We’ll leave for a visit to Saint Petersburg. Almost all the trends in world and Russian architecture of the 18th to 20th centuries are found in this major metropolis. Formerly known as Petrograd, and subsequently Leningrad, this is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth and virtually any building in its large historic center, threaded with canals and dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction. We’ll see the Nevsky Prospect, St. Isaac Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, and Vasilyevsky Island. We’ll also visit the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, home to a number of revered 18th-century icons and a fine-carved wooden iconostasis. Its beautiful bell tower overlooks Kryukov Canal. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Built in 1703, the fortress was the very first building in Saint Petersburg. Its extraordinary golden spire is visible from all over the city, and its cathedral contains the tombs of former Russian tsars. We’ll have lunch in town. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the most famous museum in Russia: The State Hermitage Museum. The museum itself is mostly housed in the splendid Winter Palace, formerly the official residence of the Romanov Tsars. With over three million items in its collection, you’ll be able to get a brief taste of its riches—from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. We’ll return on board after our tour.
Length: 9 hours
- Some churches, cathedrals and sacred sites have required dress codes: Long pants for men, and a skirt and a head scarf for women. Shorts, t-shirts and hats are prohibited.
- Most cathedrals and churches have regular worship services, and we cannot guarantee tours or visits during these services or during religious holidays.