The Gems of St Petersburg Small Group Tour (Visa Included)
Explore the historic art collections of greats like Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt with a visit to the Heritage Museum on this cultural excursion in St. Petersburg. When you book this exciting walking tour, you'll get a chance to visit not only the largest art museum in Russia but also the historic churches of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the Peter and Paul Fortress, the resting place of the famous Romanov family. You'll also get to experience a scenic drive aboard a comfortable vehicle to and from your port for a panoramic drive around the city as well as an expert guide who will lead your walking tour and share history along the way. You'll also visit the inside of the cathedral of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Church on Spilled Blood, home of one of the world's largest indoor mosaic displays. With the option to enjoy this guided coach tour daily, except for Mondays and Wednesdays, and free time for lunch, this convenient walking tour is ideal for cultural enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
Kick off this cultural experience with a convenient pick up from your port via a comfortable vehicle and take a scenic drive to the largest art museum in Russia and the second largest in the world: the Hermitage Museum. This museum occupies five buildings, including the Hermitage Theatre, the Old Hermitage, the New Hermitage, the Small Hermitage that houses Catherine's collections, and the Winter Palace, the winter home of Russian Tsars. Inside this iconic museum, you'll find several art masterpiece collections, including the Western European and Dutch/Flemish art collections from renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Raphael. After your visit to the museum, you'll get some free time to dine on your own, where you can sample delicious Russian cuisine at nearby restaurants and eateries.
Next, follow your guide to the iconic Peter and Paul Fortress. While this 18th century structure was built as a fortress, it also doubled as a political prison during the czars' rule. You'll get to tour the inside of this historic fortress' cathedral, which is known for its ornate marble columns and glittery chandeliers.
Wrap up your tour with a visit to the assassination site of the Russian Tsar Alexander II at the Church of on the Spilled Blood. Here, you'll find a dazzling display of mosaics inside the walls of this 23,000 square foot cathedral, which historians believe to be the world's largest indoor mosaic collection. Admire the intricacy of the medieval Russian architecture of the church's exterior as well as the strategically placed tiles that depict biblical figures and sciences inside its walls before taking another scenic drive back to your port.
From viewing art masterpieces in Russia's largest art museum to admiring the intricate mosaic artwork of the Church in Spilled Blood, there's much to see and do on this iconic tour. Book this cultural tour today and get ready to immerse yourself in Russian culture and the arts for an unforgettable experience in St. Petersburg.