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Krasutskogo 3,

Saint-Petersburg

198127, Russia

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Royal Heritage of Saint-Petersburg

Program description:

This tour is a cultural deep-dive into the history and heritage of Russian royal dynasty. You will not only enjoy the main sites such as the Winter Palace containing the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral or the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood but also discover some hidden gems of the city such as the Faberge museum and the Pavlovsk Royal residence. The rich and well organised program is designed to allow you a lot of time for your own exploration of the city as well as provides you with a guide that travels with you to the time of the Royal Family and shares his knowledgeable about their life the impact they had on Saint-Petersburg and Russia as a whole..

There were always a lot of interesting and sometimes even mysterious events surrunded the Romanov family and you will visit their vast palaces and churches, be in awe of the wealth they enjoyed and the beautiful treasures and jewellery they spend it on as well as see the place where a terror attack was executed by anarchists on the Tsar Alexander II.

 

Details:

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.

Days:

  • 6 days / 5 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

  • Guided tour to the Winter Palace and Hermitage museum

  • Guided tour to the Isaac's Cathedral

  • Guided tour to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Guided tour to the city Pushkin and the Catherine palace (location of the Amber Room)

  • Guided tour to Pavlovsk

  • Guided tour to the Faberge Museum

  • Guided tour to the Peter and Paul Fortress

  • Boat trip

  • Ballet performance at the Mariinsky Theatre

  • Visa support

  • Restaurant suggestions and bookings

Not included in the price are:

  • Airplane tickets to and from Saint-Petersburg

  • Food and drinks

  • Accommodation

Click on the button below to download a detailed description of your program or scroll down and have a look at the sites that you will be visiting.

Main sightseeing points

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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.

Hermitage

The Catherine Palace was the summer residence of Royal family and impresses its visitors with its luxurious interior and large park. The most famous room in the palace is the Amber Room which got fully reconstructed by 2003 after the original interior of the room was lost during the Second World War. The palace was extensively damaged during the war and 58 halls of were destroyed. Reconstruction however is still going on and today 32 rooms and halls can be visited. Due to its beauty and remarkable history, thousands of visitors come here daily!

Catherine Palace & Pushkin

The Faberge Museum is one of the most famous privately -owned collections and was founded in order to repatriate lost cultural valuables to Russia. The museum is centrally located in the Shuvalovsky Palace along the Fontanka river. The museum partly presents the private collection of Victor Vekselberg, a famous Russian businessman, who was buying Faberge eggs world widely. Today, the Faberge museum next to its main collection hosts seasonal exhibitions that have great success among locals.

Faberge Museum

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.

Peter and Paul Fortress

St. Isaac's Cathedral is the largest church in Russia and the second largest Orthodox church in the world. Due to its size, hight, the material that was used and the complex architectural design, it took 40 years to build the church. The dome of the cathedral rises as high as 101.5 metes and is plated in pure gold. For this reason the dome was painted over grey during the Second World War in order to avoid attraction by enemy aircrafts. Next to being a museum the church is also used as a place of worship and services and celebrations are held here. One of the highlights of the visit is climbing up the stairs to the dome to enjoy a beautiful view over the city.

Saint Isaac's Cathedral

The construction of this baroque and neoclassical masterpiece took a full 24 years due to the churches walls being fully covered inside by beautiful mosaic (more than 7'500 square meters). The church was commissioned by the Tsar Alexander III on the exact spot where two years before his father Alexander II got assassinated by anarchists.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The world-famous Mariinsky Theatre was founded in 1860 and named  after its imperial patroness, Empress Maria Alexandrovna. Many masterpieces of Russian ballet had their premiere here such as the Nutcracker or Swan lake. Next to ballets the Mariinsky theatre also saw the premieres of operas from Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Mikhail Glinka.

Mariinsky Theatre

Pavlovsk's Palace belonged to the royal family and it is a part of Saint-Petersburg’s UNESCO World Heritage. The Palace and its gardens have a charming elegance, that makes it different from other royal residences. Catherina the Great liked the nature surrounding the Palace and she often visited it for her hunting trips. The residence is named after her son Paul and was a  generous gift to her son and his wife after their first born son, the future Emperor of Russia Alexander I.

Pavlovsk's Palace and Gardens​

Canals and rivers are the heart of Saint Petersburg and travelling on them provides a relaxed way for exploring the city and to enjoy great views on some of the main cultural sites of the city. 

Due to its many canals and bridges and the beauty of the city, Saint-Petersburg is often called "Venice of the Nord".

Boat trip

​ * All prices are subject to change until final confirmation due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices and/or unforeseen economic circumstances.

Booking procedure

  • 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 of your trip for your confirmation

  • You will receive from us 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