1 day (Sat) Welcome to Moscow - the capital of Russia. Your guide will meet you at the airport or at the railway station and you will go on the sightseeing tour of Moscow.
You will pass along the famous embankments and streets of the historical city: Boulevard and Garden Ring, admire the most beautiful panoramic views of the Kremlin from Sofiyskaya Embankment, see the Bolshoi Theater and Manege, Lubyanka, Slavyanskaya and Theater Squares, the legendary "Stalin's High-Rises", which are often called "Seven Sisters", the most beautiful fountains and masterpieces of architecture of the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, Ostankino Tower, Kutuzovsky Prospekt, Triumphal Arch, Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill, Victory Museum, golden domes of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Patriarchal Bridge, Swan Pond near the walls of the Novodevichy Convent, the observation deck on Sparrow Hills, the building of Moscow State University, Luzhniki Stadium, modern Moscow-City skyscrapers and much, much more.
After breakfast your guide will meet you in the hall of the hotel and you will go for an excursion to the Moscow Kremlin, which located on its territory unique monuments of architecture and art of the 15th - 20th centuries: temples, churches and chambers, magnificent palaces and front office buildings. You walk along Kremlin squares and streets, see the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, visit Sobornaya square and one of the cathedrals: Uspensky, Arkhangelsky or Blagoveshchensky.
Then you will walk along the famous cobblestones of Red Square and Alexander Garden. You will see the multicolored domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, the monument of medieval Russian architecture "Lobnoe Mesto", the Temple of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the State Historical Museum, the Lenin's Mausoleum, the GUM building, enjoy the splendor of the panorama of the ancient Kremlin from the Sofiyskaya embankment of the Moscow River.
You will see a new landmark of the city - Zaryadye Park, stroll along the alleys of the Siberian coniferous forest in the very center of Moscow, visit the famous Soaring Bridge - a magnificent observation deck hanging right over the Moscow River!
Then you will visit one of the most famous streets of Russia - Arbat. You can plunge into the atmosphere of the past, find out where great literary figures liked to spend time, look at street musicians and artists, without whom it is impossible to imagine this famous street. Arbat is a symbol of old Moscow. During the tour, you will get acquainted with the history and architecture of the Arbat, its monuments and sights, learn about the Vakhtangov Theater and the monument to Princess Turandot, the A.S. Pushkin Museum and the construction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After checking in at the hotel (check-in after 14.00) you can relax, as well as have lunch or dinner on your own in one of the nearby restaurants - your guide will be happy to advise you where to go.
2 day (Sun) Breakfast at the hotel restaurant, check out.
After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, you will go on an excursion to the museum-reserve Kolomenskoye with a visit to the palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich.
Kolomenskoye is the Tsar's yard or the summer estate of Russian tsars, especially beloved by the father of Peter the Great - Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, who built a wooden palace here, recognized as the "eighth wonder of the world" and the pinnacle of Russian wooden architecture. On the excursion you will be transported to the 17th century, you will see the ancient walls of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, the Sytny courtyard, the house of Peter I, the Temple of John the Baptist. You will visit the reconstructed palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, see the magnificent royal mansions, learn how people of royal blood lived during the late Russian Middle Ages, plunge into the world of court ceremonies and ambassadorial receptions, visit the grandiose royal feast, examine the male and closed to prying eyes the female half of the palace. Finally, you will join the mystical stories of this place, where traces of the legendary library of Ivan the Terrible are lost, and according to legend, a real-time portal is hiding in the ravine of the park, which once transferred the soldiers of the Golden Horde fifty years ahead.
Afternoon you will go on a guided tour of the Moscow Metro. You will have a unique opportunity to hear a story about the Moscow metro, see its magnificent stations "Ploschad Revolyutsii", "Komsomolskaya", "Novoslobodskaya", "Belorusskaya" and enjoy the unique architecture and mosaics.
You will end this fabulous day with a river cruise along the Moscow River on the panoramic ship "Radisson Royal". During the cruise, you can use the services of the on-board restaurant and order dinner from a wide range of dishes presented on the menu (extra charge).
Transfer to the airport or the railway station with the guide's assistance.
What is included
accommodation in Moscow (4* Park Inn by Radisson Sadu) 1 night with breakfast
the Moscow Kremlin, Moscow metro, museum-reserve Kolomenskoye the Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, boat trip on cruise ship "Radisson Royal"
comfortable air-conditioned car/minivan/minibus
licensed English speaking guide
The cruise lines say that no one is allowed off the ship in St. Petersburg cruise port that does not purchase a ship sponsored excursion or have arranged a Russian visa on their own. Is that correct?
That is false! The third option is to purchase an excursion with a government licensed St. Petersburg shore excursion operator who has permission to give visa-free excursions. Your "visa" is the excursion guide! With this excursion, you are ready to explore St. Petersburg with your guide for the duration of the excursion, everything is taken care of.
Can I go wander and explore on my own during this private St. Petersburg sightsee excursion?
Unfortunately no, as part of the visa-free St Petersburg cruise excursion, guests must stay with their excursion guide.
What documents will I need to get off the ship in St. Petersburg Russia?
Guests must present their valid passport and official EXCURSION Ticket from the operator and will have no problems clearing customs and immigration for their excursion.
Do I need to take my passport with me on the St. Petersburg Private Peterhof Palace with Hydrofoil Boat Excursion for Small Groups to show along with my Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket?
YES, it is necessary to take along your passport. You will need to print and show your Electronic Ticket as well as any other documents required or sent to you for this excursion. Everything needed will be listed on your E-ticket.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on EasyTravel and TripAdvisor reviews
My favorite shore excursion ever see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
csporich, Nov 2019
Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site