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The Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg is a “must see” on any tour or St. Petersburg shore excursion.
Compared to the grand suburban palaces like Peterhof and the Catherine Palace in Pushkin and even Gatchina Palace, the Yusupov Palace fits into the city environment in which it resides. It is only when you enter that you get a sense of its grand scale and wealth required to build it
Built in 1770 during the reign of Catherine the Great, the Yusupov family had “status” to preserve as there were many other wealthy families who were not a part of the ruling Romanov family. Among these families were the Sheremetevs who owned the Fountain House in St. Petersburg and for whom the main airport in Moscow is named. It was a tall order to “keep up with the Sheremetevs”. The Yusupov Palace did its job well.
Upon entering the Yusupov Palace you are greeted with a magnificent marble staircase. Your visit will reveal all manner of functional, albeit exquisite, rooms and a variety of special purpose rooms which include a ballroom and a spectacular private theater. The wealth of the Yusupovs enabled them to entertain not only the aristocrats but also the Russian royal family. Technically the wife of Yusupov was royal. She was the niece of Czar Nicholas II.
Art lovers will enjoy the Yusupov Palace. The family loved art and culture. It is obvious even with the pieces in the palace today. Vast numbers of art works were looted by the Bolsheviks and are on display in various museums around Russia including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
It is said that some of the most famous works of art owned by the Yusupov family,including a Rembrandt, were sold to support the family in exile in Paris after the Bolshevik revolution.
Look at this painting of a charity ball staged in the ballroom of the Yusupov Palace. (click on the image to see a larger version)
A MURDER MOST FOUL -
Perhaps the event which most distinguishes the Yusupov Palace is the murder of one who was as crude as the Yusupovs were refined. That would be Gregori (Gregory) Rasputin. A fake faith healer, Rasputin had become essential to the Tzarina Alexandra. Her son, heir to the Russian throne, suffered from hemophilia and Rasputin convinced her that he had the power to relieve the boy’s suffering. Seeing that Rasputin’s influence was causing Czar Nicholas II to govern more irresponsibly than ever, Felix Yusupov and others lured Rasputin to the Palace where they murdered him.
While in Paris, where he died in 1967, Felix Yusupov filmed an introduction to a movie entitled “I Shot Rasputin”.
When you tour the Yusupov Palace you will definitely visit the state rooms, the music room and galleries of fine art owned by the Yusupov family. Only if you receive a proper tour with a tour guide recognized by the palace will you see the area of the palace where Rasputin was murdered. (There are periodic tours of the Rasputin murder area offered by the Palace but they are in Russian language only)
In order for St. Petersburg tour guides to have permission to tour in the Rasputin exhibition of the Yusupov Palace they must receive training and be credentialed by the the Palace. Re-certification must be accomplished each winter or they lose that certification. RussianTourGuide.com enjoys a special relationship with the Yusupov Palace and can take you, not only to the Rasputin area but also the Boudoir area, if enough notice is given.
There are evening cocktail parties,with live chamber music, which our clients can enjoy ! Ask us about a “Magic Evening at the Yusupov Palace”.
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If you would like to visit the Memorial Synagogue and Holocaust Museum while you Tour Moscow, it is located just a few hundred yards behind the Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
On our Day Tour of Moscow including the World War II Museum, you may substitute the Memorial Synagogue and Holocaust Museum for the New Maiden Convent if you wish.
For those of Jewish faith or anyone whose intellectual curiosity pushes them to learn, the Memorial Synagogue is a very interesting visit. I was there in Feb. 2012 with one of our Moscow tour guides, Oleg.
We braved -30 C temperatures to go from the metro to the Synagogue where I was completely taken by surprise.
The modern structure of the Memorial Synagogue in Moscow is in a wooded section of the expanse around the Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
When we entered, a historian who works for the Synagogue, Katya, gave us a memorable, personal tour.
In addition to being creatively designed on the interior with Jewish religious symbols in metal-art, the basement houses a high technology Holocaust Museum. Katya’s commentary on the evolution of the Jews in Russian society and their participation as combatants and victims in World War II was riveting.
I highly recommend taking this tour regardless of your faith.
This is a walking tour of Moscow which includes visits many of the sights overlooked on Moscow holidays.
The Best of Moscow Tour is frequently scheduled in conjunction with a private tour to:
Almost every building in the historical center of Moscow is associated with different events and celebrated personalities of the Russian history and culture. You will see and hear the stories of the most popular places of the city.
