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Below you will find a template itinerary to give you an idea of what museums you can visit in St. Petersburg Russia. The itinerary is just a reference, because as an experienced tour guide I always custom tailor each itinerary to best match the details of your visit. Regardless if you're just starting to plan or making final arrangements, I can help! I can assist with as many or as few details as you'd like. Some people prefer to visit most of the city by themselves and have me guide them only for the museums where it is really important to have a guide. Others prefer to have me assist with all the details of their excursion such as transfers, hotel recommendations/reservations, restaurant reservations, assistance to coordinate visa support and visa processing, and so on.
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Your private driver will meet you at the airport or train station and deliver you to a hotel or apartment in downtown St. Petersburg . The hotels and apartments I arrange for are on or close to Nevsky Prospect. You'll have some time to freshen up and then I will pick you at your hotel or apartment to begin your excursion in St. Petersburg. From your accommodations we'll enjoy a walking excursion of Nevsky Prospect, which is the main street in the city. At the end of the Nevsky Prospect we will arrive at Palace Square. Palace Square is home to the Alexander Column, which is an enormous vertical granite column. It is held in place only by gravity! Next, we'll enter The Hermitage and Winter Palace. If you'd like we can even have a VIP tour to the Golden Rooms in the Hermitage, which are home to the Romanoff crown jewels and gifts from foreign diplomats. After visiting the Hermitage I will walk with you back to your accommodations and drop you off there, or offer dinner suggestions for your group.
On day two, the driver and I will meet you at your hotel or apartment. From there we'll travel to two of the outskirts of the St. Petersburg area. Your first stop will be at Catherine's Palace which is the lavishly decorated summer palace of several members of the Romanoff family. From Catherine's Palace we'll drive to Pavlovsk. The grounds of Pavlovsk cover over 1500 acres and are filled with white birch trees. From Pavlovsk we'll drive to the downtown where I will take you to a canal boat excursion stand that will be close to your hotel or apartment. You'll have an opportunity to enjoy a one hour canal boat tour. After completing the canal tour you can independently walk back to your accommodations or enjoy the St. Petersburg night life.
Day three will start by traveling to Peterhof grounds and palace via hydrofoil speedboat. Children and adults love Peterhof, because there is something for everybody. For the grown-ups there is the beautiful architecture, statues and fountains. For the kids there are the trick fountains. We will leave Peterhof via the hydrofoil and return to the downtown. Next we will continue by traveling across the Neva river with a visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress and Peter and Paul Cathedral. One of my favorite places on the fortress grounds is the beach, where you can watch the fountains and admire the facade of the Winter Palace from across the Neva River. After visiting Peter & Paul Fortress & Cathedral we will walk to the Nikolaevsky Palace and Theatre where for a Russian folk show performances are offered. Alternatively it is possible to visit a ballet.
Day four will start with a visit to The Church on Spilled Blood which has 9 onion domes and is an impressive 81 meters at its tallest point. From The Church on Spilled Blood we'll have a short visit an outdoor souvenir market then visit the Russian Museum which houses fantastic pieces of Russian art. You'll then have a walking excursion of St. Petersburg, visiting the Maltese castle of Paul the I. This castle is known as Engineer's Castle or Michael's Castle. From Michael's Castle you'll continue your walking tour and arrive at the Kazan Cathedral, which during the time of the Soviet government was converted into the Museum of Atheism and Religious History. It is once again a functioning Orthodox church. From here you can choose to stay on Nevsky Prospect in the downtown of St. Petersburg where you can independently enjoy the scenes, or I can guide you back to your accommodations.
The fifth day will start with a leisurely walk to St. Isaac's Cathedral. In the area of St. Isaac's Square are several historically important buildings such as the Astoria hotel and the home of Alexander Pushkin. After visiting St. Isaac's we'll take the metro to Basil Island for a stroll along a pedestrian street. Next we'll visit Erarta, which is the largest contemporary art museum in Russia and a Trip Advisor Site of Excellence. After leaving Erarta you'll visit St. Nicholas Cathedral or the Choral Synagogue. There are many buildings on the grounds of the Synagogue including a library and a school. From either St. Nicholas Cathedral or the Choral Synagogue you can choose to walk back to your hotel or stay and enjoy the St. Petersburg night.
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St. Petersburg Shore Excursions. This itinerary is designed for those arriving by sea on a cruise ship and would like to come ashore using visa free documents. Off the Beaten Path This excursion is great for those who want to have a tour guide in St. Petersburg and want to see everyday life in Russia instead of visiting museums and cathedrals.
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