Silversea Luxury Cruises To 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 in St Petersburg

Splendid St. Petersburg

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and architecture of St. Petersburg during this delightful cruise along the City's canals and Neva Rivers, and a sightseeing tour of the city via coach.


Canals and Neva River Cruise

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the boat pier, then embark your boat for a cruise along the city's canals. Along the way, your guide points out the exquisite palaces, cathedrals and landmarks along the canals and Neva rivers. Sights to be seen include the Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac Cathedral, Stroganov Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Marble Palace, Summer Gardens, Aurora Cruiser, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great, among others. After your cruise, re-board your coach for a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg.


Panoramic Look at St. Petersburg

Your tour begins with a photo stop at St. Isaac's Square, which is dominated by the majestic Saint Isaac Cathedral. From here, pass the Palace Square. The main square of the city, it features the Baroque Winter Palace. Next, drive across the Neva River and view the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, and the Artillery Museum.


After a photo stop at the Aurora Cruiser, pass by the renowned Church of Resurrection on the Spilled Blood en route to Nevsky Prospect. St. Petersburg's and Russia's most famous street and shopping area, it is lined with magnificent palaces, churches and theatrical buildings.


Following your visit, drive back to the pier, passing by the picturesque Decembrists Square en route.


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 15 steps to embark/disembark the boat with little-to-no assistance. 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. 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.

Faberge Museum and Canal Boat Ride

The First Privately owned museum in Russia is Faberge Museum housed at Shuvalov Palace. In November, 2013 after 7 years of restoration period the Palace became the home to the largest collection of Faberge items in the world. Here on display one can see the unique collection of semiprecious jewelry masterpieces such as world famous Faberge eggs, amazing porcelain dinning sets and other unique items ever designed in Faberge workshops.


Faberge Museum

Depart the pier for short transfer through St. Petersburg to the Faberge Museum. The Shuvalov Palace, with an area of about 50,590 Square feet (4,700 square meters), is one of the most beautiful palaces of St. Petersburg, and a historical monument.


The Faberge Museum has been established by "The Link of Times Cultural and Historical Foundation" founded in 2004 by Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg, the foundation engages in projects related to the return of lost objects of cultural and historical significance to Russia. The most remarkable step the foundation has taken so far is the sensational acquisition by Vekselberg of the work by Carl Faberge (1846-1920), the Russian court jeweler.


This exhibition includes 4,000 works of decorative and fine art: Gold and silver jewelry, painting, porcelain and bronze. The collection, which took decades to assemble and continues to grow, is presented for the first time in the new Faberge Museum on Fontanka which, during the Soviet period, housed the Museum of Daily Life and then the House of Friendship and Peace.


The most valuable part of the museum's collection are the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Faberge for the last two Russian emperors. All of them are masterpieces of jewelry art, as well as unique historical monuments associated with the reign and personal life of Alexander III and Nicholas II.


Canals of St. Petersburg

After visiting the museum board a canal boat for a 45 minute ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to view more of the city's sites from the water. St. Petersburg was built in the delta of the Neva River and is spread out over numerous islands of different sizes, frequently prompting the nickname the 'City of 101 Islands'.


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


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Canal boat and canal boat pier are not wheelchair accessible. 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. 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 tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Back to the Time of Peter the Great

Enjoy a visit to the first buildings that appeared in the delta of the Neva River when Peter the Great founded the city on the Zaitchy (Hare) Island.


Menshikov Palace

Depart the pier for a 15-minute coach ride to enjoy an inside visit to Menshikov Palace. It is located on the opposite side of Neva River Embankment facing the Bronze Horseman, and the monument to Peter the Great. The Menshikov Palace was the residence of Prince Alexander Menshikov, a close friend and ally of Peter the Great. The first stone building in St Petersburg was constructed in 1710 and was presented to the prince by the emperor. It is located in the very centre of a large urban estate of Vasilyevsky Island and is considered to be one of the oldest surviving stone buildings in the city.


Menshikov Palace was used by Peter the Great both as his residence and administrative building while he was in St.Petersburg. The unique appearance of the building and its courtyard took shape over the course of construction, which lasted for many of years. The palace combines traditional and new, as well as imported methods and forms, incorporating all the latest Russian achievements in the construction and art of the century. As part of the Hermitage, the Menshikov Palace was able to draw on the Museum's large collections incorporating not only former imperial property but also the property of the Russian nobility, including objects confiscated from Prince Menshikov. In 1981, the Hermitage Museum opened a permanent exhibition of works of art from the reign of Peter the Great at the Menshikov Palace. Twenty-one rooms are currently open to the public.


