St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, boasts an incredible history and eclectic culture. Once the capital of imperial Russia, the city is renowned as one of Europe’s cultural epicenters, with its numerous world-famous museums, galleries, monuments, and parks. Naturally, when visiting St. Petersburg, you’ll want to soak in as many of these incredible sites as possible. But what if we told you there was a whole other side to these historic landmarks not many are privy to?
If you’re visiting St. Petersburg on your next Celebrity® cruise, be sure to check out these amazing shore excursions that’ll take you beyond the typical sights and sounds of the city, creating an exceptionally unique experience.
Catherine Palace and Amber Restoration Workshop
Catherine Palace is one of St. Petersburg’s most iconic landmarks. The stunning 18th century imperial palace is the epitome of opulence, with its extravagant carved panels that are gilded with over 200 pounds of gold. Yes, Catherine Palace is one of the city’s top attractions, but on our Catherine Palace and Amber Restoration Workshop shore excursion, you’ll have the unique opportunity to not only explore the palace grounds, but also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Amber restoration workshops, where the palace’s famous Amber panels are being rebuilt to their pre-World War II glory.
Your experience will begin with a tour of the palace, following in the footsteps of Russian tsars who frequented the estate during the summer. After, with champagne in hand, you’ll enjoy a “backstage” invitation to the Amber restoration workshops, where you’ll learn all about the room itself—which many consider to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World”—and it’s fascinating history, concluding with the modern day restoration project under task, whereby restorers are hoping to restore the space to her original grandeur. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, you’ll also have some time to stroll the palace’s enchanting 1,400-acre park, that’s set around a central lake and dotted with a number of charming pavilions.
Faberge Museum Evening Experience
If you’re a fan of intimate and exclusive experiences, our Faberge Museum Evening Experience is not to be missed. Because on this exceptional shore excursion, you won’t only enjoy a private evening tour of the world-famous Faberge Museum, but you’ll also be treated to a wonderful cocktail reception and private musical performance.
The Faberge Museum showcases a spectacular collection of over 4,000 priceless works of art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including, of course, an impressive collection of Faberge Eggs, nine of which were previously owned by the infamous Romanovs. After your tour, you’ll toast to your magical evening at a special reception party held inside the museum, complete with a classical music performance, delicious canapés, and sparkling champagne.
These are just two of the unique St. Petersburg experiences we can craft for our guests who are visiting the city. Similarly, we’ve created a wide variety of extraordinary shore excursions elsewhere around the world. So, what are you waiting for? Come explore the world with us in a way that is unlike any other.