Excursions

The travel company Neva Seasons is the official tour operator of the Festival!

We are pleased to offer exciting excursions that will allow our Guests to discover one of the most beautiful cities in the world - St. Petersburg! 

You have the opportunity to visit cultural attractions and historical places by motorcycle or by bus, to get acquainted with the ceremonial and little-known St. Petersburg as a part of a group or individually, to feel the atmosphere of the city, to learn a lot of interesting facts from its history and modernity.

Architectural masterpieces, magnificent palaces, majestic temples and cathedrals, rivers, canals and bridges, parks and gardens – leave the guests of the Northern capital an incredible number of impressions and one firm belief: "I will return here again!"

Description of excursions

DESCRIPTION OF EXCURSIONS ONST.PETERSBURG HARLEY®DAYS 2018

CATHERINE PALACE & HERMITAGE

            Setting out this morning, your tour takes you outside of the city to the town of Pushkin. The drive will take you through Moscow Prospect then on the Kiev Highway to the Egyptian Gates, the entrance to the Czar’s Village in Pushkin. This town was used as the summer residence of the Royal Family. Visit Catherine’s Palace—it ranks as one of the masterpieces of world architecture. Peter the Great presented the estate to his wife Catherine in 1710. In 1756, Bartelomeo Rastrelli expanded the palace in Baroque style. Its grandiose, white-and-gold façade stretches 978 feet. During World War II, the Palace was damaged severely, but since then it has been beautifully restored. The palace tour takes you through the series of magnificent rooms, including the famous Great Hall and the Amber Room. The nearby town of Pushkin is named after Alexander Pushkin—Russia’s most celebrated poet. The lyceum where he studied is connected to the palace by an arch. After lunch, head back to St. Petersburg for a tour of the Hermitage Museum—the largest art museum in Russia and perhaps the most prestigious museum in the world. The Hermitage Museum occupies the Winter Palace, the winter residence of the Russian Czars, and four other buildings. Its collection of Western European art is second to none, and the nearly three million objects contained in the Hermitage are, like the building itself, beautiful and seemingly endless. Enjoy a few highlights of St. Petersburg from your coach, including a view of Palace Square and the Arch of the General Headquarters. The latter building has the longest façade in Europe—more than 3,300 feet long.

NOTES:

Tour does not operate on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Expect long lines and crowding at most locations. Flash photography is not allowed at the Hermitage. Photography is not allowed in the Amber Room.

HERMITAGE NOTES:

The Hermitage Museum’s French Impressionist Collection is now housed separately in the General Headquarters building, and is not included in your visit to the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace. 

  

PETERHOF & CHURCH ON THE SPILLED BLOOD

            View some of St. Petersburg's most beautiful highlights and visit some of the previously ‘off-limits’ wonders of this historical city. Visit Peter the Great's fabulous Summer Palace at Peterhof. Walk through the sumptuous interior of this great palace and out into the gardens to view the breathtaking fountains designed in the 18th century by Peter the Great. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant; then travel back to St. Petersburg for your tour of the city. Don’t miss one of St Petersburg's most noted landmarks, the Church of the Resurrection (Church on the Spilled Blood). The cathedral was built in 1907 on the spot where the Russian Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. In a strikingly original way, the architect Parland incorporated all the features of old Russian churches, embellishing it in exuberant style with ornate decorations loosely modeled on St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The area covered by mosaics is about 23,000 square feet, believed to be the largest indoor mosaic work in the world. The best painters, masters of mosaic stone carving, ceramic and enamel of the 19th-20th centuries, took part in the decoration of the church. 

NOTES:

Tour does not operate on Mondays,

Wednesdays and last Tuesdays of month . Photography is not allowed inside the Grand Palace at Peterhof. 

PANORAMIC & ST. PETER  AND PAUL FORTRESS

            With a brief introduction to the history of St. Petersburg, your coach brings you to the city center, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, where you'll enjoy the magnificent view of the Neva River and the Rostral Columns. This stop will give you a chance to take pictures of the Winter Palace and other buildings of the Hermitage Museum, as well as the St. Peter and Paul Fortress situated right across the river. The tour continues inside the fortress.

