STP-02B / ST. PETERSBURG EXPLORER
– from $ per person –
Departures: Daily, except Wednesday / Duration: 8 hours
Meet your private guide at the pier and after approximating 30-minute drive to the centre of the city, you will arrive at St. Isaac’s Square and start the inside visit of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral of the city. It is also one of the biggest one–dome cathedrals in the world after St. Peter in Rome and St. Paul in London. It took 40 years to construct it. The cathedral is decorated with mosaics, painted ceiling murals, bronze gilt statues.
Then, you will be visiting St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress: It was laid out by the order of Peter the Great in 1703 and it was built here to defend these lands from Sweden. The Fortress forms an irregular hexagon stretched from West to East with six pentagonal bastions at the corners. The Fortress was never besieged; it was destined instead to become the main political prison of the tsarist Russia. The Cathedral is a burial place of Russian Emperors from the time of Peter I.
During the tour guests will be driven along the square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov canal, Nevsky prospect, the Palace square, the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate square, the Bronze Horseman, the Palace Embankment, the Field of Mars, the Summer Garden, Smolny Cathedral. There are several photo stops during the tour.
Your tour includes also a Canal boat ride on Neva River (40 minutes).
After lunch (not included), your tour continues with inside visit of The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood – one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, built on the spot where the Emperor Alexander II who was mortally wounded. The walls of the church are faced with 7 thousand square meters of mosaic panels.
Then, visit the Yusupov Palace including Rasputin cellar – located on Moika Embankment is one of the most beautiful examples of classicism style constructions in Saint Petersburg. Admire the famous private theatre of the Yusupov Palace, which is mall-scale copy of the Mariinsky Theatre. The palace is also famed as the scene of Rasputin’s murder in December 1916.
Your tour includes also a Metro (Underground) ride – the stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors; many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes.
Transfer back to the pier.
• Private English speaking guide
• Private air-conditioned car/mini-van/coach
• Panoramic sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg
• Entrance fees to St. Isaac’s Cathedral
• Entrance fees to St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress
• Entrance fees to Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood
• Entrance fees to Yusupov Palace
• Canal boat ride on Neva river (40 minutes), regular tour
• Token for the Metro ride
• Visa-free entry formalities
• Port fees
– Hermitage Museum is closed on Mondays
– St. Isaac’s Cathedral & Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood are closed on Wednesdays