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Anna Zhukova / Russia-guided-tours

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Key Information:
Group Size: 1 - 60 people
Destination: St. Petersburg
Season: January - December
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Minimum Cost: 150 US Dollar (USD) Per day
Maximum Cost: 250 US Dollar (USD) Per day

Welcome to St.Petersburg, Russia, the "Venice of the North", legendary city of canals and bridges, palaces and museums, squares and avenues, Peter the Great's "Window on the West"! If you plan to spend a few days in St.Petersburg I would be delighted to introduce you to the treasures of our city!

Guided Tours for groups and individuals in St.Petersburg, Moscow, Novgorod, Pskov and other cities of Russia.

Licenses to the museums: Hermitage museum, States Russian Museum, Catherine's palace, Pavlovsk, Peterhoff, Yusupov palace, Peter and Paul fortress, St.Isaack's Cathedral, Savoir on the Spilled blood church.

Special tours:

- Jewish Heritage in St.Petersburg
- Peter the Great tour
- Revolutionary St.Petersburg
- Architectural tour of St.Petersburg
- Hidden palaces
- Mariinsky theatre backstage tour
- Art Galleries tour
- Siege of Leningrad in Second World War
- St.Petersburg at Night (night life of the city)
- Gastronomy tours

Excursions:

City Tour - During the city tour you will have a chance to see the most fascinating sites of the city as well as famous monuments: Mariinsky Palace, Mariinsky Theater, St.Nicholas Cathedral, synagogue, St. Isaacs, Decembrist Square, Palace Square, Hermitage, Palace Bridge, University, Menshikov Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Trinity Square, Aurora, Naval Academy, Liteiny Bridge, Big House, Tauride Palace, Kikin's Chambers, Smolny Cathedral , Smolny Institute, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Old Nevsky Prospect, Nevsky Prospect, Moscow Train Station, Sheraton Nevsky Palace Hotel, Annichkov Bridge, Versace shop, Alexandrinsky Theater, Iliseyevsky, Gostiny Dvor, Grand Hotel Europe, Large Philharmonic Hall, Russian Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Mars Field, Michael's Castle, (back to Nevsky Prospect) Griboyedov Canal, Kazan Cathedral, Moika River, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty.

CITY TOUR WITH PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS - During the city tour with the inside visit to Peter and Paul Fortress you will have a chance not only to see the most fascinating sites of the city and famous monuments but you will also stroll along the walls of the Fortress and visit inside the Peter and Paul Cathedral, burial place of all Russian tsars starting from Peter the Great till the last Royal family of Nicholas the Second brutally killed by Bolsheviks in 1918. Please look through the City Tour description to know the sites of visit during the tour.

CITY TOUR WITH THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD - During the city tour with the inside visit to the Church of our Savior on the Spilled Blood you will see fantastic art of Russian mosaics. you will learn about the fate of Russian czar Alexander the Second, killed at the spot where the Cathedral is now build. Please look through the City Tour description to know the sites of visit during the tour.

HERMITAGE - The State Hermitage is one of the biggest art and culture museums of the world. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, the Hermitage museum occupies six buildings, including famous Winter Palace, the former residence of the Russian Imperial family. The collection of the museum consists of works of such masters as Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt, Poussain, Monet, Renoir.

PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS - Peter and Paul Cathedral houses the sarcophagi of all but two of the Czars starting with Peter the Great. Tourists, for years, have known the number of exceptions as three, but in 1998, the bodies of the Tsar Nicholas II and most of his family were brought here from Siberia. You will explore the political prison located inside the fortress. Panoramic view on river Neva from Neva gates. You can buy some etchings, prints and posters at the printing house located on the territory of the fortress.

STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM - State Russian Museum, housed in various mansions, where one may trace the tectonic shifts in Russian art, from the age of icons, before Peter, to the eighteenth century, when fashionable St.Petersburg imported French and Italian painters by cartload, and on the nineteenth, when talented Russians learned their craft in Italy and brought it home.

PETER' S LOG CABIN - This is a visit to the very first house constructed in the city. It is a log house, where Peter stayed, sleeping on a simple cot, from 1703 to 1710, while he oversaw the construction of the city.

PETER'S SUMMER PALACE - It is located in Summer Gardens (a must walk through); Parks and Gardens in the center of the town offer welcome respite. A special favorite is slightly disheveled maze of the Letniy Sad, or Summer Garden, densely studded with handsome marble statuary (80 baroque statues), evoking the romantic charm of 18 C. court life. Refreshed by an hour beneath the canopy of towering trees, you can set out to pay respect to Peter the Great, visiting his Summer Place. This is where Peter moved after leaving his cabin in 1710-1712. While formal , major banquets were held in the Menshikov Palace, Peter's normal dinners were here with his cronies- dinners famous for their drunkenness, practical jokes, and rowdiness. It is one of the first stone buildings in St.Petersburg constructed in 1710-1714 to the designs of the architect D.Trezini. The palace preserved the original decor and the interiors. There are many personal belongings of Peter and his wife Catherine I: expensive fabrics, trellises and paintings of the 18-th cent.