The Best of Moscow Tour includes:
- Red Square, the hub of Russia, with its fantastic “stone flower”- St. Basil Cathedral, one of the symbols of Moscow
- Pushkin Square, the most popular meeting spot in Moscow where you can witness the hustle and bustle of the big city
- Tverskaya street, the main street of the city, where we will visit Yeleseyevskiy Grocery Store. This one-of-a-kind store was built as a palace and turned into a luxurious grocery store more than a hundred years ago
- Theatre Square with the stunning Bolshoi Theatre
- The notorious Lubyanskaya Square with headquarters of the former KGB
- The fancy Manezhnaya Square with the Zero Kilometer, a starting point for all Moscow roads
- Alexander’s Garden with the eternal flame and a WW2 memorial, where you may be able to catch the changing of the guards
- Zamoskvoretskiy bridge across the Moskva River for photo stops of a panoramic view of the Kremlin and one of the 7 Stalin’s Sisters;
- Zamoskovorechye, an old neighborhood of Moscow with little churches and stately mansions, some interesting pieces of contemporary art and the most romantic city spot which has the Love bridge with Love trees
- Christ the Savior Cathedral, the main church of Russia and a foot bridge next to it offering some of the best view of the city;
- Arbat street, a lively colorful promenade with numerous cafes, souvenir stalls, street musicians and painters- places that make Moscow one of the most beautiful cities of Russia.
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Moscow Private Guide Supervisor – Elena
Elena is the person in Moscow who makes your tour work for you. She is highly experienced, college educated and more than anything else, she cares about our clients.
Elena has a perfect command of English.
Elena knows Moscow, and the Golden Ring cities.
She is very creative.
We offer many “less common” sites to visit. They include:
- Stalin’s Bunker.
- Monino Air Base and the giant airplane museum.
- Tolstoy Museum.
- Tank Museum.
- Cosmonaut’s Museum.
- Central Museum of Armed Forces.
- Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War
- Museum of Boyar Romanovs.
You will leave Moscow feeling as if you were guided by a friend rather than an impersonal guide. Whether Elena is the guide or assigns another of our colleagues, it is her signature on every tour.
She is a graduate of Moscow Linguistic University.
Sasha was born and grew up in Moscow.
She has been working with individuals, families and groups from various english speaking countries. She also understands and speaks some Italian.
Sasha enjoys taking guests to the less well known sites.
I know from personal experience, having worked with Sasha myself, that you are in the hands of a very intelligent woman who can provide facinating insight into Russian culture and politics.
The goal of a caring guide is to take you beyond the facade of a city or country. Sasha does this in a way which makes the time fly!
The Mariinksy Theatre
Recognized as one of the best venues for Russian ballet and opera.
No trip should be made to St. Petersburg without including a ballet performance.
This is true even if you have never been to a ballet.
I am just such a person. I did not think I would enjoy ballet, but felt the need to see the things that we suggest to our clients. Now I can say I have seen Swan Lake 5 times in Russia as well as many other Russian ballet performances. Ballet is delightful and beautiful.
If it is possible, you should see many ballets and opera performances, but, if you can see only one, then it should be at the Mariinsky Theatre.
This most prestigious theatre features the best of ballet in the world and is the home of the most prestigious ballet company in the world, the Kirov Ballet Company.
The specific list of performances at the various venues changes and is not posted very far in advance. We will be happy to give you the list of peformance options for St. Petersburg’s various theatres if you would care to drop an quick email. Of the things which causes St. Petersburg to be among my favorite cites is the amazing night life. The number and variety of cultural performances , I think, exceed those available in New York or London.
For English and Japanese speakers, ballet, opera and the folk shows are wonderful as they are language “independent”.
As with everything, there are varying degrees of excellence. So it is not surprising that there are vastly different prices for performances of the same ballet or opera at different theatres.
Among the best theatres in St. Petersburg are, but not restricted to,
- Mariinsky theatre.
- Alexandrinsky theatre.
- Mihailovsky theatre.
- Hermitage theatre.
- Palace theatre.
It is wonderful to attend an opera, ballet, symphony or folk show. Let us assist you in choosing what is right for you based on your budget, and the dates on which you are in the city.
Beware! Many of the ticket sellers on the internet either sell fake tickets or ones at HIGHLY inflated prices or both. (there are theatres who openly publish that they will not accept balletandopera.com or operaandballet.com tickets)
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3* Delux Hotel: Located near the Hermitage, this botique hotel is cozy with free breakfast, wi-fi, television and everything tourists want for convenience and comfort. We enjoy a close relationship with this hotel group and will be happy to include accomodations in your tour package.
