This dinner and performance is available as an add on to a St. Petersburg shore trip. It combines a Russian Folk Show with a typical Russian dinner.
Please accept a warm welcome at the Nikolayevsky Palace and Art-Center for dinner and to see the enchanting festival of Russian spirit. The Nicholas Palace was constructed from 1853 until 1861, by the famous architect Andrey Stakenshneider, for Emperor Nicholas I son Grand Duke Nicholas. The classic-styled residence was set at the Annunciation Square in the prestigious and costly district of St .Petersburg, not far from the Admiralty and Palace Square. After the Grand Duke's death in 1891 the Palace was given over to the Women' Institute named after Grand Duchess Xenia, sister of Nicholas II.
The Revolution of 1917 made the Palace the property of common people and their representatives (local trade unions). In accordance with the communistic traditions it was renamed the Palace of Labor. Today the walls of the carefully restored Palace preserve the memory of more than one hundred years history. Its lavishly decorated halls have witnessed the daily life of the Grand Duke's family as well as the meetings and celebrations of the Soviet authorities.
The Palace houses the Nikolayevsky Art-Center which represents the unique Russian culture to guests and residents of St .Petersburg.
Upon arrival at the Palace you enjoy a typical Russian dinner prior to the folk show.
Russian salad with potatoes, carrots, ham, apple, mushrooms, cucumber and green peas
or Potekha Salad- Carrot and nuts served with sour cream
Russian blini (pancakes) stuffed with cheese and ham
or Egg with red caviar
Beef Stroganoff served with rice and vegetables
or Pork and potatoes baked and served in clay pots
Ice cream or Russian blini (pancakes) with honey
Glass of Russian Champagne
Russia Visa-Free Entry Voucher Information
With these private St. Petersburg shore excursions, our partners in Russia provide everything you need to satisfy Russia's entry requirements. You will NOT need to purchase a separate Russian Tourist Visa.
Russian law requires that cruise passengers taking Private Shore Trips have the following documentation:
1) A valid passport
2) A photocopy of your passport
3) Proof that you have purchased an escorted tour arranged by a government licensed agency authorized to receive foreign cruise passengers inside the St. Petersburg port area. Our partners in Russia provide a Visa-Free Entry Voucher as proof of your tour.
To process your Visa-Free Entry Voucher we will need the following information for each person in your private party at the time of your reservation.
-Full name as listed in the passport
-Passport Expiration Date
-Date of Birth
Special Note- Your cruise line may tell you that you must purchase an expensive Russian tourist visa to get off the ship if you are not taking their big bus tour. This is not true. The visa they refer to is only for passengers who plan to go ashore unaccompanied by an authorized guide. With the Visa-Free Entry Voucher our partners in Russia provide, you are required to depart and return to the port with the tour we have organized for you. You do not have the option to stay in St. Petersburg and return to the ship on your own. Visa-Free Entry Vouchers are sometimes called a "blanket visa".
Four Week Notice- To obtain the needed Russian Tourist Visas we can only accept reservations with a minimum of four weeks notice.
Mobility: NO wheelchairs
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