Nothing can really adequately prepare you for what you may see and hear on this tour - it is best to bring along an open mind and heart, as well as a sense of curiosity. Your tour allows a unique look inside a country's life affected by the collapse of the Communist regime and subsequent liberalisation.
Start with a panoramic sightseeing tour of St Petersburg. The main sights will be seen and will include photo stops at St Isaac’s Square, by the majestic St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress and The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. After a souvenir shop visit you will have lunch in a central restaurant and then your experience will really begin.
The St Petersburg underground, known as the Metro, is certainly worth a visit. The first plans to build a metro in St Petersburg were drawn in 1899, but were not implemented due to the outbreak of World War I and then the Revolution of 1917. Today it is the quickest, safest, most reliable and comfortable means of travel. The older stations are richly decorated with polished granite, marble of various colours, stainless steel, bronze, aluminium, synthetic materials, glass, various mosaics, reliefs and sculptures. The new stations are mostly simple and modern in design, but not less impressive. After an underground journey you will leave the Metro at one of the central stations and find yourself close to the Kuznechny Food Market. Your guide will take you to the market and show you the huge variety of food sold here as well s the friendly atmosphere. You will have the chance to sample some of the local food.
Before the October Revolution of 1917, there were over 100 orthodox cathedrals and churches in St Petersburg. After the Revolution, the numbers became fewer and fewer for various reasons - some were blown up and destroyed, others used as warehouses or turned into museums. After the beginning of Perestroika, the process of reviving the churches started and renovation and reconstruction began. Now there are about 40 active churches and you will have a short visit to one this afternoon. Before returning to your ship, visit Nevsky Prospect. The street is lined with magnificent architectural ensembles and offers a wealth of cultural interests - cathedrals and churches, theatres and cinemas, the Small Philharmonic Concert Hall, the city’s National Public Library, cafés, restaurants and night clubs.
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