4* Nevsky Forum: Located on Nevsky Prospect this boutique 4 star hotel has all the amenities with the extra luxury desired by many visitors to Russia. We enjoy a close relationship with this hotel group and will be happy to include accomodations in your tour package.
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St. Petersburg is the home of the Russian School for Ballet. In this city, the most important ballet dancers have trained and performed. Among those are Baryshnikov and Nureyev.
If you have a free evening in St. Petersburg or Moscow, the ballet is an event you will long remember, even it you are not already a fan of ballet.
It is important to note that the revival of the Hermitage Theater makes it possible to step back in time to see a performance as did the previous crowned heads of state during the days of Imperial Russia. It is all the more remarkable that these ballets are again being performed along the historic Neva Embankment and it is as if the patron has stepped back into a time once thought to have been lost forever. Performances are practically nightly in during the tourist season.
Performances of the great ballets like “Swan Lake”, “Giselle” and “Sleeping Beauty” ,among others, are performed frequently.
RussiantourGuide.com obtains tickets, for all of our clients, to any of the theatres in St. Petersburg.
The Hermitage Theatre is the oldest building in the complex of theWinter Palace preserved to our time. It was built on the site of the former Winter Palace of Peter I. The construction of the theatre is functionaly independent and is connected to the basic court building by an arch. The arch is built over the channel that connects the Moika River to the river Neva. The arch is called the “Winter flute”. The theater building, which sometimes is called as fourth Winter the Palace, was constructed between 1711-1723. The theatre was built later in 1783-1785 during the reign of Catherine the Great. The architect was Jakomo Kvarengi, who built around 30 of the most beautiful buildings and structures in the city.
Note: There are many companies who sell tickets to the theatres in St. Petersburg. One of the most easily found in web searches, actually sells ticktets which are fake. Some theatres’ home pages warn potential customers not to buy from this site.
You can be assured of the quaity and price of the tickets RussiantourGuide.com buys for your theatrical performances in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
The Delux is a small 3.5 star mini hotel near St. Isaac’s Cathdral and about 5 minutes walk for the Hermitage.
Features include tv, wi-fi, free breakfast
Rooms are mostly “townhouse style” with sleeping upstair and living downstairs.
Most rooms have a sleeper sofa.
Some rooms have sauna and kitchen.
This is a great value hotel. We have a special relationship with the management which enables us to give our clients rooms at the Delux with a big discount over published rates.
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Jewish St. Petersburg 2 Day Cruise excursions
Many cruise lines visit St. Petersburg for 2 or 3 days.
www.RussiantourGuide.com has a program for the Jewish passengers or for anyone interested in the Jewish history and community of St. Petersburg. This tour visits the most popular sites of St. Petersburg and visits the sites special to those interested in the Jewish faith and how it is practiced in St. Petersburg.
To see the Jewish St. Petersburg tour for your ship and port date:
- Go to the Jewish St. Petersburg 2 Day Tour (link below)
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The price of these tours will depend on the size of your party. That price goes down per person as the party size goes up. If you want to solicit others to join your tour, and drive the per person price down, we can help.
This is a totally private tour with a fixed itinerary.
You may arrange a totally private tour,with your choice of itinerary, if you like.
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St. Petersburg 2 Day Cruise excursions
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St. Petersburg 1 Day Cruise Excursions
Many cruise lines have ships which visit St. Petersburg for 1 day.
We offer custom 1 day tours of St. Petersburg.
See the sights of St. Petersburg you want without a large crowd. You can visit exactly what interests you the most in your limited time in magnificent St. Petersburg.
This is especially a good idea for families who would like to tour together and enjoy activities, like a nice lunch or dinner, together.
It will be our pleasure to prepare and itinerary, with pricing, for your examination at no charge!
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When one observes the skyline of St. Petersburg the spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral is predominant. The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first structure Peter the Great built in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1703. Today it marks the founding of the city, but the fortress was used as a political prison for centuries and the cathedral holds the tombs of the Romanov Tsars. The Peter and Paul Fortress sits on the northern banks of the Neva River, and the tall golden spire of Peter and Paul Cathedral marks the location. This spire was the tallest point in Saint Petersburg until a television tower was built in the mid-1960s. Many famous persons have been incarcerated in the Prison. Feodor Dostoevsky was imprisoned here for his part in the attempt on the Czar’s life. While standing to be executed, the czar commuted his death sentence and sentenced him to many years in Siberia. This episode in his life is assumed to be the motivation for his novel Crime and Punishment. It is remarkable to see the semi precious stone tombs of the likes of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. All of the Romanov Czars’ remains are in the Peter and Paul Cathedral with the exception of Peter the III.
