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Bus tour in St.Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off

Sightseeing tour of St.Petersburg by bus: Hop on/Hop off.
We suggest you to make an exciting sightseeing tour of St.Petersbur on an excursion, double-decker bus. Virtually all major cities in Europe (Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Naples), such buses are in great demand among tourists. You can right now buy a ticket. Without much difficulty and go to a wonderful sightseeing tour of the city of St.Petersbur.  Modern bright buses are easy to notice on the street. From the top of the second floor you can admire the city and take excellent photos. City bus Tour offers to see all the main sights of the city. Our route takes place on Nevsky Prospect through Palace square with stops near St. Isaac’s and Kazan Cathedrals and Savior on the Spilled Blood. You can also see St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress, Cruiser Aurora and the Split of Basil Island.

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Schedule:

EVERY DAY from 10:00 to 19:00
Departure of the last bus from St. Isaac’s Square (1) at 19.00

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All tickets purchased on our website are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.

SINGLE TICKET

Bus tour«Hop on/hop off» format helps to get in and off the bus whenever you want as long as your ticket is valid. You can easily plan your day: have a trip on the bus, get off at any stop, visit a museum and take pictures, and then to continue the excursion. We have 1 and 2-day tickets.

Audio guide in 11 languages

AUDIO GUIDE
IN 11 LANGUAGES

Audio-guide in our buses speaks Russian and 10 foreign languages:English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish and Finnish.

2 hours for the whole circle

2 HOURS FOR
THE WHOLE CIRCLE

Our bus tour around the main sights takes 2 hours. This is the time the bus makes the whole round and returns to its first stop.

Set timetable

SET TIMETABLE

From May till September buses operate from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. with 30-60 minutes intervals. From October till April the start of the excursion is at 10 a.m. and the finish is at 6 p.m. Buses go every 1-2 hours. You can always find the timetable on the website.

All year round

ALL YEAR ROUND

City Tour operates during the whole year. In winter the buses are protected from the cold and snow with the roof. For the warm and sunny weather there are the buses with open top.

Free headphones and map

FREE HEADPHONES
AND MAP

The driver gives all the passengers a map which helps to orientate in the city and has coupons with discounts to different cafes and restaurants. Also you get free headphones.

from 16$

UP TO 1 DAY

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Military Interactive Excursion

We offer different military programs in Saint Petersburg: any activities for any budget! Find the programs below:

Program «Ordinary»: 1 hour and 15 minutes

1) Meeting the group at the entrance to the field at the BRDM-2
2) Wearing a military uniform
3) Riding on the BRDM-2 on the route
4) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 5 shots)

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 37 USD

from 30 USD

from 23 USD

Per group

370 USD

602 USD

1109 USD

 

Program «Corporal»: 1 hour 25 minutes

1) Meeting participants at the entrance to the field on the BTR-80
2) Wearing a military uniform
3) Riding on the BTR-80 on the route
4) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 10 shots)

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 58 USD

from 45 USD

from 29 USD

Per group

584 USD

894 USD

1409 USD

 

Program “Junior Sergeant”: 1 hour 30 minutes

1) Meeting participants on a military truck
2) Delivery of participants to the control point
3) Dressing up in military uniform
4) Riding on the BTR-80 on the route
5) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 10 shots)

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 76 USD

from 53 USD

from 31 USD

Per group

756 USD

1066 USD

1520 USD

 

Program «Sergeant»: 1 hour 45 minutes

1) Meeting participants on a military truck
2) Delivery of participants to the control point
3) Dressing up in military uniform
4) Riding on the BTR-80 on the route
5) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 10 shots)
6) Master class on assembly / disassembly of the Kalashnikov assault rifle

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 83 USD

from 62 USD

from 36 USD

Per group

834 USD

1238 USD

1755 USD

 

Program “Senior Sergeant”: 1 hour 50 minutes

1) Meeting participants on a military truck
2) Delivery of participants to the control point
3) Dressing up in military uniform
4) Riding on the BTR-80 on the route
5) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 10 shots)
6) Shooting from a Degterev light machine gun (10 shots each)
7) Master class on assembly / disassembly of a Kalashnikov assault rifle

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 102 USD

from 76 USD

from 43 USD

Per group

1023 USD

1513 USD

2120 USD

Program «Starshina»: 2 hours

1) Meeting participants on a military truck
2) Delivery of participants to the control point
3) Dressing up in military uniform
4) Riding on the BTR-80 on the route
5) Riding on the BRDM-2 on the route
6) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 10 shots)
7) Shooting from the Degterev light machine gun (10 shots each)
8) Master class on assembly / disassembly of a Kalashnikov assault rifle

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 123 USD

from 89 USD

from 50 USD

Per group

1230 USD

1770 USD

2464 USD

 

Program «Ensign»: 2 hours and 15 minutes

1) Meeting participants on a military truck
2) Delivery of participants to the control point
3) Dressing up in military uniform
4) Riding on the BTR-80 on the route
5) Riding on the BRDM-2 on the route
6) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 10 shots)
7) Shooting from the Degterev light machine gun (10 shots each)
8) Master class on assembly / disassembly of a Kalashnikov assault rifle
9) Airsoft shooting range (firing range up to 40 meters)

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 133 USD

from 99 USD

from 57 USD

Per group

1333 USD

1977 USD

2777 USD

 

Program «Senior Ensign»: 2 hours 35 minutes
1) Meeting participants on a military truck
2) Delivery of participants to the control point
3) Dressing up in military uniform
4) Riding on the BTR-80 on the route
5) Riding on the BRDM-2 on the route
6) Shooting from a Kalashnikov assault rifle (each participant has 10 shots)
7) Shooting from the Degterev light machine gun (10 shots each)
8) Master class on assembly / disassembly of a Kalashnikov assault rifle
9) Airsoft shooting range (firing range up to 40 meters)
10) Shooting from a huge ZIS-3 cannon (3 idle shots, further 5000 per shot)

Price

1-10 pax

11-20 pax

21-49 pax

Per person

from 172 USD

from 120 USD

from 65 USD

Per group

1719 USD

2406 USD

3167 USD

from 30$

from 1 hour 15 minutes

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Stalin’s Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters, or ‘Stalin’s high-rises, are among Moscow’s best examples of Stalinist architecture, a term given to Soviet architecture under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, the General Secretary of the Communist Party. Constructed between the mid-1940s and the early 1950s, these high-rises came to symbolize the new Moscow, which was perceived as a victorious city that had overcome the hardships of war and entered a peaceful new era. These giant structures became the attributes of a modern metropolitan city. The Seven Sisters include the main building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , hotels Ukraina and Leningradskaya, apartment buildings on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment and Kudrinskaya Square and the administrative and residential complex near Red Gate Square.

Unfortunately, not every high-rise is easy to get into. This applies in particular to the MSU building and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but their exterior alone is worth examining. Even today, where skyscrapers are commonplace, the Seven Sisters are still unique in their grandeur, the opulence of their décor and their monumental stature.

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3 HOURS

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The Museum of Cosmonautics

The Museum of Cosmonautics – one of the largest research and technology museums in the world – is located on the ground floor of the Monument to Conquerors of Space. In the museum, you can see exhibits testifying the first achievements and success of national space exploration, including the first spacesuits, the first artificial satellites of the Earth, spacecraft for Moon exploration and exploration of other planets of the solar system. Thanks to the renovation of the museum in 2006-2009, the exhibition space is now four times larger than it used to be. Now, the display comprises eight exhibition halls, a cinema, and a conference hall.

This exhibition in Moscow is located near the famous VDNKh (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy) park. You can learn a lot about this popular place for leisure on our website page “VDNKh”.

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from 25$

2 HOURS

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A.Pushkin Apartment

The Alexander Pushkin Memorial apartment is where this great master of the Russian literature lived. It was here that Alexander Sergeevich brought his young wife Natalia Nikolaevna after their wedding in 1831. The museum occupies an old house in the Arbat street, which is a popular tourist destination in Moscow as it is set amidst numerous cafes and souvenir shops. The Vakhtangov Theatre, the poet Andrei Bely Museum as well as some ancient cathedrals are located nearby. The museum was opened in 1986 thanks to the efforts of its first director A. Krein. It was Krein’s dream to reconstruct the interior of Pushkin’s apartment.

A monument to the newlyweds, Alexander and Natalia Pushkin, welcomes visitors at the entrance to the museum. This work by sculptors A. and I. Burganov is considered to be one of the best monuments to the poet. The entrance to the memorial apartment is combined with an entry hall which will also lead you to the museum of poet Andrey Bely.

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Izmailovo Estate

The Izmailovo museum reserve is located on the historic site of the Tsar’s Court, a vast architectural ensemble originally built during the reign of the first tsars of the Romanov dynastyrulers of Russia from 1613 until the Russian Revolution of February 1917. Most of it has survived relatively unscathed until the present day. Today, you can see the stately Pokrovsky Cathedral, the unique Mostovaya Tower, the Front and Back Gates, a chain of ponds, and administrative premises dating back to the 17-19th centuries. Nowadays, the exhibition entitled ‘Izmailovo: a 17th-Century Family Estate of the Tsar’ stands as the cornerstone of the museum, which also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. In close proximity to the museum are the Izmailovo Kremlin, an archaized entertainment complex, and the famous Izmailovo Vernissage.

  • The history of the Izmailovo Estate dates back to the 17th century. Here was the residence of Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich Romanov and his family.
  • A picturesque island, surrounded by water and hidden from the city bustle.
  • Perfectly preserved Front and Rear gates of the State Palace, as well as the Bridge Tower, built in the 17th century.
  • The Pokrovsky Cathedral of the 17th century. Having a height of 57 meters, it was one of the most impressive buildings of the time.
  • The Museum offers many excursions and events for children and adults in Russian

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2 HOURS

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State Tretyakov Gallery

The State Tretyakov Gallery is one of Russia’s largest art galleries.

