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Two day “active” program for those, who want to see and know as much as possible
During this two day program you will get to know:
- the history of St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great
- The Romanovs dynasty (facts and anecdotes)
- St Petersburg as the cultural capital of Russia and Soviet Union
- St Petersburg – city of 3 revolutions.
- Soviet Regime: Lenin and Stalin
- Gorbachev: “the father” of perestroika
- Modern life in Russia and St Petersburg: housing, educational system, health care system, family life- don’t hesitate to ask any questions
Based on the references of our clients we have included in our active program:
Fountain Park in Petergof
Catherine Palace with Amber Room
Church on Spilt Blood
What is important: you go by hydrofoil to Petergof , first of all it is very enjoyable, secondly- you do not spend time in traffic- jams, it is a big time-saver in St.Peterburg!
Please note, we can customize this program for you!
8.00-9.00am Meeting at the ship
City tour in St Petersburg
City tour includes driving and foto stops in the most beautiful, historical places in St Petersburg. Your guide will tell you different stories and legends about famous palaces and architectural ensembles. You will see: Nevsky prospect( the main street in St Petersburg) , National Library, Kazan Cathedral, the Square of Arts, Russian Museum, Ethnographical Museum, Michael’s Castle, Summer Gardens of Peter the Great, the log cabin of Peter the Great, Aurora Battleship, the Spit of Basil Island, The State St Petersburg University, the Monument of Peter the Great, Admiralty, Theatre Square with famous Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral(may be even attending the morning service)or Choral Synagogue
10:00-10.30am Travel to Petergof by hydrofoil
10.30-12.00pm Guided Visit of the Fountain Park
one of the small palaces in the lower garden(Catherine block or Bathblock or Monplaisir)- (optional)
Peterhof , "RussianVersailles" — is a jewel of the Russian art, a town of parks, palaces and fountains which is very often compared with French Versailles. But don't believe those who states this: our Petergoff is much better!!
12.00-1.00pm Lunch (optional)
1.00-2.00 pm Travel to Tsars Village
2.00-3:30pm Inside Guided Tour of the Catherine Palace with Amber Room
Catherine palace (with famous Amber Room) a former country residence of Russian emperors — is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the 18–19 centuries. The compositional centre of the Tsarskoselsky ensemble is Catherine's Palace with its world — famous Amber Room.
4.00-4.30pm- Subway ride
5-5:30pm Inside Guided Tour of St Isaac cathedral
St Isaac Cathedral is the third tallest cupola construction in the world. It's cupola served as a model for White House in Washington. This cathedral is richly decorated inside and out with different kinds of marble and mosaics
6pm Return to the ship or evening optional program( theatre/ folk show/boat trip)
8pm Meeting by the ship
8-11:30 Visit of Nicholas cathedral or Synagogue ,
St Peter and Paul Fortress Inside Guided Tour of St.Peter&Paul Cathedral("Peter and Paul fortress" - is the birth place of St Petersburg. All Russian tsars and tsarinas since Peter the Great up to Nicholas II are buried in Peter and Paul Cathedral on the territory of the fortress .Be sure you will hear the story about one of the last tsar’s daughters- Anastasia Romanova and much, much more…),
Inside guided Excursion at the Church on the Spilt Blood (The church of "Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood" — designed in the style of 15–16 centuries Moscow and Yaroslavl churches and famous for its wonderful mosaics which cover more than 7000 square meters of inner space. The church was erected on the place of assassination (on the 1st of March in 1881) of Russian tsar Alexander II)
11.30-12.30 pm Lunch (optional) for example in Pirogi café
Stolle" - the best pie café in the city. These pies (aromatic, ruddy, juicy, shining, warm and soft) quickly conquered the city. First visitors compared them with grandmother’s pies but a bit later they stopped referring to grandmothers and just took them as models. The widest choice of fillings is during summer when to traditional fish, meat, chicken and cottage cheese they add wild berries. We drop there with every of our tourists just to have a bite during excursions - believe us everybody is very pleased!!!
12.30-2.30 pm Inside guided tour of the the Hermitage Museum
The state Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. The buildings of the museum, by themselves, are architectural masterpieces. The collections of the Hermitage number over 3 million items from prehistoric to modern times. Magnificent works of art embracing prehistoric culture, Egyptian art, the art of Antiquity, Scythian gold, and great collections of Western-European paintings and sculptures are displayed in 400 halls of museum. If you want to see every piece of art and will spend in front of each only 1minute it will take you 9 years!!! Don't forget to visit special "Golden" and "Brilliant" rooms- you have to buy special tickets to get there and excursions to the rooms are available on certain hours only. We can help you to discover the treasures of the Hermitage with a great pleasure
3.00-4.30pm Inside guided tour of the Yusupov palace
The palace went down in Russian history as the place where the mysterious Grigory Rasputin was assassinated, a Siberian peasant who became the spiritual mentor and friend of Nicholas II and the Royal Family in the early 20th century.
5 pm Return to the ship
Please note, that the sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums days-off
Cost of the tour is:
850 USD per person if 2 people travel
565 USD per person if 4 people travel
495 USD per person if 6 people travel
460 USD per person if 8 people travel
430 USD per person if 10 people travel
Admission fees to all museums in the program
Guide’s services for 2 days
Driver’s services for 2 days( Comfortable car(Mercedes)/mini van with A/C)
A Permit for foto/video at the museums exept the video permit at the Yusupov Palace
All port fees
All local taxes
Price doesn’t include:
Cost of the lunches
Permission for video at the Yusupov Palace
If you travel with children under 7 years old, you don’t have to pay for them-the tour for them will be free of charge
Children/Students over 7 years old receive discount of $40 US for the tour. Students must have ISIC card (student’s ID)