One day program
9:00 am – Meeting in the lobby of your hotel: we will be waiting for you with a plaque that has your name on it
Church on the Spilt Blood
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – City tour of St Petersburg. Three main squares of the city: Art Square, St Isaacs’ Square, and Palace Square; Spit of Basil Island. Walk along Nevsky Prospect with visits to some “secret places”
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch or coffee break in a traditional Russian cafe or restaurant
1:30 pm -2:00 pm – Guided tour of the Church on the Spilt Blood
Erected on the place of assassination of Alexander II and designed in the style of Moscow and Yaroslavl churches, the church was left in neglect by the Soviets as “a church of no artistic value” but now completely restored. The Church of Our Savior on Blood is famous because of its mosaics: they cover more than 7000 square meters and will impress you with their beauty and skill. This is an icon of St Petersburg and one of the best photo spots in the city for tourists.
2:30 pm -5:00 pm – Excursion in the Hermitage Museum (Gala Rooms of the Winter Palace and masterpieces of the European collection, including a collection of impressionists). The tour ends in the Hermitage (closing time is at 6pm)
The Hermitage, which contains one of the richest art collections in the world (3 million pieces of art), is situated in more than 1000 beautifully decorated rooms ( which are masterpieces on their own) and will without any doubt, strike your imagination and serve as a pretext for a return to St Petersburg.