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Tours

Please keep in mind, that if the Client doesn't use the excursion by the time confirmed to him, we have to consider the order to be carried out. Cancellation of excursion services must be advised not less than 48 hours prior to the due date.

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GUIDED CAR TOURS

 

PAVLOVSK

Sightseeing time: 5 h.

Pavlovsk is a superb palace-and-park ensemble of the late 18th - early 19th century, situated 30 kilometres from St. Petersburg. It was used as a summer residence for the Russian emperor Paul I and his family. Charles Cameron was commissioned by Catherine the Great to build the heir-apparent`s residence, but when Paul came to the throne, he brought in Vinchenzo Brenna who added romantic touches to Cameron`s classical design.

The Great Palace stands on a high bluff overlooking the river and dominates the surrounding parkland. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares.

 

TSARSKOYE SELO ( CATHERINE PALACE+GARDEN)

Sightseeing time: 5 h.

Tsarskoye Selo, or the Tsar`s village, about 25 kilometres from St. Petersburg, was the home of the imperial family from the days of Peter the Great until the time of the last tsar, Nicolas II. It is a fascinating monument of world architectural and gardening art during the 18th and 19th centuries. Tsarskoy Selo is quite different from Peterhof. Here, there are no massed fountains and no vistas over the sea. Here, you are much inland, in a beautiful English-style park, unrestrained by the geometrical formality of the "Russian Versailles." The centre of the ensemble is the Catherine Palace, containing exquisite objects d`art, furniture, paintings and unique collections of porcelain, amber and bronze. The Tsarskoselsky Liceum, an elite school established in Russia in the early 19th century for noble offsprings and which the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin attended, is next to the palace.

 

ST PETERSBURG CITY TOUR

Sightseeing time: 3 h.

Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Stroganov Palace, Admiralty, Palace Square, Bazil Island Spit, Peter and Paul Fortress, Naval Museum, St. Petersburg University, Menshikov Palace, Academy of Fine Arts, Senate Square, monument to Peter the Great (the Bronze Horseman), Isaac`s Square, Mariinsky Palace, monument to Nicolas II, St. Isaac`s Cathedral, Palace Embankment, Marsovo Fields, Summer Gardens, Robespierre Embankment, Rastrelly Square, Smolny Cathedral, Anichkov Palace, monument to Catherine the Great, Square of Arts, State Russian Museum, Koniushennaya Square, Our Saviour-on-the-Spilled Blood, Griboyedov Canal. St. Petersburg is the second-largest city of Russia after Moscow. As European cities go, St. Petersburg is young. It was founded 302 years ago in 1703 by Peter the Great. Sixty-five rivers and canals, spanned by 360 bridges, criss-cross the city, located on 42 islands. It is not incidental that St. Petersburg is also called the Venice of the North. Our well-trained and experienced guides will colour your impressions and make your stay in St. Petersburg unforgettable.

 

PETERHOF

Sightseeing time: 5 h.

Peterhof is located at the seaside, some 29 kilometres from the centre of St. Petersburg. It is known throughout the world as a jewel of Russian art, a place of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past, it was an exquisite summer residence for Russian tsars. Peter the Great was the first to realise that he would need not only a new capital and a naval base on the Gulf of Finland, but also a new country palace. He commissioned a Versailles-by-the-sea from the French architect Leblon, who liked many of the tsar`s ideas and soon translated them into reality. Nowadays, the whole complex comprises the Grand Palace, the Lower and the Upper Parks with several park pavilions, 150 fountains and five monumental cascades. The Grand Palace was redesigned by Bartolomeo Rastrelly, the favourite architect of Peter`s daughter, Elizabeth, in the mid 18th century. Its fabulous Baroque decoration surpasses any expectations. The palace houses collections of Russian and European paintings, sculpture, furniture, porcelain and crystal ware. From the marble terrace of the Grand Palace, there is a magnificent view over the Grand Cascade, made up of waterfalls, 64 fountains and 37 statues.

