27 September 2020

World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on the 27th of September. The holiday was established by the United Nations World Tourism Organization - UNWTO. This date was not chosen by chance.

24 September 2020

MIR Travel Company focuses not only on Moscow and Saint-Petersburg but in Baltic countries as well. That is why today we have some news from Latvia and its capital – beautiful Riga. 

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Excursions in Saint Petersburg


During the tour of the former capital of the Russian Empire you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city: the Arts Square formed by three museums and four theatres, the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, besides we will drive along the main street of the city - Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges, the cupolas of orthodox churches and cathedrals, among them are St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

Duration – 3 h


This panoramic tour around the city center of St. Petersburg will tell you more about the life of the city, its history and its culture. Our path goes along the main street of St. Petersburg, Nevsky prospect. Walking down the street you will feel the unforgettable atmosphere of the city. St. Petersburg is an impressive and diverse city. Here you can find small cafes next to luxury restaurants, modest hostels near elegant hotels. Saint Petersburg is a multiconfessional city. On the same street there is an Orthodox church, a Catholic, Lutheran cathedral and an Armenian church. During this trip you will feel like a true citizen of St. Petersburg!

Duration – 1 h


During this exciting tour we will walk through the historical center of St. Petersburg and visit one of the most picturesque areas of the city - the area of St. Vladimir's Cathedral, where the famous writer Dostoevsky lived. After a 1.5 hour walk, we invite you to visit the communal apartment (the phenomenon of Soviet life, when several families live in the same apartment). The owners of one of the rooms will invite you to for a cup of tea and tell you about their life, how that phenomenon of «komunalka» appeared, how people used to live before and how they live nowadays.

Duration – 3,5 h


We will descend to the famous St. Petersburg metro which was opened in 1955. Today, it is considered one of the deepest in the world. The numerous stations are richly decorated with moldings, bas-reliefs and mosaics. This means of transport is very popular among citizens, since it allows them to move quickly through the city. Among others we will visit the Admiralteyskaya station, which is the newest and also one of the deepest in the world. Its depth is 86 meters.

Duration – 3 h


*- as a continuation of city tour or other previous tour
Peter and Paul fortress can be called the cradle of the city. Peter the Great ordered to build it to protect the land during the Northern War with Sweden that lasted for 21 years 1700 - 1721. St. Peter and Paul Fortress was founded on May, the 27th 1703. This day is considered to be the birthday of St. Petersburg. St. Peter and Paul Cathedral – the first cathedral of the city is considered the architectural centre of the fortress. It is also the burial place of all Russian Emperors starting with Peter the Great.

Duration – 1 h


*- as a continuation of the previous tour
The impressive dome of this great cathedral can be seen even from afar. It is the third largest dome cathedral in Europe after St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The construction of the main cathedral of the Russian Empire that could house approximately 10.000 people lasted for 40 years. The cathedral is 101.5 meters high, it is decorated with bas-reliefs, bronze sculptures and more than 100 granite columns that weigh 114 tons each. The interior is a treasury of Fine Arts. The decorations include mosaics, mural paintings, gilded bronze statues, semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli, malachite and the best kinds of marble. At present the cathedral is a museum.

Duration – 1 h

CHURCH OF THE SAVOIUR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD (Resurrection of the Christ Church)*

*- as a continuation of the previous tour
This church was built by Emperor Alexander III to immortalize the memory of his father Alexander II who had been assassinated on the place where the church is now. One can say that the church is a personification of religious architecture of ancient Moscow. From the outside the walls are faced with specially prepared red bricks and richly decorated with glazed bricks panels. History of Arts doesn’t hardly have anything similar - the mosaics of the church were based on original paintings of great Russian painters, 1000 m² of the facade and 6000 m² of the interiors are covered with mosaics.

Duration – 1 h


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Duration – 5 h


Duration – 4 h


St. Petersburg is famous for its White Nights. This unique phenomenon can be observed here from the end of May till the middle of July. This is very special time when the sun stays in the sky for 19 hours, and even after the sunset there is enough daylight so there is no need to turn on the street lights. The guests and the citizens of St. Petersburg enjoy walking along the embankments of rivers and canals, admiring the White Nights and the bridge raising across the Neva river. You can fully appreciate the beauty of the city during this romantic night tour. Moving by Minibus, we will see how fascinating the city monuments look when the night falls.

