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The second largest city in Russia has more to offer than just the Hermitage Museum and the Mariinsky Theater. It is one of the biggest cultural centers in the world, a city with an exceptionally rich history, traditions and a promising future.
Almost all basic trends in the world and Russian architecture of the 18th-20th centuries are found in Saint Petersburg. The city has played a vital role in both Russian and European history. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for two centuries.
The city is usually called « the Venice of the North » or « Russia’s Window on the West ». Having quite a rich history, today it is a large industrial, transport, scientific and cultural centre of Russia with a population of 5 million people.
Saint Petersburg is one of the largest centers of world tourism. It is ranked alongside Paris and Rome as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Departure from the port. Transfer to Peterhof.
Peterhof is probably the most famous and spectacular imperial residence of Saint Petersburg. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, the Palace was built by Peter the Great initially as a resting place on the way to the Imperial naval base at Kronstadt. But the Tsar was quick to recognize the attractiveness of the area and masterminded a vast estate intended to rival the famous gardens of Versailles. The Grand Palace, with its fascinating and elaborate interiors, sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking the vast Lower Gardens. This enormous park is adorned with numerous statues and pavilions, and boasts the world’s largest system of fountains, which has earned the title of the “Russian Versailles”.
During the city tour of Saint Petersburg, you will see the most emblematic places of the historical center of the city: the Nevsky Prospect – the main street of the city, the Kazan Cathedral, the Palace Square and the Winter Palace, the Admiralty, the Summer Garden, the cruiser Aurora, etc. During this tour, you will also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress – the first building of the city. Its construction started on May 27, 1703 – this day is actually considered the date of the city foundation. You will discover the history of the city, the Romanov royal dynasty and more. Besides being of the great historic value, the Fortress is a sacred cultural temple of Russia, as the Peter and Paul Cathedral (located inside the Fortress) serves as the burial-vault for all Russian emperors from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most interesting monuments of the Russian architecture of the 19th century, it was originally the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It is covered with grey marble, and its columns were made of solid pieces of red granite, specially designed in order to make the building look even more magnificent. The interior of the Cathedral is distinguished from any other Russian cathedral – it is a real masterpiece of a fine art, adorned with incredibly detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns, made of malachite and lazurite.
Lunch at the local restaurant.
The Hermitage is one of the most significant museums in the world. The collections of the museum, created by order of Empress Catherine II the Great in 1764, are divided into 6 sections and occupy almost 400 rooms. The museum contains more than 3 million showpieces, dated from prehistoric to modern times. Here you will admire the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, El Greco, and many others.
Transfer to the port.
*Please, take note that we reserve the right to change the order of visits.
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