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

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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 finally back to St. Petersburg again in 1991. After a whistle-stop look at the city’s key attractions, a stop will be made to take photos of the incredible Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, which was built from 1883 to 1907 and is known the world over for its colourful façade and intricately detailed cupolas. You will then continue on to the famous Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main avenue, and the 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral for an inside visit. The Late Neoclassical building is particularly noted for its superb interior, featuring columns, pilasters, floors and monuments made of multi-coloured granites and marbles. After enjoying a typically Russian lunch, a 1-hour coach ride will take you to Petrodvorets, or Peterhof Palace as it is also known. Considered to be one of the loveliest of the former tsars’ summer residences and recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can look forward to seeing its spacious park, a dazzling array of glittering fountains and manicured gardens. You will also have some time to browse or shop in a souvenir store before you return to the coach for the journey back to St. Petersburg and your ship. Please note: as the tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues; comfortable shoes recommended. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available on following dates: 12 & 24.05.2016 and 09.09.2016.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      9:30 h

  • 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 Twelve Collegia to enjoy. Have your camera ready as you approach Palace Square for snapshots of the magnificent ensemble. Considered to be the city’s main square, it presents an elaborate blend of different styles with the 18th-century Baroque Winter Palace on the northern and the building of the former Imperial Army General Staff on the southern side. Back on the coach, the tour then heads for the marvellous Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood with its colourful façade and onion-shaped roof. Continue on foot again to one of the city’s key cultural centres, the Square of Arts and its monument to Alexander Pushkin. A short sightseeing tour by coach concludes your tour. Please note: this excursion always takes place in the afternoon and can be combined with the following half-day morning tours: SPT03 or SPT04 or SPT26 or SPT27. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016 Summer campaign), this tour is available on the second day. This tour is no suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting the Spilled Blood Cathedral.
    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

  • BEST OF ST. PETERSBURG: ST. ISAAC CATHEDRAL, CATHERINE
    PALACE, HERMITAGE

    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 residence of the Russian tsars. Here we will visit Catherine’s Palace, which dates back to 1717 when Catherine I of Russia asked the German architect Braunstein to build a summer palace. Over the years, the plans for the Palace were expanded and then, founded to be outdated by Empress Elizabeth, were replaced by a much grander edifice in a lavish Rococo style. We will spend time visiting this sumptuous residence and its glorious park. More sights are in store in St. Petersburg as we visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which, when it was built in 1818-1858 was the largest church in the Russian Empire. Break from sightseeing with a delicious typical Russian lunch. Art lovers will be in their element during the afternoon, which includes nearly 1,5 hours in some of the halls of the world-class Hermitage Museum, home to three million works of art. Round off the day with a little time for shopping before returning to the ship. Please note: as it involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues; comfortable shoes recommended.
    • 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

  • 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 atlante sculptures, columns, pilasters and ornamental framings. You will be guided through the Palace and visit the room for which it is best known: the (faithful reproduction) of the spectacular Amber Room. The gleaming chamber – which is decorated with gold-backed amber panels from top to bottom – was originally created in the 18th century, then lost during WWII and finally recreated in 2003. It was once considered to be the “eighth wonder of the world”. Also be sure to pay the gorgeous park and grounds a visit before re-boarding your coach to return to the ship. Please note: this excursion always takes place in the morning and can be combined with the following half-day afternoon tours: SPT05 or SPT06 or SPT07 or SPT22. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available on the second day. As the tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair but if a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach accompanies wheelchair guests, they can take part. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues. There are 10 steps to enter Catherine Palace (no ramp available) and 40 steps inside the Palace to enter the gala room. The Palace has an elevator.
    • Best seller

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4 h

  • 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 ship and get set for a day of seeing the best that Saint Petersburg has to offer. The route will take you past the impressive University buildings and Senate Square – the venue of the Decembrist's Uprising in 1825 – as well as the imposing Admiralty building before crossing the Holy Trinity Bridge to reach Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg’s original citadel that was founded by Peter the Great at the beginning of the 18th century. You will have a chance to explore the fascinating complex, after which the tour continues by coach again for a photo stop at the Russian Orthodox Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, one of Saint Petersburg’s most recognisable and iconic landmarks. Next, continue to the famous Nevsky Prospekt for lunch in a typical Russian restaurant. A visit to the world-class Hermitage Museum, home to three million major works of art by renowned Italian, Dutch and French artists, will round off your tour before you return to the pier and your ship. Please note: this tour involves walking on uneven ground and presence of steps so it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. Wheelchair users can take part but they must be aware that there are 3 steps to enter St. Peter and Paul Fortress. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.Please expect crowded sites and possible queues; comfortable shoes recommended. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available on the second day.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Best seller

