• Examine the architecture of St Petersburg’s ducal and princely palaces
• Consider the architectural legacy of Peter the Great
• Visit some of St Petersburg’s finest museums and galleries, including the Hermitage, Fabergé Museum and State Russian Museum
architectural historian and Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the RIBA
Depart London Heathrow 0920 on British Airways, arriving St Petersburg 1435. Transfer to Hotel Angleterre for eight nights.
Visits in St Petersburg: Bronze Horseman, Menshikov Palace, Fabergé Museum and Yusupov Palace.
Morning: first tour of the Hermitage (concentrating on Rastrelli’s Winter Palace). Afternoon: Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral (birthplace of St Petersburg), Log Cabin of Peter the Great, St Isaac’s Cathedral.
Morning: Gatchina Palace and park (including Birch Log Pavilion – weather permitting). Afternoon: St Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art & Design and Smolny Convent. Free evening.
Morning: Charles Cameron’s palace at Pavlovsk (English park and garden buildings). Afternoon: Rastrelli’s Rococo Catherine Palace (including the recreated Amber Room).
Peterhof: Grand Palace and famous fountain gardens, Tsarina’s and Olga’s Pavilions (weather permitting).
Morning: Anichkov Palace and Grand Duke Vladimir’s Palace (subject to confirmation). Afternoon: State Russian Museum in the Mikhailovsky Palace and Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.
Morning: second visit to the Hermitage (concentrating on Old Masters followed by free time to view works by the Impressionists). Afternoon: Alexander Nevsky Monastery complex (site of the graves of Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and other great 19th century writers and composers).
Morning: Stroganov Palace, boat trip on St Petersburg Canals (subject to confirmation), Chesma Church (time permitting). Depart St Petersburg 1550, arriving Heathrow 1725.
10 Sep — 18 Sep 2019
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Cost of £3195 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, seven dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £555.