Ballet love in Saint-Petersburg
Russia is famous for its ballet history and highly skilled performers and many of the most well-known ballets such as "The Nutcracker" or "Swan Lake" had their premiers at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg. The city is the heart of the Russian ballet and visiting at least one performance is for many locals a yearly ritual. Ballet was not seen mainly as entertainment but as a“standard of physical comportment to be emulated and internalised - an idealised way of behaving." Accompanied by knowledgeable guide you will discover Russian Ballet, its history and importance to development of the Russian Empire. You will be visiting performances in two different Theatres, one of them the world-famous Mariinsky theatre at which you can also get a look behind-the-curtain at an exclusive backstage tour. In addition to this you will also visit a Russian ballet school and can enjoy a performance of its students.
To provide you a full picture of Saint-Petersburg your trip will also include a visit to the Winter Palace and Hermitage museum as well as a trip to the Peter and Paul Fortress where Saint - Petersburg was initially founded.
You will be met at the airport by one of our drivers and be accompanied through-out your stay by one of our professional guides who will be available to answer any of your questions, respond to your requests and provide you with special tips, if you are for example searching for a specific souvenir to bring home with. You will also be able to the skip the line at major cultural sights in order to get the most out of your time in Russia.
4 days / 3 nights
Included in the price are:
Professional driver, E-class or minivan, including airport transfer
Licensed and experienced guide fluent in your language
Guided city-tour by private car
Ballet performance at the Mariinsky Theatre
Ballet performance at the Mikhailovsky Theatre
Backstage tour at the Mariinsky Theatre
Guided to Peter and Paul's Fortress
Russian ballet school visit & ballet performance
Entry tickets and guided tour to the Winter Palace and Hermitage museum
Restaurant suggestions and bookings
Not included in the price are:
Airplane tickets to and from Saint-Petersburg
Food and drinks
Please note that we are not able to offer this program during August as the theatres are closed then due to holidays.
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Main sightseeing points
The State Hermitage museum occupies 6 magnificent buildings in the heart of Saint Petersburg situated along the embankment of the River Neva. The Winter Palace - playing the leading architectural role in the Hermitage - was the residence of the Russian Tsars and was constructed by the design of the Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastreli. The palace with its grand interior its throne and ballrooms is truly breathtaking. You will also get a feeling for the day-to-day life of the Tsars as all private rooms are now open to the public.
The Hermitage museum in the palace is the second largest art collection in the world and contains invaluable pieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso and many more.
Backstage at the Mariinsky Theater
You are invited to discover the secrets of the historic Mariinsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1860, the theatre was named after its imperial patroness, Empress Maria Alexandrovna and many masterpieces of Russian ballet were performed here and had their premieres. Guided by a professional employee of the Mariinsky theatre, you will learn about the life of the theatre before the show starts and are presented with the unique chance to explore the backstage of one of the most noble and famous theatres int he world. During your tour you will learn about the history of the theatre and about its secrets that make every performance so unique.
Ballet school of Saint-Petersburg
To round out your Ballet experience you will visit a local Ballet school where you can see students training their skills every day. The school offers a major in ballet and students have to attend ballet classes next to their normal curriculum in biology or math. Accompanied with our representative, you will be guided through the school and learn about the local school life as well as enjoy a ballet performance of the students.
Peter and Paul Fortress
This truly historic place was founded by Peter The Great in 1703 and marks the beginning of Saint-Petersburg. In order to secure the newly planned city against attacks from neighbouring countries, the Emperor decided to build a complex star shaped fortress with thick walls and six powerful bastions.
The fortress however was never tested and was used over time as the location for the royal mint, a prison or museum. Many famous Russians have been incarcerated here such as the author Fyodor Dostoevsky or the revolutionary Leon Trotsky. In the centre of the fortress the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral can be found with the world's largest Orthodox bell tower. The cathedral also functions as the imperial tomb containing the remains of the Tsarist family.
* All prices are subject to change until final confirmation due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices and/or unforeseen economic circumstances.
After sending us a booking request we will contact you to confirm your choice and respond to any questions you might have concerning your trip. We will also fully customise the program to your wishes and further expand on it if you would like to visit additional sites
We will also send you a list of trusted hotels we would recommend for you and reserve the one you choose
We will then send you the final price for the tour for your confirmation
We will then send you all documents related to your Russian visa as well as a detailed guide on how to apply for it
Everything has been prepared and we are waiting to welcome you in Russia and to show you our beautiful city