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ST.PETERSBURG – CULTURAL TREASURY

St.Petersburg – Cultural Treasury

Tour “ST.PETERSBURG – CULTURAL TREASURY” includes visits to some of the most beautiful and interesting from historical and artistic point of view sights and museums. You will visit not only Hermitage’s Main Museum Complex, but also famous Treasury of the museum and see luxurious objects which used to belong to the Russian Royal family. You will have a tour of one of the former summer palaces of the Russian Roayl family; Peterhof or Tsarskoye Selo (depending on the season). You will explore magnificent Nevsky Prospect and get acquainted with the historic centre of St.Petersburg, included into UNESCO World Heritage List.

Welcome to St.Petersburg!

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in (Please note! Regular check-in starts at 14:00 MSK).

Afternoon – at leisure

This is the first day of your stay in St.Petersburg.  Have a good rest and start your acquaintance with the city. You can walk slowly around and feel yourself like a local citizen.  There is something new around every corner. Any question? Great! Tomorrow our guide will help you to get all answers!

10.00 – City sightseeing tour including a visit to the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood and a walking tour of the Nevsky Prospect (8 hrs)

During your memorable city sightseeing tour guided by our professional fully licensed guide you will see the most remarkable architectural ensembles and monuments of the Historic Centre of St.Petersburg included in UNESCO World Heritage List: Palace Square and Winter Palace, Spit of the Vassilievsky Island, University Embankmant, Main Building of the State St.Petersburg University, Admiralty, Senat Square, Monument to Peter the Great (Bronze Horseman), St.Isaak’s Cathedral and St.Isaac’s Square, Field of Mars and Summer Gardens, Cruiser Aurora, Smolny Cathedral. You will have several photo breaks and visit magnificent Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.

This Church was built between 1883 and 1907 on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881. The interior was designed by some of the most celebrated Russian artists of the day. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics – over 7500 square meters of it.

Your tour continues in the Nevsky prospect – one of the most famous streets in Russia. Saint Petersburg’s main shops and businesses are located on and around this central thoroughfare, where a diverse culinary choice of restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all tastes and pockets is available. They match any European City for quality and atmosphere.

Walking tour includes a visit to the well-known and loved Eliseevsky Store – a store which was founded by and used to belong to the Merchants Eliseeevs. The store combines a gastronome, a café and two restaurants, and features extraordinary interior and ambiance as well as a very attractive shop window.

After saying “good bye” to your guide you can either return to the hotel by metro or settle down for dinner at one of the restaurants in the Nevsky prospect, but please do not stay out too late, you have to be fit for your Grand Hermitage Tour scheduled for the next day.

10:00 – The Grand Hermitage Tour including a tour of the Main Museum Complex and a tour of the Diamond room (4 hrs)

Founded in 1764 by the Russian empress Catherine the Great, the State Hermitage Museum is one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the world. It houses more than 2.7 million exhibits. During the tour you will visit 4 buildings of the Main Museum Complex: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage; and see works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Roden, Rembrandt, Rubens, etc.

You will visit Diamond Room of the Hermitage Treasure Gallery. The exhibition features priceless gems and luxurious objects which used to belong to the Romanov family and diplomatic gifts to Russian court. You will see the famous showcase boasting two horse harnesses lavishly decorated with precious stones, as well as exquisite decorations created by Carl Faberge.

After your Grand Hermitage tour have been completed your car will take you back to the hotel. Alternatively you can either stay in the Hermitage, if you need more time in the museum, or take a nice walk, for example, to the famous Bronze Horseman and maybe visit magnificent St.Isaac’s Cathedral.

09:00   Grand Palace and Lower gardens in Peterhof (6 hrs)

The Peterhof Museum Complex – the “capital of fountains” – is one of the most popular museums not only in Russia, but in the whole world. As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the finest achievements in national and international culture. The architecture and decor of Peterhof reflects all the artistic styles of the past and the personal tastes and preferences of every Russian monarch.

Peter the Great planned Peterhof as a royal residence, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles. The Lower Park is the most famous part of the entire complex. This regular garden is decorated with many handsome palaces and sculptures, but the most important ornaments are the fountains, drawing millions of visitors every year.

Peterhof palace-ensemble is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is included in the state register of the most valuable cultural objects of the Russian Federation and proudly bears the title of one of the “Seven Wonders of Russia.”

If you come to St.Petersburg in Autumn or Winter, when famous Peterhof fountains do not operate, you can go to Tsarskoye Selo instead and do a tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace.

Located 29 km south of St.Petersburg.  Tsarskoye selo became the official summer royal residence in the middle of the 18th century. Catherine palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque style – is a stunning royal retreat well-known the world over. The splendor of the palace is magnified by the beautiful park surrounding it. During the tour of the palace you will see elegant state rooms as well as the famous Amber Room.

We hope you have enjoyed your stay and will visit us again. There is always a reason to come back – with every visit you will see something new.

Our driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the Pulkovo Arport or Railway Station

(Please note! Regular check-out is not later than 12:00 MSK).

  • 4-night accommodation at the chosen hotel with daily breakfast;
  • Transfers and transportation services as per above itinerary;
  • Professional fully licensed guide for sightseeing tours as per above itinerary;
  • Sightseeing program as per above itinerary including the following entrances:

May through September: Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Hermitage (Main Museum Complex & Diamond Room), Grand Palace & Lower Gardens in Peterhof;

October through April: Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Hermitage (Main Museum Complex & Diamond Room), Catherine palace & park in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin).

Please note! Once we know the exact dates of travel, we may need to rearrange the itinerary according to museums’ working schedules.