In contrast to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, with its extensive collection of foreign art, the Tretyakov Gallery mainly exhibits classical Russian art – paintings, sculptures, icons, and works of decorative arts and crafts dating from the 11th to the early 20th century. The Tretyakov Gallery actually consists of two separate buildings. The first, and main building, is situated in Lavrushinsky side street, while Russian paintings dating back to the 20th century (including works by K. Malevich, M. Larionov, N. Goncharova, and others) are exhibited in a separate building, located in Krymsky Val. The Engineering Building of the Tretyakov Gallery located at 12, Lavrushinsky side street, also hosts interesting short-term exhibitions.

The exhibition space in the main building of the gallery is over 12,000 square metres and is divided into 62 themed halls. The collection amounts to 170,000 artworks. Masterpieces of medieval Russian icon painting as well as paintings by I. Aivazovsky, M. Vrubel, K. Bryullov, V. Vasnetsov, and dozens of works by other Russian artists are displayed here. The museum contains many world-class masterpieces such as “The Trinity” by A. Rublev, “Appearance of Christ to the People” by A. Ivanov, “Boyarynya Morozova” by V. Surikov and amazing landscapes by I. Levitan and A. Kuindzhi. There are book shops and souvenir shops, cafes, and a restaurant called The Tratyakov Brotherswhich is affiliated with the gallery.

 

  • One of Russia’s largest art galleries.
  • Exhibits on view illustrate classical Russian art from the 11th to early 20thcentury.
  • The Tretyakov Gallery consists of two buildings located in different areas.
  • The main building, located in LavrushinskyLane, houses a fine collection of 170,000 world-class masterpieces. 
  • Visitors will discover ancient Russian icon painting represented by Orthodox icons (11th-13thcenturies), Andrei Rublev’s Trinity (1420s) and more.
  • Other works of art include paintingsby renowned Russian artists, sculptures and decorative and applied artworks.
  • Souvenir shops, bookshops, cafés and The Tretyakov Brothers restaurant.

 

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Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

The A.S. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most interesting places to visit in the capital. It contains the largest collection of foreign art in Moscow and, and the second largest in Russia (after the State Hermitage).

Yet the Pushkin Museum is not merely a place where you can see a collection of artifacts from Ancient Egypt or original paintings by Rembrandt, Poussin, and Canaletto as well as the works of famous impressionist and post-impressionist works by Claude Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, and Picasso.

The museum is special because it displays full-size plaster models of major monuments of the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance periods, giving visitors the opportunity to get acquainted with numerous masterpieces whose originals are scattered all over the galleries and museum collections of different countries. The true jem of this collection is the Italian Courtyard, an exact copy of palace Bargello in Florence. The Pushkin Museum is also one of the busiest venues in the city where temporary exhibitions are held. Among those held recently are major solo exhibitions of P. Picasso, W. Turner, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael.

 

  • Russia’s second largest collection of international art, including ancients monuments and paintings by Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and Picasso.
  • A unique collection of plaster casts of major sculptures from Antiquity to the Renaissance.
  • A major exhibition space holding occasional world class exhibitions.
  • The Museum holds Svyatoslav Richter’s December Nights, a musical festival that blends music concerts and art exhibitions.
  • You can go for a stroll along the streets in the Museum’s neighbourhood enjoying Russian Art Nouveau architectural masterpieces or visiting other museums.
  • All important information is translated into English.

 

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Old Arbat Street

The Arbat is one of the main tourist venues of the capital, with its incredible history and unparalleled atmosphere. There are not many streets in the world where such an incredible collection of outstanding artists and cultural figures have lived and worked in such close proximity. The present state of the architecture of the Arbat is not as remarkable as it was a hundred years ago. It is a comfortable pedestrian street one and a half kilometres long with a large number of shops and restaurants. Nevertheless, a few buildings in the Art Nouveau and Avant-Garde styles are of particular interest to architecture connoisseurs. Some major museums are located here (in particular, the Pushkin Memorial House) as well as theatres and some small amusement rides. There are street buskers, artists and numerous souvenir shops where you can find anything – from matryoshkasa set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another and Russian ushankaa Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or fastened at the chin hats to antiques.

  • Old Arbat’sincredible history, distinct architecture and special atmosphere makes it one of Moscow’s main tourist attractions.
  • This convenient pedestrian street has many shops, restaurants, museums, theatres and small amusement rides.
  • Old Arbat is very popular among street musicians and artists.
  • Some unusual museums are located here, including the Museum of Illusions, the Museum of the History of Corporal Punishment and The Giant’s House.
  • Visitors are welcome to discover the rope labyrinth or the petting zoo.
  • The nearby Pushkin Memorial House is known for having been the residence of Alexander Pushkin and his wife Natalia after their wedding.

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from 70$

2 HOURS

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MOSFILM museum

Mosfilm is worth a visit for all Soviet and Russian film buffs. It displays legendary cars from popular films, authentic costumes and stage sets, professional make-up as well as motion-picture and photographic equipment. The museum is located on the vast premises of the Mosfilm Cinema ConcernRussian: kontsern «Mosfilm» in the west of Moscow. The museum is only available to visit on guided tours, which are offered to both individuals and groups (an appointment must be made in advance). These tours are about 1.5 hours long.

Mosfilm’s premises are the largest in Europe – no other film studio in the Old World boasts a floor space of 34.5 ha. It comprises 15 roofed filming floors and 3 locations for outdoor shooting. The film studio was set up in 1924 and still has buildings dating from the early 1930s. The Golden Oldies of Soviet and Russian cinema were shot here, giving the museum a special atmosphere.

The Mosfilm Museum occupies a free-standing building located by the entrance to the premises. A visit to the museum is only part of the tour. Visitors also visit the filming floor, sets of Saint-Petersburg and Old Moscow, and the automated models from the film ‘Viy’ (1967) . Under no circumstances will you be able to have a sneak peek of the real-life shooting process, as tours are not scheduled when filming is underway.

 

  • The exhibition includes vintage vehicles from well-known films, costumes and stage sets from popular films such as War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
  • You will get familiar with the art of makeup and will see masks used in various films (Viy, Master and Margarita and White Tiger).
  • Controllable dummies from Viy (1967) are definitely worth a glance, when in action.

 

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Sparrow Hills

Sparrow Hills is one of Moscow’s best-known park zones where students, bikers, newlyweds and tourists enjoy outdoor life. The famous observation platform, which gives a breathtaking view of the city, and the Moscow State University, a fine sample of Stalinist Empire stylea term given to architecture of the Soviet Union under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, between 1933 and 1955 architecture, are both located here.

  • Highly popular among tourists, students, bikers, sports car lovers and newlyweds, Sparrow Hills is a great place to hang out and relax outdoors.
  • The observation platform, 80 m above sea level, gives a breathtaking panoramic view of Moscow.
  • Nearby landmarks are the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, the Shukhov Tower, the Novodevichy Convent, St. Andrew’s Monastery and others.
  • Three of Stalin’s high-risesand theStalinist Main Building of the Moscow State University are among the most impressive-looking places of interest in the area.
  • In summertime, you can enjoy boat tours, rides in a cable car, biking, strolling and roller-skating.
  • In winter, you can go skiing, snowboarding or ski jumping here.

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Muzeon Park of Arts

Muzeon Park of Arts is one of the places in Moscow you fall in love with once and for all. It happily combines the Soviet past and the latest novelties of Moscow life. Muzeon borders on Gorky Park : they are joined by an embankment. It is the only park within the Garden Ring.

The idea of creating a “park of arts” in this place was put forward by Soviet minister of Culture Ekaterina Furtseva. The project was launched in 1970 with the construction of the Central House of Artists and the construction of a new building of the Tretyakov Gallery (to architects N. Sukoyan and Y. Sheverdyayev’s design). In its modern layout the Muzeon Park of Arts was developed in the early 1990s. After the collapse of the USSR numerous monuments of the Soviet epoch were dismantled. There was no call for them anymore, which prompted the creation of an open-air museum of Soviet culture. A vast territory of the square garden by the Central House of Artists on Krymsky Val was a perfect choice for that purpose.

  • This open-air museum features over 700 Soviet sculptures, some recognized as masterpieces of monumental sculpture.
  • Visitors can buy paintings by contemporary Moscow artists at pavilions lined along the Moskva River.
  • The park boasts sophisticated landscape design with Alpine rock gardens, large flowerbeds, fountains, benches, gazebos and podiums.
  • The park offers tours, exhibitions, lectures on architecture, art and music along with concerts, yoga lessons and bicycle rentals.
  • Nearby are some exciting sights such as the Moscow Central House of Artists, Gorky Park and the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val.
  • Visitor information is available in English.

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The Kuskovo Estate

The Kuskovo Estate is located to the east of Moscow. It is the former residence of the Sheremetev family. This 18th-century estate comprises a wooden palace with the original interior layout and décor; a French formal park with ponds, sculptures and a Grotto, Greenhouse pavilions; Italian and Dutch houses; the Church of the All-Merciful Saviour; and the Museum of Ceramics. Renowned architects and painters (Blank, Lagrenée, Kologrivov) and serf architects of the Sheremetevs (Argunov, Mironov, Dikushin) contributed to the creation of the Kuskovo Estate.

Distantly related to the House of Romanovthe second dynasty to rule Russia, after the House of Rurik, reigning from 1613 until the February Revolution of 1917, the Sheremetevs were one of Russia’s noblest families. There even used to be an expression, ‘as rich as a Sheremetev’. The Sheremetevs owned the Kuskovo Estate for over three hundred years, from the 16th century until the Socialist Revolution of 1917.

