Silversea Luxury Cruises A ST PETERSBURG

ST PETERSBURG
ST PETERSBURG
ST PETERSBURG

Commissioned by Tsar Peter the Great (1672–1725) as "a window looking into Europe," St. Petersburg is a planned city whose elegance is reminiscent of Europe's most alluring capitals. Little wonder it's the darling of fashion photographers and travel essayists today: built on more than a hundred islands in the Neva Delta linked by canals and arched bridges, it was called the "Venice of the North" by Goethe, and its stately embankments are reminiscent of those in Paris. View more

A city of golden spires and gilded domes, of pastel palaces and candlelit cathedrals, this city conceived by a visionary emperor is filled with pleasures and tantalizing treasures. With its strict geometric lines and perfectly planned architecture, so unlike the Russian cities that came before it, St. Petersburg is almost too European to be Russian. And yet it's too Russian to be European. The city is a powerful combination of both East and West, springing from the will and passion of its founder to guide a resistant Russia into the greater fold of Europe, and consequently into the mainstream of history. That he accomplished, and more. With a population of nearly 5 million, St. Petersburg is the fourth largest city in Europe after Paris, Moscow, and London. Without as many of the fashionably modern buildings that a business center like Moscow acquires, the city has managed to preserve much more of its history. Here, you can imagine yourself back in the time of the tsars and Dostoyevsky. Although it's a close race, it's safe to say that most visitors prefer St. Petersburg's culture, history, and beauty to Moscow's glamour and power. That said, St. Petersburg has begun to play a more active role in politics in recent years, as if it were the country's northern capital. It may be because of the affection the city holds in the heart of the country's political elite, many of whom are natives of the city. New high-speed trains now travel between Moscow and St. Petersburg, a new international airport and metro stations have just opened, and some crumbling parts of the city are undergoing reconstruction. St. Petersburg revels in its historic beauty but also embraces the new.

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Excursions depuis ST PETERSBURG

Silver Shore Privato: Private Minivan & Guide (Full Day)

Explore St. Petersburg at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary once onboard or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Information to help you plan your itinerary:


· Silver Shore Privato is considered a ship-sponsored tour and no individual Russian visa is required.

· The drive between the pier and the center of the city is approximately 20 minutes in each direction. However, as with most large cities, traffic congestion can be an issue and should be anticipated. Please allow adequate travel time in your planning.

· Venues have different days of opening and hours of operation. The chart below is a general guideline.

· Most venues have entrance fees; in addition some venues require extra fees which are not included, and additional charges to bring a camera or video recorder.

· To avoid waiting in line, the local tour operator will secure entrance tickets for your desired program, and your onboard account will be charged per ticket at the end of your touring day.

· Tour duration may be increased beyond the time specified. This must be requested onboard and will result in additional hourly fees.

· Foreign language guides may be requested onboard and are at an additional cost to be advised once availability is confirmed.

· Our onboard Shore Concierge will be pleased to assist you with any further questions and to assist in itinerary planning. Please confirm your venue choices with the team onboard.

· Once onboard the ship you will receive a form for you to confirm your itinerary and to identify the names of the guests in your party, required for disembarkation.

· As St. Petersburg is a most popular destination, please anticipate crowds at most venues, few of which offer any air-conditioning. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.



Catherine Palace: Closed Tuesdays & last Monday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days and special opening on Tuesday 8:30-10:30. Not available in the afternoon.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, about 46 steps. Elevator available ONLY for guests in wheelchairs.

Non-refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Central Naval Museum /Artillery Museum: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

4 steps to enter the Church; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Allow a Half Day


Cruiser Aurora: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Steps, not wheelchair accessible


Grand Palace at Peterhof: Closed Mondays & last Tuesday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days 9:00-11:00; 14:30-16:30 and in some cases during special opening on Monday.

Lower Park is open daily 9:00-21:00, fountains operating time 11:00-18:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only; 37 steps to cover inside the Palace, no elevators or ramps.

Allow a Full Day


Hermitage Museum: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sat: 10:30-17:00, Sun: 10:30-16:00, Wed, Fri: 10:30-21:00. For Silversea guests also available during early opening 9:00-10:30.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

No Air Conditioning, Wheelchair accessible, Considerable walking

Allow a Half Day or Full Day


Hermitage Gold Room: Closed Mondays

Available at advance booking only.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

Additional Fee - Must be reserved and prepaid at shoreconcierge@silversea.com

Non- refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Menshikov Palace: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sun: 10:30-16:30

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

Not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Pavlovsk Palace: Closed last Monday of the month

Open: Sat-Thu: 10:00-18:00

Pavlovsk Park is open daily 6:00-21:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only

Allow a Half Day

Peter & Paul Fortress: Open Daily

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00, Tues: 10:00-16:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

Two Steps, venue wheelchair accessible otherwise

Allow a Half Day


Peter's Log Cabin: Closed Tuesday & last Monday of the month

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

2 steps to enter the museum

Allow a Half Day

Russian Museum: Closed Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 10:00-18:00, Mon: 10:00-20:00, Thursday: 13:00-21:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

50 steps to cover inside the museum, but the Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Allow a Half Day


St. Isaac's Cathedral: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

8 high steps to enter the Cathedral; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

St. Isaac's Colonnade is not wheelchair accessible; there are 265 steps to the observation point.

Allow a Half Day


Synagogue: On Saturdays it's only possible to attend a service, not tours allowed

Open: Sun-Fri: 09:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

21 steps to enter, not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Yusupov Palace: Open Daily

Open: Mon-Sun: 10:45-17:00

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

45 steps up to the first floor, 16 narrow steps down to the basement and 12 steps down to the theatre on the first floor

Advance booking is required. Non-refundable once booked.

Allow a Half Day


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per minivan. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle; therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program and the cost of the tour may be split between suites. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to confirm your individual itinerary and departure time. Deviations to duration, venue admissions and additional camera or video fees will be charged to your onboard account. Silversea Cruises does not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Minivan & Guide (Half Day)

Explore St. Petersburg at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary once onboard or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Information to help you plan your itinerary:


· Silver Shore Privato is considered a ship-sponsored tour and no individual Russian visa is required.

· The drive between the pier and the center of the city is approximately 20 minutes in each direction. However, as with most large cities, traffic congestion can be an issue and should be anticipated. Please allow adequate travel time in your planning.

· Venues have different days of opening and hours of operation. The chart below is a general guideline.

· Most venues have entrance fees; in addition some venues require extra fees which are not included, and additional charges to bring a camera or video recorder.

· To avoid waiting in line, the local tour operator will secure entrance tickets for your desired program, and your onboard account will be charged per ticket at the end of your touring day.

· Tour duration may be increased beyond the time specified. This must be requested onboard and will result in additional hourly fees.

· Foreign language guides may be requested onboard and are at an additional cost to be advised once availability is confirmed.

· Our onboard Shore Concierge will be pleased to assist you with any further questions and to assist in itinerary planning. Please confirm your venue choices with the team onboard.

· Once onboard the ship you will receive a form for you to confirm your itinerary and to identify the names of the guests in your party, required for disembarkation.

· As St. Petersburg is a most popular destination, please anticipate crowds at most venues, few of which offer any air-conditioning. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.



Catherine Palace: Closed Tuesdays & last Monday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days and special opening on Tuesday 8:30-10:30. Not available in the afternoon.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, about 46 steps. Elevator available ONLY for guests in wheelchairs.

Non-refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Central Naval Museum /Artillery Museum: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

4 steps to enter the Church; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Allow a Half Day


Cruiser Aurora: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Steps, not wheelchair accessible


Grand Palace at Peterhof: Closed Mondays & last Tuesday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days 9:00-11:00; 14:30-16:30 and in some cases during special opening on Monday.

Lower Park is open daily 9:00-21:00, fountains operating time 11:00-18:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only; 37 steps to cover inside the Palace, no elevators or ramps.

Allow a Full Day


Hermitage Museum: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sat: 10:30-17:00, Sun: 10:30-16:00, Wed, Fri: 10:30-21:00. For Silversea guests also available during early opening 9:00-10:30.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

No Air Conditioning, Wheelchair accessible, Considerable walking

Allow a Half Day or Full Day


Hermitage Gold Room: Closed Mondays

Available at advance booking only.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

Additional Fee - Must be reserved and prepaid at shoreconcierge@silversea.com

Non- refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Menshikov Palace: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sun: 10:30-16:30

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

Not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Pavlovsk Palace: Closed last Monday of the month

Open: Sat-Thu: 10:00-18:00

Pavlovsk Park is open daily 6:00-21:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only

Allow a Half Day


Peter & Paul Fortress: Open Daily

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00, Tues: 10:00-16:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

Two Steps, venue wheelchair accessible otherwise

Allow a Half Day


Peter's Log Cabin: Closed Tuesday & last Monday of the month

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

2 steps to enter the museum

Allow a Half Day

Russian Museum: Closed Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 10:00-18:00, Mon: 10:00-20:00, Thursday: 13:00-21:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

50 steps to cover inside the museum, but the Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Allow a Half Day


St. Isaac's Cathedral: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

8 high steps to enter the Cathedral; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

St. Isaac's Colonnade is not wheelchair accessible; there are 265 steps to the observation point.

Allow a Half Day


Synagogue: On Saturdays it's only possible to attend a service, not tours allowed

Open: Sun-Fri: 09:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

21 steps to enter, not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Yusupov Palace: Open Daily

Open: Mon-Sun: 10:45-17:00

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

45 steps up to the first floor, 16 narrow steps down to the basement and 12 steps down to the theatre on the first floor

Advance booking is required. Non-refundable once booked.

Allow a Half Day


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per minivan. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle; therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program and the cost of the tour may be split between suites. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to confirm your individual itinerary and departure time. Deviations to duration, venue admissions and additional camera or video fees will be charged to your onboard account. Silversea Cruises does not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore St. Petersburg at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary once onboard or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Information to help you plan your itinerary:


· Silver Shore Privato is considered a ship-sponsored tour and no individual Russian visa is required.

· The drive between the pier and the center of the city is approximately 20 minutes in each direction. However, as with most large cities, traffic congestion can be an issue and should be anticipated. Please allow adequate travel time in your planning.

· Venues have different days of opening and hours of operation. The chart below is a general guideline.

· Most venues have entrance fees; in addition some venues require extra fees which are not included, and additional charges to bring a camera or video recorder.

· To avoid waiting in line, the local tour operator will secure entrance tickets for your desired program, and your onboard account will be charged per ticket at the end of your touring day.

· Tour duration may be increased beyond the time specified. This must be requested onboard and will result in additional hourly fees.

· Foreign language guides may be requested onboard and are at an additional cost to be advised once availability is confirmed.

· Our onboard Shore Concierge will be pleased to assist you with any further questions and to assist in itinerary planning. Please confirm your venue choices with the team onboard.

· Once onboard the ship you will receive a form for you to confirm your itinerary and to identify the names of the guests in your party, required for disembarkation.

· As St. Petersburg is a most popular destination, please anticipate crowds at most venues, few of which offer any air-conditioning. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.



Catherine Palace: Closed Tuesdays & last Monday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days and special opening on Tuesday 8:30-10:30. Not available in the afternoon.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, about 46 steps. Elevator available ONLY for guests in wheelchairs.

Non-refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Central Naval Museum /Artillery Museum: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

4 steps to enter the Church; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Allow a Half Day


Cruiser Aurora: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Steps, not wheelchair accessible


Grand Palace at Peterhof: Closed Mondays & last Tuesday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days 9:00-11:00; 14:30-16:30 and in some cases during special opening on Monday.

Lower Park is open daily 9:00-21:00, fountains operating time 11:00-18:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only; 37 steps to cover inside the Palace, no elevators or ramps.

Allow a Full Day


Hermitage Museum: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sat: 10:30-17:00, Sun: 10:30-16:00, Wed, Fri: 10:30-21:00. For Silversea guests also available during early opening 9:00-10:30.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

No Air Conditioning, Wheelchair accessible, Considerable walking

Allow a Half Day or Full Day


Hermitage Gold Room: Closed Mondays

Available at advance booking only.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

Additional Fee - Must be reserved and prepaid at shoreconcierge@silversea.com

Non- refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Menshikov Palace: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sun: 10:30-16:30

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

Not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Pavlovsk Palace: Closed last Monday of the month

Open: Sat-Thu: 10:00-18:00

Pavlovsk Park is open daily 6:00-21:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only

Allow a Half Day


Peter & Paul Fortress: Open Daily

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00, Tues: 10:00-16:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

Two Steps, venue wheelchair accessible otherwise

Allow a Half Day


Peter's Log Cabin: Closed Tuesday & last Monday of the month

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

2 steps to enter the museum

Allow a Half Day

Russian Museum: Closed Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 10:00-18:00, Mon: 10:00-20:00, Thursday: 13:00-21:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

50 steps to cover inside the museum, but the Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Allow a Half Day


St. Isaac's Cathedral: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

8 high steps to enter the Cathedral; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

St. Isaac's Colonnade is not wheelchair accessible; there are 265 steps to the observation point.

Allow a Half Day


Synagogue: On Saturdays it's only possible to attend a service, not tours allowed

Open: Sun-Fri: 09:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

21 steps to enter, not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Yusupov Palace: Open Daily

Open: Mon-Sun: 10:45-17:00

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

45 steps up to the first floor, 16 narrow steps down to the basement and 12 steps down to the theatre on the first floor

Advance booking is required. Non-refundable once booked.

Allow a Half Day


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle; therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program and the cost of the tour may be split between suites. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to confirm your individual itinerary and departure time. Deviations to duration, venue admissions and additional camera or video fees will be charged to your onboard account. Silversea Cruises does not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle.

Back to the Time of Peter the Great

The whole world knows that St. Petersburg owes its existence to Peter the Great for all the great accomplishments of his reign including the foundation of a new city on the banks of the Neva River, a new capital of Russia which became the countries "window to the West". On this tour you will visit several sights that still remember the great tsar and retain the atmosphere of the early 18th century.


Menshikov Palace

Depart the pier for a 15-minute coach ride to enjoy an inside visit to the Palace of Alexander Menshikov (1673-1729) who was the best friend and companion of Peter the Great. He came from a very humble background, but was quickly promoted by Peter and eventually became the Governor General of St. Petersburg. Many constructions of the new capital were carried out under his supervision, including the Peter and Paul Fortress and Kronshtadt. Being the Governor General, he commissioned for himself a large palace on Vasilievsky Island where he lived until 1727. The palace was the most luxurious mansion in St. Petersburg and was therefore chosen to host various official functions.

After Peter's death in 1725, Menshikov did his best to ensure that the throne would pass safely to Peter's wife Catherine I, and during the two years of her reign Menshikov effectively ruled the country. In 1727, a few weeks before his daughter's marriage to the young Emperor Peter II, Menshikov was accused of treason and embezzlement and was exiled with his whole family to Siberia where he died in poverty two years later.

Today Menshikov Palace is part of the Hermitage Museum. On the tour of the Palace you will view the original interiors, including the hall, the gala staircase, some rooms decorated in Dutch style with tiles covering the walls and the ceilings. The interiors of the palace are adorned with gold, silver, marble, precious kinds of wood, paintings, moldings, antique Italian sculptures, large Venetian mirrors, crystal chandeliers, walls are upholstered with Chinese silk and tapestries. The palace features rich collections of applied art, sculpture, coins and canvases by Russian and European artists. The Walnut study is especially remarkable. The restorers of the study discovered a fresco dating back to the first quarter of the 18th century under the plafond painted in 1717-1719 by F. Pilmann. It depicts Peter the Great as a victorious warrior.


Log Cabin of Peter the Great

Following the tour of the Menshikov Palace, you will reboard your coach and drive to the Peter's Embankment where the earliest structure of the city still stands - the Log Cabin of Peter the Great. It was built in May 1703 by a team of soldiers for the Tsar just in three days and Peter stayed there from 1703 to 1708. The cabin is only 60 square meters in area. In 1784 the original wooden house was hidden from wind and rain inside a red-brick pavilion, so you will follow your guide inside that brick "case" to view the cabin with your own eyes, but only from outside. However through the open windows you will be able to see the interior of this tiny house - a strange combination of a traditional Russian izba and a Dutch home with large and elaborate windows and high roof, covered with wooden tiles. The living room, the bedroom, and the study, filled with Peter's original belongings, still bear the mark of his presence.

