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Marvel at the imperial majesty of the Hermitage and Catherine Palace on a private full-day shore excursion from St Petersburg. After your cruise ship drops anchor in St Petersburg, climb aboard a private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the town of Pushkin, famed for its regal heritage and resplendent architecture. Delve into the architectural extravagance of Catherine Palace, discovering opulent highlights like the Great Hall and the Amber Room, and then venture to the Hermitage to admire the priceless artwork in one of Russia’s largest art museums. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. 

Highlights

  • Private St Petersburg shore excursion to Catherine Palace and the Hermitage
  • Take a tour of Catherine Palace and discover the history of halls such as the Amber Room
  • Admire the elegance of the marble Grand Staircase and artwork inside the Portrait Hall
  • Discover the highlights of the Hermitage, one of Russia’s top art museums
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private Hermitage and Catherine Palace Tour

Visit the famous Hermitage Museum on your tour

After disembarking your cruise ship at the Port of St Petersburg, greet your private guide and climb aboard a spacious, air-conditioned vehicle destined for Pushkin, a small town home to iconic Russian monuments like Catherine Palace and the Hermitage. 

Listen to fascinating commentary from your guide as you travel, and then feel your intrigue heighten as you approach the resplendent palace. Commence your guided tour in the Great Hall, replete with glittering frescoes, and then continue onto the Amber Room, an extravagant expanse bedecked with gilded mirrors and gold mosaics. Delight in the dazzling white marble of the Grand Staircase and admire the classic paintings of the Portrait Hall. 

After through exploration, revitalize with a fulfilling lunch in town (own expense) and then return to St Petersburg to visit the Hermitage, a prestigious museum home to a world-class collection of classic and contemporary art. 

Follow your guide on a tour of the museum’s artistic highlights; spread across a staggering 120 rooms. See examples of Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist painting; recognize masterpieces from greats like Rubens and Rembrandt; and appreciate the imperial majesty of the building’s architecture. 

Suitably impressed, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to the port, where the tour concludes. 

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.

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