The remains of the last Czar , Nicholas II, and his murdered family are in the Cathedral in a special room. They were placed there in the last few years after the remains were discovered in the Urals near where they were murdered.
Many children will recognize the name of one of Nicholas’ children, Grand Duchess Anastasia from the Disney movie of the same name.
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The Church on Spilled Blood was built in the late 19th century on the site where a terriorist tossed a bomb under the carriage of Tsar Alexander II. The Czar was rushed to the Winter Palace where he died from his wounds.
The church’s fascinating, colorful appearance is the result of the numerous materials used in its construction. Much like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the church is a challenge to the visual senses–there is so much to see. For example, the bell tower is covered in 144 mosaic coats of arms, representing the regions and towns of Russia.
The five domes are covered in jeweler’s enamel, and glazed ceramic tiles cover much of the exterior. The intricate design and detail of the church are an interesting contrast to the simplicity of most of the rest of the buildings in St. Petersburg.
The Church on Spilled Blood is an easy walk from the Hermitage and many of the other sights in St. Petersburg which every visitor must see.
For those who have been to Moscow, the resemblance to St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square is no coincidence. The architect, Alfred Parland, was trying to copy St. Basil’s, and most would say the two churches do look much alike, although their environs are certainly different.
The Church on Spilled Blood is one of the “Must See” sights of St. Petersburg. This is true even for the brief St. Petersburg shore excursions. Fortunately the church can be included on any guided tour of St. Petersburg after a full day of other visits since it remains open for tours until 7 p.m. (19:00).
For those on St. Petersburg holidays who wish to see the beautiful city from the canals, our private boat tour is one of the most relaxing and picturesque tours of St. Petersburg. It begins just a short walk from the Church on Spilled Blood.
If you want to buy souvenirs in St. Petersburg, one of the best places is in the market just to the rear. Another reason to have a proper tour of St. Petersburg, is to have a St. Petersburg tour guide with you when you shop. You will be able to consult with him/her regarding the quality and value of your potential purchases. In fact, several of the vendors in the market behind the Church on Spilled Blood represent skilled artists. I have purchased original oil paintings which I have admired in my home for years.
You will certainly see the Church on Spilled Blood if you book our:
The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg , sometimes called the St. Petersburg Synagogue, is the second largest synagogue in Europe. It was built between 1880 and 1888, and consecrated in 1893.
Kazan Cathedral is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably one of the most venerated icons in Russia.
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It is possible to have a picnic on board the boat. We can cater light food and beverages, including champagne, for your pleasure during your trip.
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Olga Nesterovskaya (Olga N) is married, without children.
She works as a teacher off-season (on contract with different
Since Olga is originally from a provincial town, she can and will share her experiences of provincial life in Russia
Olga was the one who did most of our walking tours this summer.
She worked with many of our clients in 2009 and received rave reviews..
Olga Bykova (Olga B)is a licensed St. Petersburg tour guide.
She is married and has a daughter.
Olga has higher education (as a teacher of English).
Off-season she works as a teacher at school, and doesguiding in summer. She has worked with many of our clients in the past and is the kind of friendly and creative person who can make your trip very special.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg is one of the world’s largest domed cathedrals, holding 14,000 people. This massive church and its golden dome can be seen from many locations in St. Petersburg.St. Isaac’s was commissioned in 1818 by Tsar Alexander I to celebrate the victory over Napoleon, and the French architect Auguste de Montferrand was the designer. St. Isaac’s took 40 years to build, and Montferrand died the year it opened. It sits on a marshy bank of the Neva River, and thousands of huge wooden pilings were sunk into the mud to support the church. The exterior of St. Isaac’s is of Renaissance and Baroque design, and the interior is spectacular because of the mosaics and many precious stones and minerals used. The golden dome is covered with 220 pounds of gold. During the Soviet era, the Orthodox Church was closed to worshipers and became a museum of atheism. Fortunately, many of the wonderful 19th century works of art were retained and decorate today’s St. Isaac’s.
The Winter Palace is undoubtedly the most famous building of imperial St. Petersburg, not only as the residence of the Tsars and the backdrop for the 1905 and 1917 Revolutions, but also as the home of the Hermitage, the world’s largest museum of art.
The present structure, completed in 1762 and designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, was commissioned by the Empress Elizabeth. Its opulent baroque facade, stretching two hundred meters, is a veritable cornucopia of pilasters, bays, and statuary.The palace served as the winter residence for every ruler of Russia since Peter III, who installed himself there along with his mistress, the Countess Vorontsova.
