Sightseen on the route
This is the day of your arrival. Check in and have a good rest.
After breakfast we invite you to a Half Day City Sightseeing tour.
This is a panoramic busm tour of Russia’s second largest city called Venice of the North for the numerous canals and islands. Created by Peter the Great to be his “window to Europe” and Russia’s new capital, St Petersburg is the city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and beautiful bridges. Nevsky Prospect, 4.5 km long thoroughfare which cuts through the historic center of the city. Lined up with marble palaces, fashionable boutiques and art salons, trading rows and arcades, Nevsky boasts such architectural masterpieces as the Admiralty with two ships, the city’s symbol, on top of its gilded spire, majestic Kazan Cathedral, the picturesque Russian-style Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Gostiny Dvor shopping mall, the majestic monument to Catherine the Great, magnificent Anichkov Bridge with four equestrian statues, Alexander Nevsky Lavra with charming Trinity Cathedral and the cemetery where Dostoevsky and other Russian celebrities are buried. Drive along the Neva River embankments to view the imperial Winter Palace which houses world renowned Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, the cradle of Russia’s new capital, Kunstkammer or Chamber of Curiosities founded by Peter the Great, St Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the biggest domed churches in the world, and the Bronze Horseman, monument to Peter the Great. Proceed to the Summer Garden with an old royal palace and a collection of marvelous Italian statues and sculptures, the Field of Mars with the eternal flame in the center of the monument dedicated to victims of revolutions and wars. Take pictures of the Spilled Blood Cathedral at the background. Now you are on Square of Arts with a cluster of museums, theatres and concert halls, all built in similar design to form a perfect architectural ensemble. Visit Palace Square to marvel at Alexander Column, the world’s biggest free-standing monument, and the Triumphal Arch of the General Staff building.
Lunch is included
In the afternoon we offer you the Hermitage tour.
The State Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums. The collection started by Catherine the Great, boasts over 3 million exhibits from fascinating Scythian gold articles and Oriental treasures to masterpieces by great Renaissance masters and French impressionists. The Hermitage collection is so large that if you were to see all the works on display and stop for one minute viewing each exhibit, you’ll need approximately nine years.
After breakfast you have an opportunity to visit the Backstage of the famous Mariinski Theatre.
Backstage Tour to Mariinsky theatre is a unique opportunity to discover many fascinating things on the both sides of the curtain of one of the most famous theatres in the world. Mariinski is distinguished for its opera and ballet companies and is associated with a great number of glorious artists, to name just a few, the great singer Fyodor Chaliapin, ballet dancers Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, choreographers Marius Petipa and George Balanchine. Accompanied by a Mariinsky Theatre special guide, you will visit the theatre areas that are usually inaccessible to the public and hear about the history of the theatre, premieres, world famous composers, dancers, singers and artists who worked at the theater.
Lunch is included
In the afternoon we offer you a visit to Yakobson Ballet Academy.
Visit the famous St Petersburg ballet school, founded by the art director of Choreographic Miniatures Theatre Leonid Jacobson (1904-1975), a talented tutor of many Russian ballet dancers. The ballet academy is a private educational organization, which follows Jacobson’s creative methods. Senior students’ classes are free of charge, while the advanced students receive a monthly allowance. The Academy is a prizewinner at international festivals held in many countries annually.
Today we are going to impress you as much as you haven't even expected.
We will take you to Pushkin.
Located 25 kilometers south of St Petersburg, Pushkin (former Tsarskoye Selo, the Imperial summer residence) is world known for the majestic Russian baroque Catherine Palace. Visit the Grand Hall, a huge ballroom decorated with gilded wood carvings and mirrors; the Picture Gallery with paintings by European masters; the Dining Room with magnificent porcelain dinner services; the Study of Alexander I, the grandson of Catherine the Great. Admire the gorgeous Amber Room faced with natural amber of different colors and hear the story of its re-creation.
Lunch is included
We have so much more to show you, but you are leaving today after breakfast.
Or you can stay and have an optional visit to the Mariinski Theater or similar with return transfer and guide.
Hope to see you soon!