Additional - St. Petersburg

The Peter and Paul Fortress
The Peter and Paul Fortress was founded by Peter I in 1703 to protect the city. During the period from 1717 to 1918 it was used as a political prison. On the grounds of the fortress one can visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral of the early XVII century with the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian tsars from Peter the Great to the last Russian Emperor — Nicolas II and his family.

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is the fourth greatest cupola cathedral in the world. It is richly decorated with monolithic columns, paintings, mosaics, sculptures, marble and semi-precious stones. Saint Isaac’s cathedral was the main cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church until 1917.

The Church on the Spilled Blood
The Church on the Spilled Blood was put up to commemorate the tsar-martyr on the site where on March 1, 1881, Grinevitsky, a member of the People's Will society, mortally wounded Emperor Alexander II. The church was put up with the money collected all over Russia. Architecturally it revives the traditions of the 17th-century Russian church-building. The church stands out for its complicated and picturesque outline, as well as rich and multicolored decoration. The facades are faced with glazed shaped brick and ceramic tiles as well as decorated with mosaic panels. In the decor of interiors Italian marbles and Russian semiprecious stones are used. The church is interesting as a kind of an architectural accent in classical surroundings. Moreover, the interior is unique, boasting of the mosaic panels made in Frolovs' workshop to the originals by outstanding Russian artists, including V.Vasnetsov, M.Nesterov, A.Riabushkin and others. This is the largest mosaic ensemble existing on the church facades and interior walls.

The Kazan Cathedral
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan encircles a small square with a double row of beautiful columns — an impressive colonnade. The architect Andrei Voronikhin, who built this church in 1801-1811, was greatly inspired by Basilica of St Peter's in Rome. Kazan Cathedral was meant to be a Russian version of St Peter's and the main church of Russia. After the War of 1812 the church became a monument to the Russian victory. The famous Russian field marshal Mikhail Kutuzov was buried inside the church. The cathedral was named after a «miracle-making» icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which the church housed till the early 1930s. The Bolsheviks closed the cathedral for services in 1929, and from 1932 it housed the collections of the Museum of History of Religion and Atheism, which displayed numerous pieces of religious art. In 1999 regular services were resumed in the cathedral, though it still shares the premises with the museum.

Peter’s log house
This visit will be to the very first house constructed in St Petersburg. You will see some of the original possessions of Peter the Great. Here you will have a unique insight into the personality of the famous Russian Emperor.

Yusupov’s Palace
Yusupov’s family was one of the richest families in Russia. This palace is one of the biggest of its kind in St Petersburg. There you will have a chance to see the room where Rasputin was killed. The unique interior and decoration of the palace is something you will never forget

Menshikov’s Palace
This palace is famous for its Delft tiles on the walls and ceilings. It is the first stone building in the city and Peter the Great used it for formal occasions. The palace houses the exhibition of culture and arts, and unique interiors of the 18th century.

The Hermitage
The State Hermitage is one of the biggest museums in the world. Founded by Catherine II, it contains the works of famous artists – Renoir, Poussin, Monet, Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, and Rembrandt. The museum occupies five buildings including the famous Winter Palace, which was the former residence of the Russian Emperors.

The State Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum is home to the world's largest collection of Russian fine art. It was opened in 1898 by decree of Tsar Nicholas II and was county's first ever state museum of Russian fine art, which was able to represent for the visitors the complete notion about history of it's development. The State Russian Museum is the second largest in the city after the Hermitage.

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Literary and Memorial Museum
In the museum you will have the opportunity to see the original belongings of the famous writer.