlins Champs Elysees, West Berlins former Showcase of the West

7:00 pm – Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin Warnemunde in an a/c vehicle

Private A/c vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours

English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. The entrance to some of the museums is free of charge.

 

THE BEST OF STOCKHOLM

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 26 PEOPLE

DURATION: 5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint, from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city.  Overlooking a few of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is located on, the Old Town Hall (you will see the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall) as well as the Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgården. It is the Stockholmers most beloved recreational area and home to the city’s amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren “Junibacken” and much more. The Vasa Museum displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden’s greatest failure but is today instead one of our greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm’s inner harbour, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.

At the end of the tour we will take a guided tour in the Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.

And last but not least, you will also get free time to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee. When the 5 hour Essential Stockholm Tour is over, you will return to your cruise boat with unforgettable memories of Stockholm.

Note, the tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions and overcrowding at venues.

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to Vasa Museum and Town hall

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Lunch

 

TWO DAY ALL HIGHLIGHTS ST PETERSBURG TOUR

GROUP SIZE: UP TO 16 PEOPLE

DURATION:

Day 1 – 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Day 2 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Day 1

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Meeting by the ship. City tour in St Petersburg

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Guided tour of the Fountain Park and Upper gardens

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Travel to Tsars’ Village

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Driving back to the city. Visit to the subway station

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Inside guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Inside guided tour of the Church on Spilt Blood

6:30 pm – Return to the ship or optional evening program

Day 2

8:00 am – Meeting by the ship

8:30 am – 9:30 am – Boat Ride along the rivers and canals

9:45 am – 12:00 pm – Inside guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (Early entrance, before official opening hours)

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Traditional Russian lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress / Cathedral. Payment for the tour. Shopping

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Yusupov Palace

5:00 pm – Return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program as well as the cost of  hydrofoil ride and a boat trip along rivers and canals
  • Services of a friendly, and a highly professional guide for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable (Mercedes) minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 5$ pp, video pass is 12$ per person)
  • All port fees
  • The cost of blanket visa,
  • All local taxes
  • Cost of traditional Russian lunches
  • Bottled water for each day
  • Ear phones sets for the group from 10 people

If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof.

*It is possible to book the tour in one of the cities, included into the package.

**If you would like to have a private All Highlights tour, please contact us and we will give you the price quote.

***Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

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During this one day program…

You will be taken through the outstanding flower fields in the direction of the Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden. Inside the Keukenhof gardens there will be plenty of time to admire this beautiful internationally renowned display of all sorts of flowers in a relaxed way. There are about seven million different bulbs planted each year, including a wide variety of tulips, hyacinths, orchids, daffodils, lilies and crocuses. Especially the tulip displays are breathtaking; there are more than 700 different varieties.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-16
Price per person (EUR) 203 135 102 82 67 50 40 37


Price includes:

  • Modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver
  • Pick up and Drop off: Any location in Amsterdam
  • Parking fees

 Price doesn’t include:

  • Entrance fees to Keukenhof garden 15 EUR per person
  • Meals and drinks

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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/private-amsterdam-walking-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/private-amsterdam-walking-tour#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:22:16 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=623 During this program…   You will be guided through the oldest part of the city stopping at numerous sights to explain the culture and feeling of this grand city both past…

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During this program…  

You will be guided through the oldest part of the city stopping at numerous sights to explain the culture and feeling of this grand city both past and present. You walk down the oldest streets near the harbor of Amsterdam and get the chance to take a break if you wish half way through the tour.

Some of the places you will most likely pass: the picturesque Jordaan Area, Western Church, the Anne Frank House, the Canal Belt (UNESCO world heritage), the Begijnhof, the Dutch East Indies HQ, New Market (old city gates), the Red Light District, and Dam Square.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

 

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-16
Price per person (EUR) 150 99 75 60 50 38 30 27

 

Price includes: 

  • English speaking professional guide.

Price doesn’t include:

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch

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Private Amsterdam City Tour by Bus https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/private-amsterdam-city-tour-by-bus https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/private-amsterdam-city-tour-by-bus#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:21:31 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=621 During this program… You will see Amsterdam’s most important highlights in the center and beyond. The Dam Square with the Royal Palace, New Church and National Monument, one of the world’s…

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During this program

You will see Amsterdam’s most important highlights in the center and beyond. The Dam Square with the Royal Palace, New Church and National Monument, one of the world’s very first Stock Exchanges, the Skinny Bridge across the river Amstel and opposite the Carre Theatre, Artis, the oldest zoo of the Netherlands, that houses 900 different species of animals. You’ll make a photo stop at an authentic windmill in the heart of Amsterdam. This is your chance to see such a colossus from up close, by means of which the Dutch people managed to reclaim more than 55% of their territory that is below sea level. The tour proceeds with a one hour canal cruise, which takes you through Amsterdam’s enchanting canals.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15
Price per person (EUR) 323 216 168 129 108 81 65 59

 

Price includes:

  • Modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • English Speaking Guide service
  • Pick up and Drop off: Any location in Amsterdam

Price doesn’t include:

  • Entrance fees. Van Gogh Museum: 15 EUR p/p; Rijks Museum: 15 EUR p/p; 1 Hour Canal cruise 11,50 EUR p/p (regular price 15 EUR);
  • Lunch

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Riga Highlights Tour with Golden Sands of Jurmala https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/riga-highlights-tour-with-golden-sands-of-jurmala https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/riga-highlights-tour-with-golden-sands-of-jurmala#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:19:17 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=617 This is an ideal full day tour wonderfully combining the captivating history of Latvian capital Riga and an escape to the golden sands of Jurmala, only a 30-minute drive from…

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This is an ideal full day tour wonderfully combining the captivating history of Latvian capital Riga and an escape to the golden sands of Jurmala, only a 30-minute drive from the busy city life.

During this program…      

You will start your day with getting acquainted to the legendary medieval past and promising future of capital city Riga. Our guided drive will take you to the most important highlights from city center boulevards to the irresistible beauty of lavishly decorated Art Nouveau district right in the heart of the town. You will have a chance to admire the Latvian Opera, Daugava riverbank and Riga University with the Bastion Hill.

During the old town walking tour, we will revel in the charm of medieval architecture and inviting atmosphere. Our stroll through the oldest parts of the town will take us to the Small and Great Guild, Dome Cathedral, Riga Castle and St. Jacob’s Church. The wonderful signs from times of hanseatic trade to recent hardship have merged into a delightful harmony in a city appreciated both by visitors and locals alike.

Leaving behind the lively city scene, we are then heading out towards the stunning Baltic Sea coastline. Once in the picturesque town of Jurmala, a medley of architectural styles in the town center is upstaged by the kilometers of spectacular white sandy beaches. Jurmala gained its reputation and popularity as a desired holiday destination already in the 18th century. The contrast of 100 year old wooden houses and quiet tree lined streets with Soviet era eyesores does not end there. You will also have a chance to take some time to enjoy the bustling main street of the town lined with cafés and small shops to take the most out of your time.

After some free time for lunch and a relaxing afternoon getting to know this Baltic pearl, we will return to Riga and end the tour at the cruise harbor, where you can comfortably board your ship.

* Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-18
Price per person (EUR) 234 179 128 110 92 75 60 50 40

 

Price includes:

  • Guide and bus for 6 hours

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

 

 

 

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Riga Highlights Tour and Art Nouveau Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/riga-highlights-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/riga-highlights-tour#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:18:37 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=615 Riga Highlights Tour is a perfect combination of exploring the splendid streets of old quarters and new town both by bus and on foot. The tour will take you from…

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Riga Highlights Tour is a perfect combination of exploring the splendid streets of old quarters and new town both by bus and on foot. The tour will take you from charming medieval townhouses to parts of Riga with a distinct cosmopolitan feel.