  • An 18th-century architectural site and the former property of the Sheremetevs, comprising a wooden palace and a park with ponds, sculptures and pavilions.
  • Up to 30,000 guests used to come to this country estate intended specifically for gala receptions.
  • The Museum of Ceramics provides an insight into the evolution of esthetical ideals and hosts a collection of porcelain produced by Russian porcelain manufacturers.
  • Numerous pavilions have survived to this day in Moscow’s only French regular park featuring marble sculptures, ponds, channels and bridges.
  • Menageries, an American orchard, an aviary and many pavilions have been restored in Kuskovo.
  • Many history films, comedies and serials, such as Hello, I’m Your Aunt!, Shyrli-Myrli and Vivat, Gardes-Marines!, were filmed here.

 

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Kolomenskoye residence

Kolomenskoe is an area in the south of Moscow which served as a residence for Russian grand princes and tsars for many centuries. Today, it is home to the Kolomenskoe Historical, Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum Reserve. Its unique collections of treasures, art objects, and authentic household items attract thousands of visitors yearly. The park covers an area of about 390 hectares and regularly serves as a venue for exhibitions, historical reconstructions, fairs, and festivals. The museum opened in Kolomenskoe in 1923; at that time, it housed exhibitions of Russian arts and crafts.

In Kolomenskoe, you can forget about the hustle and bustle of the city. The alleys and partially preserved tsar’s gardens take visitors back in time to the 16th and 17th centuries and help them understand a lot about their history.

  • The Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Natural Reserveboastsa unique collection of jewels, art objects, and household items.
  • This former residence of Russian grand princes and tsars has the feel of a16th— and 17th-century ancient Russian palace.
  • The museum holds regular exhibitions, fairs, festivals, musical shows, open-air concerts and historical reenactments.
  • The Church of the Ascension is a masterpiece of ancient Russian architecture; the exhibition entitled Secrets of the Church of the Ascension is worth a visit.
  • A wide range of recreation activitiesare offeredall year round.

Explanatory panels in Russian,English andBraille transcription are installed throughout the museum and park.

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Izmailovo Kremlin

The Kremlin in Izmailovo is located opposite Partizanskayametro station. You won’t miss it: it looks astoundingly impressive even from afar. Contrary to expectations, this cultural and historical complex was constructed not so long ago, as late as in the early 21st century. The complex is a large-scale copy of an Old Russian castle comprising genuine towers, fortress walls, a barbican bridge, chambers, and even an Orthodox church. The entrance to the Kremlin is guarded by streltsy, Russian guardsmen of the 16th–early 18th centuries at all times. Visitors have an opportunity to climb the bell tower to take breathtaking photos, ring the bells, and enjoy the beautiful decorations adorning the structures.

The fair of souvenirs and antiques has long become an independent sight of the Kremlin in Izmailovo. Leaving the Kremlin complex without a purchase is totally out of the question: you will find a great variety of gifts to satisfy any taste. Long rows of stalls laden with matryoshkastraditional Russian nesting dolls, painted wooden spoons, dolls, and ushankasa Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or fastened at the chin represent only the first half of the famous Izmailovo Vernissage. Here, you can find not only traditional souvenirs but also memorabilia and collectibles: coins, military paraphernalia, old musical records, and a lot more.

As you walk on, you will find a flea market where you can buy genuine antiquities such as bronze pieces, samovarsmetal containers traditionally used to heat and boil water, tableware, and icons dated to different epochs. Prices are negotiable; bargaining is a must. Izmailovo Vernissage where Moscow painters put their works up for sale is open every weekend; there is something for every taste and budget there.

The Kremlin in Izmailovo also offers various types of entertainment: horse riding, dining in a traditional Russian cuisine restaurant, ancient craft masterclasses, guided tours and quests around the complex, and other activities. However, the biggest treasure of this place is its unique museums and workshops: The Museum of Bread, The Museum of Chocolate, The Museum of Russian Folk Toys, The Museum of History of Vodka in Izmailovo is the most popular attraction. With only several halls, the museum is not large but extremely interesting. Its permanent exhibition is entitled The 500-Year History of Russian Vodka.

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Tsaritsyno Park

Tsaritsyno is a reserve in the southern part of Moscow, a unique historical, natural and architectural ensemble with a palace and park complex dating back to the second half of the 18th century. Presently, this major park within the boundaries of Moscow  (with an area of almost 400 ha) is one of the most-loved attractions in Moscow for tourists as well as Muscovites. Tsaritsyno Park is neighboured by Biryulevsky Arboretum, boasting some rare species of trees and bushes. The Tsaritsyno architectural monuments are ranked among the world’s major attractions, and large-scale expositions presented in the museum reserve will immerse you in the spirit of the 18th century. The palace and adjacent facilities are in a neo-gothic fantasy style, imitating the architecture of medieval catholic cathedrals of the 13th–15th centuries.

  • Tsaritsyno is a neo-Gothicpalace museum and park reserve in the south of Moscow.
  • The estatewas founded in 1776 by the order of Catherine the Great, but this Russian empress never lived there, though thisresidence is worthy of a sovereign.
  • The site includes a palace, a park reserve and giant exhibition halls.
  • The palace museum displays exhibitions of 18th-century history and art, an archaeological collectionand a museum of applied and decorative arts.
  • Visitor information in English is available.
  • The scenic and romantic landscape park with sculptures and pavilions is a great place for strollers.
  • Moscow’slargest dynamic ally lit fountain is a must-see.

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Arkhangelskoye Estate

The Arkhangelskoe Memorial Estate is a wonderful place near Moscow, not far from Krasnogorsk. It is a unique example of Russian cultural heritage, as it is the former estate of Russia’s wealthiest aristocratic families of the 18-19th centuries. These families include the Sheremetevs, the Golitsyns, and the Yusupovs. The park in Arkhangelskoe is known as one of the best in the country.

  • Arkhangelskolye is a museum, a country estate and a Russian cultural monuments that once belonged to some of Russia’s richest aristocratic families – the Sheremetevs, the Golitsyns and the Yusupovs.
  • Here, you will discover the splendour of olden times, will explore the renowned French park and will enjoy the picturesque shore of the former riverbed of the Moskva River.
  • The ‘colonnade’ of the Yusupovs’ family vault, St. Michael’s Church and the Tea House are among the jewels of Russian architecture.
  • Gonzago Theatre is the creation of Pietro Gonzago, a well-known stage designer, and home to some of his works – big canvasses representing illusionary painting.
  • Visitors are offered several guided tours (in English, among others) around the country estate, the park and the Museum’s rooms.

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Moscow Underground

The Moscow Metro is considered to be one of the most beautiful transit systems in the world. Architecturally, it is a true underground museum which can be accessed for the price of one ride. Each of its 222 stations is unique, with many of those built in the Soviet era being recognised as masterpieces of architecture. You will find elements of the Empire style, Art Deco, gothic architecture and, naturally, Russian national motifs. The Moscow Metro is an integral part of any guided tour of Moscow intended for those interested in architecture and history.

  • The Moscow Metro is areal underground museum of changing architectural styles, ideologies and historical events.
  • Each of its222 stations boasts a unique design and many are stunning architectural masterpieces.
  • The interior décor is representative of different styles such as Art Deco, the Empire style, gothic as well as Russian folk patterns.
  • The design of the newly opened Rumyantsevo Metro Station is inspired by the work of the Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian.
  • All Moscow tours have the Moscow Metro on their must-see list.

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VDNKH

VDNKh (The Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy) is a unique architectural complex which nowadays serves as a popular public recreation area for Muscovites and visitors to the capital. Its territory is thoughtfully laid out and seamlessly blends both green spaces and infrastructure. The exhibition was integrated with the Botanical Garden and the Ostankino Park, and as a result, together they now form this vast recreational area. This is also the site of the Moskvarium, one of the biggest indoor aquariums in Europe both in terms of its floor space and the number of sea animals contained inside. Fabulous fountains with remarkable sculptural groups are the jewel in the crown of VDNKh. All kinds of festivals, exhibitions, and fairs are held in the VDNKh pavilions as well as in the open air year round. A huge ice rink operates here in winter.

Most of the VDNKh pavilions are built in the so-called Stalinist Empire stylearchitecture of the Soviet Union under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, between 1933 and 1955. They preserve the memory of their epoch – a period of intense industrial development of the Soviet Union, the victory in the Great Patriotic WarWorld War II and the post-war recovery period. The history of VDNKh goes back to the 1930s. The first ever “All-Union Agricultural Exhibition” opened here in 1939. A display of the top achievements of the country’s working people was supposed to become a public festival and a source for pride. V. Mukhinaa prominent Soviet sculptor’s famous stainless steel sculpture ’Worker and Kolkhoz Woman was erected at the entrance to the exhibition. The monument received international recognition at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris.

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The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Russia, being of at least the same importance to Moscow as the Kremlin and Red Square. The history of Russia of the 19th and 20th centuries is mirrored in the history of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This majestic memorial cathedral erected on the bank of the Moskva River opposite the Kremlin was built to gratify God for saving Russia from Napoleon’s invasionin 1812. It was pitilessly demolished by Bolshevists in Stalin’s times and later restored as a replica using citizens’ funds. The Cathedral was consecrated on Transfiguration Day, 19 August 2000, as a symbol of the transformation of Moscow and Russia and the renunciation of its theomachic past.

In 1931, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was dynamited to make way for the Palace of the SovietsRussian: Dvorets Sovetov or Дворец Советов, a new cathedral for the new era. The era that challenged the past and the present and wanted to immortalise itself in the highest building in the world, a gigantic ziggurat palace crowned with a 100-metre statue of Lenin. Eventually, communists abandoned their utopian idea and built a swimming pool on the site (Moskva PoolRussian: basseyn «Moskva» or бассейн «Москва»)—a sign of the modest and “warm” Stagnation Period of the 1960s–1980s. Next followed the Perestroikaa political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s until 1991 and repentance for the crimes of the past, and the cathedral, restored in the 1990s, became a symbol of putting the historical record straight.

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

The spectacular St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to commemorate a military victory. It is easily the most famous sight on Red Square.

