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Christoph Lingg

2011-10-24

I booked my stay at hotel Gallery in Perm through Ost-West and can only recommend Ost-West as well as the hotel, which is clean, nice and charming!

Jussi Itkonen

2011-10-08

We booked excursion to Tsarskoje Selo for 6 people via Ostwest's website. Confirmation came the next day and guide Svetlana met us in hour hotel. She knew everything and we spent information packed 5 hours learning so much about past and also present in St. Petersburg.

Max Ockum

2011-09-30

Ich habe meine Transfers vom Flughafen zum Hafen in St.Petersburg und vom Hafen zum Airport in Moskau über Natalia Zolotareva gebucht. Der Kontakt war hervorragend. Die Transfers wurden pünktlich und zu voller Zufriedenheit durchgeführt. Vielen Dank an Natalia und Ihre Fahrer.

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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM (with/without transfer)

THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

This guided tour (with or without transfer) through the State Hermitage Museum, will introduce you to the main rooms and expositions of the largest museum of Russia and one of the most significant museums of the world.

At present the museum occupies five buildings: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage, the New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre.

Besides the huge collection of paintings, the museum also acquired collections of prints and drawings, classical antiquities, objects of Western European applied art, weapons, coins, medals and books (Voltaire&’s library). In the 19th century the Hermitage began to receive archaeological artefacts which, among other things, formed the nucleus of the celebrated collection of Scythian gold.

At the Hermitage you can explore the art of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Classical Greece and its colonies in the northern Black Sea area. You can also examine the culture of the Etruscans and the primitive tribes of Siberia, as well as see Egyptian mummies, antique pottery, Tanagra statuary and much more.

The interiors of the Winter Palace are among the masterpieces of baroque. Apparently, it would take a visitor almost 15 years to appreciate all the treasures the museum houses. That is if one stays at the museum 8 hours a day spending one minute examining each exhibit.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
3 hours NO YES 2594 1601 1270 1104 1005 938
3 hours YES YES 4858 2732 2484 2015 1733 1546

THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM WITH ONE OF THE TREASURE GALLERIES (with/without transfer)

THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM WITH ONE OF THE TREASURE GALLERIES

This guided tour (with or without transfer) through the State Hermitage Museum, will introduce you to the main rooms and expositions of the largest museum of Russia and one of the most significant museums of the world.

Afterwards you will visit one of the Treasure Galleries of the Hermitage. You can choose one of two rooms of the Treasure Gallery, the “Golden Room” (collection of ancient ornaments and jewels) or the “Diamond Room” (that shows the development of jeweler’s craft from the third millennium B.C. to the start of the 20th Century).

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
4 hours NO YES 4574 2591 1930 1599 1401 1268
4 hours YES YES 7886 4247 3586 2841 2394 2096

THE PETER & PAUL’S FORTRESS (with/without transfer)

THE PETER AND PAUL

This guided tour (with or without transfer) shows you around the Peter-and-Paul Fortress with its St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The Peter and Paul fortress, a major tourist attraction in St. Petersburg, stands out as the emblem of the city. The cathedral is the final resting place of many tsars, the last being Nicholas II and his family. The fortress is known to be the first building of St. Petersburg. Its corner-stone was laid by the emperor Peter the Great himself.

You will also see the grim cells of what used to be the main political prison of tsarist regime and can be called “Russian Bastilles”.

You will have an opportunity to take pictures from the granite Commanders’ pier – one of the most impressive places on the banks of the Neva River - a realm of water and stone.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 1754 1009 761 637 562 512
2 hours YES YES 3962 2113 1865 1465 1224 1064

PETER THE GREAT SIGHTS (with/without transfer)

PETER THE GREAT SIGHTS

The guided tour (with or without transport) to the places devoted to the life and activities of Peter I and foundation of St. Petersburg.

During the Excursion you will visit The Summer Palace of Peter the Great (located in Summer Garden) that is the first palace of Peter I. Here you will see the oak decorated interiors that reflected the great interest of the Tsar to ships and navy as in those times oak was mostly used ships decorations.

