Saint Petersburg private tour to Hermitage and Peterhof by hydrofoil
The best way to spend a full day in St Petersburg!
After visiting the world-famous Hermitage Museum and masterpieces and its grand interiors, will take a comfortable ride by hydrofoil to Summer residence Peterhof, the city of fountains (Russian Versailles). On the way we will enjoy the views of Gulf of Finland, see the new-constructed Football stadium that looks like an alien spaceship, see from the distance Kronshtadt fortress and its shining dome of St Nicolaus Cathedral.
In Peterhof, we will enjoy some coffee and snacks or ice-cream and explore the grounds of the huge park with 150 fountains and 5 palaces its stories and legends. Once we get back to the city (by hydrofoil) the tour ends up with a long-desired dinner :) at Russian restaurant Vodka room №1 or Katjusha restaurant, trying out Russian specialties and vodka tasting!
10:30 Meeting your guide, heading to the Hermitage. Discussing on the way the parts of the collection you want to see, though we could leave some room for on-the-spot decision making - the exhibitions so enormous that you'll inevitably discover new painters and eras you weren't planning to see.
10:30 -12:45 exploring Hermitage
13:00 - Jumping into the hydrofoil on the Palace embankment. And a very comfortable rocket boat takes us right to the fabulous city of fountains Peterhof! Just 40 minutes and we are there!
14:00 - 15:30 - Visiting Peterhof Park, walking in a gorgeous park, enjoying fountains, feeding cute squirrels and eating ice-cream.
16:00 - 17:00 - Walking towards the pier taking hydrofoil back to St. Petersburg. Another 40 minutes. Some can take a little nap.
17:00 -18:30 dinner at Katjusha restaurant + Vodka tasting
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Palace square - at Alexander column
End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 8 hours
Tour is not available on Monday.
We'll use the Hydrofoil, and also some walking at the sites.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3500 RUB - Lunch at Katjusha + vodka tasting, coffee and snacks expenses for lunch.
I will not drive myself but hire a driver or van (or accompany you in your vehicle) on the tours that requires driving. (Both for insurance reasons and because I like to focus on the guiding).
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Olesya was an excellent guide and exceeded my expectations. She was very friendly and made me very comfortable. She was very forthcoming in any of the discussions and had a good knowledge of history of Saint Petersburg. It was a memorable tour of Saint Petersburg with her.