St Petersburg, Russia

Garden at Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia

Introduction to St Petersburg

The jewel in the Baltic crown and Russia's most European city, elegant St Petersburg was Tsar Peter the Great's 'Window on the West'.

Peter the Great’s “window on the West” is utterly captivating, with baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals – the city is built on 40 islands at the mouth of the River Neva. The main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is 5km long and lined with cafés, bars and restaurants mixed in with upmarket hotels and sumptuous shops. On Neva embankment, the Winter Palace, with over a thousand rooms, is merely the most magnificent of six buildings that make up the Hermitage museum.

The Hermitage is only one of 125 museums and galleries, not to mention dozens of lavishly decorated churches, that make this one of those cities that visitors want to return to again and again. It is enchanting during the “White Nights” of midsummer, when a brief twilight blends into dawn, and street entertainment lasts throughout the long days and short, white nights.

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AFTERNOON AT THE BALLET (TOUR EA)

  • Enjoy a lovely afternoon at the ballet
  • Sit back and enjoy a classic Russian performance
  • Enjoy a refreshment in the interval
Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApprox. 3.5 hours
LimitationMinimum of 100 participants required
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Surely the ballet is a must-see while in Russia - this afternoon you will be treated to a ballet performance to remember.

The history of Russian choreographic art goes back more than two and a half centuries, although foreign masters played an important role in the establishment and evolution of Russian ballet. The second half of the 19th century was the time of the Russian musical genius, Tchaikovsky, and his co-creator, choreographer Marius Petipa. Together they made such masterpieces as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. This was the time of fabulous ballet stars whose talent created new movements in dance that are now known as classical ballet. St Petersburg’s school of ballet still creates world famous stars.

In the early 20th century Russian ballet triumphantly conquered Paris. The best Russian ballets were performed by the best Russian dancers, during the so-called ‘Saisons Russes’. Since that time, classical Russian ballet has become a cultural brand of the country.

This afternoon of ballet is an opportunity to experience an exciting performance at one of the leading centres of art. Dancers from one of the St Petersburg companies are invited to perform on stage for your special enjoyment.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Although subject to change, the venue is likely to be the Aurora Hall, situated along the Neva River – in which case the performance will be Swan Lake. Please note that this tour will not visit the Mariinsky Theatre (home of the Kirov). The theatre is accessible to wheelchairs (please advise at time of booking as a different entrance will be used, with a lift). For all other participants there are approximately 30 steps to negotiate - from the street and up to your seats (there is a wide staircase with a handrail). Photography is not permitted in the theatre. It should be noted that your seats may not be reserved in a large block, rather in small groups together. A glass of Russian champagne or mineral water will be served during the interval. Please note that this tour requires a minimum number of participants in order for it to operate, as the performance will be exclusively for Fred. Olsen guests.


Shore Tours in St Petersburg

AN EVENING AT THE BALLET

  • Indulge yourself with an evening at the ballet
  • Sit back and enjoy a classic Russian performance
  • Enjoy a refreshment in the interval
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Surely the ballet is a must-see while in Russia - this evening you will be treated to a ballet performance to remember.

The history of Russian choreographic art dates back more than two and a half centuries, although foreign masters played an important role in the establishment and evolution of Russian ballet. The second half of the 19th century was the time of the Russian musical genius, Tchaikovsky, and his co-creator, choreographer Marius Petipa. Together they made such masterpieces as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. St Petersburg’s school of ballet still creates world famous stars. The city is regarded as a ballet Mecca and, as in the past, every evening the curtain goes up and dancers tell timeless romantic stories through their mysterious and intricate body language. This evening of ballet is an opportunity to experience an exciting performance at one of the leading centres of art. Dancers from one of the St Petersburg companies are invited to perform on stage for your special enjoyment.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Although subject to change, the venue is likely to be the St Petersburg Music Hall Theatre located in the picturesque Alexander Park – in which case the performance will be Swan Lake, Giselle or Sleeping Beauty (depending on their current programme). The alternative theatre would be the Officers Assembly Theatre, located close to the Nevsky Prospekt, and the performance here would be Swan Lake. Please note that this tour will not visit the Mariinsky Theatre (home of the Kirov). Both theatres are inaccessible to wheelchairs and there are approximately 40 to 70 steps to negotiate – to enter the theatre and up to your seats. Photography is not permitted in the theatre. It should be noted that your seats may not be reserved in a large block; rather in small groups together. Smart casual wear is the recommended attire (jackets for gentlemen). A glass of Russian champagne or mineral water will be served to Fred. Olsen guests in the foyer during the interval.

 

SYMBOLS: Limited capacity, Refreshments, toilets, steps & moderate walking


Shore Tours in St Petersburg

CATHERINE PALACE

  • Catherine Palace ranks high on the list of the world’s most beautiful buildings
  • Be amazed by the unique Amber Room
  • Take a short stroll in the picturesque park
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

On this tour enjoy a visit to Catherine Palace. During your visit, admire the stunning exterior, explore the palace for yourself and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful park.

