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CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

 

During the tour you´ll have change to see St. Petersburgs breathtaking historical sights. The tour lasts about 3 hours.

CRUISE ALONG THE NEVARIVER BY THE NIGHT 

See “The raising of the bridges.” 

CANAL CRUICE 

 

St Petersburg hasn´tgot the nickname “North´s Venice” without reason. During the excursion we will cruise along the canals of St. Petersburg, and see the beauty of the city.

 

THE HERMITAGE 

 

The leading role in this uinique architectural ensamble is palyed by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the general Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from Stone Age to the 20th century. The museum boasts more than 3 million works including applied art, archaeological finds, coins, graphic art, paintings and sculptures.

THE GOLDROOM OF THE HEREMITAGE

The Gold Room collection of antiquities includes a large number of gold artefacts: bracelets, rings, earrings, female and male clothes decorations. The earliest works in the Gold Room date back to 4th-3rd millennium B.C.First ancient goldsmiths´ works came from the Siberian Collection of Peter the Great. Among the religious objects of the Gold Room are rich icons which imperial family once owned. Major part of the Gold Room is occupied with secular jewellery that belonged to the Imperial collection. Hermitage Gold Room will strike you with its size and abundance of priceless jewellery pieces.

THE MARBLE PALACE

Thirty-two different types of marble were used to decorate the building´s facades and interiors, hence its name. In the last few years the palace has seen a major transformation and has become part of the RussianMuseum and home to its excellent collection of Modern and Pop Art. Thepalace houses a permanent exhibition of European artists of the 18th and first half of the 19 centuries who lived and worked in Russia. Another regular feature of the MarblePalace is the "PeterLudwigMuseum at The Russian Museum”. This collection of 20th century art originated as a gift from the famous European art collector Peter Ludwig. If you like modern art - this is the place to go.

THE MUSEUM OF TOYS

This enchanting little museum contains several rooms of various antique and modern toys.  There are dolls and teddy bears from the 1800s, miniature tea sets, figurines, Russian dolls and dolls´ houses. A more modern room takes a innovative approach to the mundane, containing metallic crafts: decorated cheese-graters, samovars and kitchen utensils. The Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. 

THE YUSUPOV PALACE

On a quiet strech of the Moika River stands a long yeollow building, which was once the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family and which saw one of the most dramatic episodes in Russia´s history - the musrder of Grigory Rasputin in 1916. As excellent tour-guides lead you through the beautifully recreated interiors of the palace, the full story of the murder of Rasputin will unfold before you.

ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Universitetskaja naberezhnaja 1/3 St. Petersburg´s impressive zoological collection consists of over 17 million species, although only 500 thousand species can be displayed in the museum´s current 19th century home. Exhibits range from enormousdinosaur, mammoths and whale skeletons to stuffed animals and birds and a unique collection of butterflies. The museum has an impressive display of over 40,000 exhibits of fauna from every continent and climate.    

 

THE PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS

 

When Peter the Great reclaimed the lands along the Neva River in 1703, he decided to built a fort to protect the area from possible attack by the Swedish army and navy. The fortress was founded on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27,1703 (May 16 according to the old calendar) and that day became the birthday of the city of St Petersburg. In the middle of the fortress stands the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the funeral place of all Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Alexander III. The Cathedral was the first church in the city to be built of stone (smetimes 1712-1733) and its design is curiously unusual for a Russian Orthodox Chuch.

 

THE SUMMERGARDEN AND THE GREAT PETERHOF PALACE

The Gran Palace of Peterhof (world-famous palace, fountain and park ensamble) is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in very beginning of the 18th century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence. The garden was laid out by foreign garden planners between 1712 and 1725 in a Dutch Baroque style. Three years later, the walks were lined with a hundred allegorical marble sculptures, executed for example by Pietro Baratta, Marino Gropelli and Alvise. There is also a permanent collection of Peter the Great´s personal belongings from 18th century including bed, clothes, mirror and pieces of furniture in the palace.

