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ONE DAY PROGRAM IN ST. PETERSBURG
SKU: 700.954.29
100
rub.
Day 1
10:00 - Start of the tour
10:00-11:00 - City sightseeing with photo stops
11:00-12:00 - Inside visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and to the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
12:30-13:00 - Visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral
13:30-14:30 - Lunch (optional)
14:45-15:15 - Visit to Spilled Blood Church
15:30-18:00 - Inside visit to the State Hermitage museum (a guided tour of the best collections)
18:00 - End of the tour
Total: 8 hours
TWO DAY PROGRAM IN ST. PETERSBURG
SKU: 700.954.29
100
rub.
Day 1
10:00 - Start of the city tour
10:00-11:00 - City sightseeing with photo stops
11:00-12:00 - Inside visit to the Peter-and Paul Fortress and to the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
12:30-13:00 - Visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral
13:15-14:15 - Lunch (optional)
14:30-15:00 - Visit to Spilled Blood Church
15:30 -18:00 - Inside visit to the State Hermitage museum (a guided tour of the best collections)
18:00 - End of the tour
Total: 8 hours
Day 2
10:00 - Start of the tour
10:00-11:15 - Drive to Catherine palace in Tsar's village
11:30-12:30 - A guided tour of Catherine palace
12:45-13:15 - Walk through the Catherine Park
13:30-14:30 - Lunch (optional)
14:45-15:30 - Drive to Peterhof – the Russian Versailles
15:45-16:45 - A guided tour of the park with fountains
16:45-18:00 - Drive back to St.Petersburg
18:00 - End of the tour
Total: 8 hours

THREE DAY PROGRAM IN ST. PETERSBURG
SKU: 700.954.29
100
rub.
Day 1 - 10:00
Start of the city tour - 10:00-11:00
City sightseeing with photo stops - 11:00-12:00
Inside visit to the Peter-and Paul Fortress and to the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral - 12:30-13:00
Visit to Spilled Blood Church - 13:15-14:15
Lunch (optional) - 14:45-15:15
Visit to St.Isaac's Cathedral - 16:00
End of the tour
Total: 6 hours
Day 2 - 10:00
Start of the tour to Tsar's village - 10:00-11:15
Drive to Tsar's village - 11:30-12:30
Visit to Catherin's palace - 12:45-13:15
Walk through the Catherine's park - 13:30 -14:30
Lunch (optional) - 14:45-15:30
Drive to Peterhof - 15:45-16:45
Walk through Peterhof park with fountains - 16:45-18:00
Drive back to St.Petersburg - 18:00
End of the tour
Total: 8 hours
Day 3 - 10:00
Start of the tour to the Hermitage - 10:30-13:30
Guided tour of the Hermitage museum - 14:00
End of the tour
Total: 4 hours
City tour with highlights
The St. Petersburg with Highlight Visits is an extended city tour, which includes not only the photo-stops at the most picturesque spots of the city, but also the inside visits of the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. The informative guide will introduce St. Petersburg as a cultural capital of Russia and tell about the history of the Northern Venice. You have a unique opportunity not just to see the highlights, but to touch the real artifacts and the pearls of St. Petersburg, such as St. Isaac's and Spilled Blood churches.
Peter and Paul fortress
One of the Highlights of this tour is the Peter and Paul Fortress, where it is all started. Our guide will take you around the fortress, which was built according to the modern fornication standards of that time, but never came under attack, and was always used as a political prison. You will see the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is a burial place of Romanov Dynasty Tsars as well as the Political Prison of Trubetskoi Baston, where the personal enemies to Russian Tsars were kept.
St. Isaac's cathedral
St. Isaac's cathedral was built in honors of Peter the Great in the 19th century and named after the Monck of St. Isaac. During the tour you will get acquainted with minerals, precious and semi-precious stones. The guide will tell you about the construction of the church and show you a beautiful altar with a huge stained-glass window, icons and decorative pillars, covered with gold, green malachite and blue lapis lazuli.
Spilled Blood church
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built in honor of Alexander the Second, the Tsar Liberator, who was murdered by terrorists at the same place. The church follows the Russian medieval architectural style using several high towers, arches, windows, bright decorations and ornaments with colorful onion-shaped domes topped by golden crosses. The guide will tell you about the history of its construction and the tragic event, which happened on the same spot on March 1, 1881, when Russian Tsar Alexander the Second was seriously injured. You will learn about the mosaic and semi-precious stones, which decorate the church, and make it one of the most beautiful churches in Russia.
Hermitage tour
The Hermitage museum is the Gem of our tours. You have an opportunity to see the most desired collections, productions of specific artists, or art periods. This tour includes the visit of palaces, which are connected to each other and belong to the complex of the Hermitage
Museum. Our experience guides will take you around the museum and make your visit to the Hermitage unforgettable.
Tsar's village and Catherine palace
The Catherine's Palace is located in the famous historical town of Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's village), which is approximately 30 kilometers (23 miles) south of St. Petersburg, about one hour driving time. The Catherine's Palace exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size and unique decorations. Our tour includes the visit all the major halls and rooms, including the Blue room, the Picture Gallery and one of the highlights, which is the Amber room. The Guide will take you around the beautiful park of Tsar's Village, where you can see the baroque style pavilions and gazebos as well as man-maid lakes.
Grand Palace of Peterhof and park
The complex consists of the main palace, small pavilions and peaceful parks. Our guide will take you around the incredibly beautiful park areas and introduce the unique fountain ensemble of a total of 17 different fountains and water cascades. During this tour you will visit the Grand Palace of Peterhof and get acquainted with the opulence of the cold, warm and steam bathrooms, the royal reception and dressing rooms, as well as the adjacent pantry, kitchen,
coffee room and assembly hall.

