A sightseeing tour dedicated to those who would like to see "Venice of the North" by night, to appreciate the unique atmosphere of the glorious past under a specific light, whilst also fully experiencing the essence of this magical city with a whole host of emotions.
What we will see
- Sphinxes (photo stop)
- Panoramic tour: Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress and Spilled Blood Cathedral
- Walking tour: Admiralty embankment, Nevsky prospect, Kazan Cathedral (photo stop)
- St Isaac’s Cathedral (photo stop)
What we will do
- We will begin our tour with a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg stopping at first at the famous Sfingi. The two striking sculptures, 3.50 m tall, were found in the Tebe excavations (1820-32) and bought by a Russian diplomat in Alessandria on behalf of Nicolas I to then, in 1834, be placed on the University road. The sculptures serve to testify 3,500 years of history, beginning with the times of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Amenemhat III, until the Russian Revolution and the Second World War.
- We will continue our tour of the city admiring the views of the island of Vasilievsky, one of the major islands on which St. Petersburg stands and partly overlooked by the Gulf of Finland; numerous monuments and buildings of artistic and historic importance can be found on the island, amongst which St. Petersburg's University and the Russian Academy of Sciences. We can also see the Fortress of Peter and Paul, the building of which began in 1703 using the design of the architect, Domenico Trezzini upon the order of Peter the Great; the Fortress started out as a strategic city to then become, at the end of the 18th Century up until February 1917, a political prison, a place where patriotic, democratic and revolutionary threats were held, amongst which the writers, Gorkij and Dostoevskij. Within the walls, stands the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul, with its Baroque style. Continuing on, we will arrive at the Cathedral of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, the establishment of which began in 1883, at the site where Tzar Alexander II of Russia was killed and which is similar to Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. It is one of the most beautiful churches in the city, characterised by its adorned, green, blue, white and gold domes and surmounted by shiny, golden crosses.
- We will get off the coach to explore the city on foot, mingling with the local people, walking along the Arsenal, taking photos of the street musicians or feeding the pigeons which peacefully rest on the steel railings.
- We will cross the famous Nevsky thoroughfare, the main road, which is 4 km long, which crosses the city from the Admirality to the Alexander Nevski monastery, on the banks of the Neva River. It is the heart of shopping in St. Petersburg and is flanked by elegant buildings, amongst which the Winter Palace. We can take some photos at the Cathedral of Kazan, the main church in St. Petersburg dedicated to the Lady of Kazan, the structure of which (dome and column) is reminiscent of the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican City.
- We will return to the coach to finally head to Saint Isaac's Cathedral, boasting a Neoclassical style and a 21.8 metre gold dome making it the fourth tallest cathedral in the world. We can also admire its Column, 43 metres tall, from where we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city that never sleeps.
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