Excursions Russia by Musement

Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum skip-the-line tickets

Visit the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg to discover the collection that includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. It contains paintings, graphicworks,sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects.The Hermitage is considered to have been founded in 1764, when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of works from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. Explore one of the oldest museums in the world and admire the beautiful historical buildings of the complex.Choose a two-day ticket and see more. With the two-day entrance ticket you can visit the Main Museum Complex, General Staff Building, Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace and the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory.Please note: you have to choose a date during the booking, but your tickets will be valid for 180 days from the purchase.

Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum skip-the-line tickets

 

Hermitage Skip the line tickets with escorted entrance

Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum skip-the-line guided tour

Russian Folk Show at Nikolayevsky Palace in St Petersburg

At the ‘Feel Yourself Russian’ folk show at Nikolayevsky Palace in Saint Petersburg, you’ll grow more acquainted with Russian culture. Expect thrilling dances and folk songs as you catch the spirit of Russia! Get involved into the Russian culture, enjoy music and seize an opportunity to join the dancers (if you are fortunate enough to be picked up among the visitors). During the two hour show, you’ll see three folk groups:

  • Peters Quartet is represented by the graduates of The Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory who will perform classical folk songs, lyrical romances and Russian Orthodox hymns.
  • The Cossack song-and-dance folk group Maidan tends to preserve Cossack heritage by performing their original songs and dances. The group’s name is a Cossack notion denoting the Cossack regular meeting place in ancient times, where people used to settle important matters together
  • Last but not least, Stars of Saint Petersburg showcases professional dances performed by graduates of the best Russian choreography schools. One astonishes at the variety of dances represented by the group, as they perform dynamic dances of the Cossacks from the Don and Voronezh, lyrical dances of the Russian North and dancing miniatures of the Urals and Siberia with their subtle humor. You will notice not only the performers’ ability to show Russian culture at its finest but also their professional acrobatic skills that take spectators’ breath away.

The show runs for 90 minutes (1,5 hours) and includes two parts consisting of 45 minutes. If you get hungry, you are free to enjoy canapes with ham, red caviar, salami, different kinds of cheese; taste Russian vodka, champagne or red wine. Non-alcoholic drinks are available as well: juice, mineral water and soft drinks.

NOTE: two tour options are available – a ticket only or a ticket with a roundtrip transfer – please choose what suits you best.

Russian Folk Show at Nikolayevsky Palace in St Petersburg

Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces with transfer from St Petersburg

Discover stories of the Russian Imperial family and aristocracy on a visit to two former Imperial summer residencies: Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) and Pavlovsk.

Tsarskoe Selo is home to the stunning baroque Catherine Palace. Pavlovsk Palace is surrounded by the largest landscape park in Europe.

Pavlovsk Palace was built in the late XVIII and early XIX centuries, the time when Classicism developed as the leading arts style in Russia. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of the classical style in Europe.

The other name of Tsarskoe Selo is Pushkin being tightly connected with the life of the famous Russian poet who suffered a tragic death. The first owners of Tsarskoe Selo were women: Catherine I, the wife of Peter I, Elisabeth I, their daughter, and Catherine II. Elisabeth I, after she had inherited Tsarskoe Selo, treated it with special affection and named the palace she commissioned to be built after her mother. Catherine Palace is an impressive baroque reconstruction with rooms decorated with gold and mirrors. You will have a unique chance to visit the breath-taking Amber Room.

Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces with transfer from St Petersburg

Join-in small group tour of Hermitage Museum

During your four-hour join-in small group tour of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, you’ll skip the line and explore this impressive art collection with a local expert guide.

You’ll visit the following major buildings of the Hermitage: Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and General Staff Building with the Impressionist collection.

The Winter Palace contains glorious interiors and work on this royal residence began under the reign of Empress Elizabeth I and was completed under Catherine the Great. The amazing art masterpieces you are going to see were collected by Emperors and their relatives that were kept and hidden during the war period by the museum staff. Admire works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Veronese – the most significant artists of the 15-18th centuries. You’ll also the magnificent collection of Impressionists and Post-impressionist artwork.