Then you will stroll up to the Peter-and-Paul Fortress – the first construction of St. Petersburg which corner-stone was laid by the emperor Peter the Great himself. On the way to the fortress you will pass by the Cottage of Peter I—the first place of living of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg. It is the only wooden construction of the city’s foundation times that survived to this day.

After that you will go to Menshikov Palace – the mansion of the main associate and brother-in-arms of Peter I. You will admire the palace’s exteriors showing the extraordinary mixture of Old Russian architecture and elements of Italian Renaissance (reminding Italian “palazzo”) and also enjoy its interiors with decorations made of gold, silver, marble, expensive species of wood, Dutch tiles, paintings, moldings, large Venetian mirrors, etc. As to say you will see one of the richest mansions in St. Petersburg and in Russia.

 

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
4 hours NO YES 5454 3222 2478 2106 1883 1734
4 hours YES YES 7717 3222 3232 2672 2335 2111

THREE CATHEDRALS OF ST. PETERSBURG

St. Isaac's Cathedral

This guided tour by car/bus will take you to the 3 main cathedrals of St. Petersburg: St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Savior on the Spilled Blood Church and the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. During the tour you will see the interior and exterior of all three buildings.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most defining landmarks of St. Petersburg. The dome of St. Isaac’s dominates the skyline and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city.

Alexander Nevsky Lavra

The beautifully decorated interiors with their characteristic malachite and lazurite columns are a treat to the senses.

A magnificent view of the centre of St. Petersburg is to be had from the upper colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral at a height of 43 meters.

The Church of the Resurrection, known as the "Saviour on the Spilt Blood", was erected on the place where the Emperor Alexander II was assassinated.

During the Soviet period, the church was considered to have no artistic value and was used as a storehouse. But in 1997 the restored church was reopened to the public.

This church with its elegant domes and magnificent mosaic panels is a stunning example of Muscovite religious architecture period in St. Petersburg.

The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood

Alexander Nevsky Lavra (or Alexander Nevsky Monastery) was founded by Peter the Great at the southern end of the Nevsky Prospekt in St Petersburg to house the relics of Alexander Nevsky, patron saint of the newly-founded Russian capital.

The monastery area contains a majestic Neoclassical cathedral and other numerous structures of the same period. It also contains the Lazarev and Tikhvin Cemeteries, with the tombs of Lomonosov, Suvorov, Karamzin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky and other Russian celebrities

Roubles
Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
4 hours YES YES 6041 3667 3336 2825 2519 2315

THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM (with/without transfer)

THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

This guided tour (with or without transfer) takes you to the world’s largest museum of Russian art and shows you its main rooms and departments.

The bulk of the museum’s exhibits are works of Russian art from the Hermitage, the Academy of Arts and the suburban royal palaces, as well as various other acquisitions and donations. After the 1917 revolution, its stocks were considerably increased following the nationalisation of private collections.

Today the Russian Museum collection totals over 320,000 objects, illustrating the development of Russian art from the 11th century to the present day. It boasts superb collections of Russian and Soviet paintings, one of Russia’s finest collections of sculpture and graphic art, and works of applied, decorative and folk art.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 2383 1390 1058 893 793 727
2 hours YES YES 4646 2521 2273 1804 1522 1334

THE YUSUPOV PALACE OVERVIEW (with/without transfer)

THE YUSUPOV PALACE

This guided tour (with or without transfer) shows off the mansion of the richest family of Russia of XIX—beginning of XX centuries. During this tour you will get an overview of the spectacular collection of paintings, sculptures and applied art pieces housed inside the palace.

The Yusupov Palace was designed and decorated to rival grandeur and luxury of royal living quarters.

You will see a breathtaking collection of furniture of various styles, paintings (of Italian, Flemish, French, English and German masters), world famous creations of sculptors (such as Kaneva, Falconais, etc.), chandeliers and parquetry, marble rotundas and grand staircases, Moorish dinning rooms and Turkish study-rooms, a marble Italian staircase (purchased in Italy and then brought and remounted in St. Petersburg) and the palace’s private theater being a miniature of Grand Opera with crimson velvet, gold and rock crystal.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 2013 1268 1020 895 821 771
2 hours YES YES 4221 2372 2124 1723 1483 1323

THE YUSUPOV PALACE WITH RASPUTIN’S MURDER (with/without transfer)

THE YUSUPOV PALACE WITH RASPUTIN’S MURDER

This guided tour (with or without transfer) shows off the mansion of the richest family of Russia of XIX—beginning of XX centuries. During this tour you will get an overview of the spectacular collection of paintings, sculptures and applied art pieces housed inside the palace.

