DenRus 2014: 2-Day Complete St Petersburg™ Deluxe Group Tour
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TITLE 2-Day Complete St. Petersburg -
GROUP SIZE Maximum 15 persons
PRICE USD $299; (Discounts such as Multiple Port discounts may apply)
ACTIVITY LEVEL Intensive, extended distances to walk, many steps
DURATION 17 – 19 Hrs total in 2 days, pending on the ship's schedule
INCLUDES
"Cruise Visa" All Local Taxes
All admission tickets to below listed places All photo and video permits inside venues where photography is allowed
English speaking highest rated guide One 3-course lunch with wine in Summer Palace Restaurant and the other day will be a light lunch in a fine restaurant, followed by the canal cruise
Bottled water Rain coats if needed
Audio system with personal headsets (provided for groups of minimum 7 persons) Welcome package (DenRus Newspaper # 2, Ready stamped post card to mail home, with coupon for a free gift, special Full color illustrated itinerary booklet, St. Petersburg photo DVD, event calendar of the city, wet napkins, St. Petersburg map)
STARTING TIME In order to get off the ship on time, please follow our disembarkation instructions - you will get a ticket with instructions after a tour booking. The group will be waiting for those who are late no longer than 30 min. after time of excursion which is in your ticket and then will start the tour. The touring van shall be dispatched immediately after they are filled.  But the manager will wait for the late clients for another 1/2h, 1h in total counting from the time in your ticket. If the late clients are there within this time, they will be taken to the city and joined the group. In case of showing up later then 1/2h after time, payment for the transportation to the city will be covered by the client.
We kindly request that you be punctual in consideration of your fellow cruise mates who will be joining you on your group tour.

PHOTO STOPS St. Isaac Cathedral, Rostral Columns on the Spit of Vasilevsky Island, Cruiser "Aurora", Log Cabin of Peter the Great, Square of Arts, Narva Gate, St Isaac Cathedral
INSIDE VISITS Faberge Museum, Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens, State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Catherine Palace at Pushkin, the Park at Pushkin, Metro underground ride, Canal Boat trip, Church on Spilled Blood, opportunity for Russian souvenir shopping
CHILDREN Children under 12 years are not allowed
RESTRICTIONS This tour is not suitable for "slow walkers" or mobility restricted persons. There is unfortunately no place to load walker devices or wheelchairs in the vehicles
RESTROOM STOP Comfort stops are scheduled to be no more than 2 hours apart

Your Itinerary

This 2 full day program is tailored for the cruise ship passenger who wants to see the most St. Petersburg has to offer during the limited time frame allowed by your ship’s schedule. There are many imitators but none with the value or quality of features and services compared to the original. Your 2- day tour encompasses all the highlights of the city, and avoids repeating sites, or commentary, which is unavoidable when reservation 1-day or several half-day  tours of the city as offered by the ship. Our program has been created taking into consideration the recommendations of thousands of our earlier guests. For instance, although three very similar 17th century palaces are included, we make an inside visit to two of them.

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The Complete St Petersburg begins immediately after your ship has been cleared by the St. Petersburg Port of Authority and Immigration. The last van is scheduled to depart not later than 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) after the official scheduled arrival time. For instance: If your ship’s official arrival time is 06:30 AM, the first passenger report usually around 06:50, our first tour van departs with the first 15 passengers around 07:00AM. The last one is scheduled to depart at 07:45. That is 75 minutes after the official arrival time.
On the first day the tour returns back to the ship at 5:30 PM (17:30), and on the day of your departure one hour before your ship is scheduled to sail.  All the sites and destinations listed below are either visited inside, having photo stops, or just seen as mentioned separately in each case.  The order in which they are visited is not given because 1 day in each week every museum is closed, so we rearrange the order and days so the closed museums or palaces are visited on the other day.

