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Make most of your visit to Saint Petersburg with our fully customizable private tour. Choose what and when you want to see, and our expert managers will help you put together your perfect itinerary. Highly professional private tour guides, expert St Petersburg drivers and fast-track admission to museums will make your trip to St. Petersburg a truly memorable one!
The Alexandro-Nevsky monastery has some of the oldest churches in the city. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1710 to commemorate duke Alexander Nevsky - the prominent Russian political and military leader of the 13th century. This orthodox monastery is the most important in Saint Petersburg. The Holy Trinity Cathedral, the main church of the complex, is worth the visit. The unique part of the monastery is the cemeteries where you can see the graves of Russia's most celebrated composers and writers, including Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Dostoyevsky.
Fun for all ages - escape the cultural overload and have some fun in a unique themed Angry Birds park, which has recently opened in St Petersburg! Great emotions are guaranteed! The park offers lots of activities for adults and children of the age of 3 and older: race track, easy climbing, full-scale angry birds shooting, and many others.
This guided tour includes Catherine's palace tour with the world's famous Amber Room and the peaceful gardens with multiple photo opportunities. Catherine's Palace and the surrounding parks were created by Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, which is why Pushkin was formerly known as 'village of the tsar's' (Tsarskoe Selo). The Palace, with its famous Amber Room, is an impressive post-WWII reconstruction. The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. The gardens of Catherine Park, which are spectacular in the snow, are dotted with unusual buildings, including a Chinese village.
The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion-domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, and the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was built on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.
Musical pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, Mussorgsky and many others, skillfully performed by a chamber orchestra led by Mr. Alexander Kantorov, will melt your heart. Enjoy the magnificent atmosphere of the real palace and the masterpieces of music.
Explore the magnificent collections of the newly opened Faberge Museum - a unique private collection of Faberge eggs and Jewelry in Russia and the world. Boasting over 4,000 items beautifully displayed in an unrivaled Shuvalov Palace, this museum will surely be on top of your Favorite's list. The museum also features a collection of paintings, statuettes, applied art.
A spectacular show of Russian music, dancing, and singing with a light buffer during the interval. The best traditional dances from all different regions of Russia. Clap for the energetic cossacks, sing along with the "Moscow suburb nights" song.
Catherine the Great gave the quaint little town of Gatchina and Gatchinsky Palace as a gift to her favorite lover Grigory Orlov. Later this palace became a home to her son Paul and the military center of Russia. So no surprise that the castle has various temporary and permanent exhibitions, including a weaponry display. The surrounding park is magnificent in winter. You can walk through the maze of lakes, islands, and forests, watch winter swimmers or visit smaller attractions like the Birch House and the Temple of Venus. The church at the top of Gatchina’s central pedestrian street is also worth seeing.
The newly restored General Staff building houses the part of the Hermitage art collection, stunning works of art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including French Impressionists & Post-Impressionists.
Permanent exhibits include:
French Pastels of the 19th and 20th Centuries
The Cabinet of the Artist's Book
The Carl Fabergé Memorial Rooms
Sergey Shchukin and the Morozov Brothers Memorial Gallery (the primary collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art of the Hermitage)
French Painting and Sculpture of the 19th Century
Western European Art of the 19th Century. (Germany, Holland, Belgium)
The Age of Art Nouveau
The exhibition of the Art of the Empire (early 19th century), called "Under the Sign of the Eagle."
The museum of the Russian Guard (18th century)
The Russian Foreign Ministry exhibition
The Russian Ministry of Finance exhibition
Explore this recently renovated breathtakingly beautiful Grand Choral Synagogue. It's a beautiful building, hidden in the narrow streets of Kolomna district, hiding Europe's 2nd largest Synagogue. It is just a quick stop on your way to the suburbs or during your city tour.
Explore one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces - the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Severely damaged during the Second World War, thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff, this palace was brought back to life and restored to its former beauty from photographs and maps in the 1950s. A complex combination of Baroque and NeoClassical styles, this palace is a real gem of Russian architecture, and you will surely fall in love with it the way we have. Hundreds of fountains and golden statues surround Peter's Palace - Russia's answer to Versailles. Unfortunately, in winter, the fountains are turned off, and wooden boxes cover the garden statues.
Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world. But it is also a magnificent Royal palace with stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now ist's the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrant, de Goya, and many other prominent painters from all over the world. Treat yourself with a grand exploration of the most amazing masterpieces of the European Art, including the French Impressionists, and marvel at the fantastic interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.
This small, intricately decorated theatre is the oldest part of the Hermitage. It was once Catherine the Great’s private theatre, built for her shows and performances that she dearly loved. The interior hasn't changed in years and still reveals the tastes of the empress. It is now used for ballet and concert performances. Although the theater is located in the Hermitage museum complex, it can only be seen during the performance, but not in the regular museum visit.
The fastest way to get to or from Peterhof during the busy summer season. Saves a lot of time and gives you a chance to take a nap:). The boats depart from the piers in the very center of the city, thus giving you a unique free bonus - a chance to enjoy the stunning panorama of the Neva banks.
This spectacular cathedral was inspired by the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rome. It is one of the city's most majestic structures. It was built from 1801 to 1811 to house the miracle-working Icon of the Virgin Mary, called our Lady of Kazan. The construction was completed shortly before the war with Napoleon; thus, it became the memorial to Russian victory in this war. The cathedral houses the banners of the defeated regiments as well as the keys to the towns conquered. The grave of Russain greatest field marshal Kutuzov is also located inside.
Kazan Cathedral is the main church of the city. Services daily.