During the Second World War the Cabin of Peter the Great was the first museum to reopen in 1944 after the dramatic 900-day Siege of Leningrad.


Summer Garden Stroll

Across the river from the Log Cabin you can find an old park behind the beautiful wrought iron fence - the Summer Garden. It was the first garden of the new city intended for public promenades and it witnessed the most spectacular moments of the city's early history. It was laid out in the regular geometrical design fashionable in Europe in the early 18th century: all trees and bushes were trimmed in the most elaborate way, all the alleys were decorated with Italian marble statues and fountains. Inside the Summer Garden you will also view from the outside the Summer Palace of Peter I (now on restoration) - a beautiful example of St. Petersburg's early 18th century architecture.

Scenic Boat Cruise

Following the walk around the Summer Garden, proceed to the pier located in front of the main entrance to the Garden for a 45-minute boat ride to view more of the city's sites from the water. St. Petersburg was built around a network of canals and rivers, with a total length of about 300 km. They contribute to the unique atmosphere creating a glittery mirror in which the golden domes and fairytale palaces of the city are reflected.


The boat ride ends at the pier where you re-board the coach for the transfer back to your ship.


Please note: Tour involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces, and numerous steps to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who use a wheelchair. We suggest wearing seasonal clothes.The route of the boat ride may vary due to high water level and bridge repair works. In case of stormy weather, the boat ride may be cancelled

Catherine's Palace

Explore the magnificent beauty and amazing restoration of the Catherine Palace during this scenic and informative half-day visit to Pushkin.


Depart the pier for a scenic, one-hour drive to Pushkin. En route, pass by the landmarks, industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg. Upon arrival to the parking area, leave the coach for an approximately 15-minute walk to the palace complex, which is embellished with blue and gold tones.


Catherine Palace

Located in Tsarskoye Selo, or 'Tsar's Village', the estate was presented by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine in 1710, and served as the Imperial family's summer residence until the time of the last tsar. A romantic park with mysterious arbours, pavilions, grottoes, and statues surrounds the Catherine Palace. Upon arrival, admire the palace's beautiful, 984-foot (300-metre) azure facades, and then ascend the Great Staircase en route to the beautiful staterooms on the second floor. See the Picture Gallery, Green Dining Room, and the gilded and opulent Great Hall, where official balls and receptions were held.


The highlight of your visit is the restored Amber Room, opened to the public in May 2003 to coincide with the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. German emperor Frederick William I originally presented the approximate 16-foot (about 5-metre) high mosaic panels consisting of nearly 100,000 perfectly-fitted pieces to Peter the Great. They were dismantled by German troops in 1941 and shipped to Germany, never to be found again. In 1982, Russian architects and craftsmen studied the old methods of working with amber, and began re-creating the panels and restoring the Amber Room to its original glory.


Following your visit, take a guided, 45-minute walk through the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) park en route to the coach, then commence the one-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, and numerous steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for infants or toddlers, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special slipcovers to wear over their shoes inside the palace. A café, exchange bureau and souvenir shop is located on the ground floor of Catherine Palace. Some vendors accept credit cards. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Catherine's Palace Guided in German

Explore the magnificent beauty and amazing restoration of the Catherine Palace during this scenic and informative half-day visit to Pushkin.


Depart the pier for a scenic, one-hour drive to Pushkin. En route, pass by the landmarks, industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg. Upon arrival to the parking area, leave the coach for an approximately 15-minute walk to the palace complex, which is embellished with blue and gold tones.


Catherine Palace

Located in Tsarskoye Selo, or 'Tsar's Village', the estate was presented by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine in 1710, and served as the Imperial family's summer residence until the time of the last tsar. A romantic park with mysterious arbours, pavilions, grottoes, and statues surrounds the Catherine Palace. Upon arrival, admire the palace's beautiful, 984-foot (300-metre) azure facades, and then ascend the Great Staircase en route to the beautiful staterooms on the second floor. See the Picture Gallery, Green Dining Room, and the gilded and opulent Great Hall, where official balls and receptions were held.


The highlight of your visit is the restored Amber Room, opened to the public in May 2003 to coincide with the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. German emperor Frederick William I originally presented the approximate 16-foot (about 5-metre) high mosaic panels consisting of nearly 100,000 perfectly-fitted pieces to Peter the Great. They were dismantled by German troops in 1941 and shipped to Germany, never to be found again. In 1982, Russian architects and craftsmen studied the old methods of working with amber, and began re-creating the panels and restoring the Amber Room to its original glory.


Following your visit, take a guided, 45-minute walk through the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) park en route to the coach, then commence the one-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: Tour is Guided in German, minimum amount of guests required to operate. It involves an extensive amount of walking, and numerous steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for infants or toddlers, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special slipcovers to wear over their shoes inside the palace. A café, exchange bureau and souvenir shop is located on the ground floor of Catherine Palace. Some vendors accept credit cards. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Catherine's Palace Guided in Spanish

Explore the magnificent beauty and amazing restoration of the Catherine Palace during this scenic and informative half-day visit to Pushkin.


Depart the pier for a scenic, one-hour drive to Pushkin. En route, pass by the landmarks, industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg. Upon arrival to the parking area, leave the coach for an approximately 15-minute walk to the palace complex, which is embellished with blue and gold tones.


Catherine Palace

Located in Tsarskoye Selo, or 'Tsar's Village', the estate was presented by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine in 1710, and served as the Imperial family's summer residence until the time of the last tsar. A romantic park with mysterious arbours, pavilions, grottoes, and statues surrounds the Catherine Palace. Upon arrival, admire the palace's beautiful, 984-foot (300-metre) azure facades, and then ascend the Great Staircase en route to the beautiful staterooms on the second floor. See the Picture Gallery, Green Dining Room, and the gilded and opulent Great Hall, where official balls and receptions were held.


The highlight of your visit is the restored Amber Room, opened to the public in May 2003 to coincide with the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. German emperor Frederick William I originally presented the approximate 16-foot (about 5-metre) high mosaic panels consisting of nearly 100,000 perfectly-fitted pieces to Peter the Great. They were dismantled by German troops in 1941 and shipped to Germany, never to be found again. In 1982, Russian architects and craftsmen studied the old methods of working with amber, and began re-creating the panels and restoring the Amber Room to its original glory.


Following your visit, take a guided, 45-minute walk through the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) park en route to the coach, then commence the one-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: Tour is Guided in Spanish, minimum amount of guests required to operate. It involves an extensive amount of walking, and numerous steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for infants or toddlers, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special slipcovers to wear over their shoes inside the palace. A café, exchange bureau and souvenir shop is located on the ground floor of Catherine Palace. Some vendors accept credit cards. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Catherine's Palace, Parks & Pavlovsk

Explore St. Petersburg's most spectacular suburban residences during this memorable, full-day tour of the Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces.


Catherine Palace

Following an hour-long drive, you will tour the Catherine palace that is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the world architecture. The lavish imperial palace was designed by architect Rastrelli in 1752 for Empress Elizabeth. She named it Catherine Palace in honor of her mother, Catherine I, who originally owned the estate.


You start the tour of the palace from the Great staircase by Monighetty which takes you to the state rooms on the first floor. The interior consists of a seemingly interminable succession of state-rooms, which give the impression of a golden corridor. The highlight of the visit is the splendid Great Hall. Light streams into this glittering hall illuminating the mirrors, gilded carvings and the vast ceiling painting. Of special interest is the Amber Room of the palace that was once considered to be the "Eighth Wonder of the World". You will learn the fascinating story of this room.


After the palace tour, take a brief guided stroll in the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) park. Following your visit to Catherine's Palace, re-board your coach and proceed to a Podvorie Restaurant for a traditional Russian lunch accompanied by folkloric music.


Pavlovsk Palace

Following lunch, you will visit the Palace of Pavlovsk, one of Russia's most beautifully restored palaces which belonged to Emperor Paul I and his wife Maria. The palace remained a residence of the Romanov family until 1915. Though the palace and the park were destroyed in 1941-44, they have been completely restored and present the most complete picture of a royal suburban residence. Pavlovsk is a place that has retained an atmosphere of warm intimacy and sumptuous coziness, which still enchants visitors.


Following your palace tour, take a guided walk in the romantic, 1,800-acre (728-hectare) Pavlovsk Park, one of the finest landscaped parks in Europe. Leaving Pavlovsk Park, re-board your coach for the approximate 1.25-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over flat and gravel surfaces, with many steps to negotiate inside the palaces. This tour is not recommended for infants and toddlers, guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. There are no elevators inside the palaces. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special slipcovers to wear over their shoes inside the palaces. Expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays at the palaces. The tour sequence may vary.

Faberge Museum and Canal Boat Ride

This tour will introduce you to the treasures of Russian jewelry art exhibited in the private Faberge Museum, and allow you to enjoy the great city views from water in a leisurely manner.


Faberge Museum

The private Faberge Museum opened its doors at the renovated Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg on November 19, 2013. Here billionaire Viktor Vekselberg has placed his priceless collection of Faberge Eggs on display for the general public.

The collection includes over 4,000 works of art from the late 19th and early 20th century, including fifteen Faberge eggs, nine of which are the famous Imperial Faberge eggs previously owned by the Romanov family.

It took 10 years to create the current collection, and it is still growing. You will see many unique exhibits, among which are other works of the famous jeweler, royal silverware, precious icons and other religious ornaments, collection of paintings on enamel, other objects of decorative and applied art, paintings by famous Russian and foreign artists.

Viktor Vekselberg purchased the famous Malcolm Forbes Faberge Collection from the Forbes family in 2004 for about $100 million. Most notable amongst this collection are the Rosebud Egg, Lilies-of-the-Valley Egg, Coronation Egg and, particularly the Hen Egg and the Order of St. George Egg that represent the first and last eggs received by Empress Maria, wife of Alexander III.

The first Faberge egg was crafted for Emperor Alexander III who had decided to give his wife Maria an Easter Egg in 1885 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. Known as the Hen Egg, this first Faberge egg was crafted from gold. Its opaque white enameled "shell" opens to reveal its first surprise - a matte yellow gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multicolored gold hen that also opens.

Empress Maria was so delighted by the gift that Alexander appointed Faberge a "goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown" and commissioned another egg the next year. After that Peter Carl Faberge was apparently given complete freedom for future Imperial Easter Eggs, and their designs become more elaborate. It is believed that even the Tsar didn't know what form they would take: the only requirement was that each contain a surprise.


Canals of St. Petersburg

After visiting the museum, board a canal boat for an hour long ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to view more of the city's sites from the water. St. Petersburg was built around a network of canals and rivers, which contribute a lot to the great atmosphere of this "Venice of the North".


The canal boat ride ends at a pier where you will re-board the coach for the transfer back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate. This tour is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair who can get on and off the coach and boat with little assistance. Canal boat and canal boat pier are not wheelchair accessible. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Photo and video are not allowed in the Faberge Museum. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. The order of sites visited may vary. The route of the boat ride may vary due to high water level and bridge repair works. In case of stormy weather, the boat ride may be cancelled

Mysterious Stories in Russian History

During the 300 years of its existence St. Petersburg has acquired so much historical importance and witnessed so many turning events that there inevitably appeared a countless number of legends and mysterious stories. During this unique tour ou will learn many interesting facts, rumors, legends and tales about tsars and nobles, writers and musicians, squares and streets, palaces and mansions.


Yusupov Palace

Depart the pier for a 30-minute transfer via coach to the Yusupov Palace associated with one of the most controversial personalities in the Russian history - Grigory Rasputin, and his dramatic assassination.


The Yusupov Palace on the Moika Embankment is an outstanding historic and architectural monument of the late 18th - early 20th centuries. It presents a fine example of the Russian classicism, full of quiet dignity and laconic chic, and preserves the memory of its noble owners, the Yusupov Princes whose wealth could be compared only to that of the Romanovs.


The Yusupovs were great collectors of art, and their collection was known well beyond Russia. After the revolution most of the collection was moved to the Hermitage, though traces of the incredible wealth that once kept this palace pulsating with life still remain: sitting rooms sumptuously decorated in various architectural styles, intricate chandeliers and candelabras, sculptures and paintings. Wandering around the halls of the Yusupov Palace that preserve a sense of the past, you will learn about the refined luxury, exquisite taste, and splendor of the high life, family happiness and human tragedies of the past.


You will be amazed by the sumptuously decorated Yusupov's private theater that looks like a cozy version of the Mariinsky. Composers Franz Liszt and Alexander Dargomyzhsky, opera singer Feodor Chaliapin and ballerina Anna Pavlova performed at concerts in this home theatre, a genuine gem of the Palace.


Not only is the Palace a remarkable architectural monument, but it is also one of the most mysterious places in the city, full of occult memories, a historical site, tied to the fall of Imperial Russia. It was here that Grigory Rasputin, a peasant who had gained control over the tsar's family through his alleged supernatural powers, was murdered by the young prince Felix Yusupov and his associates on the night of December 16-17, 1916, and his death was as mysterious as his life. Your guide will escort you to the cellar, where 'Madame Tussauds' style wax figures reconstitute the whole event for you.


Canal Boat Ride

Following the visit to Yusupov Palace embark a boat for a short cruise along the canals of St. Petersburg that is often called "Venice of the North". Enjoy the beautiful palaces, mansions and churches from a totally different perspective.


Spilled Blood Cathedral

Your next stop is the stunning Spilled Blood Cathedral - certainly one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. This marvelous Russian-style multicolored, onion-domed church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated on March 1, 1881. Emperor Alexander III decided to build a church at the spot where his father was mortally wounded. Constructed in 1883-1907, the church is designed in the spirit of sixteenth- and seventeenth century Russian architecture, inspired particularly by St. Basil Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow.


The church stands out for its complicated and picturesque outline, as well as rich and multicolored decoration. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed 7000 square meters of mosaics, designed and created in Frolovs' workshop to the originals by the most prominent Russian artists of the day: Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Riabushkin and Vrubel. These mosaics are far from being ordinary; their surface was left unpolished, so that they reflect sunlight, which impresses visitors to present day. Inside the cathedral the very spot of the assassination is marked with a marble Shatrovy Cen, a monument to Alexander.


The facades are faced with glazed shaped brick and ceramic tiles as well as decorated with mosaic panels. In the decor of interiors Italian marbles and Russian semiprecious stones are used. Five cupolas of the church, some 1000 square meters in area are covered with jewelry enamel. The belfry is decorated with mosaic coats-of-arms of cities and regions of the Russian empire. The church is interesting as a kind of an architectural accent in classical surroundings.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking with stairs to negotiate and is not suitable for guests who use a wheelchair. We suggest guests dress in seasonal attire and wear flat, walking shoes. In the event of inclement weather, the boat ride may be substituted with a coach transfer. Order of sites visited may vary.

Personal Treasures from St. Petersburg - Shopping!

Find your own treasures and memories to take back home during this half-day shopping and browsing opportunity. This program will allow you some free time in the city at your leisure.


Your tour will begin with a short drive to the Square of Arts dominated by the famous monument to Alexander Pushkin. Every single building facing the square is either a theater or a museum. Here you will find the world-known Russian Museum, the Museum of Ethnography, Mikhailovsky Theater of Opera and Ballet and the State Philharmonic Society. Here the coach will be waiting for you while you enjoy time at leisure walking and shopping along the city's main street - Nevsky Prospect.


Nevsky Prospect, certainly one of the best-known streets in Russia. Cutting right through the St. Petersburg historical center, it runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and then, making a slight curve, to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Since the 18th century it has been the very center of the bustling, rapidly growing city. The street is lined with some of St. Petersburg's most impressive buildings, including beautiful palaces, theaters and churches. You will be passing the beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, the Catholic Church of St. Catherine, and view the fairytale Spilled Blood Cathedral. Nevsky is also the main shopping area for the citizens and guests of St. Petersburg. Here you will find such large shopping centers as Gostiny Dvor, Passage and Grand Palace Boutique Gallery.


The guide will assist and direct you to the type of treasure you are seeking.

