ST. PETERSBURG
City tour
During the tour of the former capital of the Russian Empire you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city: the Arts Square formed by three museums and four theatres, the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, we will drive along the main street of the city - Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges, the cupolas of orthodox churches and cathedrals, among them are St. I St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

Duration – 3 hours.
Peter and Paul fortress can be called the cradle of the city. Peter the Great ordered to build it to protect the land during the Northern War with Sweden that lasted for 21 years 1700 - 1721. St. Peter and Paul Fortress was founded on May, 27 1703. This day is considered to be the birthday of the St. Petersburg. The architectural center of the city is the first cathedral of the city: St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. It is also the burial place of all Russian Emperors starting with Peter the Great.

Duration – 1 hour.
Peter and Paul Fortress
The impressive dome of this great cathedral can be seen even from afar. It is the third largest one dome cathedral in Europe after St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The construction of the main cathedral of the Russian Empire that could house approximately 10.000 people lasted for 40 years. The cathedral is 101.5 meters high, it is decorated with bas-reliefs and bronze sculptures, more than 100 granite columns that weigh 114 tons each support the porticos of the cathedral. The interior is a treasury of Fine Arts. The decorations include mosaics, mural paintings, gilded bronze statues, semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli, malachite and the best kinds of marble. At present the cathedral is a museum.

Duration – 1 hour.
St. Isaac's Cathedral
This imperial summer residence is famous all over the world. This town of parks, palaces and fountains was founded by Peter the Great in the beginning of the XVII century to commemorate the glory of Russia. According to his plan a Palace was built on beautiful terraces that are descending to the sea, it is surrounded with splendid cascades of fountains, parks with small palaces and pavilions. The center of the ensemble is the 19 meter fountain of Samson tearing the lion's mouth which was the symbol of the Victory of Russian troops over the Swedish in the war for the access to the Baltic sea.

Duration – 5,5 hours.
Peterhof (Grand Palace & Low Park)
The mansion was constructed in the end of the XIX century for Prince Yusupov who was one of the richest men in Russia. The magnificent interiors are preserved in the palace that is considered to be a jewel of Russian architecture. The palace theatre is a miniature copy of la Scala theatre. Yusupov palace is also interesting from the historical point of view as in 1906 a trusted advisor of the Romanov family Grigory Rasputin was assassinated in this palace. He was a victim of a plot organized by the last owner of the palace prince Felix Yusupov.

Duration – 2.5 hours
Yusupov Palace
The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. Its numerous and valuable collection occupies 9 buildings including the Winter Palace. Magnificent interiors treasure the priceless works of art of all times and from all parts of the world. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects. Objects that date back to various periods from prehistoric times to nowadays are exhibited in 400 rooms. The sheer jewels of the collection are the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, A. Van Dyck, El Greco, etc. If we went to the museum every day for 8 hours and stayed for one minute only at every object it would take us 15 years to see the whole collection.

Duration – 3,5 hours.
The Hermitage
The best way to explore St. Petersburg in a pleasant and relaxing way is to go on a boat trip along the water ways of the city. The historical districts of the city are situated on numerous islands of the delta of the river Neva as it disembogues into the Gulf of Finland in the eastern part of the Baltic sea. The gorgeous architectural ensembles, cathedrals and monuments wonderfully harmonize with the calm waters of rivers and canals. Granite clad rivers and canals, stairs descending to the water, bridges that span the banks are inseparable elements of the city architecture. This trip allows you to see a different aspect of St. Petersburg which is often called the Venice of the North.

Duration – 1,5 hours.
Boat trip along rivers and canals
This imperial summer residence is famous all over the world. This town of parks, palaces and fountains was founded by Peter the Great in the beginning of the XVII century to commemorate the glory of Russia. According to his plan a Palace was built on beautiful terraces that are descending to the sea, it is surrounded with splendid cascades of fountains, parks with small palaces and pavilions. The center of the ensemble is the 19 meter fountain of Samson tearing the lion's mouth which was the symbol of the Victory of Russian troops over the Swedish in the war for the access to the Baltic sea.

Duration – 5,5 hours.
Pushkin (Catherine Palace and park)
The Fabergé Museum is St. Petersburg was created for the preservation, study and promotion of Russia's cultural heritage. It is private Museum own by nonprofit charitable organization The Link of Times established by the Russian entrepreneur Vekselberg. Museum houses the former Malcolm Forbes collection of works by Fabergé masters, including nine famous imperial Easter eggs that that are of great value not only as the objects made with the highest jewelry skills, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum collection also includes decorative and applied art created by Russian masters of the second half of the XIX and early XX centuries.

Duration – 2,5 hours.
Faberge Museum
ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a treasure trove of outstanding architectural monuments, museums, churches and cathedrals.
According to UNESCO, St. Petersburg ranks eighth in the list of the most popular and attractive cities in the world, and it is not surprising because the city was created by a genius of the best architects and builders of Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, and Sweden.
There is practically no European country, the native architects and builders of which have not been working in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg is a major center of the world and Russian culture. Here, a unique cultural and historical heritage is accumulated; more than 80% of the monuments of the XVIII-XIX centuries are the originals.
There are more than 250 museums in St. Petersburg. The two largest museums of the world — the Hermitage and the Russian Museum that St. Petersburg can be rightly proud of. The world art collection of the Hermitage is richer than the collection of the Louvre. This is one of the oldest museums in the world, which is located in five historic buildings in the city, including the Winter Palace — former residence of the Russian tsars.
St. Petersburg is also the largest scientific and educational center of Russia. There are 46 state universities and 30 private universities. In St. Petersburg, there are 122 medical establishments which employ 177 members of medical personnel for every 10 thousand residents.
There are more than 80 theater groups, including world famous former Imperial theaters: the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mikhailovsky Theatre. St. Petersburg is a city of high musical culture. The city has many concert halls, such as the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Society, the M.I. Glinka State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg, the only in Russia – St. Petersburg State Jazz Philharmonic Hall.
St. Petersburg is often called the "Venice of the North", the "cultural capital of Russia", the "city of white nights", and the "city of secrets". No wonder that St. Petersburg has so many names: for three centuries it has become a major center of the global and Russian culture.