But besides all of the above you will have an opportunity to visit a special exhibition devoted to the murder of Grigory Rasputin (the famous favorite of Romanov’s family and mysterious figure in Russian history) as the Yusupov Palace is the place where Rasputin was killed. You will be treated to a frightening story about how on the 17th of December 1916 Rasputin was assassinated, poisoned, shot and drowned.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
3 hours NO YES 4262 2593 1421 1297 1222 1172
3 hours YES YES 6470 3697 2525 2125 1884 1724

THE YUSUPOV PALACE WITH RASPUTIN’S MURDER AND BOUDOIRS (with/without transfer)

THE YUSUPOV PALACE WITH RASPUTIN’S MURDER AND BOUDOIRS

This guided tour (with or without transfer) shows off the mansion of the richest family of Russia of XIX—beginning of XX centuries. During this tour you will get an overview of the spectacular collection of paintings, sculptures and applied art pieces housed inside the palace.

But besides all of the above you will have an opportunity to visit a special exhibition devoted to the murder of Grigory Rasputin (the famous favorite of Romanov’s family and mysterious figure in Russian history) as the Yusupov Palace is the place where Rasputin was killed. After this you will visit the magnificent boudoirs famous for their unique decorations.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 4896 3016 1632 1508 1433 1384
2 hours YES YES 7104 4120 2736 2336 2096 1936

MIKHAILOVSKY (ENGENEERING) CASTLE (with/without transfer)

MIKHAILOVSKY (ENGENEERING) CASTLE

The guided tour (with or without transfer) to the Mikhailovsky castle founded in 1797—1801 as a gala residence of the emperor Paul I. It is the only building of the Romantic Classicism in Russia. The emperor himself took part in its designing. The castle was named after the patron saint of the Romanovs – Archangel Michael.

The main point of the history of the castle and of the excursion is the murder of Paul I that took place right in this castle at the night (from 11.03 to 12.03 of the year 1801). After the murder of the emperor the castle was controlled by the Ministry of the Emperor’s Court and in 1823 the Engineering College was placed in its building. Thus the castle got its second name – Engineering castle.

During the excursion you will see the exposition named “The history of the castle and its inhabitants” and hear some mysterious stories. And, of course, you will visit the chambers of Paul I (where the murder took place).

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 4526 2461 1773 1429 1222 1084
2 hours YES YES 6734 3565 2509 1981 1664 1452

THE KUNSTKAMERA MUSEUM (with/without transfer)

THE KUNSTKAMERA MUSEUM

This guided tour (with or without transfer) takes you to the Peter the Great’s Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, known as the Kunstkammera. It was founded in 1714 as the first ever museum in Russia.

Today the collections of The Kunstkammera Museum (which contain over one million artifacts and reflect the diversity of traditional cultures in the Old and New World) are among the most complete and interesting in the world.

Here you will also see many natural curiosities and rarities you have never seen and even imagined.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 7760 4045 2807 2188 1816 1568
2 hours YES YES 9968 5149 3911 3016 2478 2120

EXCURSION TO THE RUSSIAN DRAMA MUSEUM AND TO THE HALLS OF ALEXANDRINSKY THEATRE (with/without transfer)

THE RUSSIAN DRAMA MUSEUM AND TO THE HALLS OF ALEXANDRINSKY THEATRE

We offer you the excursion to the expositions of Russian Drama Museum, created to the 250th anniversary of Alexandrinsky theatre. It is the first and the largest exposition in Russia which is located in the building of the active theatre and opened for visitors in the daytime.

During this excursion you will have an opportunity to walk through the unique ensemble of theatrical buildings visiting the 5—circle auditorium, a huge stage, front palace foyers and grand facade which became one of the emblems of the Northern capital and took its place in the list of the world architecture masterpieces.

