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St Petersburg is a city of incredible beauty! Its unique architecture, created by great architects from all over the world, its palaces and parks, out-of-town imperial residences, and magnificent country estates will catch the interest of even the most experienced traveller. It’s not for nothing that St Petersburg is called an open-air museum. Everything here will excite and delight: the city’s buildings, a poem in stone; the lacework of its bridges and the railings on the embankment of the beautiful River Neva; the magic of the White Nights; the fairy-tale mysteries of its old castles, cathedrals, and churches. The collections held in St Petersburg’s numerous world-famous museums are truly priceless and the fame of its theatres has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. All this makes St Petersburg a ‘Mecca for lovers of beauty’. And the city’s scientific and industrial potential and well-developed tourism and MICE infrastructure have contributed to its becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Group excursions in St Petersburg
of. 49, 42, 13th Line, Vasilievsky Island St. Petersburg, Russia, 199178
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This page gives information on the most popular museums in St Petersburg, including a short description, opening hours, and the length of the museum tour. This will allow you to draw up tour own excursion programme by adding visits to specific museums to your programme of shore excursions in St Petersburg.
Peter and Paul Fortress
http://www.spbmuseum.ru/en/ Duration of the tour: 1hrWorking hours:01.05-30.09: 10.00-19.00, without days off, Tuesday — till 17.0001.10-30.04: 10.00-18.00, Tuesday — till 17.00Days off: Wednesday
The State Hermitage Museum
Visit to the State Hermitage Museum, the largest art museum in Russia and one of the most important repositories of art collections in the world (with more than 2.5 million exhibits). The Hermitage is generally considered to have been established in 1794, when Empress Catherine II made her first acquisition of a large number of paintings in Berlin. Over the course of one and a half centuries the Hermitage has put together one of the largest collections in the world with more than three million works of art and cultural monuments, beginning with the Stone Age and extending to our own times.
The museum’s enormous exhibition displays the history and culture of the primeval and ancient classical worlds and of the peoples of the Orient, Europe, Russia, Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt, and so on. It includes: fabrics, glass, porcelain, weapons, items made from metal and wood, sculpture, paintings, and much else besides. The Hermitage’s collection is housed in several buildings (the Winter Palace, the New and Old Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre, the General Staff Building) that were built at different times by outstanding articles such as Francesco Rastrelli, Yury Felten, Vasily Stasov, and Carlo Rossi. Particularly worth seeing are the state rooms of the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian emperors (the Ambassadors’ Staircase, the Small Throne Room, the Armorial Hall, the War Gallery, and the Large Throne Room).
http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/ Duration of the tour: 3hrWorking hours: 10.30-18.00, Sunday — till 17.00Days off: Monday
Additionally: An exclusive visit to the Golden Storeroom, which was given this name in the 18th century under Catherine the Great. The Storeroom consists of two sections. The first is an exhibition entitled ‘The Golden Storeroom (Eurasia, the Ancient Shore of the Black Sea, the Orient)’; this consists of about 1500 golden pieces dating to between the 7th century BC and the 19th century AD. The main idea of the second exhibition, ‘The Diamond Storeroom’, is to show the development of the jeweller’s craft over the history of mankind – from the 3rd millennium BC to the beginning of the 20th century AD.
Duration of the tour: 1hr
Visit to St Isaac’s Cathedral
St Isaac’s is the largest Russian Orthodox church in St Petersburg, an outstanding piece of Russian architecture, and the largest domed building in the world after St Peter’s in Rome and St Paul’s in London. An idea of its size is given by its main dimensions. It is 101.5 metres high, 111.2 metres long, and 97.6 metres wide. St Isaac’s is a major landmark in the centre of St Petersburg.
http://cathedral.ru/ Duration of the tour: 1hr + 30 min colonnadeWorking hours:01.05 - 15.09: 10.00-19.0016.09 - 30.04: 11.00-19.00Days off: Wednesday
The Saviour on the Blood
Church of the Resurrection of Christ, better known as ‘the Saviour on the Blood’, was built on the site of the assassination of Emperor Alexander II, who was fatally wounded here on March 1st, 1881. Construction of the church as a monument to the Martyr Tsar was financed by contributions from people all over Russia. This was never an ordinary church: it was built as a monument to the dead emperor. Its architecture makes use of national traditions, including richly decorative elements. With a total of 7000 m2 of mosaic, the Saviour on the Blood is a unique museum of the Russian art of mosaic-making of the turn of the 19th century.
http://cathedral.ru/ Duration of the tour: 1hrWorking hours:01.05 - 15.09: 10.00-19.0016.09 - 30.04: 11.00-19.00Days off: Wednesday
Boat trip along the rivers and canals of St Petersburg
Boat trip along the rivers and canals of St Petersburg will give you a unique opportunity to admire the intricate iron railings along our city’s beautiful embankments, as well as its bridges, rivers, and canals. It is not without reason that St Petersburg is called the ‘Venice of the North’. This will be a chance for you to view the city from a completely different angle – leaving you with a wealth of lasting impressions and pleasant memories.