See the gorgeous interiors of the Winter Palace, the famous Peacock clock and the amazing French, Dutch and Italian art selections at the Small Hermitage.

Join-in small group tour of Hermitage Museum

Saint Petersburg highlights: The Church of Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

  • Enjoy a tour around Saint Petersburg in a comfortable mini-van, and see the highlights of the city
  • Let your experienced guide tell you interesting facts about the attractions
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress and the Church on Spilled Blood
  • Visit St Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Saint Petersburg, which celebrated its 300 anniversary in 2003, is still young, but there are not many cities in the world that can compete with its number of historical places and architectural beauty. It is a real challenge to squeeze into a 3 hour tour all the must-see sites of the former Russian capital, and pay them justice.

Saint Petersburg highlights

Private tour of Pushkin Catherine Palace and Peterhof Grand Palace

  • Visit St Petersburg world-famous Imperial palaces
  • Marvel at the wealth and tastes of the Emperors of Russia from Peter the Great onwards
  • Explore the sumptuous palaces with their extensive landscape gardens: treasures of art and history
  • No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without a trip to at least one of the world-famous Imperial palaces in the city’s suburbs. A showcase for the wealth and tastes of the Emperors of Russia from Peter the Great onwards, the extraordinary estates of Catherine Palace and Peterhof Grand Palace boast sumptuous spaces, extensive landscape gardens, and a treasury of art and history.

Private tour of Pushkin Catherine Palace and Peterhof Grand Palace

Small group tour of Catherine Palace and Tsar Village

Catherine Palace and Parks in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) is located in suburbs close to Saint Petersburg and represents the best of Russian royal heritage.

On this tour you will be picked up from your hotel and will be driven to the Palace. When you arrive you will see how its solemn tranquility hypnotizes with grandeur and beauty. Tsarskoe Selo is also tightly connected with the life of the famous Russian poet who suffered a tragic death – Alexander Pushkin. The first owners of Tsarskoe Selo were women: Catherine I, the wife of Peter I, Elisabeth I, their daughter, and Catherine II. Elisabeth I, after she had inherited Tsarskoe Selo, treated it with special affection and named the palace she commissioned to be built after her mother. Catherine Palace is an impressive baroque reconstruction with rooms decorated with gold and mirrors.

On this guided tour of the area you will also have a unique chance to visit the breath-taking Amber Room.

Small group tour of Catherine Palace and Tsar Village

Hop-on Hop-off St Petersburg bus pass with boat option

  • Choose between a two-day hop-on hop-off bus pass, a one-day boat pass, or combine both
  • 2 bus tour routes & 24 stops around St. Petersburg. Create your itinerary to explore the city
  • Audio-guide in ten languages so you can learn about St Petersburg’s history and traditions
  • Flexible 3-month bus or boat pass

Hop-on Hop-off St Petersburg bus pass with boat option

St. Petersburg 3-hour skip-the-line Hermitage Museum tour

The tour will start in front of famous Alexander Column, to listen a little bit about the history of this magnificent architectural ensembles which consists of 5 buildings, connected from the inside. Then you’ll have a nice walk and see the most important masterpieces of famous painters, sculptors and masters of Applied arts.

You’ll have the chance to visit the Petrovsky Hall and the Throne Hall, where you can appreciate the power, strength and greatness of Russia at that time. It is worth paying attention to the Pavilion Hall, where peacock clock (a unique entertaining gold composition) is situated. Also during the tour, you’ll see the masterpieces of the Italian masters of art Leonardo da Vinci (his Madonna Benois and Madonna Litta), the works by Titian, Raphael, Antonio Canova sculptures, as well as the famous work by Michelangelo. Furthermore, you’ll get to know the Spanish Art by admiring works by El Greco, Murilio, Zurbarán, Goya, Jose Ribera. In the Hermitage Museum you’ll indeed find one of the best collections of the Spanish art. Also, you’ll discover see masterpieces by Rembrandt and Van Dyck.