During this program…  

We will start with a delightful introduction to Latvian history and culture during an enjoyable city tour by bus. Your private tour guide is delighted to share stories of Riga´ s past and present with a few good twists of this Baltic nations character and charm. Some of the most significant sight on our way include the Opera House, Freedom Monument, the Bastion Hill, University of Riga and Daugava River. An added enjoyment is the discovery of the opulent Art Nouveau quarter. Riga boasts a gift of more than 800 richly decorated facades from the period. We will enjoy a guided tour of the Art Nouveau Museum and revel in the creative freedom of its time. Inside this museum you will get to know more about lifestyle on the turn of 20th century. This small 14 room apartment is packed with modern amenities, which don’t surprise anybody nowadays, but were very modern in those days.

After the drive we will continue with a stroll back in time visiting the old town of Riga on foot. The magic of olden days has not left the medieval heart of town and we are able to revel in the beauty of lively area filled with cafés and restaurants.The medley of cobbled streets will lead us on a journey filled with legends and local heritage. Proud to showcase hanseatic era architecture with Small and Great Guild, Riga Cathedral and Dominican monastery as well as Roland´s Statue, St. Jacob´s Church and Riga Castle. Thereafter, you will continue your tour and see one the most well known Riga highlights as House of BlackheadsTown Hall and the Three Brothers, complex of three oldest dwelling houses in the downtown.

We will also reserve some free time for individual exploring and a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee or indulge in the nearby shopping opportunities of local treats.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-18
Price per person (EUR) 198 144 108 94 78 65 52 43 35

 

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Price includes:

  • The service of the guide and driver

Price doesn’t include:

  • Entrance fee to Art Nouveau Museum (adults – 5 EUR per person, children/students – 4 EUR pp)
  • Lunch

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Oslo Highlights Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/oslo-highlights-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/oslo-highlights-tour#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:16:43 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=612 A perfect day tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus. The itinerary includes visits to the open-air Museum of Cultural History as well…

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A perfect day tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus. The itinerary includes visits to the open-air Museum of Cultural History as well as the amazingly creative Vigeland Sculpture Park walk and time spent discovering the centuries of Nordic warriors heritage in the Viking Ship Museum.

During this program…

 

You will discover the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus. The itinerary includes visits to the open-air Museum of Cultural History as well as the amazingly creative Vigeland Sculpture Park walk and time spent discovering the centuries of Nordic warriors heritage in the Viking Ship Museum.

Our introduction to Oslo starts with an enjoyable guided drive around the city center highlights on a sightseeing tour by bus. Departing from the harbor along the scenic seaside, you will get an overview of this old land of the Vikings complete with time for photo stops. We will see such historic sites as the Parliament, National Theatre, Royal Residence, City Hall and the new modern Opera House along the way. The celebrated Karl Johans Gate is also found a stone throw away on the main pedestrian street of the city, famously named after Norwegian king Karl III Johan. We will also reserve some free time or a coffee break with a spot of shopping before continuing with our afternoon activities.

Thereafter we will arrive at the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park for a walk the imaginative world of Gustav Vigeland and more than 200 of his creations of human figures in bronze, iron and stone.

Leaving the sculpture park and city center behind, we will now head towards one of Norway’s oldest cultural landscapes with a rich history. The peninsula of Bygdøy also boasts beautiful parks and forests and some of Oslo’s most delightful natural seaside.

Our first stop is at the Museum of Cultural History, where a priceless collection of artifacts are presented in a charming setting of more than 150 real-life buildings relocated to tell the story of Norwegian inhabitants over the last 500 years. Thereafter, our visit will introduce us to the fascinating stories and legends of the fearless Vikings and their life. Fully intact mythical Viking ships are on display dating back an incredible one-thousand years.

Once we have taken in the sights and charming views of Bygdøy peninsula, we will return towards the city center on a scenic drive through this Nordic capital before heading back to the harbor.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-18
Price per person (EUR) 588 446 335 267 223 175 140 115 90

 

Price includes:

  • Guide and bus for 6 hours

Price doesn’t include:

  • Entrance tickets to Museum of Cultural History tickets (14 Eur per adult)  and Viking Ship Museum tickets ( 11 Eur per adult)
  • Lunch

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Oslo Highlights Tour with Holmenkollen Ski Jump Tower https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/oslo-highlights-tour-with-holmenkollen-ski-jump-tower https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/oslo-highlights-tour-with-holmenkollen-ski-jump-tower#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:15:46 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=610 A perfect day tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus with the remarkable views over Oslo from Holmenkollen Ski Jump tower as well…

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A perfect day tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus with the remarkable views over Oslo from Holmenkollen Ski Jump tower as well as the amazingly creative Vigeland Sculpture Park visit.

During this program…

You will discover the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus with the remarkable views over Oslo from Holmenkollen Ski Jump tower as well as the amazingly creative Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Our introduction to Oslo starts with an enjoyable guided drive around the city center highlights on a sightseeing tour by bus. Departing from the harbor along the scenic seaside, you will get an overview of this old land of the Vikings complete with time for photo stops. We will see such historic sites as the Parliament, National Theatre, Royal Residence, City Hall and the new modern Opera House along the way.

Thereafter we will arrive at the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park for a walk the imaginative world of Gustav Vigeland and more than 200 of his creations of human figures in bronze, iron and stone.

Leaving the sculpture park and city center behind, we will head towards the sky-high Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower for spectacular views of the fjords below. Here you will discover the incredible 4000- year-old history of skiing while being treated to a stunning real-life view from the top of the legendary ski tower.

Once we have taken in the sights from up high, we will return towards the city center for a chance to explore on your own and relish in the atmosphere of this Nordic city for a coffee break or do a spot of shopping before heading back to the harbor.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-20
Price per person (EUR) 504 382 286 230 191 150 120 100 78

 

Price includes:

  • Guide and bus for 5 hours

Price doesn’t include:

  • Entrance tickets to Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower (15 Euro per adult)
  • Lunch

 

 

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Best of Oslo Tour with Vigeland Sculpture Park https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-of-oslo-tour-with-vigeland-sculpture-park https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-of-oslo-tour-with-vigeland-sculpture-park#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:14:47 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=608 A perfect tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus as well as the amazingly imaginative Vigeland Sculpture Park visit. During this program… You…

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A perfect tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus as well as the amazingly imaginative Vigeland Sculpture Park visit.

During this program…

You will discover the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus as well as the amazingly imaginative Vigeland Sculpture Park. Our introduction to Oslo starts with an enjoyable guided drive around the city center highlights on a sightseeing tour by bus. Departing from the harbor along the scenic seaside, you will get an overview of this old land of the Vikings complete with time for photo stops. We will see such historic sites as the Parliament, National Theatre, Royal Residence, City Hall and the new modern Opera House along the way. The celebrated Karl Johans Gate is also found a stone throw away on the main pedestrian street of the city, famously named after Norwegian king Karl III Johan. We will also reserve some free time or a coffee break with a spot of shopping in order to take in the local atmosphere.

Thereafter we will arrive at the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park for a walk the imaginative world of Gustav Vigeland and more than 200 of his creations of human figures in bronze, iron and stone.

This is a perfect half-day tour covering the best Oslo has to offer with a relaxed schedule to enjoy the unique visit to Norway’s capital city to the fullest.

Our day ends with a return transfer to the cruise harbor, where you can board your ship in comfort.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-20
Price per person (EUR) 420 318 238 190 159 125 100 83 65

 

Price includes:

  • English-speaking guide and bus for 4 hours

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

 

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Copenhagen Walking Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/copenhagen-walking-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/copenhagen-walking-tour#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:07:43 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=605 The best way to get acquainted with a town rich in stunning architecture, royal palaces and charming waterfront areas is on foot. Exploring the capital of Denmark while strolling and…

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The best way to get acquainted with a town rich in stunning architecture, royal palaces and charming waterfront areas is on foot. Exploring the capital of Denmark while strolling and engaging in fascinating conversation with your local guide, is a gratifying experience.