Duration – 3 h


The best way to explore St. Petersburg in a pleasant and relaxing way is to go on a boat trip along the water ways of the city. The historical districts of the city are situated on numerous islands of the delta of the river Neva as it enters the Gulf of Finland in the eastern part of the Baltic sea. The gorgeous architectural ensembles, cathedrals and monuments wonderfully harmonize with the calm waters of rivers and canals. Granite clad rivers and canals, stairs descending to the water, bridges that span the banks are inseparable elements of the city architecture. This trip allows you to see a different aspect of St. Petersburg which is often called the Venice of the North.

Duration – 1 h


The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. Its numerous and valuable collection occupies 5 historic buildings including the Winter Palace. Magnificent interiors treasure the priceless works of art of all times and from all parts of the world. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects. Objects that date back to various periods from prehistoric times to nowadays are exhibited in 400 rooms. The thrue gems of the collection are the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, A. Van Dyck, El Greco, , N. Poussin, V. Van Gogh, P. Gauguin, P. Picasso, A. Matisse and many more. It would take 15 years to see the whole collection even if we would go to the museum every day for 8 hours and stay only for one minute at every object.

Duration – 3,5 h


Hermitage Museum keeps many secrets; one of them is the Treasure Gallery. It is quite difficult to get the entrance tickets there because of a great demand and the limited opening hours. Treasury Gallery consists of two separate exhibitions. The first exposition called «Gold Rooms» (Eurasia, ancient states of the Black Sea coast, Asia) features about 1500 gold objects which show us the development of the jeweller’s art in ancient world. It is here where the grand collection of the Scythian gold, including the first gold collection of Peter the Great is kept alongside with the famous Greek Gold Collection with the famous earrings of such a fine work that no goldsmith could have ever replicated it up to the present days. The main idea of the second exposition, «Diamond Rooms», is to show the development of the jeweller’s art since the 3rd millenium AC till the XX century. This exposition possesses the well-known Fabergé works, diplomatic gifts and many more.

Price includes visit only to ONE of the expositions. Price is valid only with the purchase of the general Hermitage Museum tour.

Duration – 1 h


This tour allows you to see the daily life of the world famous museum, the Hermitage. This is where museum experts examine works of art, perform restoration, conservation specialists choose objects for new exhibitions. However, the most interesting thing is to see how the museum stores its collection. The "Staraya Derevnya" restoration and conservation center is located in several buildings and covers a total area of 35,000 m², including museum belongings, exhibitions and conference rooms, catering, engineering and administrative departments. The construction and development of this center is one of the main tasks written in the reconstruction and modernization plan of the Hermitage. The aim of the project is to relocate here the part of the belongings and workshops from the overloaded historical buildings of the museum that can no longer provide adequate conditions for the conservation of works of art.

Duration – 3 h


Today Erarta is the largest private museum of modern art in Russia. The mission of the museum is to collect, exhibit and popularize the most extraordinary works of art by the most talented contemporary artists. Apart from paintings the museum includes graphic arts, sculptures, installations, video art. Art lovers are invited to take a walk through the museum and see the most outstanding works of the collection.

Duration – 3 h


The Museum of Russian Art is the largest collection of national culture. Its collections have more than 400 thousand exhibits that reflect the almost millenary history of the arts of Russia, from ancient times to the present day. The museum has one of the best collections of prints and drawings by Russian painters, as well as the most important sculptural collection in the country. The inexhaustible collections of the museum allow its millions of visitors to understand the magnificent world of the Fine Arts of Russia.

Duration – 3 h


The mansion was constructed in the end of the XIX century for Prince Yusupov who was one of the richest men in Russia. The magnificent interiors are preserved in the palace that is considered to be a gem of Russian architecture. The palace theatre is a miniature copy of la Scala theatre. Yusupov palace is also interesting from the historical point of view as in 1906 a trusted advisor of the last Romanovs - Grigory Rasputin was assassinated in this palace. He was a victim of a plot organized by the last owner of the palace prince Felix Yusupov.