St. Petersburg 3-hour skip-the-line Hermitage Museum tour

Peterhof Palace and Gardens tour with hotel pick-up

Visit Peterhof, a beautiful summer residence of the Russian Imperial family. See both the Grand Palace and the spectacular fountain-filled grounds.

Peterhof is a park complex which includes the principle palace and a number of minor pavilions. It is also a place where you can find the most splendid fountains, due to being nearby several underground springs. Located about 28 km (30 miles) from the city centre, on the south shore of the Gulf of Finland, this palace is often referred to as the Russian Versailles.

Enjoy the tour around the luxurious palace and admire more than 100 fountains and four spectacular cascades. The Great Palace is a unique result of two centuries of work which houses the remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, porcelain and glass. It is situated as if on a pedestal above the shining gold statues and sparkling water of the Great Cascade.

Learn more about the park complex and the Grand Palace. Inside you can see gold-shining baroque halls from the middle of the XVIII century, complemented with the calm austerity of rooms from the Classical period.

Peterhof Palace and Gardens tour with hotel pick-up

Saint Petersburg CityPass

  • Visit top 20 attractions while saving time and money
  • Discover Saint Petersburg at your own pace
  • Enjoy special bonuses just for CityPass holders
  • Save up to 80% on total admission costs
  • You pay once and you don’t need to buy tickets anymore
  • Enjoy a romantic river cruise under the bridges of the Neva River

Saint Petersburg CityPass

St. Petersburg half-day private tour

Seize the opportunity to hire a guide for four hours – a person who is glad to share his/her knowledge, show you around the city and make your trip unforgettable and safe. For your four-hour private walking tour of St Petersburg, your guide will meet you at your hotel, and from there, you will set out and explore the city. You may discuss your tour program and itinerary with your guide who will enrich you with knowledge about Russia and Saint Petersburg.During your walking tour, your guide will take you along Saint Petersburg’s beautiful streets to show you the city’s highlights and assist you in finding the places you would like to visit.Do not forget to inform your tour manager about the city attractions you are eager to visit during the tour, so that he could reserve tickets beforehand – and there will be no necessity for you to stand in a line.St Petersburg’s highlights include Church on the Spilled Blood, St Isaac’s cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage, Russian Museum, Alexander-Nevsky Lavra, River and Canal tour and others.

St. Petersburg half-day private tour

Swan Lake Ballet ticket in St Petersburg

Russian Ballet is a dancing art phenomenon famous all over the world. Swan Lake is ballet in its best manifestation.Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created this masterpiece in one of the most dramatic moments of his life and you definitely feel it in the music. The ballet libretto is very simple, but this is what makes music and dancing stand out. Millions of people see the Swan Lake ballet every year. You, too, can enjoy it on the Russian stage!The meeting point depends on your tickets. Please check your tickets for the correct theater. The theater will be at one of the following addresses: see link below

Swan Lake Ballet ticket in St Petersburg

Boat tour in St Petersburg with Audioguide

Relax on a river boat tour of St Petersburg to see all the famous sites, in only 1-hour. Starting the the River Embankment Myka 26, you will see the Hermitage, the Bronze Horseman Monument, well-known Egyptian sphinxes, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace and Troitsk bridges, the Summer garden, Chizhyk-Pyzhik, Anichkov Bridge, Church of the Savior on Blood and other numerous sights.

Each guest onboard is given an individual device – an audioplayer with earphones, the record on which is synchronized with the speed of a ship. The excursion is read by the professional guide, whose competent speech and pleasant voice are accompanied by light music.

