This tour offers you an opportunity to explore the most remarkable sites of St. Petersburg. With a brief introduction to the history of St. Petersburg, your coach brings you to the city center, to St. Isaac's Square where you'll have a chance to take pictures of one of the largest cathedrals in Europe – St. Isaac's Cathedral. Your modern double-decker bus is equipped with a high-quality ten-language sound system with the help of which you'll be able to learn a lot about the places of interest of St. Petersburg. From this very place, you'll drive along the Admiralty and Nevsky prospect. You'll see Vosstaniya Square (Uprising Square), the fantastic Palace Bridge, the Spit of Vasilievsy Island, St. Peter and Paul Fortress, the Russian Cruiser Aurora and Trinity Bridge. You'll also have a perfect chance to take pictures of one of the main landmarks of St. Petersburg – the Church on Spilled Blood which was built in 1907 on the spot where the Russian Tsar Alexander II had been assassinated. After this fascinating tour, spend approximately two hours as you wish. This time is your exclusive chance to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this Russian city, walk along one of the main streets of St. Petersburg – Nevsky Prospect, do some shopping in the best shops of the city, buy lovely souvenirs for your relatives and friends, and have a lunch in a cozy cafe or restaurant in the very center of this unforgettable city! Your coach will pick you up at the Spilled Blood Cathedral in order to bring you to one of the largest and richest art museums of the world – the Hermitage. The tour of the Hermitage covers the masterpieces of Western European art, featuring Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and others. There is also a stunning collection of French art – the largest outside France – displaying works by Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Matisse.
Note: No inside visits will be conducted on the city tour. There is extensive walking between different parts of the Hermitage. Expect congestion and waiting in lines at attractions. Flash photography is prohibited inside the Hermitage. The Russian government charges a nominal fee to use your camera and video inside various palaces and museums of St. Petersburg. Fees are payable to your guide and exact change is required. This tour is not recommended for persons with walking or climbing difficulties.
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Review 1 for The City By Double-decker
Date:September 6, 2011
This was an overall negative experience. The headsets used on the bus and during the tour of the Hermitage did not work well. On the lower part of the bus, the reception had so much static that the guide could not be heard. The guide for the morning bus tour was pretty good, but I was placed with a guide named Boris for the tour of the Hermitage, and it was a total disaster. My headset, and those of many in my group did not work properly. In addition, I am hearing impaired, so was unable to hear anything he said during the tour. I brought this to their attention more than once, but when changing batteries in the transmitter didn't work, nothing more was done to resolve the problem. Initially I could hear only static, but in the end my receiver was picking up another tour which was being given in Russian, which I do not understand. Being unable to hear the narration in addition to being herded through the museum like cattle, made it a miserable experience. I was so looking forward to seeing this beautiful place, but left near tears from the frustration. The representative on the ship did refund 25% of the cost of the excursion, and I am grateful for that, but I wanted to communicate my experience so that others might avoid a similar experience.