Log Cabin of Peter the Great

Following your visit to Menshikov Palace, re-board the coach for short transfer to the Log Cabin of Peter the Great for an inside visit. The Log Cabin of Peter the Great is situated on the right bank of the Neva river in the shade of large oaks. It is a unique monument of Saint Petersburg's architecture. The cabin was the first wooden house in St. Petersburg and is the only wooden structure of the city foundation period that has survived until today. It was constructed within a very short time - from the 24th to the 26th of May, 1703. The cabin made of hewn pine-tree logs and painted brick-like, was the first residence of Peter the Great in Saint Petersburg.


In 1930 this historical and memorial museum was opened to the public. During World War II the exhibits were evacuated or hidden within the city. The cabin itself suffered from bombing, but it was restored and opened to the public again in 1944. Nowadays, the exposition of the Cabin consists of Peter the Great epoch's objects, as well as personal belongings of Saint Petersburg's founder and his close associates.

Summer Garden Stroll

Re-board the coach for your transfer to the Summer Garden for a leisurely walk. The Summer Garden is one of the places where you can feel the atmosphere of Peter`s time. The garden, with a collection of sculptures and the Summer Palace was the first Emperor`s residence, constitute a single museum complex. The Summer Garden is a pearl in the garden necklace of Petersburg. It was laid out in 1704. Time has changed in the garden; however, its original planning still remains. Peter the Great wanted the garden of his residence to be as beautiful as the famous gardens of European Monarchs. To decorate the Summer Garden he commissioned marble busts and statues from Italy. This purchase laid down the foundation of the collection of sculpture of European level. The Neva fencing of the Summer Garden is an architectural masterpiece of universal fame, it monumentality merges miraculously with lightness, simplicity and grace.


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-minutes boat ride to view more of the city's sites from the water. St. Petersburg was built in the delta of the Neva River and is spread out over numerous islands of different sizes, frequently prompting the nickname the 'City of 101 Islands'.


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


Please note: Tour involves extensive walking on uneven surfaces, and numerous steps to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest wearing seasonal clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites may vary. In the event of inclement weather, the boat cruise may not operate. 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 not operate. The Log Cabin can be closed with our prior notice, in this case an outside visit to the cabin will still still be permitted.

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.

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 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

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.

Peterhof Palace & Hydrofoil Ride Guided in Spanish

Experience the scenic splendour of St. Petersburg during this memorable, half-day visit to the magnificent Peterhof Palace.


Depart the pier for the one-hour, 18-mile (29-kilometre) drive to the Gulf of Finland, and a visit to the Peterhof Palace.


Peterhof

This 300-year-old palace is known as 'Versailles by the Sea', and served as one of the summer residences of the royal family. The spectacular grounds of Peterhof are comprised of the Upper and Lower Park, and feature a number of delightful little palaces built as private residences of the tsars. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace, which features a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf of Finland.


Grand Palace Tour

Upon arrival at Peterhof, proceed to the Upper Park, designed by Peter himself as a French formal garden. After a guided walking tour of the park, proceed for a visit inside the breath-taking Grand Palace. Enter the palace from the main staircase adorned with gilded carvings, then take a guided tour of the elegant staterooms, Dancing Hall, Audience Hall, Drawing Rooms, Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne Room, the White Dining Room, and Peter's Oak Study.


Lower Gardens Tour

Next, descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre (121-hectare) fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains and four cascades that include the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world and the highlight of the grounds.


Following your visit, board a comfortable hydrofoil and commence the 40-minute return ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, board a coach for the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: Tour is Guided in Spanish, 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. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Peterhof Palace & Hydrofoil Ride Guided in German

Experience the scenic splendour of St. Petersburg during this memorable, half-day visit to the magnificent Peterhof Palace.


Depart the pier for the one-hour, 18-mile (29-kilometre) drive to the Gulf of Finland, and a visit to the Peterhof Palace.


Peterhof

This 300-year-old palace is known as 'Versailles by the Sea', and served as one of the summer residences of the royal family. The spectacular grounds of Peterhof are comprised of the Upper and Lower Park, and feature a number of delightful little palaces built as private residences of the tsars. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace, which features a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf of Finland.


Grand Palace Tour

Upon arrival at Peterhof, proceed to the Upper Park, designed by Peter himself as a French formal garden. After a guided walking tour of the park, proceed for a visit inside the breath-taking Grand Palace. Enter the palace from the main staircase adorned with gilded carvings, then take a guided tour of the elegant staterooms, Dancing Hall, Audience Hall, Drawing Rooms, Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne Room, the White Dining Room, and Peter's Oak Study.


Lower Gardens Tour

Next, descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre (121-hectare) fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains and four cascades that include the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world and the highlight of the grounds.


