Sightseen on the route
Today you arrive to St.Pitersburg/ Check in and have a good rest, your journey into Russian Literature will start tomorrow.
Today after breakfast we invite you to a Half Day City Sightseeing tour, including Dostoevsky places of interest.
Created by Peter the Great to be his “window on Europe” and Russia’s new capital, St Petersburg is the city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and beautiful bridges. As the first introduction to the city it is good to start from Nevsky Prospect which cuts through the historic center. Lined up with marble palaces, fashionable boutiques and art salons, trading rows and arcades, Nevsky boasts such architectural masterpieces as the Admiralty, the Kazan Cathedral, the picturesque Russian-style Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Gostiny Dvor shopping mall, Anichkov Bridge and many more. Drive along the Neva River embankments to view the imperial Winter Palace and 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, the Bronze Horseman, monument to Peter the Great.
The tour takes you to Sennaya Ploshad (Haymarket), St Petersburg’s atmospheric district associated with Russia's most famous writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, often featured in many of his notable works. You also spend some time by the house where Dostoevsky lived until his death in 1881 and completed the novel The Brothers Karamazov. Your guide will also take you to the beautiful St Nicholas Cathedral, a sight often featured in Dostoevsky's work. You also visit Semenovsky Square, the place where the writer was almost executed following his incarceration in the Peter and Paul Fortress. The excursion ends at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra with charming Trinity Cathedral and the cemetery where Dostoevsky and other Russian celebrities were buried. No entrances included.
Lunch at Literature Cafe.
Enjoy your meal at such a charming cafe.
In the afternoon we invite you to 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.
Today after breakfast we offer you to pay a visit to 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 you have a chance to visit Pushkin’s House Museum.
This museum on the Moika embankment is Pushkin's memorial apartment where the most beloved Russian poet lived between 1836 and 1837, and died after being mortally wounded in a duel.
Carefully preserved, the apartment houses a great number of Pushkin’s personal effects, numerous literary and historical exhibits connected with the life of Russia's greatest poet and writer of the famous epic novel in verse "Eugene Onegin", and the well-known story "The Queen of Spades", both of which were later turned into world renowned operas by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky.
Today after breakfast we invite you to Dostoevsky’s House Museum.
Here the writer resided with his family until his death in January 1881. It was in this house that Dostoevsky's last novel, The Brothers Karamazov, was written. This simple, completely ordinary Petersburg apartment building, devoid of distinctive architectural features attracts numerous visitors. The museum exhibits showcase Dostoevsky’s private belongings and his books. The exposition opens up with the map of Dostoevsky's Petersburg, with the addresses marked on it where Dostoevsky himself or his characters lived. Carefully reconstructed, the apartment is full of photos, drawings and documents referring to Dostoyevsky's life, his literary heritage and his impact on the world's culture.
Lunch is included.
We could show you so much more, but you are leaving today after breakfast.
Hope to see you soon!