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Cultural 6 day tour of St. Petersburg

Cultural 6 day tour of St. Petersburg

Tour Features:
  Tour Duration: 6 days
  Activity level: moderate
  All entrance fees are included
  No waiting in lines
  Comfortable vehicles (western type car or minivan with AC)
  Professional licensed guides
  Price starts from: 450 Euro 
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Day 1:

Arrival to St. Petersburg.
Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 2:

• Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing City tour with visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress (duration 3.5 hours)

During the tour you will get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. In the course of the tour you will have an opportunity to see the main avenues, bridges and embankments of the Palmyra of the North. Nevsky prospect, Vassillievsky Island. Also you will know the history of the Romanov’s dynasty and the present day life of the former capital of Imperial Russia

In Peter and Paul’s Fortress: you may see the Pantheon of the Romanov’s Royal House in Peter and Paul Cathedral, including the founder of the city – Peter the Great, a boat, reportedly made by Peter the Great, a political prison – museum (Peter’s own son Tsarevich Aleksey was imprisoned here for his resistance to Peter’s reforms), mint, temporary exhibitions.

• Time for lunch in a city restaurant.

• Visit to the State Hermitage Museum (duration 3 hours)

The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. In 1764 Russian Empress Catherine the Great purchased a considerable collection of Western European Paintings, laying the Foundation for the modern-day Hermitage. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Today the Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world.

• Back to the hotel.
• Evening at your free disposal

Day 3:

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Visit to the Russian Museum. (duration 2 hours)

The State Russian Museum, once the palace of Grand Prince Mikhail, is another of St. Petersburg’s treasures. It contains more than 300 000 exhibits, including Russian and Soviet paintings, sculpture, graphic, decorative and applied art. Different schools of old Russian paintings are well represented, there are 6 000 icons among them.

• Time for lunch in a city restaurant.

• Visit to St. Isaak’s Cathedral(duration 1 hour)

The greatest monument of late classicism of the late classicism of the XIX century; the cathedral is the 3-rd among the largest dome-buildings of Europe. Designed by Auguste Monferrand, the cathedral is considered to be a real monument to the labor of the Russian craftsmen.

Backstage tour to one of the most famous St. Petersburg theaters: Mariinsky (former Kirov) Opera and Ballet House.

Tour to Mariinsky theatre is a unique opportunity to discover the secrets of one of the most famous theatres in the world. As the backstage tour is completely closed for general public, we will make sure that you have an experience of a lifetime. Accompanied by a Mariinsky Theatre special guide, you will visit the theatre areas that are usually inaccessible to the public. It is a lot of interesting things on the both sides of the curtain. You will hear about the history of the theatre- the main Ballet and Opera stage of the Russian Empire, about premieres, about world famous composers, dancers, singers and artists who worked at the Mariinsky.

• Evening at your free disposal or optionally visit to the world-famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater (opera or ballet performance).

Day 4:

Breakfast at the hotel

• Half-day tour to Pushkin (Tsarskoe selo) and Pavlovsk – the summer residences of the Russian tsars. 2 palaces/2 parks. (duration 5.5 hours)

Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo): One of the Imperial residences built during the reigns of 5 tzars. It is the site of the Yekaterininsky Palace, named for Peter I's wife, Catherine I. Catherine Palace with its Grand Hall, Amber Room, Picture Hall is a real Baroque masterpiece created by Rastrelly. The unforgettable beauty of this place was described by poets and artists.

Pavlovsk: one of the most beautifully restored palaces in Russia. Originally hunting grounds these lands were a gift from Catherine II to her son Paul, future emperor, in 1777. The palace was built by famous architects Cameron, Brenna, Voronikhin and Rossi. The 1500-acre park is one of the largest landscaped parks in Europe

• Time for lunch in a local restaurant in Pushkin.

• Evening at your free disposal or or optionally: Visit to Mikhalovsky Opera and Ballet Theater (ballet or opera performance)

In 2001, the Mikhailovsky Theatre reclaimed its historic name, and in 2007, it was recognized as St. Petersburg’s most prestigious musical theatre. Today, while preserving Russia’s centuries-old musical theatre traditions, the Mikhailovsky Theatre is constantly strives to be at the forefront of contemporary world theatre.

Day 5:

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Half-day tour to Peterhof (Grand Palace and Fountain Parks). The most outstanding summer residence of the Russian tsars, so-called Kingdom of Fountains. (duration 4.5 hours) The first of the great Imperial palatial ensembles founded outside St.Petersburg, the town of Palaces, fountains and parks. It was built by Peter the Great to rival Versalles.
• Time for lunch in a restaurant in Peterhof

• Visit to the Yusupov Palace (including cellar where Rasputin was killed) (duration 1.5 hours)

A monument of classical architecture, it was built by J.-B. Vallin de la Mothe in 1760 for Princes Yusupov, the richest aristocratic family in Russia. It was in this palace that Grigori Rasputin, the favorite of Nicolas II and his wife, was murdered in December 1916

• In the evening: optionally visit to the Russian Folk-show with snacks and drinks at Nikolaevsky Palace.

One of the most popular Folk Show performances in Russia. Enchanting festival of Russian spirit "Feel yourself Russian” The show is performed by the professional folk dancers and singers.

Day 6:

• Breakfast at the hotel. Check out
• Transfer to the airport.
• Departure

 

Number of persons in a group

Price per person Booking

2

720 EUR Book Now

3

580 EUR

4

520 EUR

5

450 EUR

Price includes:

- All tours according to the itinerary
 - Licensed guide services
- Entrance fees to museums and sites
- Transportation for entire period of tour program (car or minivan with AC)
- Airport transfers on arrival/departure

Price does not include:

- Accommodation at the hotel
- Lunches
- Optional excursions

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