St. Petersburg's Majestic Waterways & Faberge Museum by Private Guide
St. Petersburg, Russia
- Private Faberge Museum Tour with Original Faberge Eggs Collection: There are not many places on the map where you’ll find jeweled egg pendants and Fabergé eggs like you will inside St. Petersburg’s newest museum.
- He Opened His Doors: Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg opened the Faberge Museum in the renovated Shuvalov Palace on November 19, 2013 as a place for his priceless collection to be viewed by the general public. You’ll have a one-hour visit to the museum.
- Neva River Cruise: Board a vessel for a 75-minute cruise to see city sights that dot the waterways of St. Petersburg. Some consider it romantic and others favor it for cultural highlights, like New Holland Island’s architecture and the Mariinsky Theatre.
About this St. Petersburg tour
Snuggled into the heart of St. Petersburg along the beautiful banks of the Fontanka River is the Faberge Museum. Privately owned, the aim of the museum is to preserve Russia’s lost cultural valuables. Feast your eyes on an assortment of bronze, porcelain and silver items inside, with the nine Imperial Easter Eggs dedicated to the Russian Tsars being the most notable in the collection.
Without the wide-flowing Neva River, St. Petersburg would lack the charm and allure that attracts so many tourists year-round. From watching colossal ships pass by to capturing the ruby red sunsets that illuminate the 46-mile-long stretch of water, the waters flow to the Gulf of Finland all the way from Lake Lagoda.
Its width is 200 feet in some areas, and the Neva River Cruise is a popular way to appreciate the architectural splendor on its banks, like the Winter Palace and The Hermitage.
Back in the 18th century, bridges barely existed. In order to access the city’s other highlights, a replication of Peter the Great’s "Venice of the North" was created – a form of ferry transportation to whisk people along several branches of the river.
Those are Some Valuable Eggs!
Despite the fact that the Faberge Museum’s roots date back over 200 years, the official opening ceremony commenced on November 19, 2013. President of Renova Group, Viktor Felixovich Vekselberg, acquired the collection from newspaper magnate Malcolm Forbes, including the Coronation egg, Rosebud egg, Cockerel Egg, First Hen Egg and Fifteenth Anniversary egg, to name a few. Initially, they were bought for $100 million, with some of the individual eggs now worth up to $33 million.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Travelers should take care upon entering and exiting the riverboats. Canal routing may vary; routing can be changed to the Neva River if tidal conditions do not permit entry to the canals. Tour involves walking and stair climbing at the boat pier and is not wheelchair friendly. Tour order will vary to avoid overcrowding at venues, opening and closing times or other logistical issues.
Faberge Museum is closed on Fridays.
Faberge Museum tickets are non-refundable once purchased.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 0.5 mile over various surfaces including 10 - 25 steps and inclines. The river boats used are not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Boat Tour, Scenic
Vehicles? We have them all. Cars for up to three travelers on the rear seat, Minivan for up to nine folks, and Vans for groups of up to 16 travelers.
Entrance fee to Faberge Museum
Private tour of the Exposition
1 hour Neva River Cruise on a shared public boat
Photo/video charges where applicable
Headsets for groups of four or more travelers
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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