The State Hermitage Museum and the Palace Square
The Venice of the North
The Catherine's Palace
342 islands and 800 bridges
Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral
The City that never sleeps
Today we return to the past, back to the city’s first days, with a visit to the place where St Petersburg was founded, by the Tsar Peter the Great. The fort of Peter and Pavel is now the last home for the members of the Romanov Royal dynasty.
We then go back to the twentieth century and visit a real warship named “Aurora”, which, we believe, made the famous first shot that started the Revolution of 1917, which changed the world forever. Special permission is required to go inside, so you need to book in advance. The “Aurora” is one of the city’s most well-known symbols.
We shall continue this day with a visit to the Russian museum for its world famous Russian art collection. There are also collections of traditional toys and national crafts you will not see anywhere else in the world. We will teach you how to play “beer’yul’kee”—the ancient game of Russian kids.
We visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood—one of the most powerful constructions in Russian Orthodox Christian architecture; an absolutely enthralling must-see. Besides, this church is the real reason behind the USSR fall! Have you ever wondered why the USSR decided to get rid of the old Soviet model and move to democracy, freedom and human rights, like all of a sudden? There are many rumored reasons behind this big move. However, we will now disclose the real one.
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, built in late XIX century in St. Petersburg, has a dramatic and twisted story. As a result, during 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 dozens of legend surrounding one of St. Petersburg’s top must-sees.
Both exterior and interior are amazing.
“Everything we had to do with Discovery Russia pre departure was faultless. They were helpful with visa and prompt to reply to our questions or suggestions.
The itinerary was a little taxing with a lot of travel. The Guides worked hard to give us all of their knowledge We just would have liked a little more time to "be."
All in all, however, I would recommend Discovery Russia as a trustworthy, relaxed and comfortable organisation for first time Russia visitors who are happy to negotiate with their clients.”