Following your visit, board a comfortable hydrofoil and commence the 40-minute return ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, board a coach for the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.


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. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Peterhof Palace & Hydrofoil Ride

Experience the scenic splendour of St. Petersburg during this memorable, half-day visit to the magnificent Peterhof Palace.


Depart the pier for the one-hour, 18-mile (29-kilometre) drive to the Gulf of Finland, and a visit to the Peterhof Palace.


Peterhof

This 300-year-old palace is known as 'Versailles by the Sea', and served as one of the summer residences of the royal family. The spectacular grounds of Peterhof are comprised of the Upper and Lower Park, and feature a number of delightful little palaces built as private residences of the tsars. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace, which features a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf of Finland.


Grand Palace Tour

Upon arrival at Peterhof, proceed to the Upper Park, designed by Peter himself as a French formal garden. After a guided walking tour of the park, proceed for a visit inside the breath-taking Grand Palace. Enter the palace from the main staircase adorned with gilded carvings, then take a guided tour of the elegant staterooms, Dancing Hall, Audience Hall, Drawing Rooms, Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne Room, the White Dining Room, and Peter's Oak Study.


Lower Gardens Tour

Next, descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre (121-hectare) fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains and four cascades that include the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world and the highlight of the grounds.


Following your visit, board a comfortable hydrofoil and commence the 40-minute return ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, board a coach for the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.


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 per guide is required to operate this programme.

Mysterious Stories in Russian History

Don't miss a chance to indulge in the mysteries of the 'Venice of the North'. Tour includes visits to the most famous and enigmatic places of the city that are not only stunning sites, but also have mysterious historical value.


Yusupov Palace

Depart the pier for a 30-minute transfer via coach to Yusupov Palace associated with one of the most controversial personalities in Russian history. Grigori Rasputin, and his dramatic assassination that has become a legend and mystery that still haunts visitors and fascinates historians.


Upon arrival start the tour by visiting Gala and private rooms of the Palace. The Yusupov family owned the palace from 1830 to 1917. The palace catches one's eye by its unique rooms such as the Moorish room with its beautiful mosaics and the Pool room with a secret compartment under the table. Admire the famous private theatre of the Yusupov Palace, which is small-scale copy of the Mariinsky Theatre. Every generation of the Yusupov family designed and redesigned some of the rooms, and as a result the palace has turned into a museum displaying historical interiors from the beginning of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century.


While passing through the exquisitely decorated interiors of the palace, the full story of the murder of Rasputin unfolds in front of you. Grigori Rasputin, a peasant and self-proclaimed holy man, had gradually won favor with the Tsar's family through his alleged supernatural powers. His control over the decisions of the family and the Russian ruler put him in a potentially manipulative position and posed a very real threat to their power. Consequently, Rasputin was murdered at the Yusupov Palace on the night of December 16, 1916, and his death proved to be an almost greater mystery than his life had been.


Canal Boat Ride to Spilled Blood

Following the visit to Yusupov Palace embark a boat for an hour long ride through the canals. The coach will bring the guests to the boat pier where the boat ride starts. After the boat ride the tour continues by visit to the Church on the Spilled Blood.


Spilled Blood Cathedral

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory.


The Church is prominently situated along the Griboedov Channel. The embankment at that point runs along either side of a canal. On March 13, 1881, as Tsar Alexander's carriage passed along the embankment, a grenade thrown by an anarchist conspirator exploded. The Tsar, shaken but unhurt, got out of the carriage and started to help the wounded around him. A second conspirator took the chance to throw another bomb, killing himself and mortally wounding the Tsar. The Tsar, bleeding heavily, was taken back to the Winter Palace where he died a few hours later.


A temporary shrine was erected on the site of the attack while the project for a more permanent memorial was undertaken. It was decided that the section of the street where the assassination had taken place was to be enclosed within the walls of a church. The embankment was therefore extended out into the canal to allow the shrine to fit comfortably within the building and to provide space on the exterior wall for a memorial marking the spot where the assassination took place. Inside, an elaborate shrine was constructed on the exact place where the bomb hit the Tsar, garnished with topaz, lazurite and other semi-precious stones. Amid such rich decoration, the simple cobblestones on which the Tsar's blood was spilled and which are exposed in the floor of the shrine, provide a striking contrast. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics - the main pictures being biblical scenes or figures - but with very fine patterned borders setting off each picture.


After the visit, board the coach for transfer back to the pier.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking with stairs to negotiate and is not suitable for guests who utlise 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. Photo and video fees will be charge to guests in Yusupov Palace who wish to utilise their cameras.

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.

