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Welcome to Russia and the start of your adventure with On the Go Tours. Upon arrival at St. Petersburg airport we'll be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.
Today enjoy a tour of the Peterhof Palace and park. The Peterhof is the Russian Versailles, as the original was the inspiration for Peter the Great. Wanting an imperial palace in his new city, Peter began the construction of the palace in 1714 and his vision was completed in 1725. Many of the tsars afterwards added to the palaces and gardens of Peterhof and fountains were added well into the 19th century. Perhaps the greatest achievement of Peterhof is that all of the fountains operate without the use of pumps. Water is supplied from natural springs and collects in reservoirs in the Upper Gardens. The elevation difference creates the pressure that drives most of the fountains of the Lower Gardens, including the Grand Cascade.
Today enjoy a tour of the Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces. The Catherine Palace has a stunning baroque façade and is home to the lavish Amber Room, made from several tonnes of amber.
Enjoy a St. Petersburg city tour taking in the Peter and Paul, home to the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral that houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs, and the Spilled Blood Cathedrals. You'll also visit the Kazanskiy Cathedral, a functioning church with free entrance Later this afternoon we visit the Russian Museum with time to visit the Folk Art collection.
Situated on the banks of the River Neva and partly housed in the breathtaking Winter Palace (which was home to the Tsars for almost two centuries), is the world famous Hermitage collection - one of the world's largest art collections. The collection offers a broad range of exhibits including Asian and European art, Pre historic art and the awe inspiring treasury collection. There are also countless works from the Masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage, where you will be taken to see the highlights of this incredible collection and the beautiful baroque palace that houses it.
Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the railway station for your train to Tallinn (leaves St Petersburg at 0655, arrives in Tallinn at 1229). End of services.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...