THIS TOUR IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ANY MOBILITY RESTRICTED TRAVELLER, INCLUDING SLOW WALKERS, OR WALKERS WHO NEED TO SIT AND REST PERIODICALLY

 WHAT YOU EXPERIENCE:

Catherine’s Palace - typical of Baroque style, was built for the wife of Peter The Great in the village of Tsarskoe Selo, or today's Pushkin, and it became known as the Catherine’s Palace. Catherine became the Empress, Tsarina, after her husband’s death, and she was called Catherine I. It must be noted that Catherine I was not Catherine the Great, who was officially Catherine II. Tsarskoe Selo (in English: "The Tsar's Village") is located about 27 kilometers (17 miles) south of the city. Catherine’s Palace exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size and unique decorations. The stunning façade of the palace extends for almost 300 meters (1000 feet), and gives the first impression what to expect inside.

We shall have a full tour of the entire palace, however, the most stunning rooms of the Palace are the “lost Amber Room”, which has walls complete covered by different shades of amber mosaic, and the Great Hall with gilded walls, chandeliers and mirrors. We shall also view parts of the surrounding park's and gardens consisting of almost 600 hectares (1.500 acres). – An inside visit is included.

Peterhof Grand Palace and Fountains Peterhof Fountains & Grounds – You will be exceptionally lucky since our tour enters the palace compound through the unbelievable Upper Park, which is very seldom visited by hurried tourists. Built to rival Versailles in France, the palace sits atop of a high hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Peter the Great drafted the layout for the 300-hundred acre park and supervised the design of the palace fountains. The Grand Cascade, the most famous fountain group, features gilded Samson prying open lion's jaws as water cascades down the terraced steps, and small spouting fountains anoint smaller sculptures. We shall stroll through the lower parks and gardens, and view and “experience” (be careful!) some of the Peters surprise creations among the many decorative fountains. – No inside visit, only the parks and gardens.
Summer Palace Restaurant where Complete St Petersburg guests dine Lunches - The quality of Complete St Petersburg lunches are unmatched by any imitator. One of the restaurants your reservations will be for is the elegant Summer Palace Restaurant on the day you visit Peterhof and the Fountain Parks.The other day visits one of several quality Russian cuisine restaurants chosen by DenRus staff personally.
The Faberge Museum: This new museum housed in the historic newly restored Shuvalov Palace features the world's largest and finest collection of Faberge Eggs and other works of art from the Faberge workshops. This is an exclusive viewing seen only on DenRus tours and will be one of the highlights of the Baltic cruise. Nine of the famous Faberge Eastern Eggs have been consolidated into this one collection, after the remaining eggs where purchased by a wealthy Russian businessman, for $100,000,000, who had the vision to create a private museum to allow the world to see what has been hidden away in private collections for years.. – Inside visit is included.
Interior of the Hermitage art section Hermitage - The former residential palace of the Romanov rulers, called the Winter Palace, and four other buildings together house today one of the world's most prestigious museums, called The Hermitage and one of the premier art collections. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which contain over three million art works, including paintings by DaVinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh - to name a few. The Baroque style Winter Palace was designed by Italian architect Rastrelli, and boasts huge ceremonial reception rooms, throne rooms, private theatre, gold and marble, irreplaceable state gifts and collections, patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings, and gilded appointments. If nothing else, this is the “must” place in St. Petersburg. – An inside visit.
View of Church on spilled Blood in St Petersburg Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood - This recently restored church sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior with the traditional colorful onion domes. The interior is entirely covered with intricate mosaics of incredible beauty on the floors, walls and ceiling. The church was built on the exact site of the March 1, 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander II, while riding in his carriage along the canal embankment. That is also the reason why the church is called “spilled blood”. The church is distinguished by its picturesque silhouette and rich colorful decoration. The facade is lined with ceramic tiles and colored glazed bricks. This is one of the most popular photo spots, both interior and exterior, in St. Petersburg. – Inside visit.
Canal cruise in St Petersburg Canal Cruise - St. Petersburg is also called “the Venice of the North”, and that is why our tour also includes a cruise on the River Neva and along the picturesque downtown canals. A 60-minute journey by small open-air boats travels the Fontanka River, the Kryukov Canal, the Moika River and the Neva River. Peter the Great envisioned the Neva to become the main thoroughfare of the city, and from the beginning the river was considered a vital part of the whole architectural ensemble. During the journey you pass under numerous picturesque bridges, and admire the exteriors of the many old beautiful buildings in St Petersburg. Also to view the low silhouette of the city from the wide Neva offers many unique photo opportunities. Your guide will provide a map so you can follow your route as you motor along. – 1-hour cruise included.