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 programme will allow you some free time in the city at your leisure.


A relaxing walk in the very heart of St. Petersburg historical centre located along the Nevsky Prospect is where you will enjoy your half day exploring.


Art Square

Depart the pier by coach for a 20-minute drive to Art Square where the coach will be parked for approximately tow and a half hours. All the main shops and department stores are located around the Square along the Nevsky Prospect. The guide will assist and direct you to the type of treasure you are seeking.

After free time in the city centre 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 utilise 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.

St. Petersburg Cathedrals Guided in Spanish

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


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the centre of the city and a visit to St. Isaac's Square, which is dominated by the expansive 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 cathedral took 40 years to construct, and nearly 900 pounds (409 kilos) of pure gold were used to gild the interior and dome, which is visible approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) away in good weather. The cathedral features interior walls faced with 14 different kinds of marble, and three 20-tonne (20,000-kilo) oak and bronze doors adorned with carved reliefs.


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. Built between 1712 and 1733, it was designed by Peter the Great, who also decreed it to be the tallest structure in the city. After his death in 1725, the cathedral became the burial place of subsequent tsars.


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


Please note: Tour is Guided in Spanish, minimum amount of guests required to operate.

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 programme.

St. Petersburg Cathedrals Guided in German

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


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the centre of the city and a visit to St. Isaac's Square, which is dominated by the expansive 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 cathedral took 40 years to construct, and nearly 900 pounds (409 kilos) of pure gold were used to gild the interior and dome, which is visible approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) away in good weather. The cathedral features interior walls faced with 14 different kinds of marble, and three 20-tonne (20,000-kilo) oak and bronze doors adorned with carved reliefs.


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. Built between 1712 and 1733, it was designed by Peter the Great, who also decreed it to be the tallest structure in the city. After his death in 1725, the cathedral became the burial place of subsequent tsars.


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


Please note: Tour is Guided in German, minimum amount of guests required to operate.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 programme.

St. Petersburg Cathedrals

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


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the centre of the city and a visit to St. Isaac's Square, which is dominated by the expansive 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 cathedral took 40 years to construct, and nearly 900 pounds (409 kilos) of pure gold were used to gild the interior and dome, which is visible approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) away in good weather. The cathedral features interior walls faced with 14 different kinds of marble, and three 20-tonne (20,000-kilo) oak and bronze doors adorned with carved reliefs.


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. Built between 1712 and 1733, it was designed by Peter the Great, who also decreed it to be the tallest structure in the city. After his death in 1725, the cathedral became the burial place of subsequent tsars.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 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 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's Palaces.


Depart the pier for the scenic, one-hour drive to the Catherine Palace. En route, see historic landmarks, residential and commercial areas.


Catherine Palace

Located in Tsarskoye Selo, or 'Tsar's Village', the Catherine Palace is surrounded by a romantic park with mysterious arbours, pavilions, grottoes and statues. Upon arrival, admire the palace's beautiful, 984-foot (300-metre) azure facades; then ascend the Great Staircase en route to the beautiful staterooms on the second floor. See the gilded and opulent Great Hall, the Amber Room and the famous Green Dining 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

After lunch, continue the day with a visit to Pavlovsk Palace, the former royal summer residence of Emperor Paul I, the only son of Catherine the Great. 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.


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.

The Hermitage Museum Guided in Spanish (Early Opening)

Embrace the exquisite beauty of the most spectacular museum in St. Petersburg during this scenic and memorable visit to the Hermitage Museum (early opening).


Hermitage Museum

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Founded in 1764 as the private museum of Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum is Russia's largest art museum and home to an astounding collection of about three million pieces of art. On this tour you will visit four buildings of the Museum: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage.


Upon arrival, enter the Winter Palace via the stunning Jordan Staircase. At the upper landing, take a guided walking tour through the superb staterooms of the Winter Palace.


Next, proceed to the Small Hermitage for a visit to the Pavilion Hall, which features slender marble columns, an elegant gallery and 28 lovely cut-glass chandeliers. A visit is then made to other buildings and galleries en route to the Old Hermitage, which features a collection of 13th to 18th-century Italian art. On display are works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Giordgione, and Titian.


At the New Hermitage, view a collection of Spanish art by El Greco, Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez, and Goya, among others. The Hermitage is also home to a vast Rembrandt collection, and over 40 works by Rubens.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute 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 for approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres). Although this excursion is wheelchair-accessible, guests must be accompanied by an assistant or by a ship's escort (if available) 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 per guide is required to operate this program.

The Hermitage Museum Guided in German (Early Opening)

Embrace the exquisite beauty of the most spectacular museum in St. Petersburg during this scenic and memorable visit to the Hermitage Museum (early opening).


