Breakfast at hotel
10.00: Departure for the excursions
10.30 – 11.30: Visit to Hermitage Museum
It is difficult to imagine Saint Petersburg without this great museum, attracting visitors from the entire world. The Hermitage along with the Louver in Paris, the National Gallery in London and the Prado in Madrid ranks as one of the world’s largest and greatest collections of art. The date of its foundation is considered to be 1764, the year when Catherine II purchased 225 paintings from the merchant Gotzkowski.
Today, the collection numbers over 3 million items among them the works of art of prehistoric culture, Egyptian art, Antiquities, Scythian gold, great collections of Western European paintings and sculptures (from Picasso to Rembrandt). The museum’s architecture will also impress with its solemnity and elegance – the museum being housed in the former Winter Palace of the Russian Tsars.
12.30-13.30: Time for lunch on your own, our guide can recommend restaurants
14.30: Guided tour of St. Petersburg Museum of Theater and Music
St.Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music is located in the building of the former Imperial Theatres Management, erected in the 1st half of the 19 century by the great architect Carlo Rossi. This building remains one of the principal exhibits of the museum. The exhibit that has preserved its austere splendour and organic liaison with the theatre life of the country for more than 150 years. The facade windows of the museum overlook Alexandrinsky Theatre - the centre of the architectural ensemble, created by Rossi for the sake of theatre. The mission of our museum is to preserve and revive theatrical legends for every visitor.
The Painting, Graphics and Applied Art Department possess 40,000 items. Here there is a collection of theatrical portraits, miniatures, etchings, set and costume designs, sculptures, set models. The earliest pieces date back to mid-18th century, when outstanding Italian designers Antonio Bibbiena, Giuseppe Valeriani, Antonio Canoppi brought glory to the Russian theatre.
The Memorabilia Department (8,000 exhibits) contains actors' personal belongings, decorations, orders and memorial medals, conductor's batons, articles of the 18-20th centuries theatre life, touching gifts of the audience to its idols - ballerinas Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, conductor Eduard Napravnik, singers Nikolai Figner and Ivan Yershov.
The gem of the Museum collection is a set of ballet shoes - from Maria Taglioni's to Natalia Makarova's. It allows one to trace the evolution of the female dancing technique.
There is also an extremely rare Collection of Theatrical Costumes, 2,000 in number. It reflects the artistic versatility of the different theatrical epochs. Here there are costumes of the legendary first night performance of M.Petipa's "Sleeping Beauty" (1890); the costumes of Fokin's ballets, designed by Benois, Bakst, Anisfeld, Golovin, Roerich; as well as the costumes for the experimental ballets of the 1920's- '30's of the choreographic innovator Fyodor Lopukhov.
EXTRA – possibility for a Guided tour of Jacobson ballet school (EUR 410 per person)
The Ballet and Theatre school at the State Academic Ballet theatre “Choreographic miniatures” in St.Petersburg was founded in 1994. The founder and the artistic director of “Choreographic miniatures” was L.Yakobson (1904-1975) under whose influence many soviet ballet stars were formed and whose art became a decisive impulse for their work. The School striving to preserve the choreographer’s artistic legacy and to promote his creative methods. In April 2000 the School became a prize-winner at the International Festival of ballet schools in Prague, then at the International Festival in Bulgaria, and at the festival Italian Magic in Italy.
16.00 : Return to the hotel