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Day Trips: St. Petersburg

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Day Trips, In & around Saint Petersburg, Russia
Maximize your time in Russia's cultural Capital 

 

 

Known as the Venice of the North due to its extensive canal system, St Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, who made it his capital city.

Now it is the 2nd largest city in Russia after Moscow. It is one of the most elegant cities in Europe and boasts famous palaces such as Peterhof (in Russian: Petrodvorets) and Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo), world class ballet and opera in the Mariinsky Theatre and one of the world's largest art collections in the Hermitage.

The city is now becoming a must for travelers looking for a city break or even a two-centre holiday in combination with Moscow



Neva River embankment & Peter-&-Paul Fortress

 

 

City Sightseeing tour:

The enchanting city of St. Petersburg offers some of the most grandiose relics of the czarist days. 

This excursion provides a comprehensive orientation of the many famous landmarks from both sides of the Neva River, including the world famous Nevsky Prospect lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy.


You will also take in the views of the extravagant St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, the Church of the Spilled Blood, the Statue to the Bronze Horseman and the historical Peter-&-Paul Fortress, where many of Russian Romanov rulers are buried.

You will also enjoy a fascinating view of downtown across the Neva river, from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, with the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns.
  This is an orientation tour, no entrances included

 

 

The Hermitage Gallery & Winter Palace:

The Hermitage is unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world, housed within the magnificent white and gold rococo fantasy of the baroque Winter Palace. 
Being one of the world's greatest museums, the Hermitage requires more than a Sunday afternoon. 

Founded on Catherine the Great's original 18-th century collection, it now consists of more than 2.7 million works, a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world.

This impressive collection contains the works of masters such as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens and Rembrandt as well as many contemporary pieces by Kandinski, Matisse and Picasso.

The Winter Palace, originally inhabited by the royal family, is part of the complex.
Consider taking the overview tour and then return on your own to explore. 


Highlights of an overview tour include:  

    - State Rooms of the Winter Palace 
    - Old Masters of the Western European art collection & 
    - French I
mpressionists

A half-day tour of the highlights encompasses four vast interconnecting palaces and some 365 rooms of displays. It can be done in three hours, or can also be extended to a full day.  

Be prepared for a lot of walking!    

Camera and video fees for the Hermitage apply. Flash photography is not allowed at the Hermitage
 
Duration: within 3 hours
(Closed Mondays)

 

 Gold Room, the Hermitage:

The Gold Room - located on the first floor of the Museum - is an unsurpassable highlight of the Hermitage. It holds unique and priceless treasures, among them Peter I's collection of ancient Siberian gold ware; the astonishingly masterful Scythian, Sarmatian and Greek adornments from pre-Christian burial mounds; north of the Black Sea; and some opulent Indian jewelry.

Intours makes arrangements for a special guided tour to visit this room. The Gold Room tour is recommended as an add-on to our overview tour of the Hermitage Museum. Must be booked in advance (no less than 30 days prior)

 

 

 

The Russian Museum:

The Russian Museum (
formerly the Russian Museum of His Imperial Majesty Alexander III) is the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country.

It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg by a decree of the Emperor Nicholas II.

The Russian Museum is dedicated to Russian art and is among the most outstanding cultural gems of St. Petersburg.   

Over the past twenty years, the museum complex has grown to include the Stroganof Palace, St Michael's (Engineers) Castle and the Marble Palace. The complex also includes the Mikhailovsky Gardens, Engineering Gardens, Summer Garden (including the Summer Palace) and the House of Peter the Great.

The museum houses a spellbinding collection with over 400,000 pieces of art that date from the 10th century to the present day.


The main building is known as Mikhailovsky Palace and as you walk through it with your guide, see art from just about every genre, including paintings, sculptures and graphics, as well as some of the world’s finest Russian avant-garde creations.

The State Russian Museum is the next best sight to take in after the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

The museum is a great place to learn about Russian history and culture. It chronologically moves you through the centuries of Russian history. A visitor moves from Old Russ times (10th century icons on display) to the  Imperial Russia represented by European style displays and on to the best samples of Soviet art.


The Museum is closed on Tuesday 

 


St. Isaac’s Cathedral:


St. Isaac's Cathedral is among the key landmarks of St. Petersburg, and is the third most visited sight in Russia

St. Isaac’s (1818-1858) is the largest orthodox basilica and the
fourth tallest cupola cathedral in the world with a breathtaking design. It is six times more costly than the Winter Palace.

And it is the wonderland of semi-precious stones. The observation platform on the colonnade provides a magnificent view of the city. 

Be ready to climb several hundred steps of the spiral staircase to get there!

After 1991 perestroika, regular worship activity has resumed four times a week, in the left-hand side chapel of the cathedral.
The main body of the cathedral is used for services on feast days only

  

 

  

Peter-&-Paul Fortress, city's original nucleus:

Peter-and-Paul Fortress, original nucleus of St. Petersburg
The historical Peter-and-Paul Fortress was designed by Peter the Great a
s the city's original nucleus and remains one of his greatest masterpieces.