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      9 h

  • 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 architecture. The tour then moves on to the Peter and Paul Fortress, whose foundation stones were laid by Peter the Great himself in 1703 on Zayachy Island in the Neva River. The occasion was to be of momentous importance for this tiny patch of land, which had previously been little more than an unused swamp. From 1706 to 1740, the resplendent building you can see today was then constructed, which is perhaps better known as the Cathedral of the Saints Peter and Paul and is the traditional burial church of members of the dynastic Romanov family. You will then return to the city centre via the wonderful Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s generously dimensioned main avenue, after which you will have some time to spend shopping for souvenirs. Your return to the pier and the ship marks the end of this entertaining sightseeing tour. Please note: this excursion always takes place in the morning and can be combined with the following half-day afternoon tours: SPT05 or SPT22. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available on the first day. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Wheelchair users can take part but they must be aware that there are 3 steps to enter St. Peter and Paul Fortress. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues.
    • Shopping

    • Best seller

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

  • CITY TOUR, SPILLED BLOOD CHURCH & HERMITAGE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT32

    Get the best of your stay in St. Petersburg on a full-day excursion visiting two of the city’s symbols: the Spilled Blood Church and the iconic Hermitage. Your excursion begins with a scenic drive around the city and a first photo stop on the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. This is the ideal place to enjoy breathtaking views of the Hermitage Complex and the birthplace of St Petersburg – St Peter and Paul Fortress. Board the coach and drive to the amazing Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, built from 1883 to 1907 and known the world over for its colourful façade and intricately detailed cupolas. Enjoy a visit to the site before breaking for a lunch in a restaurant and appreciate Russian cuisine. Second part of the tour will be consecrated to the world-class Hermitage Museum Complex, home to three million major works of art by renowned Italian, Dutch and Spanish artists. Your 2.5-hour visit will also include the Winter Palace which is the part of the Hermitage Complex, where you will see the opulence of the State Rooms. A coach transfer back to the port will conclude your day out in St. Petersburg. Please note: this tour includes considerable amount of walking; all sites have ramps or elevator (Hermitage Museum has ramp at the entrance and 5 more steps). Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues; comfortable shoes recommended. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

  • 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 after the revolution in 1917. You’ll enter the beautiful Winter Palace via the grand Jordan staircase, after which you’ll spend a few hours exploring the 3,000-million-piece collection. The palace tour includes a look at the gorgeously decorated staterooms, the Small Hermitage and the truly resplendent Gold Room, whose walls feature generous quantities of gold leaf. Throughout your visit, you’ll be laying eyes on some of the world’s finest pieces of antique, gem-studded jewellery, numerous other beautiful items, countless crystal chandeliers as well as fabulous snuffboxes, once all the rage among Russian aristocrats. The Small Hermitage is also home to the famous Peacock Clock, an owl in a cage and a rooster, to mention but a few of its attractions. Your return to the ship then brings the tour to an end. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues. This excursion always takes place in the morning. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016 Summer campaign), this tour is available on 12 & 24.05.2016 and 09.09.2016 and is run in the morning.
    • Long route by bus

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4 h

  • METRO RIDE, MUSEUM OF SIEGE & NARODOVOLETS B-2 SUBMARINE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    SPT31

    We invite you on a tour designed for those who wish to get the once in a lifetime experience visiting the St. Petersburg Metro, the Museum of The Siege and the first submarine of the Baltic Fleet. Your excursion begins with a coach drive to Sportivnaya Metro station opened in 2015 and equipped with the only travelator in St Petersburg. Enjoy a ride on the subway system visiting some of the oldest stations and ending at Rumyantsev Palace. Originally built in the XIX century, the Palace has always been the center of St. Petersburg social life; today, it houses St. Petersburg Museum of History. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Siege of Leningrad Museum section. The exhibition really captures what those years had been like. Next on the list is a visit to ?-2 Submarine called Narodovolets. Commissioned into the Baltic Fleet in 1931, the Narodovolets was a diesel-electric, torpedo-carrying submarine that saw active service on four missions during the WWII, launching 12 torpedo attacks and sinking four enemy vessels. Since 1993, the Narodovolets has been mounted in concrete near the Shkiperskiy Canal as a memorial to the heroism of submariners in the Baltic Fleet. Follow your guide through the submarine's authentic interiors and get a full picture of how life on board was in the first half of the 20th century. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, using a wheelchair and for children.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

