St Petersburg

A legendary Baltic Sea port
The Nevsky prospekt
The Winter Palace with the Hermitage

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St Petersburg

In the court of the Tsar

When you’re cruising the Baltic Sea with MSC Cruises, St Petersburg is the port of call for you.
 
A sophisticated capital of the tsarist Empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution of 1917, and a symbol of Russian stoicism due to the city’s heroic endurance of a three-year Nazi siege during World War II, present-day St Petersburg has eased into modernity without sacrificing any of its old-world magnificence and charm, with shopping malls sitting alongside opulent palaces. You’ll find a great city when you step ashore from your MSC cruise ship, maybe the most beautiful in the whole of Russia.

MSC Northern Europe cruises offer excursions to the centre of St Petersburg on the south bank of the Neva, with the curving River Fontanka marking its southern boundary. The area within the Fontanka is riven by a series of avenues fanning out from the golden spire of the Admiralty on the Neva’s south bank.

Many of the city’s top sights are located on and around Nevsky prospekt, the backbone and heart of the city for the last three centuries, stretching from the Alexander Nevsky Monastery to Palace Square. Sited on the banks of the River Neva, the 200m-long Baroque Winter Palace is the city’s largest and most opulent, and was the official residence of the tsars, their court and 1500 servants until the revolution of 1917.

Today the building houses one of the world’s greatest museums, the Hermitage, launched as Russia’s first public art museum in 1852. The Hermitage collection embraces over three million treasures and works of art, from ancient Scythian gold and giant malachite urns to Cubist pieces. After the elaborately decorated staterooms and the Gold Collection, the most popular section covers modern European art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Must see places in St. Petersburg

  • The Hermitage museum

    The Hermitage museum

  • Ballet at the Mariinsky theatre

    Ballet at the Mariinsky theatre

  • The Summer Palace

    The Summer Palace

Discover our excursions

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  • CITY TOUR, ST. ISAAC CATHEDRAL & PETRODVORETS

    CITY TOUR

    SPT01

    Once you have boarded a modern coach at the pier, the first leg of the outing will take you on a fascinating sightseeing tour of this important Russian town on the River Neva, whose name was changed to Petrograd in 1914, then to Leningrad in 1924 and fina
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      9:30 h

    • Adults$162.00Price per person

    • Children$115.00Price per person

  • WALKING TOUR & VISIT TO THE SPILLED BLOOD CATHEDRAL

    CITY TOUR

    SPT22

    After a short drive to Senate Square and the Bronze Horseman, a much-celebrated monument to the founder of St. Petersburg, Peter the Great, you will continue on foot along the embankment of the River Neva, with sights such as the Academy of Arts and the T
    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$55.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • BEST OF ST. PETERSBURG

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT19

    This is certainly a day when you should have your camera at the ready as we will set off for an unforgettable trip around one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltic. Our first stop will be in Pushkin, a town founded in the 18th century as summer resid
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      10:30 h

    • Adults$199.00Price per person

    • Children$145.00Price per person

  • CATHERINE’S PALACE IN PUSHKIN

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT04

    Take a break from your ship and board a coach for a 1-hour drive to the town of Pushkin and Catherine’s Palace. Considered to be one of the masterpieces of world architecture, the building’s stunning 300-metre Baroque façade is adorned with a profusion of
    • Best seller

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • CITY TOUR & HERMITAGE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT02

    Located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and well worth a visit. To explore the city on a tailor-made and mainly coach-based tour, simply step off the
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      9 h

    • Adults$152.00Price per person

    • Children$109.00Price per person

  • CITY TOUR & PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT03

    This all-round city tour is a great opportunity to see all the main sights of St. Petersburg from the comfort of a modern coach, with a first stop at St. Isaac’s Square to see and take some photos of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, a building of Late Neoclassical
    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • HERMITAGE & GOLD ROOM

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT26

    Lovers of art, history and culture will be in their element on this half-day tour dedicated to visiting the State Hermitage Museum, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. It then opened to select members of the public in 1852 and finally for everyone aft
    • Long route by bus

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$132.00Price per person

    • Children$95.00Price per person

  • ST. PETERSBURG FOR CONNOISSEUR

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT25

    Spend a day casting a connoisseur’s eye over the State Hermitage Museum and enjoying a panoramic city tour, including a visit to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. The first photo stop will be at St. Isaac’s Square and the domed 19th-century St.
    • Long route by bus

    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      8 h

    • Adults$215.00Price per person

    • Children$152.00Price per person

  • ST. PETERSBURG’S GEMS: PETRODVORETS & HERMITAGE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT13

    The tour begins with a drive west to Petrodvorets – also known as Peterhof – the former summer home of Peter the Great. Built in the early XVIII century by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Petrodvorets is considered to be the most dazzling of a
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      9 h

    • Adults$155.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • CATHERINE’S PALACE, NEVA RIVER CRUISE & CITY SIGHTSEEING

    SCENIC ROUTE

    SPT20

    A visit to St. Petersburg is always an unforgettable experience and this is certainly a day when you should have your camera at the ready. Leave the port and drive to Pushkin for an interesting visit to Catherine’s Palace, one of the masterpieces of world
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      9:30 h

    • Adults$152.00Price per person

    • Children$109.00Price per person

  • YUSSUPOV PALACE AND CANAL CRUISE

    SCENIC ROUTE

    SPT05

    The wonderful Russian city of St. Petersburg is replete with historical buildings as far as the eye can see, one of which is the gold-hued Yusupov Palace on the banks of the River Moika, one of the waterways on which the great city is situated. Also calle
    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$79.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • CANAL CRUISE & PETER & PAUL FORTRESS

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    SPT07

    Situated at the eastern tip of the Baltic Sea and the River Neva, Saint Petersburg is celebrated the world over for its incredible civic beauty and large historical centre, interwoven with numerous canals. It is in these canals that your tour begins, givi
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • PANORAMIC CITY TOUR & SHOPPING

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    SPT06

    A visit to the Baltic port of St. Petersburg, often named The Venice of the North, is always an unforgettable experience and this is the ideal excursion for all those wishing to learn more about this amazing city and see the sights, but do so in a short a
    • Shopping

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$52.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • ST. PETERSBURG “METRO” & KUZNECHNY RYNOK MARKET

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    SPT27

    St. Petersburg’s metro goes to prove that it really is possible to deliver clean, efficient and affordable public transportation while ensuring the infrastructure is a thing of beauty too. Inaugurated in 1955, the city’s metro is the world’s deepest, with
    • Long route by bus

    • No guide available

    • Snack included

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Russia

A great power
A great power

European Russia stretches from the borders of Belarus and Ukraine to the Ural mountains, over 1000km east of Moscow; even without the rest of the vast Russian Federation, it constitutes by far the largest country in Europe.

Formerly a powerful tsarist empire and a Communist superpower, Russia continues to be a source of fascination for travellersMoscow, Russia’s bustling capital, combines the frenetic energy of an Eastern city with the cosmopolitan feel of a Western one. 


With its dense human traffic and show-stopping architecture – from the Kremlin’s tsarist palaces and onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, through the monumental relics of the Communist years to today’s massive building projects – the metropolis can feel rather overwhelming. 


By contrast, with its beautiful canals and graceful buildings, St Petersburg, Russia’s second city, is nicknamed “the Venice of Northern Europe”. 


A cruise to Russia is a unique chance to visit this seaport, founded in the eighteenth-century by tsar Peter the Great and intended to emulate the best of Western European elegance

Today, its people are more relaxed and friendly than the capital’s, and its position in the delta of the River Neva is unparalleled, giving it endless watery vistas.

 
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