Your tour starts when your private licensed tour guide meets you in the arrival hall of the cruise passenger terminal at around 8:30am to 8:45am. Your guide will wait for you outside passport control with a sign with your name on it. (Tour start times are approximate and may be changed depending on the arrival time of your ship.)
After your welcome, hop inside your private, comfortable business-class vehicle and set off. As you travel, discuss the day’s itinerary with your guide and ask any questions you wish.
8:50am -10:30am City Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a panoramic drive and photo stops at St. Petersburg’s most beautiful and historical places of interest. Listen as your guide tells interesting stories about the famous palaces and architectural landmarks, and see highlights such as the Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospect — St. Petersburg's main street — Michael Castle, the Russian Museum, Arts Square, the Summer Garden, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Bronze Horseman, the Admiralty, and the Peter and Paul Fortress.
10.45am – 12:30pm Hermitage
Explore the highlights of one of the world's greatest art collections on a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum. Admire the magnificent artworks and enjoy learning about their origins and significance from your private guide.
12:45pm -1:15pm Church on the Spilled Blood
Visit the Church on the Spilled Blood to see the dazzling array of gold, onion-shaped domes and mosaics of this iconic church.
1:20pm - 2pm - Lunch (own expense)
2pm – 3pm
Travel to the Peterhof, located 14 miles (23 kilometers) from St. Petersburg
3pm – 5pm Peterhof Palace and Fountains
Take a tour of the Peterhof, the one-time summer residence of the Russian tsars. Head inside the Grand Palace and explore the Lower and Upper Parks, admiring both these masterpieces of landscaping with their 150-plus fountains and four monumental cascades.
5:10pm – 6pm Return to port
Step back aboard your ship by 6pm.
Please note: On Wednesdays, the tour includes a visit to the General Staff Building, part of the Hermitage, instead of the Church on the Spilled Blood. You will explore the General Staff Building's world-renowned collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionists paintings, featuring key works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin.