From Russia with Love

Trip Start May 12, 2012
Trip End May 25, 2012

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Friday, May 18, 2012

Today is the start of 2 jam-packed days of touring St Petersburg.
The ship is docked overnight and our first days touring starts at 7.00 AM!
In fact over 2 days we have 21 - 22 hours of planned sightseeing.

I have arranged a special itinerary through SPb Tours in St Petersburg. To get the numbers for a 16 seater bus I advertised the itinerary on Cruise Critic - a chat site for cruisers.

It was so in demand once the details were posted, I had to put on a second bus of 16.The Itinerary is listed underneath, and rather than describe the next 2 days, 

I have posted some of the many photos and videos taken.

ITINERARY: St Petersburg, Russia

Friday 7.00AM-6.00PM

07.00-07.30 am
     Meet at the ship as soon as the ship is cleared
07.30-09.30 am     City sightseeing tour. Subway ride. A visit inside the Grand Choral Synagogue.
09.45-10.30 am     A visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors
11.00-11.30 am     Hydrofoil ride to Peterhof
11.30-01.00 pm     Walk in the Peterhof Lower fountain park and the Upper gardens. A Visit to one of the smaller palaces.
01.15-01.45 pm     Lunch at a local restaurant
01.45-02.45 pm     Drive to the Tsars’ Village (summer residence)
02.45-04.15 pm     A visit to the Catherine's palace with the Amber room and a walk in the park
04.15-05.15 pm     Drive back to St.Petersburg
05.15-05.45 pm     A visit to St.Isaac's cathedral
06.00 pm               Return to the ship

Saturday 8.00AM-5.00PM

08.00 am
                Meet at the ship
08.30-09.30 am     Canal Boat Ride
09.30-11.30 pm     Special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum
12.00-01.30 pm     The Museum of Ethnography
01.45-02.15 pm     Excursion in the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood
02.45-04.15 pm     A visit to the Yusupovs' Palace
05.00 pm              Return to the ship

Tour prices include the following services
1. all port fees for two days and all local Russian taxes
2. english-speaking guide for two days
3. A/C vehicle for two days with this timing
4. admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
5. pass for the camera in the museums one per person. In Yusupov Palace one per couple.
6. subway ride
7. one bottle of water per person per day
8. hydrofoil ride
9. lunches are included on the first day only
10. electronic audio sets

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