Hermitage Museum

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Founded in 1764 as the private museum of Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum is Russia's largest art museum and home to an astounding collection of about three million pieces of art. On this tour you will visit four buildings of the Museum: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage.


Upon arrival, enter the Winter Palace via the stunning Jordan Staircase. At the upper landing, take a guided walking tour through the superb staterooms of the Winter Palace.


Next, proceed to the Small Hermitage for a visit to the Pavilion Hall, which features slender marble columns, an elegant gallery and 28 lovely cut-glass chandeliers. A visit is then made to other buildings and galleries en route to the Old Hermitage, which features a collection of 13th to 18th-century Italian art. On display are works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Giordgione, and Titian.


At the New Hermitage, view a collection of Spanish art by El Greco, Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez, and Goya, among others. The Hermitage is also home to a vast Rembrandt collection, and over 40 works by Rubens.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute 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 for approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres). Although this excursion is wheelchair-accessible, guests must be accompanied by an assistant or by a ship's escort (if available) 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 per guide is required to operate this program.

The Hermitage Museum (Early Opening)

Embrace the exquisite beauty of the most spectacular museum in St. Petersburg during this scenic and memorable visit to the Hermitage Museum (early opening).


Hermitage Museum

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Founded in 1764 as the private museum of Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum is Russia's largest art museum and home to an astounding collection of about three million pieces of art. On this tour you will visit four buildings of the Museum: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage.


Upon arrival, enter the Winter Palace via the stunning Jordan Staircase. At the upper landing, take a guided walking tour through the superb staterooms of the Winter Palace.


Next, proceed to the Small Hermitage for a visit to the Pavilion Hall, which features slender marble columns, an elegant gallery and 28 lovely cut-glass chandeliers. A visit is then made to other buildings and galleries en route to the Old Hermitage, which features a collection of 13th to 18th-century Italian art. On display are works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Giordgione, and Titian.


At the New Hermitage, view a collection of Spanish art by El Greco, Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez, and Goya, among others. The Hermitage is also home to a vast Rembrandt collection, and over 40 works by Rubens.


Following your visit, re-board your 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). 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 per guide is required to operate this program.

St. Petersburg in Depth

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


Depart the pier for the one-hour, 18-mile (29-kilometre) drive to the Gulf of Finland, and a visit to the Peterhof Palace.


Peterhof

This 300-year-old palace is known as 'Versailles by the Sea', and served as one of the summer residences of the royal family. The spectacular grounds of Peterhof are comprised of the Upper and Lower Park, and feature a number of delightful little palaces built as private residences of the tsars. Crowning the hill is Peter's Grand Palace, which features a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf of Finland.


Grand Palace Tour

Upon arrival at Peterhof, proceed to the Upper Park, designed by Peter himself as a French formal garden. After a guided walking tour of the park, proceed for a visit inside the breathtaking Grand Palace. Enter the palace from the main staircase adorned with gilded carvings, then take a guided tour of the elegant staterooms, Dancing Hall, Audience Hall, Drawing Rooms, Chesma Hall, the opulent Throne Room, the White Dining Room, and Peter's Oak Study.


Lower Gardens Tour

Next, descend into the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre (121-hectare) fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains and four cascades that include the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world and the highlight of the grounds.

After local lunch, board the coach for a 30-minute transfer to the city centre and 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 expansive 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 cathedral took 40 years to construct, and nearly 900 pounds (409 kilos) of pure gold were used to gild the interior and dome, which is visible approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) away in good weather. The cathedral features interior walls faced with 14 different kinds of marble, and three 20-tonne (20,000-kilo) oak and bronze doors adorned with carved reliefs.


Spilled Blood Cathedral

Next, re-board your coach for drive to the Spilled Blood Cathedral - one of the landmarks of the city. Here you will have a 15-minutes photo stop to walk around the outside. 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. Built between 1712 and 1733, it was designed by Peter the Great, who also decreed it to be the tallest structure in the city. After his death in 1725, the cathedral became the burial place of subsequent tsars.


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


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over flat, clobbed 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 (Early Opening) & Faberge Museum

Embrace the exquisite beauty of the most spectacular museum in St. Petersburg during this scenic and memorable visit to the Hermitage Museum (early opening) and the unique, private Faberge Museum.


Hermitage Museum

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Founded in 1764 as the private museum of Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum is Russia's largest art museum and home to an astounding collection of about three million pieces of art. During your tour you will visit

four buildings: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage.


Upon arrival, enter the Winter Palace via the stunning Jordan Staircase. At the upper landing, take a guided walking tour through the superb staterooms of the Winter Palace.


