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Saint Petersburg and Russia have many interesting sights to explore, I will show you places known by locals only.
The Faberge MuseumRussian Art
Victor Vekselberg paid more than 100 million US dollars to return the collection of Karl Faberge the court jeweler to Saint Petersburg. It contains 9 imperial Easter eggs, including the first and the last ones. Each egg is not only a fine piece of jewelry but also a marvel of complex engineering. For instance, the surprise in one of the eggs is the exact copy of the coronation carriage of Nicholas II and his wife. The copy is so detailed that it was used in the course of restoration of the original carriage. The priceless collection is exhibited in the Shuvalov Palace. Would you like to see it?
Bridges, Rivers and CanalsBoat trip
Saint Petersburg is not for nothing often referred to as Venice of the North. The banks of its rivers and canals dressed in granite stretch out 300 km and have become one of the city landmarks. You can enjoy the boat/yacht ride only during the navigation season (mid-April to mid-October) but the cityscapes, open draw bridges in the white nights seen from rivers and canals will stay in your memory forever. Thousands of tourists are eager to visit Saint Petersburg at this particular time.
Suburban ResidencesPalaces & Parks
The suburban residences of St. Petersburg are a constellation of unique gardens and palaces. Each Russian emperor or empress either built a palace for themselves or sometimes reworked the inheritance from their ancestors, and no expense was spared. The best architects of the time put their hearts in these projects. Now the whole world knows these names of Peterhof with its unique fountains, Catherine Palace with the recreated Amber Room, the wonderful Konstantin Palace in Strelna, which is now the residence of Vladimir Putin. There is also Gatchina, Oranienbaum, Pavlovsk, all of them are worth seeing.
Grigori RasputinHistorical tour
He was one of the most controversial personalities in the history of Russia. How could a peasant from Tobolsk province become an intimate of Nicholas II and his family? The tremendous influence of this 'holy man' on the emperor’s political decisions and the empress’s worship of him caused the irritation of many important people, which resulted in hatching a murder plot against him by a group of nobles. Rasputin was lured to the Yusupov Palace and killed. There was a lot of mystery connected with the murder: neither poison nor shots had effect. Was it really so or is it just a legend?
Art life of Imperial RussiaArt
Fyodor Chaliapin, Leon Bakst, Sergey Diaghilev. What do you know about them? Russia has always been renowned for its theatre and ballet. You can discover a lot about outstanding plays and celebrated actors, see stage costumes and sets of the past in Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music. You can even stand at the ballet bar and try some positions under the supervision of Nikolay Tsiskaridze the eminent Russian ballet dancer and an acting rector of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Or we could visit the imposing mansion of Fyodor Chaliapin, who was a famous opera singer and enjoyed an important international career at major opera stages. We can see the original interiors of his cozy home and listen to the recordings of his unique voice.
Very soon it will be difficult if not impossible to find the traces of the Soviet past. How did people live in the Soviet era? What were the communal flats with shared kitchens and bathrooms like? How does chicken Kiev taste? And why is pickled cucumber the best vodka snack? You can answer all these questions in the course of our Leningrad tour. This is the tour about the time of Sergey Dovlatov and Joseph Brodsky, many Russian people are still nostalgic about.
The Amber RoomPalaces & Parks
The Amber Room beckons tourists from all over the world. The original one was stolen from the Catherine Palace during WWII and was never found. In 1979, when attempts to find it had been halted, a group of talented jewelers started to recreate this masterpiece using old sketches and photographs. It took them 24 years to make the copy of the Amber Room. One of the jewelers, the craftsman who was in charge of preserving the treasure during the restoration works made a small copy of the Amber Room which is now exhibited in the personal museum of this outstanding artist right in the center of Saint Petersburg. Looking at the works of Alexander Krylov, you will inevitably be amazed by the wealth of his exceptional talent.
Underground & Railway StationsCity tour
Saint Petersburg underground is an attraction in itself since the majority of stations and tunnels are 50-70 meters deep under the ground. The first stations of the city which were initially opened in 1950-ies were designed in the Empire style and were intended to show the success and prosperity of the Soviet system to the world. Therefore, the most expensive materials were used and the stations had some similarities to Orthodox temples. The depth of the stations made them strategically significant in the case of war, they could serve as civil defense shelters. Saint Petersburg underground nowadays is a high-tech means of public transport serving about 2 million passengers per day. You can use free wi-fi in the tunnels and stations. During our guided tour of the most fascinating underground stations and imposing railway terminals you will know about the development of the country and city transport infrastructure.
The Peter and Paul FortressHistorical Tour
This fortress was founded by Peter the Great on May, 27, 1703 which became the birthday of the new city. Initially, it was built to protect the Neva banks from the Swedes and to ensure the outlet to the Baltic Sea. It used to be the most cutting-edge fortification construction of that time and was built under close supervision of Peter the Great and his five close associates, who gave the names to the six bastions. At first the fortress was made of earth, wood and clay and later was rebuilt in stone. The Peter and Paul Cathedral gave the name to the fortress and became the burial place of the Romanovs. The city is over 300 years old, it has survived in wars and revolutions. Most of these events are connected with the fortress which used to be a political prison, defense center and now it has been turned into a museum. It is the source of the city traditions, the place where the cannon makes the blank shot at noon and the ship with scarlet sails appears every year.
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