Duration of the tour: 1hrWorking hours: end of April - beginning of OctoberDays off: no
The Yusupov Palace
Visit to the Yusupov Palace. A unique architectural ensemble and historical and cultural monument built in the 18th to 20th centuries on the embankment of the River Moika, the Yusupov Palace is an ‘encyclopedia’ of St Petersburg aristocratic interior design from different periods.
On this trip you will see the palace’s staterooms, private theatre, an exhibition on the killing of Grigory Rasputin (‘Grigory Rasputin: pages from his life and death’), and much else besides. The introductory tour of the staterooms is an opportunity not merely to admire the unique palace interiors, but also to hear numerous old legends and interesting facts about the Yusupovs, the owners of this wonderful palace. The Yusupovs had one of the best art collections in Europe, with works by both European and Russian artists. The private theatre, which is rightly considered the palace’s most splendid jewel, witnessed performances by famous actors, singers, and ballet dancers, including by one of the most memorable female members of the Yusupov family, Zinaida Yusupova. During your visit to the family’s private quarters you will come across a number of surprises, including an Aladdin’s cave that once served as a treasure house.
The exhibition on Grigory Rasputin will immerse you in the secrets of palace revolutions and set out the true facts of the murder of this extraordinary human being, who was killed on the night of December the 16th, 1916 by Prince Felix Yusupov (Junior), Grand Duke Dmitry Pavlovich, and others. The atmosphere of this tragic event is brilliantly and precisely conveyed in the design of this museum exhibition.
http://yusupov-palace.ru/ Duration of the tour: 1,5hrWorking hours: 10.30 - 16.30Days off: no, from October till April – one day off
Visit to the Russian Museum
The Russian Museum is the first and largest state collection of Russian art. Founded in 1895 by Emperor Alexander III as an historical, archaeological, and art museum, the Russian Museum is housed in the Michael Palace (Carlo Rossi, 1819-1826), which was built for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich. Only the vestibule and the White Room have retained their original appearance. The basis of the museum’s collection is works by Russian artists from the Hermitage Picture Gallery, the Academy of Arts, the imperial palaces, and well-known private collections. Currently, the collection contains Russian art from the 11th century to the present day and has a total of approximately 400,000 exhibits, including sculptures; paintings; engravings; Russian drawings; coins; icons; works of applied and folk art; a unique collection of miniatures; works by Avant-Garde artists such as Malevich and Filonov; a fine collection of work by the Peredvizhniki Repin and Serov; paintings by Aivazovsky, Bryullov, Ivanov; and portraits by Borovikovsky, Levitsky, and Rokotov.
http://rusmuseum.ru/ Duration of the tour: 2,5hrWorking hours: 10.00-18.00, on Mondays 10.00-17.00Days off: Tuesday
Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace and parks at Peterhof
Visit to the Grand Palace at Peterhof, one of the principal residences of the Russian imperial family. This unique palace contains an entire encyclopedia of Russian architecture and design. Alongside rooms dating to the age of Peter the Great you will find brilliant staterooms from the middle of the 18th century, severely formal apartments from the Classical period, and rooms from the middle of the 19th century that resurrect the main artistic principles of Rococo. The Grand Palace was the centre of official life in the Russian Empire during the summer months. It was the scene of many of the most important events in the life of the country, including festive occasions and receptions, balls and masquerades. You will see the staterooms, bedchambers, boudoirs, studies, drawing rooms, Throne Room, picture galleries, libraries, art collections, porcelain collection, and much else besides.