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There a million ways to walk the city, however an experienced traveler knows the must-have sights can also be reached through the charming streets and lanes away from the busiest locations. We will lead you to the playful Tivoli Gardens with an experience of the longest pedestrian street of the world, called Stroget. And pay a visit to the Town Hall Square next door.

Thereafter, our itinerary filled with royal highlights is a treat for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship of Christiansborg Palace and buildings around. Home of the Nations’ Parliament and Royal Reception Rooms, is not the only truly magnificent sight with a lot of regal history. The Amalienborg Palace is a home for the Danish Royal Family, but also an architecturally spectacular sight right off the water edge.

We will include a short break for taking some time to enjoy coffee or a local tradition, an open-top sandwich by the quaint harbor of Nyhavn. It is a place where controversial past meets with a charming setting making it one of the most popular coffee shop locations in the city.

Thereafter a guided stroll through the center of the town will end the tour of wonderful Copenhagen with views over the Kings New Square.

(A transfer supplement is applicable for all walking tours starting from the cruise piers).

 

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-29
Price per person (EUR) 245 165 130 100 85 70 55 45 35

 

Price includes:

  • The service of the guide and company representative

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

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Northern Zealand & Hamlet’s Castle Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/northern-zealand-hamlets-castle-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/northern-zealand-hamlets-castle-tour#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:06:54 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=602 A tour to Northern Zealand has a lot to offer – everything from nature enthusiasts to lovers of the royal past of Denmark will enjoy this tour with beautiful coastal views…

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A tour to Northern Zealand has a lot to offer – everything from nature enthusiasts to lovers of the royal past of Denmark will enjoy this tour with beautiful coastal views and a comfortable proximity to Copenhagen.

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You will take a scenic drive out of the city area through idyllic countryside and woodlands. The typically Nordic coastline is a relaxing sight leading us closer to the legendary Kronborg Castle. The grounds at Kronborg are located strategically and stunningly right on the narrowest point, where a stretch of water separates Sweden from Denmark. This has been a location of many tax disputes for entering to the Baltic Sea in the past, as well as a fountain of intrigue as a setting of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet (Hamlet Castle). Hard to tell, if King Hamlets spirit has left the premises for good, but the charm of the olden days is definitely still recognizable in every aspect of the fortress.

Once back on the bus, it will take us through some countryside lanes to another stunning masterpiece of its time, the Frederiksborg Castle. This is an equally important cultural and historical center in the town of Hillerod, where we will also take pleasure in reserving some time for lunch after the visits. An extended break next door to the castle will also allow you to take in the ample greenery and playful water ensembles on the grounds.

We will continue with our days exploring back in Copenhagen. A short drive back to the city will leave a moment of relaxed enjoyment before heading out to see the capital city highlights. Our sightseeing tour includes stops by the Tivoli Gardens, Town Hall Square, Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn and the statue of the Little Mermaid. We will also relish in the waterfront beauty of the Opera House as we drive back towards the cruise harbor. Upon request, you can also stay in the city center after the tour.

Frederiksborg is a really beautiful castle and it was the main castle for Danish kings after Kronborg and before the powers were moved to Copenhagen. There is a lot of driving on this tour on countryside, so it should be noted that time in Copenhagen is limited.

General timeline for this tour (all transfer times depend on traffic and are estimates)

1 hour drive from Copenhagen to Kronborg
45 minutes for Kronborg Palace visit
45 minutes to drive from Kronborg to Frederiksborg
1 hour for Frederiksborg visit
1 hour free time for lunch near Frederiksborg
1 hour drive back to Copenhagen
1.5 hours for Copenhagen city tour (main highlights) and transfer back to cruise port. As the transfer back to cruise port takes about 20 minutes, the total time for Copenhagen bus sightseeing is about 1 hour and 10 minutes. During that time it is possible to see the main city highlights by bus and make 1 photo stop.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

**This 7 hour tour is suitable when there is additional time in Copenhagen and you can spend time on your own before or after the tour. If you have only 1 day in Copenhagen and you do not want to miss the highlights of Copenhagen you can choose our – 4 hour Best of Copenhagen with Christiansborg Palace as a more suitable choice.

 

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-29
Price per person (EUR) 735 510 390 315 270 210 175 150 125

 

Price includes:

  • The service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance fees to Kronborg Palace and Frederiksborg palace

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

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Best of Copenhagen with Christiansborg Palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-of-copenhagen-with-christiansborg-palace https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-of-copenhagen-with-christiansborg-palace#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:05:53 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=600 During this program ….. You will start with a panoramic drive along the harbor front with stops at all of the legendary symbols of the world’s oldest monarchy. We will…

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You will start with a panoramic drive along the harbor front with stops at all of the legendary symbols of the world’s oldest monarchy. We will admire the Residence of the Danish Royal Family at the impressive Amalienborg Castle, boasting wonderful views of the Opera House and the Marble Church nearby. The charming fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen become alive when paying a visit to the statue created by the famous fables himself. The Little Mermaid, who is elegantly watching over her waterfront home, has become a must-see symbol of the city.

Towards the old town center, we will enjoy a walk on the celebrated pedestrian street, Stroget. The world’s longest strolling lane begins with the lively Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens next door and will lead us to the splendid Kings New Square. Half way down the street, we will delight ourselves with a visit to the magnificent Christiansborg Castle. This is considered home for both by Danish Parliament, Prime Ministers Offices as well as the Royal Reception Rooms regularly used for official dinners & banquets. You are able to revel in the royal atmosphere of the Great Hall upgraded by the modern tapestries helpingto bring alive the Danish heritage & history.

Afterwards we will take some time to take in the charming area of Nyhavn. The graceful swans and stunning old boats lining the canal are a perfect balance to the colorful townhouses up on the street level. This is the perfect location to enjoy a short coffee break or stroll along the harbor filled with inviting cafes and restaurants.

Your day in Copenhagen will end with a short drive back to the cruise harbor. Upon request, you can also stay in the city center.

* Please, note that the tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

** You can book this option as a group tour (from 10 and up to 26 people).  The price is 125$ per person if you booked a St Petersburg tour with us! For more details please contact our office.

 

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12-15 16-29
Price per person (EUR) 455 315 240 195 165 130 105 190 75

 

Price includes:

  • The service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance fee to Christiansborg Castle

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

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Tallinn Jewish Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/tallinn-jewish-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/tallinn-jewish-shore-excursion#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:04:06 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=597 During this one day program… You will start with a walk in upper Old Town where you can admire the fortified Town Wall with many towers, Aleksander Nevsky’s Cathedral, the Houses…

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During this one day program…

You will start with a walk in upper Old Town where you can admire the fortified Town Wall with many towers, Aleksander Nevsky’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Dome Church and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill. After descending to lower Old Town, you will see authentic merchant houses dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, Town Hall Square with gothic style Town Hall and the oldest pharmacy dating back to 1422.

The sightseeing tour will take you through the City Center where you can see the modern business district with skyscrapers, Freedom Square, National Library and Opera House. The drive ends at the Tallinn’s Synagogue, built in 2007. In Synagogue and Jewish Museum (opened in 2011), the tour will be done by an experienced Jewish Museum’s guide and you will get an overview about the local Jewish Community and its history.

After the tour, you will be taken back to the cruise harbor.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on Synagogue and Jewish museum opening hours.

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10 12
Price (EUR) 160 90 75 60 50 45

 

Price  includes:

  • Tour includes guide and bus service for 4 hours, Synagogue and Jewish Museum visit, tour in Jewish Museum with local museum’s guide

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

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Old Tallinn Walking Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/old-tallinn-walking-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/old-tallinn-walking-tour#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:03:17 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=595 During this program…   You will see the best sights of Tallinn Old Town. Your guide will share stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in Northern Europe.…

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You will see the best sights of Tallinn Old Town. Your guide will share stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in Northern Europe.