After his wife Catherine the Great seized the throne, she redecorated and appropriated her husband’s old quarters. While her son Nicholas I lived in a modest apartment there, his wife Alexandra commissioned the famously luxurious Malachite Room, later to be used as the meeting place for Kerensky’s Provisional Government. Nicholas II had his quarters immediately above this room until 1904, when he moved from the increasingly discontented capital to Tsarskoe Selo.
In July of 1917, the Provisional Government took up residence here, thus setting the stage for the October Revolution. After consolidating its power, the Bolshevik government transferred its capital to Moscow, and since that time the Winter Palace has been associated primarily with its role as the Hermitage Museum
Inna is married and has 1 child, a son.
She has college education and is a teacher of English.
Inna as been working as a guide for 4 years.
She has all the necessary working licences, including the special license for the Yussoupov
After your tour with Inna, you will call www.RussiantourGuide.com for another, longer, visit to St. Petersburg.
Meet Irina, a licensed English speaking tour guide of St. Petersburg, Russia
Irina’s been working as a tour guide since 2005. She worked with many RussiantourGuide.com of clients during 2009 and was a big hit with everyone!
Irina is very comfortable with the pace of St. Petersburg cruise ship excursions. She makes the brief visit to a city like St. Petersburg the highlight of a cruise.
She lives in the UK much of the year and totally understands what visitors want to see. She has higher education from a modern languages department with a major in English.
Irina is one of the many fine personal tour guides with RussiantourGuides.com who can help make your trip one to remember!
The Official Russian Holidays (Observed)
- The New Year is first on the calendar and in popularity. Many celebrate it twice, on January 1 and 14 (which conesponds to January 1 in the Julian calendar, used in Russia before 1918.
- Next is February 23, Day, known until recently as Soviet Army Day, popularly viewed as holiday for all men and closely followed by its female counter-part, Women’s Day, March 8, when women receive flowers, presents and are toasted by men.
- Mayday, until recently officially termed International Workers’ Solidarity Day, is now known as Spring and Labour Day. On some years, it occurs on or close to with Russian Orthodox Easter, so some people celebrate in church while some attend customary demonstrations.
- Russia celebrates Victory Day on May 9 to commemorate the millions fallen in World War II. Flowers and wreaths are laid on wartime graves on this day, and veterans come out into the streets wearing their military orders and medals. Alas, there are fewer of them with every passing year.
- June 12 – Day of Russia.
- November 4 – Day of the National Unity is the newest Russian holiday.
- Church feasts have been reborn. Easter is celebrated nationwide, as of old, and Christmas became a day off. Muslims, Jews and Buddhists also celebrate their feasts without fear of secular authorities.
Peterhof is the greatest of all of St. Petersburg’s suburban estates. The best time to visit is during the summer (June through October) when all the varied buildings are open to visitors and the beautiful fountains are operating.Peterhof - which means Peter’s Court – is one St. Petersburg’s most popular and famous visitor attractions.
Adjacent to the Moskva river and near the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was commissioned by Tsar Alexander I to honor those killed in the Napoleonic war of 1812.
The Cathedral took many years to build and did not emerge from its scaffolding until 1860. Some of the best Russian painters of the time (Kramskoi, Surikov, Vereshchagin) continued to work on the interior for another 20 years. The Cathedral was finally consecrated in 1883. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuted there the year before. At the time it was the largest Orthodox church in the world.
The Cathedral was destroyed in 1931 during Stalin’s regime, to make way for what would have been the world’s tallest building, the Palace of the Soviets. It took more than a year to clear the debris from the site. The original marble high reliefs were preserved and are now on display at the Donskoy Monastery. For many years they were the only reminder of the largest Orthodox church ever built.
The building to replace the Cathedral was never constructed. In 1960, on orders from Nikita Krushchev, an open-air swimming pool called Basin Moskva was built instead.
With the end of Soviet rule, the Russian Orthodox Church received permission to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 1990. Over a million Muscovites donated money to the project, and in 1994 the pool was demolished and the Cathedral reconstruction began. The lower church was consecrated in 1996, and the completed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was consecrated in 2000. The cathedral square is graced by several chapels, designed in the same style as the Cathedral itself.
The first Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who died in 2007, lay in state in the Cathedral prior to his burial in Novodevichy Cemetery.
The Cathedral ‘s location provides a wonderful bird’s eye view of Moscow.
We can include a tour of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior before or after a tour of the Pushkin Museum of Art. They are across the street from each other.
Also while visiting the Cathedral of Christ the Savior ask your Private Moscow Tour Guide to show you the Love Locks on the Moscow River bridge.