2 Days Tour in St Petersburg

Tour with inside museums visits

  • Private vehicle
  • Cultural heritage
  • Sightseeing
  • Tailored tour
  • Photo stops
  • 16 hours
  • Tour guide

 

Have a two-three days stay in the North Capital of Russia? 2 Days Tour in St Petersburg with an English-speaking private guide is what you need.

First day’s program contains a city tour and inside excursions to the State Hermitage Museum, as well as visits to Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral, and Spilled Blood Church.

Second day will be about travelling to the former residential areas of Imperial family – Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo. After coming back from the suburbs, let’s also have a boat trip on St Petersburg’s rivers and canals. The city is unofficially called the Venice of the North, due to its location on 42 islands. On the granite embankments of Neva and canals, you will view magnificent palaces and mansions that belonged to the royal family and aristocracy. Known-worldwide drawbridges, unique in their design, architecture and engineering, connect its shores. During the night hours, raising drawbridges allow the movement of large commercial ships from the Gulf of Finland to Lake Ladoga. If you decide, boat trip can take place in the night time (after 1:00 am), when bridges are raised. Saint Petersburg by night is truly wonderful and magical!


Description

The State Hermitage museum is among the greatest museums worldwide alongside with the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery and the British Museum in London. The collection consists app. 3 M exhibits. Western European paintings have earned worldwide fame, because the collection's pieces of art date to the 13th century up to the 20th century, which means 7 throughout centuries all together. Among the most well-known pieces are works by Titian, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Raphael, Rubens, El Greco, Velázguez, Rembrandt; painting in the impressionism and post-impressionism styles. Among European sculptures, there are masterpieces by Michelangelo, Falconet, Canova, Robin and many other outstanding artists.

St Isaac’s Cathedral was named after reverend Isaac the Dalmatian, a Byzantium monk who lived in the 4th century. The fourth and last version of the church is considered as an architectural masterpiece of the 19th century, that was built in 1858 by the design proposed by the French architecture, August de Montferrand. Its construction took approximately 40 years, and including the interior design cost the treasury  around 24 million rub. In total, there are 112 monolithic columns of varying sizes in the cathedral and over 350 sculptures. The dome's gilding required around 150 kilograms (331 lbs.) of gold. The area of the ceiling painting of the main dome is 800 m2, and the total area of mosaics is 530 m2.

The Cathedral of Resurrection of Christ is a Russian architectural monument that represents romantic nationalism (19th-20th centuries). It was founded and constructed where the Emperor Alexander II was deadly wounded in the assassination attempt in 1861. Thereby, the cathedral is often called the Temple of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Its most significant and special feature is outstanding mosaic. The area with mosaic is more than 7000 square meters, so it is one of the hugest in Europe.

Peter and Paul fortress In 1703 Peter the Great decided to build a fortress that would have all technological advancements. This island called Hare Island (from Finnish "Enisaari") and situated in the delta of Neva was picked as a spot of fortress foundation. Thereby, the further construction of Sankt Petersburg (German manner) was initiated. It honored Apostle Peter, the guardian angel of Russian tsar and Russia. The fortress name spread on the city that founded and quickly grew around it. The fortress's name came from the name of the cathedral, located right in its center, which, in turn, was called after the saints Paul and Peter and lately became a place where Russians Emperors starting from Peter the Great were buried.

Peterhof is often called the Russian Versailles. It is an incredible display of gold, bronze, marble and water. The total area of The Great Palace with the Upper Garden and Great Cascade, and the Lower Park with the Hermitage, Marley Palaces, Monplaisir is 117.5 hectares (290 acres). You can see over 150 fountains that form an outstanding complex, one and only for its scale, beauty and power of watery shows. The Great Palace of Peterhof is very beautiful. The whole complex represents a great architectural monument protected by UNESCO.

Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin city) Beautiful, very cozy and green, this city in the suburban area of St Petersburg was named after Alexander Pushkin in 1937. The poet studied there at the Lyceum of Tsarskoye Selo. Interestingly, for about two centuries this town was a summer residential mansion of the Russian Royal Family. The three-story Catherine Palace now run in an almost unbroken line for over 300 meters. There you can visit the Amber Room, the richest chamber of Catherine Palace. When the Nazis broke into Pushkin, their specialists removed the amber panels from the room's walls and ceiling and moved them to Königsberg. The recreation of the Amber Room lasted for 24 years. It was completed in 2003 as a symbolic present to the 300th anniversary of Saint Petersburg.


What's include

During the two-day St Petersburg tour, you will see the most spectacular highlights of St. Petersburg and suburbs

During the two-day St Petersburg tour, you will visit the most significant museums of St. Petersburg and suburbs


Variant of Timeline

Please keep in mind that the entrance time to the Hermitage is determined by the museum itself in case of advanced purchase. That is why "Inside visit the Hermitage museum" may swap its place in the itinerary.


  • Meeting Point

    1st Day. I can pick you up from a hotel/ a seaport or wherever you state/want. Be without luggage. We can move around by taxi (not included in the tour costs), private vehicle or on foot. Pick the suitable means of traveling in the tour brief. Any other conditions can be discussed in person, and I'll act accordingly to your preferences.

  • City Tour

    with Hermitage and Peter & Paul Fortress inside visits.

  • Lunch in a cafe

    You may dine at a restaurant or cafe of your choice (I will offer options in accordance with the preferred kitchen).

  • Rest of the Tour

    with the inside visits of St Isaac's Cathedral and Spilled Blood Church.

  • Saying GoodBye

    Drop you at the hotel/sea port or where you'll point out.

  • Meeting Point

    2nd Day. Pick you up at the hotel/sea port or where you'll point out.

  • Road

    to the suburban area to visit Peterhof fountains.

  • Road

    to Pushkin city to visit Catherine palace and park.

  • Lunch in a cafe

    You may dine at a restaurant or cafe of your choice (I will offer options in accordance with the preferred kitchen).

  • Road back

    to the city to have a boat trip.

  • Saying Goodbye

    Drop you at the hotel/sea port or where you'll point out.


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