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2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

1. 2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

Day 1: St. Petersburg Take a complete tour of Saint Petersburg's most famous sites - beginning with St. Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square, the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral - the burial vault of the Romanovs. Thereafter the gorgeous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy a lunch at one of the respected restaurants of the city. In the afternoon enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum.  Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the world wonder - the Amber Room - during a half-day tour to the magnificent baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo). The Park surrounding the palace is a wonderful work of the Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, combining the masterpieces of architecture with the nature beauty. The tour includes a lunch in a restaurant close to the palace. In the afternoon you will discover Peterhof - St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Located on the sea shore, The Great Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. 

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

2. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

Spend 2 days exploring beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise and ferry passengers can easily participate in this tour, all arrangements will be made for them by the tour operator and no visa is required. Enjoy visits to major monuments and sites, including the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Cathedral of Our Savior of Spilled Blood. Tour Russia's cultural capital to see famous artworks and revel in the opulence of St. Petersburg's imperial heritage. This 2-day tour includes a half-day visit to Peterhof, where you'll enjoy tours of the Fountain Park, the Catherine Palace, and Amber Room, before roaming the famous gardens. The 2nd day of the tour includes visits to fortresses and palaces as well as a guided tour of the infamous Hermitage Museum. Lunch is provided on both days, as well as comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and from the port. Day 1: • 8:00 AM-8:30 AM Disembark the ship. After having passed the passport control, you will be met by your local English-speaking guide and the company representative in the arrival area of the port. (If your ship arrives to Saint Petersburg at 8:00 AM, disembarkation starts at 9:00 AM-9:30 AM). • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM City highlights tour (part 1) including photo stops at Spit of St. Basil Island and Peter and Paul Fortress • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Transfer to Peterhoff Fountain Park by hydrofoil • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Tour of Peterhoff Lower Gardens • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Tour of Catherine Palace including Amber Room and gardens • 3:30 PM-4:45 PM Transfer to Saint Petersburg. Visit to a metro station on the way back to the city • 4:45 PM-6:00 PM City highlights tour (part 2) including the Cathedral of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood  • 6:30 PM Return to the ship Day 2: • 9:30 AM Meet your guide at the arrival area of the port • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Hermitage Museum  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Faberge Museum Tour • 3:45 PM-4:30 PM St. Isaac's Cathedral Tour • 5:00 PM Return to the ship

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St. Petersburg: Full-Day Private Tour

3. St. Petersburg: Full-Day Private Tour

This Full-Day tour of St. Petersburg offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing, from the comfort of a car or mini van and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will take a complete tour of Saint-Petersburg most famous sites - beginning with the neo-classical splendour of St. Isaac's Cathedral, geometry of Palace Square, visiting the oldest construction of Saint-Petersburg - the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral - the burial vault of Romanovs's family and also the Savior-on-blood Church. The tour includes an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon a 2-hour guided excursion in the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world - The State Hermitage Museum - to finalize your excellent introduction to St. Petersburg. You visit the Hermitage Museum - Russia's best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St. Petersburg. Nowadays, the Hermitage has about 2.7 million exhibits and displays a full range of world art from Ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French Impressionists. The collection is huge and very exciting. It had been calculated that if you decide to spend only one minute in front of each exhibit, you will have to stay in the Hermitage for 11 years, but on the tour you have the opportunity to see all the great masterpieces of the world's art at a glance in several hours with a comment of a knowledgeable expert-guide.

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Saint Petersburg: Two-Day Visa-Free Cruise Shore Tour

4. Saint Petersburg: Two-Day Visa-Free Cruise Shore Tour

A two-day visa-free tour of St. Petersburg for cruise ship passengers. Day 1 8:30 AM Passport control and group meeting with the guide and the driver. 9:00 - 10:00 AM Sightseeing tour including stops by sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum, one of the major museums of the world, an important and grandiose architectural complex that has one of the most important art collections. 12:00 - 1:00 PM The Savior of Spilled Blood, the Church of the Russian styled domes with its dazzling and colorful facades and interiors. 1:00 - 2:00 PM Boat trip by the rivers and canals. 2:00 - 3:00 PM Lunch in a typical Russian restaurant. 3:00 - 4:00 PM Travel to Peterhof, the summer residence of the czars called the Russian Versailles. Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art, a city of parks, palaces and fountains. 4:00 - 6:00 PM Peterhof Park. 6:00 - 7:00 PM Back to the city. Day 2 9:00 AM Passport control and group meeting with the guide and the driver. 9:30 - 10:30 AM The Metro tour, an adventure by riding the Russian subway. 10:30 - 11:30 AM Excursion to the St Isaak Cathedral. 11:30 AM -1:30 PM Walk through the main street Nevsky Prospekt and shopping time or visit to the market. 2:00 - 3:00 PM Lunch in a typical Russian restaurant 3:30 - 4:30 PM Fortress of Saint Peter and Paul, the first building of the ancient city of St. Petersburg and are the tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. 5:00 PM Back on board

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What people are saying about Palace Square

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 36 reviews

The 2 days (each from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.) were organized in the best possible way. Our guides (Katja and Irina) were very competent, could answer every question and requests were quickly organized (trip with the metro and boat trip). A change in the visit program (due to Putin's visit to St. Petersburg at the same time) was carried out very carefully and was absolutely not disruptive. With VIP tickets there were no waiting times (we were led past the queues). The very small group size was very pleasant (on the 1st day there were four of us with our friends, on the 2nd day an English couple joined them). The guides always informed the very careful driver of the van, who was already waiting for us at the exit of the sights. I will have very fond memories of St. Petersburg. All very recommendable.

Everything worked smoothly. Very good organization. It was a very long and extensive excursion with numerous highlights. As promised, we didn't have to queue. Natalie also proved to be a master of her field. The Russian lunch was extensive and very tasty (Boeuf Stroganoff). The final boat trip was also revealing, was only clouded by light rain. We were escorted back to the ship on time and had made two new friends. We would recommend this tour at any time - especially with Natalie.

A very busy two days. Our guide, Valeria from Marina Wilson Tours, was very informative and gave us a wonderful experience of St Petersburg. There were only the two of us on the tour so we had the personal attention of our guide and driver. Entry to Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage was very speedy and 'beat the crowds'. Lunches were excellent and in unusual restaurants rather than the usual mass cratering of most tours.

Very well organized tour, recommended.

To get to know the sights of St. Petersburg (we were on a cruise) with tight time frames. Waiting times have been reduced to a minimum with foresight. Our guides Katya and Irina did a good job, as did our driver Juri. Keep it up!

excellent guide

My sister and I had a wonderful time in St Petersberg thanks to an excellent guide with a vast knowledge of history and culture. I would recommend this site to all visitors. Thanks Andrey guideinstpetersburg@gmail.com