Next, proceed to the Small Hermitage for a visit to the Pavilion Hall, which features slender marble columns, an elegant gallery and 28 lovely cut-glass chandeliers. A visit is then made to other buildings and galleries en route to the Old Hermitage, which features a collection of 13th to 18th-century Italian art. On display are works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Giordgione, and Titian.


At the New Hermitage, view a collection of Spanish art by El Greco, Murillo, Zurbaran, Velasquez, and Goya, among others. The Hermitage is also home to a vast Rembrandt collection and over 40 works by Rubens


Following your visit to the main Hermitage building proceed to the Building of the General Staff that houses now the impressionists and post-impressionists paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso to name just a few. The whole Impressionist collection has been recently moved to the newly restored building of the General Staff Building located in front of the Winter Palace and is part of the Hermitage Complex Museum.


Faberge Museum

Following lunch, re-join the coach for the transfer to the Faberge Museum. The first privately owned museum in Russia, the Faberge Museum is housed at Shuvalov Palace. The Palace was originally built in 1790 for one of the Russian noble families, but in 1846 the Palace was commissioned by count Shuvalov and since that time it is known as Shuvalovsky Palace.


The Faberge Museum has been established by "The Link of Times Cultural and Historical Foundation" founded in 2004 by Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg, the foundation engages in projects related to the return of lost objects of cultural and historical significance to Russia. The most remarkable step the foundation has taken so far is the sensational acquisition by Vekselberg of the works by Carl Faberge (1846-1920), the Russian court jeweler.


This exhibition includes 4,000 works of decorative and fine art: Gold and silver jewelry, painting, porcelain and bronze. The collection, which took decades to assemble and continues to grow, is presented for the first time in the new Faberge Museum on Fontanka which, during the Soviet period, housed the Museum of Daily Life and then the House of Friendship and Peace.


The most valuable part of the museum's collection are the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Faberge for the last two Russian emperors. All of them are masterpieces of jewelry art, as well as unique historical monuments associated with the reign and personal life of Alexander III and Nicholas II.


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.

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 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 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 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 (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 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals 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 (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 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 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.

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.

Imperial Evening at Catherine's Palace

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 Russian cuisine 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.

Through the Eyes of Russians

Experience the daily life of St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, and its inhabitants during this half-day tour.


This is the opportunity to see St. Petersburg through the eyes of its inhabitants. While touring palatial St. Petersburg, one is dazzled by the beauty of its palaces, cathedrals and parks, however, the city offers much more than this.


Metro Ride

One of the tourist attractions is a ride on the Metro. The Metro's stunning stations were intended by Stalin to be "palaces for the people." Thousands of tons of marble, granite and lime stone were used to face the walls,sculptures, mosaics and chandeliers were commissioned from leading artists. The first line opened in 1955 is the most fascinating. You are shown a few stations and take a short ride on the train. The Metro ride is quite an experience and gives a glimpse of the daily life of the people of St. Petersburg.


Farmer's Market

A peek at St. Petersburg's markets and food stores provides an intriguing insight into local life. Many locals shop in the food markets where you can find fruit, vegetables, fresh meat and fish, delicious homemade cottage cheese and wonderful natural honey. Sellers in the market come from all over the former Soviet Union and one can witness quite a variety of nationalities there and enjoy friendly attitudes.


Russian Vodka Museum

After the visit to the market, continue for a 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.

Splendid St. Petersburg Guided in Spanish

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and architecture of St. Petersburg during this delightful cruise along the City's canals and Neva Rivers, and a sightseeing tour of the city via coach.


Canals and Neva River Cruise

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the boat pier, then embark your boat for a cruise along the city's canals. Along the way, your guide points out the exquisite palaces, cathedrals and landmarks along the canals and Neva rivers. Sights to be seen include the Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac Cathedral, Stroganov Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Marble Palace, Summer Gardens, Aurora Cruiser, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great, among others. After your cruise, re-board your coach for a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg.


Panoramic Look at St. Petersburg

Your tour begins with a photo stop at St. Isaac's Square, which is dominated by the majestic Saint Isaac Cathedral. From here, pass the Palace Square. The main square of the city, it features the Baroque Winter Palace. Next, drive across the Neva River and view the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, and the Artillery Museum.


After a photo stop at the Aurora Cruiser, pass by the renowned Church of Resurrection on the Spilled Blood en route to Nevsky Prospect. St. Petersburg's and Russia's most famous street and shopping area, it is lined with magnificent palaces, churches and theatrical buildings.


Following your visit, drive back to the pier, passing by the picturesque Decembrists Square en route.


