GRAND TOUR, FORTRESS OF PETER AND PAUL (3 hours duration)
During this tour you also visit The Peter & Paul Fortress - the oldest and most historical construction in Saint-Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Fortress put up for fortification purposes but never been attacked.The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a unique sample of Russian 18th-century architecture that has reached us. It had for almost two centuries served as a burial-place for Russian emperors. The last Russian tsar- Nicholas II and his family were buried in the cathedral's small St. Catherine chapel in 1998.
GRAND TOUR, ST.ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL (3 hours duration)
St. Isaac's Cathedral, built in St. Petersburg in 1858 by the architect Montferrand, is the fourth highest among the world's cathedrals under the single cupolas. It follows St Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London and Santa Maria del Fiorre in Florence. The richly-adorned interior, lined with marble, and with malachite and lazurite columns, was intended for up to 10 000 worshippers. Standing on the broad Isaac's Square, its golden dome can be seen all over the city. On a clear day, the observation platform at the foot of the dome commands a fine view over St. Petersburg and its surroundings.
GRAND TOUR, HERMITAGE MUSEUM (4 hours duration)
The Hermitage Museum is Russia's best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St Petersburg. Nowadays, the Hermitage has about 2.7 million exhibits and displays a full range of world art from Ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French Impressionists (Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Pissarro), plus Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and sculptures by Rodin. The collection is huge and very exciting. It had been calculated that if you decide to spend only one minute in front of each exhibit, you will have to stay in the Hermitage for 11 years, but on the tour you will have an opportunity to see all the great masterpieces of the world's art at a glance in several hours with a comment of a knowledgeable expert-guide.
GRAND TOUR, FORTRESS OF PETER AND PAUL, ST.ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL, SAVIOR-ON-BLOOD CHURCH, LUNCH, HERMITAGE MUSEUM (8 hours duration)
The "Grand Tour" offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing, from the comfort of a car or mini van and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will take a complete tour of Saint-Petersburg most famous sites beginning with the neo-classical splendor of St Isaac's Cathedral, geometry of the Palace Square, visiting the oldest construction of Saint-Petersburg- Peter & Paul's Fortress and the Cathedral- the burial vault of Romanovs' family. Thereafter a visit to the Savior-on-Blood Church. The tour includes an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon a 2-hour guided excursion in the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world -The State Museum of the Hermitage- to finalize your excellent introduction to St Petersburg. (When the tour is finished, it is possible to stay longer on your own, however you must make your own arrangements back to your hotel).
I booked a private full day tour of St Petersburg. My guide Ekatarine was very knowledgeable and provided plenty of information about the history of this city and threw in interesting anecdotes and jokes here and there. We were driven in a comfortable car between each landmark which was very convenient. The sites included the St Peter and Paul fortress, stunning Church on the Spilled Blood and St Isaac's Cathedral and ridiculously opulent Hermitage. It was all very well oranised with plenty of time to take pictures and have a short rest. This tour also involved delicious Russian style lunch. Highly recommended to individuals who prefer sightseeing in unrushed and luxurious manner.
A wonderful experience! Loved the small group experience--private tour actually and knowledge of our guide.
This was for the most part a walking tour and was amazing. We learned so much about the history of St. Petersburg. Our guide met us at our Hotel and spent the whole day with us. I would highly recommend this tour.
Really good tour with Lydia, knowledgeable and considerate.
St Petersburg is amazing. Lots of things to see and do.
The organization was excellent. A guide Elena and a driver were very pleasant. Elena was very knowledgeable and ready to answer all my questions.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Best way to see the city in a short time. Our guide was very knowledgable and shared many interesting insights into the city and the culture. We would recommend the tour to anyone wanting to understand the history of St Petersburg.
Great tour with a fabulous guide - highly recommend
This is an excellent tour if one wishes to see four historic churches plus the Hermitage Museum with ease, but it is a grueling 8-hour tour with an overload of information. Tour guide Lidea was excellent and had a wealth of information as she took my daughter and I around Saint Petersburg. I'd prefer to see these sites over two days, but am very happy we were able to experience as much of Saint Petersburg as we did in one day.
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