➤The Winter Palace and the Hermitage guided tour
➤Bus city tour with stops at the city’s iconic landmarks
➤Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral & Church on the Spilled Blood
➤Lunch in a local bistro, “stolovaya” where you can try traditional Russian food (meals not included)
➤Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral with Romanov Royal tombs
Today you visit one of the most important sites in Russian history and heritage, the world-famous Palace of the Hermitage. Your guide will make it interesting to follow the tricky path of the centuries behind it and give you a better understanding of sophisticated Russian history.
We provide you with a local SIM card bundled with data, so you are free to amaze your family and friends with pictures of what you’re doing in the middle of the Russian winter.
Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, built in late XIX century in St. Petersburg, has a dramatic and twisted story. As a result, during the late Soviet era, the church permanently stood in a falsework. This was lasting for so, so long that finally St. Petersburg residents made an ironic belief that as soon as falsework was removed, the entire USSR would be removed as well.
Believe it or not, but the fact is: in 1991 the temple’s falsework was finally taken away and the same year, in August 1991, the end of the Soviet power has come. And this is just one of the dozens of the legend surrounding one of St. Petersburg’s top must-sees.
After lunch (not included) we continue our guided tour with a visit to Peter & Paul’s fortress, the first building of St Petersburg founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. For many years the Fortress served as a prison for political opponents. such as Dostoevsky, or Vladimir Lenin's brother, Alexander. Even Peter the Great's own son, Alexei, was captured here. The Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul with its iconic gold spire, is a place where Romanov tsars were buried.