The Art Treasures of St Petersburg
Legacy of the Tsars
Departing: Thursday 21 February 2019
Returning: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Duration: 6 days
The beautiful city of St Petersburg, often known as the ‘Venice of the North’, was founded by Peter the Great to demonstrate his wish that Russia was a major power with its roots firmly fixed in Europe. Accompanied by Professor Leporc explore this grandest of cities with its elegant buildings and unsurpassed palaces located both in the city and the surrounding countryside. The visit has been specially planned for the end of February when the snow makes everything picturesque and the city looks magnificent. The theatres are open, the vodka and furs come out and the insides of the buildings are kept cosy and warm. More importantly one can enjoy the city’s wonderful architecture and superb museums without the crowds later in the year.
Throughout the six-day visit there will be two visits to the Hermitage with its hundreds of glittering, gilded rooms and its unrivalled collection of European and Russian art. Enjoy a day excursion to Tsarkoye Selo, the spectacular town of Imperial Palaces just outside of St Petersburg. There will be visits to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Yussopev Palace at least as spectacular in its way as the Hermitage but on a smaller scale. The rooms are gorgeous in their richness and variety.
- The recently opened and stunning Faberge Museum
- Attend a ballet or opera performance in one of Europe’s grandest theatres
- Journey can be extended to include a four day visit to Russia’s traditional ‘Holy Mother’ – Moscow.
HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MEDIUM
Price person sharing. Single room supplement £320.
$3,010 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in June 2018. Contact the relevant operator for the most up-to-date price information.