After approximately 2,5 hours of free time in the city center with your guide close at hand, re-join the coach for the 20-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This is not a guided tour, but a programme that will allow you to have some free time in the city-centre under the supervision of a licensed guide. An individual visa is not required for this programme. This programme involves minimal to moderate walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who use a wheelchair. Guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance. We recommend guests dress in seasonal attire and wear flat walking shoes. Major credit cards and Rubles are accepted in the main stores.

Peterhof Palace & Hydrofoil Ride

Take a tour to Peterhof - the town of palaces, fountains and gardens, the most brilliant of all the former summer residences of the Russian tsars conceived by Peter the Great to rival Versailles.

The grounds of Peterhof include the Upper and Lower Park and a number of delightful little palaces and pavilions. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace. It has a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf beyond.


Peterhof Grand Palace

Upon arrival to Peterhof you will proceed to the Upper Park designed as a French formal garden and enter the Grand Palace for an hour-long tour. The original palace was built for Peter the Great in 1714-25 and in 1745-55 it was remodeled to its present baroque glory by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the favorite architect of Empress Elizabeth. Despite all the damage done to the Grand Palace during WWII, it has been carefully restored and is truly breathtaking.

Enjoy the palace's startling interiors: the Gala Staircase, the Dancing Hall, the Audience Hall and a suite of drawing rooms to Rastrelli's design. You will certainly be impressed by the classical decoration of architect Felton such as the Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne room, the White Dining Room with its unique Wedgwood dinner service. Peter's Oak Study is one of the few rooms to have survived unaltered from the days of Peter the Great. Some of the oak panels are originals by Nicolas Pineau.


Lower Gardens Tour

Descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains including four cascades decorated with gilded statues of mythological characters. Enjoy a stop at the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world that is justly considered the chief delight of the grounds. A great variety of fountains concentrated in the Lower Park includes the Checker Board Hill Cascade, Golden Hill Cascade, Lion's Cascade, Adam and Eva fountains, the Sun fountain, the Pyramid and lots of others.

Following an hour-long tour of the grounds, board a comfortable hydrofoil and commence on a 30-minute return ride to St. Petersburg.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over flat and gravel surfaces, with numerous stairs to negotiate and no elevators. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who use a wheelchair. Hydrofoil and hydrofoil pier are not wheelchair accessible. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special slipcovers to wear over their shoes inside the Grand Palace. Photo and video are not allowed in the Peterhof Grand Palace. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. The tour sequence may vary. The hydrofoil may not be exclusive to Silversea guests. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this program.

Peterhof Palace & Hydrofoil Ride Guided in German

Take a tour to Peterhof - the town of palaces, fountains and gardens, the most brilliant of all the former summer residences of the Russian tsars conceived by Peter the Great to rival Versailles.

The grounds of Peterhof include the Upper and Lower Park and a number of delightful little palaces and pavilions. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace. It has a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf beyond.


Peterhof Grand Palace

Upon arrival to Peterhof you will proceed to the Upper Park designed as a French formal garden and enter the Grand Palace for an hour-long tour. The original palace was built for Peter the Great in 1714-25 and in 1745-55 it was remodeled to its present baroque glory by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the favorite architect of Empress Elizabeth. Despite all the damage done to the Grand Palace during WWII, it has been carefully restored and is truly breathtaking.

Enjoy the palace's startling interiors: the Gala Staircase, the Dancing Hall, the Audience Hall and a suite of drawing rooms to Rastrelli's design. You will certainly be impressed by the classical decoration of architect Felton such as the Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne room, the White Dining Room with its unique Wedgwood dinner service. Peter's Oak Study is one of the few rooms to have survived unaltered from the days of Peter the Great. Some of the oak panels are originals by Nicolas Pineau.


Lower Gardens Tour

Descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains including four cascades decorated with gilded statues of mythological characters. Enjoy a stop at the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world that is justly considered the chief delight of the grounds. A great variety of fountains concentrated in the Lower Park includes the Checker Board Hill Cascade, Golden Hill Cascade, Lion's Cascade, Adam and Eva fountains, the Sun fountain, the Pyramid and lots of others.

Following an hour-long tour of the grounds, board a comfortable hydrofoil and commence on a 30-minute return ride to St. Petersburg.


Please note: Tour is Guided in German, minimum amount of guests required to operate. It involves an extensive amount of walking over flat and gravel surfaces, with numerous stairs to negotiate and no elevators. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who use a wheelchair. Hydrofoil and hydrofoil pier are not wheelchair accessible. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special slipcovers to wear over their shoes inside the Grand Palace. Photo and video are not allowed in the Peterhof Grand Palace. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. The tour sequence may vary. The hydrofoil may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.

Peterhof Palace & Hydrofoil Ride Guided in Spanish

Take a tour to Peterhof - the town of palaces, fountains and gardens, the most brilliant of all the former summer residences of the Russian tsars conceived by Peter the Great to rival Versailles.

The grounds of Peterhof include the Upper and Lower Park and a number of delightful little palaces and pavilions. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace. It has a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf beyond.


Peterhof Grand Palace

Upon arrival to Peterhof you will proceed to the Upper Park designed as a French formal garden and enter the Grand Palace for an hour-long tour. The original palace was built for Peter the Great in 1714-25 and in 1745-55 it was remodeled to its present baroque glory by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the favorite architect of Empress Elizabeth. Despite all the damage done to the Grand Palace during WWII, it has been carefully restored and is truly breathtaking.

Enjoy the palace's startling interiors: the Gala Staircase, the Dancing Hall, the Audience Hall and a suite of drawing rooms to Rastrelli's design. You will certainly be impressed by the classical decoration of architect Felton such as the Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne room, the White Dining Room with its unique Wedgwood dinner service. Peter's Oak Study is one of the few rooms to have survived unaltered from the days of Peter the Great. Some of the oak panels are originals by Nicolas Pineau.


Lower Gardens Tour

Descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains including four cascades decorated with gilded statues of mythological characters. Enjoy a stop at the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world that is justly considered the chief delight of the grounds. A great variety of fountains concentrated in the Lower Park includes the Checker Board Hill Cascade, Golden Hill Cascade, Lion's Cascade, Adam and Eva fountains, the Sun fountain, the Pyramid and lots of others.

Following an hour-long tour of the grounds, board a comfortable hydrofoil and commence on a 30-minute return ride to St. Petersburg.


Please note: Tour is Guided in Spanish, minimum amount of guests required to operate.This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over flat and gravel surfaces, with numerous stairs to negotiate and no elevators. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who use a wheelchair. Hydrofoil and hydrofoil pier are not wheelchair accessible. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special slipcovers to wear over their shoes inside the Grand Palace. Photo and video are not allowed in the Peterhof Grand Palace. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. The tour sequence may vary. The hydrofoil may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore St. Petersburg at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary once onboard or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Information to help you plan your itinerary:


· Silver Shore Privato is considered a ship-sponsored tour and no individual Russian visa is required.

· The drive between the pier and the center of the city is approximately 20 minutes in each direction. However, as with most large cities, traffic congestion can be an issue and should be anticipated. Please allow adequate travel time in your planning.

· Venues have different days of opening and hours of operation. The chart below is a general guideline.

· Most venues have entrance fees; in addition some venues require extra fees which are not included, and additional charges to bring a camera or video recorder.

· To avoid waiting in line, the local tour operator will secure entrance tickets for your desired program, and your onboard account will be charged per ticket at the end of your touring day.

· Tour duration may be increased beyond the time specified. This must be requested onboard and will result in additional hourly fees.

· Foreign language guides may be requested onboard and are at an additional cost to be advised once availability is confirmed.

· Our onboard Shore Concierge will be pleased to assist you with any further questions and to assist in itinerary planning. Please confirm your venue choices with the team onboard.

· Once onboard the ship you will receive a form for you to confirm your itinerary and to identify the names of the guests in your party, required for disembarkation.

· As St. Petersburg is a most popular destination, please anticipate crowds at most venues, few of which offer any air-conditioning. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.



Catherine Palace: Closed Tuesdays & last Monday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days and special opening on Tuesday 8:30-10:30. Not available in the afternoon.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, about 46 steps. Elevator available ONLY for guests in wheelchairs.

Non-refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Central Naval Museum /Artillery Museum: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

4 steps to enter the Church; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Allow a Half Day


Cruiser Aurora: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Steps, not wheelchair accessible


Grand Palace at Peterhof: Closed Mondays & last Tuesday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days 9:00-11:00; 14:30-16:30 and in some cases during special opening on Monday.

Lower Park is open daily 9:00-21:00, fountains operating time 11:00-18:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only; 37 steps to cover inside the Palace, no elevators or ramps.

Allow a Full Day


Hermitage Museum: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sat: 10:30-17:00, Sun: 10:30-16:00, Wed, Fri: 10:30-21:00. For Silversea guests also available during early opening 9:00-10:30.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

No Air Conditioning, Wheelchair accessible, Considerable walking

Allow a Half Day or Full Day


Hermitage Gold Room: Closed Mondays

Available at advance booking only.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

Additional Fee - Must be reserved and prepaid at shoreconcierge@silversea.com

Non- refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Menshikov Palace: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sun: 10:30-16:30

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

Not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Pavlovsk Palace: Closed last Monday of the month

Open: Sat-Thu: 10:00-18:00

Pavlovsk Park is open daily 6:00-21:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only

Allow a Half Day

Open: Tues-Sun: 10:30-16:30


Peter & Paul Fortress: Open Daily

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00, Tues: 10:00-16:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

Two Steps, venue wheelchair accessible otherwise

Allow a Half Day


Peter's Log Cabin: Closed Tuesday & last Monday of the month

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

2 steps to enter the museum

Allow a Half Day

Russian Museum: Closed Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 10:00-18:00, Mon: 10:00-20:00, Thursday: 13:00-21:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

50 steps to cover inside the museum, but the Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Allow a Half Day


St. Isaac's Cathedral: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

8 high steps to enter the Cathedral; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

St. Isaac's Colonnade is not wheelchair accessible; there are 265 steps to the observation point.

Allow a Half Day


Synagogue: On Saturdays it's only possible to attend a service, not tours allowed

Open: Sun-Fri: 09:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

21 steps to enter, not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Yusupov Palace: Open Daily

Open: Mon-Sun: 10:45-17:00

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

45 steps up to the first floor, 16 narrow steps down to the basement and 12 steps down to the theatre on the first floor

Advance booking is required. Non-refundable once booked.

Allow a Half Day


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car.The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle; therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program and the cost of the tour may be split between suites. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to confirm your individual itinerary and departure time. Deviations to duration, venue admissions and additional camera or video fees will be charged to your onboard account. Silversea Cruises does not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore St. Petersburg at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary once onboard or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Information to help you plan your itinerary:


· Silver Shore Privato is considered a ship-sponsored tour and no individual Russian visa is required.

· The drive between the pier and the center of the city is approximately 20 minutes in each direction. However, as with most large cities, traffic congestion can be an issue and should be anticipated. Please allow adequate travel time in your planning.

· Venues have different days of opening and hours of operation. The chart below is a general guideline.

· Most venues have entrance fees; in addition some venues require extra fees which are not included, and additional charges to bring a camera or video recorder.

· To avoid waiting in line, the local tour operator will secure entrance tickets for your desired program, and your onboard account will be charged per ticket at the end of your touring day.

· Tour duration may be increased beyond the time specified. This must be requested onboard and will result in additional hourly fees.

· Foreign language guides may be requested onboard and are at an additional cost to be advised once availability is confirmed.

· Our onboard Shore Concierge will be pleased to assist you with any further questions and to assist in itinerary planning. Please confirm your venue choices with the team onboard.

· Once onboard the ship you will receive a form for you to confirm your itinerary and to identify the names of the guests in your party, required for disembarkation.

· As St. Petersburg is a most popular destination, please anticipate crowds at most venues, few of which offer any air-conditioning. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.


Catherine Palace: Closed Tuesdays & last Monday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days and special opening on Tuesday 8:30-10:30. Not available in the afternoon.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, about 46 steps. Elevator available ONLY for guests in wheelchairs.

Non-refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Central Naval Museum /Artillery Museum: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day



Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

4 steps to enter the Church; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Allow a Half Day


Cruiser Aurora: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 11:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

Steps, not wheelchair accessible


Grand Palace at Peterhof: Closed Mondays & last Tuesday of each month

Available during early opening on regular days 9:00-11:00; 14:30-16:30 and in some cases during special opening on Monday.

Lower Park is open daily 9:00-21:00, fountains operating time 11:00-18:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only; 37 steps to cover inside the Palace, no elevators or ramps.

Allow a Full Day


Hermitage Museum: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sat: 10:30-17:00, Sun: 10:30-16:00, Wed, Fri: 10:30-21:00. For Silversea guests also available during early opening 9:00-10:30.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

No Air Conditioning, Wheelchair accessible, Considerable walking

Allow a Half Day or Full Day


Hermitage Gold Room: Closed Mondays

Available at advance booking only.

Travel Time (each way): 15-30 minutes

Additional Fee - Must be reserved and prepaid at shoreconcierge@silversea.com

Non- refundable once booked

Allow a Half Day


Menshikov Palace: Closed Mondays

Open: Tue-Sun: 10:30-16:30

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

Not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Pavlovsk Palace: Closed last Monday of the month

Open: Sat-Thu: 10:00-18:00

Pavlovsk Park is open daily 6:00-21:00.

Travel Time (each way): 50-60 minutes

Wheelchairs permitted in park only

Allow a Half Day



Peter & Paul Fortress: Open Daily

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00, Tues: 10:00-16:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

Two Steps, venue wheelchair accessible otherwise

Allow a Half Day


Peter's Log Cabin: Closed Tuesday & last Monday of the month

Open: Wed-Mon: 10:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

2 steps to enter the museum

Allow a Half Day

Russian Museum: Closed Tuesdays

Open: Wed-Sun: 10:00-18:00, Mon: 10:00-20:00, Thursday: 13:00-21:00

Travel Time (each way): 30 minutes

50 steps to cover inside the museum, but the Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Allow a Half Day


St. Isaac's Cathedral: Closed Wednesdays

Open: Thu-Tue: 10:30-18:00, evening opening 18:00-22:30 at special price.

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

8 high steps to enter the Cathedral; entrance is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

St. Isaac's Colonnade is not wheelchair accessible; there are 265 steps to the observation point.

Allow a Half Day


Synagogue: On Saturdays it's only possible to attend a service, not tours allowed

Open: Sun-Fri: 09:00-18:00

Travel Time (each way): 30-45 minutes

21 steps to enter, not wheelchair accessible

Allow a Half Day


Yusupov Palace: Open Daily

Open: Mon-Sun: 10:45-17:00

Travel Time (each way): 20-30 minutes

45 steps up to the first floor, 16 narrow steps down to the basement and 12 steps down to the theatre on the first floor

Advance booking is required. Non-refundable once booked.

Allow a Half Day


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities,is per vehicle; therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program and the cost of the tour may be split between suites. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to confirm your individual itinerary and departure time. Deviations to duration, venue admissions and additional camera or video fees will be charged to your onboard account. Silversea Cruises does not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle.

Splendid St. Petersburg

Discover this great historical city from several perspectives, including a boat cruise through its waterways.


Peter the Great ordered that palaces should have a landing on the river, and many of these elaborate structures are best seen from the water. Venture first to St. Isaac's Square where the cathedral's high, gilded cupola can be seen for miles. On the Moika River, embark on a boat ride that passes by the Yusupov Palace, Stroganov Palace, and Michael's Castle. View the multi-colored Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, the famous Summer Gardens, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great.


After an hour cruising, board your coach for a short drive to Spilled Blood Cathedral where you will stop for a short photo opportunity. Continue to the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, its historic Rostral Columns and the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Drive past the Aurora, the battleship that signalled the start of the Revolution in 1917.


On the way back to the ship pass by the impressive Bronze Horseman statue, a monument to Peter the Great, who built this magnificent city from a marshy swamp.



Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. The majority of walking occurs at the photo stops and this tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, the boat is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests must also be able to negotiate a few steps to get on/off the motor coaches and 10 to 12 steps to embark/disembark the boat with little-to-no assistance. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. The tour sequence may vary, and the tour content is subject to change without prior notice.

Splendid St. Petersburg Guided in German

Discover this great historical city from several perspectives, including a boat cruise through its waterways.


