Art and Theater Tour in St. Petersburg (4 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
St. Petersburg, Russia
The Angleterre Hotel None

Upon your arrival to St. Petersburg our English Speaking guide will meet you for private transfer to hotel Angleterre.

Transfer to hotel Angleterre and check-in


Picturesque St Petersburg is a city rich in art and culture. Set in the city centre and overlooking St Isaac's Cathedral, The Angleterre Hotel offers comfort and refinement to its guests.


Stay at the Angleterre and discover the romance of St Petersburg.


Time at leisure.

Day 2
St. Petersburg, Russia
The Angleterre Hotel Breakfast

Breakfast at hotel


10.00: City Tour –Theaters of St. Petersburg:


During this sightseeing tour you will learn the history of magnificent St. Petersburg and see its major theaters.

Alexandrinsky theatre is the oldest and most magnificent of all the imperial theatres of St. Petersburg. Carlo Rossi, an outstanding master of Russian Empire style was chosen as an architect and he did a marvelous job designing the theatre convenient both for the actors and for the audience. Special apartments were built for Nicholas I. He could get to a smaller Tsar’s box nearby the stage from outside, seen by nobody, watch the rehearsal or the performance and then leave the theatre in same manner.


The history of Mariinsky (Kirov) theatre begins with the Grand theatre of St. Petersburg built in 1783. Since the beginning of the 19th century the St. Petersburg ballet group has been known as the finest example of Russian classical ballet school. Mariinsky theatre’s stage has presented innumerable world-famous pieces of Russian opera: several major works by Glinka, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky were performed here for the first time. Tchaikovskiy’s ballets and operas were also staged at the Mariinsky theatre. World-known dancers of our century, such as Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov started their remarkable careers in this theatre. Today the conductor Valery Gerbiev who directs the opera, the orchestra and the ballet leads Mariinsky theatre.


The Hermitage Theatre is an outstanding architectural monument of Russian Classical style of the 18th century. Quarenghi built the Great it in 1775-1784 as a private theatre for Catherine the Great. The first play was staged here in 1785, even before the decoration of the building was finally completed. The theatre was renovated and reconstructed many times – in 1980s when the architects found the remains of Peter the Great’s Winter Palace, where the founder of St. Petersburg died in January 1725. Today during the season the old theatre tradition of the imperial stage is brought to life again. Famous ballet soloists of the Marinsky, Bolshoy and Maly Opera Theatres perform on the stage of Hermitage Theatre gather vast audience of musical theatre fans.

This and much more is waiting for you on this trip!


Visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city. You can climb up the 300 or so steps to the observation walkway at the base of the cathedral’s dome and enjoy the breathtaking views over the city. The church itself is an architectural marvel. Built by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand to be the main church of the Russian Empire, the cathedral was under construction for 40 years (1818-1858), and was decorated in the most elaborate way possible. When you enter the cathedral you pass through one of the porticos - note that the columns are made of single pieces of red granite and weight 80 tons (about 177,770 pounds) each. Inside the church many of the icons were created using mosaic techniques and the iconostasis (the icon wall that separates the altar from the rest of the church) is decorated with 8 malachite and 2 lapis lazuli columns. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays.


13.00-14.00: Time for lunch on your own, our guide can recommend restaurants


15.00-16.00: Guided tour of Mariinsky Theater backstage


Explore behind the scenes of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, on a guided tour of areas normally off limits to the public.

In the company of an expert guide, discover the secrets of one of the most famous theater venues in the world. They will tell you the history of the Mariinsky, once the main ballet and opera stage of the Russian Empire in the 19th century.

Hear about world famous dancers, singers, and artists who have worked and performed there. Learn about the premieres of Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov.


17.00 : Return to the hotel

Day 3
St. Petersburg, Russia
The Angleterre Hotel Breakfast

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

Day 4
St. Petersburg, Russia
None Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel.


Check out.


Transfer to the airport with a guide.

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Visit the historical city of St. Petersburg and experience a culture like no other. On this trip can you submerge yourself into the arts of this great city. Theater, music, opera and ballet will guide you on your cultural journey.

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