Your guide will meet you in the cruise harbor and after a brief meet-and-greet continue with a stroll towards Old Town. In a few minutes you will reach the charming site of Fat Margaret Tower welcoming you into the medieval town walls. We will admire the beautiful Three Sisters townhouse and St. Olaf Church before making your way up one of the most important historic trade streets of hanseatic Tallinn. You will also hear enchanting legends of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads and the Great Guild members when passing their windows on the way. Past the deliciously sweet Marzipan Museum Room, we will make our way towards the Upper Old Town. An area known for its noble heritage and legends is today the home of Estonian Parliament, Prime Ministers Offices and boasts two striking churches, the Dome and Alexander Nevsky Cathedrals.

You will stroll through the narrow cobbled streets towards a magnificent panoramic view from the upper town viewing platforms. Thereafter, you will descend to a much livelier Lower Old Town. The stunning highlights of this part of the tour include gothic style merchant houses, Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St. Nicholas and Holy Ghost Churches. The tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where the 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can still be seen.

A walk through St. Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists and masters of various crafts from felting to jewelry making. Your tour ends at the Viru Gates and you are welcome to enjoy exploring on your own with a few recommendations of your guide to point you towards best lunch and shopping venues.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

 

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10-15 16-24
Price (EUR) 70 45 40 35 30 25
Special price in EUR per person for those who booked St. Petersburg tour with us 65 40 35 30 25 20

 

Price includes:

  • Tour Guide services for 3 hours

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

 

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Old Tallinn Walking Tour + 2 Transfers https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/old-tallinn-walking-tour-2-transfers https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/old-tallinn-walking-tour-2-transfers#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:02:08 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=593 During this program…   You will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern…

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You will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.

The guide will be meeting you right at the cruise ship pier and the bus transfer takes you to Upper Old Town. During this 15 minute drive you can admire beautiful parks surrounding Old Town and have a look at the 13th century medieval Toompea Castle standing high above the ground at Toompea Hill.

Our walking tour starts from Upper Old Town. You will see the Estonian Parliament and make a visit to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to meet the oldest church in Tallinn – Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform.

From Upper Old Town, you will descend to a much livelier Lower Old Town. There you will see gothic style merchant houses and Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. The tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can be seen.

A walk through St. Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists. The tour ends at Viru Gate and after that, you will have 2 hours of free time to have lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, the bus will take you back from the city center to the cruise port.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

 

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10-15 16-24
Price (EUR) 100 65 50 45 35 30
Special price in EUR per person for those who booked St. Petersburg tour with us 95 60 45 40 30 25

 

Price  includes:

  • Tour Guide services + 2 transfers

Price  doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

                         

 

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This tour is designed for people who prefer the maximum from a tour including remarkable views to interesting facts. The route covers Tallinn Old Town and the most fascinating places in the suburbs and outskirts of the city.

During this program…                                  

You will be picked up you by your guide straight from the cruise port, by private car/bus and taken to Upper Old Town to see St. Olav’s Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill.

The old city with its romantic cobblestone streets, charming red roofs, and ancient looking but well-tended houses is considered the best-preserved old town in Northern Europe. The Lower Town with its daily bustle resembles the times of old; people still rush around and merchants try to offer you the best piece for their goods. Your tour guide will give you the best advice for the most authentic souvenirs. There is also some time reserved for a shopping break in the wonderful Masters Courtyard or St. Catherines Passage where you can enjoy the skills of local artisans. This part of the tour also includes a lovely coffee breat at a charming Old Town venue.

The best landmarks of the Old Town walk include the fortified Town Wall with many towers, the Town Hall and one of the oldest continuously functioning pharmacies in the world. Our friendly and well-informed guide can provide you with so much more than just the tour info – feel free to inquire all about everyday life and the most exciting details about Tallinn and Estonia.

The second part of the tour will enable a broader view of Tallinn. The joyous drive will include the most interesting sights and amazingly beautiful places. You will see the baroque style Kadriorg Art Museum and gardens, built by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine I, current Presidential Palace, modern and fashionable KUMU Estonian Art Museum, Song Festival Grounds and St Bridget’s Convent Ruins.

The tour ends back in the harbor, where you can comfortably board your ship.

 

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

 **The number of inside visits is approximate and may vary due to the privately booked events.

 

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10-15 16-24
Price (EUR) 195 115 95 75 65 50
Special price in EUR per person for those who booked St. Petersburg tour with us 190 110 90 70 60 45

 

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

 

DISCOUNTS:

Students (18-27) with valid student ID get a discount – 6 EURO from the cost of the tour;

Children under 7 travel for FREE.

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Helsinki Jewish Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/helsinki-jewish-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/helsinki-jewish-shore-excursion#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:57:27 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=585 During this one day program… You will start from the Helsinki’s cruise harbor. The sightseeing drive allows you to explore the main highlights of the city including the Uspenski Cathedral, Sibelius…

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During this one day program…

You will start from the Helsinki’s cruise harbor. The sightseeing drive allows you to explore the main highlights of the city including the Uspenski Cathedral, Sibelius monument, the Ateneum Art Museum, National Gallery, contemporary Kiasma Art Museum, Finlandia Hall, Olympic Stadium and impressive Rock Church, which is a church carved into solid rock.

A visit to the Jewish Synagogue is also made during the tour. You will be able to see its rooms located in the local Jewish Community Center. You will also hear the stories about the life of the Jewish community in Helsinki and will learn more about their interesting history.

In the center of Helsinki is the majestic and classical style Senate Square which offers a view to the impressive Helsinki Cathedral. Helsinki University, National Library and Government Palace surround the area, and statue to the Russian tsar Alexander II is located in the middle of the square.

After you have seen the best sites of Helsinki, you will have some free time at Market Square. The tour ends in the cruise harbor, or if you prefer, the guide will drop you to the city center so that you can have lunch or to do additional shopping and sightseeing on your own.

Please note that inside visits to Rock Church and Helsinki Synagogue cannot be guaranteed in the event of religious services. The tour order may be adjusted based on Rock Church and Helsinki Synagogue opening hours.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people

2 4 6 8 10

Price (EUR)

260 150 120 95 80

Price in EUR per person on weekends and holidays

320 175 135 105 95

 

Price includes:

  • Tour Guide and bus services for 4 hours
  • Helsinki Synagogue visit, stops at Rock Church, Sibelius monument, Senate Square and Market Square

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

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During this one day program…

you will be given an introduction tour to the  history of Helsinki. Allow yourself a couple of hours of complete indulgence of the best Helsinki have to offer. The tour will take you to the highlights of this city famed for its design and architecture. As a special treat, the Rock Church, located just outside of the city center is just a guided tram ride away.

Starting your stroll from the Senate Square in front of the monument to the Russian tsar Alexander II, Helsinki’s most historic and beautiful square designed in the early 1800s. We will then enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Market Square surrounded by inviting cafés and shops. The unique venue of the Rock Church, a thrilling work of modern architecture, is a must see when visiting. A local pride, built entirely underground.

During the walk, you can admire the relaxed feeling of beautiful Esplanade boulevard, Central Railway Station, the largest Orthodox Church in Scandinavia – the Uspenski Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, National Opera, Kiasma modern Art Museum and many other interesting historical sites located in the center of Helsinki. After the tour, guide will leave you in the city center and you can return to your ship by taxi, public transport or shuttle bus service.

The meeting point for Helsinki Walking Tour depends on the port where your ship has docked. As Helsinki has 5 different ports, you will get the information regarding the meeting point from our representative. Please note that the inside visit to the Rock Church can not be guaranteed in the event of religious services.  The transfer cost from cruise port to city center is not included in the price of the tour.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10
Price (EUR) 155 80 50 45 35
Special price in EUR per person for those who booked St. Petersburg tour with us 190 100 70 55 45

 

 

Price includes:

  • Guide’s service for 3 hours and 1h tram tickets;
  • The transfer cost from cruise port to city center is not included in the price of the tour

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

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Helsinki by Bus Including Porvoo https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/helsinki-by-bus-including-porvoo https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/helsinki-by-bus-including-porvoo#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:55:38 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=581 During this one day program… You will see Porvoo Old Church, Town Hall Square, delightful little shops and craftsmen’ workshops. There will be some free time for a walk in…

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During this one day program…

You will see Porvoo Old Church, Town Hall Square, delightful little shops and craftsmen’ workshops. There will be some free time for a walk in the Old Town. Your guide will recommend you a small charming place to have lunch. Enjoy the walk by the cobblestone streets and the Old Bridge from which you can take unique pictures of the old town.

