Rasputin and Mysterious Saint-Petersburg Private Tour

The Yusupov palace keeps not only magnificent treasures and unique works of art, but also a dark secret of events that may have played an important role in the history of the Russian Empire. The Yusupov Palace on the Moika River has some of the most perfectly preserved 19th-century interiors in the city, in addition to a fascinating history. The palace interior is sumptuous and rich, with many halls painted in different styles and decked out with gilded chandeliers, silks, frescoes, tapestries and some fantastic furniture. The 2nd floor features an amazing ballroom and banquet hall, where musicians perform short concerts throughout the day. The highlight is the ornate rococo private theatre, which apparently has hosted famous artists. In 1916 Rasputin was murdered here by Felix Yusupov and some fellow plotters, who considered the ‘mad monk’ to have become too powerful.

• Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance

per adult from

$211

NZD

Duration

4 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - Yusupov Palace on Moika River
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    Explore St Petersburg with a private guide on a 4-hour city highlights tour! Learn all about the city history as you travel around the city by private vehicle, and stop for photos and strolls near key attractions like the Church on Spilled Blood.

    The church was founded in 1883 at the site of the tragic events - on March 1, 1881, Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded here, on that day heading to the site of the military parade on the Field of Mars. His son, Alexander III, ordered to build a church at this place for regular services for the slain. That is why the name of the Savior on the Blood was fixed to the temple, although it is officially called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Not only Russians, but also residents of Slavic countries donated money for the construction of the temple. Total construction was spent 4.6 million rubles. After the revolution, the Cathedral of the Savior on Blood was closed and has not been restored for a long time. There were rumors that he was even going to disassemble. In 1970 he was transferred under the patronage of St. Isaac's Cathedral, which allocated 80% of the funds for restoration. In 1997, the Savior on Spilled Blood opened its doors to visitors as a museum, which contains a huge collection of mosaic icons.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Winter Palace of Peter I, Dvortsovaya Emb., 32 metro Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg Russia

    The present building of the palace (the fifth) was built in 1754-1762 by the Italian architect B. F. Rastrelli in the style of a magnificent Elizabethan baroque with elements of French Rococo in the interiors. It is an object of cultural heritage of federal significance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the historical center of St. Petersburg. From the moment of completion of construction in 1762 to 1904, it was used as the official winter residence of the Russian emperors. In 1904, Nicholas II transferred the permanent residence to the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. From October 1915 to November 1917, the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich Hospital worked in the palace. From July to November 1917, the Provisional Government was located in the palace. In January 1920, the State Museum of the Revolution opened in the palace, which divided the building with the State Hermitage until 1941. The Winter Palace and Palace Square form the most beautiful architectural ensemble of the modern city and are one of the main objects of Russian and international tourism.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia

    Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible attacks from the Swedes, the fortress never served its original purpose as they were defeated before its completion, and the six bastions at its corners were turned into high security political prison cells. The notorious dungeons held many famous people, including Alexei, the son of Peter the Great, Trotsky and Gorky, and it is now a museum. Other buildings in the fortress house the City History Museum and the Mint. The midday gun is fired every day from the roof, echoing around the city from across the water. Also enclosed within the imposing walls is the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, its distinctive golden needle-like spire visible throughout the city. The first church in the city to be built from stone, it has a richly decorated interior containing the tombs of every Russian Emperor since Peter the Great.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Nevsky Prospekt, Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg 191025 Russia

    Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and home to the most important sights in the city. As well as many churches the street boasts St Petersburg's finest shops and restaurants, old manors and impressive buildings, and a beautiful mixture of architectural styles from the different periods of its history.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yusupov Palace on Moika River, Emb. Reki Moiki, 94 Entrance for individual visitors and small groups from Dekabristov Street, 21, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    This ticket allows you to visit the Yusupov Palace and its special exposition "Grigory Rasputin: pages of life and death"; wax figures of the terrorists are demonstrated; you can see the figure of Rasputin in that very cellar where this powerful old man was killed.

    On route, hear about the palace’s original owners, the Yusupovs, one of Russia’s wealthiest 18th-century families. The last Yusopov prince, Felix Yusopov, murdered Grigory Rasputin, the distrusted advisor to Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, in 1916 — inside the palace itself. On arrival, use your pre-booked ticket to bypass the main lines and head inside with your guide. Ascend to the second floor, and explore the extravagant chambers, left as they were in the 1800s. Admire the Ballroom, Green Drawing Room, and theatre; and explore other, ground-floor rooms including the Turkish Study, where Felix played billiards and the Moorish Drawing Room. Then, see where Rasputin’s murder took place. Hear about the monk’s life, and learn about his gruesome death from the exhibits.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Meeting place: reception of your centrally located hotel. Hotel drop-off not included. Return location: the Yusupov Palace
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P184

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