Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
OVERVIEW: The highlight is a visit to Pushkin to explore Catherine Palace, one of the world's architectural masterpieces.
HIGHLIGHTS: Tour Catherine's Palace and the grounds and enjoy a panoramic tour of many memorable landmarks including St. Isaac's Square, Church of Resurrection on the Spilled Blood, Aurora Battleship, and Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral. You will also have time to shop for traditional Russian souvenirs and enjoy a lunch break in a local restaurant.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 1.25 miles over gravel paths, cobblestones and even surfaces with approx. 100 steps. Large bags, umbrellas and heavy jackets must be checked before entering Catherine's Palace.
OVERVIEW: St. Petersburg's diversity and magnificence is revealed during your exploration of the opulent St. Isaac's Cathedral and the famous Hermitage Museum.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the world famous Hermitage Museum and observe its reception halls and art exhibits as well as the vast and opulent interiors of St. Isaac's Cathedral on a guided tour. Enjoy views of the Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood and Aurora battle ship, and shop for traditional Russian souvenirs. Savor lunch in a local restaurant.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 2 miles over even surfaces with over 200 steps. Large bags, umbrellas and heavy jackets must be checked before entering the Hermitage.
An approx 1-hr drive takes you to Peterhof. Explore Palace with its staterooms & priceless art. See Grand Cascade, series of 64 fountains, 37 gilt statues & 3 waterfalls. Following lunch, return to city to visit Hermitage Museum. Discover Russia's largest art museum with over 2 million art pieces, housed in 4 buildings. Note: must walk approx 3.6 kms over gravel paths, cobblestones & even surfaces with approx 200+ steps in Peterhof & 120 steps over 2 floors in Hermitage. Shoe covers must be worn in Peterhof Palace. Effective 2009, video & still photography are not permitted in Peterhof Grand Palace. Please be aware Peterhof fountains are subject to maintenance work without notification.
OVERVIEW: Enjoy a guided visit to the State Hermitage, one of the world's greatest art museums to explore its priceless collection of art.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the Winter Palace, former official residence of the imperial family and now home of the Hermitage Museum. Experience its world class art collection including those of Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, and Velasquez.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.75 mile over even surfaces. There is limited seating inside the museum and no air-conditioning. Large bags, umbrellas and heavy jackets must be checked before entering the Hermitage museum.
OVERVIEW: This tour features a cruise past landmarks from the scenic rivers and canals of St. Petersburg and a guided tour of Peter and Paul's Fortress & Cathedral,
HIGHLIGHTS: View important landmarks during a river cruise, including Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Aurora Cruiser, and Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tour the interiors of Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral, one of St. Petersburg's first structures and resting place of the Russian czars.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 0.5 mile over cobblestone surfaces with a few steps. There are a lot of steps on the boat pier and it is not accessible to wheelchairs.
See full description for complete details, important notes and disclaimers on this half-day canal cruise & Yussupov Palace tour from St. Petersburg, Russia. Note: must walk approx 1.6 kms over flat & cobblestone surfaces with 100 steps. Camera fees for Yusupov Palace are included. Flash photo restrictions might apply in certain rooms. Videos are permitted.
A famous local theater has been booked, for you to experience one of the great artistic delights of St. Petersburg. During the intermission, champagne and spring water will be served. A jacket is recommended for men. Please note that the program and ballet company performing changes regularly.
Note: Prior to the tour's departure, an early dinner will be served on board the ship for all guests participating in this tour. Guests are required to climb approx. 60 steps to enter the auditorium. There are 100 yards of walking over even surfaces.
Tour takes you to royal summer residence of Tsarskoye Selo. Start palace tour from Great staircase which takes you to state rooms on 1st floor. Of special interest is Amber Room. After palace tour, enjoy short walk in park. The 1400 acres of grounds are dotted with charming pavilions set around central lake. Landscape of park is animated with neo-gothic Admiralty, Chesma column, Turkish bath, Marble Bridge, Chinese pagoda, Grotto pavilion & Hermitage pavilion. Note: must walk approx 0.5 mile over gravel paths & even surfaces with approx 45 steps. Special shoe covers must be worn in palace. Camera & video fees are included. Flash photos are not permitted where displaying paintings.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.