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Essential Collection

Small Group Tour - Suburban Royal Palaces Tour (17663) (Visa Included)

Access from: St Petersburg


Key info

  • Tour ID: 17663
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Catherine Palace
  • Palace of Paul
  • Peterhof Park

From $167.90pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 17663
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Catherine Palace
  • Palace of Paul
  • Peterhof Park

Itinerary

9:00 Pick-up from the port
9:00-10:00 Transfer to Pushkin
10:00-12:00 Tour of the Catherine’s Palace and Park
12:15-13:15 Free time for lunch on guests’ own
13:15-14:15 Transfer to Peterhof
14:15-15:45 Walking tour of Peterhof gardens
15:45-16:15 Hydrofoil transfer back to the city
16:15-17:00 Transfer by coach back to the port
17:00 Back to the ship

Tour order may vary. Catherine’s Palace and Park can be substituted by Paul’s Palace and Park in Pavlovsk on the overcrowded dates

Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

Only available on Monday, Wednesday & Friday

All cruise clients taking tours in St Petersburg will require a Visa, Cruising Excursions will arrange this for you at no extra cost.

You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned vehicle ready to commence your tour.

This is a small group discovery tour with a maximum of 16 passengers.

Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St Petersburg: to the South to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the West to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). Heading west to Peterhof, you will see the industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.

This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th Century that belonged to the Russian Tsars.

WHAT YOU VISIT:

Catherine Palace - Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.

Please be advised, during the high tourist season the Catherine’s Palace welcomes tourists every day except Tuesday's. However, this may also apply to certain 'Events' also taking place in St. Petersburg. In these instances, the Palace of Paul might be visited instead of the Catherine’s Palace.

Palace of Paul - The ensemble's fame rests on the splendour of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming rather than grand rooms of his wife Maria.

Peterhof Park - Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II but has been restored to its full splendour. The gardens are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses.

The fountains of Peterhof are one of the most famous tourist attractions. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever-popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

Take a Metro (Underground) ride. The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes.

Complimentary with this tour (if weather permits) - you get a one-way trip by hydrofoil. This is the fastest and the most enjoyable way of travelling between Peterhof and St. Petersburg. Hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Rain Poncho
  • Bottle of Water
  • Air-conditioned Vehicle
  • Entry Fees
  • Photo permits
  • Visa Free Visit
  • Port Fees
  • Local Taxes
  • English Speaking Guide

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Tipping
  • Metro Fare (1$)

 

Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How much is the metro ticket? The cost of metro is not one ruble but one dollar. It is paid to the tour guide prior the metro visit

Is the meal included within the tour price? No meals aren’t included, and they are payable on the day

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 17663
    • Duration: 8 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Moderate
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • Catherine Palace
    • Palace of Paul
    • Peterhof Park

    Itinerary

    9:00 Pick-up from the port
    9:00-10:00 Transfer to Pushkin
    10:00-12:00 Tour of the Catherine’s Palace and Park
    12:15-13:15 Free time for lunch on guests’ own
    13:15-14:15 Transfer to Peterhof
    14:15-15:45 Walking tour of Peterhof gardens
    15:45-16:15 Hydrofoil transfer back to the city
    16:15-17:00 Transfer by coach back to the port
    17:00 Back to the ship

    Tour order may vary. Catherine’s Palace and Park can be substituted by Paul’s Palace and Park in Pavlovsk on the overcrowded dates

    Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

    Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

    Only available on Monday, Wednesday & Friday

    All cruise clients taking tours in St Petersburg will require a Visa, Cruising Excursions will arrange this for you at no extra cost.

    You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned vehicle ready to commence your tour.

    This is a small group discovery tour with a maximum of 16 passengers.

    Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St Petersburg: to the South to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the West to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). Heading west to Peterhof, you will see the industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.

    This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th Century that belonged to the Russian Tsars.

    WHAT YOU VISIT:

    Catherine Palace - Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.

    Please be advised, during the high tourist season the Catherine’s Palace welcomes tourists every day except Tuesday's. However, this may also apply to certain 'Events' also taking place in St. Petersburg. In these instances, the Palace of Paul might be visited instead of the Catherine’s Palace.

    Palace of Paul - The ensemble's fame rests on the splendour of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming rather than grand rooms of his wife Maria.

    Peterhof Park - Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II but has been restored to its full splendour. The gardens are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses.

    The fountains of Peterhof are one of the most famous tourist attractions. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever-popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

    Take a Metro (Underground) ride. The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes.

    Complimentary with this tour (if weather permits) - you get a one-way trip by hydrofoil. This is the fastest and the most enjoyable way of travelling between Peterhof and St. Petersburg. Hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED:

    • Rain Poncho
    • Bottle of Water
    • Air-conditioned Vehicle
    • Entry Fees
    • Photo permits
    • Visa Free Visit
    • Port Fees
    • Local Taxes
    • English Speaking Guide

    NOT INCLUDED:

    • Lunch
    • Tipping
    • Metro Fare (1$)

     

    Please Note: Tour start time is 9am which is usually 2 hours after your Cruise Ships porting times, if your ship ports later, then the start time will be adjusted to suit your arrival.

    Please be aware that you may be advised you cannot disembark the ship until 90 minutes after arrival, we set our times to accommodate this.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    How much is the metro ticket? The cost of metro is not one ruble but one dollar. It is paid to the tour guide prior the metro visit

    Is the meal included within the tour price? No meals aren’t included, and they are payable on the day

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Return Transportation
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Entrance Fees as per program
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: 3
    Activity Level Scale:
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Cruising Excursions can arrange your visa for your tours in St Petersburg, this is all included within the price of the tour, all you will need to do is provide your passport details to Cruising Excursions at least 7 working days before you travel, it’s as easy as that.
    When making a booking for St Petersburg we will require your passport information to confirm your visa for the tours. A member of our sales team will email you with the details required within 24 hours of making the reservation. It is important you travel with your shore excursion vouchers and visa's. We will send this information via email approximately 4 weeks prior to your travel date (once you have provided your passport information).
    If you travel without these documents, you will not be able to pass through security thus resulting in you not being able to join the tour (in these cases Cruising Excursions cannot be held responsible for tours being missed and no refund of this tour will be given).
    YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR PASSPORT INFORMATION WHEN MAKING THE RESERVATION IN ORDER TO ARRANGE YOUR VISA, THE DETAILS REQUIRED ARE AS FOLLOWS:
    Full Passengers Names
    Passport Number
    Start Date and End Date of Passport
    Nationality
    Child seats are required for children who weigh less than 79 pounds - there is no charge for this, but you must put in special request if a seat is required.
    Itinerary may be revised if a particular museum is closed on the day of your tour.
    Audio sets are provided for groups of 7 passengers or more
    We provide a bottle of water for each day
    You must allow plenty of time to get through the security at St Petersburg Port, sometimes the queues at security can be very long and it can take a long time to get through, please disembark your cruise ship in plenty of time in order to meet your tour.
    Please note: Going through security checks on your first day of arrival may take a long time, Cruising Excursions do not have any control of this, please be patient and allow plenty of time. If you are touring the 2nd day, generally security is not as bad as the 1st day of arrival.

    Joining instructions

    Clients will be met by a Cruising Excursions representative at the port, the representative will be holding a sign with the Cruising Excursions logo.
    Morning tours generally commence at 9AM (shore time) or if your ship ports later then you must disembark as soon as possible.
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