Enjoy a scenic drive to Peterhof, the town of palaces, fountains and parks on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. It was conceived by Peter the Great, to rival Versailles in splendour. And the extravagant fountain display is indeed beyond comparison. One of the highlights is Peter's Grand Palace, where you’ll notice a flamboyant Baroque style. See the Oak Study that has survived unaltered from the days of Peter the Great. Heading out into the grounds, see the Grand Cascade with its 3 waterfalls, and the fountain of Samson Rendering, The Jaws Of A Lion, which represents Russia's victory over Sweden in the Northern War. Your guide will then take you for a tasty Russian lunch before moving on to the Hermitage, Russia's largest art museum. To give you an idea of its size – it’s home to an astounding three million pieces of art. Admire the work of the grand masters of painting and don’t miss the vast Rembrandt collection.
When this tour runs on our first day in St Petersburg, it will return in time for you to join an evening tour. This is an active walking tour with about 1.5 hours of walking in the palace with no area to sit. This tour is not suitable for guests who have limited mobility or anyone using a wheelchair as there are no lifts, a number of steps and uneven terrain. The Grand Peterhof Palace & Hermitage can get busy which is unavoidable for such important historical sites, therefore please expect crowds and queues. Photo and video fees are included in the cost of this tour. Restrictions apply on flash photography in certain areas. The fountains at Peterhof are subject to maintenance work without advance warning. Lunch is a traditional Russian meal.
If you’re planning to go ashore in St Petersburg don’t forget, if you join us on one of our organised shore excursions, you’re covered by our group visa. But if you wish to go ashore independently at anytime you’ll need to obtain your own visa from the Russian Federation Embassy prior to your cruise.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.