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Excursions in Saint Petersburg

CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO OUR LADY OF KAZAN CATHEDRAL

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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 3 museums and 4 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. During our tour we will visit to Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral, the pearl of St. Petersburg architecture.


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WALKING TOUR AROUND THE CENTER OF SAINT PETERSBURG + METRO TOUR

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This tour around the center of St. Petersburg will tell you more about the life of the city, its history and its culture. Walking down streets you can find small cafes next to luxury restaurants, modest hostels near elegant hotels. On the same street there is an Orthodox church, a Catholic, Lutheran cathedral and an Armenian church. During this trip 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 stations are richly decorated with moldings, bas-reliefs and mosaics. Among others we will visit the Admiralteyskaya station, which is one of the deepest in the world. Its depth is 86 meters.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, 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, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. During our tour we will visit to Peter and Paul fortress-the cradle of the city. St. Peter and Paul Cathedral–the first cathedral of the city is considered the architectural center of the fortress.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO ST.ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres, the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace,the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, 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 churches and cathedrals, among them are St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. During our tour we will visit the St.Isaac’s Cathedral which is decorated by mosaics,mural paintings,gilded bronze statues,semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli,malachite and the best kinds of marble.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON SPILLED BLOOD

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace,the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, 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 churches and cathedrals, among them are St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St.Isaac’s Cathedral. During our tour we will visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which was built by Emperor Alexander III to immortalize the memory of his father who had been assassinated on the place where the church is now.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS + VISIT TO ST.ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, the main street of the city-Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges. During our tour we will visit the Peter and Paul fortress and St. Peter and Paul Cathedral -the cradle of the city. We will also visit the St.Isaac’s Cathedral which is the 3rd largest dome cathedral in Europe after St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS + VISIT TO CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON SPILLED BLOOD

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, the main street of the city-Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges. During our tour we will visit the Peter and Paul fortress and St. Peter and Paul Cathedral -the cradle of the city. We will also visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. This church was built by Emperor Alexander III to immortalize the memory of his father who had been assassinated on the place where the church is now.


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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

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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. 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 true gems of the collection are the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, A. Van Dyck, El Greco etc. 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 1 minute at every object.


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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM + VISIT TO TREASURE GALLERY

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The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects and exhibited in 400 rooms. Hermitage Museum keeps many secrets; one of them is the Treasure Gallery. It consists of two separate exhibitions. The 1st exposition called «Gold Rooms» features about 1500 gold objects which show us the development of the jeweller’s art in ancient world. The main idea of the 2nd exposition, «Diamond Rooms», is to show the development of the jeweller’s art since the 3rd millennium AC till the XX century. This exposition possesses the well-known Fabergé works, diplomatic gifts etc.


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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM + VISIT TO GENERAL STAFF BUILDING

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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. 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 true gems of the collection are the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, A. Van Dyck, El Greco etc. Our excursion includes visit to General Staff Building to see the collection of works of the impressionists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and others.


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NIGHT CITY TOUR + BOAT TRIP ALONG RIVERS AND CANALS

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St. Petersburg is famous for its White Nights. This unique phenomenon can be observed 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. Our tour includes boat trip along the water ways of the city. 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.


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BOAT TRIP ALONG RIVERS AND CANALS (WITH AUDIO GUIDE)

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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.


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ERARTA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

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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.


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RUSSIAN MUSEUM

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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.


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YUSUPOV PALACE

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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.


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FABERGE MUSEUM

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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.


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DOSTOEVSKY IN SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO DOSTOEVSKY MUSEUM

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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". 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.


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LOMONOSOV PORCELAIN FACTORY

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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.


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MONASTERY (LAURA) OF ALEXANDER NEVSKY

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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.


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JEWISH SAINT PETERSBURG

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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.


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PETERHOF (GRAND PALACE AND PARK)

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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.


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PETERHOF (ONLY THE LOWER PARK WITH FOUNTAINS)

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Peterhof or Petrodvorets is one of the best-known suburbs of St. Petersburg. The world-famous fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark that witnessed huge stratum of Russian history. The Lower Park is an ideal place for walking. The center of the whole ensemble is the 19-meter fountain of Samson tearing the lion’s mouth. The height of spray of the fountain reaches 20 meters and it is a fantastic view indeed!


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PUSHKIN (Catherine palace and park)

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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 center of the Catherine Palace. 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 favorite pavilions and ponds of the Russian emperors.


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PUSHKIN AND PETERHOF

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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.


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PACKAGE TOUR «SURROUNDINGS OF SAINT PETERSBURG»

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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.


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PAVLOVSK (PAVLOVSK PALACE AND PARK)

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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».


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FOLKLORE SHOW «FEEL YOURSELF RUSSIAN»

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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 traditional. 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’s assistance – only one way).


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ARTILLERY MUSEUM

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On this excursion we invite you to the largest artillery museums in the world. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, Russian Artillery Museum includes precious collections of various military weapons from over 54 countries around the world. The impressive museum collection occupies 13 rooms with a total area of over 17,000 square meters and 850,000 exhibits. Among the collections you will find uniforms, awards, models of weapons and fortresses, and a gigantic collection of books and documents about weapons and famous Russian battles. The museum also contains an impressive collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.


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KOMMUNALKA TOUR (COMMUNAL HOME TOUR)

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This tour gives a flashback look at the life in the Soviet Union. These Kommunalkas shared by multiple families have outlived the Soviet era that created them. Amongst the many-many Russians who grew up in a Kommunalka is the President Vladimir Putin. Visit a Kommunalka for a glimpse into a Soviet past that is very much alive today: see how generations of families with different background have shared living space: one kitchen and bathroom. During the visit guests have a tour around the facilities and enjoy tea with pastry with some of the tenants. Guests listen to the host and discuss daily life and former times. Guests are accompanied by a local guide for translation.


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VELIKY NOVGOROD (ONE DAY TOUR)

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Veliky 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.


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