A town plan is from the Middle Ages, the low small houses, picturesque yards and narrow streets form a historically unique wooden town milieu. The symbols of Porvoo – the red warehouses on the riverbanks – tell the story of seafaring and trading.

After your visit to Porvoo you will return to Helsinki for the city tour. You are going to drive along Esplanadi Street, down famous Mannerheim street, which is the main boulevard, passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto),Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall and the Parliament Building.

You won’t miss the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympics were held here). There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki’s sight, Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Then you are going to visit the Rock Church. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors to Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics.The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces.

You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki–Central Station.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

**Please, note that the tour order may vary, a visit to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events.

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10 11-15 16+
Price pp in (EUR) 441 245 163 129 103 95 70
Sundays and holidays 528 290 193 154 123 112 90

Price includes:

  • A sightseeing tour in Helsinki by bus and visit to Porvoo;
  • English speaking guide, other languages available upon request;
  • Pick-up from the harbor in the morning and drop-off at the harbour at the end of the tour
  • Comfortable a/c bus during the tour.

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

 

DISCOUNTS:

*5  EURO off for those who have booked a St Peterbsurg tour with us.

**There are NO discounts for children.

Children under 12 MUST have their OWN car seat or booster seat. We do not provide car seats/booster seats in Helsinki

 

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During this one day program…

You will start from the port drive along Esplanadi Street, down famous Mannerheim street, which is the main boulevard, passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto), Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall and the Parliament Building.

You won’t miss the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympics were held here). There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki’s sight,Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Then you are going to visit Rock Church. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors to Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics.The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces.

You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki – Central Station.

You will have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch, shopping, or to return to the ship.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

**Please, note that the tour order may vary, a visit to Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events.

 

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10 11-15 16+
Price in EUR pp 250 140 95 75 65 55 45
Sundays and holidays 295 165 115 85 70 65 50

 

 

Price includes:

  • Tour Guide and bus services for 3.5 hours

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

 

Children under 12 MUST have their OWN car seat or booster seat. We do not provide car seats/booster seats in Helsinki.

 

DISCOUNTS:

* 5 EURO off for those who have booked a St Petersburg tour with us.

**There are NO discounts for children.

 

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Stockholm Walking Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/stockholm-walking-tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/stockholm-walking-tour#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:52:37 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=574 During this one day program… You will start the tour in the port from where your guide will take you to Slussen, a communication knot between the islands of Gamlastan…

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During this one day program…

You will start the tour in the port from where your guide will take you to Slussen, a communication knot between the islands of Gamlastan and Södermalm. From there you will take a 15 minute panoramic ride by public ferry to Djurgården island known for several museums among them Vasa Museum, the world’s oldest open air museum, Skansen and the Museum of ABBA. A guided visit to Vasa Museum with the world’s best-preserved 17th century warship, Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961, will for long remain in your memory.

On the way into Old Town we will drive along Strandvägen, Stockholm’s most beautiful boulevard. Arriving at the Royal Palace we will have passed Kungsträdgården, Grand Hotel, National Museum and The Royal Opera House.

The stroll in Old Town, Gamlastan, will start at the Royal Palace. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares. Sights such as Storkyrka, Stockholm’s tiniest sculpture of Järnpojke, the Main Market Square with the Nobel Museum, MårtenTrotzigsGränd, Stockholm’s narrowest alley and Järntorget will for sure capture your heart!

At the end of the tour, you can head back to the port, or you can choose to extend your stay in Stockholm’s Old Town to enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the street cafes, do some souvenir shopping, or explore the city by yourselves.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

 

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 14 16
Price per person in USD 204 146 117 100 88 80 74 69 65 59 55 52

 

 

Price includes:

  • Pick up in the port,
  • Guided tour in the Old Town,
  • Guided visit and entrance tickets to Vasa Museum,
  • 24 hour ticket for the public transportation

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

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3 hour Stockholm Shore Excursion with Vasa Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/3-hour-stockholm-shore-excursion-with-vasa-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/3-hour-stockholm-shore-excursion-with-vasa-museum#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:51:49 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=572 During this one day program… You will meet your guide by the ship. The tour starts and ends within Stockholm city: ports Frihamnen or Stadsgardskajen. Contact us for additional information…

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During this one day program…

You will meet your guide by the ship. The tour starts and ends within Stockholm city: ports Frihamnen or Stadsgardskajen. Contact us for additional information and pricing for the tour from Nynashamn.

Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint, from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city. Overlooking a few of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is located on, Old Town as well as Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgården. It is the Stockholmers most beloved recreational area and home to the city’s amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren “Junibacken” and much more.

The Vasa Museum displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden’s greatest failure but is today instead one of our greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm’s inner harbour, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 14 16
Price per person in USD 267 212 162 135 125 123 110 100 90 77 68 66

Price includes:

  • Service of the guide and driver
  • Entrance to the Vasa Museum.

Price does not include: 

  • Lunch

*If your ship docks at NYNASHAMN, please, contact our office for a different price.

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5 hour Stockholm Shore Excursion with City Hall and Vasa Museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/5-hour-stockholm-shore-excursion-with-city-hall-and-vasa-museum https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/5-hour-stockholm-shore-excursion-with-city-hall-and-vasa-museum#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:50:41 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=569 During this one day program… You will start the tour at Fjällgatan with an unforgettable view of Stockholm, a city built on 14 islands, scattered between the Baltic Sea and…

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During this one day program…

You will start the tour at Fjällgatan with an unforgettable view of Stockholm, a city built on 14 islands, scattered between the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren, yet connected by more than 50 bridges. Then we will take a panoramic drive through Södermalm, Stockholm’s biggest island enjoying scenic views of Lake Mälaren and the western districts of the city. We will see Heleneborg, the house in which Alfred Nobel was experimenting with explosives.

On Kungsholmen Island we will visit Stockholm’s landmark, City Hall, the venue of the glamorous Nobel Banquet. After the guided tour in City Hall, only a few minutes later, we will see the Concert Hall, where the Nobel Prizes are awarded each year on December 10th. Then driving through the fashionable district of Östermalm we will get to Djurgården Island to visit the Vasa Museum with its well preserved war ship from the 17th century which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 after few hundred meters and was salvaged in 1961.

At the end of the tour we will take a guided tour in Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.

And last but not least, you will also get free time to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee. When the 5 hour Stockholm Tour is over, you will return to your cruise boat with unforgettable memories of Stockholm.

Highlights:

  • Explore Stockholm on a five-hour tour
  • Visit Stockholm’s must-see attractions: City Hall, the Vasa Museum.
  • Find out about Nobel Prize winners, IKEA, ABBA, characters from The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo and much more.
  • Enjoy scenic views of the city on the water.
  • Walk through the cobbled streets of the Old Town and soak in its historic atmosphere.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 14 16
Price per person in USD 455 353 271 221 188 176 157 142 130 112 100 95

 

Price includes:

  • Service of the guide and driver,
  • Entrance to the Vasa Museum and the City Hall;
  • Guided tour in the Old Town.

Price does not include:

  • Lunch

*If your ship docks at NYNASHAMN, please contact our office for a different price.

