St Petersburg Cruises, Russia
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St Petersburg’s packed to the rafters with ornate theatres, art-filled museums, and grand cathedrals and palaces. That’s why we’ve created this two-day-long trip – so you can tick off lots of this Russian city’s top sights without time limits. Day one kicks off with a panoramic drive through the city ahead of an hour-long canal cruise. Pass under picturesque bridges and historical buildings on your way to St Isaac’s Cathedral, where you’ll tour its giant interior and 19th century artwork. After a break for lunch, you’ll continue on to the Hermitage Museum, home to over three million pieces of art. The rest of the afternoon will be spent on a guided tour through the museum’s four buildings. Tick off marble statues, impressive staterooms, eye-widening chandeliers and the famous Peacock Clock, before heading back to the ship in time for your evening meal.
On your second day, head to Pushkin, a beautiful former residence of the Russian Tsars. Here, you will visit Catherine’s Palace for a guided tour. You’ll see the iconic Great Hall and the Amber Room, then take a short walk through the gardens. Next stop’s Peterhof Palace, which was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles in Paris. Explore the grounds and lower gardens before heading back into the city for lunch. Then, continue to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. The spire of the cathedral is over 400-feet high, and is topped with the famous sight of an angel holding a cross. Your adventure ends with some time to shop for classical Russian gifts – like intricately carved boxes and painted nesting dolls.
A visit to St. Petersburg is always an unforgettable experience. On this trip, you’ll clap eyes on a rich parade of sights, including Menshikov's Palace, the building of 12 Ministries of Peter the Great, the Academy of Sciences and the Chamber of Curiosities. The city’s rich history will come to life as you explore the bustling avenues of the city. At Vasilievsky Island, enjoy a magnificent view of the Neva River at its widest, and the distinctive Rostral Columns. Your guide will then take you for a photo stop at the Aurora battleship - which signalled the beginning of the historical Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Plus you’ll see the field of Mars and its tremendous esplanade. Another jewel of the city is the Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, built on the site where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Your tour carries on towards Nevsky Avenue, Russia's most famous street. Before returning back to your ship spend some time admiring St Isaac's Cathedral and as you pass Decembrist's Square take a look at the famous statue known as the 'Bronze Horseman'. Like we said, a visit to St Petersburg is an unforgettable experience.
On this tour you’ll visit Prince Yusupov's Palace, believed to be the most luxurious palace of them all. No expense was spared in the elaborate decoration and furnishing of the ceremonial halls and drawing rooms. Step back in time at the private theatre where Anna Pavlova and Shalapin once graced the stage. And learn how Yusupov, among others, took part in the murder of a Siberian peasant monk, the infamous Grigori Rasputin. Afterwards, see St Petersburg from a different perspective as you glide along the rivers and canals. During your narrated cruise, take a look at the elaborate facades of palaces and mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries and admire those wonderfully ornate bridges. Finally, by cruising the canals you can appreciate how it was included in the whole architectural ensemble of the city.