Here you will find a description of our tour programs
THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM
The State Hermitage museum is unquestionably considered to be one of the leading art museums of today. Visit this Gem of Russia as a part of our St. Petersburg tours and enjoy the Hermitage highlights with our professional guides.

The Hermitage complex consists of a total of five separate buildings, all connected to each other along the panoramic River Neva embankment. The buildings are the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage (also called the Large Hermitage), the New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theater. Today the museum contains 460 rooms, and about 3 million exhibits.

The museum consists of the interesting historical, royal residential, and state ceremonial parts of the Winter Palace, in addition to the unbelievable wealth of the Hermitage art collections. There are works of such famous artists as Titian, da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Rubens, Rembrandt and others…,- too many to mention.

The collection of the Hermitage is exhibited in the authentic state rooms of the palace, such as the Large Throne Room, the Malachite Room, the Gallery of Glory, the Ball Room, etc. One can see its beauty and wealth as well as get acquainted with the life and taste of the Royalty.

But the Hermitage is not just about art. Its collections range from antiquity to items of the 20-th century. Even if you are interested in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome and Asia, you will be surprised to find respective departments in the museum.

To be built as an official proper residence of the Russian Royal Family, the Hermitage Museum attracts people from all over the world. Although only 3% of the collection is presented, you need several months to see what is inside, and several years to learn what is in the storage.

The St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum could be compared only with two famous museums in the world. They are the British National Art Gallery and the Louvre.

Let's study it together!

THE PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
This is the location, where it all started, when on the 27-th of May, 1703, Peter the Great took a shovel and broke the ground on this small island in the River Neva for the purpose of starting construction of a new capital for his country. Study its history with our knowledgeable guide and make your own opinion on Peter the Great and his great vision of the future.

As customary in those days, the highest priority was given to the protection of the city and the country, and so the first construction project was naturally the building of a fortress, namely the Peter and Paul Fortress, strategically located in the center of the River Neva, thus blocking the entry of foreign ships. Nowadays the fortress is in the historical center of St. Petersburg and the heart of the Northern Venice.

One of the main highlights of the fortress is Peter and Paul Cathedral. The exterior appearance of the Cathedral totally differs from traditional Russian Greek Orthodox church architecture, which usually includes beautiful gilded or colorful onion shaped domes with gilded Orthodox crosses on top. The church instead has a super thin, slender spire with a weathervane angel on top. The Peter and Paul Cathedral was always used as a burial place of Romanov Dynasty Tsars. There are tombs of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander the Second, the last Russian Emperor Nicolas the Second, and other Tsars who were buried in the Cathedral.

