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VISA FREE St Petersburg Two Day tour

Enjoy this incredible Visa Free two day St. Petersburg tour, complete with inside visits to Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress and Spilled Blood with a walking tour in the Gardens of Peterhof. It is really the best way to experience St. Petersburg which gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palaces and park ensembles of the 18th Century that belonged to the Russian Tsars. The city was built by Peter the Great in the 18th Century to rival the splendor of Paris and combines a wealth of palaces, churches and museums.

DAY 1

Catherine’s Palace was built for the wife of Peter The Great in the Tsar’s Village now named after Russian poet Pushkin. The stunning facade of the palace extends for almost 1000 feet, and its unique decorations. You will have a tour of all the rooms open to the public, including the unique Amber Room, and the Great Hall. You will also view a few selected parts of the more than 1,500 acres of park and gardens that surround the palace., The ornate Baroque Palace features an ornate blue facade and gold onion domes crown the palace’s north end. Please be advised during the high tourist season, Catherine’s Palace welcomes tours every day except Tuesdays. However, this may also apply to certain ‘events’ also taking place in St. Petersburg. In these instances, the Palace of Paul may be visited alternately.

Peter and Paul Fortress Built in 1703, by Peter the Great to protect his new capital, it never saw battle and became a prison for politically harmful people. You will visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the traditional, ornate church that houses 18th century paintings, icons and the tombs of many of the Romanov Dynasty Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the last Tsar, Nikolai II and his family members. Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia’s Tower of London, a place for political prisoners, including Peter the Great’s own son.

DAY 2

Hermitage The former residential Winter Palace of the Romanov rulers, today houses one of the world’s most prestigious museums where the rooms rival the art within them. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which house some of the museums more than three million art works, including works by Da Vinci, Rafael, Rembrandt – to name a few. If nothing else, this is the must-see place in St. Petersburg. Your 1.5 – 2 hour guided tour visits the display of rooms plus the Baroque Winter Palace that boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings.

Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood Built on the site of the 1881 assassination (spilled blood) of Tsar Alexander II. It sports a fantastic ornate “Russian-style” exterior of traditional colorful onion domes, ceramic tiles and colored glazed bricks. Inside you will view large works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes. This location is where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The interior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

Peterhof Park Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set within magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost destroyed by the Nazis in World War II but has been restored to its full splendor. 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. Please note, this tour does not include an interior visit of the Peterhof Palace.

Shopping: In addition to local vendors at most of the stops during your excursion, a stop at one of St. Petersburg’s souvenir shops will be made where you can barter for traditional Russian goods as china and porcelain, nesting dolls, jewelry, lacquered boxes, pins, handicrafts, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, Russian coffee table books, and much more.

Please Note: Tour is designed in such a way that we may switch venues depending on their availability but will keep the tour content. As a result, the itinerary’s order is subject to change.

For cruise passengers: All of our tours in St. Petersburg are operated by authorized guides, and you therefore do not need to secure an independent visa in order to participate in this tour. However, in order to book this tour, you must provide us with full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so that our guides can secure the proper tour visas on your behalf. In order to clear immigration, you will need to bring along:

1) Your passport;

2) A photocopy of the picture page of your passport; 

3) A copy of your tour tickets.

4) An immigration form passed out to all guests on the ship.

We will provide you with your tour tickets as part of the documents we e-mail to you after you make a tour booking.

For Individual Visa holders: just book a tour!

 

Starting from USD 166

For booking and further details please contact us:

victoriap@baltic.spb.ru

anastasiam@baltic.spb.ru

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