Searching for St Petersburg Day Tours? This one-of-a-kind 2 day guided tour lets you visit a vast range of royal palaces found within Saint Petersburg and the surrounding area. You’ll be able to marvel in the splendor of these magnificent imperial residences and learn all about the Romanov Dynasty, which ruled over all of Russia for more than 300 years.Your private tour guide will regale you with all the details of all the most significant happenings that occurred within these mighty architectural wonders. You’ll learn all about the buildings themselves, as well as how they were affected by the October Revolution in 1917. You’ll also find out more about how these 18th century palaces are used in the present day.
The first day of your St Petersburg day tours begins with an extensive guided journey through the imposing Winter Palace, the main official residence of the Russian Tsars. It has long been a part of the superb State Hermitage Museum, which naturally includes the Imperial fine art and sculpture collection, amassed over centuries of rule.
After Hermitage St Petersburg, you’ll enjoy the delights of traditional Russian cuisine in an award-winning local café. Once refreshed, you’ll be taken to a hydrofoil boat which will whisk you away along the River Neva to Peterhof (or “Peter’s Yard”). During this 40-minute boat ride, you’ll take in beautiful views of the river Neva and the Gulf of Finland. Upon arrival at Peterhof, the first thing you’re sure to see is the awe-inspiring Grand Peterhof Palace, the summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Dating from the early 18th century and built by the order of Peter the Great, this palace has been impressing locals and visitors alike for nearly 300 years.
You’ll start in the Lower Fountain Park, where you’ll take a private guided tour of the immaculately manicured gardens, gilded fountains, mighty cascades and even a few trick fountains commissioned and enjoyed by Peter I himself. Then, it’ll be time to enter the Grand Palace itself to discover the opulent ball rooms, sitting rooms, living rooms and bedrooms where members of the royal family spent their leisure time. You’ll even get an exclusive look at the royal studies, where the Tsars themselves would read, reply to official correspondence or simply relax and take a break from the rigors of ruling such a vast country as Russia.
After this impressive 2.5 hour tour, you’ll be ready to return to Saint Petersburg on the hydrofoil. Your private tour guide will make sure you make it safely back to your hotel or cruise ship. You should be back by around 18:00.
On the second day of your St Petersburg Day Tours, you will be met by the same tour guide and a driver with a private car or minivan who will drive you to another small town on the Southern part of Saint-Petersburg known as Tsar’s village (“Tsarskoe selo”) or town of Pushkin. There you will have a special private entrance to the Catherine Palace (because during summertime it is practically impossible to get tickets to this popular museum). Inside the Catherine Palace you will discover the famous Golden Enfilade of State Rooms, Ball Rooms, Dining Rooms and Amber Chamber, decorated with panels, frames and pictures made of different kinds of amber nearly 30-40 million years old.
After the tour inside this amazing 18th century palace your tour guide will show you the best wooden Podvorie Restaurant (visited by famous Russian and European actors and singers, as well as Russian President – Vladimir Putin who celebrated there his Birthday Party in 2000). It will take you only 10min to drive from the restaurant to another Palace in Pavlovsk which belonged to Paul I – the only legitimate son of Catherine the Great. It was designed in the Neo-Classical style in 1786 by an English architect Charles Cameron. After the tour inside the Pavlovsk Palace you will return to Saint-Petersburg to your hotel or a cruise ship. By 16:30 you will get back.
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|DEPARTURE TIME/RETURN TIME||1st day – 10.00-18.00/ 2d day – 10.00-16.30|
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If a jam-packed day of palaces hasn’t tired you out, you might be interested in some of the plethora of evening activities which Saint Petersburg has to offer. If traditional folk shows, plays, ballet or opera sound like your cup of tea, check out our SHOW ME THE SHOW tour.
Do you want to add even more palaces to your intinerary? Make sure you take a trip to Yusupov Palace, the site of Rasputin’s murder. Contact us email@example.com and we will organize special guided tours St Petersburg for you.
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- 10:00 – Meet with your guide
- 10:00 – 10:30 – Drive or walk to the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum
- 10:30 – 12:30 – Take a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (including a tour of the opulent State Halls and Living Rooms of the Winter Palace, the official former residence of the Russian Tsars)
- 12:30 – 13:30 – Sample delicious homemade Russian cuisine in a cozy restaurant (optional)
- 14:00 – 14:40 – Take a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof (the summer residence of the Russian Tsars, often called the “Russian Versailles”)
- 14:40 – 15:30 – Walk around Peterhof’s Lower Park, with its numerous gilded fountains, cascades and other water features
- 15:30 – 16:30 – Take a guided tour of the Peterhof Grand Palace
- 17:00 – 17:40 – Return to Saint Petersburg by hydrofoil
- 10:00 – Meet with your guide
- 10:00 – 11:00 – Drive to Tsarskoye selo (a.k.a. Tsar’s Village)
- 11:00 – Beat the lines with exclusive VIP private entrance to the Catherine Palace, where you’ll see the magnificent Amber Room
- 12:00 – 13:00 – Take a stroll around Catherine Park
- 13:00 – 14:00 – Enjoy typical Russian fare in a traditional local restaurant (optional)
- 14:00 – 14:30 – Drive to the town of Pavlovsk
- 14:30 – 15:30 – Take a tour of the glorious Pavlovsk Palace (an Imperial residence built Catherine the Great for her son, Paul I)
- 15:30 – 16:30 – Drive back to Saint Petersburg