Many original military buildings are inside the fortress. One of the most interesting is the Trubetskoi Bastion, which housed the prison cells, where Peter's own son the Crown Prince Alexei, who plotted against his father, was kept. Later the famous writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky spent some time in this prison, which by that time got the name of Russian Bastille.

The Peter and Paul Fortress is the highlight of St. Petersburg. Join either The Peter and Paul Fortress tour or The St. Petersburg Tour with Highlight visits and learn more about the city of Peter the Great, its history and its life.

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PETERHOF – PETRODVORETS
Peterhof is one of the most attractive summer residences of the Russian Royal family in the vicinity of St. Petersburg and one of the best St. Petersburg tours, especially when it is accompanied by one of our preferred guides.

It takes about an hour drive to reach an old Peterhof Russian village, in Russian Petrodvorets, (both names mean Peter's Palace in English), where the Peterhof palace is located. The complex consists of the main palace, about 20 smaller palaces and pavilions, and seven incredibly beautiful and peaceful Peterhof gardens and parks. Since there are several royal palaces in St. Petersburg, all built in 1700s, and some superior, the main attraction is not the palace, but the park fountain ensembles, which is unique landmark of the Russian artistic culture and style. There are a total of 175 different fountains, and 4 water cascades, of which the most majestic one is called the "Samson". It is a huge, wide, terraced cluster of fountains with numerous gilded and dramatic statues shooting water high up into the air. It has gained worldwide fame and has also become a symbol of the city.

The Peterhof gardens also reveal some playful personality features of Peter the Great. Some of the Peterhof fountains are so called "trick fountains", which are activated by people walking on a cobble stone path, and not knowing on which stones to step. Peter always allowed his high level guests to walk first on these narrow paths, and he himself, walking at a safe distance behind his guests, got a good laugh, while his victims received an unexpected and embarrassing shower and an idea of their host's strange sense of humor.

Among the 20 mini-palaces, located inside the lower garden of Peterhof, can be mentioned the Monplaisir, where Peter the Great enjoyed his life, the Catherin's Cottage, from where Catherine the Great departed to St. Petersburg to claim the throne after the coup against her husband. Also the Imperial Baths and Kitchens offer a most unique opportunity to see the opulence of the cold, warm and steam bathrooms, the royal reception and dressing rooms, as well as the adjacent pantry, kitchen, coffee room and assembly hall.

Peterhof tour with a private guide

The tour of Peterhof is not just a visit to the beautiful palaces and gardens of the Northern Versal. This is the tour, which will bring you back to the 18th century and show you the summer life of Royalty, its tradition and style. You will be the private guest of the Russian Emperor and find out all the secrets of the court. You will enjoy the atmosphere of the gardens and learn more about the history of the first Water park in the world, under the name of Peterhof.

Join our Peterhof tour and you will never forget it!

THE CATHERINE'S PALACE AND TSARSKOE SELO (TSAR'S VILLAGE)
Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's village) is located 23 miles away from St. Petersburg and was originally built by Catherine the First, wife of Peter the Great, as her personal summer residence. Our professional guide will take you on Tsarskoe Selo St. Petersburg tour and make a wonderful presentation of the main summer residence of the Russian Royal family - the Catherine's Palace.

The size of the original building was substantially smaller then the palace you will see today. Many rulers and architects after Catherine the First contributed to its final appearance and it took more then one hundred years of continuous design and reconstruction work to reach its current state. Today it is considered to be the best remaining example of baroque palace architecture from the 1700's still exiting in St.Petersburg.

The Catherine's palace Tsarskoe Selo exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size and unique decorations. Its stunning façade extends for almost 300 meters (1000 feet), and gives the first impression of what to expect inside. One of many highlights will be the unbelievable, reconstructed Amber Room, where all the walls have been decorated with genuine amber of different hues.

