Meet your private guide at the pier and after approximating 30-minute drive to the center of the city, you will arrive at St. Isaac’s Square and start the inside visit of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral of the city. It is also one of the biggest one–dome cathedrals in the world after St. Peter in Rome and St. Paul in London. It took 40 years to construct it. The cathedral is decorated with mosaics, painted ceiling murals, bronze gilt statues.
Then, you will be visiting St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress. It was laid out by the order of Peter the Great in 1703 and it was built here to defend these lands from Sweden. The Fortress forms an irregular hexagon stretched from West to East with six pentagonal bastions at the corners. The Fortress was never besieged; it was destined instead to become the main political prison of the tsarist Russia. The Cathedral is a burial place of Russian Emperors from the time of Peter I.
During the tour guests will be driven along the square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov canal, Nevsky prospect, the Palace square, the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate square, the Bronze Horseman, the Palace Embankment, the Field of Mars, the Summer Garden, Smolny Cathedral. There are several photo stops during the tour.
Free time for lunch (not included)
After lunch, you will visit the “Hermitage Art Museum” – former residence of the Russian emperors; one of the largest museums in the world after Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. It is located in 6 historical buildings of St. Petersburg, including the Winter Palace – the former residence of the Russian emperors, the Small Hermitage, The Old Hermitage, the New Hermitage, the Hermitage Theatre and the General Staff Building. The buildings of the museum, by themselves, are architectural chefs-d’oeuvre. Magnificent works of art embracing prehistoric culture, Egyptian art, the art of Antiquity, Scythian gold, and great collections of Western-European paintings (Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Claude Monet, August Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Matisse and others) and sculptures are displayed in the 400 halls of the museum.
Transfer back to the pier.
• Private English speaking guide
• Private air-conditioned car/mini-van/coach
• Entrance fees to Hermitage Museum
• Entrance fees to St. Isaac’s Cathedral
• Entrance fees to St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress.
• Visa-free entry formalities
• Port fees
– Hermitage Museum is closed on Mondays
– St. Isaac’s Cathedral is closed on Wednesdays