Meet your private guide at your St. Petersburg hotel at your preferred departure time, and hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle.
Then, make the journey to the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, set in a modern building on the outskirts of the city. On route, hear how the Imperial Porcelain Factory was founded in 1744 by Peter the Great’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth. Porcelain or ‘white gold’ was prized by Russia’s elite, and the factory produced wares exclusively for the Romanov tsars and Russian imperial court. In 1844, Tsar Nicholas I established the museum to preserve, showcase, and copy the most exquisite of the factory pieces.
On arrival, set off on an in-depth tour of the museum to see its selection of some of its stunning, 30,000-strong stock of items. With a museum porcelain specialist, view some of the highlights on show in the two halls, as you hear how and why they were made, and for whom.
See the various designs produced by the factory through the centuries, admiring treasures such as magnificent dinner services created for rulers such as Catherine the Great, as well as samples of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Other showpieces include items like early 20th-century Russian constructivist tea sets, and fascinating Soviet propaganda wares ranging from plates to figurines of Soviet leaders.
After your tour of the museum, now run under the auspices of the State Hermitage, enjoy free time to browse the on-site factory gallery. View the collections, including the latest pieces by contemporary designers, and perhaps buy your favorites (own expense) as perfect souvenirs of St. Petersburg.
Your experience then finishes with a drop-off at your hotel, or a location of your choosing in central St. Petersburg.