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Warnemunde-Rostock-Schwerin Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/warnemunde-rostock-schwerin-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/warnemunde-rostock-schwerin-excursion#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:44:29 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=559 During this one day program…                                            8:15 am – You…

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During this one day program…                                         

 

8:15 am – You will meet with your guide at the pier and walk to train station

9:07 am – Train to Schwerin

10:04 am – Arrive in Schwerin. Guided walking tour of Schwerin 

incl. old town with market square, cathedral, government buildings (federal state government),

former residences of the Duke of Mecklenburg, villas around Pfaffen- teich, palace gardens etc.

11:15 am  Inside visit to Schwerin castle without a guided tour (Monday’s outside visit only)

12:15 pm – Lunch (main course and a drink included in the tour)

1:00 pm – Free time

1:53 pm – Train to Rostock

3:00 pm approx. – Arrive in Rostock and guided tour of the city, 

incl. town hall, boulevard, university, town wall& gates, monastery, merchant’s homes,

Inside visit to St. Marien Church incl. astronomical clock and baroque organ

4:45 pm – Time for a stroll / shopping or further sightseeing

5:30 pm – Return to Warnemuende by train / tram

6:00 pm – Arive back at ship

Brief guided tour of Warnemuende will be included time permitting in the morning or evening.

 

Please note:  this tour is a walking tour. It is not suitable for people with limited mobility though the walking pace is leisurely with frequent stops.

It is a group tour and if you wish to have a tour for your party by private vehicle, please contact our office for more details.

 

All times are approximate times and will be adapted to the docking times of the ship and / or changes in the schedule of the public trains we use.

On Mondays the palace in Schwerin will be closed and the inside visit has to be cancelled. We will refund 5 Euro of the tour price and include more sightseeing and / or free time in Schwerin. THE ABOVE GROUP PROGRAM WITH ALL INCLUSIONS IS AVAILABLE FROM TUESDAY TO SUNDAY ONLY.

 

This tour is offered for arrivals to Warnemuende (P1-4, P7, P8) only and cannot be provided for clients docking at Rostock Port. (e.g. LP 31 and LP 41)

 

 

The price is $140 per person if you book a St Petersburg tour with us!*

 

Price includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Snack at a local cafe
  • Entrance to the church
  • Tickets for the public transport and train (from Warnemünde to Rostock )

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch
*The regular price for the group tour is $ 160  per person.

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During this one day program…                                         

 

9:00 am – You will meet with your guide at the pier and start with a walking tour of Warnemuende

10:00 am – Head to Rostock on the public train and tram

10:30 am – Walking tour of Rostock old town incl. town hall, boulevard, university, town wall & gates, monastery, merchant’s homes,

Inside visit to St. Marien Church with astronomical clock and continue guided walk

12:30 pm – Lunch snack (coffee & cake or a small dish & drink)

1:00 pm – Free time for shopping

1:45 pm – Return to Warnemuende by public train and tram

2:30 pm – Arrive back at the ship

 

Please note:  this tour is a walking tour. It is not suitable for people with limited mobility though the walking pace is leisurely with frequent stops.

It is a group tour and if you wish to have a tour for your party by private vehicle, please contact our office for more details.

All times are approximate times and will be adapted to the docking times of the ship. duration: approx. 5.5 hours

 

Itinerary may vary for tours starting at Überseehafen Rostock Port pier (LP31 or LP41) but departure time remains the same.

 

The price is $90 per person if you book a St Petersburg tour with us!*

 

Price includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Snack at a local cafe
  • Entrance to church
  • Tickets for the public transport and train (from Warnemünde to Rostock)

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch
*The regular price for the group tour is $ 110  per person.

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Berlin Jewish Heritage Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/berlin-jewish-heritage-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/berlin-jewish-heritage-shore-excursion#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:41:24 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=557 During this private and exclusive tour you will explore some of the most important sites and buildings of Jewish Heritage past and present, and Jewish life in Berlin. On request we…

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During this private and exclusive tour you will explore some of the most important sites and buildings of Jewish Heritage past and present, and Jewish life in Berlin. On request we can organize a visit to the Memorial to the former Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

During this one day program…

You will be picked-up by your driver. After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in former West Berlin by your private guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital.

Your driving tour will include: Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) – a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695. You will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop), and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop), the Ku’damm, and the Tiergarten. You will then visit the famous Memorial Dedicated to the Murdered Jews of Europe (known as Holocaust Memorial) with its 2711 tilted stone blocks, designed by Peter Eisenman. Along the way you will see, among other sites the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, take a picture of the Bebelplatz (Book Burning Memorial) and Humboldt University. Then you will also have a typical hearty Berlin lunch (not included in the tour price).

During the walking tour in one of the Jewish Quarters which used to be the center of Jewish community life in the past, you will see the New Synagogue on Oranienburgerstrasse, built in 1866, a present day Judaism center. We will include into our tour the Jewish cemetery, Jewish high school, and other famous memorials. Another sight to see is the Jewish Museum (please, note that the inside tour is upon request). Finally you arrive back in Warnemunde and return to the ship.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Price (EUR) 445 245 185 175 170 155 135 125 115 105
Special price per person for those who booked a St Petersburg tour with us 425 235 175 165 160 145 130 120 110 100

 

Price includes:

  • Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin-Warnemunde in an A/C vehicle
  • Private A/C vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours
  • English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

Price doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

 

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You will be picked-up by your driver (your meeting time and time of the whole tour is always adjusted due to the ship arrival schedule). After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in former West Berlin by your guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital.

You’ll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695. You will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop).

Along the way you’ll see, among other sites the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and of course some notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War, such as Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Hitler’s Bunker. Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the place where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial).

Also you will have time for a typical hearty Berlin lunch (not included in the tour price)

Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping).

Other highlights of former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall and the Humbold University. Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlins Champs Elysees, West Berlin’s former Showcase of the West.

Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

Number of people 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Price (EUR) 445 245 185 175 170 155 135 125 115 105
Special price per person for those who booked St. Petersburg tour with us 425 235 175 165 160 145 130 120 110 100

 

Price  includes:

  • Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin-Warnemunde in an A/C vehicle
  • Private A/C vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours
  • English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

Price  doesn’t include:

  • Lunch

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Tuesday Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/tuesday-group-st-petersburg-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/tuesday-group-st-petersburg-shore-excursion#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 13:11:41 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=1773 During this one day program you will get to know: Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes) St Petersburg…

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During this one day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • The Romanov dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions
  • Fascinating stories about tzars’ residence

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Subway visit
  • One lunch in traditional Russian style

 

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7:30 am – 8:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time)
8:00 am – 9:30 am City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg. You will see: Nevsky Prospekt, National Library, Kazan Cathedral, the Square of Arts, Russian Museum, Ethnographical Museum, Michael’s Castle, Summer Gardens of Peter the Great, the log cabin of Peter the Great,  the Spit of Basil Island, The State St Petersburg University, the Monument of Peter the Great, Admiralty, Theatre Square with famous Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral. Shopping, payment for the tour.
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours).
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Hydrofoil to Peterhof
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Lower park with fountains. Guided tour of one of the small palaces: Catherine block, Mon Plaisir, Bath block. Lunch.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Back to the city by car
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Guided tour of The Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood
6:00 pm Return to the ship

Evening Tours

The price of the tour is 160 US dollars per person.  Maximum group size is 12. We guarantee the departure of the tour even if 1 person signs up. Please note it’s not available from all the ships.

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Guide’s services for 1 day
  • Driver’s services for 1 day (Comfortable car (Mercedes)/mini van with A/C)
  • A Permit for photo/video at the museums per couple
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Cost of the lunch

 

 Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive a discount of $25 US for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!
  • We have created our 1 day program taking into consideration that you have got just 1 day to spend in our city, but would like to visit as many places as possible, that’s why we have included all must sees which are open on this day.

 

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Special offers https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/special-offers https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/special-offers#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:30:28 +0000 http://localhost/?p=472 TJ Travel is welcoming 2015 season guests and offering a special package discount! Our company is arranging tours in other Baltic ports from almost every ship and we are happy…

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TJ Travel is welcoming 2015 season guests and offering a special package discount!