1. Its official name is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat.

The church in Red Square was built in 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his victory over the Kazan Khanate, which took place on the religious holiday of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

The church was known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Moat in reference to its location: Until 1813, the Kremlin was protected by a moat along the side of Red Square.

Four of the cathedral’s eight chapels were named after religious holidays that coincided with the key events in the Kazan campaign. Another one is named after Saint Trinity: According to one theory, in the Middle Ages there was a Trinity Church on this spot.

2. The cathedral symbolizes the Heavenly City.

According to one theory, the cathedral symbolizes Heavenly Jerusalem, in other words the Kingdom of God, whose walls are decorated with precious stones. According to another theory, its architects tried to replicate the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae in Constantinople, the scene of a miraculous intercession when the Holy Virgin appeared to Christians praying for protection from a Saracen army and covered the whole Christian world with her mantle.

3. It is actually nine churches in one.

At first, the basement of the future cathedral served as a basis for nine small churches built one after another and connected with galleries and passageways. Interestingly, in the 16th century the basement was used to store the church coffers and savings of the city’s wealthy residents.

The exterior of the cathedral was made to look like brickwork.

Each era left its trace on the cathedral’s architecture. After a fire in 1595, the churches were decorated with onion domes, which acquired their present-day vivid colors only in the 18th century. In the late 17th century, a frieze telling the history of the cathedral was added and remained in place till the end of the 18th century. In 1817, during the renovation of Red Square, architect Joseph Bove reinforced the retaining wall of the cathedral with stone and erected a cast-iron fence.

4. The cathedral’s second name derives from a Moscow holy fool.

The cathedral got its second name – after Basil the Blessed – for a reason. The Moscow holy fool Vasily (Basil) could see into the future and predicted the fire of 1547, in which nearly a third of Moscow was destroyed. Throughout his life, Basil suffered privations, was homeless and wore no clothes or shoes irrespective of the weather. When he died, Metropolitan of Moscow Macarius conducted his funeral, while Ivan the Terrible himself acted as a pallbearer, together with other boyars.

After Basil was canonized in 1588, a 10th church was added to the cathedral to house his relics, and the whole ensemble was named after Basil the Blessed.

5. The architects of the cathedral were blinded.

There are several theories as to who designed the cathedral. The most widely accepted one is that the cathedral was designed by architects Barma and Postnik. The legend has it that Ivan the Terrible ordered that the architects be blinded after they completed work on this beautiful cathedral so that they could not replicate or surpass it elsewhere. Yet this is unlikely to be more than a legend since Postnik was later involved in building the Annunciation Cathedral, as well as the walls and towers of the Kazan Kremlin.

According to another theory, the Cathedral of the Intercession may have been built by an Italian architect who was working in the Moscow Kremlin.

6. The French wanted to blow it up, while the Communist authorities wanted to demolish it.

This cathedral, situated in the heart of Moscow, has been in mortal danger more than once. In 1812, when the French troops were retreating from Moscow, they wanted to blow St. Basil’s Cathedral up but did not have time to do it.

Over 100 years later, in the late 1920s, the Soviet authorities decided to pull the cathedral down: They were not too keen to have a house of worship in the very center of the city. The cathedral was saved by architect and restoration artist Pyotr Baranovsky, who even sent a telegram to Stalin to that end. As a result, the Cathedral of the Intercession was not demolished but Baranovsky was subjected to reprisals for “anti-Soviet activity.”

7. Only one original bell remains.

The cathedral’s belfry is still operational. However, out of all the multitude of bells it has had since the cathedral was built in the 16th century, only one has survived to the present day. In 1929, the Soviet authorities ordered that the bronze bells be melted down and, according to bell ringer Alexei Konovalov, it was by a miracle that one bell survived: “It has preserved the sound of the 16th century, down to the last upper partial tone,” he said.

8. It is a world heritage site.

The Cathedral of the Intercession was one of the first to come under the ownership of the young Soviet state. In 1923, it was converted into a museum of history and architecture, and in 1929 it became a branch of the State Historical Museum. In the early 1990s, the cathedral, including the Chapel of Basil the Blessed, once again began to be used for religious services. In 1990, it became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is the most famous attraction of Moscow. For many years, the “Moscow Kremlin” was the center of the state and the center of power of Russia. The country was ruled by Russian tsars from this place. The Kremlin is the residence of the President of the Russian Federation now. It is the most visited place in Moscow together with the Red Square.

The Kremlin is the oldest part of the Moscow city surrounded by a fortress wall. It is located on the left bank of the Moskva River, on the Borovitsky hill. The first fortress on this place was built in the 11th century. Originally it was simple wooden fence with guard towers. The wooden walls were replaced by white-stone walls in 1367 (during the reign of Dmitry Donskoy). Moscow Kremlin walls were rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century (during the reign of Grand Prince Ivan III). Construction work was carried out under the supervision of Italian architects. Red bricks had been used in construction of walls and towers. Construction work lasted for many centuries on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin.

The State Historical and Cultural Museum «The Moscow Kremlin» operates on the Kremlin territory. There are many objects under control of the “Moscow Kremlin” museum: cathedrals, churches, State Armory, the Patriarch’s Palace, the “Ivan the Great” bell tower.
The territory of the Moscow Kremlin and its museums are open daily, except Thursdays, from 10.00 to 17.00 (2013). Moscow Kremlin may be closed for tourists during some events (official events).

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Skolkovo Innovation Center

The Skolkovo Innovation Center is a high technology business area that is being built at Mozhaysky District in Moscow, Russia. Although historically Russia has been successful with development of science and technology, its lack of entrepreneur spirit led to government intervention of patents and nonproliferation of Russian tech companies beyond the scope of regional service. As corporations and individuals become «residents» of the city, with proposed projects and ideas receiving financial assistance. Skolkovo was first announced on 12 November 2009 by then Russian President. The complex is headed by Viktor Vekselberg and co-chaired by former Intel CEO Craig Barrett.

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Excursion to the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. (1-1.5 hours). The history of the creation of the first international school.

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The Skolkovo Technopark research complex conducts excursions for all who wish to learn more about how Skolkovo start-ups are developing on one of the largest innovative sites in the world. Children and adults will get acquainted with such notions as innovation, start-up, hackspace, co-working, cluster, smart home, Internet of things, etc. Also, tourists will get acquainted with clusters that unite residents of Skolkovo Technopark. At the Technopark site, science and business become a single whole, a unique ecosystem is being formed here, which in the shortest possible time allows for innovative projects to be brought to a new level: offices and laboratories, community centers and coworking zones, hackspace, café, restaurant, cultural sites. — mass and scientific events, a conference center, as well as a store where you can buy goods produced by Skolkovo project participants. And all this, combined under one roof, makes the Technopark not only a place of work, but also a center of attraction for the entire innovation center of Skolkovo. The tour program also includes a visit to one or two start-up offices with a detailed story about the projects. For visitors who wish to enter technical colleges and become engineers, biologists, inventors, and innovators, such a tour will be especially useful.

Workshops are held for children.

 

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Boat ride: Northern Venice

Daily excursion by boat along the Neva and canals with a licensed guide.

Route of the trip:
The Bronze Horseman — along the Neva River in the direction of the Palace Bridge;
Along the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island — we sail through the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Marble Palace;
We pass under the Troitsky bridge to the cruiser Aurora — a turn towards the river Fontanka;
On the Fontanka River to the Moika River with an overview of «Chizhik Pyzhik» with a view of the Engineering Castle and Mikhailovsky Garden;
On the Moika River up to the Winter Grove — from the Winter Grove;
Exit to the Neva River — sail the Winter Palace (the Hermitage) — along the Admiralty — we will see the Kunstkamera — the Bronze Horseman.

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Grigory Rasputin in Yusupovskiy Palace

This exposition is not about to describe in detail the events of the December night of 1916, many of us know this story since  school, and the tour guides in the palace are wonderful —  they will tell you not only about the official version of the murder, but also complement the story with alternative points of view that night.

First we get to the conspirators room. Here are wax figures of Dr. Lazovert, State Duma Deputy Purishkevich, Grand Duke Dmitry Pavlovich and Lieutenant Sukhotin. The exposition of documents and photos presented here is interesting: we can see the originals of the notes that Rasputin wrote to his high-ranking patrons.

The last part of our journey into the past takes place in the basement, where they tried to poison the «old man». By the way, at the time of the murder Rasputin was only 47 years old. In this room we see the figures of Felix Yusupov and Grigory Rasputin, a table is laid between them. In the room next to the basement you can see various photographs and historical documents.

And from the small window under the ceiling, a playground is visible — time was ordered in its own way. Where the interiors of the palace once shone and destinies were made, little Petersburgers play. And sometimes bouquets of fresh flowers appear at the window — admirers of Rasputin, and those who are simply keen on this mysterious story are enough even a hundred years after the events.

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General Staff Building

The eastern wing of the General Staff building, erected on Palace Square by the outstanding Russian classicism architect K.I. Rossi in 1820-1830, is a new exposition complex of the State Hermitage Museum.

The main exhibition premises are combined into three enfilade lines: the Palace Line (along Palace Square), the Singing Line (along Singing Passage), the River Line (along the Moika River Embankment) and supplemented by the central Grand Enfilade of Atrium Courts. A grand staircase located in the largest of the five courtyards leads to the exhibition area from the main entrance hall.

On the second floor of the museum, the exposition “Art of the Modern Age” is open, a thematic exhibition dedicated to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Empire, which was located within the walls of this building. On the third floor there are expositions “Under the sign of an eagle. Empire Art «,» 19th century French painting and sculpture «,» 19th century West European art (Germany, Holland, Belgium) «, 18th century Guard Museum, a permanent exhibition about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire, which also once occupied this part of the General Staff . On the fourth floor, in the “Gallery of the memory of Sergei Schukin and the Morozov brothers”, paintings of France of the second half of the 19th century are presented: impressionists, post-impressionists, artists of the Nabi group. Separate rooms are reserved for paintings by Matisse, Picasso and other masters of the 20th century.