Peter the Great ordered that palaces should have a landing on the river, and many of these elaborate structures are best seen from the water. Venture first to St. Isaac's Square where the cathedral's high, gilded cupola can be seen for miles. On the Moika River, embark on a boat ride that passes by the Yusupov Palace, Stroganov Palace, and Michael's Castle. View the multi-colored Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, the famous Summer Gardens, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great.


After an hour cruising, board your coach for a short drive to Spilled Blood Cathedral where you will stop for a short photo opportunity. Continue to the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, its historic Rostral Columns and the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Drive past the Aurora, the battleship that signalled the start of the Revolution in 1917.


On the way back to the ship pass by the impressive Bronze Horseman statue, a monument to Peter the Great, who built this magnificent city from a marshy swamp.



Please note: Tour is Guided in German, a minimum amount of guests required to operate. This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. The majority of walking occurs at the photo stops and this tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, the boat is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests must also be able to negotiate a few steps to get on/off the motor coaches and 10 to 12 steps to embark/disembark the boat with little-to-no assistance. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. The tour sequence may vary, and the tour content is subject to change without prior notice.

Splendid St. Petersburg Guided in Spanish

Discover this great historical city from several perspectives, including a boat cruise through its waterways.


Peter the Great ordered that palaces should have a landing on the river, and many of these elaborate structures are best seen from the water. Venture first to St. Isaac's Square where the cathedral's high, gilded cupola can be seen for miles. On the Moika River, embark on a boat ride that passes by the Yusupov Palace, Stroganov Palace, and Michael's Castle. View the multi-colored Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, the famous Summer Gardens, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great.


After an hour cruising, board your coach for a short drive to Spilled Blood Cathedral where you will stop for a short photo opportunity. Continue to the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, its historic Rostral Columns and the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Drive past the Aurora, the battleship that signalled the start of the Revolution in 1917.


On the way back to the ship pass by the impressive Bronze Horseman statue, a monument to Peter the Great, who built this magnificent city from a marshy swamp.



Please note: Tour is Guided in German, a minimum amount of guests required to operate. This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. The majority of walking occurs at the photo stops and this tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, the boat is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests must also be able to negotiate a few steps to get on/off the motor coaches and 10 to 12 steps to embark/disembark the boat with little-to-no assistance. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. The tour sequence may vary, and the tour content is subject to change without prior notice.

St. Petersburg Cathedrals

Explore the splendid art, architecture and beauty of the Russian Orthodox churches of St. Petersburg during this memorable cathedral tour.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the centre of the city to the St. Isaac's Square dominated by the fascinating St. Isaac's Cathedral.


St. Isaac's Cathedral

The opulent interior of this spectacular cathedral spans 43,000 square feet (4,000 square metres), and is filled with hundreds of impressive 19th-century works of art - the iconostasis of white marble with gilding and three rows of mosaic icons surrounding the Royal Gate flanked by two lapis columns and ten columns of malachite. The central iconostasis door reveals a stain glass window. Above the doors is Klodt's gilded sculpture, Christ in Glory. The icons in the church are 19th century design, executed in a virtuoso mosaic technique, with stones of thousand of tints laid out in such a smooth manner that only from a short distance the mosaic appears to be paintings. The interior of the dome, painted by famous Russian master Carl Brullov, depicts the "Virgin surrounded by Saints". The silver dove, hanging in the cupola, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Some 100 kg of pure gold went into gilding the huge dome. The décor of the church was most expensive. The architect used Russian rose marble, gray marble from Finland, green from Genoa, yellow from Sienna; the floors are finished in Russian, Italian and French marble. 14 colored marbles and 43 other types of semiprecious stones and minerals were used for the decoration of the Cathedral.


Spilled Blood Cathedral

Next, re-board your coach for a visit to the Spilled Blood Cathedral. Also known as the 'Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ', this multi-coloured, onion-domed church is one of the most ornate in Russia. Built in the early-20th century on the spot where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 by terrorists, the church is richly-decorated with different types of marble from all over the world and its walls are covered with exquisite mosaics. Although years of neglect during the Soviet era left the building in poor condition, a painstaking, 27-year restoration led to the reopening of the cathedral in 1997.


Peter and Paul Cathedral

Your final stop is at the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which stands in the heart of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of St. Petersburg. Constructed between 1712 and 1733 by the first architect of the city Domenico Trezini, the Cathedral is the highest building in the city - 404 feet high. The spire of the church is topped by an angel holding a cross. This weather-vane is one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg.

The interior of the Cathedral is light and airy, with its glittering chandeliers, pink and green Corinthian columns and an opulent gilt iconostasis. This masterpiece of gilded woodcarving was designed by Ivan Zarubny and executed by Moscow Craftsmen.

After Peter's death in 1725, the Cathedral became the burial place of the tsars. All the tombs are of uniform white marble with the exception of especially remarkable tombstones over the graves of Alexander II and his wife Maria. They are carved out of monoliths - green Altai jasper (about 5 tons) and pink Ural rhodonite (over 6.5 tons). Peter himself chose a place for his own grave to the right of the iconostasis. A bronze bust of the tsar and a Pieta group above the tombstone distinguish it. It is often adorned with fresh flowers.

In July 1998 the remains of the last Russian tsar - Nicholas II, his wife and children and the servants who died together with them were buried in St. Catherine's chapel of the Cathedral.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute return drive to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over flat, gravel and cobbled surfaces, with some steps to negotiate. All venues are equipped with ramps to allow access for guests in wheelchairs. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this program.

St. Petersburg Cathedrals Guided in German

Explore the splendid art, architecture and beauty of the Russian Orthodox churches of St. Petersburg during this memorable cathedral tour.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the centre of the city to the St. Isaac's Square dominated by the fascinating St. Isaac's Cathedral.


St. Isaac's Cathedral

The opulent interior of this spectacular cathedral spans 43,000 square feet (4,000 square metres), and is filled with hundreds of impressive 19th-century works of art - the iconostasis of white marble with gilding and three rows of mosaic icons surrounding the Royal Gate flanked by two lapis columns and ten columns of malachite. The central iconostasis door reveals a stain glass window. Above the doors is Klodt's gilded sculpture, Christ in Glory. The icons in the church are 19th century design, executed in a virtuoso mosaic technique, with stones of thousand of tints laid out in such a smooth manner that only from a short distance the mosaic appears to be paintings. The interior of the dome, painted by famous Russian master Carl Brullov, depicts the "Virgin surrounded by Saints". The silver dove, hanging in the cupola, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Some 100 kg of pure gold went into gilding the huge dome. The décor of the church was most expensive. The architect used Russian rose marble, gray marble from Finland, green from Genoa, yellow from Sienna; the floors are finished in Russian, Italian and French marble. 14 colored marbles and 43 other types of semiprecious stones and minerals were used for the decoration of the Cathedral.


Spilled Blood Cathedral

Next, re-board your coach for a visit to the Spilled Blood Cathedral. Also known as the 'Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ', this multi-coloured, onion-domed church is one of the most ornate in Russia. Built in the early-20th century on the spot where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 by terrorists, the church is richly-decorated with different types of marble from all over the world and its walls are covered with exquisite mosaics. Although years of neglect during the Soviet era left the building in poor condition, a painstaking, 27-year restoration led to the reopening of the cathedral in 1997.


Peter and Paul Cathedral

Your final stop is at the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which stands in the heart of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of St. Petersburg. Constructed between 1712 and 1733 by the first architect of the city Domenico Trezini, the Cathedral is the highest building in the city - 404 feet high. The spire of the church is topped by an angel holding a cross. This weather-vane is one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg.

The interior of the Cathedral is light and airy, with its glittering chandeliers, pink and green Corinthian columns and an opulent gilt iconostasis. This masterpiece of gilded woodcarving was designed by Ivan Zarubny and executed by Moscow Craftsmen.

After Peter's death in 1725, the Cathedral became the burial place of the tsars. All the tombs are of uniform white marble with the exception of especially remarkable tombstones over the graves of Alexander II and his wife Maria. They are carved out of monoliths - green Altai jasper (about 5 tons) and pink Ural rhodonite (over 6.5 tons). Peter himself chose a place for his own grave to the right of the iconostasis. A bronze bust of the tsar and a Pieta group above the tombstone distinguish it. It is often adorned with fresh flowers.

In July 1998 the remains of the last Russian tsar - Nicholas II, his wife and children and the servants who died together with them were buried in St. Catherine's chapel of the Cathedral.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute return drive to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over flat, gravel and cobbled surfaces, with some steps to negotiate. All venues are equipped with ramps to allow access for guests in wheelchairs. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this program.


St. Petersburg Cathedrals Guided in Spanish

Explore the splendid art, architecture and beauty of the Russian Orthodox churches of St. Petersburg during this memorable cathedral tour.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the centre of the city to the St. Isaac's Square dominated by the fascinating St. Isaac's Cathedral.


St. Isaac's Cathedral

The opulent interior of this spectacular cathedral spans 43,000 square feet (4,000 square metres), and is filled with hundreds of impressive 19th-century works of art - the iconostasis of white marble with gilding and three rows of mosaic icons surrounding the Royal Gate flanked by two lapis columns and ten columns of malachite. The central iconostasis door reveals a stain glass window. Above the doors is Klodt's gilded sculpture, Christ in Glory. The icons in the church are 19th century design, executed in a virtuoso mosaic technique, with stones of thousand of tints laid out in such a smooth manner that only from a short distance the mosaic appears to be paintings. The interior of the dome, painted by famous Russian master Carl Brullov, depicts the "Virgin surrounded by Saints". The silver dove, hanging in the cupola, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Some 100 kg of pure gold went into gilding the huge dome. The décor of the church was most expensive. The architect used Russian rose marble, gray marble from Finland, green from Genoa, yellow from Sienna; the floors are finished in Russian, Italian and French marble. 14 colored marbles and 43 other types of semiprecious stones and minerals were used for the decoration of the Cathedral.


Spilled Blood Cathedral

Next, re-board your coach for a visit to the Spilled Blood Cathedral. Also known as the 'Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ', this multi-coloured, onion-domed church is one of the most ornate in Russia. Built in the early-20th century on the spot where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 by terrorists, the church is richly-decorated with different types of marble from all over the world and its walls are covered with exquisite mosaics. Although years of neglect during the Soviet era left the building in poor condition, a painstaking, 27-year restoration led to the reopening of the cathedral in 1997.


Peter and Paul Cathedral

Your final stop is at the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which stands in the heart of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of St. Petersburg. Constructed between 1712 and 1733 by the first architect of the city Domenico Trezini, the Cathedral is the highest building in the city - 404 feet high. The spire of the church is topped by an angel holding a cross. This weather-vane is one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg.

The interior of the Cathedral is light and airy, with its glittering chandeliers, pink and green Corinthian columns and an opulent gilt iconostasis. This masterpiece of gilded woodcarving was designed by Ivan Zarubny and executed by Moscow Craftsmen.

After Peter's death in 1725, the Cathedral became the burial place of the tsars. All the tombs are of uniform white marble with the exception of especially remarkable tombstones over the graves of Alexander II and his wife Maria. They are carved out of monoliths - green Altai jasper (about 5 tons) and pink Ural rhodonite (over 6.5 tons). Peter himself chose a place for his own grave to the right of the iconostasis. A bronze bust of the tsar and a Pieta group above the tombstone distinguish it. It is often adorned with fresh flowers.

In July 1998 the remains of the last Russian tsar - Nicholas II, his wife and children and the servants who died together with them were buried in St. Catherine's chapel of the Cathedral.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over flat, gravel and cobbled surfaces, with some steps to negotiate. All venues are equipped with ramps to allow access for guests in wheelchairs. Guests are encouraged to wear layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this program.

St. Petersburg in Depth

Enjoy the splendor of St. Petersburg during this memorable full-day experience visiting the magnificent Peterhof followed by lunch and inside visits to the remarkable landmarks of the city such as St. Isaac`s Cathedra and Peter & Paul Fortress.


Depart the pier for a one-hour drive to Peterhof - the town of palaces, fountains and gardens, the most brilliant of all the former summer residences of the Russian tsars conceived by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. The grounds of Peterhof include the Upper and Lower Park and a number of delightful little palaces and pavilions. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace. It has a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf beyond.


Peterhof Palace

Upon arrival to Peterhof you will proceed to the Upper Park designed as a French formal garden and enter the Grand Palace for an hour-long tour. The original palace was built for Peter the Great in 1714-25 and in 1745-55 it was remodeled to its present baroque glory by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the favorite architect of Empress Elizabeth. Despite all the damage done to the Grand Palace during WWII, it has been carefully restored and is truly breathtaking.


Enjoy the palace's startling interiors: the Gala Staircase, the Dancing Hall, the Audience Hall and a suite of drawing rooms to Rastrelli's design. You will certainly be impressed by the classical decoration of architect Felton such as the Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne room, the White Dining Room with its unique Wedgwood dinner service. Peter's Oak Study is one of the few rooms to have survived unaltered from the days of Peter the Great. Some of the oak panels are originals by Nicolas Pineau.


Lower Gardens Tour

Descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains including four cascades decorated with gilded statues of mythological characters. Enjoy a stop at the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world that is justly considered the chief delight of the grounds. A great variety of fountains concentrated in the Lower Park includes the Checker Board Hill Cascade, Golden Hill Cascade, Lion's Cascade, Adam and Eva fountains, the Sun fountain, the Pyramid and lots of others.

After lunch, continue exploring the splendid art, architecture and beauty of the Russian Orthodox churches of St. Petersburg.


Your first stop in the city will be a visit to St. Isaac's Square, which is dominated by the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral.


St. Isaac's Cathedral

The opulent interior of this spectacular cathedral spans 43,000 square feet (4,000 square metres), and is filled with hundreds of impressive 19th-century works of art - the iconostasis of white marble with gilding and three rows of mosaic icons surrounding the Royal Gate flanked by two lapis columns and ten columns of malachite. The central iconostasis door reveals a stain glass window. Above the doors is Klodt's gilded sculpture, Christ in Glory. The icons in the church are 19th century design, executed in a virtuoso mosaic technique, with stones of thousand of tints laid out in such a smooth manner that only from a short distance the mosaic appears to be paintings. The interior of the dome, painted by famous Russian master Carl Brullov, depicts the "Virgin surrounded by Saints". The silver dove, hanging in the cupola, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Some 100 kg of pure gold went into gilding the huge dome. The décor of the church was most expensive. The architect used Russian rose marble, gray marble from Finland, green from Genoa, yellow from Sienna; the floors are finished in Russian, Italian and French marble. 14 colored marbles and 43 other types of semiprecious stones and minerals were used for the decoration of the Cathedral.



A 15-minute photo stop will be made at the Spilled Blood Cathedral - one of the landmarks of the city. Next re-board your coach for the visit to Peter & Paul Fortress.


Peter and Paul Cathedral

Your final stop is at the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which stands in the heart of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Constructed between 1712 and 1733 by the first architect of the city Domenico Trezini, the Cathedral is the highest building in the city - 404 feet high. The spire of the church is topped by an angel holding a cross. This weather-vane is one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg.


The interior of the Cathedral is light and airy, with its glittering chandeliers, pink and green Corinthian columns and an opulent gilt iconostasis. This masterpiece of gilded woodcarving was designed by Ivan Zarubny and executed by Moscow Craftsmen.


After Peter's death in 1725, the Cathedral became the burial place of the tsars. All the tombs are of uniform white marble with the exception of especially remarkable tombstones over the graves of Alexander II and his wife Maria. They are carved out of monoliths - green Altai jasper (about 5 tons) and pink Ural rhodonite (over 6.5 tons). Peter himself chose a place for his own grave to the right of the iconostasis. A bronze bust of the tsar and a Pieta group above the tombstone distinguish it. It is often adorned with fresh flowers.

In July 1998 the remains of the last Russian tsar - Nicholas II, his wife and children and the servants who died together with them were buried in St. Catherine's chapel of the Cathedral.

Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over flat, cobbled and gravel surfaces, with numerous stairs to negotiate and no elevators. This tour is not recommended for children or toddlers, guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are provided with special overshoes to wear over their shoes inside the Grand Palace. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. The tour sequence may vary.

The Hermitage Museum (Early Opening)

Tour the world-famous Hermitage Museum and explore its priceless collection of art.


