Days: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Departure time: 09:00 or 14:00
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; One pass for the camera per person in the museums; 1 bottle of mineral water per person in the vehicle.
Gratuities to the guide and driver
Do not miss a chance to indulge in the mysteries of the 'Venice of the North'.
Tour includes visits to the most famous and enigmatic places of the city that are not only stunning sites, but also have mysterious historical value.
Your guide will meet you at the pier. Depart the pier for a 30-minute transfer to Yusupov Palace associated with one of the most controversial personalities in Russian history, Grigori Rasputin, and his dramatic assassination that has become a legend and mystery that still haunts visitors and fascinates historians. Following the visit to Yusupov Palace embark a boat for short boat ride through the canals. Next you will see the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood built on the place where Tsar Alexander was murdered in 1881. Than we will bring you back to the ship.
Usupov Palace & Rasputin Exposition
The Yusupov family owned the palace from 1830 to 1917. The palace catches one's eye by its unique rooms such as the Moorish room with its beautiful mosaics and the Pool room with a secret compartment under the table. Admire the famous private theatre of the Yusupov Palace, which is small-scale copy of the Mariinsky Theatre. Every generation of the Yusupov family designed and redesigned some of the rooms, and as a result the palace has turned into a museum displaying historical interiors from the beginning of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century.
While passing through the exquisitely decorated interiors of the palace, the full story of the murder of Rasputin unfolds in front of you. Grigori Rasputin, a peasant and self-proclaimed holy man, had gradually won favor with the Tsar's family through his alleged supernatural powers. His control over the decisions of the family and theRussian ruler himself, put him in a potentially manipulative position and posed a very real threat to their power. Consequently, Rasputin was murdered at the Yusupov Palace on the night of December 16, 1916, and his death proved to be an almost greater mystery than his life had been.
Cruise by private boat
A boat trip is a very pleasant, interesting and romantic way to explore the city. St. Petersburg is often called the Venice of the North. It lies astride 42 islands washed by 65 rivers and canals. You will go along the old canals, tiny rivers and under the bridges. You will discover completely different city and it will be easy to imagine yourself in the 18th - 19th century St. Petersburg, where canals and boats existed - busses did not.
Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood
Also known as Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ or even just the Church on the Blood - as it marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881.
Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, the Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture.
The Cathedral is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. 7 500 square meters of mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings.
Although years of neglect during the Soviet era left the building in poor condition, a painstaking, 27- year restoration led to the reopening of the cathedral in 1997.