Founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg has kept its original aura and is still one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Bathed by the waters of the Neva, the “Venice of the North” boasts an impressive wealth of historic and artistic features. From the emblematic Nevsky Propect, the city’s main thoroughfare, exploring the city by foot is a pleasure. With its baroque cathedrals, imperial palaces, suspended bridges, theatres and museums, Saint Petersburg is a jewel of a city. To make the experience even quainter, take a boat ride along the canals through the ancient capital of the Czars.
PANORAMIC CITY TOUR & PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
From the pier, board your coach and start your panoramic tour with the Saint Isaac's Square, dominated by the majestic Saint Isaac Cathedral with its 4th largest dome in the world. In the center of the Square, you can see a monument to Nicholas the First. Pass the Palace Square, the main square of the city, beautifully balanced and proportioned around the Alexander Column. On the northern side of the square stands the picturesque Baroque Winter Palace - former imperial residence. Drive across the Neva River and view the Spit of Vasilievsky Island flanked by two rostral columns, originally lighthouses guiding ships through the busy port of Saint Petersburg.
The coach drives past the Artillery Museum and passes along the city side where Art Nouveau architecture flourished at the end of the 19th-century. Then pass the Field of Mars and the Marble Palace before arriving at the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. This marvelous old Russian-style church was constructed on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated on March 1st, 1881. Finally passing by Nevsky Prospect - not just Saint Petersburg's but Russia's most famous street. It is lined with magnificent palaces, churches, and theatrical buildings. This street is the main shopping area of Saint Petersburg.
ST ISAAC & THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD
Your visit starts by a short drive along the Neva River, till the well-known Isaac's Cathedral. The church on St Isaac's Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I, to replace an earlier structure. A specially appointed commission examined several designs, including that of the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand (1786-1858). After this great visit, drive to the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ its official name. Architecturally, the cathedral differs from Saint Petersburg's other structures; the Saviour on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism. It intentionally resembles the 17th century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated Saint-Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The Church contains over 7,500 square meters of mosaics - according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world.
At the end of your visit, have time at leisure to stroll along the Neva River or to do some shopping in the heart of the nearby flea market before returning to the ship.
RUSSIAN FOLKLORE SHOW
Saint Petersburg is known for its contribution to the arts of music, theatre, and dance. Traditional songs and dances are part of this heritage and this evening will bring music, song, and dance from many regions of Russia together in a spectacular folk show. A large troupe of talented singers, dancers and musicians will enthrall you with their performance. After a 30-minute ride through the historical part of the city, reach the Anichkov Palace
, a unique monument of history and architecture, overlooking both Nevsky prospect and the Fontanka River. Entering the Main Yard of the Anichkov palace from Nevsky prospect, the coaches brings you right to the entrance of the modern Concert Hall “Carnival”
. Proceed to the exciting auditorium with wonderful acoustics, where professional folklore group, well-known all over the world, introduces you to the treasure of national Russian art and cultural traditions. Hear popular folk songs such as “Katiusha” and “Kalinka”. The dancing group dressed in bright colorful costumes can whirl you in the circle of Russian folk dances, creating an atmosphere of a Russian fairy tale.