STP-03 / PETERHOF & ST. PETERSBURG PANORAMIC TOUR
– from $ per person –
Departures: Daily, except Mondays and the last Tuesday of each month / Duration: 8 hours
Meet your private guide at the pier and departure towards Peterhof. Upon arrival, you will visit Peterhof including Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Peterhof is a jewel of the Russian art, a town of parks, palaces and fountains. It was built by the order of Peter the Great to commemorate the victory of Russia over Sweden in the Northern War. The architectural ensemble of Peterhof is rivalling the summer residence of the French kings – Versailles. In the past it used to be an exquisite summer residence of the Russian tsars. From the Great Palace of Peterhof three monumental cascading fountains (one of them comprising the famous Samson) lead to the Lower Park, the real masterpiece itself, with 173 fountains on its grounds. In the winter time, on the territory of the reserve seven working museums (the Grand Palace, Catherine’s Block, Marli, Hermitage, the Benois family museum, Cottage and the Bath Block) are open to the public.
Free time for lunch (not included).
After lunch, return by coach to St. Petersburg for 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.
Then, enjoy a relaxing cruise by boat along the Neva River and some other waterways out of the 66 rivers and canals of “Northern Venice”(as St. Petersburg used to be called). The main river of the city is the Neva, which is one of the youngest rivers in Europe. The magnificent architectural ensembles, churches, cathedrals and monuments seem to exist in astonishing harmony with the watery element. All the St. Petersburg embankments are faced with granite and each has its own distinctive character.
You will also have some free time for shopping on Nevsky prospect.
Return to the ship.
• Private English speaking guide
• Private air-conditioned car/mini-van/coach
• Entry fees to Peterhof including Grand Palace and lower parks.
• Panoramic sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg
• Canal boat ride on Neva river (40 minutes), regular tour
• Token for the Metro ride
• Visa-free entry formalities
• Port fees
– The Grand Peterhof Palace is closed on Mondays and last Tuesday of each month