  • Canals and Rivers of St Petersburg
  • Neva river
  • Central bridges of St Petersburg

Boat tour in St Petersburg with Audioguide

Golden Ring Moscow folk show

The Golden Ring show is one of the oldest dance performances in Russia. Enjoy a stage show that will introduce you to some of Russia’s fascinating history and cultural dances, whilst being a lot of fun and educational for the entire family.As you watch your performance of the Golden Ring, you will get to see, first hand, this magnificent display of Russian culture, and learn how these dance traditions differ from other parts of the world. Get swept away by the story, the costumes and the art of the dance. You will also learn how the tradition of the dance differs from different areas in Russia as each region is representedthrough their traditional costume and dress sense.

Golden Ring Moscow folk show

Moscow Kostroma folk show

See the most beautiful folk show in Moscow! The Russian National Ballet Kostroma presents a series of shows with a historical perspective of Russia, from the christening of Rus to the USSR. The show reveals the traditions and lives of people living in the North, South, Caucasus mountains and in Central Russia.national coloring. Witness the temporal, urban, village, and military culture of Russia.The Kostroma show involves 50 dancers, 15 reincarnations, 10 tons of freight, 600 unique costumes, 300 items of props, and 8 set changes. The signature image of the show is the Girl in Silver, a woman dressed in blue and silver embroidery.In local culture, it is represented by all kinds of handcraft. This trulyRussian heritage is skillfully transmitted through ballet dance and costumes.

Moscow Kostroma folk show

Half-day Vladimir Lenin tour with a historian guide

100 years ago, the Great October Revolution took place under the direct supervision of its leader, Vladimir Lenin. On this half-day tour, you will find out how a boy from a provincial town on the Volga river changed the course of world history. Learn about Lenin and why and how things happened in St. Petersburg.

Your professional historian guide will pick you up from the hotel with a private driver. Afterward, you will follow Lenin’s life from his first safe apartment (now a museum) to the assault of the Winter Palace. As a highlight of the tour, you will explore the rustic shelter “Shalash” in the countryside which served as Lenin’s hideout in the summer of 1917 – a few months before the revolution. In this picturesque scenery, you are going to have lunch before heading back towards the city.

Other important sights of the tour include the “Aurora” cruiser and the headquarters of the revolution “Smolny”.

Half-day Vladimir Lenin tour with a historian guide

St Petersburg customized day tour with chauffeur

  • Seize a wonderful opportunity to hire a guide and driver for eight hours
  • Itinerary will be customized according to your preferences
  • Stay local or visit one of the palaces outside the city
  • Skip the line thanks to perks like fast track admission

St Petersburg customized day tour with chauffeur

Catherine Palace Tour by public transport with hotel pick-up

With a guide, you take a train to Tsarskoye Selo — the town where Catherine Palace is located. Alternatively, you can travel by metro and bus. From the station to the palace you can take a bus or walk (it’s about 15 minutes).After arriving at the complex, together with the guide you will go through the park area and then into the palace itself. The tour includes the famous Amber Room. Your will have a chance to enjoy the interiors and decorations of imperial Russia at its fullest.When the Catherine Palace tour ends you can take a walk in the parks (if the weather conditions are appropriate) or go back to the city by bus or train. The guide will accompany you to the metro station and makes sure you get back to the hotel or any other end point you prefer

Catherine Palace Tour by public transport with hotel pick-up

Saint Petersburg walking tour with 3 Cathedrals

  • Visit three of the city’s most beautiful cathedrals
  • Marvel at the stunning interiors of 19th-century St Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Spot the similarities between the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and Rome’s St Peter’s Basilica

Saint Petersburg walking tour with 3 Cathedrals

St Petersburg two-hour private orientation tour

During your two hour orientation tour of St. Petersburg, your local expert guide will show you around, explain the transport system and other city’s other important specifics such as where the landmarks are located as well as the best shops, malls, banks, cafes, restaurants and other places near your hotel.Your guide will take you for a walk around the vicinity of your hotel and show you where you can exchange your currency to Russian roubles or have a substantial lunch as well as where to find supermarkets, shopping malls, souvenir boutiques and other places you might require. You’ll also take a short trip around the district by bus or subway to understand the way it functions. Knowing all these details will facilitate your stay in Saint Petersburg and make it even more enjoyable.You are free to finish your two hour tour at any place upon your wish.

