The Museum of Political History is housed in the mansion of Kshesinskaya, who was a famous ballet dancer and Tsar Nicholas II's lover.
St Petersburg City Tour
St Petersburg City Tour, Russia
The city tour takes you to the main streets and squares of the city - names that stir the Russian heart - Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, the Bronze Horseman, the Fontanka Embankment, the Neva River, and Vassilevsky Island.
You see Peter and Paul's Fortress - set on an island in the Neva delta, the fortress was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, and is the oldest part of the city. In the years before 1917 the fortress was mainly used for holding illustrious political prisoners - Dostoevsky was held there, as well as Peter's own son, Alexei.
At the heart of the fortress is the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, burial place of the Romanovs - the family that ruled Russia for over three hundred years until the 1917 revolution. The Golden Spire of the cathedral is a familiar silhouette on the city skyline.
The afternoon is devoted to the Hermitage Museum, the world's largest repository of fine art and artefacts. A former winter palace of the Tsars, the Hermitage is an architectural wonder in its own right. The five buildings house more than two million exhibits over 1057 rooms - it has been calculated that simply to glance at each exhibit would take more than eight years . You will see the best of it! There is also a 'Gold Room' special collection, which requires a separate entrance ticket.
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These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
Visit the sumptuous Tsars' Village, which was the summer residence of the Russian Emperors. Tsars' Village is a unique ensemble, comprising a number of palaces, pavilions, and the dwellings of lesser nobles and servants, in harmony with lakes and landscaped gardens.
St Petersburg is the home of ballet - the dance was first developed here from the 18th century onwards, with all of the most famous ballets being premiered here. As well as ballet, the city has a thriving musical scene, with many fine orchestras and performers.