 

PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS

Sightseeing time: 3 h.

Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Besides the ancient fortifications, one of the great attractions is Peter and Paul Cathedral, built by the architect Trezini in 1733, with the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian tsars. Soon after its foundation, the fortress became the first political prison in Russia, reserved for the most important state prisoners. The museum in Trubetskoy bastion prison is open for the public.

 

ALEXANDER NEVSKY LAVRA

Sightseeing time: 3 h.

Alexander Nevsky Lavra - a working monastery and one of the oldest architectural ensembles in Saint Petersburg – was founded in 1710 on the spot of the legendary battle with the Swedish army (by the Neva river) which determined the victory of Russia.
The construction of the monastery took nearly the whole 18th century due to frequent interruptions and was finished only by 1790. The project was a collaboration of the most talented architects of the time, but the main concept belonged to D.Tresini, who conceived the monastery complex simultaneously as a residence, a palace and an institution. 
The architectural dominant of the composition is the Troitsky cathedral, built by the architect Starov.
In 1724 the remains of the canonized grand duke Alexander Nevsky were transported to the monastery. In 1797, with the conferment the rank of the lavra, the monastery became the spiritual and cultural centre of Saint Petersburg. The lavra was favoured by all Russian sovereigns; in the times of Peter the Great a hospital, a printing-house and a theological seminary (in future Theological Academy) preparing clergymen for the most important Orthodox churches of Russia were established here. There were only 4 monasteries of such level in the pre-revolutionary Russia.
Starting from the moment of its creation the lavra was also the most important burial-vault of the imperial Russia –  members of the royal family, clergymen, as well as prominent statesmen and commanders were buried here, including A.Suvorov, D.Quarenghi and K.Rossi.

 

GUIDED WALKING TOURS

 

STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

Sightseeing time: 3 h.

The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg ranks among the most famous museums in the world. The whole complex of Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre is known as the "State Hermitage". The setting is magnificent and lavish; malachite, jasper, agate and marble provide a fine backdrop to the treasures.

 

YUSUPOV PALACE

Sightseeing time: 2 h.

The Yusupov Palace is the only mansion of St. Petersburg nobility created in fascinating comfort by talented 18th and 19th century Russian architects, sculptors and artists. Visitors immersed in the cozy and homelike atmosphere of the palace are enchanted by the perfect harmony of its interiors and a breathtaking collection of objects d`art. It claims fame as the place where Prince Yusupov murdered famous "shadow of the tsar family" Grigory Rasputin in 1916.

 

OUR SAVIOR ON THE BLOOD CATHEDRAL

Sightseeing time: 2 h.

One of the most attractive beauty spots located right in the heart of St Petersburg is Church of the Resurrection of Christ built in the old Russian style with unusual – for St Petersburg- onion-shaped domes. It was put up in 1907 on the place where Russian Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded by a terrorist’s bomb in 1881. The church is really unique - its both interior and exterior are richly decorated with fabulous mosa

 

ST ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL + COLONNADE

Sightseeing time: 3 h.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral built in 1858 by the architect Montferrand is the 4-th in height among one-cupola’s cathedrals in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Paul’s in London and Santa Maria del Fiorre in Florence. The richly adorned interior, lined with marble, and with malachite and lazurite columns, was intended for up to 10000 worshippers. Standing on the broad Isaac’s square, its golden dome can be seen all over the city. On a clear day the observation platform at the foot of the dome commands a fine view over St. Petersburg and its surroundings.

 

ST ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL

Sightseeing time: 2 h.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral built in 1858 by the architect Montferrand is the 4-th in height among one-cupola’s cathedrals in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Paul’s in London and Santa Maria del Fiorre in Florence. The richly adorned interior, lined with marble, and with malachite and lazurite columns, was intended for up to 10000 worshippers. Standing on the broad Isaac’s square, its golden dome can be seen all over the city. On a clear day the observation platform at the foot of the dome commands a fine view over St. Petersburg and its surroundings.

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