            The fortress was never used to defend the city, though it did serve as an infamous prison under the czars. Within the fortress is the state museum of the city, as well as the soaring spire of Peter and Paul Cathedral, one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

            Once inside the cathedral, you'll admire the beauty of its marble columns, glittering chandeliers, and painted decor combined with carved and gilded iconostasis, to create a magnificent setting for the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. After your guided tour of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Fortress grounds, you'll continue on a drive along the embankments of the Neva River. Continue to St. Isaac's Cathedral for outside photo opportunity. 

NOTES:

Tour does not operate on Wednesdays. 

This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties and is not wheelchair accessible.

 

CATHERINE'S PALACE

            After a brief drive through St Petersburg, you will leave the city and head for the countryside to the town of Pushkin. Here, you will visit the magnificent Catherine’s Palace. Catherine's Palace in the Tsar's Village ranks as one of the masterpieces of world art. Peter the Great presented the estate to his wife Catherine in 1710 and on it, a small palace built by architect Braunstein. From this time until the time of the last Russian Tsar, Pushkin was used as the summer residence of the Royal Family. In 1756, Bartelomeo Rastrelli expanded the palace in Baroque style. Its grandiose, white and gold facade stretches 978 feet.

            Inside the palace, marvel at the magnificent Grand Hall (or Throne Room)—a gilded wonder with a spectacular painted ceiling and mirrored walls that are breathtakingly beautiful. Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed the Cavalier’s Dining Room, and you'll also see Alexander the first’s State Study with its splendid marble fireplace. See the main staircase and look up at the palace ceilings decorated with paintings by Italian artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. You'll also see decorative plates and vases of Japanese and Chinese porcelain throughout. The Picture Gallery contains more than 130 paintings by Dutch, Flemish, French and Italian masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. Above all, don't miss the outrageously beautiful Amber Room—a brilliant and painstaking re-creation built in semi-precious stone by Russian craftsmen after the original panels were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. 

            The town of Pushkin is known not only for its remarkable palace and parks, but for the man it was named after. Since 1937, it has been named after Alexander Pushkin, the most celebrated poet in the country.

 

NOTES:

Expect long lines and crowding at most locations.Tour does not operate on Tuesday and last Mondays of month. Photography is not allowed inside the Amber Room.  

HERMITAGE MUSEUM 

            This tour is designed for those with special interests in culture and art. It was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 as a private court museum and evolved into the most remarkable collection of art in the world, containing nearly three million objects of unparalleled importance. Her original purchase of 225 canvasses by Dutch and Flemish masters provided the nucleus of today's collection, which consists of almost three million exhibits and represents many cultures. The museum boasts 353 rooms, filled with masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Giorgione, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and others. Located within the Winter Palace on the banks of the Neva River, the Hermitage Museum is a work of art in itself. As you marvel at the wonderful paintings and tapestries that adorn the museum walls, pay special attention to the spectacular staircases, marble structures, malachite columns and highly decorated floors and ceilings, in this former residence of the mighty Russian Czars.

            The Hermitage Museum is the largest art museum in Russia and ranks among the most prestigious museums in the world. Its collection of Western European art is second to none.

             The Hermitage Museum occupies the Winter Palace, the winter residence of the Russian Tsars, and four other buildings - the Little Hermitage, Catherine's original collection, the Old Hermitage, the Hermitage Theater, Catherine's private theater and the New Hermitage.

NOTES:

            Tour does not operate on Mondays.

The Hermitage requires considerable walking and stair climbing, and there may be lines and delays between galleries 

  

PETERHOF- RUSSIAN VERSAILLES

            The Peterhof palace and gardens has been described as Russia’s Versailles. It’s a fitting nickname as the French palace inspired Peter the Great’s summer residence, an hour outside St. Petersburg. 