ST. PETERSBURG DOLPHINARIUM

Dolphins here perform a lot of various tricks: dive out and in, spin, sing dance and even draw. You will watch how dolphins jump out of water four meters high, fly through multi colored rings and again disappear under the water. Huge white whales are so graceful. A sea lion cheerfully catches rings to the audience applauses and gets "upset" in such a funny way, when he fails to do it. It is possible to swim with dolphins for extra fee. It is an unforgettable emotional experience. Nearest metro station: Krestovsky Island. 19, Konstantinovsky prospect. 

PLANETARIUM

The St Petersburg College Planetarium is a "Star theatre" that can comfortably seat 47 and accurately simulates the night sky at any time or location on Earth. Weather permitting; the rooftop observatory will be open for telescope viewing after the shows. NO reservations are needed. 

PAVLOVSK

Pavlovsk is the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg. Named in honour of Tsar Pavel, this fine neo-classical palace and its extensive landscaped gardens are stamped with his taste and even more so with that of his wife, the German born Maria Feodorovna. Pavlovsk is well worth visiting both for the treasures is the elegant palace and for the charming, rambling park, which is one of the largest and finest English-style landscape gardens outside the UK. The works on the palace and park ensemble on the winding banks of the Slavyanka river lasted for 50 years. 

PETERHOF

The world-famous "capital of fountains" or "Russian Versailles" was founded by Peter I. In 1918 the main summer residence of the Russian emperors became steta property and by 1941 ten museums of art history had been opened on its premises. The picturesque parks play an important part in the Peterhof ensemble. These include the regular Upper Gardens, the Lower Park, the gardens of Venus and Bacchus and the landscaped English and Meadow Parks, among others. There are a total of 4 cascades and 176 fountains, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, remarkable collections of sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts in Peterhof´s parks.

TSARSKOE SELO

The Palace and Park ensemble of Tsarkoye Selo - former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world´s architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. The town of Pushkin, which surrounds the Tsarkoye Selo estates, is St. Petersburgs most charming suburb. Renamed in Soviet times to honour Russia´s greatest poet, thw town has numerous sights connected to Alexander Sergeevich, including a museum in the former Imperial Lycee, where he was schooled. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 hs, on which over 100 architectural constructions rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. The " Amber Room" was opened after its restoration, and it is one of the official gala halls in Ctherine´s Palace. Like Peterhof, Tsarkoye Selo is one of St. Petersburg´s must-see sttractions, and can easily occupy visitors for a full day.   

FOLK SHOW

RUSSIAN NIGHT IN NIKOLAYEVSKYPALACE

Today the walls of the carefully restored Nikolaecsky Palace preserve the memory of the more than a century city´s history. Its lavishly decorated halls have witnessed the daily life of the Grad Duke´s family as well as the meetings and celebrations of the Soviet authories. The Palace houses the Nikolaevsky Art-centre that is aimed to represent the unique Russian culture to guests and residents of St. Petersburg. Every night the bright folklore show taht is comprised of the best folk companies´performances is held in the Concert Hall (the former ballroom) of the Nikolaevksy Palace.

THEATRES

THE MARIINSKY

The impressive green and white theatre was built in 1859 and is home to the world famous Kirov Ballet. The Theatre has played host to some of Russia´s greatest performers, including the dancers Nizhinsky, Pavlova and Nureev. The theatre´s magnificent decor has survived almoust unchanged to the present day. Dazzling white sculptures, lustrous qilt and light blue draping and upholstery all combine to create the beautiful and unusual colour scheme of the Mariinsky´s auditorium.   

THE CIRCUS

This circus is housted in a red-domed stone building that opened in 1877, but that´s not all. The circus mounts spectacular shows with tigers, lions, porcupines and ostriches, as well as acrobats who seem to disdain nets and clowns whose silliness can be understood in any language.