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St. Petersburg, Russia-port

St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for over 200 years. Peter the Great’s “Window on Europe” is known as Russia’s artistic and intellectual center. Tour the many cathedrals, including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with floors of different-colored marble and a remarkable array of frescoes; and the iconic Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood. Noteworthy historic sites include The Peter and Paul Fortress, the first edifice built in the city and final resting place of the Romanovs; and, further afield, the remarkable Peterhof palace. For cultural perspective, take in a ballet and the world-class Hermitage Museum. To complete your Russian experience, take a day trip to Moscow or a half-day trip to Catherine’s Palace in the countryside.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • An Evening of Russian Ballet
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceEvening Tour
  • Best of Moscow By High-Speed Train
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Canal Cruise and Shopping
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Catherine's Palace in Pushkin
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Classical St. Petersburg
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Evening of Russian Song and Dance
    Seated TourEvening Tour
  • Exclusive Peterhof Pavilions of Russian Tsarinas
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Galleries of Modern Russian Art
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Grand Imperial Evening of the Tsars
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMealEvening Tour
  • Hermitage and Gold Room
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent Choice
  • Highlights of St. Petersburg
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Jewish Heritage of St. Petersburg
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Metro Ride and Shopping
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Moscow By Air
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Peter the Great's Grand Palace - Peterhof
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Revolutionary St. Petersburg
    Light Activity /Walking
  • St. Petersburg Cathedrals
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • The Hermitage, a Wealth of Art and History
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • The World of Russian Art and History
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Yusupov Palace and Canal Cruise
    Light Activity /Walking

An Evening of Russian Ballet

Seated Tour Regent ChoiceEvening Tour

Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Tour Code: LED-007

St. Petersburg is very famous for its rich theatrical life. Like the city itself, the art of Russian classical ballet having absorbed foreign traditions, created its own prominent world-renowned style. Russian rulers and aristocracy took a deep interest in ballet, encouraging and supporting construction of theaters in St. Petersburg. In old times, the nobility often used to have their own private theaters in their estates. Today, this northern capital has a large number of exquisite 19th century theatrical buildings. There are more than 100 theaters in the city, and every day dozens of them give performances. Several theaters in St. Petersburg are world famous, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, Imperial Theater on the Fontanka River, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Musorgsky Opera and Ballet Theater and many others. Prestigious theatrical festivals are held regularly in St. Petersburg.

Ballet is an integral part of Russian cultural tradition. The development of Russian choreographic art began more than two and a half centuries ago. Brilliant choreographers such as Marius Petipa and Mikhail Fokin staged here the best of world ballets. The talents of many generations of ballet dancers were revealed in St. Petersburg theaters - Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinskij, Mathilde Kschessinska and Olga Spesivtseva, Galina Ulanova and Rydolph Nureyev, George Balanchin and Mikhail Baryshnikov to mention just a few. The World-famous composers such as Tchaikovksy, Glinka, Mussorgsky and others wrote heavenly music to accompany ballet performances.

This wonderful tour affords you the opportunity to experience the marvelous theatrical world of St. Petersburg. Few cities in the world can boast such an incredible cultural heritage.

Arriving at the theater, you will be provided with a ballet program and escorted to your seats. Soon the curtain will go up and you will enjoy one of the greatest romantic ballets of all times. The repertoire of St. Petersburg theaters consists mostly of world recognized outstanding ballets like Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle or Sleeping Beauty. All of these ballets have enjoyed an enduring popularity for over a century and half and can be found in the repertoire of virtually every classical ballet company in the world. During the performance, you will no doubt be deeply moved by a timeless love story told in the mysterious language of classical dance.

Russian sparkling wine and mineral water will be served during the intermission. Following the performance, you will be transferred directly back to the ship.

Please note: While every attempt will be made to secure lower level, center seats or seats together with your traveling companion(s), seating location is not guaranteed.