Discover the rooms where the destiny of Russian Empire was determined. Explore the most peculiar corners of the majestic imperial residences, including private quarters and magnificent parks. Plunge into the extraordinary atmosphere of aristocratic receptions with exquisite music performances. Immerse yourself in the all-absorbing contemplation of the plentiful art collections belonged to the most influential people of the Imperial Russia.
On arrival, at the St. Petersburg Airport, check-in at your hotel. Our recommendation is Grand Hotel Europe. Meeting with the curator of the group. Tea in historical interiors of the hotel.
Today is about seeing some of the key world famous sights in a tour. The our includes visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, Marble Palace and more.
First stop is at Peter and Paul Fortress.
It was the one the history of St. Petersburg began with. On May 16, 1703, this very place was chosen by Peter The Great to become the fortress which was supposed by the tsar to become protection from enemy’s assault. The Peter and Paul Cathedral was built in this particular fortress and later made the burial place for members of the Romanov dynasty. The main political jail of the Imperial Russia was located within the walls of one of the bastions where were imprisoned such famous ones as Prince Alexey, Princess Tarakanova, the Decembrists, writers Feodor Dostoevsky, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Alexander Radishchev. The largest Mint in the world is situated on the territory of the fortress.
Next head to The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.
One the most beautiful cathedrals in Russia was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881. The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood impresses by its bright and multicolored design, both interior and exterior. Its decoration is unsurpassed in opulence: colorful tiles, semi-precious stones, enamels, unique mosaics, which cover more than 7000 square meters.
Stop for lunch at Restaurant “Russian Ampir”
Restaurant “Russian Ampir” is settled the Stroganoff Palace belonged to the eminent Count Alexander Stroganoff who often held «open dinners» in the courtyard, where guests were served with delicious food and where everyone could dine on account of the baron. Such famous Russian dish as “beef Stroganoff” has been named after the family as the recipe was invented by the count. There are Count’s secret rooms in vaults of the palace which were discovered and restored and where guests are offered to have tea drinking.
Then head to The Marble Palace
The Marble Palace is the only historic building in Europe where 32 shades of marble brought from different countries were used to create the exterior and interior decoration. The last owner of the Palace was Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich Romanov (also known as the silver age poet K.R.).During the tour, you will have the unique opportunity to visit private quarters of the Grand Duke.
By evening, enjoy a Concert at the Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace
The Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace resembling Italian palazzo of the Renaissance was one of the centers of Petersburg’s social life in the end of XIX c. It was called "the small Imperial court". There were often held balls, diplomatic receptions, music and literary evenings. Here you can plunge into the extraordinary atmosphere of aristocratic receptions, which Petersburg was famous for.
Close the day with a lecture conversation “The Winter Palace and its inhabitants”.
Visit to the one of the largest museums in the world – the Hermitage
Lunch and lecture at Café Astoria and a visit The Yusupov Palace.
The Hermitage which emerged in XVIII c.as a private collection of Catherine II nowadays has one of the richest collection in the world. It comprises over three million items: painting, drawing, sculpture, applied art, archaeological finds. Here you'll find masterpieces by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, van Dyck, Rodin etc. The Hermitage is rightly bears the title of Temple of the Arts. We will also have a wonderful opportunity to visit the "Treasure Gallery", which houses a collection of Imperial family members and other jewelry masterpieces of the masters of Western Europe and Russia.
The Yusupov Palace
The Yusupov Palace is a residence of one of the oldest Russian noble families descended from the monarchs of the Nogai Horde. They were as high born as Romanovs themselves and even richer than Tsars. The Palace was the setting for the important moment of Russian history: it was the site of Grigori Rasputin's murder who was thought to be the holy elder and was a trusted friend of the family of Nicholas II.
Tour to one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg, the summer residence of the Romanovs - Peterhof. Walk in the Alexandria park. Visit to The Cottage Palace. Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel “Balticstar”. Visit to Grand Peterhof Palace and the Bath Block. Return to St.Petersburg by hydrofoil.
Opulent and truly Royal estate near Saint-Petersburg known for its parks and fountains were founded by Peter l. The main feature of Peterhof was that water fed fountains in a natural way, without the use of pumps, water came just by gravity. This genius engineering solution made a splash in the XVIII century. It works the same way nowadays, and the system
Hotel of the tour: “Belmond Grand Hotel Europe” (5*, city center)
All tours and transfers are with Spanish speaking guide or an English-speaking guide for English speaking groups or Portuguese-speaking guide for Portuguese speaking groups
All transfers are provided on private basis with assistance
Lectures according to the program
All meals stated in the program
Upon request, we will be happy to offer extra nights and optional services (more guided tours and excursions on private basis, tickets for evening performances, with and without transfers, etc.)