Two day tour of Saint Petersburg with all the cathedrals and Hermitage museum

On the 1st day we are going visit the Hermitage and walk around the surrounding area to see all comlex from outside. After a short lunch break that we visit some of famous St Petersburg cathedrals.

In the Hermitage the tour usually starts from main staircase and state rooms of the Winter Palace and follow the route of the Zar's ceremonial procession toward the church. So you can compare changes of style from original baroque, typical to Empress Elisabeth's court architect Rastrelli, to classical which was Catherine's favorite style. Along the route I'll tell you about every highlight of the collection including history of its creation, acquisition and authentication. We'll see the Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, British and French sections and you'll learn about socio-economic progress of each country in conjunction with the development of its art. Along this route we talk about the history of rooms and their former royal owners. On the 2nd day I'd like to show you the city.

per adult from

$356

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Duration

2 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Entry/Admission - Yusupov Palace on Moika River

  • Day 1: Walking downtown area, exploring all the architectural ensambles around main Nevskyi avenue

    Stop At: Nevskiy, Nevskiy, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
    We can explore both sides of the Neva and walk in a complete loop the city center. We can start from any place, for example on Nevsky or any of those streets radiating from it. Nevsky is main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg stretched like a string between two major points on the bow of Neva river — Admiralty and Alexandr Nevsky monastery, certainly one of the must see places in the city.


    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole), St. Petersburg 191186 Russia
    We could go towards the Neva embankment along any canal that flow from Neva and empty back into it. You'll learn about the Fontanka river, the Catherine canal, the Moika river that are the channels built during the 18th-19th centuries and about major buildings on their banks and events happened in them. You'll hear the stories about St. Michael castle, Summer Garden, Field of Mars, Church on a Spilt Blood, Michael palace (Russian Museum), Marble palace and many more of those historical buildings that create unforgettable iconic image of St.Petersburg and directly connected with the Russian history for the last 300 years.

    On our walk along the other canal we'll spot the mansions of the richest Russian families of the Usupovs, the Stroganovs, the Sheremetievs and the Demidovs. Each of them owned a land compared to any kingdom in Europe. You'll find out about how their fortunes and their famous representatives influenced the history of Russia.

    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Exploring both sides of riva Neva, lined with unique granite embankment stretching for dozens of kilometers

    Stop At: Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, Birzhevaya Square, St. Petersburg 199034 Russia
    After we cross Neva river we get to the historical nucleus of the city and visit the main spots connected with its foundation such as Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral. You'll also see the Trinity square and Kshesinskaya mansion. Then we'll walk along the embankments to check out the grand Duke's magnificent palaces and spit of Vasilievskii Island (promontory of land created for former city port and latter used as official city center). We'll continue our rout along the Neva embankment, the only place where you could see first museum, first academy of science, first university, first military school, first art academy, first theater and first senate and synod (highest regulating body for the Orthodox church). Sounds impressive? All of those places are most recognizable images that gave St.Petersburg its brand name. And uninterrupted views across wide open spaces just gonna take your breath away.


    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Isakiyevskaya Ploshchad', Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
    On the St Isaak square with impressive bulk of the cathedral you'll hear about the history of political reforms in Russia and bloody events connected with the reign of those tzars, who tried to reform Russia or opposed to them. We'll wind up at Big and Small Maritime streets that originally were the first two streets in St.Petersburg and later became the most prestigious ones in Russia. A lot of banks, insurance agencies and jewelry shops (Faberge was one of them) appeared there in the end of the 19-th century.

    On our walk along the other canal we'll spot the mansions of the richest Russian families of the Usupovs, the Stroganovs, the Sheremetievs and the Demidovs. Each of them owned a land compared to any kingdom in Europe. You'll find out about how their fortunes and their famous representatives influenced the history of Russia.


    Duration: 2 hours

    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
    Along the way you'll also see some places connected with history of Russian literature, music and  ballet. We walk the areas around Mariinsky Royal ballet theater which was the pride and glory of the tzars, not to mention the main source of entertainment during 19th century. We visit beautiful blue baroque style Maritime cathedral of St.Nicolas, who was the main saint and patron of all the sailors and travellers in Russia. We will visit Usupov palace, which is connected with infamous assassination of Grioryi Rasputin mystic pilgrim and faith healer, whose influence eventually brought down Romanov dynasty. We'll finish our tour at Nevsky prospect.

    So if you are interested to really dive into St Petersburg history and culture no need to look any further I am your guide, real stories and anecdotes could even put to shame Game of Thrones writers!
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg Russia
    Ports
    • Morskoy Fasad, ул. Кораблестроителей, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199397
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking
    • Availability for tickets cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of tickets availability
    • Cruise passengers are given visa free support upon request and subject to paying small fee for shore leave tickets
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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

4

Organised by St. Pete walking tours in English by Ribin Igor

Activity ID: V-100654P4

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