Sightseen on the route
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After the breakfast we invite you to a Half Day City Sightseeing tour including Peter&Paul Fortress visit with Romanov's tombs.
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. As an introduction to the city, the tour starts in Nevsky Prospect which cuts through the city 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 the Hermitage, St Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the biggest domed churches in the world, the Bronze Horseman, monument to Peter the Great.
Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, the cradle of Russia’s new capital.
The first structure built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, the fortress never served its intended defensive function. The tour takes you around the grounds of the fortress to admire numerous historic buildings. The centerpiece of the fortress is the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul, the burial place of the Romanovs, the family that ruled Russia for 300 years until the revolution in 1917. Walk along the tops of the fortress walls for superb views across the Neva River and taking pictures.
After the Lunch included, 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 saw all the works on display and stopped for one minute viewing each exhibit it would take you approximately nine years to explore the whole collection.
Your guide will ensure you see the best.
After the breakfast we offer you a tour to the Peterhof Palace and Park.
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. Reveal a fascinating explanation of how the fountains operate without pumps’ use.
After the lunch included, in the afternoon, we will take you to the Lenin's Revolution Sightseeing Tour.
St Petersburg is also known as the cradle of the 1917 Revolution, which overthrew the imperial rule and established Soviet power. As such, the city is abundant in sights associated with the revolutionary period. The tour takes you to Finland Station, where Lenin, upon his return from the exile, delivered his historic speech, calling the people to become a part of the revolution. Visit the fascinating Museum of Political History of Russia featuring rare exhibits of Russia’s political past, official documents of the Soviet era, some interesting Soviet posters and cartoons. The museum is situated in the former mansion of Kshesinskaya, the famous ballet dancer and lover of tsar Nickolas. After the tsar’s abdication in March 1917 the mansion became Bolsheviks’ headquarters, where Lenin made revolutionary speeches from the balcony. Drive further to the Aurora Battle Cruiser, the ship that fired the shot to signal the assault of the Winter Palace and the start of the Bolshevik Revolution. Finally see outside the Smolny Institute, the Bolsheviks’ headquarters in the revolution days and now St Petersburg’s government building.
After the breakfast we will take you to The State Memorial 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 continuous 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.
Lunch is included.
St. Petersburg has so much to show you, but you are leaving after breakfast.
Hope to see you soon!