3-Day Baltic Extravaganza in St. Petersburg *GRAND HISTORY DIGEST*

Peter Paul Fortress
Peter Paul Fortress
Peter Paul cathedral
Peter Paul cathedral
Emperor Nickolas II and his family, the last Romanovs
Emperor Nickolas II and his family, the last Romanovs
Winter Palace (The Hermitage)
Winter Palace (The Hermitage)
Bolsheviks in the Winter Palace
Bolsheviks in the Winter Palace
Storming Winter Palace
Storming Winter Palace
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
Hall Mirrors, Catherine Palace
Hall Mirrors, Catherine Palace
Destruction of Catherine Palace during WWII
Destruction of Catherine Palace during WWII
Leningrad Siege Memorial
Leningrad Siege Memorial
Political History Museum
Political History Museum
Kirov's Apartment-museum
Kirov's Apartment-museum


GRAND.    SUPERIOR.   COMPLETE.

Book online with 5% discount.

 Smaller groups, more comfort 
 Visa-free
 Time for shopping

 A Welcome gift included 

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* Lunch & headsets included for groups larger than 10 people.

 27.5 hours

ITINERARY:

DAY 1:
7:30-8:00am - meet your guide and tour coordinator, payment.
8:00-9:30am - introductory city tour, feauturing St. Isaac's Square, Senate Square with Bronze Horseman Statue, drive by Field of Mars with memorial to revolutionaries, battleship Cruiser Aurora that signalled the start of Bolshevik Revolution.
9:45-11:30am - visit Peter Paul Fortress with cathedral, the birthplace of St. Petersburg, the burial place of Romanov royal family (including the last Romanovs), visit the former Political Prison.
11:30-1:30pm - excursion in The Hermitage (VIP entrance), explore the rooms of the Winter Palace (formerly, the seat of the Provisional Government after Nickolas II's abdication), learn about the storm of the Winter Palace by Bolsheviks in 1917 and Premier A. Kerensky's escape.
1:30-2:30pm - lunch at Russian cuisine restaurant (optional).
3:00-3:30pm - visit Spilled Blood Church.
4:00-5:00pm - excursion in Smolny Palace, which was chosen by Vladimir Lenin as Bolshevik headquarters during the October Revolution. It was Lenin's residence for several months, until the national government was moved to the Moscow Kremlin in March 1918.
5:30pm - back onboard the ship.

Check on our Evening options as well.

DAY 2:
8:00am - meet at the ship, city drive tour continuation, visit metro enroute to Pushkin town.
9:30-10:30am - transfer to Pushkin town, stop by Leningrad Siege Memorial in Pobedy Square.
Drive by Alexander Palace (where the family of the last Russian Tsar Nickolas II stayed under house arrest after his abdication in February, 1917).
10:30am-12:00pm - tour the former summer residence of the Russian royalty Catherine Palace with the Amber Room, walk in the park. 
12:00-1:00pm - lunch time.
1:00-2:00pm - transfer to St. Petersburg. 
2:00-3:00pm - Visit Political History Museum, in the mansion of prima-ballerina Mathilda Kshesinskaya, view the Cold War and Soviet era exhibition.
3:30-4:30pm  - visit the Apartment-museum of Sergey Kirov, a close friend of Joseph Stalin and the leader of Leningrad Communist Party until 1934. You will have a unique opportunity to view the beautiful Soviet style apartment for the Bolshevik elite and feel the atmosphere of Stalin's Era.
5:00pm  - back onboard the ship.

Check on our Evening options as well.

DAY 3:
8:30am - meet at the ship, depart to the town of Shlisselburg.
10:00am - take a ferry to the island 'Oreshek' on the Lake Ladoga.
10:30am-12:00pm - excursion on the grounds of the fortress, learn the story about the ancient Russian fortress, which suffered severe damage during WWII. Take photos of the beautiful panorama of the vast lake Ladoga which is the largest lake in Europe.
12:00-1:00pm - lunch time (taste delicious Russian pizza at a local restaurant).
1:00-1:30pm - step onto Nevsky Bridgehead battlefield, learn the story about Leningrad Siege Breakthrough.  
2:00-3:00pm - Visit Exhibition of Tanks and 3D panorama of Leningrad Siege Breakthrough.
3:00-4:00pm  - transfer to St. Petersburg.
5:00pm  - back onboard the ship.  

*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours.

INCLUDED:

private guide, private comfortable A/C vehicle, admission fees (no line-ups), hydrofoil blanket visa, photo/video permits, bottled water, raincoats (in case of rain), port fees, bank fees, a Welcome gift,  headsets (for groups larger than 10 people).

NOT INCLUDED:

lunch, gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately).

*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours. 

Find out more about our St. Petersburg Excursions For Cruise Ship Passengers


 Is Russian visa required on this tour?
No, Russian visa is not required. Guide-Guru, LLC. is the certified tour operator (MBT 010048 reference number in the Registry of Russian Tour Operators). There is a decree permitting visa-free stay in Russia for cruise passengers who take tours of the local authorized tour operators. Our tour ticket is your blanket visa.
 Where do we meet our guide?
Major cruise ships dock at the St Petersburg Cruise Terminal 'Marine Facade'. Our guide and tour leader meet the groups inside the terminal in front of the passport control area. Smaller ships dock in the city center and the guide will be meeting you on the pier in front of the passport control area.
 What time do we meet our guide?
The meeting time will be confirmed and mentioned in your tour tickets. The time shifts are possible to match your ship's docking time. The time can also be customized if you are a private group.
 Can the tour be customized?
Yes, the tour is customizable for private groups.
 What happens if the ship is delayed?
We will be informed of this circumstance and the guide will be waiting for you until you disembark. If the ship arrives in time and you do not show up, the waiting time will be maximum 1,5 hours. Please disembark according to the time specified on your tour ticket.
 What if we miss the ship?
We do not plan distant afternoon trips on the day of your ship's departure. Our excursion programs are designed to make sure you stay close to your cruise ship on the sailing date. Our excursions normally bring you to the ship 1,5 hours before the ship's departure. 
 Small group tour - what does it mean?
If you would like to reduce the tour costs, you are welcome to reserve a seat in our 6-people group. We will be forming a group ourselves and you don't have to worry about finding tour mates. You are guaranteed the rate in a 6-people group at the moment of booking. If you are less than 6 people by the tour beginning, you will be anyway paying the guaranteed fixed rate. This condition applies only to English-speaking groups. You have to book for 6 people if you require the tour in any other language.
How to book:
1. Send a tour booking and passport information.
2. Receive our Confirmation and your tour ticket for visa-free disembarking.

Payment:
No deposit or prepayment is required. Payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
 
 Credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Amex). No extra bank fees.
 Cash.
 
Cancellation: there is no cancellation fee. Please inform us as soon as possible if your plans change and you have to cancel your trip via e-mail info@guide-guru.com or 24-hour phone +7-812-903-28-81.
 
Discounts:
Child younger than 6 y.o. may travel with 1 parent free of charge. Schoolchildren, students and children over 6 y.o. receive a discounted rate. (Students must provide their international ISIC ID card to our Tour Coordinator upon payment to claim their discount. If they fail to do this, they will be charged the full adult price).
 
Tour mates:
You must be fit to participate in our small group tours. If you have any mobility issues, it is necessary to book a private tour.

Other:
If hydrofoil is cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions, the fare will be non-refundable.



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