- Accommodation at the hotel
- Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
- Museum entrance fees
- English-speaking guide
Arrival in St. Petersburg. Meeting at the railway station.
Excursion around St.Petersburg center on a bus (City sightseeing tour): you will see the Peter and Paul Fortress – the first fortification on the Neva River banks, which was a prison in tsarist time. In the centre of it there is a Cathedral, where members of the imperial family and their relatives were buried beginning from Peter the Great. The Spit of St. Basil’s Island: Navy museum, Rostral columns, Academy of Sciences, Kunstcamer – the museum of Curiosities, created by Peter 1, State University, Menshikov Palace – belonged to the first general governor of St. Petersburg, close friend of Peter the Great, the Academy of Fine Arts. Palace Square in the centre of which there is Alexander’s column, the Hermitage museum, one of its building is the Winter Palace, Arch of the General Staff. Also you will see the Admiralty, Decembrists’ Square, in the middle of it there is a monument to Peter the Great the Bronze Horseman, St.Isaac’s Cathedral. Now we are in the main street of the city Nevsky prospect, the Cathedral of Our Mother of Kazan, Cathedral on the Spilled Blood, cruiser Aurora, the Summer Garden the first regular Park of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter I. Summer Palace of Peter the 1, Smolny Cathedral and Smolny Institute, Russia's first educational establishment for women, where now is located the city government. We will see the rivers, canals and draw bridges of our city.
A visit to the Hermitage (Winter Palace). Hermitage is the biggest and the most important museum in Russia. The State Hermitage is a home of more than 3 million masterpieces. There are the collections sculptures and pictorial art, crystals and porcelain, carpets and jewelry, weapon coins. It is world famous for its collections of Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish art, paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, French Impressionists – Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso.
Transfer to the hotel.
Excursion around the city Pechory - one of the oldest cities in the Pskov region . Here is located the Pskov-Caves Holy Dormition Monastery which founded in 1473 . The monastery acquired the cultural center of Russia. Now in the monastery there are 11 churches, three of them are the caves. The most famous are: The Cathedral of the Assumption, where you can see the main icon "Assumption of the Mother of God" and "Tenderness Mother of God of the Pskov- Pechory", Church of the Intercession, Church of the Annunciation, Monastic holy caves, the Church of Saint Lazarus.
Trip to Izborsk. It contains one of the most ancient and impressive fortresses of Western Russia. The village lies 30 kilometers (19 mi) to the west of Pskov and just to the east of the Russian-Estonian border. Izborsk’s 1150 years history and its today’s development enable us to consider this place to be a symbol of courage, loyalty to its Motherland, its faith and beliefs. Izborsk has always been famous for its traditional Russian hospitality. The archaeological finds began to appear in the museum since the day it was founded. In most cases they were collected by the local people. But most of the finds were lost during the Great Patriotic War.
Transfer to the hotel.
Bus excursion around Pskov. Pskov, one of the oldest Russian cities, was first mentioned in the Laurentian Chronicle in 903. The original name of Pskov was “Pleskov” meaning “the town of purling water”. Until the 12th century, Pskov was part of the Old Russian state. Kremlin (Krom), an ancient Russian fortress, is situated at the confluence of Rivers Pskova and Velikaya, at the right bank of River Velikaya. It consists of two parts. The first one is the inner fortress (Kremlin proper) with Troitsky Sobor (Trinity Cathedral). The second part is the external Dovmont fortress. Unlike the majority of other Russian fortresses, Pskov was involved in military action until 18th century. This is why the city conserves a lot of fortifications, many of them dating back from 15th century. Also you will see Bashnya Kutekroma (Kutekroma Tower, 1400), Ploskaya Bashnya (Flat Tower, 16th century), Vlas'evskaya Bashnya (St. Blaise Tower, 14th century), Prikaznye Palaty (Departmental Chamber, 1695) with a high restored porch.
There are a lot of monasteries and churches in this ancient city. One of them is Mirozhsky Monastery, which is situated in Zavelich'e, at the confluence of rivers Mirozha and Velikaya, across the river from Pokrovskaya Bashnya. It was founded in the middle of 12th century. In Spaso-Preobrazhensky Sobor (Transfiguration Cathedral, 1156), the oldest building in Pskov, unique frescoes of 12th century are preserved. Only a handful of monuments of Russian culture from that time survived to our days. Snetogorsky Monastery (Snyatnaya Ulitsa) is situated in the Northern part of the city, at the high bank of River Velikaya Snyatnaya Gora). It was founded in 12th century, in 1993 returned to the Church and transformed in the female monastery. In Rozhdestvesnky Sobor (Nativity Cathedral, 1310) frescoes from 1313 survived. The monastery contains alsoTserkov' Nikolaya Chudotvortsa (Church of St. Nicholas the Wondermaker, 1519) and the monastery walls of 17th century.
Bus to St. Petersburg and Accommodation at the hotel.
Check-out. Transfer to the railway station.