Duration – 2,5 h


The Fabergé Museum was created for the preservation, study and promotion of Russia’s cultural heritage. It is private Museum belongs to nonprofit charitable organization The Link of Times established by the Russian entrepreneur Vekselberg. Museum houses the former Malcolm Forbes collection of works by Fabergé masters, including nine famous imperial Easter eggs that are of great value not only as the objects made with the highest jewelry skills, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum collection also includes decorative and applied art created by Russian masters of the second half of the XIX and early XX centuries.

Duration – 2,5 h


The life of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is tightly connected to St. Petersburg. Since 1837 when Dostoevsky arrived to the city he changed around 20 different appartments. We find the streets and buildings of St. Petersburg in the books of the famous writer. However, the house on the corner of Kuznechny street and Dostoevsky street is considered to be one of the most famous of his dwellings. It was here where Dostoevsky wrote his famous novel «The Karamazov brothers». The interior decoration of the house is typical of the time, the museum exhibition allows us to know more about the life of the famous maestro.

Duration – 2,5 h


The name of Dostoevsky is inseparably related to St. Petersburg. It is the city where the writer lived most of his life. Here were created his masterpieces such as "White Nights", "Humiliated and Offended", "Crime and Punishment", "The Idiot". The tour tells us about the life and work of the writer. Among the main points of the excursion (external view) are the Mikhailovsky Castle where Dostoyevsky studied, the house where the protagonist of the novel "Crime and Punishment" Raskolnikov lived; then we walk to the house of the old usurer by the same road Raskolnikov went through in the novel, then we take the Minibus and go to another part of the city where at the beginning of October 1878 Dostoyevski moved in with his family, house №5 on Kuznechny Street (apt 10). Dostoevsky lived here until the day of his death - January 28, 1881. In 1971 the house opened its doors as the writer's literary memorial museum. After the visit we will enter the Church of Saint Vladimir and the Kuznechny market.

Duration – 4 h


The imperial factory founded in 1744 was the first porcelain production in Russia. Until 1917 the factory belonged to the Romanov family which explains the name of Imperial manufacture. It was here that Dmitri Vinogradov created the first Easter egg for the empress Elizabeth I. The museum founded in 1844 possesses an impressing collection of the XVIII century porcelain.

Duration – 3 h


The ensemble of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery is located on the main avenue Nevsky Prospekt and is considered one of the largest architectural ensembles of St. Petersburg. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1710 in honor of the victory over the Swedes in 1240 and was named in honor of Prince Alexander who led the Russian Army at the time. Most of the territory of the monastery belongs to the metropolitan garden and the conciliar seminars. There are 3 cemeteries on the territory. Many famous statesmen, writers and musicians were buried here, such as Suvorov, Lomonosov, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky etc.

Duration – 2.5 h


The first Jews arrived in St. Petersburg at the time of Peter the Great, however, the official date of the foundation of the Jewish community can be considered the year 1802, when a plot of land was acquired for the Jewish cemetery in the Lutheran part of the cemetery Volkov. During our tour we will visit historical places related to the life of the community at different times, we will know where Jewish families settled during the epoque of Russian Empire and how their lives changed with the beginning of the Soviet period. Then we will visit the Great Coral Synagogue. This magnificent Mudejar style building has been the center of Jewish life in the city throughout its existence. On the territory of the synagogue, you can visit the "Kosher" store, a small synagogue and a kosher restaurant.

Duration – 3 h

PETERHOF (Grand Palace and parks)

This imperial summer residence is famous all over the world. This town of parks, palaces and fountains was founded by Peter the Great in the beginning of the XVII century to commemorate the glory of Russia. According to his plan a Palace was built on beautiful terraces that are descending to the sea, it is surrounded with splendid cascades of fountains, parks with small palaces and pavilions. The centre of the ensemble is the 19-meter fountain of Samson tearing the lion’s mouth which was the symbol of the Victory of Russian troops over the Swedish in the war for the access to the Baltic sea.

Duration – 4 h

PETERHOF (park with fountains without the Grand Palace)

Duration – 4 h

PUSHKIN (Catherine palace and park)

It is a fascinating monument of architecture and garden art. In 1710 Peter the Great presented this land to his wife Catherine I and in a few years’ time a marvelous ensemble of parks and palaces was built here around the architectural centre of the Catherine Palace. The combination of gold, celestial walls, niveous columns and silvery roof create an impressive sight. Visitors were amazed with the magnificence of interior decoration: golden decorations of the doors were gently shining, the suite of rooms impressed with the glittering wood carvings. The gem of the palace is the Amber room which is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. The romantic alleys around the Catherine Palace invite visitors for a pleasant walk to the favourite pavilions and ponds of the Russian emperors.

