Bus Tour of St. Petersburg
Monday 16th June
Saint Petersburg has significant historical and cultural heritage. The 18th and 19th-century architectural ensemble of the city and its environs is preserved in virtually unchanged form. For various reasons (including large-scale destruction during World War II and construction of modern buildings during the postwar period in the largest historical centers of Europe), Saint Petersburg has become a unique reserve of European architectural styles of the past three centuries. Saint Petersburg's loss of capital city status helped the city to retain many of its pre-revolutionary buildings, as modern architectural 'prestige projects' tended to be built in Moscow; this largely prevented the rise of mid-to-late-20th-century architecture and helped maintain the architectural appearance of the historic city center.
The Bus Tour of St Petersburg offers you the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city: a complete tour of St Petersburg's most famous sites from the comfort of a bus and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. The tour is an excellent introduction to St Petersburg -- the second largest and most beautiful city in Russia.
Travel Date: June 16, 2014
Travel Time: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Departure Point: Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge (after Welcome Cocktail) GOOGLE MAPS >>
Arrival Point: to the hotels booked (by request)
Bus Tour Registration Form is HERE>>
Neva River Sightseeing Cruise
Wednesday 18th June
The Neva is the main waterway of Petersburg and the town is situated along its banks and across the islands of its broad delta. The first architects tasked with building the city correctly assessed the value of urban development along the Neva. The river became the main architectural axis of the new Russian capital. Almost all of the major attractions of St. Petersburg are either placed directly beside the water or can be easily seen from a boat. Among them are the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Cruiser Aurora, the Winter Palace, the Bronze Horseman, the Summer Garden, the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Smolny Cathedral, the Marble Palace, the Admiralty, the Academy of Arts, the Kunstkamera, the grim Kresty Prison, and many more. But the main attraction is, of course, the Neva itself, creating the unique atmosphere in the Venice of the North - a town between sky and water.
Neva River Sightseeing Cruise allows you to explore enchanting St Petersburg by boat. Enjoy the splendor of White Nights moving along St Petersburg’s romantic waterways!
Travel Date: June 18, 2014
Travel Time: 9.30 p.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Departure Point: Wharf near the Senate Square (after Gala Dinner) GOOGLE MAPS >>
Arrival Point: Makarova Embankment Wharf (10 min walk from Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge) GOOGLE MAPS >>
Neva River Cruise Registration Form is HERE>>
Visit to the National Library of Russia
Thursday 19th June
The history of the National Library of Russia begins with its foundation on 27 May 1795.
The library's stock of rare books contains more than 70 000 volumes. An appreciable portion of those are incunabula: about 7 000 works which represent very rich material for anyone wishing to learn about the history of printing in the 15th-century Western Europe.
The library is truly without rivals for its stock of early Russian printed books. Here one can find Slavonic incunabula, editions issued by Slavonic printshops in the Balkans, Venice and Ugro-Wallachia, two-thirds of the works printed in Cyrillic in the 16th century and also the greatest collection of books of the Petrine era printed in the new civil orthography.
The Rare Books Department holds Voltaire's Library, purchased by Catherine II immediately after the death of the French philosopher. Voltaire's Library covers almost ten languages, and contains 6,814 printed books on diverse subjects, some of 2,000 of which feature handwritten notes made by philosopher himself or other traces of reading.
Travel Date: June 19, 2014
Travel Time: 2 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Departure Point: Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge (after Lunch) GOOGLE MAPS >>
Arrival Point: the National Library of Russia GOOGLE MAPS >>
Visit to the National Library of Russia registration is HERE>>