Hermitage Museum

No visit to St. Petersburg would be complete without a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Museum - the "Crown Jewel" on the museum list in St. Petersburg. Founded in 1764 as a private museum of Catherine the Great to which only she and her closest courtiers had access, today it is Russia's largest art museum that owns an astounding collection of about 3 mln pieces of art.


Start from the Jordan Staircase that will strike you with its splendor, the glimmer of the golden stuccowork and the dazzling whiteness of the marble statues. View the Winter Palace superb staterooms: the Field-marshal's Hall, the Small Throne Room commemorating Peter the Great and his deeds, the Emblem Hall with its vast gilded columns, the Gallery of 1812 displaying portraits of Russian military heroes of the Napoleonic war, the Hall of St. George fitted in Cararra marble and gilt bronze.


Marvel the Pavilion Hall with its slender marble columns supporting an elegant gallery and 28 scintillating cut-glass chandeliers. A real gem in the Hermitage collection is the famous Peacock Clock in a glass cage made by a celebrated English clockmaker in the middle 18th century and presented to Catherine II by her favorite, prince Potyomkin.


You will continue the tour moving from one building into another by covered galleries. Visit the Old Hermitage that houses a vast Italian collection of art boasting such names as Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Rafael and Michelangelo. Next, proceed to the New Hermitage and admire spacious Skylight Halls featuring 17-18th century Italian art and Spanish leading artists of the golden age from El Greco to Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez and Goya. Do not miss the Hermitage Rembrandt collection of 23 paintings as well as some great examples of Dutch and Flemish art.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres). Although this excursion is wheelchair accessible, guests must be accompanied by an assistant in order to stay with the group. Although the museum has elevators, there is a large number of stairs to negotiate throughout the museum and at the entrances. Guests who utilise wheelchairs must advise the Shore Concierge Desk ahead of time in order to pre-arrange the use of the elevators in the Hermitage, which are not accessible to all visitors. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. Flash photography is not allowed. A café and restroom facilities are available at the museum. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this program

The Hermitage Museum Guided in German (Early Opening)

Tour the world-famous Hermitage Museum and explore its priceless collection of art.


Hermitage Museum

No visit to St. Petersburg would be complete without a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Museum - the "Crown Jewel" on the museum list in St. Petersburg. Founded in 1764 as a private museum of Catherine the Great to which only she and her closest courtiers had access, today it is Russia's largest art museum that owns an astounding collection of about 3 mln pieces of art.


Start from the Jordan Staircase that will strike you with its splendor, the glimmer of the golden stuccowork and the dazzling whiteness of the marble statues. View the Winter Palace superb staterooms: the Field-marshal's Hall, the Small Throne Room commemorating Peter the Great and his deeds, the Emblem Hall with its vast gilded columns, the Gallery of 1812 displaying portraits of Russian military heroes of the Napoleonic war, the Hall of St. George fitted in Cararra marble and gilt bronze.


Marvel the Pavilion Hall with its slender marble columns supporting an elegant gallery and 28 scintillating cut-glass chandeliers. A real gem in the Hermitage collection is the famous Peacock Clock in a glass cage made by a celebrated English clockmaker in the middle 18th century and presented to Catherine II by her favorite, prince Potyomkin.


You will continue the tour moving from one building into another by covered galleries. Visit the Old Hermitage that houses a vast Italian collection of art boasting such names as Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Rafael and Michelangelo. Next, proceed to the New Hermitage and admire spacious Skylight Halls featuring 17-18th century Italian art and Spanish leading artists of the golden age from El Greco to Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez and Goya. Do not miss the Hermitage Rembrandt collection of 23 paintings as well as some great examples of Dutch and Flemish art.


Please note: Tour is guided in German, minimum number of guests is required to operate.It involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres). Although this excursion is wheelchair accessible, guests must be accompanied by an assistant in order to stay with the group. Although the museum has elevators, there is a large number of stairs to negotiate throughout the museum and at the entrances. Guests who utilise wheelchairs must advise the Shore Concierge Desk ahead of time in order to pre-arrange the use of the elevators in the Hermitage, which are not accessible to all visitors. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. Flash photography is not allowed. A café and restroom facilities are available at the museum.

The Hermitage Museum Guided in Spanish (Early Opening)

Tour the world-famous Hermitage Museum and explore its priceless collection of art.


Hermitage Museum

No visit to St. Petersburg would be complete without a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Museum - the "Crown Jewel" on the museum list in St. Petersburg. Founded in 1764 as a private museum of Catherine the Great to which only she and her closest courtiers had access, today it is Russia's largest art museum that owns an astounding collection of about 3 mln pieces of art.


Start from the Jordan Staircase that will strike you with its splendor, the glimmer of the golden stuccowork and the dazzling whiteness of the marble statues. View the Winter Palace superb staterooms: the Field-marshal's Hall, the Small Throne Room commemorating Peter the Great and his deeds, the Emblem Hall with its vast gilded columns, the Gallery of 1812 displaying portraits of Russian military heroes of the Napoleonic war, the Hall of St. George fitted in Cararra marble and gilt bronze.


Marvel the Pavilion Hall with its slender marble columns supporting an elegant gallery and 28 scintillating cut-glass chandeliers. A real gem in the Hermitage collection is the famous Peacock Clock in a glass cage made by a celebrated English clockmaker in the middle 18th century and presented to Catherine II by her favorite, prince Potyomkin.


You will continue the tour moving from one building into another by covered galleries. Visit the Old Hermitage that houses a vast Italian collection of art boasting such names as Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Rafael and Michelangelo. Next, proceed to the New Hermitage and admire spacious Skylight Halls featuring 17-18th century Italian art and Spanish leading artists of the golden age from El Greco to Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez and Goya. Do not miss the Hermitage Rembrandt collection of 23 paintings as well as some great examples of Dutch and Flemish art.


Please note: Tour is guided in Spanish, minimum number of guests is required to operate.It involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres). Although this excursion is wheelchair accessible, guests must be accompanied by an assistant in order to stay with the group. Although the museum has elevators, there is a large number of stairs to negotiate throughout the museum and at the entrances. Guests who utilise wheelchairs must advise the Shore Concierge Desk ahead of time in order to pre-arrange the use of the elevators in the Hermitage, which are not accessible to all visitors. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. Flash photography is not allowed. A café and restroom facilities are available at the museum. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this program

Through the Eyes of Russians

Dramatic political, economic and social changes in Russia have attracted attention of the whole world. Yet, the fact remains that few westerners really understand life in today's Russia. Enjoy a unique look inside country's life affected by the collapse of the Communist regime and subsequent liberalization of the country.


Your tour will start with a short drive to one of the closest underground stations.


Metro Ride

The St. Petersburg subway that is called "metro" in Russian is certainly worth a visit. The first plans to build a metro in St. Petersburg were drawn in 1899, but were not implemented due to the outbreak of WWI and then the Revolution of 1917. In 1941, 8 years after the Moscow metro was opened, construction works began on the Leningrad metro, but a few months later the U.S.S.R. was forced to enter WWII. After the war the construction work resumed and the first metro line (from Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania) was opened on November 15, 1955 linking all the five railway stations of the city.


From the moment it opened, it was acclaimed as one of the best in the world not only because of its efficiency and cleanliness, but also for its architecture. Today it is the quickest, safest, most reliable and comfortable means of travel. Most of the stations are equipped with escalators. The older stations are richly decorated with polished granite, marble of various colors, stainless steel, bronze, aluminium, synthetic materials, glass, various mosaics, bas-reliefs and sculptures. The new stations are mostly simple and modern in design, but not less impressive. Each station has its own unique design.

The St. Petersburg Metro is also the deepest subway in the world with some stations located more than 100 meters under the ground surface.


Farmer's Market

You will leave Metro at one of the central stations and find yourself near the Kuznechny Food Market. Follow your guide to the market and enjoy a huge variety of food sold there as well as friendly atmosphere. You will even have a chance to sample some of the food.


Russian Vodka Tasting

After the visit to the market, continue to a local Russian restaurant for an enjoyable vodka tasting. You will be treated to a variety of vodkas together with traditional Russian condiments served to complement this famous Russian drink before your return to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. Photos and video are not allowed during the Metro Ride. Guests receive tokens for entering the metro. The farmer's market may be crowded, we encourage guests to leave their valuables on board the ship and remain aware of your surroundings.

Exclusive concert at the Hermitage

Take a step back in history to the time of Catherine the Great during this exclusive shore excursion. This memorable tour of the Hermitage Museum, and a classical music performance by the State Hermitage Orchestra.


During the time of Catherine the Great, the staterooms of the Royal Winter Residence in St. Petersburg were opened for evening musical receptions for her friends and foreign guests. She would show them new acquisitions for her rapidly growing collection of European paintings. As a special Silversea offer, this 18th-century tradition is revived for your entertainment.


Hermitage Museum / Winter Palace

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the Hermitage Museum. Upon arrival, take a guided tour through the numerous staterooms of the Winter Palace after the museum has closed. Along the way, see the exquisite masterpieces of its famous collection of Western European art.


Following the guided tour, proceed for a champagne reception, followed by a performance of classical music by the State Hermitage Orchestra.


At the conclusion of the concert, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves moderate to extensive amount of walking. Although this excursion is wheelchair-accessible, guests must be accompanied by an assistant in order to stay with the group. Although the museum has elevators, there is a large number of stairs to negotiate throughout the museum and at the entrances. Guests who utilise wheelchairs must advise the Shore Concierge Desk ahead of time in order to pre-arrange the use of the elevators in the Hermitage. Guests are encouraged to dress in smart-casual clothing with flat, comfortable shoes. Since this event takes place when the Hermitage is closed, some rooms are not available for viewing and the rooms visited are may be similar to those seen on the tour LED-C. The final route is determined by Hermitage Museum officials and is strictly controlled by security officers. Guests must follow the assigned tour route. Flash photography is not allowed inside the Hermitage. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.

Gold & Diamond Treasures of The Hermitage

Explore the history of Russian jewellery and view some of its most splendid pieces during this memorable visit to the Gold and Diamond rooms of the Hermitage.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive to the Hermitage Museum. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Diamond Room.

The Diamond Room

The Diamond Room is home to a significant collection of archaeological finds; the famous Scythian and Greek gold, numerous royal gifts and a fabulous collection of Western European jewellery crafted by the most prominent jewellers of the time. On display are numerous rings, pendants, watches, table decoration, fans, perfume bottles, and bouquets adorned with gold, enamels, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls once worn by royalty.

A portion of the exhibit is highlighted by a superb collection of royal snuffboxes fashioned by many brilliant masters of the 18th century. The 19th-century jewellery reached its culmination in the works of Carl Fabergé. His fantasy pieces are found throughout the world, and are represented in the collection of the Diamond Room by a copy of the Russian Royal Regalia made for the World Exhibition in Paris.


The Gold Room

A visit is then made to the Gold Room, which feature a unique; three-section collection of jewellery amassed over two centuries and designed by Russian, European and Oriental artists and craftsmen. It was known as the 'Treasure Gallery' under Catherine the Great and augmented to yet greater splendour by her successors.


The 'Gold of Nomads' consists of unique archaeological finds from the North Coast of the Black Sea, Northern Caucasus and Western Siberia, including the Siberian collection of Peter the Great and the fabulous Scythian Gold of the 7th-4th centuries BC. The 'Jewellery Art of the East and South America' is an exquisite selection of Oriental jewellery collections from Central Asia, Caucasus, India, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Byzantium, Mongolia, China, Indonesia, and South America. The 'Pre-Columbian Jewellery of South America' features a huge variety of polished gemstones in every shape, size and colour.


On this tour, you will also have a chance to see some other parts of the Hermitage Museum such as the gala rooms of the Winter Palace, Departments of Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.


Following your visit, re-board the coach for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres) and it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Although the museum has elevators, there is a large number of stairs to negotiate throughout the museum and at the entrances. The museum is push-wheelchair accessible; however wheelchairs are not permitted in the Golden and Diamond Rooms. Photography and video are not allowed. Café and restroom facilities are available at the museum. This popular programme is limited in capacity and guests are encouraged to reserve as early as possible to avoid disappointment. This excursion focuses exclusively on the Gold & Diamond Rooms. The amount of other museum exhibits viewed will depend on the amount of time remaining. Photography is not permitted inside the Gold & Diamond Rooms. The order of sights visited may vary. Tour does not visit the halls containing regular collections. Guests may have to wait for up to 20-minutes for entrance in to the gold and diamond rooms, as entry is strictly supervised by security. This possible waiting time is beyond the control of Silversea Cruises and we appreciate your understanding.

Hidden Pearls of Peterhof & Oranienbaum

Explore the former residences of Russian Tsars, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the famous Peterhof Lower Gardens, during this visually-stunning, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Peterhof and Tsarina's Pavilion

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Peterhof, and a visit to the exquisite, newly-restored Tsarina's and Olga's Pavilions. Built in the 1840s by Emperor Nicholas I for his beloved wife Alexandra and youngest daughter Olga, these architectural gems are located on two small islands in Olga's Pond, opposite the Peterhof Upper Garden. Tsarina's Pavilion includes Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences. Its Dining Room has an original mosaic floor from the excavations of ancient Pompeii, and Alexandra's study is adorned with two unique, 12th-century Byzantine mosaic columns. Highlights include splendid porcelain and bronze clocks and vases, marble and bronze sculptures, beautiful flowerbeds, fountains, Pompeian-style murals, and colourful draperies on the doors and windows.


Olga's Pavilion

Olga's Pavilion is very different from the one built for her mother, Empress Alexandra. This Pavilion was constructed in the style typical for 18th-century southern Italy, and meant to remind Olga of Palermo, which she once visited with her parents. The interior design of Olga's Pavilion is more modest and delicate. Marvel at the exquisite stucco mouldings, inlaid parquet floors, marble fireplaces and wonderful ornaments. The Dining Room and Pantry features different items from Olga's dowry, including silverware, porcelain and linen. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, both pavilions were neglected and almost totally destroyed during World War II. The restoration of these amazing pavilions began in 2001, and they were finally opened for visitors in August 2005.


Peterhof Lower Gardens and Lunch

Next, visit the famous Peterhof Lower Gardens. This approximately 300-acre (about 121-hectare) fountain park features a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland, along with 150 fountains, including four cascades decorated with gilded statues of mythological characters. The park's upper-terrace offers a breath-taking view of the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world and highlight of this venue. The Statue of Sampson Tearing Open the Jaws of a Lion dominates the Grand Cascade. Other fountains include the Checker Board Hill Cascade, Golden Hill Cascade, Lion's Cascade, Adam and Eva Fountains with statues by Bonazza, the Sun Fountain, Pyramid, and more. Following your tour, proceed for a Russian lunch at one of the finest restaurants in Peterhof.


Chinese Palace and Park of Oranienbaum

After lunch, re-board your coach and head for a visit to the 18th-century Chinese Palace and Park of Oranienbaum, located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland opposite the town-fortress Kronshtadt. The Chinese Palace features the unique Glass Beads Study where walls are covered with twelve panels with glass beads embroidery according the fantastic pictures of the French artist of the 18th century J. Pillman. The interior décor includes an astonishing variety of art means and materials, decorative painting, furniture, porcelain and bronze. The palace's 17 interiors have picturesque decorated ceilings, with 12 of them made by Venetian Academy masters. The Park of Oranienbaum features approximately 3,229 square feet (about 722 square metres) of the rarest local and foreign wood. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a sweater or light jacket from the ship.

The Hermitage (Early Opening) & Faberge Museum

Embrace the two most popular museums of St. Petersburg - the world-famous Hermitage Museum and the new private Faberge Museum.


Hermitage Museum

No visit to St. Petersburg would be complete without a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Museum - the "Crown Jewel" on the museum list in St. Petersburg. Founded in 1764 as a private museum of Catherine the Great to which only she and her closest courtiers had access, today it is Russia's largest art museum that owns an astounding collection of about 3 mln pieces of art.

Start from the Jordan Staircase that will strike you with its splendor, the glimmer of the golden stuccowork and the dazzling whiteness of the marble statues. View the Winter Palace superb staterooms: the Field-marshal's Hall, the Small Throne Room commemorating Peter the Great and his deeds, the Emblem Hall with its vast gilded columns, the Gallery of 1812 displaying portraits of Russian military heroes of the Napoleonic war, the Hall of St. George fitted in Cararra marble and gilt bronze.