Duration – 5 h

PAVLOVSK (The palace and park of Pavlovsk)

This classical palace is located 27 km away from St. Petersburg as a summer residence of the tsar Paul I and his family. It is one of the few palaces that retain the cozy and private atmosphere of the royal family. The beautiful park of the palace that covers the area of 600 hectares is one of the largest parks in Europe. It is considered to be a perfect example of romantic landscape parks of the beginning of the XIX century. By all means it deserves to be called «music for the eyes».

Duration – 5 h


Duration – 8 h


The package includes visit to the Catherine Palace in the city of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), which has the unique Amber Room and a visit to another summer residence of the Russian emperors - Peterhof (Petrodvorets), where we will see the Grand Palace and the gardens with fountains.

Duration – 8 h


It is an economic option that allows to contemplate the most important palaces of the Russian emperors. The package includes a visit to the Catherine Palace in the city of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), which has the unique Amber Salon and a visit to another summer residence - Peterhof, with a walk through the gardens of th «Russian Versailles» famous by its fountains and cascades decorated with sculptures and flower compositions.

Duration – 5 h

Folk Show «Feel Yourself Russian»

Your visit to Russia will be incomplete without a visiting a folkloric show. The best professional groups in the country, the number of participants of which can reach up to 100 people, present the masterpieces of Russian traitional. During the intermission the guests will be invited to a cocktail: a glass of champagne, vodka, canapés and fruit are already included in the price. (Guide assistance included for one way).

Duration – 2 h



Viborg is a large transport hub that is linked to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Karelia and Finland by a railway network. Helsinki - Saint Petersburg international highway passes through this city. Viborg was founded in 1293 and now it is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in the Leningrad Region. During the city tour we will see the city located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland 130 km from St. Petersburg, the Anninskie fortifications, the cobblestone roads, the medieval Old City area, the magnificent landscape park Mon Repos with the estate of the XIX century - all that makes Viborg a city-museum. Then we will visit the castle on the island with the Rathaus tower, the Round tower and the Clock tower.

Duration – 9 h


Veliki Novgorod is one of the oldest and most famous cities of Russia which celebrated 1155 years in 2015. Since its foundation Novgorod was the largest and the most important center of political, economic and cultural life of Russia. In Veliki Novgorod it is sometimes difficult or impossible to determine where the city ends and the museum begins. Some 50 valuable monuments of ancient Russian architecture are part of the structure of the city. During the city tour we will visit the Kremlin and the oldest monument of the city - the Cathedral of Saint Sophia which construction was started in 1045. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit the Cloister of the Yaroslav Courtyard, the Monastery of Saint George and the wooden architecture museum Vitoslavlitsy.

Duration – 12 h


Day 1
Transfer from St. Petersburg to Novgorod at dawn. During the city tour we will visit the Kremlin and the oldest monument of the city - the Cathedral of Saint Sophia which construction was started in 1045. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit the Cloister of the Yaroslav Courtyard, the Monastery of Saint George and the wooden architecture museum Vitoslavlitsy.

Day 2
Transfer to Pskov (about 200 km). Pskov is one of the oldest cities in Russia, the year 903 is considered the date of its foundation. Thanks to its location on major commercial roads and on Russia's border with the Baltic countries, Pskov acquired a very large economic and geopolitical importance. More than 300 ancient architectural monuments are conserved to the present moment, for example more than thirty cathedrals built in the XIV-XVII centuries. Duringthe city tour around Pskov we will visit the true gem of Russian culture - the Kremlin of Pskov and the Transfiguration Cathedral of the Mirozhsky monastery that was built in the 12th century and painted by the Byzantine masters. Nowadays it is the most complete mural painting complex of the premongolic Russian period. Pskov's painting is known all over the world and such masterpieces as icons or frescoes are a real treasure.
Transfer to Saint Petersburg (about 300 km).

Duration – 2 days / 1 night

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