            Peterhof, the town of palaces, fountains and parks, was built by Peter the Great. It lies on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, 22 miles west of St. Petersburg. After a short walk from the parking lot you'll reach the main entrance of the Grand Palace. Built in the beginning of the 18th century, Peterhof is known as the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian Tsars. The estate construction spanned two centuries, and upon its completion it encompassed seven parks and more than 20 smaller palaces and pavilions. Peter himself designed the layout of the 300 acre park and spectacular fountains.

            The entire complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, includes several different palaces. Monplaisir, the Hermitage and Marly all served as private retreats for the czars. 

NOTES:

            Tour does not operate on Mondays, and last Tuesdays of month.

 Peterhof is not wheelchair accessible and is not recommended for persons with walking or climbing difficulties. There are stairs, no elevators, gravel paths and long walking distances. Visit the inside of Peterhof Palace is approximately one hour, and although you might get a glimpse of the fountains, this tour is of the palace interior. Photo/video is not allowed in the Grand Peterhof Palace. Some of the fountains and/or rooms may be closed periodically for repairs.

PETERHOF -GARDENS & FOUNTAINS

            View some of St. Petersburg's most beautiful highlights and visit some of the previously ‘off-limits’ wonders of this historical city. 

            For those of you, whose main interest in Peterhof is the beauty of its magnificent gardens and fountains, you'll find this to be the perfect tour as they will be the sole focus of this outing. Peterhof, the town of palaces, fountains and parks, was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles and a great part of the work was focused on the lavish gardens. The estate construction spanned two centuries and upon its completion it encompassed seven parks and more than 20 smaller palaces and pavilions. Peter himself designed the layout of the 300 acre park and spectacular fountains, 144 in total, all operating without the use of pumps by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic.

            The Upper Park has as its centerpiece the Neptune Fountain, ending up here after Paul I bought it during one of his shopping trips to Germany. The Lower Park where you find the famous Grand Cascade – often considered the chief delight of the grounds – consists of three waterfalls, an avenue of 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues. Samson, constructed in 1734-1735 and the main attraction of Peterhof, is located at the base of the Great Cascade. A hydrofoil will arrive at the pier located in the Low Park to whisk you back to the city while you have the great opportunity to see the city from the perspective of the Gulf of Finland.


NOTES:

This tour does not enter Peterhof Palace. Hydrofoil is not wheelchair accessible. The hydrofoil is dependent upon weather and logistics, it may be replaced by a bus transfer back to the city without prior notice.

 

CATHEDRAL ON SPILLED BLOOD & WATERWAYS

            This tour offers you an exciting opportunity to view St. Petersburg from a completely different angle. You'll see the city from the water surrounding its numerous squares, monuments and palaces. Transfer by coach to the pier in the city center, where you will start your fascinating journey through the rivers and canals of the Venice of the North. The exact route of your trip will depend on the boat size and traffic conditions of the waterways. 

            Your river cruise will end in the city center and your next stop the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. The cathedral was built in 1907 on the spot where the Russian Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. The Church on Spilled Blood is probably the only building in the city that stands out so emphatically in its architectural and spatial environment with its silhouette, composition, and rich decor.  In a strikingly original way, the architect Parland incorporated all the features of old Russian churches, embellishing it in exuberant style with ornate decorations loosely modeled on St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The area covered by mosaics is about 23,000 square feet, believed to be the largest indoor mosaic work in the world. The best painters, masters of mosaic stone carving, ceramic and enamel of the 19th-20th centuries, took part in the decoration of the church. 

            The church belonged to the Ministry of the Court and was open only a few times a year to a narrow circle of high society. After the revolution of 1917, the church was granted to believers and a parish church opened there. During Stalinism, the parish was closed and this magnificent house of worship served as storage for theatrical sets and scenery props. Restoration of the church began in earnest in 1974. It was a painstaking job—some windows were missing, the floor was covered with water, a shell had damaged the roof of the cathedral during the war, and six square yards of mosaic decoration were destroyed. The restorers employed only the same type of materials and technology used when the cathedral was built, including 30 kinds of rare marble and about 100 types of precious stones. In 1997, the Church on the Spilled Blood was re-opened to the public in all its original, extraordinary glory.

 

NOTES:

            Tour does not operate on Wednesdays. 