The Catherine's palace Tsar's village was practically destroyed during the Second World War, and all the amber from the walls of the Amber Room was taken away from the country by the invaders. This immeasurable treasure has never been found and its current location of existence still remains as one of the unsolved mysteries of the Second World War. Since then the palace has been totally rebuilt. Our tour will also view parts of the surrounding parks and gardens.

The original name of Tsarskoe Selo, was later changed to Pushkin in honor of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), who in his childhood and youth attended a school there, and developed a special lifelong closeness to the village.

Join our Tsarskoe Selo St. Petersburg tour and learn more about Russian baroque style and the opulence of the Catherine's palace. Russian Royal Family knew how to impress their private guests and so do we!

ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL
St. Isaac's Cathedral St. Petersburg was built in 1858 and became the main Orthodox Church of Russia in the 19th century. Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral as part of our St. Petersburg tour with highlight visits, so that you will get acquainted with its history and architectural details, as well as enjoy the magnificent interior of this masterpiece with our skilled and friendly guide.

When Tsar Alexander the First (1777-1825) announced an architectural competition for the creation of St.Isaac's Cathedral St. Petersburg, an unknown French architect Auguste Montferrand submitted a total of 24 different designs, all presented as individual entries in elaborate separate velvet folders, one of which was selected as the winner.

The construction of St. Isaac's Cathedral St. Petersburg lasted a total of 40 years, and before the church was completed in 1858, Alexader's brother, Nikolai the First (1796-1855), had become the Tsar. There were numerous fundamental mistakes made by the architect, and it is said that the Tsar also interfered with his ideas and demands. However, the end result still remains one of the largest and most beautiful places of worship in the world.

The first impression from the outside reveals a huge cathedral in humble and dull, grayish-brownish hues flanked by massively impressive red granite pillars and a large gilded cupola. Thus St.Isaac's Cathedral St. Petersburg differs totally from traditional Russian church architecture, which, since medieval times, has always used famously colorful onion-shaped domes topped with crosses. However, the impression totally changes inside as the visitor is surrounded by bright colors. A total of 43 different metal, minerals, precious and semi-precious stones, all of different colors, were used for the interior decoration. The most impressive detail is naturally the incredibly beautiful altar with a huge stained-glass window, icons and decorative pillars, and ornaments covered with gold, green malachite and blue lapis lazuli. There are a total of 382 statues, paintings, mosaics, and other works of art inside, and space for 14000 worshippers.

Come with us on St. Isaac's Cathedral tour. It will familiarize you with one of the most beautiful churches of Russia, which played an important role in the history of the country.

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON SPILLED BLOOD
Church of the Spilled Blood St. Petersburg is one of the most attractive churches of the city . Church on Spilled Blood tour will give you a unique opportunity not only to visit a beautiful Russian Orthodox church, but also to get acquainted with its mosaic interior and the history of its construction. Our experienced guide is ready to share his deep knowledge about it.

Church of the Spilled Blood St. Petersburg, as this church is officially called, is today one of the most beautiful Orthodox Church buildings in St. Petersburg. It is also unique because all of the other major cathedrals in this new Russian capital created by Peter the Great were built in baroque and neoclassical style, while the traditional onion domes were basically ignored and abandoned by the foreign European architects commissioned to develop the city. The church follows the Russian medieval architectural style using several high towers, arches, windows, bright decorations and ornaments with strikingly colorful onion-shaped domes topped by golden crosses. Every our tour includes at least a photo stop at the church.

The interior of Church on Spilled Blood St. Petersburg is considered by many visitors to be more humble when compared with the colorful and rich outside decorations and details. There are beautiful ceramic works of art, and huge mosaics on the walls cover a total area of approximately 7000 square meters (75300 square feet).

During the atheistic years of the Soviet Union, this beautiful Church of the Spilled Blood St. Petersburg was basically ruined by being turned into storage for city equipment, and it took over 20 years to be restored to its current appearance. It functions today only as a museum, and so far has not been returned to serving its original purpose as a place of worship.

Join our special Church of the Spilled Blood St. Petersburg tour and you will never forget it. You will learn not only about Church on Spilled Blood, but also the tragic destiny of Alexander the Second, the Tsar, who changed the history of Russia.