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The tour begins at the hotel in the center of St. Petersburg. On your way to the Palace Square, the guide will get you acquainted with many architectural and historical places. Although you probably heard and read a lot about this place, you can expect a profound story about the very heart of Russian Empire, because exactly from this place the Russian monarchs managed the one sixth of the planet territory.
After a full tour around the Palace Square visit the Hermitage (both parts of it: The Winter Palace and the General Staff building).


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Description

Palace Square connects Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island. It is the central square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance, including the October coup of 1917. The earliest and most celebrated building on the square is the baroque white-and-azure Winter Palace of Russian tsars (1754–62), which gave the square its name. Although the adjacent buildings are designed in the Neoclassical style, they perfectly match the palace in their scale, rhythm, and monumentality. The opposite, southern side of the square was designed in the shape of an arc by George von Velten in the late 18th century. These plans were executed half a century later, when Alexander I of Russia envisaged the square as a vast monument to the Russian victory over Napoleon and commissioned Carlo Rossi to design the bow-shaped Empire-style Building of the General Staff (1819–29), which centers on a double triumphal arch crowned with a Roman quadriga.
The centre of the square is marked with the Alexander Column (1830–34), designed by Auguste de Montferrand. This red granite column (the tallest of its kind in the world) is 47.5 metres high and weighs some 500 tons. It is set so well that no attachment to the base is needed.
The eastern side of the square is occupied by Aleksander Brullow’s building of the Guards Corps Headquarters (1837–43). The western side, however, opens towards Admiralty Square, thus making the Palace Square a vital part of the grand suite of St Petersburg squares.
The square also serves as open-air venue for concerts by international acts, including Andrea Bocelli, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Duran Duran, Anastacia, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Shakira, Madonna, Sting.
The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building are also part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up
  • Entrance fees
  • Metro Ticket
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Small-group tour

 

Exclusions

  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommended)

 

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems

Booking details

Pricing Type – Per person
Maximum travelers – 9
Age groups – ADULT (12-80)
Languages offered on activity/tourEnglish only
Booking confirmation method – Instant Confirmation
Cut-off Time – 24 hours
Duration – 4 hours
Day off – Monday

Departure

Departure Time – 10 am
Departure Time Comments – not

Departure location

Name – Your hotel in St. Petersburg
Address – yes
Directions to Departure Location – not
Return Location – Tour ends at the center of the city

Voucher details

Local supplier telephone number: +7 (921) 938-46-11

Required info

  • All Customer names
  • Hotel details

 

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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  1. Steve

    Thank you, everything is cool, Petersburg is a cool city

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