Recommended period: all the year round Main sights: the Moscow Kremlin, the Armory Chamber, chambers of the Romanov boyars, museum-reserve Kolomenskoye Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, the Grand Palace in the museum-reserve Tsaritsyno Accommodation: 4*+ Meals: breakfast, 1 lunch at the «Old Tower» restaurant Transport: comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
During this trip you will see a medieval city-state - an open-air museum. You will feel yourself in Moscow during the times of Tsar Ivan III, Ivan IV the Terrible and Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. Once in the Kremlin, in the chambers of the Romanov boyars and in the country palace of Alexey Mikhailovich, you will immerse yourself in the royal secrets, intrigues and conspiracies ... You will feel the unique urban planning peculiarities inherent only in Moscow: this is a circular layout of the 16th century, this is a city landscape with 7 hills and steep bends of the Moskva River, these are green forests and parks that separate city blocks. Only in Moscow, you can go from the avenue to a side street of the 18th - 19th centuries and see a house in the Art Nouveau style, and next to it are the boyar chambers in the Naryshkin Baroque style.
Welcome to Moscow - the heart and the capital of Russia! Your guide will meet you in the airport or at the railway station.
Upon arrival you will start your excursions from the sightseeing tour of the city "Tsar's Moscow". During the tour you will see a fortified city of the 15th century located on 7 hills, white-stone temples, fortress walls, monasteries, palaces associated with the royal dynasties of the Rurikovich and Romanovs, as well as boyar and merchant Moscow from the 15th century. You will see one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in Russia - Novodevichy, founded by the Grand Duke Vasily III (16th century), which is included in UNESCO's list of world heritage of mankind. You will visit Borovitsky Hill and the Sparrow Hills with a panoramic platform. You will see the monuments to the great Russian princes - Vladimir the Great, the founder of Moscow - Yuri Dolgoruky, Dmitry Donskoy, Minin and Pozharsky, the creators of the Slavic alphabet Kirill and Mefodiy and the first printer Ivan Fedorov, Tsar Liberator Alexander II at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Emperor Alexander I, the highest monument to Russian Tsar - Peter the Great. You will walk and drive along the most ancient streets - Prechistenka street, Ilyinka street, Varvarka street, street Arbat, Lubyanka and Volhonka street.
After checking in at the hotel (check-in after 14.00) you can relax, as well as have lunch or dinner on your own in one of the nearby restaurants - your guide will be happy to advise you where to go.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
On this day you will visit the main square of Moscow - Red Square, where you will see the State Historical Museum, Frontal Place, Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, Iverskaya Chapel, GUM, Lenin's Mausoleum, Kazan Cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage Site architectural masterpiece - Pokrovsky Cathedral (St. Basil's Cathedral), founded by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.
The ancient Zaryadye district adjoins Red Square, in which you visit the Сhambers of the Romanov boyars and get acquainted with the patriarchal life of Russian boyars of the 16th - 17th centuries. Take a walk through the old English courtyard and a modern landscape park with a floating bridge over the Moscow River.
You will have lunch at the "Old Tower" restaurant, which is located near the Kremlin, in one of the ancient towers of the Kitay-Gorod wall.
Then you will visit the main symbol of Russia - the Moscow Kremlin - the fortress of Ivan III (15th century) - with unique monuments of architecture and art of the Assumption, Arkhangelsk, Annunciation Cathedrals. You will see the bell tower of Ivan the Great, the Faceted and the Patriarchal Chambers, the Terem Palace, the Tsar Cannon, the Tsar Bell. And also see the Grand Kremlin Palace of Emperor Nicholas I (19th century), the parade residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
A visit to the Armory Chamber - a world-class treasury museum, you will see royal clothing (including Emperor Peter I) and weapons, items made of gold and silver, made by Russian, European and Eastern masters. You will see the most famous relic - the Monomakh's Cap, which used in the coronation the great princes of Russia, the throne of Ivan the Terrible. A collection of 24 carriages and carriages from different eras has no analogs in the world. As well as imperial Easter masterpieces, surprises from Faberge.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
After breakfast you will go for an excursion to the museum-reserve Kolomenskoye with a visit to the Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich.
You will see "Sovereign Court" or the summer estate of Russian tsars, especially loved by the father of Peter the Great - Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, who built a wooden palace there, named the eighth wonder of the world. Unfortunately, the colorful royal mansions have not survived to the present day, but have been lovingly recreated by modern restoration masters. On an excursion you will be transported in time to the 17th century, you will see the ancient walls of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, the Bountiful Court, the house of Peter I, the Temple of John the Baptist. You will also visit the reconstructed palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, examine its male and female halves and see how royals lived in the pre-Petrine era.
Then you will visit the museum-reserve"Tsaritsyno" - one of the most beautiful palaces and park ensembles in Russia. During the tour you will see the unique architectural ensemble of the imperial residence, built for Catherine the Great. "Tsaritsyno" is the largest pseudo-Gothic building of the 18th century in Europe and the only palace complex designed in this style. Guests will be able to visit the Grand Palace - a monument of Russian classicism in architecture.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant, check out.
Transfer to the airport or the railway station with the guide's assistance.
Departure Point the airport or the railway station
Departure Time Morning
Return Details the airport or the railway station
What is included
accommodation in Moscow 3 nights with breakfast
the Moscow Kremlin, the Armory Chamber, chambers of the Romanov boyars, museum-reserve Kolomenskoye Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, the Grand Palace in the museum-reserve Tsaritsyno
lunch at the «Old Tower» restaurant
comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
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