Beautiful bridges. Shimmering canals. Ornate palaces. St Petersburg really is special. It’s one architectural delight after another. Even its metro stations resemble underground palaces. In short, it’s everything you want out of Russia - right down to those Mr Whippy-esque cathedral spires.
• Tick off a rich list of sights, including the gilded cupola of St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Palace Square with its beautiful Baroque Winter Palace.
• Discover the Hermitage, home to an astounding collection of three million pieces of art. Feast your eyes on works by grand masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, El Greco and Rembrandt.
• Enjoy a magical night at the ballet at the Conservatoire Theatre, which belongs to the oldest musical school in Russia.
• Looking for something a little more contemporary? Then hit the shops along Nevsky Prospect and give the vodka bars a whirl.
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Panoramic City Tour of St Petersburg►
A visit to St. Petersburg is always an unforgettable experience. On this trip, you’ll clap eyes on a rich parade of sights, including Menshikov's Palace, the building of 12 Ministries of Peter the Great, the Academy of Sciences and the Chamber of Curiosities. The city’s rich history will come to life as you explore the bustling avenues of the city. At Vasilievsky Island, enjoy a magnificent view of the Neva River at its widest, and the distinctive Rostral Columns. Your guide will then take you for a photo stop at the Aurora battleship - which signalled the beginning of the historical Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Plus you’ll see the field of Mars and its tremendous esplanade. Another jewel of the city is the Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, built on the site where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Your tour carries on towards Nevsky Avenue, Russia's most famous street. Before returning back to your ship spend some time admiring St Isaac's Cathedral and as you pass Decembrist's Square take a look at the famous statue known as the 'Bronze Horseman'. Like we said, a visit to St Petersburg is an unforgettable experience.
The history of Russian choreographic art began more than three centuries ago and evolved through the pioneering genius of Tchaikovsky, Petipa and Ivanov. It’s these people who brought you masterpieces like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. Since then, Russian classical ballet has become a cultural brand of the country. As you arrive at the theatre, the curtain will go up and you will to enjoy one of the most romantic ballets of all time. You will be deeply moved by a timeless love story told in the mysterious language of classical dance. Champagne and mineral water will be served in the intermission as you experience an art form that has been shaped by Russian culture. It’s a night you’ll never forget.
Yusupov Palace & Canal Cruise►
On this tour you’ll visit Prince Yusupov's Palace, believed to be the most luxurious palace of them all. No expense was spared in the elaborate decoration and furnishing of the ceremonial halls and drawing rooms. Step back in time at the private theatre where Anna Pavlova and Shalapin once graced the stage. And learn how Yusupov, among others, took part in the murder of a Siberian peasant monk, the infamous Grigori Rasputin. Afterwards, see St Petersburg from a different perspective as you glide along the rivers and canals. During your narrated cruise, take a look at the elaborate facades of palaces and mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries and admire those wonderfully ornate bridges. Finally, by cruising the canals you can appreciate how it was included in the whole architectural ensemble of the city.