City tour (without inside visits)

City tour (without inside visits)
During the panoramic tour you will get acquaintance with the city and its most attractive sights such as:
  • Split of the Vasilievsky Island;
  • Admiralty;
  • Palace and Senate (former Decembrists) squares;
  • Neva river embankment;
  • Summer garden;
  • Mysterious St. Mikhail's Castle;
  • Cruiser Aurora;
  • City cathedrals etc.

You will make photo stops to take unforgettable pictures.

 

City tour with excursion to Peter & Paul Fortress

City tour with excursion to Peter & Paul Fortress
During this tour you will get acquaintance with the city and its most attractive sights and have an inside excursion to the 1-st building of St. Petersburg.

The Peter and Paul Fortress was founded by Peter the Great on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27, 1703 (May 16 according to the old calendar), which is now marked as St. Petersburg's City Day.

From 1721, the fortress housed part of the city's garrison and also famously served as a high security political jail – among the first inmates was Peter's own rebellious son Alexei.

More pleasantly, the Peter and Paul Fortress is home to the Peter and Paul Cathedral, a church where almost all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas are buried. The Cathedral was the first church in the city to be built of stone (in 1712-33).

 

Excursion to St. Isaac's Cathedral / Our Savior on the Spilt Blood

Excursion to  St. Isaac's Cathedral / Our Savior on Spilt Blood
You can chose excursion to one of these cathedrals:

St.Isaac's Cathedral – gilded dome dominates the St. Petersburg skyline – on a clear day it can be seen from miles away. Visitors can climb the 300 or so stairs to the colonnade that runs around the dome to get great views over the city. The interior of the cathedral is a real marvel. It is surrounded by 80 red granite columns that weigh 80 tons each. The cathedral, now serves as a museum and services are held only on major occasions.

Our Savior on the Spilt blood – this marvelous church in stereotypical Russian style was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. The church was built in 1883-1907 and was officially called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ – although better known locally as Our Savior on the Blood (Spas na krovi). Both inside and outside, the church is decorated with mosaics, designed by the most prominent Russian artists of the time.

 

3 cathedrals: St.Isaac's Cathedral, Our Savior on the Spilt blood, Smolny Cathedral / Alexander Nevsky Lavra

3 cathedrals: St.Isaac's Cathedral, Our Savior on the Spilt blood, Smolny Cathedral / Alexander Nevsky Lavra
This tour includes the visits to 3 cathedrals – St. Isaac's, Our Savior on Spilt blood and Smolny Cathedral.

As a 3-d cathedral you can also choose Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

The Smolny Cathedral was meant to be the main church of a convent to house Elisabeth, daughter of Peter the Great. The blue and white Smolny Cathedral is one of the most fabulous architectural masterpiece.

Alexander-Nevsky Monastery (Lavra) complex was named for Alexander Nevsky – considered a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church who played an important role in the history of St. Petersburg and whole Russia. It is a home to some of the oldest buildings in the city, as well as to cemeteries which contain the graves of some of the giants of Russian culture, including Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky, and Glinka.

 

Excursion to the Yusupov Palace

Excursion to the Yusupov Palace
On a quiet stretch of the Moika River stands a long yellow building, which was once the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family and which saw one of the most dramatic episodes in Russia's history – the murder of Grigory Rasputin.

In 1916 a group of the city's noble elite conspired to kill the one man who they felt threatened the stability of an already war-torn Russian Empire. Grigory Rasputin, a peasant and self-proclaimed holy man, had gradually won favor with the Tsar's family through his alleged supernatural powers. His control over the decisions of the family and the Russian ruler himself, put him in a potentially manipulative position and posed a very real threat to their power. Consequently, Rasputin was murdered at the Yusupov Palace on the night of December 16-17 1916, and his death proved to be an almost greater mystery than his life had been.

As excellent tour-guides lead you through the beautifully recreated interiors of the palace, the full story of the murder of Rasputin will unfold before you.

 

Excursion to the State Hermitage

Excursion to the State Hermitage
The Hermitage Museum is housed in the Winter Palace (and some other buildings), the main residence of the Russian imperial family. Located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps the major attraction of St. Petersburg.

The Hermitage Museum was founded in 1764 when the Russian tsarina Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from Berlin. Today the Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and one of the largest and most respected art museums in the world, with 2.7 million exhibits from Ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe.

It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French Impressionists (Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Pissarro), plus Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and sculptures by Rodin.

 

Tour to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) with excursion to the Catherine's palace and park

Tour to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) with excursion to the Catherine's palace and park
A trip to one of the finest suburb residence of the Russian Tsars.

The town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo), just outside St Petersburg, has a marvelous ensemble of palaces and parks. It is particularly famous for its impressive baroque Catherine Palace where Catherine the Great lived and died.

During the excursion you will admire wonderful exteriors and interiors of the palace and pavilions in the picturesque regular park.

Also you will visit the magnificent "Amber room" which was recently restored.

 

Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) + Pavlovsk (2 palaces and 2 parks)

Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) + Pavlovsk (2 palaces and 2 parks)
During this tour you will see 2 suburbs.

After the excursion in Catherine palace in Pushkin you will be forwarded to Pavlovsk – the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg.

Pavlovsk is well worth visiting both for the treasures in the elegant neo-classical palace and for the charming, rambling park, which is one of the largest and finest English-style landscape gardens in the world.

