St. Petersburg Day Trips

CITY TOUR

Duration – 3 hrs.

During the tour you will get acquainted with architecture, history and present day life of the former capital of Imperial Russia, and the history of the Romanov dynasty.

Among the rich parade of sights to be enjoyed will be the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the Square of Arts with the Russian Museum, the Smolny Convent, the famous Nevsky Avenue, the Summer Garden and the Field of Mars.

You will enjoy the classical ensemble of the Senate Square with its famous “Bronze Horseman”, the spit of Vasilyevsky Island, many other architectural monuments, gorgeous palaces, marvellous bridges and picturesque embankments.

PETER & PAUL FORTRESS

Duration – 1 hr.

A detailed tour and explanation of one of the oldest buildings in St. Petersburg, the Peter & Paul Fortress. By the order of Peter the Great it was built here to defend these lands from Sweden, during the war, which lasted 21 years and became known as the Northern War. The first day of the fortress’s construction – 27th of May 1703 – became the birthday of the whole city. The architect of the fortress was Domenico Trezini, the first architect of the city. For a long period of time the fortress was used as a political prison. The architectural centre of the ensemble of the Fortress is the Cathedral of the Saints Peter and Paul. The Cathedral is also a burial place of Russian Emperors from the time of Peter I. In 1998 the remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family were buried in the Cathedral.

CITY TOUR + PETER & PAUL FORTRESS

Duration – 4 hrs.

ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

Duration – 1 hr.

A detailed tour of the site and an explanation of this architecural achievement. St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the city and one of the most elaborate and complex Orthodox churches in the world. It is also one of the biggest one–dome cathedrals in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. It was designed by the French architect A. Montferrand and took 40 years to construct. The cathedral is decorated with mosaics, painted ceiling murals, bronze gilt statues. The cathedral is surrounded by 112 monolith granite columns, which were transported from one of the suburbs of the city. St. Isaac’s Cathedral was the main cathedral of the city from the second half of the 19th century. Now the cathedral houses a museum, but major Orthodox religious services are still held here.

CITY TOUR + ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

Duration – 4 hrs.

CITY TOUR + PETER & PAUL FORTRESS + ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

Duration – 5 hrs.

PETER & PAUL FORTRESS + ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

Duration – 3 hrs.

ST. PETERSBURG BY NIGHT

Duration – 3 hrs.

To feel the unique spirit of St. Petersburg one has to look at it at night. Far from being a dusty museum piece, St. Petersburg is a thriving modern city that really knows how to enjoy itself and nowhere is it better to feel St. Petersburg’s pulse than along Nevsky Prospect. It is busy ’round the clock everyday. This handsome boulevard doubles as the city’s commercial aorta. A comfortable coach will drive you around downtown, which is extremely charming at night both in the romantic twilights of the White Nights and city lights in winter. The famous period of the White Nights last from May until July and it is when the nights are as light as daytime due to the city’s geographic location in the northern part of the world. There is a wonderful feeling of magic all around the city.

THE HERMITAGE

Duration – 3.5 hrs.

The Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world after Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. The Hermitage collection numbers over 3 million exhibits from prehistoric to modern times. The Russian Empress Catherine II founded it in 1764, when she bought a large number of Western European paintings. A number of staterooms, where official ceremonies used to be held, preserve their sumptuous décor. The Hermitage acquires authentic masterpieces by the greatest painters and sculptors of the world, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Claude Monet, August Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and Matisse. The Hermitage complex is a veritable, spiritual universe created during the course of history and filled with the unique gifts of creativity.

THE STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

Duration – 3 hrs.

The State Russian Museum is called a treasure house of Russian art. This is the first state-owned collection of works of Russian art and culture which amounts to over four thousand items. It was established in 1895 as the centre of art and history of Russia and was officially opened to the public in 1898. It is situated on one of the most beautiful squares of Saint–Petersburg – on the Square of Arts, at the Mikhailovsky (Michael’s) Palace. Museum contains unique collections from icon–paintings to Avant–Garde and social realism, one can enjoy the works of outstanding painters, sculptors and graphic artists of the 18th – 20th centuries and pieces of decorative, applied and folk arts.

