Arrival to Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg. Sightseeing tour for the first acquaintance with the Northern capital of Russia. Drive along the Neva river to watch the fascinating panorama of the city, admire numerous mostly Baroque style palaces, see the impressive Russian Orthodox churches, stop at the warship “Aurora” that gave start to the Russian revolution in 1917 and, finally, drive along the famous Nevski avenue with its numerous shops, restaurants and theatres. After the arrangements in the hotel and the rest a welcome dinner at the hotel.
After the breakfast visit to Peter and Paul fortress built by Peter the Great in 1703. Visit Petropavlovskaya Cathedral its spire of 122.5 m has become a symbol of St.Petersburg. The crypts of all Russian tsars tell the history of Russian Empire throughout 200 years. Continue to the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns on Vassilyevsky island, see the first University in Russia, the Academy of the Fine Arts, “Kunstkamera” – the first museum in Russia and others. Cross the Neva river to admire the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, walking by Nevsky avenue, visit impressive Kazan Cathedral. Finish the touring of the day by visiting Yusupov Palace that belonged to one of the wealthiest noble families in Russia. Learn the way of life of Russian highest nobility and the mysterious story of Rasputin’s murder. Back to the hotel for rest before opera or ballet performance at the famous Mariinsky Theatre.
Start the day on the spectacular Anichkov bridge with its famous four Horse Tamers sculptures, continue to Ekaterininskiy garden with the monumental sculpture of Catherine the Great, enjoy the classicist architecture of the street after Carlo Rossi, visit enter the historic Yeliseyevsky store, one of St. Petersburg’s oldest food stores designed in Art Nouveau style. Afterward, visit the State Hermitage one of the greatest world art museums in the world. Spend few good hours admiring the masterpieces of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Monet, Renoir Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse and many, many others. In the evening classical ballet performance in Mikhailovski theatre or concert in Saint Petersburg Philharmonia.
Morning drive to “Russian Versailles” – Peterhof Palace and Gardens Ensemble one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the most spectacular Russian Baroque Grand Palace, admire Monplaisir and Marly palaces and especially the Great Cascade of gorgeous fountains decorated with gilded statues of biblical subjects. We’ll also enjoy the beautiful examples of Peterhof Garden design. Back to St.Petersburg to visit Smolny Convent of the Resurrection. Smolny Cathedral a stunning blue-and-white building is undoubtedly one of the architectural masterpieces of the Italian architect F.B.Rastrelli who has built a lot of the constructions in the city, including the Winter Palace. Rest at the hotel before the musical event in the evening.
After the breakfast visit to Alexander Nevsky Lavra (resting place). The monastery cemetery holds the remains of many Russia’s outstanding cultural figures, their gravestones are pieces of art themselves. We’ll pay tribute to the great Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Balakirev, Rubinshtein; novelist Dostoevsky, choreographer Petipa, and many others. Next is the visit to the State Russian museum containing over half million of pieces of the Russian fine arts. You will get acquainted with the rich collection of Russian icons of the XII c., paintings of the XIX c. artists such as Brulov, Aivazovsky, Repin, Levitan, Surikov, Serov, Vrubel, Antokolski, masterpieces of the artists of Russian “modern” – Petrov-Vodkin, Kandinski, Chagall, Malevich, and others. Finish the touring day at the extremely colorful “Church of the Spilt Blood” – a memorial church built on the spot of the assassination of Tsar Alexander II. Dinner in the Russian National cuisine restaurant with folklore performance.
In the morning visit the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad which commemorates the victims and survivors of the Siege of Leningrad by the Germans that lasted 878 days. We’ll listen on the spot to the extracts from the 7th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, dedicated to defenders of the city. Back to the city center and visit the huge Saint Isaac’s Cathedral the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world. Its interior is richly decorated with paintings of the leading Russian artists and mosaics that one can hardly tell them from a painting. 14 types of different colors of Italian marble were used for the interior decoration. Tour of Saint Petersburg Underground stations, decorated in Socialist Realism style followed by the history of the Soviet Union. In the evening opera or ballet at Mariinsky Theatre. After the performance an option to see spectacular night bridge openings.
Today we continue to follow the lives of the great Russian composers. The first stop will be at the memorial plaque of the last stay of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Continue to the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment, where one can learn about composer’s every-day life, see his real belongings and even play on the authentic piano of Rimsky-Korsakov. Next will be walking in Letny Sad (Summer Garden), where you will enjoy the fabulous combination of numerous plants with classical sculptures and fountains. Visit Fabergé Museum, containing more than 4,000 works of decorative applied and fine arts, including gold and silver items, paintings, porcelain, and bronze. The highlight of the collection is the group of Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the Russian Tsars. Back to the hotel for rest before the last musical event of the tour.
This morning we’ll devote to the fascinating Art Nouveau (Modern in Russia) architecture. Visit Vitebsky railway station, the first railway station in Russian Empire. You’ll be impressed by the ornate frontage, floriated Jugendstil detailing, semicircular windows, opulent Art Nouveau interior, sweeping staircases, foyer with stained glass and spacious halls boasting a series of painted panels that chronicle the history of Russia’s first railway. We’ll finish our stay in St.Petersburg by exploring the city from quite another angle – from the water. You will take a cruise along the rivers and channels under the numerous bridges admiring of the splendid architecture of “Northern Venice”. Free time for independent activities. In the evening farewell dinner.
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