1 Day St. Petersburg Tour Russian Museum
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NOTE this tour is based on a 9 a.m. meeting at your hotel and concluding at 17:30 (8 hours and 30 minutes). It is designed to give you as much opportunity to see St. Petersburg as possible.
If only one person signs up for a day, a $200 up charge will be applied.
Price per person: $118.00
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Optional Evening Events
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Russian Museum Tour Description
You will be met at the hotel by your personal tour guide and driver. You will be given the driving "overview" tour of the city. During the St. Petersburg city tour, your driver will stop for photo making and to give you the opportunity to take short walks in the most picturesque and famous places of St. Petersburg. During the first hour you will visit the sites you will see from the outside only. Since many of the larger venues open later, this is the best use of your time. During the driving tour, you will be able to familiarize yourself with beautiful St. Petersburg, the "Venice of the North". Later in the morning your guide will take you to the tourist sites that have just begun to open for visitors.
Our first inside visit for the day will be the famous Russian Museum. This is not just another museum of antique relics. The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg is the home of the finest art by Russian artists. Here you will see famous works by Ivanov, Repin and other Russian masters.
LUNCH: We have included in the price, a lunch which has been chosen and prepared especially for our group. Clients are always impressed with the quality and taste of the meals they experience while visiting St. Petersburg.
After lunch we will visit the Kazan Cathedral. The Kazaan Cathedral was built in 1801-1811, to house the miracle-working Kazan icon of the Mother of God.
In 1811-1858, the Kazan Cathedral was the main cathedral of the city. After 1932, when the cathedral was closed, the building housed the Museum of the history of Religion and Atheism. In 1991, services have been resumed. Mass was held here 26 Nov. 1894,for the "just married" Tzar of Russia and his bride, Nicholas II and Alexandra.
pay their respect to the tomb of Nevsky. You, probably, will hear the soulful sounds of the deacons' choir. Finally a short stroll of the cemetery will allow you to see the tombs of Peter Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky and Feodor Dostoevsky, among others.
After the visit to the Nevsky Monastery we will take time for dinner and offer our guests a driving / walking tour to see the Palace Square and the Hermitage, (outside only) , St Isaac's Cathedral (outside only), Mariinsky Theatre (outside only) and the famous Nevsky Prospect.
Few visitors to St. Petersburg realize that so many of the geniuses of music composition, literature and art have, as their final resting place, the cemetery at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. During your visit you will see the beautiful sanctuary of the monastery. You will see how Russians pay their respect to the tomb of Nevsky. You, probably, will hear the soulful sounds of the deacons' choir. Finally a short stroll of the cemetery will allow you to see the tombs of Peter Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky and Fedor Dostoevsky among others.
If you have had the opportunity to read either of two highly recommended books on Russian culture, Natasha's Dance or The Pearl, you will want to see the tombs of Nicholas Sheremetev and his wife Proskovia.
The grand finale to your exciting day in St. Petersburg is the guided canal boat tour of the city. Your guide will join you as you view the city from a perspective which allows a relaxing overview of many of the city's most famous sights. For everyone it is a chance to sit, relax and enjoy the sights. You may want to bring along
food and drinks to enjoy while you cruise. Let us know your wishes!!
Disregard the "Canal Boat" option in the list of tour options. It is included in this tour.
What your are receiving for your tour fee...
This tour is 8 hours and 30 minutes long. Lunch is included. You will be a private party or group which does not exceed 10 persons.
There are approximately $70 USD in admissions and lunch costs, per person, included in your tour.
There are 9 hours of private vehicle time and professional guide time included in your tour.
This is a great tour and fantastic value!!
Some guests may want to avail themselves of one of the optional events for which there is an additional fee. They include:
Optional Evening Events:
As the center of culture in Russia, you should consider attending one of the many evening events.
Price per person: $125
- Ballet — St. Petersburg has many ballet venues. On any given evening it is common to have 3 or 4 different performances from which to choose.
- Russian Folk Show in the Nickolaevsky Palace.
- Dinner in a Russian Home — This is always a favorite of our clients. The hosts are personal acquaintances who strive to give clients an opportunity to see a "native Russian" side of St. Petersburg.
- Private Power Boat Canal and Neva River Tour
Private Powerboat Canal and Neva River Tour
Price per person: $75
Whether you elect to do any other of the above-mentioned events or not, you should take advantage of the special power boat tour of St. Petersburg's canals with an exhilarating ride down Neva River.
This is a special treat as your guide gives you the narrative while you motor through the city for a tour perspective like no other. We know the boat owner personally and he is a gem. Visitors to St. Petersburg love this special ending to a fantastic day. The cost of this tour is $250 and is divided by the number of clients on the tour. For the young tourists, the fast tour of the Neva is very exciting. For everyone it is a chance to sit, relax and enjoy the sights. This tour is also available with food and drinks available to enjoy while you cruise. Let us know your wishes!!
Russian Folk Show
Price per person: $85
Enjoy this lively folk show in the beautiful downtown palace. Some shows are known for being less that professional. This is not one of them. You will be buying the CDs !
We include the extra time for your driver to return you to the ship after the performance.
If there is not a FYR performance on the date of your visit, there will be a refund.
Regarding the need for a Russian Visa for Cruise Ship Passengers: If you book your excursion with us, we take care of everything. We need your passport details (not the passport) and you will be provided with the "Visa Free" documentation needed to disembark in St. Petersburg. Other visitors to St. Petersburg will need a tourist visa. www.RussianTourGuide.com can help you with all aspects of your visit to Russia including the visa.
RussianTourGuide.Com is pleased to collaborate with numerous travel agents around the world.
If you would like our tour but prefer to work with your local agent, ask your local agent to contact us. We will be happy to collaborate with your local agent to make your travel planning "seamless"!
Contingency Planning: Working with an experienced tour company can offer unexpected benefits. Your guide has much experience with almost all situations which arise with tourists and can probably craft a solution for any contingency. Your guide also has phone access to support from our staff in the USA. If needed, she can contact us to assist you. While you travel in Russia we can facilitate services such as:
- Cash advance (for example in the case of a lost or stolen credit card).
- Foreign exchange.
- Provide Russian phones for your use while visiting.
- Medical facilities with English speaking physicians in St. Petersburg.
Price per person: $118.00
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