St Petersburg two-hour private orientation tour

One-way or round-trip transfers from St Petersburg airport or train station

Your one-way or round-trip transfers from the St Petersburg airport or train station let you enjoy a comfortable, fast and carefree trip from the airport/railway station to your hotel–or vice versa–at any time of day or night.Choose the vehicle that best accommodates your party and your baggage for your transfer (sedan, mini-van, mini-bus or a coach).There is no need to worry about your luggage, suitcases or bags, as they will be held in a secure place. Just sit back and enjoy your ride in a spacious air-conditioned vehicle with full insurance coverage.

Airport transfer

2-day private tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof and Catherine Palace

On this unique sightseeing program you will explore the best of St Petersburg over the course of two 8-hour days with a licensed local guide, private transportation in an a/c private car/minivan and a break for lunch in a local cafe or a restaurant. Experience all the famous locations of St Petersburg with your private guide including, the St Peter and Paul Fortres, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and St Isaac’s Cathedral, The Hermitage Museum with the Winter Palace, Peterhof, Pushkin and Cathrine’s palace.

Day 1 (8 hours):Meet your private guide in your hotel lobby, in the morning take a panoramic city tour of St Petersburg by car/minibus and walk to the territory of St Peter and Paul Fortress. Then visit The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and St Isaac’s Cathedral before breaking for lunch (not included). In the aftrnoon tour The Hermitage Museum including the Winter Palace, the buildings of the Small and Great (Old) Hermitage, the New Hermitage and experience a sightseeing canal cruise (1 hour) before returning to your hotel.

Day 2 (8 hours):Meet your private guide in your hotel lobby and drive to the Peterhof. Take a short metro station tour then, tour of the Peterhof Park and Fountains before driving to the Tsar’s Village (Pushkin). Following a lunch break (not included) tour Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room before being dropped off at your hotels central location.

2-day private tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof and Catherine Palace

Russian Circus Show Ticket In Moscow

Russian Circus in Moscow is the oldest entertainment institute in Russia. The State Circus venue where the shows are run was the first to train animals and acrobats professionally. You have a rare chance to see animals working with trainers.Russia is one of the few countries left where animals work in circuses. There are two venues available: Moscow State Circus and Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard also known as Nikulin’s Circus.

Russian Circus Show Ticket In Moscow

All-inclusive tour of St Petersburg

  • See the most important sights in just one day
  • Let a private guide teach you about the history of St Petersburg
  • Explore the famous Hermitage
  • Marvel at the unique architecture of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Enjoy a hassle-free tour with private transport and skip-the-line entrances

All-inclusive tour of St Petersburg

St Petersburg Cathedrals Tour

After being picked up from your hotel you are heading straight to St Petersburg’s most historic cathedrals.On this 4-hour tour, your professional art historian guide will take you on a journey through St Petersburg’s history and the stories behind the architectural masterpieces. After your discovery tour through the city, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

  • St Isaac’s Cathedral (the biggest cathedral in Russia)
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan (modelled by the architect of the St Peter’s Basilica in Rome)
  • Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood (the famous, colorful fairytale-esque church)

St Petersburg Cathedrals Tour

VIP limousine night tour of St Petersburg

Experience St Petersburg by night when the city’s beauty magnifies even more! Your limousine will come to pick you up from your accommodation and take you on a nighttime adventure. Along the embankments and avenues, your ride will take you to St Isaac’s Cathedral and the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Your guide will accompany you without disturbing your privacy. As you enjoy the quiet of the night and the magic gaze of the monuments by night, the bar will provide you with fine wine, sweets, and chocolate.