Marvel the Pavilion Hall with its slender marble columns supporting an elegant gallery and 28 scintillating cut-glass chandeliers. A real gem in the Hermitage collection is the famous Peacock Clock in a glass cage made by a celebrated English clockmaker in the middle 18th century and presented to Catherine II by her favorite, prince Potyomkin.


You will continue the tour moving from one building into another by covered galleries. Visit the Old Hermitage that houses a vast Italian collection of art boasting such names as Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Rafael and Michelangelo. Next, proceed to the New Hermitage and admire spacious Skylight Halls featuring 17-18th century Italian art and Spanish leading artists of the golden age from El Greco to Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez and Goya. Do not miss the Hermitage Rembrandt collection of 23 paintings as well as some great examples of Dutch and Flemish art.


Following your visit to the main Hermitage building, continue to the recently opened General Staff Building of the Hermitage Museum, which now comprises the famous Impressionists and Post-Impressionists collections. You will have a chance to marvel the works of Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne and others.


Next, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant within walking distance from the Hermitage.


Faberge Museum

The private Faberge Museum opened its doors at the renovated Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg on November 19, 2013. Here billionaire Viktor Vekselberg has placed his priceless collection of Faberge Eggs on display for the public. The collection includes over 4,000 works of art from the late 19th and early 20th century, including fifteen Faberge eggs, nine of which are the famous Imperial Faberge eggs previously owned by the Romanov family.


It took 10 years to create the current collection, and it is still growing. You will see many unique exhibits, among which are other works of the famous jeweler, royal silverware, precious icons and other religious ornaments, collection of paintings on enamel, other objects of decorative and applied art, paintings by famous Russian and foreign artists.

Viktor Vekselberg purchased the famous Malcolm Forbes Faberge Collection from the Forbes family in 2004 for about $100 million. Most notable amongst this collection are the Rosebud Egg, Lilies-of-the-Valley Egg, Coronation Egg and, particularly the Hen Egg and the Order of St. George Egg that represent the first and last eggs received by Empress Maria, wife of Alexander III.


The first Faberge egg was crafted for Emperor Alexander III who had decided to give his wife Maria an Easter Egg in 1885 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. Known as the Hen Egg, this first Faberge egg was crafted from gold. Its opaque white enameled "shell" opens to reveal its first surprise - a matte yellow gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multicolored gold hen that also opens.


Empress Maria was so delighted by the gift that Alexander appointed Faberge a "goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown" and commissioned another egg the next year. After that Peter Carl Faberge was apparently given complete freedom for future Imperial Easter Eggs, and their designs become more elaborate. It is believed that even the Tsar didn't know what form they would take: the only requirement was that each contain a surprise.


Vekselberg's nine Imperial Easter Eggs are of the 50 that are left in the world today. Ten are in the Moscow Kremlin Collection, five are at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va., and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The whereabouts of eight are unknown. The others are in various displays throughout the U.S., Switzerland and Monaco.

Following the visit to the museum rejoin the coach for the transfer back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3-4.5 miles. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. Due to the popularity of this venue, expect dense crowds, lines and a possibility of delays. Flash photography is not allowed. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended and shorts are not permitted. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this program.

Relive the luxury of 18th-century Imperial Russia during this unforgettable, half-day evening excursion to one of the most amazing royal palaces.


Catherine Palace

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive south to Pushkin, and a visit to the lavish Catherine Palace, formerly 'Tsarkoye Selo'. Upon arrival, you are greeted by Royal Guards in front of the palace, which features a stunning, approximately 984-foot-long (about 300-metre-long) aqua blue and white facade adorned with a profusion of atlantes, columns, pilasters and ornamental window framings.


Palace Tour, Golden Suite of Rooms, Amber Room and Grand Hall

This beautiful summer residence is renowned for its splendid interior, luxurious furnishings and fine china.

During your guided walking tour, view an exhibition of the Romanovs' portraits and private rooms before entering the Golden Suite of Rooms, where the world-renowned Amber Room is located. Presented in 1717 to Peter the Great by King Friedrich Wilhelm, the exquisite Amber Room was once considered to be the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Continue to the Grand Hall, which is highlighted by large windows, mirrors, gilded carvings and vast ceiling art, for a gala champagne reception accompanied by an orchestral performance of classical music.


Imperial Carriage Museum and Dinner

Following the reception, descend the main staircase to the courtyard, where the pageantry continues. The Imperial Guards parade to the music, and a carriage arrives with the royal couple for a final dance before departing. Leaving Catherine Palace, re-board your coach and head to the Imperial Carriage Museum. Here, marvel at the 23 coaches that were owned by renowned, 18th-century and 19th-century Russian and western European masters, and once carried Russia's highest nobility. Afterward, re-board your coach and proceed for excellent dinner and a performance by a Russia folkloric group at one of the finest restaurants outside of St. Petersburg. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with up to 60 steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear appropriate evening wear with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring a sweater or light jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis ST PETERSBURG

St.Petersburg Evening Performance

This Evening Performance may only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. This programme will become 100% non-refundable within 45 days prior to sailing. Participation in this programme is limited by the number of tickets available; however a minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment. Requests received after the Reserve By date may be accommodated on a space-available basis if possible and seating availability and the programme price are subject to change.


Approximate departure time from the pier is 6:30pm (Subject to Change)


00MIDLED-T St. Petersburg Evening Performance

No Russian Visa Required

Duration: 4 Hours

Reservation Deadline: 45 Days prior to embarkation



IMPORTANT NOTE:

Please find below the schedule for summer 2018


July 4 - Silver Spirit - voyage 5816 - Alexandrinsky Theater, Anna Karenina Ballet

July 9 - Silver Spirit - voyage 5817 - Hermitage Theater, Swan Lake Ballet

August 6 - Silver Spirit- voyage 5820 - MikhailovskyTheater,Swan Lake Ballet

August 13 - Silver Spirit- voyage 5821 -MikhailovskyTheater, Romeo and Juliet Ballet

August 26 - Silver Wind- voyage 2826 - MikhailovskyTheater, Swan Lake Ballet

August 28 - Silver Spirit- voyage 5823 - Alexandrinsky Theater, Swan Lake Ballet

August 31 - Silver Wind- voyage 2827 - Alexandrinsky Theater, Swan Lake Ballet

September 3 - Silver Spirit- voyage 5824 - Alexandrinsky Theater, Swan Lake Ballet



As you arrive at the theatre, you will be provided with a ballet program and escorted to your seats. Soon the curtain will go up and you will enjoy one of the greatest romantic ballets of all times. The repertoire of St. Petersburg theatres consists mostly of world recognized outstanding ballets like Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle or Sleeping Beauty. All these ballets have enjoyed an enduring popularity for over a century and half and can be found in the repertoire of virtually every classical ballet company in the world. You will be deeply moved by a timeless love story told in the mysterious language of classical dance.


Sparkling wine and mineral water will be served in the intermission as you experience an art form that has been indelibly shaped by Russian culture - a performance of Russian ballet.


Alexandrinsky Theatre

Alexandrinsky Theatre is the oldest professional theatre in Russia. Its history goes back to 1756 when Empress Elizabeth founded it as a court theatre for comedy and tragedy performances. Since 1832, the Theater has resided in a magnificent building designed by the great architect Carlo Rossi in the very center of Nevsky Prospect. It was named the Alexandrinsky Theater in honor of Alexandra Fedorovna, the wife of Emperor Nikolas I. The theater crowns a unique ensemble of Rossi's buildings, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The theater has a 5-circle auditorium, a spacious stage, palace style lobbies, and a grandiose facade that became one of the emblems of the Imperial Capital of Russia.


Mikhailovsky Theatre

The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of the oldest opera and ballet houses in Russia. Founded in 1833 and named after Grand Duke Mikhail, brother of Tsar Nicholas 1st, the Mikhailovsky Theatre is renowned for its ballet, opera and theatre productions. During its history the theatre has also been called the Maly Theatre with the famous Maly ballet being founded in 1933. In 1989 the Maly was again renamed, this time after the Russian composer Modest Moussorgsky.


The year 2007 witnessed the revival of the theater. First of all, the theatre returned to its original name "the Mikhailovsky Theatre". Secondly, the new General Director of Mikhailovsky, Russian businessmen Vladimir Kekhman, initiated and sponsored an extremely ambitious restoration project. In just 4 months the theater renovated the hall, stage, lobby, orchestra pit, plumbing, heating and electrical systems, plus the roof and façade - all just in time to kick off its new 175th season.


Under Vladimir Kekhman, a constellation of famous artists appeared in the theatre: Elena Obraztsova became the head of the Mikhailovsky Opera, Farukh Ruzimatov took the lead of the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company. In May 2009, Mikhail Messerer, the outstanding ballet repetiteur, took the position of Ballet Master in Chief, and was then appointed Principal Guest Ballet Master in 2011. In June 2009, the Mikhailovsky Theatre started its cooperation with Peter Feranec who was later appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Theatre. Nowadays Farukh Ruzimatov and Elena Obraztsova continue their cooperation with the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Artistic Advisors to the General Director. Famous ballet répétiteurs such as Nikita Dolgushin, Alla Osipenko, Evgeny Popov, and Svetlana Efremova among many others are responsible for the quality of the current repertoire. Leading ballet masters of Europe and America such as Natalia Makarova, Jennifer Goubé, Gilbert Mayer, and Cyril Atanasoff hold master classes at the theatre.


The priorities of the repertoire policy of the Mikhailovsky Theatre are classical masterpieces of Russian and European musical theatre. The Mikhailovsky Theatre maintains the policy of introducing the public to the major opera and ballet works of the 19th and 20th century. Special attention is paid to expanding the children's repertoire.

The rejuvenation of the venue, coupled with a drastic rise in attendance, has allowed the theater, once frequented by Tsar Nicholas II, to reclaim its fame as the city's "high-society theater of choice."


After the performance, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with stairs to negotiate at the theatre. The Alexandrinsky Theater is equipped with an elevator. The Mikhailovsky Theater has a ramp to access the orchestra seats level. Guests who utilize a wheelchair should be able to embark and disembark the vehicle without assistance. Schedule may vary depending on the performance. Photography or videotaping is prohibited during the performance. Guests are encouraged to dress in smart casual attire. Act lengths may vary depending on the performance. Due to limited availability of tickets, we suggest reserving early to avoid disappointment. Although we do our utmost to secure the best seats for our guests, seating assignments are distributed at random and are not based upon the time of booking. The ballet company has the right to change the performance without prior notice.Once requested, this programme becomes 100% non-refundable within 45 days of sailing. The ballet company(s) reserve the right to change the performance without prior notice.



All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 45 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

Performance at Mariinsky Theatre - Day 2

This programme may only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. Please be aware that this programme is only available in July and for some dates in August (except voy 5817) guests must select the performance for the 1st or 2nd evening of the call in St. Petersburg. This programme will become 100% non-refundable within 45 days prior to sailing. Participation in this programme is limited; however a minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment. Requests received after the Reserve By date may be accommodated on a space-available basis if possible and seating availability and the programme price are subject to change.


Approximate departure time from the pier is 7:00pm (subject to change)


00MIDLED-R2 Performance at the Marinsky Theatre

No Russian Visa Required

Duration: 4 Hours

Reservation Deadline: 45 Days prior to embarkation


THEATER SCHEDULE:


July 4 - Silver Spirit - voyage 5816 - Mariinsky Theater (historical stage), ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai - Ballet Mariinsky Theater - starts at 7:30 PM, duration 2 hrs 50 min


Discover why St. Petersburg is very famous for its rich theatrical life during this stirring and memorable evening Russian opera or ballet performance.


A magical evening awaits you at the world-renowned Mariinsky Theater. Known during Soviet times as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater, it resumed its original name in 1992. The present building dates back to 1859, when an earlier theater was remodeled and got its name - the Mariinsky - after Alexander II's wife Maria. During the pre-revolutionary years the theater was constantly under royal patronage.


The Mariinsky Ballet Company is closely linked with the entire history of the development of Russian choreographic art, which began more than two and a half centuries ago.


The 19th century is regarded as the Golden Age of St. Petersburg Ballet. In 1869, the position of principal ballet master was entrusted to Marius Petipa who markedly raised the professional standards of the company. Petipa's lucky meeting with composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky resulted in the creation of The Sleeping Beauty. Petipa and Lev Ivanov's collaboration produced the choreography for The Nutcracker. After Tchaikovsky's death, Swan Lake took on a second life at the Mariinsky Theatre - and again with choreography by both Petipa and Ivanov. His innovative ideas were seized upon by the young Michel Fokine, who staged Tcherepnin's Le Pavillon d'Armide, Saint-Saëns' The Dying Swan and Chopiniana to music by Chopin at the Mariinsky Theatre as well as ballets created in Paris - Schéhérazade to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and The Firebird and Pétrouchka by Stravinsky.

At the turn of the 19th century, the Mariinsky Ballet Company produced such great dancers as Anna Pavlova, Mathilde Kschessinska, Olga Spesivtseva, Vaslav Nijinsky. Many of them brought glory to Russian ballet during the legendary Saisons Russes in Paris that brought the pioneering works of Mikhail Fokine to Europe.


The first years after the Revolution were difficult times for the Mariinsky Theatre. Almost all its leading artists abandoned the country. Nevertheless, the classical repertoire hasn't changed. In 1935 the theater was named after Sergei Kirov, and it was known as Kirovsky Theater during Soviet time.


Ballet in the 1930´s was largely influenced by drama theatre, and this was reflected in such productions as The Fountain of Bakhchisarai and Romeo and Juliet. The 1960´s saw Spartacus and Choreographic Miniatures by Leonid Jacobson being staged, productions of The Stone Flower and The Legend of Love by Yury Grigorovich, as well as The Coast of Hope and The Leningrad Symphony by Igor Belsky - ballets which revived the traditions of symphonic dances. The success of these productions wouldn't have been possible without such superb performers as Irina Kolpakova, Natalia Makarova, Rydolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, to mention just few.

Nowadays the Theater is famous all over the world thanks to its brilliant ballet company, its opera troupe and its Artistic and General Director and main conductor Maestro Valery Gergiev, who is also the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and artistic director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.


A new chapter was opened in May 2013 with the launch of the Mariinsky Theater New Stage - Mariinsky-II. The repertoire of Mariinsky II aims to demonstrate the supreme art of the performers and the wonderful stage, linking the history of the Mariinsky Theatre with contemporary audiences and with contemporary works from the diverse genres of opera, ballet and symphonic music. The artistic opportunities available to the whole theatre - the opera and ballet companies, chorus and orchestra - expanded greatly with the opening of the New Stage. The new building with its main stage equipped with the very latest technology, and its three chamber concert halls, create the most amazing conditions for bringing together daring artistic ideas and educational projects as well as chamber vocal and instrumental programs.

Today the Mariinsky II, the historic building and the Concert Hall together form a unique cultural complex. Regardless of the theatre, you will be offered a glass of sparkling wine or mineral water at intermission.


You will have a unique chance to see an unforgettable Mariinsky performance on one of the stages. It could happen that the performance on the exact evening of your attendance will be scheduled only on the new stage as the historic stage may be closed.

Afterwards, return to the pier to join the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a minimum to moderate amount of walking with stairs to negotiate at the theatre. The historic theatre has no elevators, however the Mariinsky II theatre does. Guests who rely on a wheelchair must notify Silversea no less than 60 days in advance of travel.


**Theatre repertoire is usually published 45 days prior to performance and will be updated when available; however the Mariinsky Theatre may change the performance at a later time and no notification will be possible. Schedule of departure from ship may vary depending on the evening performance starting time. Guests will be provided theatre programmes upon arrival. Photography or videotaping is prohibited during the performance. Act lengths may vary depending upon the programme selected. Tickets for this programme are extremely limited; we suggest reserving early to avoid disappointment. Although we do our utmost to secure the best seats for our guests, seating assignments are selected at random and are not based upon the time of booking. Evening attire; formal dress is not required. Once requested, this programme becomes 100% non-refundable within 45 days of sailing at which time we will charge your account. If you sign up within 45 days of sailing the seats may not be with the rest of the Silversea guests. The ballet company has the right to change the performance without prior notice.