Metro (the city’s underground subway system) - Visit the magnificent "palaces of the People" as the St. Petersburg Metro used to be called during the Soviet Union years. The construction was started after the II World War, and its expansion continues endlessly, new stations opening periodically A ride is arranged between the Technological Institute and the Moscow Arch of Triumph stations. Since the entire St. Petersburg was built on the marsh land, the tunnels had to be dug deep, deep until solid soil was found, and you shall descend endlessly deep on extremely fast moving escalators. All the stations are totally different and individually designed. Some are luxurious with art work, statues, sculptures, mosaic walls, and chandeliers, some are simpler looking. The trains run like clockwork, normally at 2 minutes apart, and they are always crowded, as if there was a constant rush hour. – A ride is included.
The St. Isaac's Cathedral:  Designed by Auguste  de Monferrand in 1818 the church was named in tribute to Peter the great who was born on the day of St. Isaac of Dalmatia. The Cathedral is 101,5 m (333 ft) high and the dome (for  the making of which 100 kg (220,5 lb) of gold was used) is 26,5 m (87 ft) in diameter, making it one of the largest in the world after St. Peter 's Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
The interior is "a symphony of gold, marble, lapis lazuli, malachite and porphyry". The walls and vaults are decorated with paintings and mosaics by the leading artists of the day, and the walls and floors are lined with marble from Russia, France and Italy. The columns of the iconostasis are faced with malachite and lapis. There are all together 112 columns of polished granite holding the building up, of which 24 support the dome.
The Cathedral can accommodate 14,000 people. - Photo Stop
St Isaac Square in st Petersburg St. Isaac's Square - St. Isaac's Square - In the center of St. Isaac's Square there is a monument to Nikolai I. Opposite the Cathedral, on the bank of the Moika River, stands the Mariinski Palace, the former residential palace, which was built for Princess Maria, the daughter of Nicholas I. Today, the palace is the seat of the St. Petersburg Council of City's Deputies. To the right of the Cathedral stand the historical Hotel Astoria, where Hitler had scheduled a party with printed invitations to celebrate his victory after conquering the city, but out it turned out that his invitations were printed in vain. The most prominent site on the square is naturally the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, commissioned by Alexander I in 1818, and it took forty years to complete. The cathedral is surrounded on each side by huge red granite pillars, supporting the massive central dome, which is covered with 220 pounds of pure gold, and dominates the entire city skyline.. – A photo stop.
Palace Square In St Petersburg The Palace Square – This historical square was once the site of the Russian imperial power, having on one side the Winter Palace, and on the opposite side the huge curved building of General Headquarters, and across the street the Admiralty, Russian military navy headquarters. In the center of the square there stands a high granite obelisk, called the Alexander Column, depicting an angel leaning against a cross. During this centuries the square has witnessed many Russian historical events. In 1905 the Bloody Sunday, in the 1917 bolshevik revolution the storming of the Winter Palace, and most recently in 1992 the mass celebration for changing the city’s name from Leningrad back to the original St. Petersburg, and many, many others. Also during the Soviet Union years it was the site for the annual May Day military parades. – A photo stop.
Aurora Cruiser on Neva River The Cruiser Aurora – Currently a museum ship on the west bank of the Neva River, this armored cruiser Aurora fired her gun to signal the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, which brought Vladimir Lenin to power, and later changed the entire country from Russia to Soviet Union. Before the Aurora became a tool for the Bolsheviks, she had served the last Russian Tsar loyally for a long time. She participated in the Russo-Japanese war and took part in the famous Tsushima sea battle, where Japan defeated Russia and almost totally destroyed the Russian fleet. The Aurora was one of the few Russian war ships which survived. – A photo opportunity during the cruise
Bronze Horseman in Decembrist Square The Monument for Peter the Great – Empress Catherine the Great ordered this magnificent equestrian statue for the honor of the founder of the city. The artist was Etienne Falconet and the monument was dedicated in 1782. It took a total of twelve years to design and sculpt and cast. Falconet wanted to have a natural stone pedestal for his work, and a suitable red granite bolder was found in Finland, just about 6-7 miles from the city. Because of its size and weight it took a full year with the primitive equipment of those days to transport the huge rock to its current location. Later the Russian national poet, Alexander Pushkin, wrote a poem about the monument calling it a Bronze Horseman, and that is now the name as all the Russians know and refer to it. – A photo opportunity pending on the traffic.