The strategic naval base of Kronshtadt was founded on Kotlin island in 1704. During Soviet times, the city was closed for visitors. It opened in 1996, and, today, it's a charming place to wander and look at rusting warships, naval symbols, and other remains of Soviet maritime glory. You can find a lot of military ships and old 18th-century dock there. The city's striking Byzantine cathedral has an excellent museum of naval and local history, although it's only in Russian. There are also some charming old restaurants scattered about town.
Learn more about the history and life of the Jewish Community than your guide can tell! Meet one of the eminent members of Saint Petersburg Jewish Community - and learn a lot about life and problems of St Petersburg Jewish Community. During the visit, you will have a chance to visit and tour Europe's 2nd largest Synagogue.
Go underground and enjoy seeing palaces built for regular people - this is how amazing Subway Stations are in St Petersburg. Chrystal chandeliers, bronze works, marble flooring, amazing sculptures, and mosaics. Why visit another palace? The first stations were opened in 1955, the newest ones open every year, still vibrant and impressive.
The palace, with its canals and secret underground passageway, was built to protect Tsar Paul I, who was petrified of being murdered. Ironically, 40 days after he moved in, he was assassinated in a military plot. A few years later, it became a school for engineers, and today, it's a branch of the Russian Museum. It has a portrait gallery of Russian public figures, temporary exhibitions, and occasionally plays and lectures.
In 1710, Peter the Great's friend and advisor Alexander Menshikov decided to outdo the tsar by building an even bigger palace than royal Peterhof. Unfortunately, Menshikov was exiled after Peter's death, midway through construction, and the castle at Oranienbaum wasn't finished until Catherine the Great made it one of her holiday spots. The Grand Palace hasn't changed a great deal over the centuries, and it's one of the few palaces on the outskirts of the city that wasn't destroyed by the Nazis. Lomonosov (town where the palace is located) is also a pleasant village, and the surrounding park is peaceful and quiet.
See as many highlights as one can cover within a short period: Aurora cruiser, the first house of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, numerous rivers and bridges, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square and the Hermitage museum, the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, Palace Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, University Embankment with its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and Saint Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, the Square of Arts with Michael's Palace, the Mosque, the Smolny Convent, the Taurida Palace, the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters) and many more!
Spend a Great day outside of the city exploring the most charming neoclassical palace of Emperor Paul I, the only son of Empress Catherine the Great. Pavlovsk is a beautiful place to get away from it all. While more humble and less touristy than the palaces at Peterhof or Pushkin, the reconstructed palace at Pavlovsk is still fascinating. The castle feels more like a family home, then like a royal palace. The palace park is a great place to walk or have a picnic. It has romantic ruins, statues, forests, and streams. Right now, it’s dotted with cross-country skiers, horse-drawn sleighs, and there is an outdoor ice-skating rink, where you can hire skates.
This fortress, built to deflect Swedish raids, was the city's very first structure. While the view from the fortress ramparts is fantastic, the main attraction is Trezzini's Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in 1712. Almost all Romanov tsars, including Nicholas II, are buried here. There are several other museums scattered around the fortress grounds, like the political prison museum or St. Petersburg history exhibition, and you can buy a special day ticket which enables access to all.
A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engineering masterpiece with no pumps, but with a unique location, selected specially to make this miracle happen. The force of gravity provides all the strength and the power of the fountains. A great photo opportunity for keen photographers. Take some time to see the surrounding gardens and Peter's villa Monplaisir. Unfortunately, in winter, the fountains are turned off, and wooden boxes cover the garden statues.
By day or by night, the most spectacular view of St. Petersburg can be seen from the water. The unforgettable panoramas of the Hermitage, squares, and embankments. Built over 42 islands, Saint Petersburg is surrounded by water and interlaced with a complex web of rivers and canals. They seem to bind the city together, while also marking the borders of its different districts and neighborhoods. The slow ride by Nikolsky cathedral belltower, or through the tunnels of the wide bridges, or under the glass walkway of Mariinsky theater, where the light is barely seen on the other side, is an experience you'll never forget. St. Petersburg's architecture means that magnificent vistas of the city are often visible from the water. Therefore an essential part of any exploration of the city is to get out in a boat and cruise the rivers and canals of Saint Petersburg.
Fun and engaging activity center for children aged 12 months to 12 years! Discover the world of Russian Fairytales in a uniquely interactive way where kids can touch, explore, and participate in each story! Recommended for all children who have lower-intermediate (and higher) knowledge of Russian. Those who do not speak the language will benefit from having an interpreter with them.
With one of the largest collections of Russian art housed in Rossi's impressive Mikailovsky Palace, this museum is worth a look. The museum was opened at the end of the 19th century to promote and celebrate national art. Its collection spans from 12th-century icons to 20th-century masters like Chagall, Malevich, and Kandinsky. Currently, the museum collection can be seen in several palaces around the city, but the best pieces are displayed in the main complex.
Fast and efficient, segway will take you around Saint Petersburg and will show you all the major highlights in a very short time. The professional guide will lead the way. Imagine covering THAT great a distance by walking!
St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and ranks among the largest basilicas of the world. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. It's not only the remarkable structure but also the collection of the greatest engineering innovations. One hundred and eighty years later, the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.
Try three different kinds of vodka followed by typical after-vodka snacks, learn the history of this so-very-Russian beverage at the unique museum of Russian Vodka! Learn to know the difference between the kinds of vodka. Learn to drink vodka the way the Russians do it!
The wealthy Yusupov family purchased this palace in 1830, and since then, it was the main house for the family. A special wing was built to house their art collection. It also was the scene of the grizzly murder of the sleazy Siberian peasant Rasputin, who was exercising too much influence over the royal family for Felix Yusupov's liking. There is a Rasputin tour, and you can see where Felix and his entourage tried to poison and shoot Rasputin in the cellar in 1916 before they beat him and chucked him into the river, where he finally died.
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