All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 45 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

Performance at the Mariinsky Theatre

This programme may only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. Please be aware that this programme is only available in July and for some calls in August (except voy 5817) guests must select the performance for the 1st or 2nd evening of the call in St. Petersburg. This programme will become 100% non-refundable within 45 days prior to sailing. Participation in this programme is limited; however a minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment. Requests received after the Reserve By date may be accommodated on a space-available basis if possible and seating availability and the programme price are subject to change.


Approximate departure time from the pier is 7:00pm (subject to change)


00MIDLED-R Performance at the Mariinsky Theatre

No Russian Visa Required

Duration: 4 Hours

Reservation Deadline: 45 Days prior to embarkation


THEATER SCHEDULE:


July 3 - Silver Spirit - voyage 5816 - Mariinsky-II (New stage), ballet Sleeping Beauty, starts 7:00 PM, duration 3 hrs 50 min. - Ballet company Mariinski

July 9 - Silver Spirit - voyage 5817 - Mariinsky-II (New stage), opera Attila, starts at 8:00 PM, duration 2 hrs 20 min - Ballet company Mariinski

August 5- Silver Spirit - voyage 5820 - Mariinsky Theater (historical stage), ballet Giselle - Ballet company Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater (Vladivostok) - starts 7:30 PM, duration 2 hrs 10 min

August 12- Silver Spirit - voyage 5821 - Mariinsky Theater (historical stage), ballet Sleeping Beauty - Ballet company Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater (Vladivostok) - starts 7:00 PM, duration 3 hrs 20 min



Discover why St. Petersburg is very famous for its rich theatrical life during this stirring and memorable evening Russian opera or ballet performance.


A magical evening awaits you at the world-renowned Mariinsky Theater. Known during Soviet times as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater, it resumed its original name in 1992. The present building dates back to 1859, when an earlier theater was remodeled and got its name - the Mariinsky - after Alexander II's wife Maria. During the pre-revolutionary years the theater was constantly under royal patronage.


The Mariinsky Ballet Company is closely linked with the entire history of the development of Russian choreographic art, which began more than two and a half centuries ago.


The 19th century is regarded as the Golden Age of St. Petersburg Ballet. In 1869, the position of principal ballet master was entrusted to Marius Petipa who markedly raised the professional standards of the company. Petipa's lucky meeting with composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky resulted in the creation of The Sleeping Beauty. Petipa and Lev Ivanov's collaboration produced the choreography for The Nutcracker. After Tchaikovsky's death, Swan Lake took on a second life at the Mariinsky Theatre - and again with choreography by both Petipa and Ivanov. His innovative ideas were seized upon by the young Michel Fokine, who staged Tcherepnin's Le Pavillon d'Armide, Saint-Saëns' The Dying Swan and Chopiniana to music by Chopin at the Mariinsky Theatre as well as ballets created in Paris - Schéhérazade to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and The Firebird and Pétrouchka by Stravinsky.

At the turn of the 19th century, the Mariinsky Ballet Company produced such great dancers as Anna Pavlova, Mathilde Kschessinska, Olga Spesivtseva, Vaslav Nijinsky. Many of them brought glory to Russian ballet during the legendary Saisons Russes in Paris that brought the pioneering works of Mikhail Fokine to Europe.


The first years after the Revolution were difficult times for the Mariinsky Theatre. Almost all its leading artists abandoned the country. Nevertheless, the classical repertoire hasn't changed. In 1935 the theater was named after Sergei Kirov, and it was known as Kirovsky Theater during Soviet time.


Ballet in the 1930´s was largely influenced by drama theatre, and this was reflected in such productions as The Fountain of Bakhchisarai and Romeo and Juliet. The 1960´s saw Spartacus and Choreographic Miniatures by Leonid Jacobson being staged, productions of The Stone Flower and The Legend of Love by Yury Grigorovich, as well as The Coast of Hope and The Leningrad Symphony by Igor Belsky - ballets which revived the traditions of symphonic dances. The success of these productions wouldn't have been possible without such superb performers as Irina Kolpakova, Natalia Makarova, Rydolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, to mention just few.

Nowadays the Theater is famous all over the world thanks to its brilliant ballet company, its opera troupe and its Artistic and General Director and main conductor Maestro Valery Gergiev, who is also the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and artistic director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.


A new chapter was opened in May 2013 with the launch of the Mariinsky Theater New Stage - Mariinsky-II. The repertoire of Mariinsky II aims to demonstrate the supreme art of the performers and the wonderful stage, linking the history of the Mariinsky Theatre with contemporary audiences and with contemporary works from the diverse genres of opera, ballet and symphonic music. The artistic opportunities available to the whole theatre - the opera and ballet companies, chorus and orchestra - expanded greatly with the opening of the New Stage. The new building with its main stage equipped with the very latest technology, and its three chamber concert halls, create the most amazing conditions for bringing together daring artistic ideas and educational projects as well as chamber vocal and instrumental programs.

Today the Mariinsky II, the historic building and the Concert Hall together form a unique cultural complex. Regardless of the theatre, you will be offered a glass of sparkling wine or mineral water at intermission.


You will have a unique chance to see an unforgettable Mariinsky performance on one of the stages. It could happen that the performance on the exact evening of your attendance will be scheduled only on the new stage as the historic stage may be closed.

Afterwards, return to the pier to join the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a minimum to moderate amount of walking with stairs to negotiate at the theatre. The historic theatre has no elevators, however the Mariinsky II theatre does. Guests who rely on a wheelchair must notify Silversea no less than 60 days in advance of travel.


**Theatre repertoire is usually published 45 days prior to performance and will be updated when available; however the Mariinsky Theatre may change the performance at a later time and no notification will be possible. Schedule of departure from ship may vary depending on the evening performance starting time. Guests will be provided theatre programmes upon arrival. Photography or videotaping is prohibited during the performance. Act lengths may vary depending upon the programme selected. Tickets for this programme are extremely limited; we suggest reserving early to avoid disappointment. Although we do our utmost to secure the best seats for our guests, seating assignments are selected at random and are not based upon the time of booking. Evening attire; formal dress is not required. Once requested, this programme becomes 100% non-refundable within 45 days of sailing at which time we will charge your account. If you sign up within 45 days of sailing the seats may not be with the rest of the Silversea guests. The ballet company has the right to change the performance without prior notice.



All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 45 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

Moscow – Silver Shore Privato by Van

Experience the highlights of Russia's exciting capital in one day, during this unforgettable visit to Moscow, the Kremlin and Red Square in your private van with your exclusive licensed Moscow guide. This program may operate in different languages based upon your request.



00MIDLED-F Moscow - Silver Shore Privato by Private Van

No Russian Visa Required

Depart: St. Petersburg

Duration: 18 Hours

Rejoin: St. Petersburg

*Available in Foreign Languages - See Below

Reservation Deadline: 70 Days prior to embarkation


This program can only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. This program will become 100% non-refundable within 70 days prior to sailing. This is a Silversea program, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship for the entire day while off the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets. Operation of this program is contingent upon the tour '00MIDLED-A Moscow by High Speed Train' reaching its required minimum to operate as you will share this train in the Business Class car. A minimum / maximum of 4 guests along with a professional driver and separate licensed Moscow guide (available in different languages) will occupy the private van.

Selling price is per vehicle so only one person in the party needs to reserve this program


After an early wake-up call and a room service breakfast, leave the ship to meet the Shore Concierge Staff on the pier and receive your train ticket for the Sapsan and your private van awaits. Transfer to the train station in downtown St. Petersburg and board the train with the rest of the Silversea guests.


High-speed train to Moscow

'Sapsan', Russian for the peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the falcon family, is the appropriate name for this new train, which can reach speeds of up to 150 mph (250 kmph) and get you to Moscow in just 4 hours. Along the way, enjoy hot breakfast service and picturesque views of the Russian countryside.


Upon arrival in Moscow, an expert local guide will greet you at the platform and will accompany you during your time in the Russian capital.

Kremlin and Armory Chamber

Your sightseeing begins with a drive to the Kremlin - the most important historical and political center of Russia. While in the Kremlin you will visit the Armory Chamber and view a collection of unique treasures of Russia - jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.


The tour of the Kremlin grounds continues to Cathedral square, absolutely striking in its beauty, flanked by three main cathedrals - the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel Michael, all decorated with numerous golden domes.


You will also see some curious monuments demonstrating Russian ambition to build the biggest things in the world - the 200-ton Czar Bell and the Czar Cannon, known as one of the biggest in the world.


Following the visit to Kremlin Grounds and the Armory Chamber, rejoin your private car for short drive to a restaurant for lunch. In order to insure that you can maximize your time in Moscow, a set menu lunch at one of the most luxurious restaurants in Moscow - the famous Turandot on Tverskoy Boulevard is included. Admire the beautiful interior with gilded carvings and embroidered tapestries, working fireplaces and unique Malaysian crystal chandelier.


Following lunch, re-join your van and driver and proceed to your selected optional program for your afternoon of touring:


Option 1: The Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb (outside) and free time at GUM Shopping Mall

Continue exploring the very heart of Moscow - the famous Red Square. Stretched along the Kremlin Eastern wall, this place has seen many important historical and political events in the life of the country: religious processions, public executions, Soviet time parades, and fireworks on May 9, 1945.


The word "red" refers neither to the color of the bricks nor to the country's Communist past. In Russian the square is called Krasnaya. This word means both "red" and "beautiful," and the latter was the original meaning.


The ensemble of the square is dominated by the Kremlin and the Lenin's Tomb that stands by its walls. Echoing the Kremlin is the picturesque multi-domed St. Basil's Cathedral. Although it's known to everyone as St. Basil's, this legendary building is officially called "The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat". The popular alternative refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite 'holy fool' who was buried on the site (in the Trinity Cathedral that once stood here) a few years before the present building was erected. The Cathedral was ordered built by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. It was completed in 1560.


From the north the Red Square is flanked by the pointed tent roofs of the State History Museum, the largest museum of Russian history in the world. To the east the square is bordered by the building of GUM, the largest department store in the country. GUM's interior is an interesting, appealing blend of classical architecture and modern decoration.


Option 2: The Tretyakov Gallery and Christ the Savior Cathedral (not available on July 9 - V5817, August 6 - V5820, August 13 - V5821, September 3 - V5824 - Monday, day off for the Tretyakov Gallery)

Take a guided tour of the world-famous State Tretyakov Gallery located in the old merchants' district of Moscow, Zamoskvorechye - the area beyond the Moskva River opposite the Kremlin. The beautiful mansion once belonged to Pavel Tretyakov, a collector, patron of arts and a great patriot of Moscow and Russia. The House was profoundly restored in the eighties of the 20th century and is from a technical point of view a very updated art museum.


From a spacious entrance hall, go up to the 2nd floor, where the exposition carries you back to the 18th century. This was the period when Peter the Great's reforms allowed secular art in Russia and first portraits of the Tsar family and the boyars were painted. Peter the Great, Elizabeth, Peter III and Catherine the Great are immortalized in portraits here. Continue on to admire the masterpieces of Levitsky who is often referred to as the Russian Rembrandt. The Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg nurtured a great number of talented artists such as Brullov, Kiprensky and Ivanov. The latter's enormous canvas "The Apparition of the Christ" made a revolution in the artistic trends of the 19th century. Historic canvases such as Repin's "Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son Ivan", Surikov's - "The Morning of the Strelets' Execution" are excellent illustrations of Moscow older days. On the 1st floor you will find the world famous collection of icons. The tour ends in the spacious hall where a good choice of art books, catalogues, posters and souvenirs are offered.


Continue across the Moskva River to one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals - the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished by Stalin's order and recently rebuilt within 5 years. The Cathedral was completed in 1883 and stood as a memorial to the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. On December 25, 1812, the day that Napoleon's troops were finally driven out of Russia, Alexander I issued an edict to erect a great cathedral in Moscow. Christ the Savior was chosen as the name in honor of the Savior's redemption of Russia from the French army.


Option 3: The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Christ the Savior Cathedral (not available on July 9 - V5817, August 6 - V5820, August 13 - V5821, September 3 - 5824 - Monday, day off for the Tretyakov Gallery)

Take a guided tour of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts - the largest museum of European art in Moscow. It was founded by professor Ivan Tsvetaev who persuaded the young millionaire Yuriy Nechaev-Maltsev and the fashionable architect Roman Klein of the urgent need to give Moscow a fine arts museum. Designed by Klein and Shukhov, financed by Maltsev, the museum building was constructed between 1898 and 1912. After the Russian capital was moved back to Moscow in 1918, the Soviet government transferred thousands of works of art from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to the new capital. These paintings formed the nucleus of the Pushkin Museum collection. Of special interest is the priceless collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, including top works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse.


Next, proceed to one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals - the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished by Stalin's order and recently rebuilt within 5 years. The Cathedral was completed in 1883 and stood as a memorial to the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. On December 25, 1812, the day that Napoleon's troops were finally driven out of Russia, Alexander I issued an edict to erect a great cathedral in Moscow. Christ the Savior was chosen as the name in honor of the Savior's redemption of Russia from the French army.


Option 4: The New Maiden Convent, the New Maiden Cemetery and the Sparrow Hills Observation Platform

Continue to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - the New Maiden Convent known as the "convent of the broken hearts" as it is known to have sheltered many unfavourite wives from the Russian royal families and boyar clans, who were forced to take the veil. Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasiliy III, it was built as a fortress in one of the most picturesque places of Moscow, at a curve of the Moskva River. The convent grounds include a majestic five-domed cathedral, built in the early 16th century that contains some of the country's finest frescoes, as well as a large gilded iconostasis. The complex also includes a six-tier bell tower, which was the tallest structure in 18th-century Moscow.


The New Maiden Cemetery sits adjacent to the convent and is one of the most prestigious resting places in all of Russia - as well as the third most popular tourist destination. Over 27,000 people are buried there, including Russian and Soviet notables such as writers Anton Chekhov and Nikolai Gogol, poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, former Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev and former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.


Next, your guide will take you to the Sparrow Hills - an observation platform on the steep bank of the Moscow River where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city and see the famous Moscow State University, one of the main scientific and educational centers in Russia.



High-speed train to St. Petersburg

At the end of your selected sightseeing, return to the Leningrad Train Station in downtown Moscow, for the approximate 4-hour return ride to St. Petersburg aboard the Sapsan. Sit back and relax while you enjoy a choice of dinner options on the train and non-alcoholic beverage service on the ride back to St. Petersburg.


Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer back to the ship by a private van.



Please note: This program requires advanced booking with Silversea Reservations. Cancellations received within 70 days of cruise will incur penalty charges of up to 100%. This is a Silversea programme, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets. The train to Moscow is approximately 4 hours in each direction, with breakfast and dinner served on board. Any delays/changes in the train schedule could cause alterations in the programme that are beyond our control. Traffic conditions in Moscow can become quite heavy and this may force the guides to make changes to accommodate our guests with the best possible touring options. This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with some steps to negotiate and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The pace of this tour is intensive and guests should be prepared for a full day, with little opportunity to sit and relax, except while in transit. Conservative dress is required to enter houses of worship. Guests wearing sleeveless tops or shorts will not be permitted to enter. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum participation. Lines at the entry points to popular venues are to be expected. Most venues are not air-conditioned and guests should anticipate higher temperatures indoors than outside during heat waves. We strongly recommend you dress appropriately for the weather and bring rain gear. Lunch will be at guests own expense. Window seats on the Sapsan must be requested in advance however cannot be guaranteed, not all guests will have a window seat.


NOTE: A visit to Red Square and the Kremlin cannot be guaranteed due to ever-changing security restrictions and is far beyond the control of Silversea Cruises. We thank you for your understanding.


Guests participating in this programme should contact the Silver Shore Concierge approximately 60 days prior to your cruise to finalise additional details of your programme, such as language preference and optional venues, as advanced reservations are required for certain venue. The above program is a suggested itinerary only and you reserve the right to make changes after speaking with your licensed guide. The only restriction is the scheduled entry to the Kremlin and Armory that is very specific and cannot be changed, only excluded.


*Foreign Language Guides

Foreign language guides will be confirmed in advance by the Silver Shore Concierge. There is no additional charge for French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese speaking guides. To engage a Dutch, Chinese or Japanese speaking guide a charge of USD $150 will be added to your cruise booking. This is a single charge and not a per person rate. Foreign language guides are in high demand and must be reserved well in advance.