Your visit will end with a walk through the Lower Park, the most well-known and unique part of Peterhof. It is Peterhof’s park with its architectural monuments, amazingly beautiful and technologically unique fountains, and sculptures that has brought Peterhof worldwide fame and given it a special place among the imperial residences outside St Petersburg.
http://peterhofmuseum.ru/ Duration of the tour: Palace - 1hr, Park - 2hr + 3hr transfers to/from PeterhofWorking hours:Lower park - 09.00-20.00 without days offGrand Palace - 10.30-19.00, days off: Monday and every last Tuesday of the month
Visit to the town of Tsarskoe selo (otherwise known as Pushkin), including one of the most interesting and beautiful palaces in Europe, the Catherine Palace. The visit encompasses the almost 300 years of history of this outstanding monument and will introduce you to the work of architects such as Rastrelli, Cameron, Quarenghi, and Stasov who were involved in its construction and decoration during the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as to the achievements of the restorers who brought the palace back to life after WWII. You will see the palace’s staterooms, boudoirs, studies, imperial bedchambers, throne room, and the recreated Amber Room. The palace houses unique collections of paintings, porcelain, furniture, clothes, weaponry, and articles made from amber, ivory, and precious metals. The trip will conclude with a walk through the Catherine Park. One of the largest parks in Europe, the Catherine Park will delight you with its regular and landscaped gardens, ponds, small bridges, pavilions, galleries, and garden sculptures – true masterpieces of architecture and sculpture.
After the trip to Pushkin, you will have lunch at Podvorie, a traditional Russian restaurant in a traditional wooden building. This is a chance to relish the refined tastes of Russian folk cuisine and relax in the welcoming atmosphere of an old roadside inn.
Duration of the tour: 7hr, including transfers to/from Pushkin, lunch time Working hours: 10.00-17.00Days off: Tuesday, every last Monday of the month
Trip to Pavlovsk
A visit to the palace of Paul I and its park. Designed by Charles Cameron, Vincenzo Brenna, and Andrey Voronikhin, the palace is a fine example of the Russian Classical style. It was partially restored after WWII. The palace consists of a main building linked to side wings by galleries. Your visit will take in the Egyptian and Main vestibules; the Italian, Greek, and Cavaliers’ rooms; the Ballroom and Throne Room; the Room of War and Room of Peace; the Picture Gallery; and Paul’s Library.
The park at Pavlovsk is likewise very well-known. A combination of natural and manmade landscape layout spread out on the banks of the River Slavyanka, this is one of the largest landscape parks in Europe (approximately 600 hectares). After the trip to Pushkin, you will have lunch at Podvorie, a traditional Russian restaurant in a traditional wooden building. This is a chance to relish the refined tastes of Russian folk cuisine and relax in the welcoming atmosphere of an old roadside inn.
Duration of the tour: 7hr, including transfers to/from Pushkin, lunch time Working hours: 10.00-17.00,
A memorable way to crown a packed daytime entertainments programme is with an exclusive concert organized especially for you. Let our opera and ballet stars regale you with the best in their repertoire. Well-known musicians will perform famous world classics. A visit to the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre, the State Academic Kapella, or the Shostakovich Philharmonia, the oldest philharmonic hall in Russia, will be remembered by you and your guests for a long time to come.
The folk show "FEEL YOURSELF RUSSIAN!"
at the Nikolaevsky Palace
Enjoy this unique opportunity of getting acquainted with the history and cultural traditions of Russia! Classical quartet is playing lovely melodies of the XVIII th century, two stunning ladies in crinolines and a handsome gentleman in a wig (ballet trio “Reverence”) are welcoming guests at the Gala stairs of the Palace. How nice to be a guest of the Grand Duke! The folk show itself is represented with 3 professional folk groups: “Peters Quartet” vocal quartet. Classical performance of folk songs, lyrical romances and Russian Orthodox hymns. "Maidan" is a Cossack song-and-dance group formed in 1992 by the honored artist V. Drachev. The name of the group gets its origin from the place, where all Cossacks used to assemble in older times and where decisions were made "by the whole world". The group skillfully reproduces on stage Cossack songs and dances in their original form. The «Stars of St.Petersburg» is a dance group. The dancers are graduated from leading schools of choreography in Russia.
Its repertoire covers lyrical dances of the Russian North, fiering dances of the Cossacks from the Don and Voronezh, dancing miniatures of the Urals and Siberia with their subtle humor. Spectators of all ages and tastes will be able to appreciate not only the ability of the performers to bring Russian national color to the stage, but also their highest skills, complexity of acrobatic feats and breath-taking leaps. The show consists of two parts (45 minutes each) and lasts for 1 hour 50 minutes including the break, when guests are offered some fruit, canapes with red caviar, ham, Russian style Salami, cheese, vodka, champagne, red wine, mineral water, juice, beverages. Classical quartet is playing and beauties in crinolines are dancing for dear guests. There is also a good opportunity to buy local souvenirs as well as folk show version on video, CD, DVD.
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of. 49, 42, 13th Line, Vasilievsky Island St. Petersburg, Russia, 199178
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