Sightseen on the route
This is the day of your arrival. Check in and have a good rest - your journey into Russian History will start tomorrow.
After breakfast we invite you to a Half Day St. Pete Sightseeing Tour.
THis is a panoramic bus 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, 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, 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 and world renowned Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, the cradle of Russia’s new capital, 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 sculpture, 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 50 meters high and 600 tons in weight, and the Triumphal Arch of the General Staff building.
Lunch is included
In the afternoon you have a chance to pay a visit to The Hermitage.
The State Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums. The collection once 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 we invite you to see Peterhof Palace and Gardens.
Peterhof is an immensely luxurious and beautifully preserved imperial estate, located on the southern shore of the Finnish Gulf 29 kilometers from St Petersburg. Founded by Peter the Great and remodeled by his daughter Empress Elizabeth to be “Russian Versailles” the Grand Palace features such masterpieces as the ornate Ceremonial Staircase, the richly gilded Ballroom, the splendid white-and-turquoise Throne Room, the Oriental Chinese Study. Admire the interiors of the royal family's private quarters decorated with particularly fine silk and wall hangings. Walk around the beautiful landscaped Park and marvel at the Grand Cascade, the most famous ensemble of fountains which runs from the northern facade of the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal, and comprises 64 fountains, over 200 bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations. Hear a fascinating explanation of how the fountains operate without the use of pumps.
Lunch is included
In the afternoon we will take you to the State Museum of the Defense and Blockade of Leningrad.
This small but extremely moving museum commemorates the most harrowing period of the city’s history – the 900 day siege of Leningrad in 1941-44, when over 700,000 civilians died of hunger and continuoud shelling. The museum displays the military and civilian sides of the siege through photos, armaments, newspaper articles, diaries kept by German officers, personal effects of soldiers and officers.
Today we are going to invite you to a Pushkin Tour.
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 woodcarvings 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.
We have so much more to show you, but you are leaving today after breakfast.
Hope to see you soon!