Disembark your cruise ship at the Port of St Petersburg and greet your knowledgeable guide. Climb aboard a private, air-conditioned vehicle and relax during the journey to your first stop, Pushkin, home to the resplendent Rococco masterpiece, Catherine Palace.
Embark on a guided tour of the Catherine Palace’s extravagant interior, admiring the elaborate frescoes of the Grand Hall and the glittering treasures within the Amber Room, an enclave replete with grand mosaics and mirrors. Listen to fascinating commentary from your guide as you visit other architectural highlights like the crimson Pilaster Room and the artistic Portrait Hall.
Next, return to your vehicle and travel west to Peterhof, an exceptional Tsarist palace steeped in rich historical heritage. Discover the decadent décor and grand chambers of the sprawling palace complex, and then stroll the beautiful gardens home to more than 140 fountains.
Return to St Petersburg and descend to the subterranean stations of the city’s metro; resplendent with impressive art and architecture, the stations offer a selection of crystal chandeliers, elaborate frescoes and marble vestibules.
Suitably impressed, head back to the Port of St Petersburg and bid your guide farewell before climbing aboard your cruise ship.
Please note: if your tour falls on the last Monday of the month, Catherine Palace is closed. The visit to Pushkin will be replaced with a visit to Pavlovsk Palace, an 18th-century Russian Imperial residence that belonged to Emperor Paul I and his wife Maria.