During this 4-day tour you will visit the most significant places inside and outside the city. After these 4 full days of excursions you will be able to call yourself a real expert on Russian art and culture!
Day: 1An overview of the main sights in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg in 4 days: a panoramic sightseeing tour
We will start the day with a panoramic sightseeing tour by car with our guide around the most famous places in the Northern Capital: cathedrals, palaces, riverbanks, and bridges. Among other places, we will visit: Nevsky Prospect, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Isaac’s and Kazan cathedrals, Church of the Savior on Blood, Senate and Synod Buildings.
After lunch, we will visit the city's most important museum - the famous Hermitage Museum. Located in the Winter Palace, an example of Russian baroque, the Hermitage brings together masterpieces from around the world, including Leonardo di Vinci, Rembrandt, Durer, Rubens, and many others.
Day: 2Pushkin and Pavlovsk - the palaces and parks of Russian emperors.
On our second day we will visit two famous country estates. Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) is an ensemble with parks and palaces, and the Catherine Palace is its centerpiece. Tour through the halls and interior spaces of the palace also includes a visit to the Amber Room. This tour will allow you to dive right into the history of Russian culture in the 18th century.
After lunch, we will visit the town of Pavlovsk located nearby, which used to be the residence of Tsar Paul I, who only ruled for five years and was killed as the result of a palace coup.
Day: 3The rise and fall of the Russian Empire
Peter and Paul Fortress visit
We will go back to the origins of Saint Petersburg with the first major fortification that Saint Petersburg counts as its first - the Peter and Paul Fortress, which went down in history as Russia's main political prison. Peter I forged the new capital, and changed the title of tsar to emperor. This is an important excursion into the unique architectural surroundings that make up the Peter and Paul Fortress.
After lunch, you will have an excursion to the Yusupov Palace.
Besides seeing the interior spaces of the palace that belonged to one of Russia's richest families, you will learn about the history of a key political assassination that occurred at the end of 1916, leading to the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the end of the Russian empire - the death of Grigori Rasputin.
Day: 4Discover Russian history and literature
State Museum Of Political History Of Russia
We will start the day with a visit to the Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, which represents a tragic chapter in the history of a city that lived through one of the worst catastrophes of the 20th century.
As continuation of this we will then head to the State Museum Of Political History Of Russia, which will give you answers to the many questions about the transformations that Russia has seen in the 20th century. With the help of the exhibits at the museums and stories told by our guide, theoretical concepts will become visually embodied in specific tangible objects.
- a local private guide speaking your language (English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese);
- entrance skip-the-line tickets to all indicated sights and museums (Hermitage, Church of the Savior on Blood, Catherine Palace, etc.);
- transport (car or minivan) for the panoramic sightseeing tour and a trip to Pushkin and Pavlovsk.
Saint Petersburg is often called "the cultural capital of Russia", it is a city with a distinct atmosphere where you can find a lot of interesting sights and attractions. Besides that, it is the city...