This two full day tour combination lets you enjoy the best of St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace, Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Grand Palace and a city tour.
Day 1: Your tour takes you outside of the city to the town of Pushkin (former Tsar's Village) where you’ll visit Catherine’s Palace. Peter the Great presented this estate to his wife Catherine in 1710. It was used as the summer residence of the Royal Family. Its grandiose, white-and-gold facade stretches 978 feet. You'll walk through a series of magnificent rooms, including the famous the Great Hall and the Amber Room. The town of Pushkin is famous for the man it was named after – Alexander Pushkin, the most celebrated poet in the country. Continue to one of the dining venues for lunch, and then drive to the Hermitage Museum, the largest art museum in Russia and the most prestigious museum in the world. The Hermitage Museum occupies the Winter Palace, the winter residence of the Russian Tsars, and four more buildings.
Day 2: Begin with a transfer to Peterhof, the town of palaces, fountains and parks, which was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. It lies on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. The Grand Palace is known as the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian Tsars. The layout of the 300-acre park and spectacular fountains was designed by Peter himself. The Grand Cascade consists of three waterfalls, an avenue of 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues. Lunch is included and will either be offered in Peterhof or once you return to the city. As part of your tour, a special hydrofoil boat transfer has been arranged for you. It will take you from Peterhof back to the city center, on a short 30 minute ride across the Gulf of Finland. Next, head over to the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, where you'll enjoy views of the city. Then you'll have a tour of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, where you'll be surrounded by marble columns and glittering chandeliers. The tour continues along the Neva embankment, and drives along the Nevsky Prospect, towards your ship. You'll also have some free time for shopping.