This tour kicks off with a drive through the city centre to one of the prettiest parts of St Petersburg. Your first stop is the Field of Mars. For years, this place was used as a training ground for guards’ regiments, and parades here were immortalised by scores of painters and poets. In 1917, those who died in the February Revolution were buried in the grounds and a monument to ‘Fighters for the Revolution’ was put in place. Fast forward 40 years and the Eternal Flame was lit here in memory of the victims of all wars and revolutions. Wander through this peaceful spot, which is packed with trees and blooms. Then make your way over to the Michael’s Castle for a photo stop. After some time here, you’ll head to the Church of Spilled Blood, famous for its multicoloured, onion-shaped domes. Inspired by St Basil Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, it was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881.
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.