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St. Petersburg Sightseeing Tour + The Hermitage Museum

Our Transport
Our Transport
Spilled Blood Church
Spilled Blood Church
Bronze Horseman
Bronze Horseman
St. Nickolas' Church
St. Nickolas' Church
The Hermitage, Leonardo da Vinci
The Hermitage, Leonardo da Vinci
The Hermitage, General Staff Building
The Hermitage, General Staff Building
The Hermitage, Winter Palace, Boudoir
The Hermitage, Winter Palace, Boudoir
The Hermitage, Winter Palace
The Hermitage, Winter Palace
Sphynxes
Sphynxes


EDUCATIONAL.      EASY.       BASIC.

Small Group Tour - MAX 10 people - only $159USpp (includes lunch)
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Small Group 1 2 3 4 5 6-10 Lunch Flat rate
$US / Person 159 159 159 159 159 159 included Join

Private 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10* 11* 12* 13* 14* 15* 16*
$US  / Person 245 158 133 120 113 107 97 92 90 88 85 83 80 78 78 75

Flat rate group tours: lunch included. * Private tours: lunch & headsets are from 10 people.

  6 hours

ITINERARY:

Tour description: Your journey starts with a transfer to St. Petersburg city center. As you are driven through, your guide will give you a brief introduction to the history of St. Petersburg. Once in the city center, you will stop at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island to enjoy the magnificent view of the Neva River and Rostral Columns which in the past served as lighthouses and guided ships through the busy port of St. Petersburg. From Strelka opens a marvelous panoramic view of The Winter Palace (The Hermitage), The Admiralty, the shining gilded dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Peter & Paul Fortress. You will next reboard your mini-van and drive along The Neva embankment to Cruiser Aurora which came into modern history as the battleship that signaled the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917 and the New Communist Era in Russia. Your mini-van drives from the Petrograd side with its Art Nouveau architecture to 18th century St. Petersburg. Your route will take you past the central part of the city. You will drive along Nevsky Prospect, pass by The Grand Hotel Europe, The House of Books, Kazan Cathedral, travel further along Malaya Morskaya Street to St. Isaac's Square with Bronze Horseman statue, stop at St. Isaac's Cathedral (outside), drive to Mariinsky Theater, The Synagogue (an inside visit is optional), visit inside St. Nicolas Church, pass by The Yusupovs' Palace, New Holland Island, over Blagovezschensky Bridge, visit St. Basil's Island (Vasilievsky Ostrov), pass by the Egyptian sphynxes, Academy of Fine Arts, Menshikov Palace, Kunstkamera, The Academy of Sciences, Zoological Museum, The Research Institute of Pavlov, stop in front of the University, drive over Palace Bridge, along the palace embankment by The Hermitage, turn to The Moika River, stop at the Spilled Blood Church (outside), drive to the Square of Arts (a photo stop), pass by The Russian Museum, Philharmonic of Shostakovich, along Sadovaya Street, by Michael's Castle, The Summer Garden, The Field of Mars. Depending on traffic condition, you can continue driving to Smolny Cathedral.

After 30 minutes lunch break, you will continue touring The Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art museums in the world. You will enter The Hermitage Museum avoiding line-ups through the special entrance for organized groups (reserved entrance). Your tour inside will last from 2-2,5 hours. During this time you will visit several buildings of The Hermitage Museum: The Winter Palace, Little Hermitage, New and Old Hermitage. Your tour guide will take you through the State Rooms, Gala Suite of Apartments, Malachite Room, Gold Sitting Room of The Winter Palace. You will then explore the treasures of the Western European art collection featuring Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and others.
You can optionally view the rich collection of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists at General Staff building including Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso which is the largest outside France. The additional charge of $15US/person will apply. At the end of your visit, you will view Palace Square and return to the hotel.

Must-see sights: Nevsky Prospect, Square of Arts, Spilled Blood Church, Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Isaac's Square, The Winter Palace, Palace Square, Bronze Horseman (Peter the Great's statue), Strelka with Rostral Columns, Fine Arts Academy, The Admiralty, University, etc.
Optional: The Synagogue.

Inside visits: The Hermitage Museum, St. Nicolas Church. If you wish to add inside visits for other cathedrals, please request it when making a booking. Additional entrance fees will apply.

Remarks: Monday - day off for The Hermitage Museum. It is wheel-chair accessible and equipped with elevators. There is a ramp at the entrance. It is possible to borrow a wheelchair at The Hermitage administrator's desk (subject to availability). You need to request us in advance when booking this tour. You should be able to walk about 1,5 miles. Comfortable footwear is recommended for this tour. It is not permitted to bring liquids into the museum. Food and drinks are only allowed in museum cafes. Only small bags are allowed inside. Backpacks, umbrellas, suitcases and overcoats should be left in the cloakroom. Amateur photo/video permit is included in your tour fee. Flash photografy is forbidden. Wearing shorts is not allowed inside St. Nicolas Church.

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

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INCLUDED:

private guide, private comfortable A/C vehicle, entry & photo fee.

NOT INCLUDED:

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

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LynP43.:  We recently used "Guide Guru" for a private tour of St. Petersburg. We could not have been happier with the entire experience. It started with Natalia, the administrator, who was quick, efficient, flexible and a pleasure to deal with in making the arrangements. Inna, our guide, spoke perfect English and was extremely knowledgeable. She is a warm, charming person and added immensely to the enjoyment of our time in St. Petersburg. Vladimir, our driver, was a definite asset as well. He was cheerful, helpful, polite and professional. Together, they made us feel like real superstars. In short, NOTHING COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER! 
LuizFortes: Guide-Guru was fantastic. Great guide and driver. Vera, our guide, showed enormous knowledge of Russian and city history answering every single question we had, besides her great sympathy. Beautiful city and awesome tour.  Read more reviews
 
 Is Russian visa required on this tour?
Yes, the Russian visa is required. Guide-Guru, LLC. is the certified tour operator (MBT 010048 reference number in the Registry of Russian Tour Operators) and can provide visa support (Tourist Voucher and The Tourist Confirmation) upon request at no charge.
 Where do we meet our guide?
You meet the guide at your hotel unless agreed differently. 
 Can the tour be customized?
Yes, the tour is customizable.
How to book:
1. Send a tour booking.
2. Receive our Confirmation.

Payment:
30% deposit is required by Bank card. The balance payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
 
 Credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Amex). 
Cancellation: 30% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 7 days before the tour date. 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:
Did you know you can save a lot of cash by finding travel companions to join your tour? We can help you in finding tour mates by placing a message on our Online Boards and Facebook page. You can also find travel companions yourself via Cruisecritic.com Roll Calls where you can locate your cruise ship and posts for your trip. 



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