ST PETERSBURG SHORE EXCURSIONS
40 EUR for 1-days excursion
78 EUR for 2-days excursions
Level Activity: HM level
Extra Fees: Entrance ticket to the museums and churches: Saint Catherine Palace, Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral
What's eating: Pelmeni: dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough. Solyanka soup with cabbage, smetana and rassolnik (pickle water and cucumbers), spices such as olives, capers, tomatoes, lemons, lemon juice, kvass, salted and pickled mushrooms
Souvenir: Matryoshka doll
Code Dress: Please note the Dress Code recommended to enter any church. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women. Comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended
SHORE EXCURSION IN ST PETERSBURG
Before to leave the port, we will pass the passport control.
The first part of our tour will be a panoramic tour, during which we can admire all the symbols of the city: the pier of the ancient Egyptian Sphinxes, the tip of Vasilievsky Island, the Armored Cruise Aurora, the Mars Champ, Saint Michel’s Palace, the Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and square.
Then we will visit the the Hermitage Museum, the most famous point of interest in the city, famous all over the world. Compared to the Louvre, the museum is much bigger and has collections from all parts of the world.
We will continue our shore excursion visiting the Church of the Savior or of the Spilled Blood, one of the most popular attractions and recognizable landmarks in St. Petersburg. This is the only church in the town built in pseudo- Russian style, more typical and easy to find in the architecture of Moscow than in St. Petersburg .*
We will head to the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul, in the true heart of the city. It was the construction of this Fortress of Saints, during the Northern War between Russia and Sweden, which started the foundation of the city. Built in 1703 and ready to accommodate the citizens in the course of the battle, it was really never used for military purposes, because no one had the opportunity to get so close to the city. It was then used as a prison between his "guests" , the most famous was Alexis, the son of Peter the Great , who was imprisoned and tortured for having conspired against Peter I.
We will then return to the port for boarding.
* Alternatively, in the case of closure of the Church, will visit St. Isaac's Cathedral.
We will meet on the port and we will leave for visit the Gardens of Peterhof (summer residence of Emperor Peter the Great, known as the "Russian Versailles" because of the many fountains, this complex of Peterhof is actually something even more special than Versaille) and the Palace of Catherine the Great (famous worldwide for its Amber Room and the Enfilade of the Sale of Charity, the so-called "Sandwiched of Gold", both performed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli).
We will continue our shor excursion with the visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral, one of the most interesting monuments of Neoclassical Russian Art and Architecture of nineteenth century.
At the end of the shore excursion, we will have a little free time to walk or do some shopping. Return to the port and boarding.
*Shore excursions could be subject to variations due to external causes as Cruise Companies politics, weather conditions, duration of the stay of the ship in the port, legal demonstrations