Please note: Tour is guided in Spanish, a minimum amount of guests required to operate. It 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 15 steps to embark/disembark the boat with little-to-no assistance. 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. 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

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and architecture of St. Petersburg during this delightful cruise along the City's canals and Neva Rivers, and a sightseeing tour of the city via coach.


Canals and Neva River Cruise

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the boat pier, then embark your boat for a cruise along the city's canals. Along the way, your guide points out the exquisite palaces, cathedrals and landmarks along the canals and Neva rivers. Sights to be seen include the Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac Cathedral, Stroganov Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Marble Palace, Summer Gardens, Aurora Cruiser, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great, among others. After your cruise, re-board your coach for a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg.


Panoramic Look at St. Petersburg

Your tour begins with a photo stop at St. Isaac's Square, which is dominated by the majestic Saint Isaac Cathedral. From here, pass the Palace Square. The main square of the city, it features the Baroque Winter Palace. Next, drive across the Neva River and view the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, and the Artillery Museum.


After a photo stop at the Aurora Cruiser, pass by the renowned Church of Resurrection on the Spilled Blood en route to Nevsky Prospect. St. Petersburg's and Russia's most famous street and shopping area, it is lined with magnificent palaces, churches and theatrical buildings.


Following your visit, drive back to the pier, passing by the picturesque Decembrists Square en route.


Please note: Tour is Guided in German, a minimum amount of guests required to operate. It 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 15 steps to embark/disembark the boat with little-to-no assistance. 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. 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.

3 days Pakcage Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide

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 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.

Land programmes in 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:

SCHEDULE TO BE UPDATED DEPENDING ON THE PERFORMANCE



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.

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 (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 Mariinsky Theatre

No Russian Visa Required

Duration: 4 Hours

Reservation Deadline: 45 Days prior to embarkation


THEATER SCHEDULE:

SCHEDULE TO BE UPDATED DEPENDING ON THE PERFORMANCE



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.

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 (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:

SCHEDULE TO BE UPDATED DEPENDING ON THE PERFORMANCE


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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Explore Novgorod

Guests who have visited St. Petersburg and Moscow will find this tour to be a fascinating look at the country that became a super-power in their lifetime. The seeds of Russian rule were planted and flourished for centuries in Novgorod.  



00MIDLED-A Moscow by High Speed Train

No Russian Visa Required

Depart: St. Petersburg

Duration: 11 Hours

Rejoin: St. Petersburg

Reserve: A minimum of 60 days prior to cruise


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure may only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations.  This programme will become 100% non-refundable within 90 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.    


Rise and shine early today before breakfast onboard.  Please be prepared to leave the ship by 8:00AM to meet the Shore Concierge staff on the pier and board your awaiting coach for the 3-hour ride to Novgorod.


Novgorod Kremlin and St. Sophia Cathedral

Upon arrival, meet your Novgorod guide and proceed to the Kremlin Grounds. Medieval Novgorod was one of the largest European centers of enlightenment and culture. Nowadays it is a modern town with a well-developed economy, social services and infrastructure. At the same time Novgorod is a city of internationally significant architectural monuments.


The main landmark is the Kremlin, which was first mentioned in the Chronicles of 1044. Originally it consisted only of the Bishop's Court. The Kremlin began to be used as a military fortification only at the beginning of the fourteenth century when it reached to dimensions see today and stone walls were erected instead of wooden ones. In the late fourteenth century ramparts were built around the entire city, with wooden walls and stone towers over them. The walls and towers took on their present-day appearance at the end of the fifteenth century.


St. Sophia Cathedral

Here you visit one of the most ancient churches in Russia.  The original wooden structure built on this site in 989 had thirteen domes.  Then, in 1045, the church was redesigned but with only 5 domes - a design feature of many traditional Russian churches found all over the world today.  A major renovation in 1900 retained its early iconostasis with icons of the 14th - to 17th-centuries, frescoes of the 11th- and 12-th centuries as well as objects of Byzantine and Western European art. In 1991 the cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church.


St. Sophia Cathedral of Novgorod is unique from the architectural point of view. The architects from Byzantium and Kiev working in the 11th century managed to convey the essence of the Novgorodian character through this building, which was the only stone building of that time.  The original interior of the church has survived only partly. In the Martirievsky hall you can still enjoy the images of St. Constantine and St. Helen, that date back to the 11th century and do not bear any resemblance of Byzantine frescos.


The Vladychnaya (Granovitaya) Palata

This unique hall dates back to 1433 and it is practically all that remains of the once magnificent archbishops' residence. Its design is typical and resembles many ancient buildings that have survived after numerous refurbishments.  The common and simple interior bears many interesting secrets.