Temporary exhibitions are regularly held in the General Staff halls; this is the main museum site for displaying contemporary art.

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Excursion to the Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Cathedral is justly regarded one of the main attractions of Peter and Paul Fortress. It was built in 1712–1733 as the main cathedral of St Petersburg, new capital of the Russian Empire. Designed in Baroque style by Dominico Trezzini, it combines typical features of West-European and Italian church architecture. It is rectangular in shape, with the dome on the eastern end and a belfry with a 402 feet high spire on the western entrance.

The interior decoration of the Cathedral is foreign for the Russian religious architecture tradition as well. Peter and Paul Cathedral is a hall church, with nave and side aisles of approximately equal height, united under a single immense roof. The space of the cathedral is divided in three parts by pillars, painted to imitate marble. The vaults of the cathedral are decorated with multicolored fresco paintings and gilded moldings. The cathedral is lit though twelve large windows. It became one of the first cathedrals in Russia, decorated with paintings, along with the icons. It was by no means the influence of the European tradition.

Artists will appreciate the wooden gilded Baroque iconostasis, designed by Ivan Zarudny and carved by Moscow craftsmen in the 1720s. The iconostasis contains 43 original icons of the eighteenth century. The central part of the iconostasis is designed in the form of the triumphal arch that spans the Royal Doors and rises into the space beneath the dome to a height of almost twenty meters. Near the iconostasis are a pulpit to the left, and the Tsar’s Place to the right, a special spot where the emperor stood when there was a service.

Peter and Paul Cathedral is the symbolic center of Russia because it is the burial place of many of the imperial family. For two hundred years all Russian rulers from Peter I to Nicolas II (except Peter II and Ivan VI) and their families were buried here. The locations of the graves are marked by sarcophagi made of white Carrara marble. The lids of the tombs are decorated with large bronze cross coated in pure gold, tombs of the rulers have four bronze emblems of the Russian Empire at four corners. Sarcophagi of Emperor Alexander II and his wife Maria Alexandrovna were replaced by those made of green Altai jasper and pink Urals rhodonite in 1906. The remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicolas II and members of his family, who were shot under the town of Ekaterinburg by local Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918, were buried in the Catherine’s Chapel of Peter and Paul Cathedral on 17 July 1998.

In 1908 Grand Ducal Burial Chapel, designed by David Grimm, Anton Tomishko and Leonty Benois, was added to the cathedral as a burial place for Grand Dukes and Duchesses. From 1908 to 1915 thirteen persons were interred there, eight burials were transferred from Peter and Paul Cathedral. In 1992 great-grandson of Alexander II Vladimir Kirillovich Romanov was buried in the Chapel, which opened a new page in the history of the burials in the Peter and Paul Fortress. In 1995 the remains of his parents were transferred here. On June 3, 2010 his wife Leonida Georgievna Romanova, nee Bagration-Mukhranskaya, was laid to rest here.

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Excursion to the Hermitage

The State Hermitage Museum — In the center of St. Petersburg on the Neva River, opposite the Peter and Paul Fortress, the museum is the largest in Russia. Take a tour of the Hermitage — should anyone visiting St. Petersburg.
The State Hermitage Museum — is the calling card of St. Petersburg, as well as one of the largest and most significant art and historical museums in Russia and abroad.
Modern Hermitage is a complex museum complex. The main exposition of the museum occupies five buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River, the main of which is considered to be the Winter Palace and the Eastern Wing of the General Staff on Palace Square. The museum’s collection consists of about three million works of art and monuments of world culture, from the Stone Age to the present century.
Visit the Hermitage , which is considered one of the largest art museums in the world. A place of honor is occupied ceremonial palace interiors. The museum collected millions of monuments of world culture and art. It is based on drawing and painting, sculpture, applied art, as well as archaeological finds.

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The State Hermitage Museum is part of the twenty most visited museums in the world. Although until the middle of the XIX century to visit the Hermitage could only be elected, which is fully consistent with its name (French Ermitage -. Lonely place, hermit shelter). His collection contains about three million exhibits — paintings, sculptures, drawings, works of applied art, coins, medals and signs, types of weapons, archaeological sites and other values ​​created by many nations of the world from ancient times to the present day. The scale and importance of collections in a row with the Hermitage can be supplied only the British Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris. Big counterpoint different materials that are concentrated in the Hermitage.
Hermitage — it’s an amazing world full of wonders. The museum’s collection has always attracted and continues to attract thousands of people of different ages and professions, from different countries and peoples of different generations and different worldviews. And everyone can find there what is needed is his soul. Truly a rare unity: the collection of such a high level, the beauty of the architectural frame, the significance of historical associations — all this attracts people, making a bright and unique feature of today’s Hermitage.

Hermitage systematically expanding their holdings, will increase the new branches, and most important of them are very close to the Winter Palace, the building of the General Staff, which draws Palace Square grand 600-meter façade in the Empire style. The museum has got only the east wing of the building, but it’s a lot. The huge space is interesting, first of all, the architecture: a suite of rooms, stretching along the perimeter, added five indoor courts with top light and spectacular staircases. Secondly, it is in the General Staff now be assigned a first-class Hermitage collection of French art of the late XIX-early XX century: Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, and others of their contemporaries given the entire fourth floor. And among the exhibits there is always something worthwhile.

Departments and the Hermitage exhibition

  1. Department of History of Culture and Art of the Ancient World
  2. Department of History of Western European Art
  3. Department of the history of primitive culture
  4. Exhibition of art German V-XVII centuries.
  5. An overview of some of the museum exhibits.

There is no need to prove that the Hermitage is great value. However, you need to consider what exactly is its significance. First of all, it is — the wealth of the Hermitage collections. The Hermitage are concentrated works of various origins. This one in the new measurements are made museum is born the need to think in terms of world art. See a number of works of different countries and times — it is meant to be a witness, both competed at the Olympics Art of the peoples of the world. Therefore, we recommend that you be sure to visit the Hermitage with our professional, licensed guides that will leave your heart an indelible mark.

 

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood (Спас на Крови, Church on Spilled Blood) is one of the most famous sights of St. Petersburg. It was built on the site where an attempt on the emperor’s life in St. Petersburg happened. Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded 1 (13) March 1881. Stones with traces of the blood of the tsar are preserved inside the cathedral until now.

The church is particularly popular among foreign tourists. Artists, live music, souvenirs sellers are usually working next to the cathedral.

Why this church is so popular with tourists? There are several reasons for this.

  • Exterior of the cathedral combines images of many Russian Orthodox churches. Bright, richly decorated building has features of many Russian churches. Great influence on the appearance of the temple had architecture of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
  • The interior of the cathedral is unique. All walls, pylons, arches and domes are covered with mosaic. A rich collection of gems, jewelry enamel, colored tiles, made by best artists of that time was used in finishing the building. Inside the temple is a veritable collection of mosaics. The church mosaic collection is one of the largest collections in Europe.
  • Cathedral of the Savior on Blood is located in the heart of the city near the metro station “Nevsky Prospekt”. Walking from Nevsky Prospect on the embankment of Griboyedov Canal is the most convenient way to get to it.
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Catherine Palace: Amber room

Tsarskoye Selo palace and park ensemble — a brilliant monument of world architecture and landscape art XVIII — early XX century. A whole group of architects, sculptors, painters embodied the desires of their royal customers. In Tsarskoe Selo concentrated best samples baroque and classical architecture; it is here were first in the Russian capital interiors, decorated in Art Nouveau style.
The Catherine Palace, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. The palace is a part of a marvelous ensemble of palaces and parks. It was almost totally destroyed during The Second World War. Now the palace is impressive post WWII reconstruction. The Catherine palace nowadays contains exclusive decorative objects, furniture, Russian and West-European paintings, unique collection of porcelain, amber, weapons, decorative bronze, sculptures, etc.
The Tsarskoye Selo palace-and-park ensemble (the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve) is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design dating from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. A whole constellation of outstanding architects, sculptors and painters made the ideas of their crowned clients a reality here. Tsarskoye Selo is a cluster of very fine examples of Baroque and Classical architecture and it was also the first place in the Russian capital where interiors decorated in the Moderne (Art Nouveau) style appeared.
The compositional centre of the ensemble is the Great Tsarskoye Selo or Catherine Palace – a splendid example of Russian Baroque. Visitors are enraptured by the sumptuous décor of the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room now returned to life. Today, as we enter the palace, we can sense the spirit of the times of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II and admire unique works of fine and applied art.
Tsarskoye Selo is also home to one of the finest creations of Classicism in architecture – the Alexander Palace (currently under restoration). Passing through the rooms of the living apartments that are open to visitors, you can get an idea of the aesthetic preferences of the last members of the Romanov dynasty and view the Emperor’s State Study that was decorated in the Moderne style.
More than a hundred historical monuments are scattered across the Catherine and Alexander Parks that have a joint area of 300 hectares: there are grand palaces and intimate pavilions, bridges and marble monuments, and also exotic structures imitating Gothic, Turkish and Chinese architecture that invest little corners of the parks with a romantic atmosphere.


Included:

1.Visa support (visa-free service for cruise ship passengers «Cruise visa»)
2. Tickets to all museums under the program
3. English-speaking guide (any other European language is available)
Not included :
1. Transport (on request)

Note! For regular partners — a separate price. For cooperation with us, please write to the mail: info@bptravel.spb.ru
To serve groups applications with tickets are taken:
— the 15th of the month for a period of from 01 to 10 of the following month
— 25 th current month for the period from 11 to 20 of the following month
— up to 05 of the period from 21 to 30 (31) of the current month.

Important!
1.  In case of delay the group for more than 30 minutes, the museum has the right to refuse service to the group that day.
2. Treasury ticket exchange and non-refundable.
3.Since the time available unpredictable museum visits, ask for the planned day of your visit to Catherine while in the program did not put. Best time to be considered, but not guaranteed.

