Palaces of the Russian Tsars and nobility

Palaces of the Russian Tsars and nobility

8 days / 7 nights

Tour highlights

St. Petersburg
  • City tour
  • Includes an overview of the most attractive city sights such as the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s, Kazan and Smolny cathedrals, Alexander-Nevsky Lavra and other places of interest.
  • The Hermitage
  • The Hermitage Museum is Russia's largest art museum and home to an astounding collection of about three million pieces of art.
  • Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin)
  • Located in Tsarskoye Selo, or 'Tsar's Village', the magnificent Catherine Palace served for the Imperial family as summer residence until the time of the last tsar. A romantic park with mysterious arbours, pavilions, grottoes and statues surrounds the Catherine Palace.
  • Peterhof
  • This 300-year-old palace is known as 'Versailles by the Sea', and served as one of the summer residences of the royal family. The Peterhof parks comprise about 150 fountains and four cascades that include the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world.
  • Gatchina
  • The palace and park at Gatchina dates back to the time of Empress Catherine the Great. The palace became the imperial residence in 1796 following the ascension of Paul I to the Russian throne. The contemporaries referred to it as an impregnable fortress.
Crimea
  • Palace of Duke Vorontsov in Alupka
  • An excursion to the Palace of Duke Vorontsov in Alupka which is a real triumph of the architectural imagination and combines Russian and Moorish elements into a uniquely elegant building. The north side could easily be mistaken for a Scottish castle in the gothic tradition.
  • The Swallow's Nest
  • The Swallow's Nest is a small picturesque castle with elegant towers, dangerously situated on the pick of the high rock which serves as a symbol of Crimea.
  • Imperial Livadia Palace
  • A tour to the Imperial Livadia Palace, which served as a summer residence of the last Russian Tsar – Nikolay II. It is also well known as a place where the Yalta conference took place.
  • Palace of Alexander III
  • A tour to Massandra where you’ll admire the wonderful building with plenty of decorative external details, crowned with a pavilion roof – Palace of Alexander III. The palace is surrounded by small lovely gardens and is truly considered to be a masterpiece of the landscape architecture.
  • Massandra wines testing
  • You’ll have a great opportunity to taste the world famous Massandra wines. The desert wines of the brand "Massandra" are of special pride in the Crimean wine making industry. Many of them have been specially created for Russian tsars or the aristocracy, and are now maintained in the very same ancient cellars. Massandra wines are marked with high rewards at all international wine-tasting and competitions. Massandra wines are truly elegant drinks comparable with works of art.