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This tour is a combination of two of our most popular half day tour plus an evening Russian Folkloric show. This three tour combination lets you enjoy City Highlights and the Peter & Paul Fortress, A Russian Folkloric Extravaganza and Peterhof, the Russian Versailles.
Day 1: Your coach brings you to the city center, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, to enjoy the magnificent view of the Neva River and the Rostral Columns. This stop will give you a chance to take pictures of the Winter Palace and other buildings of the Hermitage Museum, as well as the St. Peter and Paul Fortress situated right across the river. The tour continues inside the fortress. Once inside the cathedral, admire the beauty of its marble columns, glittering chandeliers, and painted decor combined with carved and gilded iconostasis, create a magnificent setting for the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. After your guided tour of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Fortress grounds, you’ll continue on a drive along the embankments of the Neva River. A photo stop will be made at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Your tour ends at St. Isaac’s Square, from where your coach will take you back to the pier.
Day 1 Evening: Later in the evening you’ll be taken to the concert hall to enjoy a Russian Folkloric performance. Get acquainted with the fascinating songs and dances from the nations inhabiting Russia, and the republics of the former Soviet Union. You’ll be offered Russian Champagne and mineral water. This evening will take you on a spiritual journey through different regions of Russia, with energetic dances of Don Cossacks and melodic Russian, Ukrainian and Gypsy songs including the world-famous Kalinka and Katyusha.
Day 2: Take a short drive to Peterhof, the town of palaces, fountains and parks, built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. It lies on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, 22 miles west of St. Petersburg. After a short walk from the parking lot you’ll reach the main entrance of the Grand Palace. Built in the beginning of the 18th century, Peterhof is known as the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian Tsars. The estate construction spanned two centuries, and upon its completion it encompassed seven parks and more than 20 smaller palaces and pavilions. Peter himself designed the layout of the 300 acre park and spectacular fountains.