Tours of St Petersburg
You may choose a guided Saturday tour option in the registration form or your profile page. The tours will be provided by Demlink, a CSD12 partner. Download the fee schedule for tours.
The city of St Petersburg is known as the cultural treasure house of Russia and it is often referred to as an Open-air Museum. There are more than 140 museums and around 100 theatres. St Petersburg together with its palaces, museums, theatres, distant suburbs and their parks is renowned piece of the world’s cultural heritage. City tour includes visiting the exteriors of most exciting historic sights of the city, such as Nevsky prospect, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, Field of Mars, Smolny Cathedral and many other.
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Peter and Paul Fortress
The Peter and Paul Fortress – the oldest construction of Saint Petersburg – is the birth-place of our city. Built in 1703 it has played an important role in the history of developing of the city. Nowadays it is the most important monument of Saint Petersburg. During the tour you will have a chance to visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is a burial place of all Russian Emperors starting from Peter the Great up to the last tsar Nicolas II.
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St Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.
St Isaac’s Cathedral
Church of the Savior
This marvelous Russian-style church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. After assuming power in 1855 in the wake of Russia’s disastrous defeat in the Crimean war against Britain, France and Turkey, Alexander II initiated a number of reforms. In 1861 he freed the Russian serfs (peasants, who were almost enslaved to their owners) from their ties to their masters and undertook a rigorous program of military, judicial and urban reforms, never before attempted in Russia. However, during the second half of his reign Alexander II grew wary of the dangers of his system of reforms, having only barely survived a series of attempts on his life, including an explosion in the Winter Palace and the derailment of a train. Alexander II was finally assassinated in 1881 by a group of revolutionaries, who threw a bomb at his royal carriage.The decision was taken to build a church on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded.
The Yusupov Palace on the Moika Embankment is an outstanding historic and architectural monument of the late 18th - early 20th centuries. Since 1830 the Yusupov palace belonged to Princes Yusupov noble family the richest aristocratic family in Russia. The palace retains the genuine 18th century Empire style interiors. Wandering around the halls of the Yusupov Palace which preserve a sense of the past, one can learn about the refined luxury, exquisite taste, splendor of the high life, family happiness and human tragedies of the past. Not only is the Palace a remarkable architectural monument, but it is also a historical site, tied to the fall of imperial Russia. It was here that Gregory Rasputin, a favorite of the last Russian Tsar, was murdered.
It is the biggest art museum in the world. The collection is housed in 4 interconnected buildings, one of the most admirable of which is the Winter Palace – the main residence of the Russian Royal family. The Hermitage collection has over 3 million paintings, including masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michael Angelo, Titian, Rembrandt, huge collection of Impressionists and Post-impressionists. The tour includes visiting of the Gala rooms of the Russian Royal family which have preserved the original interiors of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Opened in 1898 in Mikhailovsky Palace the State Russian Museum is the world’s largest museum of Russian art. The collection of the Russian Museum numbers some 400,000 works and covers the entire history of Russian fine art from the tenth century to the present day. It reflects virtually every form and genre of art in Russia, including a unique collection of Old Russian icons. Among them are the famous “Angel Gold Hair” of the early 12th century and works by old masters Rublev and Ushakov.
Kunstkamera (The Chamber of Curiosities)
Kunstkamera Located on the banks of the Neva in the center of St Petersburg, the Kunstkamera has been the symbol of the Russian Academy of Sciences since the early 18th century. The Museum is the oldest state museum in Russia. It was founded in 1704 at Peter the Great decree and served as the foundation for the St Petersburg (and later Russian) Academy of Sciences and a number of the Academy’s scientific and museum institutions. The Museum was opened to the public in 1714. Its purpose was to collect and examine natural and human curiosities and rarities. Today collections of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) are among the most complete and interesting in the world. These collections contain over one million artifacts and reflect the diversity of traditional cultures in the Old and New World. The Museum has always been one of the world’s largest centers where human cultural heritage is studied, continuing the traditions of the Great Russian cultural and physical anthropologists of the 18 - 20th centuries.
Tsarskoje Selo (Pushkin)
It is a former country residence of Catherine the Great (25 km away from the city). This is a fascinating monument of the world’s architectural and gardening art of the 18th – 19th centuries. The most striking experience for the tourists would be a visit to the famous legendary Amber Room (one of the rooms of the state royal residence). This unique amber study room was once presented to Peter the Great by a Prussian king (18th century) and then disappeared during the World War II. It has just been restored after almost 60 years of being lost.
Pavlovsk is a suburb palace and park ensemble of the late 18 – early 19 centuries which was used as a summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul 1 and his family. Named after Paul I, Pavlovsk was the last of the imperial estates to be built. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers the area of 600 ha. The collection of the Palace includes furniture of well known French, English and Russian masters, paintings, china and etc.
Peterhoff is a jewel of the Russian art, a town of parks, palaces, and fountains. In the past it used to be an exquisite summer residence of Russian tsars. Upper Garden and Lower Park, genuine masterpieces of landscape design, number over 150 fountains, 5 cascades and numerous pavilions. The Grand Palace – former summer residence of Russian Royal Family - was built to glorify the Russian victory over Sweden in the early 18th century.
The palace and park complex of Gatchina, a town located 45 km south-west of St. Petersburg, is an outstanding example of eighteenth-century landscape architecture. The palace, built in the Early Classical Style to a design by Antonio Rinaldi between 1766 and 1781, was enlarged by Vincenzo Brenna in 1796 - 1798, and reconstructed by Roman Kuzmin between 1845 and 1860. The landscape parks, occupying an area of 700 hectare, are enlivened by the calm waters of picturesque lakes, ponds, and canals. The arbitrarily scattered bridges, terraces, obelisks, piers, and gates made of local limestone add a romantic air to the beautiful scenery. The palace and park ensemble consists of the Gatchina Palace (18th century) and the park – the first landscaped park in Russia. On display are gala halls of the 18th century, exhibition of Western-European and Russian paintings and arms 17 – 19th centuries.