Pushkin – formerly known as Tsarskoye Selo, or Tsar’s Village – is located approximately 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of St Petersburg. Rastrelli designed the lavish Catherine Palace in 1752 for Empress Elizabeth, who named it Catherine Palace in honour of her mother, Catherine I. The stunning turquoise, white and gold Baroque façade stretches 300 metres (984 feet) and is adorned with a profusion of atlantes (sculpted figures), columns, pilasters and ornamental window framings. Rastrelli used 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of pure gold for the exterior gilding.

During your visit to Catherine Palace, you can admire the famous Amber Room. Rastrelli set narrow pilasters faced with mirrors between the panels and installed a canvas frieze above them, painted to match the amber. After 30 years of restoration, visitors can be mesmerised by the wealth and warmth of the amber tones, from lemon yellow to a deep red. Enjoy a short walk through the grounds before returning to St Petersburg.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? It should be noted that slippers/over shoes have to be worn over outdoor shoes to protect the flooring of Catherine Palace – extra care should be taken as this will make the floor surface more slippery. Please note that photography is prohibited in the Amber Room.


Evening on the waterways St. Petersburg, Russia

EVENING ON THE WATERWAYS OF ST PETERSBURG

  • St Petersburg is known as the ‘Venice of the North’
  • Join a boat ride to see the city from a different perspective
  • Sip a glass of champagne as you glide through the evening light
Boat Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproxiimately 2.5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

You will be taken through some of the most attractive rivers and canals, which flow along granite embankments. The main waterway of the city is the Neva River and you will see many of St Petersburg’s highlights from it. Pass palaces and mansions of Russian aristocratic families, such as Yusupov Palace, Stroganov Palace and Michael’s Castle. Peter the Great ordered that each palace should have a landing stage on the river and many of these elaborate porticoes, granite piers and landing stages can still be seen from the water. View the marvellous, multicoloured Spilled Blood Church, pass the well-known Summer Gardens, the oldest public park in St Petersburg and the first Summer Palace of Peter the Great. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. You will be on the boat for approximately one and a half hours. The route taken is subject to change and therefore not all highlights mentioned may be viewed. Please note that this tour will operate in the evening. 


St. Petersburg, Russia

EVERYDAY ST PETERSBURG

  • Admire many of St Petersburg’s highlights from your coach
  • Glimpse the local people going about their daily lives
  • Spend time at leisure in the city centre
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 8 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Nothing can really adequately prepare you for what you may see and hear on this tour - it is best to bring along an open mind and heart, as well as a sense of curiosity. Your tour allows a unique look inside a country's life affected by the collapse of the Communist regime and subsequent liberalisation.

Start with a panoramic sightseeing tour of St Petersburg. The main sights will be seen and will include photo stops at St Isaac’s Square, by the majestic St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress and The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. After a souvenir shop visit you will have lunch in a central restaurant and then your experience will really begin.

The St Petersburg underground, known as the Metro, is certainly worth a visit. The first plans to build a metro in St Petersburg were drawn in 1899, but were not implemented due to the outbreak of World War I  and then the Revolution of 1917. Today it is the quickest, safest, most reliable and comfortable means of travel. The older stations are richly decorated with polished granite, marble of various colours, stainless steel, bronze, aluminium, synthetic materials, glass, various mosaics, reliefs and sculptures. The new stations are mostly simple and modern in design, but not less impressive. After an underground journey you will leave the Metro at one of the central stations and find yourself close to the Kuznechny Food Market. Your guide will take you to the market and show you the huge variety of food sold here as well s the friendly atmosphere. You will have the chance to sample some of the local food.

Before the October Revolution of 1917, there were over 100 orthodox cathedrals and churches in St Petersburg. After the Revolution, the numbers became fewer and fewer for various reasons - some were blown up and destroyed, others used as warehouses or turned into museums. After the beginning of Perestroika, the process of reviving the churches started and renovation and reconstruction began. Now there are about 40 active churches and you will have a short visit to one this afternoon.  Before returning to your ship, visit Nevsky Prospect. The street is lined with magnificent architectural ensembles and offers a wealth of cultural interests - cathedrals and churches, theatres and cinemas, the Small Philharmonic Concert Hall, the city’s National Public Library, cafés, restaurants and night clubs.   

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The panoramic driving tour is the same as Tour A and sights passed may also be seen on other St Petersburg tours. Walking is required during the afternoon and steps will be encountered. Please note that the order of the itinerary is subject to change. Comfortable shoes are recommended, as is an umbrella in case of rain. Guests should dress conservatively for the church visit (shorts are not permitted, and shoulders should be covered). You will have approximately one hour of free time on Nevsky Prospect, where Roubles and credit cards are generally accepted. US Dollars and Euros should also be accepted at the Market and souvenir shop. Please be mindful of pickpockets in the city. 


Explore St. Petersburg, Russia

EXPLORING ST PETERSBURG - A WALKING TOUR

  • A walking tour which lets you get up close to St Petersburg
  • Uncover some of the sights not seen on other tours
  • Have your camera at the ready!
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

St Petersburg is a place to explore fully – this tour will give you the chance to get up close to it, as you walk through part of the city on a guided walking tour.