The Catherine Palace is located in the town of Pushkin, the State Museum-Preserve «Tsarskoye Selo» at Sadovaya, d 7, Pushkin, St. Petersburg…
Working hours: 10:00 — 17:00, Tuesday — closed.

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Peterhof State Museum

Peterhof Fountain park and Grand Palace

After 200 years of serving as a grand summer residence of the emperors, Peterhof is inextricably connected with the Russian history. The seaside paradise was built, as a grandiose triumphal memorial glorifying the grandeur of Russia, in conquering the much needed and desired access to the Baltic Sea, during the Great Northern War.
Peterhof is legitimately considered to be the creature of Peter the Great — more than ten of his handmade drawings in reference to Peterhof, and even more sketches with his rectifications and notes, were preserved. Even after the emperor’s death, during the next century and a half, the architects were not only maintaining but also, continuing to implement the chief plan of the Tsar-Reformer.
The first documented record of Peterhof refers to the year 1705, when it was called in the Dutch manner as «Piterhof» — «Peter’s courtyard».
The construction of the residence, that was as beautiful and splendid as the best residences of European monarchy, including the French Versailles, commenced in 1714.
The grand opening of Peterhof took place on the 15th of August 1723. By that time, all the principal elements of the ensemble composition were formed: the Lower park had been already laid out, the Sea Channel had been excavated and some of the fountains had been in progress. The Upper Chamber as well as the Monplaisir and Marly palaces had been erected.
The architecture and decor of Peterhof reflects all the artistic styles of the past and the personal tastes and preferences of every Russian monarch.
In 1917 after the Russian revolution, Peterhof became a large educational center. During World War II, the German occupiers barbarously destroyed the palaces and the park. The reconstruction began from the first days of the liberation. And today, this nature and man-made masterpiece welcomes the guests, impressing and surprising them, just like before.
In 1990, the architecture and park ensemble «Peterhof» was included in the world’s list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, and was recognized in 2008, as one of the seven wonders of Russia.

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Saint Isaac Cathedral & Colonnade

The St.Isaak ‘s Cathedral is the great monument of St.Petersburg (1818-1858). The architect is Montferrand. It is one of the largest domes structures in the world. The building, being rectangular in its layout, rose 101,5 high. The story of its construction goes back to the period of Peter the Great. The history of the construction began in 1710, when the first wooden church was put up in honor of St.Isaak of Dalmatia; it was on St.Isaac’s day, according to the Orthodox calendar, that Peter I was born. The present Cathedral is the fourth existed on the place. In the early 19th century a contest was arranged for the best project of a new cathedral, in which the most well-known architects took part. Alexander I approved a project submitted by A. Montferrand, a talented drawer, who had just arrived from Paris. The cathedral took forty years to build. The Cathedral, that stands out for its grandeur, was sacrified in 1858 and became the main church in St.Petersburg. St.Isaak was the saint of Peter the Great. In this architectural monument everything strikes the eye — its the grand colonnade, the sculptures, reliefs, gilt-work, marble. St. Isaak Cathedral was constructed several times, but only Montferrand made the best plan of the Cathedral, he died after the construction was finished. You can see his monument inside of the Church.

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Kazansky Cathedral

The Kazansky Cathedral is one of the finest architectural ensembles in Saint Petersburg. It was designed and built in 1801-1811 by Andrei Voronikhin. The architect has created a magnificent edifice (height – 71.6 meters, length – 72.5 meters), with its main building facing onto Nevsky Avenue. The cathedrals with its semi-circular Corinthian colonade (96 thirteen-meter-high columns) is the dominant feature in one of the most elegant squares of the city.

Huge bas-reliefs, approximately 15 meters long and almost two meters high, depicting Biblical subjects, grace the two butt-ends of the building facing onto Nevsky Avenue. The bas-relief above the left butt-end of the building was executed by the famous Russian sculptor Ivan Martos on the subject Moses Parting the Waters, the one above the right butt-end is a depiction of the Brazen Serpent by the sculptor Ivan Prokofiev.

The cathedrals highly artistic interior decoration consisting of 56 monolithic red granite columns and a mosaic floor composed of multifarious Karelian marbles are bound to produce an unforgettable impression on you. The cathedral’s interior is the work of Vladimir Borovokovsky. Orest Kirpensky and other outstanding Russian artists of the beginning of the 19th century.

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Walking tour

Our professional guides will be glad to introduce you the best St Petersburg in an walking tour. The walking tour covers all aspects of St. Petersburg’s life, from history, arts and social culture to everyday practicalities. Your guide will provide you with information that you never find in any guidebook and explain you the cultural differences that might seem hard to grasp from the first glance.

«A walk in the heart of St. Petersburg»(duration of 5 hours, the walking tour)

At 10:00 am , our guide will meet you in the hall of the port terminal of St. Petersburg or the hotel lobby. We go with a guide along the route, where you will see famous places, hear the fascinating stories of our professional guide and see for yourself that St. Petersburg is not by chance called «open air museum».
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. This is one of the amazing temples, its golden dome can be seen from almost every corner of St. Petersburg. There you can climb to the colonnade and see the beautiful panorama of the city from a bird’s flight
Visit the Hermitage , which is considered one of the largest art museums in the world. A place of honor is occupied ceremonial palace interiors. The museum collected millions of monuments of world culture and art. It is based on drawing and painting, sculpture, applied art, as well as archaeological finds.
At 15:00 — return to the ship / hotel
!!! Please note that these are the tours not suitable for any individuals who are slow walkers, who have any walking or mobility restrictions.

Cost of the tour for 1 person

Persons 1 2 3 4-6 7-17 17-45
Price p.p. 176 USD 152 USD 117 USD 82 USD 47 USD on request

Includes:
1.Visa support (visa-free service for cruise ship passengers «Cruise visa»)
2. Tickets to all museums under the program
3. English-speaking guide (any other European language is available)
4. Port fees
5. Headphones for listening to the excursion

Note: Your guide may change the sequence of sightseeing, depending on museums occupancy, days off, traffic and other circumstances. Please do not be concerned. You will see all the sights mentioned in your itinerary.

Additionally you can visit:
— Folklore in the Nicholas P As you will see folk performances of professional artists is accompanied by playing the Russian national instruments of the historical interiors of the palace of the 18th century. The ticket also includes a reception with a champagne glass. Staring times: 07:00 pm and 09:00 pm, duration 1 hour 40 min. Price – 500 $ / 5 person;
— Russian restaurant for Lunch or Dinner, Classical Russian Ballet, St.Petersburg state circus, romantic boat trip, Russian classical music, theater or opera – on request.

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Brief walking tour

Our professional guides will be glad to introduce you the best St Petersburg in an walking tour. The walking tour covers all aspects of St. Petersburg’s life, from history, arts and social culture to everyday practicalities. Your guide will provide you with information that you never find in any guidebook and explain you the cultural differences that might seem hard to grasp from the first glance.

«A walk in the heart of St. Petersburg» (duration 3 hours)

 Your guide will greet you at the lobby of your hotel or at passport immigration control next to your ship (for cruise ship passengers). We go with a guide along the route, where you will see famous places, hear the fascinating stories of our professional Guide and see for yourself that St. Petersburg is not by chance called «open air museum». You’ll be taken for a CITY OVERVIEW TOUR. You will walk on the main streets of St.Petersburg, see the beauty of Nevsky Prospekt, enjoy the world famous monuments of architecture such as Winter Palace, , Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, Dom Knigi, Mikhailovsky Castle, Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, The Russian Museum etc. During the tour you will see beautiful squares and monuments; visit one of central parks of the city.
Visit the Hermitage , which is considered one of the largest art museums in the world. A place of honor is occupied ceremonial palace interiors. The museum collected millions of monuments of world culture and art. It is based on drawing and painting, sculpture, applied art, as well as archaeological finds.
Return to the ship / hotel

Cost of the tour for 1 person

Persons 1 2 3 4-6 7-17 17-45
Price p.p. 105 USD 60 USD 55 USD 35 USD 25 USD on request

Included:
1. Visa support (visa-free service for cruise ship passengers «Cruise visa»)
2. Tickets to all museums under the program
3. English-speaking guide (any other language is available)
4. Headphones for listening to the excursion
 NOT included:
1. Lunch (on request, payment at your expense)
2. Transport

!!! Please note that these are the tours not suitable for any individuals who are slow walkers, who have any walking or mobility restrictions.

 Additionally you can visit:

  1. Folklore in the Nicholas P As you will see folk performances of professional artists is accompanied by playing the Russian national instruments of the historical interiors of the palace of the 18th century. The ticket also includes a reception with a champagne glass. Staring times: 07:00 pm and 09:00 pm, duration 1 hour 40 min. Price – 500 $ / 5 person
  2. Russian restaurant for Lunch or Dinner, Classical Russian Ballet, St.Petersburg state circus, romantic boat trip, Russian classical music, theater or opera – on request.

Just let us know what you are interested in and we will do the rest!

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Excursion on the Aurora battleship

A silhouette of the early twentieth century warship is markedly noticeable in Petrogradskaya embankment of St. Petersburg. It is a unique monument of the history of Russia and its Navy, a museum ship – the legendary cruiser Aurora.

This ship happened to become a witness and participant of many controversial events of the intricate history of XX century. The cruiser took part in three wars, became an active participant of the revolutionary events of February-October 1917 and was a “smithy” in training of several generations of naval officers. This famous ship has seen many great people.

Having joined the fleet of warships of the Russian Imperial Navy in 1903, the cruiser honourably carried the flag of St. Andrew and subsequently — the Naval flag of the USSR — across many seas and oceans of the world.

The cruiser Aurora is a participant of the 2nd Pacific Squadron march to the Far East, unprecedented in the world history, a witness of the Battle of Tsushima on May 14-15, 1905, tragic for the Russian Navy, a member of the First World War in the Baltic Sea and a defender of Leningrad in the years of the Great Patriotic War.

