Your St Petersburg shore excursion starts at the cruise terminal, where you’ll meet your guide after you clear immigration. Begin your full-day experience with a 1.5-hour city highlights tour, including an optional ride on the subway.
You’ll be driven past historical monuments and buildings, such as Vasilyevsky Island, the log cabin of Peter the Great, Nevsky Prospect, the cruiser ship Aurora, the Catherine the Great monument, Arts Square, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Ostrovsky Square, the National Library, Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and the Russian Museum.
Afterward, head to Tsars Village (Tsarskoe Selo) followed by a visit to Catherine Palace, including its famous Amber Room and a walk through the park. (Note: Catherine Palace is closed on Tuesdays; the tour replaces it with Peterhof Grand Palace.)
Continue to the Peterhof summer estate, and tour Lower Fountain Park and Upper Gardens. Then return to the city on a hydrofoil boat, and enjoy a packed lunch of Stolle pies, a Russian favorite. In the city, visit the Hermitage Museum for about 2.5 hours, and then head to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Note: the church is closed on Wednesdays; the tour visits St Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral instead.)
After an evening walk along Nevsky Prospect, if time permits, your day tour ends at the port before your ship’s departure.