  • 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. Isaac’s Cathedral. After then crossing the River Neva to snap photos of the 18th-century Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg’s original citadel, it will be time for the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. This ornately decorated onion-domed masterpiece, completed in 1907, marks the site where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 and is almost entirely covered in intricate mosaics of biblical scenes on the inside. After lunch at a local restaurant, the State Hermitage Museum is next. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, the museum showcases a vast collection of artefacts and paintings, spread over several superb buildings. You will be visiting the Winter Palace, symbolic of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Small Hermitage and the Hermitage Gold Room. Prepare to be wowed by countless pieces of gem-studded jewellery, made by some of the world’s best craftsmen, alongside snuffboxes and many other fabulous items before you return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues. Conservative attire for visiting sites of religious importance. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available on the second day.
    • 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

  • 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 all the Russian tzars’ summer residence. After visiting the magnificent Palace, we will follow our dedicated guide to the Lower Park where we will admire the beautiful fountains. Set in 300 acres of parkland, the fountains are a key feature of these world-class gardens. After lunch, the day continues with more superlative sights as we visit the famous Hermitage Museum, home to three million works of art by Italian, Dutch and Spanish artists and where we will look around the grand reception rooms of the Russian royalty. Please note: as the tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016 Summer campaign), this tour is available only on 13.05.2016 and 10.09.2016.
    • 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

  • 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 architecture. The stunning 300 metres long baroque façade is adorned with a profusion of Atlantes sculptures, columns, pilasters and ornamental framings. Enjoy plenty of time to visit the Palace and marvel at the famous Amber Room which was once considered to be the “eighth wonder of the world”. Enjoy a short visit to the park and ground before reaching a restaurant for a delicious typical Russian lunch. Your afternoon will begin with a fascinating cruise along Neva River: a good opportunity to take photographs of some of the main tourist sites such as the Spit of the Basil Island and Peter & Paul Fortress as closely as possible. Back on the ground enjoy a bus sightseeing tour around one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltic with views of St. Isaac’s Square and of the Spilled Blood Cathedral. A short stop in a souvenir shop will conclude your day out in St. Petersburg. Please note: as the tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair but if a helper to get on/off the coach accompanies wheelchair guests, they can take part. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Please expect crowded sites and possible queues. There are 10 steps to enter Catherine Palace (no ramp available) and 40 steps inside the Palace to enter the gala room. The Palace has an elevator. There are 5/10 steps to enter the boat on a narrow passage. Comfortable shoes recommended. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available on 13 & 23.05.2016 and 10.09.2016.
    • 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

  • 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, giving you a chance simply to relax and take in the views of the many lovely old houses and palaces along the river bank. Your next stop is Peter and Paul Fortress, which is located on the small Hare Island in the delta of the River Neva, for an inside viewing of the impressive complex. The 18th-century Peter and Paul Cathedral is topped by a gilded cupola and is also the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty. Please note: this excursion always takes places in the afternoon and can be combined with the following half-day morning tour: SPT04 or SPT26 or SPT27. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available on following dates: 13 & 23.05.2016 and 10.09.2016. As this tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair but if a helper to get on/off the coach accompanies wheelchair guests, they can take part. Weelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.Please expect crowded sites and possible queues. There are 3 steps to enter St. Peter and Paul Fortress and 5/10 steps to enter the boat on a narrow passage. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

  • 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 and stress-free amount of time. The outstanding architectural beauty of St. Petersburg is definitely worth capturing for posterity and photo stops will be made at the city’s main attractions. Take St. Isaac’s Square, for instance, and the co-located St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which boasts the third-highest cupola in the world. Or the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, celebrated for its colourful façades and onion-shaped domes. Time to browse and shop for a memento in a souvenir store will also be included before you head back to your ship. Please note: this excursion always takes place in the afternoon and can be combined with the following half-day morning tours: SPT04 or SPT26 or SPT27. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016), this tour is available either on the first or on the second day but it will be run in the afternoon on the first day and in the morning on the second day. All the sites will be visited from outside. Shopping is guided. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • Shopping

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

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

  • 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 some stations located more than 100 m (328 ft.) underground. The oldest of these are opulent in design, featuring materials like polished granite, coloured marble, stainless steel, decorated ceilings, mosaics, bas-reliefs, columns and sculptures, while latterly added stations are sleeker, more modern in design. A drive to one of these underground stations begins your metro exploration, ending at one of the central stations near the Kuznechny Rynok food market. Your guide will lead you through the colourful market and its broad array of fresh produce, some of which you may wish to sample. On leaving the market, a short sightseeing drive around the city forms the final tour highlight before you return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or with walking difficulties. This excursion always takes place in the morning and can be combined with the following half-day afternoon tours: SPT05 or SPT06 or SPT07 or SPT22. On MSC Opera 2-day calls (2016 Summer campaign), this tour is available on 13 & 23.05.2016 and 10.09.2016 and is run in the morning.
    • Long route by bus

    • No guide available

    • Snack included

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4 h

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme 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.