Sightseeing tour around the main ensembles of St. Petersburg

Visit to the Russian Museum

Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III Grand staircase of the Russian Museum Exposition of ancient icons in the Russian Museum White-columned hall of the Russian Museum Hall with paintings the artist Karl Briullov in the Russian Museum The Last Day of Pompeii is a large canvas painted by Russian artist Karl Briullov in 1830-1833

St. Petersburg was the first Russian city that was created on a regular planned manner. Proof of this is the magnificent ensembles of the central part of St. Petersburg, including not only buildings but also water spaces, parks and squares, streets and prospectuses which perfectly harmonized with each other.

Sightseeing tour will introduce you with the main architectural ensembles of St. Petersburg, which were built from the mid 18th century to the first half of the 19th century. In the final part of the guided tour through the historical center of St. Petersburg you will visit of the State Russian Museum which is located on the Square of Art. The monumental building Russian Museum (formerly Mikhailovsky Palace) is the compositional center this precious architectural ensemble.

Main points to visit during the guided tour
Architectural Ensembles of St. Petersburg

Nevsky Prospect is the most lively and architecturally impressiv street in all St. Petersburg.
Many remarkable exhibits of Russian architecture of the XVIII-XXth centuries are erected along the Nevsky. The most splendid among these are the Stroganov Palace built by B. Rastrelli, Kazansky Cathedral, Gostiny Dvor (Merchant's Yard), State Public Library, Anichkovsky Palace, Wawelberg's house, House of the Singer Co., Yeliseyev' house and several others.

The three central squares of St. Petersburg - Palace Square (Dvortsovaya), Senate Square with the monument to Peter the Great (Bronze Horseman) and St. Isaac's Square - form a unity of great spatial extent. They are united by the building of the Chief Admiralty one of the architectural masterpieces of the Russian classicism.

Arrow of the Vasilevsky Island - the eastern point of Basil island is one of the best vantage points for a panoramic view of the city. The most spectacular of them is the House of the Exchange with two Rostral Columns at both sides. The Exchange - the centre of the ensemble - was designed by Thomas de Thomon in 1805-1810.
The ensemble comprises the Peter the Great's Kunstkammer (Museum of Natural History), the so-called Main Building of the Academy of Science (Giacomo Quarenghi architect, 1783-1789).
When you look at the ansemble you clearly see how closely it is tied to the vast water expranse of the Neva and what an outstanding part the mighty northen river plays in the perception of the architecture of St. Petersburg.

Ensemble Square of Arts is one of the best ensembles of St. Petersburg, was created by the architect C. I. Rossi in the first third of the XIXth century.
This ensemble consists of three main parts - the building of the State Russian Museum with its outbuildings and park, area with a small garden in front of the Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum) and houses around the perimeter, Mikhailovskaya street linking the Square of Art with Nevsky Prospekt.

The State Russian Museum

Right in the middle of the Square of Arts stands Rossi's Mikhail Palace (Mikhailovsky Dvorets) built in 1819-25 in the style of a noble-man's town estate with a principal residence and two service wings. In front of the central portico with its eight Corinthian columns lies a large courtyard with an attractive railing. The original owner of the palace was Grand Duke Michael, the youngest son of Emperor Paul I. In 1898 the Imperial Museum of Russian Art of Alexander III was opened in the palace.

At present the Russian Museum possesses the largest collections of Russian fine arts, as well as applied and popular art. Outstanding is its collection of icons including the 15th-century Angel Miracle of St. George and the Dragon and many works by Rublyov and Ushakov. 17th and 18th-century Russian paintings are well represented, but most important are those of the 19th century, such as the seascape painter Aivazovsky's Ninth Wave, and the huge canvases of Ilya Repin including his Volga Boatmen. There are also many fine portraits by Valentin Serov, amongst them the beautiful Countess Orlov, and Vrubel's strange Demon. Painters of the World of The Soviet period is represented by some fine examples of early 20th-century Russian art, including Kandinsky, Shagal and Malevich.

Dionisii and his studio. St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostomos. Circa 1502.  From the iconostasis of the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Ferapontov Monastery. Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin 1878-1939. The Mother of God of Tenderness Towards Evil Hearts. 1914-1915 Valentin Serov 1865-1911. Bathing a Horse. 1905 Kazimir Malevich 1879-1935. Suprematism (Supremus N58). 1916 Arcady Petrov born 1938. Family Portrait. 1981 Valery Epihin Born 1950. Man with a Goat. 1994
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Price includes:

entrance fees
transportation by car, minivan or coach
assistance of an English-speaking guide
(German, French, Spanish, and other languages upon request)
Number of pax 1 2 3 4 - 9 10 - 14 15 - 19
Price in Rubles / person 6300 3400 2500 2100 1400 1200