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Three day program for the land tourists

St Isaac’s Cathedral
St Isaac’s Cathedral
Day1


 9:00-11 am – Meeting near your hotel First part of the city tour with several stops on the

The Neva river Embankment . Boat ride along rivers and canals

St Petersburg boat tours are a perfect way to see St Petersburg under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges (many of which have very elegant railings designed by famous Russian artists) along rivers and canals (including the Neva River), and listening to curious stories from your guide. You can make this trip during your day tour, after it (returning back to your hotel or to your ship to have a rest first) or even take a night tour which lasts 1.5 hours and during which you can see how the bridges open on the Neva River (which is a fantastic view and romantic view). St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.
 
11 – 2pm
visit of the Hermitage
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.

 2-3 pm. Lunch (optional)There  will be chance to try Russian pelmeni( dumplings with meat) - let me know if you have some food restrictions

3-5pm Second part of the city tour  with visit of the  Church on 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.

 5:30 pm. Return to the hotel or evening optional program (theatre/ folk show/)
 

Day 2


9:00 am – Meeting near your hotel

9-10am Travel to Peterhof by саr.

10:30- 12:30 pm Tour of the Fountain Park with visit of one of the small palaces ( Mon Plaisir, Catherine Block or Bath Block- it is not allowed to take pictures there)  
Peterhof was the first of the great Imperial ensembles to be established outside St Petersburg and is definitely “a must see” for any first time visitor of St Petersburg. Completely dedicated to the Russian victory over Sweden in the “Northern War”, it is often called the “Russian Versailles” but actually it has surpassed Versailles in many respects: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” with four cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and 5 other small palaces.

12:30-1:30 pm. - Lunch (optional)

1:30- 2:30 pm. Travel to Tsars Village.

2:30-4pm.Guided Tour of the Catherine Palace with Amber Room.
Catherine Palace with its blue and white fasade (created by Italian architect Rastrelli) avoided monotony by using a profusion of atlantes, columns, and pilasters. When entering inside you will find  a continuous succession of interconnecting rooms in sumptuous Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the  famous Amber Room which was called  by contemporaries  “the eighth  wonder of the world”.

4-6pm. Driving back to the city with the subway visit
The St Petersburg Metro (marked with blue letter “M” on the top – don’t confuse it with McDonald’s yellow “M”) is considered by the locals as the most convenient (it covers most parts of the city) means of transportation and is, at the same time, one of the city’s attractions – many of the metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which give them a view of real underground palaces.  
and farmer’s market

Siege Memorial  guided tour The St Petersburg Siege Memorial (a Monument to the Defenders of Leningrad) commemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the previous name of St Petersburg) citizens endured during the blockade which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 million lives. Paid for by public donations, the monument was unveiled in 1975. The most striking part of the memorial are the larger-than–life blackened bronze tableaux of partisans, salvage workers, nurses, and other citizens, facing south towards the enemy. The St Petersburg Siege Memorial was constructed on a truly grand scale, it was designed to be viewed from a distance or from a passing vehicle (it’s on the main road to and from the airport). In the subterranean memorial hall are scattered relics from the siege, set in heavy marble sarcophagi, including a violin that was used in a performance of Shostakovich‘s Seventh Symphony during the Blockade. A seven minute documentary film that vividly depicts the hardships and horrors of the time will be shown to you as well.

 6:00 pm. – Return to the hotel or evening optional program (theatre/ folk show/)
 

Day 3


9:00 am. – Meeting near your hotel. Second part of a city tour  

10-11am. Guided tour of  St Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Fortress.
The founding site of St Petersburg and one of the most historical attractions in St. Petersburg. Peter and Paul Fortress includes St Peter and Paul Cathedral, and is the resting place of almost all Russian Tsars and Tsarinas from Peter the Great  up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family (including famous Anastasia). Upon your request we can pay a visit to the Political Prison on the territory of the Fortress (no one could escape  from this prison but we will help you).  From the walls of Peter and Paul Fortress opens a beautiful panoramic view on the Neva River, which is a perfect place for all amateur and professional photographers.

11:30-1:00 pm. Guided tour of the Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace is one of the most beautiful private palatial palaces in Europe, not only in St Petersburg. The Palace was the property of the Yusupov family and embodies the tastes of 4 generations of nobles rivalling the residences of the Tsars but on a more intimate scale. The true masterpiece of the palace is domestic theatre based on the models of real opera and ballet theatre. In addition there is an exhibition inside Yusupov Palace solely devoted to the assassination of notorious Rasputin – an evil genius of the last Tsar’s family.

1:30 -2:30 pm. - Lunch (optional)

3-3:30 pm.- Guided tour of  St Isaac’s Cathedral.
St Isaac’s Cathedral was designed by French architect August de Montferrand and was under construction for 40 years (1811-1851). It is one of the city‘s premier tourist attractions and the fourth tallest cupola construction in the world. The Cathedral is visible from offshore in the Gulf of Finland, but is too massive to fully grasp at close quarters. Its’ opulent interior is equally impressive, as is the wonderful view from colonnade (but remember there are 200 steps on the way there and no elevator). We offer you to meet the sunrise there with a glass of champagne in your hand. St Issac’s Cathedral is a fantastic photo stop on a St Petersburg tour or St Petersburg shore excursion.

4:00 pm. Return to your hotel 
 
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