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The itinerary you'll find below is designed for those arriving by cruise ship and are interested in shore excursions in St. Petersburg Russia.  It includes visa free documents, so you can come ashore without a regular visa.  These visa free documents are provided by one of the several companies I contract with and is part of all the details I coordinate so that you have you need to come ashore in one simple to understand proposal.  

This itinerary is for 2 days because most ships are in port for two days.  Some ships do dock for 1 or 3 days.  If you are in port for 3 days, please fill out the submission form and I'll send you revised St. Petersburg shore excursion itinerary.  

Visa Free Shore Excursions for Cruise Passengers 

DAY 1:   Each day of your shore excursion is approximately 8 hours.  The first day will begin with a driving tour of St. Petersburg.  As your St. Petersburg tour guide, I will organize your shore excursion around your special areas of interest and plan the driving excursion accordingly.  For example, perhaps you are interested in Churches and Cathedrals or would prefer to visit Jewish sites.   Normally an itinerary will flow as described here.  First, we will visit both the  Peterhof Grounds and it's Palace .  Peterhof is known as the Russian Versailles and is famous for its fountains and luxurious Baroque style palace.   Following our visit to the Grounds and Palace of Peterhof there we will visit to the  Peter and Paul Fortress .  This is the original construction commissioned by Peter the Great.  It is said that when Peter the Great arrived on Hare Island, where the fortress is located, he announced "Here there will be a city!"  He was absolutely right, and now approximately 5 million people live in the great city of St. Petersburg.  After the fortress we'll visit the Summer Gardens that were reopened in 2012.  Guests are also welcome to add or substitute details of the tour.  Due to location and as they have specific visiting hours this detail should be organized in advance.

DAY 2:  Your day will start with Nevsky Prospect, the main street in the heart of St. Petersburg.  Here you'll have an opportunity to explore the city on foot or by car and then make a visit to the  Kazan Cathedral or have a  Jewish Faith Excursion . In the 1930's the government turned Kazan into the Museum of Religious History and Atheism, but it has since been returned to a functioning Russian Orthodox church.  If you prefer to visit the Choral Synagogue complex instead of the Kazan Cathedral, it is located in the historically Jewish district, and is the second largest in Europe.  The next visit will be to the  Church on Spilled Blood , which is famous for its onion domes and beautiful mosaics.  If you're interested in souvenirs, there will also be a shopping opportunity at a market.  Next on the tour is a visit to Palace Square, which is home to the  Hermitage Museum  and the Winter Palace.  The Hermitage is the most famous museum in St. Petersburg and one of the largest art museums in the world!  As with all the museums we will skip the long lines at the Hermitage (which can be several hours long), because we will have VIP entrance.  Following the Hermitage will be a visit to the   General Staff Building .  This is the new home to the largest collection of Impressionist works in the world, that were once held in the Hermitage.

A visit to  Catherine's Palace  in the village of Pushkin or the Village of the Tsars (Tsarskoye Selo) is also absolutely possible to add or substitute in this tour.  Catherine's Palace is famous as the home of the Amber Room, which is one of the New Wonders of the World.  Another alternative is a private or group canal boat tour .  As VIP entrance tickets need ordered in advance for several of the museums, together we will custom tailor your itinerary to match your interests prior to your arrival. 

In the submission form below, please mention in the comments if you'd like a private tour or if you'd  like to consider joining to make a small group.  My focus is on private groups, but several times a season I do combine small groups together.

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