YUSUPOV PALACE

Duration – 2.5 hrs.

A fascinating tour of one of the most sumptuous palaces in St. Petersburg. The Yusupov Palace is one of the rare works of architecture which history is closely associated with the names of the aristocracy, eminent architects and artists of the 19th and early 20th century. It belonged to the Yusupov family, the family of the fabulously rich with an extravagant private theatre inside. The palace is also famed as the scene of Rasputin’s murder in December of 1916 and has dedicated a wax expedition inside the lower floors.

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR ON SPILLED BLOOD

Duration – 1 hr.

A visit to a jewel of St. Petersburg. The artistic concept of the church harks back to Moscow architecture of the 16th century. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood was built at the end of the 19th century on the place where the Russian Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded by members of the revolutionary movement on March 1, 1881. The temple is known all over the world due to the interior and exterior decorations. The walls of the church are faced with 7 thousand square meters of mosaic panels. The mosaics were made by the design of many prominent Russian artists. The Cathedral was badly damaged during the Second World War. It was under restoration work for a long period of time and only in 1997 it was re-opened to the public.

THE DOSTOYEVSKY MUSEUM

Duration – 2.5 hrs.

A must for fans of classical Russian literatue. This is the memorial museum of the famous Russian writer F. Dostoyevsky. It was opened to commemorate the 150th anniversary of F.Dostoyevsky in 1971. This building housed Dostoyevsky’s last apartment. Here he wrote his famous “Karamazov Brothers”. The interiors of the flat are restored in accordance with archive documents. The collection of the museum has unique, authentic items which belonged to Dostoyevsky himself.

PUSHKIN – TSARSKOYE SELO

Duration – 5 hrs.

A wholesome excursion to a fascinating example of the world’s architecture and gardening known as the Tsar’s Village. Peter the Great ordered to construct a small palace for his wife and future empress Catherine I. In the middle of the 18th century the palace was rebuilt and became the pearl of that period’s architecture. Experience the grandeur of the artistic decor of the facades, moulded decorations and the gilding of architectural and sculptural details, all echoes the majesty and elegance of the interior decoration of the Catherine Palace. The Amber Room, which was presented to Peter I by the Prussian King in 1716, known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, used to be in this Palace. The amber ornamentation of this room, missing since 1945, is now reconstructed by Russian gem carvers. The park of Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar’s Village) was the favourite recreation place of the Russian Tsars. The paths around the Catherine Palace invite for a walk to see park pavilions built by the famous architects and sculptors of Russia. To the North of the Catherine Palace there is the marvellous Alexander Palace which was built by Catherine’s order for her favourite grandson Alexander, the future Russian Emperor Alexander I.

PETERHOF

Duration – 5 hrs. (park and two palaces)

A wholesome excursion to an estate of parks, palaces and fountains. It was built by the order of Peter the Great to commemorate the victory of Russia over Sweden in the Northern War. The architectural ensemble of Peterhof was built to rival the summer residence of the French kings – Versailles. In the past, Peterhof used to be an exquisite summer residence of the Russian tsars. The centre of the ensemble is the Grand Palace with its brilliant interiors, which were badly damaged during the time of the Second World War. The restoration works were made based on the photos and descriptions of the palace at the beginning of the 20th century. Three monumental cascading fountains lead from the Grand Palace to the Lower Park, which is the real masterpiece in itself, 173 fountains of different kinds are on its grounds.

BOAT CRUISE ALONG THE RIVERS & CANALS

Duration – 1.5 hrs.

A relaxing cruise by boat along the Neva River and some other waterways out of the 66 rivers and canals of the “Northern Venice” (as St. Petersburg used to be called), one of the unique ways to discover the city. The main river of the city is the Neva, which is one of the youngest rivers in Europe. The magnificent architectural ensembles, churches, cathedrals and monuments seem to exist in astonishing harmony with the watery element. All of the St. Petersburg embankments are faced with granite and each has its own distinctive character and resident architectural masterpieces.

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