Rostral Columns on the Spit of Vasilevskiy Island Rostral Columns - These two attractive city monuments are detailed parts in one of the most elegant architectural ensembles in St. Petersburg, called the “strelka”, or in English “the tip of an arrow”. The tip refers the sharp end location of the Vasili Island, where the columns stand. With the pillared former Stock Market building in the background they create a classical architectural combination, which has become one of the most photographed locations in St. Petersburg. The columns were built in 1805-1810, and they also served as lighthouses. These days they are still lit on special national festivals or celebrations, and gas flames of almost ten feet high can be seen far away. The columns imitate the ancient Roman practice of displaying the prows of captured enemy ships on a victory column. Also a most unforgettable and beautiful, panoramic view of the Neva River embankment, and the Winter Palace opens in front of our eyes from this location. – A photo stop.

Shopping:
Browse for Russian souvenirs and gifts and bargain with local vendors at the various stops during your excursion. Your tour includes a stop at one of St. Petersburg's souvenir shops where you can barter for such traditional Russian goods as lacquered boxes, jewelry, pins, hand painted nesting dolls, usually called “Matryoshka dolls”, handicrafts, china and porcelain, Russian delicacies like Caviar, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, beautiful coffee table books about Russian topics, and many others.

IMPORTANT: The shops also serve as our emergency toilet stops. The shops are located all over the city, and when a group member announces a need to use a rest room, our guides normally make the emergency stop at the nearest souvenir shop. They are well equipped to receive tourist for that purpose. These stops are often misunderstood by our guests, and taken as an effort to make the group members to shop, but no person is required to step out from the bus, except the one who requested the restroom. The fewer people go inside the faster the tour shall continue again.

What other sites you will see along the way: During the two, or three days of touring (depending on the length of the stay of your cruise ship) in St. Petersburg your motor coach will pass through the city's residential and suburban districts en route to Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. Among other things you shall pass the St. Nicholas Cathedral, and the nearby Theater Square with the world famous Mariinski Theatre (of such world famous ballet dancers like Vaslav Nijinski, Rudolf Nurejev, Mikhail Barishnikov) the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, and the monuments to the distinguished composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Glinka. You will pass by the Yusupov Palace (once the wealthiest person in Russia), and the symbol of St. Petersburg - the Bronze Horseman in the Decembrists' Square. Across the Neva River are the oldest buildings of St. Petersburg, including the Menshikov Palace (the mansion of the first governor of St. Petersburg), the St. Petersburg University, which are lined up one after another, and they never fail to impress a visitor every time you drive around this "museum in the open air." On the opposite side of the Neva there stands the Admiralty with its sharp and high golden spire, which is a compositional center of the entire city, and will never allow you to get lost. You shall also naturally drive along the Nevskij Prospekt, the fashionable main street of St. Petersburg. It is the center of business, fashion, boutiques, major shops, restaurants, hotels, but also some famous sites like the Kazan Cathedral, the Gostinni Dvor 18th century department store, the Alexandriinski Theatre, the Anichkov Bridge and many others.

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