Start with a drive to the downtown St. Petersburg and Decembrist’s Square where you will find the famous monument to the founder of St. Petersburg Peter the Great (the Bronze Horseman), an equestrian statue created by the famous French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet. The monument was meant to be a tribute by Catherine the Great to her famous predecessor. For that reason an inscription on the monument reads in Latin and Russia. According to a 19th century legend, enemy forces will never take St. Petersburg while the "Bronze Horseman" stands in the middle of the city. During the Second World War the statue was not taken down, but was protected with sand bags and a wooden case. In that way, the monument survived the 900-day siege of Leningrad virtually unhurt.

From the square you commence your walk along the Neva River embankment towards the main square of the city - Palace Square. On your way you will enjoy the rich parade of sights on the Neva’s opposite bank including the Academy of Arts, the ochre painted Menshikov Palace, the impressive building of Peter the Great’s 12 Ministries, the Academy of Sciences and The Chamber of Curiosities which houses the Museum of Ethnography and Anthropology.

As you approach Palace Square, make sure you have your camera ready as you are sure to want to take pictures of this magnificent ensemble where every building is a masterpiece of architecture. This square has seen the birth of many revolutions that shook the world and is considered to be the main square of the city and serves as a good example of how different styles can be combined in the most elaborate way. On the northern side of the square stands the picturesque Baroque Winter Palace (built in 1754-62 by Bartalomeo Rastrelli). Across the square, on the southern side, there is a classical yellow-and-white building of the former Imperial Army General Staff (built in 1819-29 by Carlo Rossi), whose triumphant chariot announces victory over Napoleon, the theme enhanced by the Alexander Column in the centre of the square, dedicated to Alexander I.

From here you will continue your exploration of the city by walking to the city’s main street – Nevsky prospect, lined with magnificent architectural ensembles - cathedrals, churches, theatres and cinemas, cafés, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs.

You will pass the stunning Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan built by the Russian architect Andrei Voronokhin in 1801 – 1811 – an outstanding example of early 19th century Russian architecture and also a memorial to the Russian’s victory over Napoleon.

From the bridge across the Moika River you can see the marvellous Cathedral of Our Savior of the Spilled Blood. This Old Russian-style church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881.

Passing the Grand Hotel Europe you will proceed to the Square of Arts – a remarkable architectural ensemble and, at the same time, has become one of the most important cultural centres of the city.

There is a famous monument to Alexander Pushkin by sculptor Mikhail Anikushin put up in 1957.

Every single building facing the square is either a theatre or a museum. Here you will find the world-known Russian Museum, the Museum of Ethnography, Michailovsky theatre of Opera and Ballet and the State Philharmonic Society.

Your tour will conclude here and you will be transferred back to your awaiting ship

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This walking tour will allow you to explore with your guide – without needing to obtain a visa in advance. You will be walking and standing for approximately two and a half hours. Please note that inside visits are not included. The coach journey each way will take approximately 30 minutes - sites passed may also be seen on other St Petersburg tours. Please note that the order of the itinerary is subject to change. Comfortable shoes are recommended, as is an umbrella in case of rain. Please be mindful of pickpockets in the city. 


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FABERGE MUSEUM

  • Visit the impressive Fabergé Museum
  • Enjoy the amazing array of Fabergé eggs
  • Discover the collection that has taken ten years to create and is still growing
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg has placed his priceless collection of Fabergé eggs on display and you have the chance to view them today on tour.

The collection on display includes over 4,000 works of art from the late 19th and early 20th century, including 15 Fabergé eggs, nine of which are the famous Imperial Fabergé eggs previously owned by the Romanov family. You will see many unique exhibits, including other works by the famous jeweller Carl Fabergé, royal silverware, precious icons and other religious ornaments, a collection of paintings on enamel and paintings by famous Russian and foreign artists.

Viktor Vekselberg purchased the Malcolm Forbes Fabergé Collection from the Forbes family in 2004 for around £70 million. Most notable amongst this collection are the Rosebud Egg, Lilies of the Valley Egg, Coronation Egg and particularly the Hen Egg and the Order of St George Egg that are the first and last received by Empress Maria, wife of Alexander III. Enjoy time to browse the unique collection in the sumptuous surroundings.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? A certain pace is required to keep up with the group. Please note that photography is not permitted in the museum. Please note that large bags are not permitted inside the museum – they should be left on the coach or be checked in to the cloakroom. Roubles and credit cards are accepted in the museum shop.


Shore Tours in St Petersburg

HERMITAGE

  • Explore St Petersburg’s most famous museum - the Hermitage
  • Marvel at the splendour of the Winter Palace
  • Admire many works by some of the most well-known artists
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3 - 3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This is your opportunity to visit the Hermitage – Russia’s largest collection of art, which has evolved into one of the most prestigious museums in the world.

Firstly, you will walk through the Winter Palace’s superb staterooms which include the Field Marshall’s Hall, Small Throne Room dedicated to the memory of Peter the Great, Armorial Hall with its vast gilded columns, 1812 Gallery displaying portraits of Russian military heroes of the Napoleonic War, and the Hall of St George bedecked with cararra marble and gilt bronze.