The ship, after healing the war wounds, was placed for eternal moorage at Petrogradskaya embankment in 1948, opposite Leningrad Nakhimov Naval School instituted four years earlier. The Aurora became a training base for the college cadets. The future naval officers received basic maritime skills there. In 1950, a ship museum was set up on the cruiser. On July 5, 1956, in accordance with a directive of the Commander-In-Chief of the Navy, a branch of the Central Naval Museum was set up on the Aurora. The first head of the branch was an honoured naval officer, Captain 2nd Rank, B.V. Burkovsky who supervised the work of the museum for more than twenty years.

The cruiser Aurora was included in the list of monuments protected by the state by a resolution of RSFSR Council of Ministers as of August 30, 1960.

In the years 1984-1987, the cruiser Aurora underwent major repairs and restoration at Leningrad Shipyard named after A.A. Zhdanov (now Severnaya Verf Shipyard, JSC). The ship became a host of exposition dedicated to the revolutionary and militant past of the legendary cruiser, placed in six halls. The museum became one of the most popular places of Leningrad visited by the residents and guests of the city, including numerous foreign delegations and foreign tourists. To date, the Aurora and the museum exhibition halls have been visited by about thirty million people from almost all countries of the world. The guestbook commenced as early as 1924 contains comments of the national and foreign public and political leaders, astronauts, prominent figures of science, culture, art, representatives of the public.

The inclusion of Cruiser Aurora in the Golden Book of St. Petersburg as a historical monument of the maritime capital of Russia and the Navy was a sign of well-deserved appreciation of the legendary ship. The cruiser Aurora is included in the International Association of Museum Ships.

In 2016, the Aurora found a new life after a nearly two-year overhaul at Kronstadt Shipyard.

The cruiser Aurora today is a waterborne ship with the operating systems and mechanisms securing its service life for 20 days in the stand-alone mode. In fact, after becoming a ship-museum, it has retained a number of features of the operable warship. The ship has a military crew headed by the commander who provides for due operation of the cruiser and its proper technical condition.

Today, after the repairs and the recreation of the exposition, the cruiser Aurora, is, as before, one of the most visited museums of St. Petersburg — the city where this great ship was built and where the most of its service for the benefit of the Motherland took place.

The country’s leadership has made a huge contribution in the organization and implementation of repair work on the cruiser Aurora. On the Navy Day — July 31, 2016 — the cruiser Aurora that had returned to the place of eternal mooring after the overhaul was visited by Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation President V.V. Putin and the Russian Defence Minister S.K. Shoigu.

Key milestones in history:

 May 23, 1897 — First-rate cruiser Aurora was laid at the New Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg.

May 11, 1900 — launched.

July 16, 1903 — commissioned for the Baltic Fleet.

1905 — participated in the Battle of Tsushima.

1906-1914 — set off for long-distance foreign campaigns as a training ship.

1914-1916 — took part in military operations in the Baltic Sea during the First World War.

1916-1918 — underwent overhaul at the Franco-Russian plant in Petrograd.

October 25-26 (November 7-8 — new style), 1917 — the cruiser seamen took part in the October armed uprising in Petrograd.

1918-1923 — was in the reserve.

1923-1941 — combat training ship, a smithy of staff for the Navy.

November 2, 1927 — the cruiser Aurora was awarded the Order of the Red Banner by Decree of USSR Central Executive Committee.

1944-1948 — the ship underwent renovation and re-equipment as a training base of Leningrad Nakhimov Naval School.

November 17, 1948 — the cruiser Aurora was placed for eternal moorage at Petrogradskaya embankment in Leningrad as a monument to active participation of the Baltic Fleet seamen in the overthrow of the Provisional Government.

Up to 1956, she ship was used as a training base of Leningrad Nakhimov Naval School.

In 1956, a ship museum was opened on the cruiser Aurora as a branch of the Central Naval Museum.

The cruiser Aurora was placed under state protection as a monument of history and revolution by the resolution No. 1327 of RSFSR Council of Ministers as of August 30, 1960.

In 1961, the cruiser Aurora was transferred to Leningrad naval base due to reorganization of Nakhimov Naval School.

The cruiser Aurora was awarded the Order of October Revolution by decree of the Presidium of USSR Supreme Council as of February 22, 1968.

August 18, 1984 — transferred for repairs to Leningrad Shipyard named after A.A. Zhdanov.

August 16, 1987 — took its place of eternal moorage at Petrogradskaya embankment again.

December 1, 2010 — was assigned to Central Naval Museum as a historical monument.

May 2013 — recommissioned for the Navy.

June 4, 2013 — Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation approved a technical assignment for the overhaul of the cruiser Aurora. The objective is renovation of the technical condition of cruiser Aurora for its use as a museum ship.

September 21, 2014 — transferred to Kronstadt Shipyard for overhaul.

July 16, 2016 – returned to its place of eternal moorage at Petrogradskaya embankment.

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Faberge Museum

The Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is a privately-owned museum which was established by Viktor Vekselberg and his Link of Times foundation in order to repatriate lost cultural valuables to Russia. The museum is located in the center of Saint Petersburg at Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River. The museum’s collection contains more than 4,000 works of decorative applied and fine arts, including gold and silver items, paintings, porcelain and bronze. A highlight of the museum’s collection is the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian Tsars.

Group excursions availiable.

 

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City of Multiple Religions

Thematic tour. Duration — 4 hours.

Petersburg is one of the largest centers of world spiritual culture. Acquaintance with the main religions and their traditions. The tour includes Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches, Cathedral Mosque, Choral Synagogue, Buddhist Datsan.

Religion is a special form of awareness of the world, conditioned by belief in the supernatural, including a set of moral norms and behaviors, rituals, cult actions and the unification of people in organizations (church, religious community). The religious system of representation of the world (world outlook) is based on faith or mystical experience and is connected with the attitude to unknowable and intangible essences. Of particular importance for religion are such concepts as good and evil, morality, the purpose and meaning of life, etc. The fundamentals of religious representations of most world religions are recorded by people in sacred texts that, according to believers, are either dictated or inspired directly by God or by gods , or written by people who have reached the highest level of spiritual development from the point of view of this religion, great teachers, especially enlightened or initiated, saints, etc.

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Night excursion: Illuminated beauty

Beginning of excursions daily from 23.15, 23:20. The end is at 5 am at the Mayakovskaya metro station.

In the mysterious haze of the night we will show the City, sung by poets and writers. You will see the most beautiful bridges over the rivers and canals, visit romantic places that are not included in other excursions. You will see the cruiser Aurora, the mysterious Manchurian creatures of Shi-Dz guarding the House of Peter the Great in the night. The majestic view of the night St. Petersburg opens with the arrow of Vasilievsky Island as a specter of the former greatness of the Russian Empire …

In those nights when the sky of the city is closed by clouds or you did not get to Petersburg in a short period of white nights, you can see a very beautiful picture of the illuminated palaces, bridges and embankments — the creation of the best professional masters of the world. Our route covers all the most important sights of St. Petersburg: Nevsky Prospekt, the Bronze Horseman on the Senate Square, the Admiralty and the Dvortsovaya Embankment, the Church of the Savior on the Blood, the Field of Mars and the Swan Canal, the cradle of St. Petersburg — the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the University Embankment and the Academy of Arts. You will see not only the night city in the haze of the white night or skilful illumination, but also an unforgettable sight: the layout of the St. Petersburg bridges.

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Russian citizens 900 rubles. 850 rubles. 650 rubles. 850 rubles.
Citizens of other countries 900 rub. 850 rubles. 650 rubles.

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Pavlovsk Imperial residence

Pavlovsk  is a municipal town in Pushkinsky District of the federal city of St. Petersburg, located 30 kilometers (19 mi) south from St. Petersburg proper and about 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) southeast from Pushkin.

The town developed around the Pavlovsk Palace, a major residence of the Russian imperial family. Between 1918 and 1944, its official name was Slutsk, after the revolutionary Vera Slutskaya, and then was changed back to Pavlovsk. Pavlovsk is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments.

Included:

— transfer: Gostinti Dvor Metro Station — Pavlovsk — Gostinti Dvor Metro Station.
— tickets and excursion (Palace and Park)

Pavlovsk Palace. Formation of the collections of the Pavlovsk Palace is associated with the travel of the owners of Pavlovsk across Europe in 1781-1782. Visiting the workshops of famous masters, they bought and ordered paintings, sculpture, furniture, bronze products, silk fabrics, porcelain sets. The royal people presented them with various gifts that went into the decoration of the halls of the palace. The museum is famous for its unique collections of fine and decorative art. A special place is occupied by a collection of ancient art: Roman marble sculpture, bronze plastics and glass (1st century AD — 3rd century AD). First-class samples of West-European and Russian sculptures of the XVIII century adorn the palace halls with landscape compositions of the park — works by Italian masters A. Algardi, P. Baratta, the brothers Collini, K. Albachini, Russian sculptors M. Kozlovsky, I. Martos, F. Gordeev, I. Vitali . In the collection of Western European painting are: the Italian school of the XVI-XVIII centuries works of A. Bronsino, F. Albani, G. Reni, Sassoferato, P. Battoni, F. Guardi; Dutch and Flemish schools of the 16th-18th centuries by the paintings of A. Ostade, K. Pulenburg, Marceus van Skrik, P. Rubens, D. Teniers; French schools of the XVII-XVIII centuries by the works of S. Lebrun, P. Minyar, G. Robert. The collection of Russian portrait painting and Russian landscapes of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is rich and diverse. From the museum objects of decorative and applied art the collection of porcelain of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as the West European, especially the Sevres Porcelain Manufactory, and the Russian, the production of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, is most fully represented. Among the pieces of furniture the most interesting are the works of David Roentgen (Germany) and Henri Jacob (France), as well as Russian furniture according to the drawings of A. Voronikhin. In the decoration of the halls of the palace a large place is occupied by works of French decorative art of the XVIII century: tapestries, silk furniture upholstery and drapery, porcelain sets and sets, lamps, sconces, candelabra and bronze hours. In the museum collections there are collections of miniatures, watercolors, drawings, engravings, suits, fabrics, embroideries, laces, fans, rare books, household items, glass, colored stone products, «Special Pantry» fund.
Pavlovsk Park. Pavlovsk Park — a unique monument of landscape art of the late XVIII-early XIX century. Together with the Pavlovsk Palace is a single artistic palace and park ensemble. Its history begins with the foundation of Pavlovsk in 1777. Initially, these were forest lands, where royal hunting was arranged. With the appearance of the first modest wooden palaces Paullusta and Mariental, small gardens on the hilly banks of Slavyanka began to be created around them. Pavilions, bridges, ruins, flower beds were typical for the Russian manor. The transformation of the forest into a park begins with the appearance of C. Cameron, who creates a new landscape park project on the banks of the Slavyanka River, which is the connecting artery of the park. It is in the 2nd floor. XVIII century in Europe there is a fashion for landscape parks. It is first asserted in England, why such parks are called English.

