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: In the morning your tour takes you 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.
Following lunch at one of the restaurants in the city center, head over to the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, where you'll enjoy views of the city. Visit St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, where you'll be surrounded by marble columns and glittering chandeliers. Drive along the Neva embankment, and Nevsky Prospect, towards your ship. You'll also have some free time for shopping.
Day 2: : Begin with a transfer 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 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 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.
Note: This tour is not recommended for persons with walking or climbing difficulties. There are long walking distances through the Gardens of Pushkin and Peterhof Park. Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof Grand Palace is not wheelchair accessible due to the steep staircase and no elevators. There is extensive walking between different parts of the Hermitage. Expect congestion and waiting at attractions. Visit to inside of Peterhof Palace is approximately one hour and interior rooms only, fountains can be seen from a distance. Photo/video is prohibited inside the Grand Peterhof Palace. Tour sequence may vary and depends on the museum’s availability. Flash photography is prohibited in the Hermitage.
New security regulations require that all visitors to the Hermitage Museum go through metal detectors before entering. Tour participants who have implants that cannot go through metal detectors, must carry a medical ID card or other medical documentation; otherwise, access to the museum will be denied.