Proceed to the Small Hermitage and find yourself in the Pavilion Hall. Here, marble columns support an elegant gallery and 28 sparkling cut-glass chandeliers. Exhibits include the unusual Peacock Clock in its glass cage. Turning right takes you to the Old Hermitage, devoted to 13th to 18th century Italian art. On proud display are two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci (Madonna with a Flower and Litta Madonna), an early work by Rafael (Connestabile Madonna) and a later work by him (Holy Family). Other names simply roll off the tongue: Titian, El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Rubens, the list goes on.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? A certain pace is required to keep up with the group. Although there is one small lift, we cannot guarantee that the room in which the lift deposits guests will be open during your visit. If the lift is used, you will have to leave the tour group. Please note that special collections will not be viewed in the Hermitage, and some rooms may not always be accessible – please also note that the collection by French impressionists is being moved to a building away from the main museum, so may not be viewed. Paintings are occasionally loaned to other museums, so those detailed may not be on display. Realistically we appreciate that you will not see as much as you would like – it would take years to view the whole Hermitage collection!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ST PETERSBURG

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ST PETERSBURG

  • Guests on Fred. Olsen organised tours do not require a Russian Visa. If you intend to tour independently, or indeed step off the ship alone, a Visa MUST be obtained. We suggest that non-British citizens seek advice from their embassy or consulate.
  • Guests must carry their passport at all times. When leaving the ship for tours, you will have to pass through Immigration (and on your return).
  • Photography and video cameras are no longer permitted at Peterhof Palace.
  • Individual permits to take photographs or use video cameras in the Hermitage & Catherine Palace can be purchased (the cost of which will be advised).
  • Photography is prohibited in the Kazan Cathedral. Permits can be purchased to take photographs in the Spilled Blood Church – guests on tour have a permit included.
  • Photographs must not be taken of the port area, or of any uniformed officials.
  • Large bags, overcoats or bottles of water will not be allowed in the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Spilled Blood Church.
  • A small umbrella is a good idea – as queues are often encountered to enter the various sites. If not required it can be left on the coach during visits.
  • Toilet facilities may be limited on tours, and therefore queues should be expected. There is often a charge – usually Rouble or Euro coins will be accepted.
  • Please note that seatbelts should be worn, when provided, for all city tours and for all tours outside the city it is a legal requirement – random stops can be made to check seatbelts are being worn.
  • Our tour itinerary has been carefully planned to allow you to take a variety of excursions during your stay in St Petersburg. It is usually possible to take two half-day tours in a day (one in the morning & one in the afternoon when time in port permits), although you will have limited time for lunch. Please also be aware that traffic can be very heavy in the city, and tours can return late because of this.
  • Please note that there are renovations to the bridges over the River Neva in 2013 and 2014 which will cause extra traffic delays and tour routes may need to change – it may mean tours return later than scheduled and time between tours is limited.
  • It is worth considering that thousands of visitors throng to St Petersburg. Attractions such as the Hermitage, Peterhof and Catherine Palace can be very busy. Tour guides do their best to keep groups together, and give a commentary that is audible to all. In the Hermitage and Palaces you will have the use of headsets in order to better hear the guide (these are not compatible with hearing aids – please inform the guide if you experience problems). When possible we arrange early morning openings of the places visited, to avoid lengthy queues, however queues are inevitable, and unavoidable at every venue.

 


Shore Tours in St Petersburg

PANORAMIC CITY TOUR OF ST PETERSBURG

  • Admire many of St Petersburg’s highlights from your coach
  • Enjoy time at leisure to purchase souvenirs
  • Limited walking makes it ideal for most
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover St. Petersburg as you embark on a panoramic tour to admire the city’s highlights – you will soon see why a visit here is always a rewarding and unforgettable experience.

Your first photo stop will be at St Isaac’s Square, dominated by the majestic St Isaac’s Cathedral with its golden dome. The main square of the city is where you will find the Alexander Column, and on the northern side of the square is the picturesque Winter Palace. Driving across the Neva River you will see the Spit of Vasilievsky Island and the Peter and Paul Fortress; in the centre of the fortress is the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul with its needle-thin spire. Next, the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood now comes into view - a riot of colour. From here reach the Nevsky Prospekt – St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare - which is lined with palaces, churches and theatrical buildings. Travel past Decembrists’ Square and the graceful statue, the Bronze Horseman, portraying Peter the Great on horseback – a fitting tribute to the founder of the glorious city of St Petersburg. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a driving tour to see some of the many highlights St Petersburg has to offer inside visits are not included. Please note that the order of the itinerary is subject to change, and sights passed may also be seen on other St Petersburg tours. There will be approximately 30 minutes in which to purchase traditional Russian gifts in a good souvenir shop (US Dollars and Euros are accepted); complimentary tea, coffee or vodka will be offered. Due to traffic restrictions, it is not always possible for the driver to stop to allow photos. 


Country House of artist Ilya Repin, Russia

PANORAMIC DRIVE – THE GULF OF FINLAND

  • Leave St Petersburg behind and head into the countryside
  • Pass grand summer houses along the coast
  • Admire the views as you enjoy refreshments and time at leisure
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 5.25 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

For those guests wishing to venture away from St Petersburg, without much walking, this tour is ideal.

