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.
Lunch is included in this tour.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.