Days: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Departure time: 09:00
Duration: 9 hours
Prices are in USD per person per tour
Discount for kids (3-12 yo) - 15 USD
Infants (0-3 yo) are free of charge
All port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes; Visa-free formalities; Private vehicle; English/or German/or Spanish/or Italian/or French local Guide; Entrance tickets to the museums; Lunch in local restaurant (3 courses, tea/coffee, mineral water); One pass for the camera per person in the museums; 2 bottles of mineral water per person in the vehicle.
Gratuities to the guide and driver.
As we say, there is an eternal Dostoyevsky in human nature here in St. Petersburg... Why? Book this exclusive excursion, and we will take you through the most exiting facts about the people who made history and created glory of the city of St. Petersburg!
The shore excursion "St. Petersburg Art, Life & Culture" starts at 9:00 am. Your guide will meet you at the pier and take you to Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Explore the monastery with some of the oldest buildings in the city and the graves of some of the biggest talents in the Russian culture, such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Michael Glinka. Next, we will visit The State Russian Museum where you will see a unique collection of Russian art. After exploring the exhibition, we will take you to lunch at a restaurant where you will enjoy traditional Russian cuisine and hospitality. Our next stop is the Museum of Fyodor Dostoevsky, one of Russia's greatest writers whose works are world-known. As a perfect finish of your full-day shore excursion, you will taste Russian vodka that has been popular in Russia among the nobles and poor since it was invented by Mendeleev in 1894. We will take you back to your ship by 6:00 pm.
Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra & Tikhvin Cemetery
Founded by Peter the Great in 1710, the monastery was raised to the rank of lavra in 1797, making it only the third lavra in the Russian Orthodox Church that had that designation bestowed upon it, after the Kiev Monastery of the Caves and the Trinity Monastery of Saint Sergius. Out of 16 churches, five have survived: the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Church of the Annunciation, Saint Lazarus Church, Saint Nicholas Church and the Church of the Holy Mother of God "the Joy of All Mourners" built into the monastery gates.
Inside the Holy Trinity Cathedral is the shrine with the remains of the patron saint of St. Petersburg, Alexander Nevsky. The remains were moved here from Vladimir in 1724 and were enshrined in a silver case. In 1935 the cemetery of Monastery was made into a necropolis of prominent art figures, and the remains of many outstanding people likeF. Dostoyevsky; the composers M. Glinka, M. Mussorgsky, A. Borodin, P. Tchaikovsky, A. Dargomyzhsky, the artists I. Kramskoi, A. Kuinji, the art and musical critic I. Stasov, famous actors and actresses.
The State Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum is the largest depository of Russian fine art in St. Petersburg and was established in 1895, upon enthronement of Nicholas II.
Its original collection was composed of artworks taken from the Hermitage Museum, Alexander Palace, and the Imperial Academy of Arts. Nowadays, The Russian Museum collection contains more than 400,000 artworks tracing the entire history of Russian art from the tenth to the twenty first centuries. The museum collection embraces all forms, genres, schools and movements of art.