A panoramic drive will take you from the hustle and bustle of the city and along the coast of the Gulf of Finland, which is one of the most picturesque areas outside of St Petersburg. Nobility had summer houses, Dachas, here and would spend the entire summer season in their rural homes. In the town of Repino you will have a short photo stop at the former home of well-known Russian artist Ilya Repin. Continue to Zelenogorsk for a photo stop at the Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan. You will have the chance to go inside and light a candle by the altar if you wish, or can choose to relax in the picturesque garden by the cathedral.

You then drive to a local restaurant for refreshments before some time at leisure. Enjoy the views of the Gulf before the return drive to St Petersburg. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a panoramic driving tour the inside visit to the cathedral, where there are a few steps, is optional but there is a small amount of walking required at the restaurant. Please dress conservatively if you wish to go inside the church - shorts are not permitted, and shoulders should be covered. There will be approximately one hour of free time at the restaurant stop – refreshments will be tea or coffee and a pastry. Please note that the order of the itinerary is subject to change, and sights passed may also be seen on other St Petersburg tours.


Shore Tours in St Petersburg

PETERHOF & HERMITAGE

  • Peterhof, or Petrodvorets, is often referred to as ‘the Russian Versailles’
  • Explore the Palace and Park renowned for its fountains
  • Discover the Hermitage Museum with its ornate buildings
Activity Tour
Price£95.00 - £105.00
DurationApproximately 8.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included

Make the most of your day as you spend time at two of the most visited sights of St Petersburg, with lunch included.

Transfer to Peterhof – the town of palaces, fountains and parks – the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian Tsars, located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Upon arrival here, you ascend the main staircase and visit a suite of sumptuously appointed staterooms - especially the opulent Throne Room. See Peter’s Oak Study, one of the few rooms to have survived unaltered. Outside the Grand Palace enjoy a view of the Grand Cascade, which comprises three waterfalls and a stunning avenue of 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues, along with a great variety of fountains, which can also be found in the Lower Park.

Before commencing the second half of this fascinating tour, you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant – including a shot of vodka. Back in the city, it is time to visit St Petersburg’s most famous museum, the Hermitage – Russia’s largest collection of art, with over 2.8 million works, and one of the most prestigious museums in the world. On proud display are paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Titian, El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Rubens and Rembrandt.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users, and all participants should be aware that you will be on your feet for the duration of the visits in two very busy environments. There are no lifts in the Grand Palace of Peterhof and only one small lift in the Hermitage. We cannot guarantee that the room in which the lift deposits participants will be open during your visit, and if the lift is used, you will have to leave the tour group. It should be noted that slippers/over shoes have to be worn over your outdoor shoes to protect the flooring when visiting the Palace of Peterhof – extra care should be taken as this will make the floor surface more slippery. There is usually a charge to use toilet facilities – at time of printing this was 50 cents ($/€). Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that the fountains at Peterhof will be functioning during your visit. Photography is prohibited in the Peterhof Palace. Special collections will not be viewed in the Hermitage and some rooms may not always be accessible – please also note that the collection by French impressionists is being moved to a building away from the main museum, so may not be viewed. Realistically we appreciate that you will not see as much as you would like – it would take years to view the whole Hermitage collection!

 


Shore Tours in St Petersburg

PETERHOF PALACE & PARK

  • Peterhof, or Petrodvorets, is often referred to as ‘the Russian Versailles’
  • Explore the Palace and Park renowned for its fountains
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 - 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Enjoy a visit to the palace of Peterhof and view the dazzling fountain display.

Crowning the hill is Peter’s Grand Palace, commanding a magnificent view over the Lower Park and the Gulf beyond. Ascend the main staircase and visit a suite of staterooms - sumptuously appointed, especially the opulent Throne Room used in the past for great receptions and official ceremonies. See Peter’s Oak Study, one of the few rooms to have survived unaltered.

Leaving the Grand Palace you will enjoy a truly breathtaking view of the Grand Cascade, which comprises three waterfalls and a stunning avenue of 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues. A true wonder of engineering, the fountains are fed by underground springs of the Ropsha Hills some 21 kilometres (13 miles) away. A great variety of fountains can be found in the Lower Park – including the Chess Board Hill Cascade, Adam and Eve Fountains, and the Sun Fountain. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There are no lifts in the Grand Palace of Peterhof. It should be noted that slippers/over shoes have to be worn over outdoor shoes to protect the flooring of the Grand Palace – extra care should be taken as this will make the floor surface more slippery. There is usually a charge to use toilet facilities – at the time of printing this was 50 cents ($/€). Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that the fountains will be functioning during your visit, and some rooms may not always be accessible. Photography is prohibited in the palace.

 


The Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

ROYAL PALACE & CATHEDRALS

  • Admire some of St Petersburg’s greatest buildings
  • Take a short stroll in the park at Pavlovsk
  • Visit Kazan and St Isaac’s Cathedral
Activity Tour
Price£95.00 - £105.00
DurationApproximately 9 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Visit some of the highlights St Petersburg has to offer as you make the most of your time here.