In the 15th century this chamber was intended for official receptions and sessions, but at the same time it was used for meetings of the Vladychny (Supreme) court of justice. Therefore, the fresco paintings decorating niches on the facades and walls of the hall itself, consist of both compositions on religious subjects ("Christ the Almighty"), and images of a purely decorative secular nature.


For 300 years, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, the Vladychnaya palata served only as a church. Nowadays it houses the Exposition of the Old Russian Decorative, Applied and Jeweler Art.


Following the visit to Kremlin Complex, rejoin your coach for the short drive along the Volkhov River to the Yeriev Podvorie restaurant for lunch. En route, a quick stop will be made for photos at one of the picturesque hills with the magnificent view on the Ilmen Lake and Volkhov River.



Restaurant, Yurievskoe Podvorie

Lunch is served in one of the most picturesque locations in Novgorod, very close to a unique Museum of Wooden Folk Architecture "Vitoslavlitsy" and Yurijev Monastery.  A four-course lunch will be served in a reserved dining area in the restaurant accompanied by tea, coffee, mineral water and a glass of red or white wine.


Following a relaxing lunch, re-join your coach for short drive to Yurijev Monastery.



Yurijev Monastery

The earliest documented mentions of the Yurijev Monastery date back to 1119, when prince Vsevolod Mstislavovich founded "a stone church in the name of St. George, and a master Pyotr worked on it." Across the river in the Gorodishche area St. George Cathedral and the Church of the Annunciation were erected in 1103.


The significance of St. George Cathedral increased even more when it became the place for the prince's chronicle-writing, while the church itself was used as the burial grounds for Novgorod princes. Here the mother of Alexander Nevsky and his brother Dmitry Shemiaka were buried along with many others. The cathedral impresses even the modern visitor with its size (height - 105 feet), length - 85, width - 78), bold elongated proportions, the severely outlined tower and the dynamic three-dome composition as well as with the magnificence and opulence of the interior decor, including a splendidly ornate gallery. The cathedral was painted in the middle of the 12th century.


The Open Art Museum of Wooden Art "Vitoslavitsy"

You tour finishes with a visit to the Open Air Museum of Wooden Art "Vitoslavlitsy".  It is a wonderful spot for a stroll or a rest.  It is also an architectural and natural museum that houses the  different  types of surviving wooden churches: the hip-roofed (eight edges over four edges) Church of the Assumption brought here from Kuritsk (1595), the Church of the Virgin's Nativity from the Peredki village (1531), the multiple-tiered church of Nikola from the Vysoki Ostrov (1767) and the Church of St. Nicholas from the Tukhol village (1688).  In total the nearly 75 acres accommodates 22 monuments. They give the visitor a good idea about traditions of the old life in different districts of Novgorod, varying from one another by natural conditions, economic activities, building traditions and some elements of spiritual culture.


Long ago, in the 12th century, the small village of Vitoslavlitsy was located here, on the way between Novgorod and the Yurijev monastery. A lot of other small monasteries like the Panteleimonov, the Annunciation monastery, the Arkazhsky etc., were located close by. Neither the village, nor the majority of the monasteries have survived (the only exception is the Annunciation monastery), but the historical landscape remained intact - all those meadows, lakes, and streams which proved to be so attractive that in 1960 this site was chosen for the creation of an open-air museum.

You can also visit a real Russian house "Izba" and get an idea of its original design. Inside the izba you'll find dozens of artifacts including furniture, utensils, expressive "trifles" like wrought-iron stands for torches, painted cabinets, spinning wheels and village "red"-icons.  As you look around take a moment to reflect on the simplicity of life in the old days.  By today's standards, it's amazing  how such a tiny space could accommodate a huge family; take a peek at the polati (a space on the large Russian stove) where children usually slept;  try on the original lapti (shoes made of Birch-bark);  or pose in front of a camera next to the hospitable mistress of the house.


You have some free time in this museum to walk around and admire the beauty of the ancient Russian architecture.  Souvenir shoppers will not be disappointed.


At the established time and place, re-join your guide for the short walk to the coach parking.   Settle in to your comfortable seat for the 3-hour return drive to St. Petersburg.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advanced booking with Silversea Reservations.  Cancellations received within 90 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.  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.   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.


Programme Includes:

·        Roundtrip motorcoach transportation

·        4-Course lunch with beverages

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

·        English-speaking licensed guide

·        Admission to venues noted in the programme

·        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 Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Shipboard credit may not be applied to this program. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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 Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Shipboard credit may not be applied to this program. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 70 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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 Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Shipboard credit may not be applied to this program. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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 Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Shipboard credit may not be applied to this program. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 70 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this program. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The program described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.