 

Peterhof

Peterhof
Peterhof is an immensely luxurious royal estate, lying on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea), a combination of several palaces and parks, the "capital of Russian fountains" and "the Russian Versailles".

The estate was founded by Peter the Great and shortly after 1710 the tzar had a beautiful park with several palaces built.

The focal point of both the Lower Park and the Upper Garden is the magnificent Grand Palace (Bolshoi Dvorets) with the Grand Cascade (Bolshoi Kaskad) in front of it.

You can choose from 2 option of getting there – by the coach transfer or by the hydrofoil.

 

Gatchina

Gatchina
Gatchina – suburb of St.Petersburg, locaten in about 40 km to the south from the city.

Like Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk, Gatchina was a residence of the Russian Imperial family.

This place attracts the tourist's attention thanks to the most unusual Palace which took shape of a medieval fortified castle with bastions surrounded by the landscape park and beautiful lakes.

Another place worth of seeing in Gatchina is an extraordinary building that resembles a Gothic country church – the Priory Palace. Surrounded by hills and forest, it is located on the banks of the Black Lake, so that one can see very beautiful sight of the castle itself and it's reflection in the water.

 

Boat trip – rivers and channels of the "North Venice"

Boat trip – rivers and channels of the 'North Venice'
St. Petersburg is often called the North Venice because of it's numerous rivers and channels.

A boat trip gives a wonderful opportunity to admire the beautiful sights of the city from the water point of view.

Perhaps it is the most pleasant and romantic trip which you will never forget.

To enhance the positive impression from the water promenade it is possible to arrange a furshette (canapé with caviar and a glass of champagne) on board.

 

Evening boat trip along Neva river with dinner on board

Evening boat trip along Neva river with dinner on board
Admire the evening sights of the city from the board of the luxury floating restaurant and taste the dishes in calm and relax atmosphere.

You will have an unforgettable chance to go under the opened bridges.

The trip is accompanied by the live music.

 

One day Cruise to Valaam Island by hydrofoil

One day Cruise to Valaam Island by hydrofoil
Located in the center of the lake's northern part is the archipelago consisting of fifty islands and named after the biggest, Valaam.

Its rocky islands are covered with coniferous woods, picturesque grasslands and green meadows. It is the place where the God-created beauty of the islands and the man-made beauty of architecture and art blend harmoniously. The imposing blue cathedral domes of the monastery located in the southern part of the island near the Monastery Bay can be seen from almost any point. You'll visit the Transfiguration Cathedral and St Nicholas' Church, have a lunch in the monastery dinning room (trapeznaya) and taste the traditional Russian dishes prepared by monks.

The way to Valaam from St. Petersburg by hydrofoil takes about 3 hours. You will leave St.Petersburg early in the morning and spend full day on the Island admiring it’s wonderful nature. At 6 p.m. you’ll board the hydrofoil and return to St.Petersburg at 10 p.m.

 

Full day trip to Novgorod

Full day trip to Novgorod
The oldest city of Russia, medieval centre of trades and crafts.

This is a place where you can see with your own eyes the ancient stone temples, a place where you can stand on the very place from which, according to the legends, a pagan god Perun was thrown into the Volkhov river; you can participate in the battles of contemporary warriors and read the famous birch-bark scrolls. Troops started for battles from these ancient Kremlin walls, legendary merchant and musician Sadko used to sing his enchanting songs while sitting on the bank of the Ilmen Lake, and the Volkhov river was busy with numerous ships following the trading route "from the Varangians to the Greeks" and laden with various goods from foreign parts.

Veliky Novgorod is situated on the North-West of Russia, 180 kilometers from Saint-Petersburg and 524 kilometers from Moscow.

 

Folklore show in Nikolaevsky Palace "Feel yourself Russian"

Folklore show in Nikolaevsky Palace 'Feel yourself Russian'
Passing the entrance (beautifully renovated) to the Palace you will find yourself in the lobby – with its fabulous gala stairs leading to the Concert Hall and other beautifully renovated halls of the Palace.

Courteous cavalier and elegant ladies in crinolines will greet you on the stairs showing you the way and making you forget the time. Beautiful melodies of the past performed by a professional musical quartet will give you impression that you are simply traveling through centuries: and this is just a beginning!

Then in the cozy and nicely decorated Concert Hall of the Nikolaevsky Palace you will see unforgettable folk show performance "Feel Yourself Russian". During two hours of this dynamic colorful and pictureous show, you will hear tuneful folk songs – romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia. The show consists of two parts with a break, during which the guests are offered some canapes with red caviar, cheese, ham, and also some fruit, champagne, red wine, vodka, juice and mineral water.

 

Classic Russian Ballet (visit to the theatre)

Classic Russian Ballet (visit to the theatre)
You can admire the classic Russian ballet in the world famous theatres – Mariinsky (former Kirov) Opera & Ballet Theatre and in the Imperial Hermitage Theatre.

World-known Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera theatre is one of top ballet and opera companies in the world. It is a "must see" in St. Petersburg. The theatre has been the home of Russian ballet and opera since the 1860s and has become a mecca for both Russian and international artists.

The Hermitage Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in Russia, was built by order of empress Catherine the Great.