When you’re in port in St Petersburg, make the most of this sublime city with this 2-day shore excursion, with port pickup and drop-off both days, and overnight on your ship in between. On the first day, take a comprehensive city tour, including a 2-hour visit to the stunning Hermitage art museum. The next day, visit the opulent Catherine Palace, home of the legendary Amber Room, in Pushkin; and explore the fountain-laden Peterhof Palace, before seeing St Petersburg’s ornate metro stations.
Numbers are limited to 16 for a personalized experience.
- 2-day St Petersburg shore excursion including the town of Pushkin
- Visit the Hermitage with a guide and learn about artwork by the likes of Da Vinci, Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian
- Explore Peter and Paul Fortress, Peter and Paul Cathedral
- Tour Catherine Palace in Pushkin’s Tsarkoye Selo Parks
- Walk around the vast palace complex of Peterhof and admire its impressive fountains
- Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures a personalized experience
- Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
- Visit the Church on Spilled Blood
While your cruise ship is docked in St Petersburg, make the most of this gorgeous city and the imperial palaces of its outskirts, on this 2-day small-group shore excursion.
On the first day, set off on a comprehensive full-day tour of St Petersburg’s city sights. See highlights such as the Peter and Paul Fortress and the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood as your guide reveals their history, and finish with a 2-hour visit to the Hermitage, one of the world’s biggest and most splendid art museums.
The next day, travel to the imperial-era retreat of Pushkin, formerly known as Tsarskoye Selo. Tour the lavish Catherine Palace, home to the world-famous Amber Room, and visit the Peterhof Palace, famous for its magnificent fountains, before admiring some of St Petersburg’s beautiful metro stations.
Your 2-day excursion includes time for lunch at your own expense each day, as well as a port pickup and drop-off on both days. The night between each day of the excursion is spent on your cruise ship.
Worry-Free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Port of St Petersburg for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Day 1: St Petersburg
Meet your guide at the port of St Petersburg, and set off to explore the city on your full-day tour. Your first stop is Peter and Paul Fortress, one of St Petersburg’s oldest structures. Built to protect the city against invasions, the fortress went on to become a feared prison, instead. See Trubetskoy Bastion — the one-time political prison of the Russian Empire — and St Peter and Paul Cathedral, home to the tomb of Tsar Peter the Great.
Continue to the Church of Spilled blood and admire the beautiful, unique façades. After a stop for lunch (own expense), visit the Hermitage, St Petersburg’s prestigious art museum that started as a private collection by Empress Catherine II. Enjoy a 2-hour tour of its main rooms and learn about paintings by the likes of Da Vinci, Monet and Rembrandt, as well as the impressive architecture of Rastrelli — the building’s designer. Your day then finishes with a port drop-off.
Overnight: your cruise ship at the port of St Petersburg
Day 2: St Petersburg – Pushkin – St Petersburg
After a port pickup, travel to Pushkin to visit the Tsarkoye Selo Parks and Catherine Palace. Head inside the stately building and admire its Rastrelli-designed architecture on a tour while learning all about Catherine I who lived there.
Stroll around the Great Hall, marveling at its frescoes, and then gaze in awe at the Amber Room — a replica of the original. Bedecked with mirrors, gold, gilt and mosaics, the original room was plundered by the Nazis and later burned to the ground. Other highlights that you may see include the White Vestibule, Pilaster Room and the Portrait Hall.
Stop for lunch (own expense), and travel to Peterhof, one of Russia's striking Tsarist palaces. Explore the vast estate with your guide and marvel at impressive water features such as the Samson Cascade and Joke Fountains. Watch where you walk; the Joke Fountains spray anyone who step on a certain paving stone!
After walking around Peterhof, travel into St Petersburg for a metro ride, and discover the lavish underground metro stations with their decorative interiors. Your tour then finishes with a port drop-off.
Please note: In rare cases visit to Catherine palace can be replaced with visit to Pavlovsk palace due to days off and overbooking.