MENSHIKOV PALACE - This Palace, famous for its Delft tiles on walls and ceilings, was the first palace built in St.Petersburg. Peter the Great used it for formal occasions (when his log cabin would not do).

THE NAVAL MUSEUM - One of the word largest navy museums, that was established in 1709. The museum exhibits the items related to the history of Russian Fleet, and the traditions of Russian sailors. The museum stores over 800 thousand exhibits including 2 thousand ship models, over 3 500 banners, over 7 thousand items of arms, weapons, and military facilities, about 2 thousand paintings. The boat of Peter the Great is the unique one since it was done by Peter himself.

YUSUPOV PALACE - Yusupov Palace on Moika river is one of the grandest, if not the grandest palace in St.Petersburg. Interiors of the palace are unique in their decoration. In the basement is the room where the young Prince Felix Yusupov murdered Rasputin.

ST. PETERSBURG OF DOSTOEVSKY - During this city tour you will have a chance mostly to see places which are connected with the life of Dostoevsky and the characters from his books. You will visit his last apartment where he lived and dyed.

MEMORIAL TO THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD OF 1941-1945 - The siege of Leningrad is known in the history of mankind as the longest one. It lasted for 900 days and nights. During this time the population of the city suffered the horrors one can hardly imagine. Memorial retells you the story of those who dyed, and those who survived.

CATHERINE PALACE - Catherine Palace tour, sprawling, forget-me-not-blue Catherine Palace, topped with gold onion domes, its facade jammed with butterscotch-colored giants, its rooms with overripe cherubs will make you feel like a guest of the tsar. Recently used as a splendid Ball room for the concert of Elton John, for the celebration of the birthday of Paul Allen and other celebrities of the world! You will see the seventh wonder of the world called Amber Room, which was stolen by Nazis and never found again. Today we have a chance to see fascinating skills of Russian restorators!

ALEXANDER'S PALACE - The last refuge of the Imperial family of Nicholas the Second and his wife Alexandra. It's been recently opened to the public and is not rich in decoration but has a certain charm of the memories and spirit of those who lived in this place.

PAVLOVSK - Visit to the most interesting Russian Suburb palaces in St.Petersburg. A mention of Paul and his wife Maria Fedorovna. Chaste Pavlovsk, exuding decorum in each exquisite neoclassical interior gives a chance to see different epoch at the same time. There is a wonderful book called "Pavlovsk" by Suzanne Massie. It can be interesting for you to read it to make this palace alive for you future visit!

PETERHOFF - A Baltic Versailles, surrounded by the fountains and outbuildings all but infinite in their variety. We will try to see Malmaison, Catherine's entertainment house nearby, grotto under palace, and of course the main palace; walk around grounds, and be care of the trick fountains! The main fountains are awesome, so if this is a rainy day it won't be so much fun and could be changed to some other day.

ORANIENBAUM (CHINEES PALACE) - Visit to Oranienbaum is better to combine with your visit to Peterhoff. Since the Chinees Palace of Catherine the Great is located nearby. We will visit the Chinese Pavilion. I won't need to say more. Designed by Rinaldi, who introduced scagliola to Russia (you will see lots of it) in this pavilion.

- Travel and business cooperation as an independent assistant or consultant.
- Guided services and translations.
- Restaurants, theatre and show booking for any number of people.
- Hotels, apartments or any kind of other accommodation in St.Petersburg and Moscow.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Please, notice that all our final calculations will be done on individual basis and will depend on the program you choose, a car you will rent and on the duration of your use of my services.

Tour guiding (museums, palaces, other places of interest) all museum licenses are available. ($20/hr); (1 day ~ $150
(one day = 9 hours)
Oral interpreting (business meetings, seminars, press conferences, etc.) ($20/hr); 1 day ~ $150
(one day = 9 hours)

Supplier Information
Location: Russia
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2005
Client Request Served: 75

Worked on all kinds of travel arrangements for the private clients from agencies located in NY (CMR Travel Corp.), in LA (Baldwin Travel, TRI-Crown Vacation, INC) and in other cities around the world (Maritz Travel Company, IMP travel). Organized different tours for big groups (Save Venice Foundation, Bulgari,...

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