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Golden halls of Russian palaces, gilded chandeliers and shining crystal reflecting sunlight. Amongst all, you will see three most astonishing palaces owned by the Russian Imperial Family - The Winter Palace, nowadays part of the richest Art Museum - the Hermitage; The Grand Palace of Peterhof which is surrounded by the most beautiful gardens with fountains; and of course Catherine's palace with the world-famous Amber Room!
See as many highlights as one can possibly cover within a short period of time: 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 St. 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!Please note that depending on the time allowed, not all sights might be included!
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.
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, the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was build on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.Closed Wednesdays
St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and ranks amont the largest cathedrals 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 impressive 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.
Hermitage is one of the largest museums of the world. But it is also the magnificient Royal palace with the 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 amazing interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.
A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engeneering masterpiece with no pumps, it a unique location, selected specificly to make this miracle happen. All the force and the power of the fountaing are provided by the force of gravity. 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 the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.
Explore one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces - the Grand palace of Peterhof. Badly 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 true gem of Russian arquitecture, and you will surely fall in love with it they 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 the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.
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.Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.
|DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ST. PETERSBURG|
|Meet upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check -in & short rest.|
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|DAY 2: PRIME TOUR OF ST. PETERSBURG + HERMITAGE MUSEUM|
Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.
|09:00 - 13:00||
Start your guided Prime Tour of St Petersburg with visits of most famous and spectacular sights of the city such as Peter & Paul Fortress, University Embankment with its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences and St. Petersburg State University; Palace Bridge, Senate Square with the Bronze Horseman, St.Isaac's Cathedral, the monument to Nicholas the First, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Nevsky prospect and the Church on the Spilled Blood
|13:00 - 13:45||Lunch at city café/restaurant (not incl.)|
|14:00 - 17:30||
Tour of the heart of St Petersburg - Palace Square and splendid Hermitage Museum: Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and General Staff Building. With your guide, see the state interiors of the Winter Palace, the most glorious czar residence in Russia, started by Empress Elizabeth I and finished under Catherine the Great's rule
|18:00||Return back to hotel|
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|DAY 3: IMPERIAL RESIDENCES: PETERHOF AND TZAR's VILLAGE|
|08:45 - 09:00||Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.||
|09:00 - 09:45||
Transfer to the Peterhof Imperial Residence
|10:00 - 13:30||
Enjoy an spectacular guided tour of Peterhof Grand Palace and Park with Special Early Admission to minimize crowds and waiting time.
While on tour you will lean the history of Peterhof, its secrets and hidden gems.
|13:30 - 14:30||
Lunch at one of park café/restaurant (not incl.)
|14:30 - 15:00||
Transfer to Imperial Residence of Tzar's Village (Tsarskoye Selo).
|15:00 - 18:30||
Enjoy an spectacular guided tour of Catherine's Palace with Amber Room with Special Fast Track Admission to minimize crowds and waiting time.
Return back to hotel
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|DAY 4: DEPARTURE HOME|
|Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back home.|
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