Ring Decorated with a Monogram, Period: Early Byzantine, circa: 7th century. Found: Pereshchepina Complex. near Poltava, the Village of Malaya Pereshchepina. Materials: gold. Technique: cast, polished, soldered and engraved. The collection of the State Hermitage includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. It contains paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects. The Hermitage is considered to have been founded in 1764, when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of works from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, St. Catherine’s Day. Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10.30-18.00 Wednesday, Friday: 10.30-21.00 Closed: Monday.
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Price: 129.00 Euro
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While in port in St Petersburg, learn about the city’s most prominent landmarks — including Peterhof – on a full-day shore excursion with a small group. Catch all the main highlights, including a visit to the Hermitage Museum followed by an elegant Russian lunch. You’ll visit the former summer residence of Russian emperors, as well as the 18th-century Peter and Paul Fortress. This small-group tour operates with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide.
– Comprehensive tour of the city
– Free port pickup and drop-off included
– Informative, friendly and professional guide
– Lunch included
After your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, embark on a full-day shore excursion with a local guide. Your small-group tour by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle begins with a peek at Vasilievsky Island. From here, catch sight of Old St Petersburg Stock Exchange, located at the Spit (Strelka), across from the Winter Palace.
Next, head to Nevsky Avenue, St Petersburg’s main road and one of most well-known streets in Russia. Your guide will point out the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and other monuments of iconic Russian architecture.
Your guide will show your small group around Peter and Paul Fortress as well as the interior of its cathedral, which served as a burial place for Russian tsars for almost two centuries. Listen to commentary as you learn about St Petersburg’s fascinating history!
Following your 1.5-hour city tour, head to the State Hermitage Museum, once the residence of Russian tsars and today one of the world’s greatest museums, boasting more than 2.7 million exhibits and displays. Explore the galleries with your guide as you admire the impressive art collections.
After visiting souvenir shops in St Petersburg, enjoy an elegant lunch in one of the best Russian restaurants in the city center. In the afternoon, discover the spectacular imperial estate of Peterhof on a 2-hour tour of the famous palace and park complex located on the shores of the Neva River.
The Great Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors of former tsars, sits atop a high ridge overlooking the vast gardens. Peterhof’s unique array of fountains, considered some of the most beautiful in the world, has earned it the title of the ‘Russian Versailles.’ Your tour ends with transport back to the St Petersburg cruise port.