Luxury Petersburg Program
5 nights/4 days
We offer you to begin acquaintance with the Northern capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, with a sightseeing tour of the city. You will learn the basic facts about the most famous St. Petersburg buildings, monuments, streets and squares, gardens and parks. You will hear about the main events in the life of St. Petersburg. You will see St. Isaac's square with the majestic St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman, the Admiralty building, a solemn residence of the Russian emperors — the Winter Palace, as well as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and the Field of Mars. Then the route leads to the Peter and Paul Fortress, which you will be able to visit. The historic core of St. Petersburg, the tomb of Russian tsars, the main political prison of Tsarist (and later Bolshevik) Russia - all this is about the Peter and Paul Fortress. During this tour you will walk along Hare island, on which the fortress is located, visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral with its famous tombs of the emperors, where you can see the burial places of Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Alexander III, Catherine II and, of course, the tomb of the founder of St. Petersburg - Peter the Great.
Voyage to Peterhof. You will avoid traffic jams of the big city by using the fastest, convenient and spectacular way to get to Peterhof. Just 45-minute comfortable voyage during which you will admire the panorama of the Gulf of Finland, and you are already at the pier of the Lower Gardens. Peterhof is a magnificent country residence of Russian tsars, founded by Peter I on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in 1705. There are more than a hundred fountains in Peterhof, that is why it was nicknamed Russian Versailles. In the beginning of the XVIII century, a road connected St.Petersbourg and Peterhof. Plots of land along the road were allocated to members of the Imperial family and those close to them. Beautiful summer manors appeared there. Some of them have survived to this day, such as Novoznamenka, Mikhailovka, Alexandria and recently restored Konstantinovskaya manor. Very demanding tourists are offered special entertainment in the luxurious surroundings of Peterhof. It is sturgeon fishing. In the picturesque pond near the Marly Palace, fish was farmed for the imperial table in tsarist days. And today you will be able to catch a nice sturgeon that will go to the restaurant kitchen and will be cooked especially for you. The fishing will be good for everyone!
Being in St. Petersburg, one should not miss visiting the Hermitage. The Hermitage is a treasury of St. Petersburg, the largest museum in Russia, one of the largest museums in the world. The tour to the Hermitage will be one of the brightest impressions of St. Petersburg. The Hermitage has a collection of about three million works of art and monuments of the world’s culture. The collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and applied arts, archaeological finds and numismatic items. In addition to the Hermitage collections, you will see the interiors of the museum buildings. First of all, it is the Winter Palace, the official residence of Russian monarchs. The first one who started to use it as the residence was Catherine II. And she laid the foundation for the Hermitage collection. After an early dinner at one of the city’s restaurants recommended by us, we invite you to enjoy a ballet or opera on the Main or Second Stage of the Mariinsky theatre.
On this day you again will leave St. Petersburg and go on a journey to the summer residence of Russian tsars, the town of Pushkin, former Tsarskoye Selo. You will have a tour through the main halls of the “pearl” of the Russian Baroque Style, the Grand Catherine Palace, and visit the world-famous Amber room. During lunch at the Russian restaurant Podvorie you will enjoy a folklore performance. And then, you will head off to Pavlovsk. Accompanied by an experienced guide you will visit the Pavlovsk Palace, which is, perhaps, one of the coziest Imperial residences, and take a walk through one of the largest landscape parks in the world – Pavlovsk Park. There you will admire the Pavilion of Three Graces, Amphitheater, Open-air Theater, Apollo’s Colonnade, bridges, columns, ponds and lakes.
Transfer to the airport. Flight back.
Secrets of palaces in St. Petersburg Program
6 days / 5 nights
After arriving in St. Petersburg, we invite you for lunch at the famous Palkin restaurant, to immediately feel the spirit of Russian culture, including its gastronomy. You will start exploring the city on a sightseeing tour, which will set the right mood for the whole trip. And after a quick introduction to the city you will see the first palace – the Yusupov Palace - a museum, where a huge number of small and large halls have renovated with luxury and architectural harmony which amaze the most fastidious tourists. The mansion is also rich in mysterious stories. It was there that Grigory Rasputin was killed.
This day will be dedicated to the main palace of the Russian Empire – the Winter Palace - a monument of the Russian Baroque architecture. It was built in 1754 – 1762 by architect B. F. Rastrelli. We invite you for a unique tour of the whole complex of the Winter Palace museums open for tourists including halls of the Hermitage, the Golden and Diamond rooms of the Treasure gallery; as well as an exclusive excursion to the Hermitage Theatre, including a tour around the theatre, an introduction to its history, a backstage tour to see pieces of scenery and meet with actors. We will have to leave the Winter Palace for a short while to have lunch in a Bohemian restaurant The Repa, to be back afterwards for a Russian ballet performance in the Hermitage Theater.
In the immediate vicinity of St. Petersburg there are two towns, without which the Russian history and the Peter’s epoch would be inconceivable, Peterhof and Lomonosov (Oranienbaum). During the tour of Peterhof you will learn all the most interesting about the sea residence of Emperor Peter I and his descendants, you will see the luxurious series of palaces and gardens, masterpieces of architectural and landscape art and all this being framed by the enchanting falling water. We will continue our tour in Lomonosov, a picturesque suburb of St. Petersburg, formerly known as Oranienbaum. Now only the palaces and gardens have this name. Visitors come to the images of the past centuries at every step here. In Lomonosov there are several magnificent palaces of the 18th century.
Today we will also spend some time in the fascinating suburbs of St. Petersburg. Our tour begins with a town of Pushkin, where there is another masterpiece of great Rastrelli, the Catherine Palace, with the famous Amber Room. We will walk along the Catherine Park and Alexander Park, at your request we will visit the Lyceum known to all Pushkin admirers. In the second part of the tour we will go to Pavlovsk which is located just 15 minutes from Pushkin. We are going to see the Pavlovsk Palace and Park. A surprisingly harmonious and romantic place with a mysteriously magic park which is like an antipode of the pretentiously luxurious Catherine Palace.
Today we invite you to Strelna, an ancient suburb of the capital of the North, which was first mentioned in a historical document as far back as 1500. Initially, in Strelna, Peter the Great planned to create not just his country residence but a series of palaces and parks similar to the French Versailles. However, Peterhof was destined to become Versailles, and Strelna remained a travelling residence of the emperor. The Imperial family owned the land until 1917. The place became the private property of Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia at the end of the 18th century. The construction of the main architectural landmark, the Konstantin Palace started in 1720. The palace suffered damage in a fire in 1803 and after that it was rebuilt and restored many times. The Second World War caused destruction to the settlement by German fascist troops. The Orlov Palace and most of the buildings of the palace park were completely destroyed. Strelna got a new lease of life when the Department of Presidential Affairs took up the palace and park. The Konstantinov Palace was restored in 2003 and received the modern name of the National Congresses Palace. The tour of modern Strelna provides an opportunity to admire the restored parks and buildings, renovated magnificent palace and beautiful fountains.
On the last day, before the departure, we will visit another curious palace in St. Petersburg, the palace of Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, a legendary and gifted man who became the city’s first governor. The Menshikov Palace located on Vasilievsky Island was built by Peter the Great especially for his confidant. The building was the very first stone building in St. Petersburg. The palace was designed by the invited architects, G.M. Fontana and J.G. Schädel. In the Soviet times, there was the Military Political School in the palace. From the once luxurious estate, only the palace itself, which is a branch of the famous St. Petersburg Hermitage, has survived by today.
Airport transfer. Departure.