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Saint Petersburg: City Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Discover Saint Petersburg taking the tour of the most famous sights of the northern capital of Russia. Explore three of Saint Petersburg’s greatest treasures on this private walking tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of Spilled Blood and Hermitage.

Highlights

  • Admire the main sights of St. Petersburg, including the Hermitage, Peter & Paul Fortress and the Church on Spilled Blood
  • Walk around the city center and its most important sights with a private guide
  • See the most important masterpieces of famous painters, sculptors and masters of applied arts

Description

You will start in front of famous Dom Knigi (Singer Company Building), an innovative and richly decorated Art Nouveau masterpiece. The site at the intersection of Nevsky Prospekt and the Griboedov Canal, opposite Kazan Cathedral. Visit one of the most important churches of the city - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The church of the Russian styled domes, which attracts by its dazzling and colorful facades and interiors, was constructed in honor of the Russia Tsar Alexander II. The cathedral is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists, Italian stone carvers and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings with 7500 square meters of mosaics all in all.   After this, you will stop in front of the famous Alexander Column to listen a little bit about the history of this magnificent architectural ensemble as it consists of 5 buildings which are connected inside. Have a nice walk and see the most important masterpieces of famous painters, sculptors and masters of applied arts. In your program, you will visit Petrovsky Hall and Throne Hall, where you will be able to appreciate the power, strength and greatness of Russia at that time. It will be worth paying attention to the Pavilion Hall with its peacock clock where a unique entertaining gold composition is situated. Also during your tour, you’ll see the masterpieces of the Italian masters of art – Leonardo da Vinci (his Madonna Benois and Madonna Litta), works by Titian, Raphael, Antonio Canova sculpture, as well as the famous work by Michelangelo. Further, you’ll get to know Spanish art for admiring works by El Greco, Murilio, Zurbarán, Goya and Jose Ribera. In the Hermitage, you’ll find one of the best collections of Spanish art. Also, you’ll see masterpieces by Rembrandt and Van Dyck. Walk on the bridges over the river Neva to get to the historic Peter and Paul Fortress, a building that had the purpose of defending the new conquered land from the Swedes and that with time it became a prison where many notable prisoners were held. As you travel, your guide will tell tales of the city and how it was founded with the construction of the fortress in 1703 at the behest of the Czar, Peter the Great. On arrival at the fortress, stroll around its buildings with your guide while learning about its fascinating history. Hear how the fortress was built to defend against an incursion of Swedish forces that never happened, and how during the 19th century, the fortress was used as a prison. Peer inside to the eerie Trubetskoy Bastion, one of the former prison blocks as your guide explains how it was used as a torture chamber, and take a guided tour of the museum that charts the lives of the former inmates.

Includes

All taxes, fees and handling charges Professional licensed guide Guaranteed to skip the long lines Private tour
Food and drinks Gratuities (optional) Hotel pick-up and hotel drop-off Transportation by air-conditioned comfortable vehicle

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