You will enjoy the thematic expositions placed in eight halls, where the unique collections of theatrical suits, furniture, theatrical properties, portraits of actors, sketches of scenery, posters, applets and subjects of theatrical life of 18—20 centuries are exhibited.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 9146 4573 3049 2287 1829 1524
2 hours YES YES 11354 5677 3785 2839 2271 1892

THE LOMONOSOV PORCELAIN FACTORY

THE LOMONOSOV PORCELAIN FACTORY

This guided tour by car/bus to the Lomonosov Porcelain (China) Factory is a unique opportunity to see a working factory producing premium class product, that has its own unique style and offers a fair competition to the leading European manufactures.

The factory was founded in St. Petersburg in 1744 and now it is one of the most famous porcelain factories in the world. The tour introduces the production line and offers the insight into what hand painted porcelain really means.

In addition you can also visit “The gallery of modern art of porcelain” and in the end of the tour you will be able to purchase porcelain at factory prices in a gift store.

Roubles
Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
4 hours YES YES 6952 3588 2927 2251 1846 1576

THE MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY (with/without transfer)

THE MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY

A guided tour to the Museum of Ethnography. This used to be a department of the Russian Museum, but in 1934 it became independent. Their rich collection offers some in depth ethnographic study of people inhabiting Russia throughout its history.

Here you will see different tools, domestic items, folk costumes, utensils and objects of ritual that are exhibited in the 24 halls of the museum. You will be given an idea about the occupations of the population, their dwellings, holidays, rites and religious beliefs. Most of the exhibits illustrating the domestic culture of the various peoples of Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries are presented in the form of life-size models.

The focal point of the museum is its Special Storeroom which contains a great variety of national ornaments, weaponry and devotional objects, made of precious metals and stones. Many of these artifacts are the only ones of their kind and the process of their make has long been forgotten.

After the excursion you will be able to visit a souvenir shop that sells handcrafted goods.

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 2480 1471 1135 967 866 798
2 hours YES YES 5903 3064 2485 1920 1581 1355

THE MUSEUM OF POLITICAL HISTORY

THE MUSEUM OF POLITICAL HISTORY

The guided tour that can be interesting to those who are keen on Russian history and political development from the times of autocracy to “perestroika”.

During this tour you will see the items connected with the history of revolutionary movement and political prisoners’ life and activities (the initial objects of the museum collection). You can also find here Russian underground and foreign “free” periodicals which were gathered by members of the “Narodnaya Volya” (“People’s Will”) movement, prisoners of Shlisselburg convict prison, and Bolsheviks.

During the last decades due to our researchers’ efforts and donators’ participation the museum has really turned into a unique Museum of Political History of Russia. And now you can see there the relics concerning the Soviet period and modern history of Russia, materials telling about the centennial history of Russian Parliamentarism and activities of modern political parties and movements have become part of the collection. You will see the documents and personal belongings of N. Khrushchev, G. Zhukov, Y. Gagarin, M. Gorbachev, A. Sobchak, G. Yavlinsky, G. Starovoitova and other outstanding public figures of the past and the present.

 

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Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
2 hours NO YES 2282 1273 937 769 668 600
2 hours YES YES 4490 2377 1673 1321 1109 968

BLOCKADE IN LENINGRAD

BLOCKADE IN LENINGRAD

The guided tour devoted to the blockade days in Leningrad (during World War II) with visit to the museum and other memorials concerning this tragic period of the history of the city.

During the tour you will visit the Museum of Blockade, hear the stories of heroic defense of the city during the Great Patriotic War and see the unique exhibits and documents of Blockade times.

Then you will continue the excursion by visiting the Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery where you will see the memorial to “The Motherland” and a lot of common graves in which about 500 000 people were buried during the blockade. It is the biggest cemetery created in the years the World War II (marked in Guinness Book of Records).

After that you will be brought to the place called “The Flower of Life” devoted to the children died during the blockade. And also it is a symbol of the victory of the inhabitants of Leningrad over the fascist’s troops who held the city in blockade during 900 days and nights. Here you will see a birchwood consisting of 900 birches, the memorial devoted to the famous blockade “Diary” of Tanya Savicheva and the monument in the form of a flower and with the inscription “Let the sun always be!”

Roubles
Duration Car Guide 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person
6 hours YES YES 7307 3752 2568 1975 1620 1383