Your first visit is to Catherine Palace, where you can see the famous Amber Room before visiting the park. Admire the grounds, which stretch for 1,400 acres and are dotted with charming pavilions set around a central lake. The romantic landscape of the park is animated with the neo-Gothic Admiralty, Chesma Column, Turkish Bath, Marble Bridge, Chinese Pagoda, the Grotto Pavilion and the Hermitage.

After a walk through the park, your tour continues with a short drive to Pavlovsk. The design of the palace and grounds was entrusted to Catherine’s favourite architect, Charles Cameron. Pavlovsk is one of the largest landscaped parks in Europe – with around 1,800 acres of fir and birch trees, meadows and wild flowers – and is renowned for its beautiful natural landscape, which is enhanced by garden sculptures, and architecture. You will have a short walk through the park - the palace will not be visited. After travelling back to the heart of St Petersburg, lunch will be served at a local restaurant and will include a shot of vodka.

Refreshed, continue to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Located on the Nevsky Prospekt, the cathedral attracts the attention of visitors with its stately aspect, elegantly proportioned dome and impressive colonnades. After your visit, enjoy some time at leisure on the main shopping street - the Nevsky Prospekt. Your final stop will be at the majestic St Isaac’s Cathedral – the landmark of St Petersburg with its enormous golden dome. The vast interior really is a sight to behold. Many fine mosaic icons which, from only a short distance, appear as paintings and a silver dove hanging from the centre of the dome as a symbol of the Holy Spirit will also enthral you. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour requires a considerable amount of walking and standing, and there are no lifts available at any of the sights visited, therefore it is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There are approximately 30 steps in Catherine Palace, and eight big steps in St Isaac’s Cathedral to negotiate. It should be noted that slippers/over shoes have to be worn over your outdoor shoes to protect the flooring when visiting Catherine Palace – extra care should be taken as this will make the floor surface more slippery. Please note that photography is prohibited in the Amber Room of Catherine Palace and at the Kazan Cathedral.


Shore Tours to St Petersburg

SPILLED BLOOD CHURCH

  • Admire one of the best known sights of St Petersburg
  • Appreciate the colourful Spilled Blood Church - inside and out
  • Take the opportunity of time at leisure to explore further
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Both the exterior and interior of the Spilled Blood Church are a true sight to behold – adorned in gold and colourful and intricate mosaics. Discover this impressive building before enjoying time at leisure to browse the shops at the Nevsky Prospekt. 

A short transfer will take you to the Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood – one of the most noted landmarks of St Petersburg.  The design of the church, selected after a two year search, was by architect Alfred Parland. The result was startling and beautiful - with golden domes, coloured spirals and textured cupolas it is a structure that bewilders and enchants the eye.

The interior of the church is a riot of colour - over 7,000 square metres of mosaics embellish it. More than 20 types of semi-precious stones including jasper, rhodonite, porphyry and Italian marble are lavished on icon cases, canopies and the floor. After the 1917 Revolution, the church was closed and served as storage for theatrical sets and scenery props, but opened again in the late 1990s as a museum after a 25 year renovation. Following the internal visit of the church you will have a little free time at leisure.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The visit will last approximately 45 minutes. Walking during free time is at guests’ own discretion, however it should be noted that the Nevsky Prospekt is approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet) away. There is the opportunity to instead walk along the bank of the River Moika to Palace Square. There are no special dress requirements for this visit, as the church no longer holds religious services. Please be mindful of pickpockets in the city.


St. Peterburg Private Tour

ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOURS

THIS CRUISE TOUR OPTION IS NOT BOOKABLE ON THE WEBSITE - PLEASE READ THE TOUR NOTES FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BOOK THIS CRUISE TOUR.

Price£260.00 +
Duration4 hours +
Suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs

St Petersburg is a city of never-ending possibilities for the visitor. There are enough palaces and museums to satiate any culture buff’s appetite! Monuments, cathedrals, memorials, parks – the list of attractions is seemingly infinite.

If there is somewhere you have a burning desire to visit that is not to be found in this programme, why not book a private tour. Private tours also provide a more personal experience – with one-to-one service from an excellent, knowledgeable guide – and may particularly appeal to passengers who find the pace of organised tours a little difficult to keep, or those who rely on a wheelchair. Unfortunately many venues do have lots of steps, and lifts are a rarity, however on a private tour our guides will do their best to tailor-make the itinerary, considering any difficulties.

2-3 passengers
For a cost of £65 per hour (for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own car, driver and English speaking guide, to take you wherever you want to go – you decide. This price, per vehicle, includes entrance to one main museum, and you do not even need to apply for an independent Visa! If you use a wheelchair but are able to get in and out of a car, this option could be suitable for you (for those confined to a wheelchair, please see the next paragraph) - please advise at the time of booking.

4-6 passengers
For a cost of £95 per hour (for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own minivan, driver and English speaking guide. You customise the tour itinerary! Entrance to one main museum is included in the price. Again, no need to apply for a Visa! If an adapted vehicle is required, in order to accommodate your wheelchair, please advise at the time of booking.