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Gatchina Imperial residence

Gatchina  is a town and the administrative center of Gatchinsky District in Leningrad Oblast. It is located 45 kilometers (28 mi) south of St. Petersburg, along the E95 highway leading to Pskov.

Gatchina is the largest town in Leningrad Oblast, and is best known as the location of the Great Gatchina Palace, one of the main residences of the Russian Imperial Family during the 18th and 19th centuries. Gatchina is frequently placed high in quality of life rankings in Russia, and the historic center and Gatchina Palace are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments.

Included:

— transfer: Gostinti Dvor Metro Station — Pavlovsk — Gostinti Dvor Metro Station.
— tickets and excursion (Palace and Park)

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Gatchina Palace. In May 1917, the Provisional Government issued an order for the creation in the cities of the palace department of Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo and Gatchina artistic and historical commissions «for the reception, registration and systematization of both the artistic and the economic aspects of all movable and immovable property of the former palace administrations.» Formation of the collections of the Gatchina Palace began at the first owner of it — Count G.G. Orlov, who collected hunting weapons, paintings, works of arts and crafts of Western European and Eastern masters. After the death of G.G. Orlov Gatchina Palace with all the collections goes into the possession of Grand Duke Paul Petrovich and since 1796 becomes the imperial residence, which remained until 1917. During this time, the palace collections were replenished and expanded by its owners. After the October Revolution, the Gatchina Palace was opened as a museum and before the Great Patriotic War was the largest of all the suburban palaces of St. Petersburg, both in area and in the number of artistic values. Expositions and funds numbered 54,030 exhibits.

Gatchina Park. One of the main attractions of the city of Gatchina is the landscape park ensemble of the Palace Park, created in the late 18th century. It is the oldest of the complex of Gatchina parks, its area is 143 hectares. The spatial structure of the area in which the Palace Park was planned and developed determined its composition, prompted the organizers to place the Great Gatchina Palace, the directions for laying alleys and glades, and species positions for park structures. Almost a quarter of the park’s area is occupied by the water surface — the White and Silver lakes, the channels of small rivers and canals, the surface of ponds. Coastal areas have a longline layout, which, together with the curves of the banks, creates a number of species points at different levels, each of which represents the landscape from a new perspective. In addition to the coastal points of sightseeing, scenic views are opened from the surface of lakes and from the towers of the Great Palace. The center of the park ensemble is the White Lake, through which the two main compositional axes of the park pass. The first axis begins at the Great Gatchina Palace, goes through the Silver and White Lakes, the Venus Pavilion and the Birch Gate. When moving along this axis, landscapes are hidden by picturesque «wings» — the Great Palace, the massif of the Long Island, the terraces of the Botanical Gardens. The second conditional axis begins at the Admiralty Gate and passes through the Long Island in the direction of the Great Iron Gate on the border of the Zverinets — the movement in this direction reveals panoramic views of the White Lake. These two main directions are supplemented by the possibility of traversing alleys and paths, which are coastal and located in the depth of the park, opening new views of the park.

 

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Show museum: Secrets of Petersburg

There are many excursions in St. Petersburg, as the city on the Neva is rich in various museums and palaces. But there is a very interesting place in the city on the Neva, like the show-museum of the «Secrets of Petersburg», where you will plunge into the historical and literary secrets connected with our city. «Secrets of Petersburg» is a historical and literary show museum, about secrets, myths and history of St. Petersburg.

This is a unique labyrinth of 10 rooms, each of which is a whole world of sound, images, mechanics, multimedia effects and impeccable actors. In it myths become similar to reality, and literary heroes of Pushkin, Gogol and Dostoevsky easily meet with real emperors. You will be told about palace revolutions and floods, about desperate poor people and about all-powerful tsarist favorites, about gambling houses and houses of the insane — and about many other things that the eye can not see behind the solemn and strict decor of the capital Petersburg.

The leading actors of the St. Petersburg theaters in the company with the spectator and mechanical dolls among the «historical» interiors, scenery and holographic projections create a sense of travel along the time and history of the unique city on the Neva.

10 legends that glorified Petersburg!

  • Pavel 1: death and death
  • Raskolnikov
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Death and death of Rasputin
  • Princess Tarakanova
  • Gogol’s nose is Major Kovalev
  • Gogol the Nose
  • The Queen of Spades
  • etc.
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Literature excursion: city of Dostoevsky

The tour introduces the places where he lived, studied, worked as a writer, and where the heroes of his novels, stories and stories lived. You will see the Engineer’s Castle, the places where the events of the novel «Crime and Punishment» unfolded, at home on Vladimirsky Prospect and in Kuznechny Lane, you will visit the former Semyonovskiy parade ground where the execution of Petrashevists was to take place.

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Russian Vodka Museum

Russian Vodka Museum celebrates the rich history of the world-famous Russian drink. It provides the unique opportunity to discover the secrets of vodka making, tells about centuries-old drinking traditions and uncover the important role which vodka plays in Russian social life.

The museum is located in the very heart of St. Petersburg near St. Isaac’s Square in the historical building of Headquarters and Stables of the Horse Guard Regiment.

The museum exhibition tells the detailed story of Russian national drink. Wax figures composition helps to feel the unique atmosphere of the XV century Chudov monastery in Moscow Kremlin where the monks produced the first “bread wine”. On the walls you’ll find old engravings, posters, portraits of Great Dukes, Tsars, Emperors and other notable historical personalities.. Among the exhibits are antique vessels, containers, kitchenware, and a matter of special pride to museum staff — a great collection of vodka bottles, that were used by the famous 19th century vodka manufactures. Russian glass and porcelain makers left numerous samples of their unfading art to their descendants, proving once again that “zastolie” (festive dining) is not just drinking but a beautiful ceremony deeply rooted into Russian history.

Our guides will take you on exciting journey through Russian vodka history which helps you to understand, the importance of vodka for Russian culture. After the exhibition you’ll be invited to vodka tasting. It will take place in a room decorated as a drinking house of the beginning of the XX century. There, at a traditional high table one you’ll sample several kinds of vodka with traditional Russian snacks — “zakuski”.

Options of tasting menus (100 gr.)

1 menu ( 100 гр. ) Vodka of three types of 30 g.
Sandwich with bacon — 1 pc.
Sandwich with sprat — 1 pc.
Cucumber salted — 1 piece.
2 menu ( 100 гр. ) Vodka of three types of 30 g.
Sandwich with boiled pork — 1 pc.
Sandwich with herring — 1 pc.
Cucumber salted — 1 piece.
3 menu( 100 гр. ) Vodka of three types of 30 g.
Sandwich with salmon — 1 pc.
Patty with chicken — 1 pc.
Cucumber weakly salted — 1 pc.
4 menu ( 100 гр. ) Vodka of three types of 30 g.
Patty with cabbage — 1 pc.
Pie with mushrooms — 1 pc.
Cucumber salted — 1 piece.
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Bus tour in Moscow: Hop-on Hop-off

Sightseeing tour of Moscow by bus: Hop on/Hop off.
We suggest you to make an exciting sightseeing tour of Moscow on an excursion, double-decker bus. Virtually all major cities in Europe (Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Naples), such buses are in great demand among tourists. You can right now buy a ticket without much difficulty and go to a wonderful sightseeing tour of the city of Moscow.  Modern bright buses are easy to notice on the street. From the top of the second floor you can admire the city and take excellent photos.

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Bus tour«Hop on/hop off» format helps to get in and off the bus whenever you want as long as your ticket is valid. You can easily plan your day: have a trip on the bus, get off at any stop, visit a museum and take pictures, and then to continue the excursion. We have 1 and 2-day tickets.

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Audio-guide in our buses speaks Russian and 10 foreign languages:English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish and Finnish.

2 hours for the whole circle

2 HOURS FOR
THE WHOLE CIRCLE

Our bus tour around the main sights takes 2 hours. This is the time the bus makes the whole round and returns to its first stop.

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SET TIMETABLE

From May till September buses operate from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. with 30-60 minutes intervals. From October till April the start of the excursion is at 10 a.m. and the finish is at 6 p.m. Buses go every 1-2 hours. You can always find the timetable on the website.

All year round

ALL YEAR ROUND

City Tour operates during the whole year. In winter the buses are protected from the cold and snow with the roof. For the warm and sunny weather there are the buses with open top.

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FREE HEADPHONES
AND MAP

The driver gives all the passengers a map which helps to orientate in the city and has coupons with discounts to different cafes and restaurants. Also you get free headphones.

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St. Petersburg, Kuznechny Lane, 4, metro station Vladimirskaya - 1 min. (free parking)
Phone: +7-960-234-52-53
Email: info@bptravel.spb.ru
Факс: +7 812 572-21-23
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