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Five day tour of Saint Petersburg

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Tour info

Tour duration: around 8 hours each day 
Transportation: 1st day walking, 2nd day driving, 3d day driving, 4th day driving and walking, 5th day driving
Tour covers: Walking tour of the city,  the Hermitage, the Church on the Spilt Blood, Catherine Palace with Amber Room,  Peterhof Palace, Peterhof Lower Park with two pavilions, Tour of Pavlovsk estate with a palace,  Peter and Paul Fortress including cathedral and Trubetskoy Bastion, Aurora cruiser, The museum of political history,  Russian museum,  Yusupov Palace, Guided tour of  St Isaac’s Cathedral

Tour program

Day 1

10:00 am – Meeting with a guide in the hotel lobby 
Walking tour of St Petersburg center:  Nevsky Prospect, Kazan cathedral,  Eliseevy Merchants’ Shop,  Arts Square. 

12.30 Guided tour of the Church on the Spilt Blood
A memorial church  built on the place of Tsar Alexander II  assassination. The church is one of the top attractions of the city is also famous for its mosaics: they cover more than 7000 square meters  and will impress you with their  beauty and skill. 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.30 – 17.00 Excursion in the Hermitage Museum
We’ll explore the former Gala Rooms of the Winter palace and discover the most amazing works by European artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Tizian, Rembrandt, Rubens and  many other artists.The tour ends in the Hermitage (closing time is at 6pm)

The Hermitage museum
The Hermitage museum

Optional tour extensions:

A visit to the Impressionist collection of the Hermitage (located inside General Staff building). You’ll discover amazing works by Claude Monet Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh,  Henri Matisse Cézanne, Degas, Gaugin, Picasso and many other great artist of the late 19th early 20th century.

Tour duration: about 1 hour, you can visit the Impressionist collection of the Hermitage after you’ve seen the Gala rooms

 

Day 2

9:00 am. Meeting in the lobby of your hotel.

9.30am - 10.30am. Travel to  Pushkin also known as Tsar’s Village. 

11.00-12:30pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room.
The Catherine Palace is probably the most luxurious summer palace near St Petersburg. It is located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo 30 km south of St. Petersburg, Russia. During the tour you’ll walk through a magnificent gallery of gala rooms and discover the legendary Amber room.

Amber room in the  Catherine Palace
Amber room in the Catherine Palace

12:30-1pm.Walk in The Catherine Park .

1 pm - 2 pm Lunch (optional).

Driving to Pavlovsk
Pavlovsk is a former  residence of Emperor Paul I . The elegant classical style  palace looks much different from bright and colorful baroque. The estate is famous for its huge picturesque English garden.

2.30 pm - 4pm The tour of Pavlovsk estate with a palace

Pavlovsk
Pavlovsk

5 pm. Return to the hotel.

Optional tour extension:

Faberge museum visit.  The museum's collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs. The museum's collection also includes jewellery, tsar’s gifts, items in Art-Nouveau style The museum is located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River - one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg.


Day 3

09.00 Meeting with a guide and driver
Driving to Peterhoff 
Peterhof is one of the greatest Imperial ensembles outside St Petersburg and is definitely “a must see” for any first time visitor of St Petersburg. The palace ensemble is often referred as 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 "trick" fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and 5 other small palaces

10.30 The tour of the Grand Palace (shining Elisabeth’s Baroque, elegant Catherine’s Classicism and exotic oriental style)
The tour of the Upper and Lower gardens of Peterhoff. You’ll enjoy a picturesque walk through the gardens with three unique cascades and dozens of powerful water jets and admire Grand Cascade, with its staircases, waterfalls, an avenue of 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues.
 During the tour will walk around the park and visit two   elegant royal pavilions 

1 pm Lunch break

3pm – 4pm A boat tour along rivers and channels
St Petersburg boat tours are a perfect way to see St Petersburg under a bit different angle – going 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. 

4.30 pm Returning to the hotel

Peterhof
Peterhof

Optional tour extensions:

Not far from Peterhoff is a unique palace and park ensemble of the 18th-early 20th century. The estate at Oranienbaum is the oldest of the Imperial Palaces around St. Petersburg, and also the only Royal estate not to be occupied during the Great Patriotic War
 

Day 4

 09 am Meeting with a guide and driver in the hotel lobby
Driving tour of St Petersburg. During the tour you'll see most significant sights of the city 

Visiting Aurora Cruiser. The famous ship is mostly associated with the Russian Revolution
It is known to give a blank shot that signaled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace. Aurora is also one of the oldest surviving ship of the Russian Navy. It participated in the Russian Japanese War of 1904-1905, WWI and during the Great Patriotic War her canons were used to defend Leningrad.

Guided tour of Peter and Paul  fortress including the cathedral which is a  burial place of all Russian tsars from Peter I to Nickolas II. From the walls of Peter and Paul Fortress opens a beautiful panoramic view on the Neva River.

During the tour you’ll also visit the former prison of the fortress. Trubetskoy Bastion became the main destination for political prisoners in the final decades of Tsarist rule. It was the place of  imprisonment of  anarchist Pyotr Kropotkin; Alexander Ulianov, the elder brother of Vladimir Lenin,  Leon Trotsky, arrested for his role in the St. Petersburg Soviet of Workers of 1905; the writer Maxim Gorky, and numerous other prominent left-wing figures.

2 pm Lunch break

3pm The museum of Political History tour
During the guided tour of the museum you’ll take a trip through the turbulent history of the 20th century in Russia, get to know major political personalities and  get an insight into the everyday  life of ordinary people. The museum is located inside the attractive art nouveau mansion of Mathilda Kshesinskaya, the prima ballerina at the Mariinskiy, and Nicholas II's mistress before he became Emperor. 

5 pm Returning to the hotel by metro or taxi

Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Fortress

Day 5

10 Meeting with a guide and driver
10.30 The tour of the Russian museum. During the tour you’ll explore incredible collection of Rusian and Soviet art covering the period from the 11th century till our days. The Russian Museum  is famous for it unique collection of icons as well as works by Ilya Repin, Michail Vrubel, Vasiliy Kandinsky and other world-famous Russian artists.
12.30 Lunch break
Taxi ride to Yusupov Palace
2 pm Guided tour of the Yusupov Palace including the exhibition devoted to Rasputin assassination
Walking to St Isaac’s cathedral
3.30 pm - 4.30 pm The guided tour of St Isaac’s cathedral.
Optional walk to the observation platform. If you are not scared of climbing of 226 steps you may get an unforgettable vie of the city from the Colonnade of the Cathedral
Finishing the tour at St Isaac's cathedral or driving back to the hotel

St Isaac's cathedral
St Isaac's cathedral

Optional tour extensions

Option 1

Petrovskaya Akvatoria is a great destination for families with kids. It is a model of St Petersburg and its imperial residences. The various sides of life of the city of 18th century are depicted with thousands tiny models of people, animals, buildings and ships. It is an unusual and fun way to explore the history of the city. Many objects including ships and people are moving. The model is in a walking distance from St Isac

Option 2

Contemporary art lovers should not miss Erarta museum. Erarta is the largest private museum of contemporary art in Russia. The museum encompasses Russian art  created since 1945 to the present day. The works of 170 artists from different Russian cities represent the diversity of contemporary art, which includes sculptures, collages, paintings, installations, objects, video art, science art and more.

 

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