PLEASE NOTE: Private tours should be booked in advance of your cruise, through the Shore Tours department at Head Office in Ipswich. E-mail requests can be sent to shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk or please indicate on your booking form that a private tour is required and send separate details of what you would like to see and how long you would like the vehicle, although there is scope to change your plans on the day, after all, we realise that once you are in the fascinating city of St Petersburg, it might be too difficult to decide!

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Is this tour right for you?

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2014 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS - THIS OPTION IS NOT BOOKABLE ON THE WEBSITE - PLEASE READ THE NOTES ABOVE ABOUT HOW TO BOOK


ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOURS

St Petersburg is a city of never-ending possibilities for the visitor. There are enough palaces and museums to satiate any culture buff’s appetite! Monuments, cathedrals, memorials, parks – the list of attractions is seemingly infinite.

If there is somewhere you have a burning desire to visit that is not to be found in this programme, why not book a private tour. Private tours also provide a more personal experience – with one-to-one service from an excellent, knowledgeable guide – and may particularly appeal to guests who find the pace of organised tours a little difficult to keep, or those who rely on a wheelchair. Unfortunately many venues do have lots of steps, and lifts are a rarity, however on a private tour our guides will do their best to tailor-make the itinerary, considering any difficulties.

PriceFrom £65.00 per hour for a minimum of 4 hours
Duration4 Hours +

St Petersburg is a city of never-ending possibilities for the visitor. There are enough palaces and museums to satiate any culture buff’s appetite! Monuments, cathedrals, memorials, parks – the list of attractions is seemingly infinite.

If there is somewhere you have a burning desire to visit that is not to be found in this programme, why not book a private tour. Private tours also provide a more personal experience – with one-to-one service from an excellent, knowledgeable guide – and may particularly appeal to guests who find the pace of organised tours a little difficult to keep, or those who rely on a wheelchair. Unfortunately many venues do have lots of steps, and lifts are a rarity, however on a private tour our guides will do their best to tailor-make the itinerary, considering any difficulties.

2-3 passengers

For a cost of £65 per hour (for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own car, driver and English-speaking guide, to take you wherever you want to go – you decide. This price, per vehicle, includes entrance to one main museum, and you do not even need to apply for an independent visa! If you use a wheelchair but are able to get in and out of a car, this option could be suitable for you (for those confined to a wheelchair, please see the next paragraph) - please advise at the time of booking.

 

4-6 passengers

For a cost of £95 per hour (for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own minivan, driver and English-speaking guide. You customise the tour itinerary! Entrance to one main museum is included in the price. Again, no need to apply for a visa! If an adapted vehicle is required, in order to accommodate your wheelchair, please advise at the time of booking.

PLEASE NOTE: Private tours should be booked in advance of your cruise, through the Shore Tours department at Head Office in Ipswich. E-mail requests can be sent to shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk or please indicate on your booking form that a private tour is required and send separate details of what you would like to see and how long you would like the vehicle, although there is scope to change your plans on the day. After all, we realise that once you are in the fascinating city of St Petersburg, it might be too difficult to decide! 

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Is this tour right for you?

PLEASE NOTE: Private tours should be booked in advance of your cruise, through the Shore Tours department at Head Office in Ipswich. E-mail requests can be sent to shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk or please indicate on your booking form that a private tour is required and send separate details of what you would like to see and how long you would like the vehicle, although there is scope to change your plans on the day. After all, we realise that once you are in the fascinating city of St Petersburg, it might be too difficult to decide! 


The Russian Residence, St. Petersburg, Russia

THE RESIDENCE OF THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT

  • Enjoy a visit to Constantine Palace
  • Visit Belvedere Hall, where presidents Putin and Bush met for their bilateral negotiations
  • Only few can boast to have visited this presidential residence 
Activity Tour
Price£110.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Spaces
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Today you will visit one of the most majestic palaces in the vicinity of St Petersburg – Constantine Palace – home of the Russian president.

Arriving at Constantine Palace, your tour will begin in the park before you continue to the monument of Peter the Great in front of the palace. Upon entering the impressive building you will proceed to its largest hall – the Blue Hall. The Blue Hall presents a fine example of Russian classicism, full of quiet dignity and laconic chic, and preserves the memory of its noble owners.

Next, see the Marble Hall, which really lives up to its name, before proceeding to Belvedere Hall, possibly the most interesting room of the palace. Its interior decoration is reminiscent of a royal yacht - the walls and ceiling are faced with cherry wood, while the inlaid floor is designed in the form of the wind rose. The central decorative feature of Belvedere Hall is the spiral wooden staircase that leads to the open terrace located in the tower mounting Constantine Palace. From the windows here, the beautiful view of St Petersburg and Peterhof opens up. The whole atmosphere here is conducive to confidential meetings for which the hall is intended.  