Our company is arranging tours in other Baltic ports from almost every ship and we are happy to offer you a special package group tours:

  • 6 Baltic Сapitals Imperial that includes a walking tour in Tallinn + 2 transfers, Sightseeing tour in Helsinki , One day standard Berlin tour, Stockholm sightseeing tour (with Vasa Museum and the City Hall ), Copenhagen tour with the visit of Christiansborg palace and two day all highlights tour in Saint-Petersburg at the special discounted rate now 735$ per person
  • 6 Baltic Capitals Exclusive that includes the same tours in Tallinn, Helsinki , Berlin Stockholm, Copenhagen and two day exclusive Faberge tour in Saint-Petersburg at the special price of 700 USD
  • 6 Baltic Capitals Standard that includes the same tours in Tallinn, Helsinki , Berlin Stockholm, Copenhagen and two day standard tour in St Petersburg. The cost of this package is 645$ per person.

 

It is also possible to split the package and book tours only in the cities you like and in that case the cost of the tour will be as follow:

  • one day group Berlin tour is 105$ per person,
  • 5 hour Tallinn tour is 35$ per person,
  • 5 hour Stockholm tour is 105$ per person,
  • 5 hour Copenhagen tour is 125$ per person
  • 3 hour Helsinki sightseeing tour is 50$ per person,
  • Warnemunde-Rostock  – 80$ per person,
  • Warnemunde- Schwerin – 120$ per person

 

We have also added group tours in Oslo and Riga this season!

  • 4 h Oslo tour with the visit of Viking museum is 100 USD per person
  • 5h Riga tour with Art Nouveau Museum is 75 USD per person

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Jewish Heritage Tour https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/3-day-jewish-heritage-st-petersburg-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/3-day-jewish-heritage-st-petersburg-shore-excursion#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:20:13 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=454 During this one day program you will get to know: Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia…

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During this one day program
you will get to know:

  • Present and past history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
  • St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and Soviet Union
  • The life of the Jewish community in St. Petersburg during the present and past
  • History and culture of the Jewish people on the territory of Russia
  • Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
  • Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: transportation, housing, educational system, health care system, family life – don’t hesitate to ask any questions

Inside visits of:

As well as:

  • Visit to the Jewish community centre
  • Farmer’s market
  • Metro ride

 

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DAY 1

9:00 am Meeting at the ship (please, note: the start time of the tour  is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). The guide of this tour will be either of Jewish origin or closely connected with the Jewish community
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Сity orientation drive with a visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue. Tour of the Choral Synagogue and a meeting with a cantor or a member of the community. During this tour you will learn a lot about the life of Jewish community in St Petersburg in present and in the past.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Typical Russian lunch (optional)
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm  A visit to the Jewish community center (either MAOR or ESOD)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Guided tour of Yusupov Palace
3:00 – 3:30 pm  Guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral
4:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / boat ride / folk show)

Evening Tours

DAY 2

9:30 am Meeting at the ship
10:00 am – 10:30 am Hydrofoil to Peterhof
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Guided tour of the Peterhof Upper gardens and Fountain park
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Drive to Tsars’ Village with a stop near Holocaust monument in the center of the town
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Drive back to the city
4:30 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program (theatre / boat ride / folk show)

Evening Tours

DAY 3

9:00 am Meeting at the ship
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official working hours)
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch (optional)
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm The Jewish section at the Russian Museum of Ethnography where you can learn about history and culture of the Jewish people on the territory of Russia
3:00 pm Return to the ship

 

Number of Tourists 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Price in US $$ p/p 1430 910 745 580 525 470 460 450 440 430 420 400 395 390 380 370

 

Price includes:

  • Admission fees to all museums in the program, boat ride, hydrofoil ride and metro visit
  • Early admission to the Hermitage Museum
  • Guide’s services for 3 days
  • Driver’s services for 3 day (Comfortable car [Mercedes]/ minivan with A/C)
  • Photo and video permissions at the museums (except for Yusupov Palace)
  • Blanket visas
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Head sets for the groups of 10 and up
  • One bottle of water per person per day

 Price doesn’t include:

  • Cost of the lunches but it is possible to add them to the cost of your tour, especially for the groups from 8 and more (20$ per person per 1 lunch in a local cafe 30$ per person per 1 lunch in a local restaurant)
  • Photo and video permit at  Yusupov Palace (camera pass is 5$ per person, video pass is 12 per person)

 

 

 

 

 

Note, please:

  • If you travel with children up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay for them – the tour for them will be free of charge
  • Children/Students from 7 years old receive a discount of $50 US for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
  • If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!

 

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St Petersburg Evening Tours https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/st-petersburg-evening-tours https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/st-petersburg-evening-tours#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:46:23 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=389 “Russian Experience”   7.00 pm – Pick you up near the ship. Driving to the downtown 7:30-9:15  pm  –  Strolling  along  Nevsky  prospect. (Your  walk  will  start  from  the Admiralty, from…

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“Russian Experience”

 

7.00 pm – Pick you up near the ship. Driving to the downtown
7:30-9:15  pm  –  Strolling  along  Nevsky  prospect. (Your  walk  will  start  from  the Admiralty, from where Nevsky begins, then you will continue your walk along the Admiralty park  to get onto Palace Square,  then  through  the Arch of  the General Staff of the Army building you will get onto Nevsky prospect and walk along it. On your way you will see and visit different shops, there will be lots of opportunities to take pictures of the famous buildings located there Spilt Blood church, Kazan cathedral,  The  Merchants  yard  and  inside  visit  to  the  Passage  (30  minutes  for shopping  there). Then you will get onto Small Garden street, a lovely pedestrian area  with  numerous  shops,  small  fountain  and  funny  monuments  and  cafes, where  the  van  will  be  waiting  for  you).  During  the  stroll  the  guide  will  tell  you about everyday life in our city, funny jokes and anecdotes about our life. You will have an opportunity to taste the local life and be right in the centre of it.
9:30-10:00 pm – vodka tasting and light snacks in one of the local places
10:30 pm – return to the ship

The cost of the tour is 45$ per person.

Minimum number of people for tour to go is 6.

The  cost  of  the  tour  includes: the  service  of  the  guide  and  driver,  vodka
tasting.


“An evening with a local family”

 

7:00 pm – pick up from the ship
7:00-8:00  pm  –  driving  along  the  city  to  one  of  the  modern  residential  area. Your  guide  will  tell  you  a  story  about modern  life  of  locals,  social  programs  of the  government,  daily  routine  of  a  typical  Russian  family  and  answer  all  your questions about everyday life
8.00-10:00 pm – a visit to the local family, typical Russian family dinner. You can know more  about  family  traditions,  their lifestyle,  see  the way local  people live, and talk about all the aspects of Russian life.
10:30 pm – return to the ship
The cost of  the  tour includes: the  service of  the guide  and driver,  a dinner with the family.

Number of people in the group 2 3 4 5 6 and more
Price per person In USD 110 90 70 65 60

 


“Venice of the North Night”

 

The tour is highly recommended to those who book one day or two day standard or relaxed option, as it is a great opportunity to add a boat ride to your tour in Saint-Petersburg.

7:00 pm – Pick you up near the ship. Driving to the downtown
7:30-8:30 pm – Strolling along Nevsky prospect. Shopping
9:00-10:00 pm – Boat Ride with vodka tasting and light snacks
10:30 pm – return to the ship

Number of people in the group 2 4 6 10 12 14 16 More than 16
Price per person In USD 160 80 70 55 45 40 35 30

 


“Boat Trip along rivers and canals”

 

Please, don’t forget that the second name of our city is Venice of North and a trip along  numerous  rivers  and  canals with  beautiful  bridges make  your  visit  to  our city especially memorable.