Venues and boats are not wheelchair accessible. The route of your trip will depend on the boat size and traffic conditions of the waterways. Boat portion is subject to weather conditions. 

 

  

CATHEDRALS OF ST.-PETERSBURG

            Travel to the city center and be introduced to the history of St. Petersburg. Your first stop is at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. The Peter and Paul Fortress was founded in 1703 and is considered to be the birth place of St. Petersburg. The cathedral, designed by Trezini is a distinctive, majestic landmark and known to be the burial ground for many members of the Romanov Royal family.

 

From the fortress you'll head towards the Church on the Spilled Blood, built in memory of Alexander the II on the spot where he was assassinated. Inside is a collection of mosaics that covers over 8,400 square yards with jeweler's enamel. Your last stop is at St. Isaac's Square. The St. Isaac's Cathedral, built between 1818 and 1858, is the largest church in St. Petersburg with the capacity of 10,000 people.

NOTES:

Tour does not operate on Wednesdays. There are long walking distances and cobble stones in the Peter and Paul Fortress; stairs in the gift store, St. Isaac's and Spilled Blood Cathedrals. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking or climbing difficulties. Expect congestion and waiting lines at attractions. Oder of tour may vary without prior notice 

 

 


Prices for excursions

Individual excursions without transport service!

The cost of the tour in euros for 1 person

 

All prices include the maintenance of a licensed tour guide (Russian, English, German, French languages), entrance tickets to museums

 

Private Excursion

The cost of the tour in euros for 1 person

 

All prices include the maintenance of a licensed tour guide (Russian, English, German, French languages), entrance tickets in museums, transport service.

 1-2 people — a car of standard (Hyundai Sonata, Ford Focus),  3-5 people-minivan (Mercedes Vito, Mercedes Viano),  6 people-minibus (Mercedes Sprinter)

 


Pre-order of excursions: guests@harleydays.ru

The schedule of excursions:

August 02 - Thursday:

from 14 to 18.30Trip to Pushkin (with a visit to the Catherine Palace and The Amber Room

 Payment before 01.07.2018

44 euro/person

 Payment after 01.07.2018

 55 euro/person

 

 (cancellation not later 18.07.2018)

 

from 20.15 to 21.15– Boat trip on the rivers and canals

 Payment before 01.07.2018

13 euro/person

 Payment after 01.07.2018

15 euro/person

 

 (cancellation not later 26.07.2018)

 



August
03 – Friday:

from 10 to 13.00City tour with a visit to the Church of the Savior on spilled Blood

 Payment before 01.07.2018

26 euro/person

Payment after 01.07.2018

35 euro/person

 

 (cancellation not later 26.07.2018)

 

from 14.30 to 18.30 A trip to Peterhof (Grand Palace and Lower Park)

 Payment before 01.07.2018

49 euro/person

 Payment after 01.07.2018

60 euro/person

 

 (cancellation not later 20.07.2018)

 



August
04 – Saturday:

from16 to18.00Hermitage museum

 Payment before 01.07.2018

38 euro/person

 Payment after 01.07.2018

 50 euro/person

 

 (cancellation not later 15.07.2018)

 

OR: from 17 to 19.00– NEW!!!"Petersburg for connoisseurs" (for regular guests of the Festival) + tour of the roofs of the city

 Payment before 01.07.2018

50 euro/person

 Payment after 01.07.2018

60 euro/person

 

 (cancellation not later 20.07.2018)

 



August 05 – Sunday:

from 12 to 17.00Excursion to Kronstadt + boat trip with a visit to Fort Konstantin 

 Payment before 01.07.2018

55 euro/person

 Payment after 01.07.2018

70 euro/person

 

 (cancellation not later 26.07.2018)

 

 

Do not miss the chance to book excursions at competitive prices!


You also have the option of paying in the Official Festival Shop tent no later than one hour before the start of the tour.

The groups are collected at the INFO tent half an hour before the excursion begins!

If you want to compose your own individual excursion route, please contact our customer service for ordering excursions: sofia@nevaseasons.ru

The travel company Neva Seasons is the official tour operator of the Festival!

 

 

 
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