Programme Includes:

· Roundtrip business-class train transfer aboard Sapsan

· Private van transfers in a St. Petersburg

· Mercedes Viano with professional driver in Moscow

· Licensed Moscow Guide - English-speaking or Pre-reserved Foreign Language Guide

· Admission to Kremlin and Armory

· Admission to 2 optional venues

· Breakfast, set-menu lunch at Turandot restaurant, dinner accompanied by 1 glass of wine and non-alcoholic hot or cold beverages on Sapsan


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.



All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 70 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

Moscow – Silver Shore Privato by Car

Experience the highlights of Russia's exciting capital in one day, during this unforgettable visit to Moscow, the Kremlin and Red Square in your private car with your exclusive licensed Moscow guide. This programme may operate in different languages based upon your request.


00MIDLED-E Moscow - Silver Shore Privato by Private Car

No Russian Visa Required

Depart: St. Petersburg

Duration: 18 Hours

Rejoin: St. Petersburg

*Available in Foreign Languages - See Below

Reservation Deadline: 70 Days prior to embarkation


This program may only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. This program will become 100% non-refundable within 70 days prior to sailing. This is a Silversea program, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship for the entire day while off the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets. Operation of this program is contingent upon the tour '00MIDLED-A Moscow by High Speed Train' reaching its required minimum to operate as you will share this train in the Business Class car. A minimum / maximum of 2 guests along with a professional driver and separate licensed Moscow guide (available in different languages) will occupy the private car.

Selling price is per vehicle so only one person in the party needs to reserve this program.



After an early wake-up call and a room service breakfast, leave the ship to meet the Shore Concierge Staff on the pier and receive your train ticket for the Sapsan and your private car awaits. Transfer to the train station in downtown St. Petersburg and board the train with the rest of the Silversea guests.


High-speed train to Moscow

'Sapsan', Russian for the peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the falcon family, is the appropriate name for this new train, which can reach speeds of up to 150 mph (250 kmph) and get you to Moscow in just 4 hours. Along the way, enjoy hot breakfast service and picturesque views of the Russian countryside.


Upon arrival in Moscow, an expert local guide will greet you at the platform and will accompany you during your time in the Russian capital.

Kremlin and Armory Chamber

Your sightseeing begins with a drive to the Kremlin - the most important historical and political center of Russia. While in the Kremlin you will visit the Armory Chamber and view a collection of unique treasures of Russia - jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.


The tour of the Kremlin grounds continues to Cathedral square, absolutely striking in its beauty, flanked by three main cathedrals - the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel Michael, all decorated with numerous golden domes.


You will also see some curious monuments demonstrating Russian ambition to build the biggest things in the world - the 200-ton Czar Bell and the Czar Cannon, known as one of the biggest in the world.


Following the visit to Kremlin Grounds and the Armory Chamber, rejoin your private car for short drive to a restaurant for lunch. In order to insure that you can maximize your time in Moscow, a set menu lunch at one of the most luxurious restaurants in Moscow - the famous Turandot on Tverskoy Boulevard is included. Admire the beautiful interior with gilded carvings and embroidered tapestries, working fireplaces and unique Malaysian crystal chandelier.


Following a relaxing lunch, re-join your car and driver and proceed to your selected optional program for your afternoon of touring:


Option 1: The Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb (outside) and free time at GUM Shopping Mall

Continue exploring the very heart of Moscow - the famous Red Square. Stretched along the Kremlin Eastern wall, this place has seen many important historical and political events in the life of the country: religious processions, public executions, Soviet time parades, and fireworks on May 9, 1945.


The word "red" refers neither to the color of the bricks nor to the country's Communist past. In Russian the square is called Krasnaya. This word means both "red" and "beautiful," and the latter was the original meaning.


The ensemble of the square is dominated by the Kremlin and the Lenin's Tomb that stands by its walls. Echoing the Kremlin is the picturesque multi-domed St. Basil's Cathedral. Although it's known to everyone as St. Basil's, this legendary building is officially called "The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat". The popular alternative refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite 'holy fool' who was buried on the site (in the Trinity Cathedral that once stood here) a few years before the present building was erected. The Cathedral was ordered built by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. It was completed in 1560.


From the north the Red Square is flanked by the pointed tent roofs of the State History Museum, the largest museum of Russian history in the world. To the east the square is bordered by the building of GUM, the largest department store in the country. GUM's interior is an interesting, appealing blend of classical architecture and modern decoration.


Option 2: The Tretyakov Gallery and Christ the Savior Cathedral (not available on July 9 - V5817, August 6 - V5820, August 13 - V5821, September 3 - V5824 - Monday, day off for the Tretyakov Gallery)

Take a guided tour of the world-famous State Tretyakov Gallery located in the old merchants' district of Moscow, Zamoskvorechye - the area beyond the Moskva River opposite the Kremlin. The beautiful mansion once belonged to Pavel Tretyakov, a collector, patron of arts and a great patriot of Moscow and Russia. The House was profoundly restored in the eighties of the 20th century and is from a technical point of view a very updated art museum.


From a spacious entrance hall, go up to the 2nd floor, where the exposition carries you back to the 18th century. This was the period when Peter the Great's reforms allowed secular art in Russia and first portraits of the Tsar family and the boyars were painted. Peter the Great, Elizabeth, Peter III and Catherine the Great are immortalized in portraits here. Continue on to admire the masterpieces of Levitsky who is often referred to as the Russian Rembrandt. The Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg nurtured a great number of talented artists such as Brullov, Kiprensky and Ivanov. The latter's enormous canvas "The Apparition of the Christ" made a revolution in the artistic trends of the 19th century. Historic canvases such as Repin's "Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son Ivan", Surikov's - "The Morning of the Strelets' Execution" are excellent illustrations of Moscow older days. On the 1st floor you will find the world famous collection of icons. The tour ends in the spacious hall where a good choice of art books, catalogues, posters and souvenirs are offered.


Continue across the Moskva River to one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals - the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished by Stalin's order and recently rebuilt within 5 years. The Cathedral was completed in 1883 and stood as a memorial to the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. On December 25, 1812, the day that Napoleon's troops were finally driven out of Russia, Alexander I issued an edict to erect a great cathedral in Moscow. Christ the Savior was chosen as the name in honor of the Savior's redemption of Russia from the French army.


Option 3: The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Christ the Savior Cathedral (not available on July 9 - V5817, August 6 - V5820, August 13 - V5821, September 3 - V5824 - Monday, day off for the Tretyakov Gallery)

Take a guided tour of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts - the largest museum of European art in Moscow. It was founded by professor Ivan Tsvetaev who persuaded the young millionaire Yuriy Nechaev-Maltsev and the fashionable architect Roman Klein of the urgent need to give Moscow a fine arts museum. Designed by Klein and Shukhov, financed by Maltsev, the museum building was constructed between 1898 and 1912. After the Russian capital was moved back to Moscow in 1918, the Soviet government transferred thousands of works of art from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to the new capital. These paintings formed the nucleus of the Pushkin Museum collection. Of special interest is the priceless collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, including top works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse.


Next, proceed to one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals - the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished by Stalin's order and recently rebuilt within 5 years. The Cathedral was completed in 1883 and stood as a memorial to the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. On December 25, 1812, the day that Napoleon's troops were finally driven out of Russia, Alexander I issued an edict to erect a great cathedral in Moscow. Christ the Savior was chosen as the name in honor of the Savior's redemption of Russia from the French army.


Option 4: The New Maiden Convent, the New Maiden Cemetery and the Sparrow Hills Observation Platform

Continue to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - the New Maiden Convent known as the "convent of the broken hearts" as it is known to have sheltered many unfavourite wives from the Russian royal families and boyar clans, who were forced to take the veil. Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasiliy III, it was built as a fortress in one of the most picturesque places of Moscow, at a curve of the Moskva River. The convent grounds include a majestic five-domed cathedral, built in the early 16th century that contains some of the country's finest frescoes, as well as a large gilded iconostasis. The complex also includes a six-tier bell tower, which was the tallest structure in 18th-century Moscow.


The New Maiden Cemetery sits adjacent to the convent and is one of the most prestigious resting places in all of Russia - as well as the third most popular tourist destination. Over 27,000 people are buried there, including Russian and Soviet notables such as writers Anton Chekhov and Nikolai Gogol, poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, former Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev and former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.


Next, your guide will take you to the Sparrow Hills - an observation platform on the steep bank of the Moscow River where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city and see the famous Moscow State University, one of the main scientific and educational centers in Russia.




At the end of your selected sightseeing, return to the Leningrad Train Station in downtown Moscow, for the approximate 4-hour return ride to St. Petersburg aboard the Sapsan. Sit back and relax while you enjoy a choice of dinner options on the train and non-alcoholic beverage service on the ride back to St. Petersburg.


Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer back to the ship by a private car.



Please note: This program requires advanced booking with Silversea Reservations. Cancellations received within 70 days of cruise will incur penalty charges of up to 100%. This is a Silversea programme, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets. The train to Moscow is approximately 4 hours in each direction, with breakfast and dinner served on board. Any delays/changes in the train schedule could cause alterations in the programme that are beyond our control. Traffic conditions in Moscow can become quite heavy and this may force the guides to make changes to accommodate our guests with the best possible touring options. This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with some steps to negotiate and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The pace of this tour is intensive and guests should be prepared for a full day, with little opportunity to sit and relax, except while in transit. Conservative dress is required to enter houses of worship. Guests wearing sleeveless tops or shorts will not be permitted to enter. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum participation. Lines at the entry points to popular venues are to be expected. Most venues are not air-conditioned and guests should anticipate higher temperatures indoors than outside during heat waves. We strongly recommend you dress appropriately for the weather and bring rain gear. Window seats on the Sapsan must be requested in advance however cannot be guaranteed, not all guests will have a window seat.


NOTE: A visit to Red Square and the Kremlin cannot be guaranteed due to ever-changing security restrictions and is far beyond the control of Silversea Cruises. We thank you for your understanding.


Guests participating in this programme should contact the Silver Shore Concierge approximately 60 days prior to your cruise to finalise additional details of your programme, such as language preference and optional venues, as advanced reservations are required for certain venue. The above program is a suggested itinerary only and you reserve the right to make changes after speaking with your licensed guide. The only restriction is the scheduled entry to the Kremlin and Armory that is very specific and cannot be changed, only excluded.


*Foreign Language Guides

Foreign language guides will be confirmed in advance by the Silver Shore Concierge. There is no additional charge for French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese speaking guides. To engage a Dutch, Chinese or Japanese speaking guide a charge of USD $150 will be added to your cruise booking. This is a single charge and not a per person rate. Foreign language guides are in high demand and must be reserved well in advance.



Programme Includes:

· Roundtrip business-class train transfer aboard Sapsan

· Private car transfers in a St. Petersburg

· Mercedes sedan with professional driver in Moscow

· Licensed Moscow Guide - English-speaking or Pre-reserved Foreign Language Guide

· Admission to Kremlin and Armory

· Admission to 2 optional venues

· Breakfast, set-menu lunch at Turandot restaurant, dinner accompanied by 1 glass of wine and non-alcoholic hot or cold beverages on Sapsan


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.




All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 70 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

Moscow by High Speed Train

Enjoy a unique opportunity to explore the glamorous Capital of Russia in one day! Constructed in the 12th century as an oak-wood fortress, Moscow later became the residence of the Russian Tsars, and today it is the seat of the Russian president and a huge museum complex in the open air.


00MIDLED-A Moscow by High Speed Train

No Russian Visa Required

Depart: St. Petersburg

Duration: 18 Hours

Rejoin: St. Petersburg

Reservation Deadline: 70 Days prior to embarkation

This program may only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. This program will become 100% non-refundable within 70 days prior to sailing. This is a Silversea programme, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship for the entire day while off the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets.


High-speed train to Moscow

Accompanied by a St. Petersburg guide, you will transfer to the railway station for a 4-hour ride aboard a comfortable high-speed train "Sapsan" by business class. Along the way, enjoy a hot breakfast and picturesque views of the Russian countryside.


Upon arrival in Moscow, an expert local guide will greet you at the railway station and will accompany you during your time in the Russian capital.


Kremlin and the Armory Chamber

Your sightseeing begins with a drive to the Kremlin - the most important historical and political center of Russia. While in the Kremlin visit the Armory Chamber and view a collection of treasures unique to Russia - jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.


The tour of the Kremlin grounds continues to Cathedral square, absolutely striking in its beauty, flanked by three main cathedrals - the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel Michael, all decorated with numerous golden domes.


There are also some curious monuments demonstrating Russian ambition to build the biggest things in the world - the 200-ton Czar Bell and the Czar Cannon, known as one of the biggest in the world.


Turandot Restaurant

Following a full morning, relax at one of the most luxurious restaurants in Moscow - the famous Turandot on Tverskoy Boulevard. Admire the beautiful interior with gilded carvings and embroidered tapestries, working fireplaces and unique Malaysian crystal chandelier, antique furniture and white grand piano in the center of the round hall.


Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral

After the meal, continue exploring the very heart of Moscow - the world-famous Red Square. Stretched along the Kremlin Eastern wall, this place has witnessed many important historical and political events in the life of the country: religious processions, public executions, glorious parades, fireworks on Victory Day, concerts and festivals. The word "red" refers neither to the color of the bricks nor to the country's Communist past. In Russian the square is called Krasnaya. This word means both "red" and "beautiful," and the latter was the original meaning.


The ensemble of the square is dominated by the Kremlin and the Lenin's Tomb that stands by its walls. Echoing the Kremlin is the picturesque multi-domed St. Basil's Cathedral. Although it's known to everyone as St. Basil's, this legendary building is officially called "The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat". The popular alternative refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite 'holy fool' who was buried on the site (in the Trinity Cathedral that once stood here) a few years before the present building was erected. The Cathedral was ordered by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. It was completed in 1560.


From the north, the Red Square is flanked by the pointed tent roofs of the State History Museum, the largest museum of Russian history in the world. To the east the square is bordered by the GUM building, the largest department store in the country. GUM's interior is an interesting, appealing blend of classical architecture and modern decoration.


Take some time on your own at GUM, built in the ornate style of late 19th-century shopping arcades. By 1917, the building contained more than 1,200 shops (bigger than many modern shopping malls). Turned into an office building during the Stalinist era, the store was re-opened in 1953 and was one of only very few locations where non-Soviet apparel was available (for a price!).


At the end of your visit, it will be time to head back to the railway station.


Take your seat on the train and enjoy dinner onboard before returning back to St Petersburg and to the ship.



Please note: This program requires advanced booking with Silversea Reservations. Cancellations received within 70 days of cruise will incur penalty charges of up to 100%. This is a Silversea program, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets. The train to Moscow is approximately 4 hours in each direction, with breakfast and dinner served on board. Any delays/changes in the train schedule could cause alterations in the program that are beyond our control. Traffic conditions in Moscow can become quite heavy and this may force the guides to make changes to accommodate our guests with the best possible touring options. This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with some steps to negotiate and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. The pace of this tour is intensive and guests should be prepared for a full day, with little opportunity to sit and relax, except while in transit. Conservative dress is required to enter houses of worship. Guests wearing sleeveless tops or shorts will not be permitted to enter. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum participation. Lines at the entry points to popular venues are to be expected. Most venues are not air-conditioned and guests should anticipate higher temperatures indoors than outside during heat waves. We strongly recommend you dress appropriately for the weather and bring rain gear. Window seats on the Sapsan must be requested in advance however cannot be guaranteed, not all guests will have a window seat.


NOTE: A visit to Red Square and the Kremlin cannot be guaranteed due to ever-changing security restrictions and is far beyond the control of Silversea Cruises. We thank you for your understanding.


Program Includes:

· Roundtrip business-class train transfer aboard Sapsan

· 4-Course lunch with beverages served at Turandot Restaurant

· All sightseeing and transfers in a fully-equipped air-conditioned coach

· English-speaking licensed Moscow guide

· English-speaking St. Petersburg guide accompanying the guests on the program from pier to pier

· Admission to venues noted in the program

· Breakfast, dinner accompanied by 1 glass of wine and 1 glass of non-alcoholic hot or cold beverages on Sapsan

· Ship's Escort


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.



All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 70 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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