With the city situated on forty-two islands, you will get to see the many bridges climbing up into the night sky. Especially the Spit of Vasilievsky Island will surprise you. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off back at your hotel.This tour is ideal for those looking for an extraordinary, private way of discovering St Petersburg without the touristic buzz.

VIP limousine night tour of St Petersburg

St Petersburg small-group State Hermitage Museum tour

After being picked up by your guide and a private car at your hotel, you will head towards Palace Square, where the State Hermitage Museum is located. On your way, the art historian guide will share their knowledge about the many architectural and historical places of St Petersburg. Although you probably heard and read a lot about this place, expect to learn surprising stories about the very heart of the Russian Empire. Exactly from here, the Russian monarchs used to rule one-sixth of the planet’s territory.

After a full tour around the Palace Square, you will visit both parts of the State Hermitage Museum: The Winter Palace and the General Staff building. The museum is one of the largest and oldest in the world, boasting more than 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The tour will end at the city center where you can keep exploring on your own account.

St Petersburg small-group State Hermitage Museum tour

Peterhof tour with return to St Petersburg by hydrofoil

After being picked up at your hotel, you are heading straight to Peterhof, one of St Petersburg’s most famous and impressive Imperial estates. The Grand Palace, filled with elaborate interior, sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park. The palaces at Peterhof are amidst an enormous park, adorned with fountains, statues, and pavilions earning them the title “Russian Versaille”. After your visit, enjoy a ride on a hydrofoil, taking you back to the city center.
This small-group tour, guided by a professional art historian, is the perfect way of exploring one of St Peterburg’s most popular attractions.

Peterhof tour with return to St Petersburg by hydrofoil

Matryoshka doll private painting class in St Petersburg

If you dream of presenting an ingenious gift from Russia to your loved ones – do not hesitate to try this matryoshka doll painting class! Grab a brush and get involved in a painting process assisted by a professional artist. The whole event will be held in a small art boutique located in the heart of the Vasilievsky Island. Let your children engage in a creative activity while you are enjoying a flavorful cup of coffee or better – join them and make your one-of-a-kind matryoshka doll!

It’s best to book the class in the morning as the dolls should dry for a couple of hours, and then you can collect them in the evening. If you are staying in Saint Petersburg for several days and have an afternoon class, you can pick up the dolls the following morning.

Matryoshka doll private painting class in St Petersburg

Personal shopping with a local in St Petersburg

Are you keen on shopping and would like to learn where the best shops, stores and good venues of Saint Petersburg are located? Your private guide will gladly help you in that! Discover the most popular local shopping malls such as Europolis, Galeria, Mega Mall, Grand Canyon, Raduga and many-many others. No matter what you are going to buy – souvenirs, designer clothing or Russian traditional food – your guide is at your service to assist you in finding the most profitable items to purchase!Please meet and greet your guide in the hall of your hotel at the appointed time and start your shopping tour by car. Your guide will take you to a shopping destination of your choosing, where you can stay as long as you want. After that you are welcome to proceed to another one. Your tenacity and money quantity are all that matters here!Travelers may take advantage of USD/rouble currency exchange rate and have overwhelming bargains in Russian malls. Russian love of fashion and tendency to dress exquisitely is rather conspicuous, that’s why there is no doubt that you will find clothes to your taste. There is an opinion that Russians are keen on fur clothing more than any other nation, so you may also discover the best quality and selections of fur here.

Personal shopping with a local in St Petersburg

Husky dog-sledding with Russian traditional lunch in the Northern capital

  • Ride on dog-sleds through the woods
  • Go tubing from a snowy hill or walk along the bank of a frozen lake
  • Learn how to cook (and eat!) “shashlik in tandoor” – Russian meat sticks in a special stone oven
  • Enjoy typical Russian fish-soup, home-made glue wine and desserts

Husky dog-sledding with Russian traditional lunch in the Northern capital

 

 

 

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