 

A non-private boat starts at 7pm each day. Duration is 1 hour. The cost includes: English-language audioguide, transfer by car/mini van, boat fees

Number of people in the group 1 2 3 4 5
Price per person In USD 90 60 50 50 45

 

If a private boat we can start at any time, duration of the tour is 1 hour. The cost includes: guide services, transfer by car/mini van, boat fees. Please, note that if you choose this option, we will require 100% prepayment and the cost of this tour is non-refundable.

Number of people in the group 2 3 4 5 6 7-8  9-11   12-14   15 and up
Price per person In USD 115 75 65 55 50 40 35 30 25

 


“Folk Show at Nikholaevsky Palace”

 

The naturally deep emotions of Russian folklore are certainly emphasized by the magnificent interior of this Palace. The “Feel Yourself Russian” show which is staged here is a unique opportunity to experience the history and spirit of Russia.

The show starts with the dance group called “Reverence,” beautiful ladies in crinolines and their elegant cavalier, accompanied by the “Classica” string quartet. It is followed by a folk instruments ensemble ”The Souvenir” in a performance of folk compositions, a Cossack song and dance company called “Maidan” which reproduces on stage Cossack songs and dances in their original form, and musicians of “ Naigrysh,” a folk instruments quartet performing versions of famous Russian tunes. In the intermission, refreshments include a buffet table of fruit, canapé, soft drinks, vodka, champagne and juice. But portions are really very small, so it is difficult to call it a buffet

The cost includes performance itself+ the cost of transfer + snacks during the intermission. They perform each day and the show starts at 7.00pm (with 20 minutes break during which they serve refreshments). Duration is about 1,5 hours.

Note please:  If you choose to take 7.00 pm performance after either our standard or All St.Petersburg Highlights Tour   there will be no time to return to the ship for changing

The cost of the tour is 90$ per person and it includes the transportation, tickets to the folk show and refreshments during the intermission. Please, note it will be a group transfer. If you would like to have a private transfer to the Folk show and back, please contact our company for more details.


“Russian Ballet”

 

They start either at 7pm or 8pm. The playbill is known one month prior the performance. Duration is 1,5-3 hours.

On your request we can arrange tickets to one of the following theatres: Mariinsky Theatre, Mikhailovsky Opera House, The Hermitage Theatre, Alexandrinsky theatre or Pushkin Drama, The Theatre of Opera and Ballet of St.Petersburg Conservatory.


“The World of Faberge” Tour

 

This tour is specially designed for those who wish to explore the Faberge museum individually with audio guide. The gem of this museum is the collection of Faberge items, including world famous Faberge Easter eggs, artistic jewellery, tsar’s gifts, items in Art-Nouveau style. Not to mention you will see works of famous Russian artists like I.Aivosovsky and K.Makovsky, observe the collection of enamel artworks and see old Russian icons. More info about museum here: http://fabergemuseum.ru/en/collection?&sort=name&category=8&start=0

6.45 pm – Pick you up near the ship. (starting time can be adjusted to your tour)

7.15 -8.45 pm Faberge museum. You will get an audio guide inside the Faberge museum and spend 1,5 h time to get a deeper understanding of Russian jewellery art.

9.15 pm Return to the ship

Number of people in the group 2 3 4 6 8 10 – 16
Price per person In USD 100 60 60 50 40 35

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Essential Riga & Art Nouveau Tour is a perfect combination of exploring the splendid streets of old quarters and new town both by bus and on foot. The tour will take you from charming medieval townhouses to parts of Riga with a distinct cosmopolitan atmosphere.

During this program…    

We will start the day with a delightful introduction to Latvian history and culture during an introductory city tour by bus. Your private tour guide is delighted to share stories of Riga´ s past and present with a few good twists of this Baltic nations character and charm. Some of the most significant sight on our way include the Opera House, Freedom Monument, the Bastion Hill, University of Riga and Daugava Riverbank.

An added enjoyment is the discovery of the opulent Art Nouveau quarter. Riga boasts a gift of more than 800 richly decorated facades from the period. We will enjoy a guided tour of the Art Nouveau Museum and revel in the creative freedom of its time. Inside this museum you will get to discover more about the lifestyle at the turn of the 20th century.

After the drive we will continue with a stroll back in time visiting the medieval old town of Riga on a lovely walking tour. The magic of olden days has not left the heart of town and we are able to revel in the beauty of lively area filled with cafes and restaurants.

The medley of cobbled streets will lead us on a journey filled with legends and local heritage. Proud to showcase the hanseatic period architecture with Small and Great GuildRiga Cathedral and Dominican monastery as well as the Roland´s Statue, St. Jacob´s Church and Riga Castle. 

Thereafter, continuing the tour we will see some of the best known Riga highlights, the House of BlackheadsTown Hall and the Three Brothers house, a complex of three oldest dwelling houses in the town.

We will also reserve some free time for individual exploring and a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee or indulge in the nearby shopping opportunities of local treats.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

 

The price is $75 per person if you book a St Petersburg tour with us!*

 

Price includes:

  • English speaking guide; other languages available upon request.
  • Entrance fee to Art Nouveau Museum
  • Pick-up from the harbor in the morning and drop-off  at the harbour at the end of the tour
  • Comfortable a/c bus during the tour

Price does not include:

  • lunch expenses
*The regular price for the group tour is $ 90 per person.

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Best of Oslo Shore Excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-oslo-shore-excursion https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/best-oslo-shore-excursion#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:33:27 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4384 A perfect tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus as well as the amazingly imaginative Vigeland Sculpture Park and Viking Ship Museum visit.…

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A perfect tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus as well as the amazingly imaginative Vigeland Sculpture Park and Viking Ship Museum visit.

Please, note that this tour includes 4 h guided tour in English, 2 h walking tour + 2 h bus tour

During this program…    

Our introduction to Oslo starts with an enjoyable guided stroll around the city center highlights located a right along the scenic Oslo coastline. We will see such historic sites as the Parliament, National Theatre, Royal Residence and the new modern Opera House & Ballet building along the way. The celebrated Karl Johans Gate is also found a stone throw away on the main pedestrian street of the city, famously named after Norwegian king Karl III Johan.

Thereafter, we will take a short break to enjoy some free time for coffer or shopping before continuing on a sightseeing drive towards the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. We will enjoy a guided walk in the imaginative world of the artist Gustav Vigeland and more than 200 of his creations of human figures in bronze, iron and stone. Leaving the inspiring park of expressive statues behind, we will now experience something entirely different. The Viking Ship Museum is a surprising collection of well-preserved magnificent burial ships from the times of these ancient Nordic rulers. The delicate craftsmanship and astounding findings of the three ships exhibited make it a unique visit and a must-see when in this part of the world.

Our day ends with a return transfer to the cruise harbor, where you can board your ship in comfort.

This is a perfect half-day tour covering the best Oslo has to enjoy the unique visit to Norway’s capital city to the fullest.

*Please, note that tour schedule will be adjusted based on the arrival time of your ship.

 

The price is $100 per person if you book a St Petersburg tour with us!*

 

Price includes:

  • English speaking guide for the whole tour;
  • admission fee to Viking museum
  • Comfortable a/c bus for 2 hours
  • Drop-off  at the harbour at the end of the tour

Price does not include:

  • lunch expenses
*The regular price for the group tour is $ 140 per person.

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Testimonial – Roleen Webber-Green https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/testimonial-roleen-webber-green https://st-petersburg-tours.ru/testimonial-roleen-webber-green#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:32:08 +0000 http://st-petersburg-tours.ru/?p=4748 Good morning I would like to thank everyone who helped prepare and execute the trip for our group’s Top 12 Directors with the Chairman, Mr Alain Taïeb. He has given…

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Good morning

I would like to thank everyone who helped prepare and execute the trip for our group’s Top 12 Directors with the Chairman, Mr Alain Taïeb.

He has given you the best review of all the trips we have done so far.

Please thank the guides for their “brilliant” service.

Let me know if I can review your service anywhere because you were all fantastic in every aspect of arranging this trip for us.

Kind regards,
Roleen

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