Located on the north side of the Neva river, on a tiny island, the fortress overlooks downtown's Palace Square with the Hermitage Museum.  


The fortress contains the notable Peter and Paul Cathedral, city's first stone church.

All Russia's czars since Peter the Great are buried here including Nicholas II and his family, the last czar and the last of Romanov dynasty.     

The cathedral is also famous for its magnificent baroque interior 

 

 

 

 

Church on the Spilled Blood: 

This multi-domed dazzler, partly modeled on St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, is St. Petersburg's most elaborate church. It was built between 1883 and 1907 in memory of reformist Czar Alexander II, who was attacked on this spot in 1991 by a terrorist group known as the People's Will.  

Officially called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, it is far more striking colloquial name has become its de facto one
 


 

 

 Yusupov Palace: 

Standing on the Moika River this was once the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family.

It is also the location of the one of the most dramatic events in Russian history - the murder of Grigory Rasputin. Whilst you wander around the beautifully refurbished interior of the palace the story of Rasputin will unravel

 

 

Peterhof (Petrodvorets):

Just 22 miles south of St. Petersburg is the magnificent summer residence of the Russia czars of the 19th c. Designed to the specifications of Peter the Great to rival Versailles, this remarkable palace defies imagination. 


Our tour will take in not only the palace’s interior but also allows time to explore the fabulously beautiful gardens, pavilions and water cascades contained within this 300-acre park on the shores of the Gulf of Finland

 

 

 

Catherine's Palace with its famous Amber Room, in Pushkin: 
Lunch at a premiere restaurant (optional) 
  


Catherine's Palace, outside of St. Petersburg
Otherwise known as Catherine Palace, this stunning baroque-style palace is considered one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. 


The sumptuous interior of the palace’s many rooms and grand halls are lavishly decorated to symbolize the extravagant mood which dominated the time.

Perhaps the most opulent is the newly unveiled Amber Room which is adorned throughout with precious amber.

A trip to Pushkin can be complemented with a mouth-watering lunch at a superior restaurant with dishes of traditional Russian cuisine

A tip:
"... This is a beautifully restored palace with equally beautiful gardens, best visited with a guide on a pre booked tour as individuals are only admitted at certain times and queues are long..." 




A Full Day trip
to medieval town of Veliky Novgorod, the Museum-City:

Ancient town of Veliky Novgorod: Millennium monument & St. Sophia Cathedral
Novgorod Vekily is often called the birthplace of Russia. 

Just two hours to the south east of Saint Petersburg is charming Novgorod, one of the oldest towns in Russia.

 The ancient city of Novgorod Veliky, the daring and rebellious northerner, was always known for its free thinking and independent character of its people.
 

 

 

It is the place where you can touch the living history more ancient than Russia itself, and see for yourself  'from whence the Russian land came to be':

 

its Orthodox beliefs and practices, literacy, democracy and statehood. 

You will be taken ten centuries back in time, and enjoy the old famous hospitality of Novgorod.

The region boasts beautifully adorned Slavic-style cottages, the stunning Cathedral of St. Sophia and a pretty grouping of 12th to 16th c. churches on the bank of the Volkhov River.

 

Novgorod is well supplied with good hotels and restaurants. So you might consider making it an ideal overnight program when combined with one of the palace excursions

 

 

Mariinsky Theatre:          
Most days, except touring season

The Mariinsky Theatre under the artistic and general director Valery Gergiev, is home to the famous Kirov Opera and Ballet. They have premiered many of the world’s most famous productions including the Nutcracker Suite, Sleeping Beauty, the Queen of Spades and Prince Igor. The building is one of the most beautiful and historic theaters in Europe, adorned with gilded figures, glittering chandeliers and its famous blue and gold interior.

The Mariinsky Theatre is not to be missed on a visit to St. Petersburg. It is advisable to pre-book theater tickets before departure to avoid disappointment



 

 Alexander Nevsky Lavra (a Monastery of the highest ranking
  with Tikhvin & St. Lazarus Cemeteries 

Built by Peter the Great, city's founder, in 1710 and named after the 13th century Grand Duke Alexander Nevsky, increasingly voted by today's younger generation in Russia as the national hero.

Originally known as the leader who defeated the Swedes in 1240 in a decisive 1240 battle. Alexander Nevsky's remains were brought to the Monastery.


 His grave was later joined by that of Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky, Russia's leading cultural figures, whose gravestones are works of art themselves.  

Also buried behind the walls of A. Nevsky Monastery: fellow composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, and Mussorgsky; the architects of St. Petersburg's key monuments; the brilliant and remarkable founder of Russia's first universities, Mikhail Lomonosov


Alexander Nevsky Monastery is a functioning monastery. It holds the name of a Lavra which means 'A monastery of the highest ranking'.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 
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