Following your tour of the palace, you will descend into the former wine cellars of the building, where the famous collection of Tokay wines was kept since the time of Empress Elizabeth. The present-day wine collection of Constantine Palace includes 13 thousand bottles, and its estimated cost is about 20 million Roubles. The Hungarian president presented this collection to President Putin in May 2003. Experienced sommeliers will tell you many interesting facts and teach you how to distinguish good wine from excellent wine. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour requires walking and standing of approximately two and a half hours, with approximately 70 steps to negotiate throughout. Please note that Constatine Place is not a regular museum and visits here are very rare. There are no seats and no lifts available in the palace for public use – therefore this tour is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Large coats and bags are not permitted inside the palace – they should be left on the coach. Photo fees are included in the price of the tour. Please note that this tour can be cancelled at very short notice.


Russian Folklore Evening, St Petersburg

TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN FOLKLORE SHOW

  • Feel as though you have travelled back through the centuries at the grand Nickolaevsky Palace
  • Experience a memorable, traditional folk performance
  • Make the evening complete with some Russian food and drink
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a taste of Russia with a traditional folk show, accompanied by vodka and canapés, in the beautiful Nickolaevsky Palace.

A coach will transfer you to the Nickolaevsky Palace where you will pass through the newly renovated entrance and the grand gala staircase will be before you. Courteous cavaliers and elegant ladies in crinoline will greet you on the stairs to show you the way to the Concert Hall. Melodies of the past, performed by a professional musical quartet, will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, and this is just the start of your evening.

Next enjoy a Russian experience – in the beautifully decorated Nickolaevsky Palace Concert Hall you can witness an unforgettable folk show entitled Feel Yourself Russian. You will be entertained by four professional folk groups, including a vocal quartet, folk instrument trio, dance group and Cossack song and dance group. Your memorable evening will include canapés and Russian vodka and champagne. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and stairs to negotiate, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The performance will last approximately one and three quarter hours. Canapés and drinks (a glass of wine or champagne, shot of vodka and water or fruit juice) will be served during the interval.


Shore Tours in St Petersburg

WATERWAYS & ST PETER & PAUL FORTRESS

  • Appreciate the city of St Petersburg from the water
  • Explore the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in the historical heart of the city
Boat Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

As well as a leisurely boat ride, this tour will take you to the Peter and Paul Fortress, which is situated on a small island in the Neva River delta.

St Petersburg boasts over 66 rivers and canals. Winding through the city, a boat tour gives a better understanding of the city’s character and beauty. Your tour will take you through some of the most attractive rivers and canals, which flow along granite embankments. The main waterway of the city is the Neva River and along it you will pass palaces and mansions of Russian aristocratic families, such as Yusupov Palace, Stroganov Palace and Michael’s Castle. View the marvellous, multicoloured Spilled Blood Church, pass the well-known Summer Gardens, the oldest public park in St Petersburg and the first Summer Palace of Peter the Great.

After your boat trip, drive to the Peter and Paul Fortress. The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul was constructed between 1712 and 1733 following the design of architect Domenico Trezzini. Peter the Great decreed that the church should remain the city’s tallest structure and even today only the television tower exceeds it in height. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be on the boat for approximately one hour. There will also be toilet facilities at the Peter and Paul Fortress – at the time of printing there was a charge of 50 cents ($/€). You will return to the ship by coach. The route taken is subject to change and therefore not all highlights mentioned may be viewed. The itinerary may operate in a different order to that described. 


Yusupov Palace, St. Peterburg, Russia

YUSUPOV PALACE & SHOPPING

  • Reveal the history of Rasputin and his assassination
  • Marvel at the majesty of Yusupov Palace
  • Enjoy some time at leisure for shopping
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Visiting Yusupov Palace, you will see the grandeur of the early 20th century - the palace was always one of the centres of aristocratic social life of imperial St Petersburg.    You can also enjoy some time at leisure to shop for souvenirs.

Visit one of the most beautiful palaces in St Petersburg – the Yusupov Palace. Rasputin is as famous in death as he was in life. At the end of 1916, a group of aristocrats in league with the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich - a cousin of Nicholas II - and Prince Felix Yusupov - married to Nicholas’s niece - decided that Rasputin’s influence was too great, and that he had to be killed to save Russia. They lured him into the Yusupov Palace where he was assassinated. The Yusupov Palace, located on the Moika Embankment, is an impressive historic and architectural monument. The Yusupovs were great collectors of art, and while most of their collection was moved to the Hermitage after the Revolution, traces of the incredible wealth still remain: sitting rooms decorated in various architectural styles, intricate chandeliers and candelabras, sculptures and paintings. Your guide will escort you to the cellar, where waxwork style figures recreate Rasputin’s assassination.

You will then be taken to a recommended store where a variety of items can be purchased – it is within walking distance of the Nevsky Prospekt, the main shopping area in St Petersburg. Here enjoy time to shop and sightsee at leisure – an excellent way to really make the most of your visit to the city. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour requires walking and standing of approximately one hour and  around 40 steps to negotiate. There are no seats and no lifts available at the Yusupov Palace – therefore it is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There are also steps to the toilet facilities at the palace. Large coats and bags are not permitted inside the palace – they should be left on the coach or checked in to the cloakroom. The time spent shopping is dependent upon traffic conditions. There may be toilet facilities at the shop. US Dollars are not accepted in the Nevsky Prospekt, only Roubles. Credit cards can be used in most big outlets. Please be mindful of pickpockets in the city.


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