Meeting with tour guide at hotel lobby. Departure for the excursion.
During a sightseeing tour of the city, you will find yourself in the center of the amazing Peter's era, which turned Russia into a hospitable secular state, with developed sciences, crafts and trade, with independent diplomacy and a strong fleet. You will recognize Saint Petersburg as a sea city - you will see the Admiralty, in the place of which the first Russian ships once descended from the stocks. Admire the magnificent embankments of the beautiful Neva - the front facade of the city, along which the first palaces were built. You will see the Summer Garden - the predecessor of the brilliant Peterhof. You will drive along the famous Nevsky Prospect, where, in addition to mansions and old shops, churches of all Christian confessions are located - after all, Peter the Great opened the doors of the new capital for foreign guests, and first of all for talented architects. You will see the creations of European architects who later made St. Petersburg one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Palace Square with the General Staff Building and the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral on St. Isaac Square, a monument to the founder of the city "The Bronze Horseman" on Senate Square, Spit of Vasilyevsky Island with the Old Stock Exchange building, where the first city port was located, Marble Palace, Mikhailovsky Castle, the Smolny Monastery ensemble.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of Saint Petersburg's major attractions and most colorful cathedrals in the Russian Revival (Pseudo-Russian) style.
The church was constructed between 1883 and 1907 in memory of Emperor Alexander II who was mortally wounded in an attack in this place March 13, 1881. Construction began in 1883 during the reign of Alexander III, the church was dedicated to be a memorial to his father.
Height of the nine-domed cathedral is 81 meters, capacity - 1600 people. Exterior of the cathedral combines images of many Russian Orthodox churches. Bright, richly decorated building has features of many Russian churches. Great influence on the appearance of the temple had architecture of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The interior of the cathedral is unique. All walls, pylons, arches and domes are covered with mosaic.
After the revolution the Church on Spilled Blood was closed and not restored for a long time. It was even heard to be going to get built-down. In 1970 it was taken under the patronage of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral which invested 80% of money into its restoration. In 1997 the Church on the Spilled Blood threw open its doors for visitors as a museum housing a large collection of mosaic icons (having the area of more than 7 thousand square meters).
Returning to hotel.
Departure Point Pick Up from your Hotel
Departure Time Morning
Return Details Return to your Hotel
What is included
• admission tickets;
• licensed English speaking guide.
The cruise lines say that no one is allowed off the ship in St. Petersburg cruise port that does not purchase a ship sponsored excursion or have arranged a Russian visa on their own. Is that correct?
That is false! The third option is to purchase an excursion with a government licensed St. Petersburg shore excursion operator who has permission to give visa-free excursions. Your "visa" is the excursion guide! With this excursion, you are ready to explore St. Petersburg with your guide for the duration of the excursion, everything is taken care of.
Can I go wander and explore on my own during this private St. Petersburg sightsee excursion?
Unfortunately no, as part of the visa-free St Petersburg cruise excursion, guests must stay with their excursion guide.
What documents will I need to get off the ship in St. Petersburg Russia?
Guests must present their valid passport and official EXCURSION Ticket from the operator and will have no problems clearing customs and immigration for their excursion.
Do I need to take my passport with me on the St. Petersburg Private Peterhof Palace with Hydrofoil Boat Excursion for Small Groups to show along with my Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket?
YES, it is necessary to take along your passport. You will need to print and show your Electronic Ticket as well as any other documents required or sent to you for this excursion. Everything needed will be listed on your E-ticket.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on EasyTravel and TripAdvisor reviews
My favorite shore excursion ever see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
csporich, Nov 2019
Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site