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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St. Petersburg 2 Day Cruise excursions
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St. Petersburg 3 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.
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.
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For larger boat 10+ $30 Per person.
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.
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.
The Catherine Palace is a remarkable example of Russian baroque architecture. The existing palace was built between 1744 and 1756.
The leading role in design of the palace belongs to Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who by 1756 created an architectural masterpiece, which the delighted Empress Elizabeth named after her mother, Catherine I. In the later part of the 18th century the palace was modified by Catherine II, ”the Great”.
Like the honored guests of the Russian tzars, the nowadays visitors can also admire the full splendor of the palace interiors. Many restored rooms are open for public and contain objects of applied art, fine furniture, Russian and European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, weaponry, artistic bronze and sculpture.
By far the most famous of these rooms is the ”Amber Room”. First given by Fredrick the Great to Peter I, the amber panels were stored for many years. Finally they were assembled in this room and the room was considered to be extraordinary. During World War II the room was plundered. The amber was thought to have first been stolen by the Nazis during the Siege of Leningrad. What eventually happened to the precious works of art has been the subject of many books and wide speculation. After the war the Soviet began to restore the Amber Room as well as the entire palace from memories and pictures. The restoration of the Amber Room lasted 50 years.
Now the Catherine Palace and the magnificent Amber Room are among the must see sights in St. Petersburg and, indeed, the world!
The Catherine Palace is located in the village of Pushkin, a few miles from the center of St. Petersburg.
This picture is of Casey, the daughter of our American director. She is shown on the Catherine Palace grounds with the Hermitage Pavilion in the background.