Spend a day ticking off all the best bits of St Petersburg. The trip begins at the town of Pushkin. Formerly known as Tsarskoye Selo, this charming place is loved for its palaces and parks. One of the highlights here is a trip to the lavish Catherine's Palace, an architectural masterpiece. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous Baroque façade and be mesmerised by the Amber Room - it was once considered to be the eighth Wonder of the World. After lunch, it’s time to get to know St Petersburg. Your first stop is the Peter and Paul Fortress, built by Peter the Great in 1703. In the centre stands the impressive cathedral, the burial place of Russian Emperors from Peter the Great to Alexander III. At 404 feet tall, it’s the highest building in the city. Crane your neck and see the magnificent golden angel atop the gilded spire – it’s one of the most recognised symbols of St Petersburg. After your tour of the fortress and cathedral, you’ll get time to do some shopping. Then you’ll carry on your panoramic city tour, taking in everything from the gilded cupola of St Isaac's Cathedral to the Baroque Winter Palace. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll see the Aurora battleship and a monument to the city’s famous founder – Peter the Great.
The second part of your day includes a panoramic drive of the city. When this tour runs on our first day in St Petersburg, it will return in time for you to join an evening tour. This tour is an active walking tour. There is 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 Catherine Palace 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.
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.