The Best of St. Petersburg

This SeaDream Land Adventure combines a coach ride, inside visits to the main city highlights and a private boat ride through the famous city waterways to provide an excellent opportunity to discover and enjoy St. Petersburg. The riverbanks and canals are lined by unbroken graceful facades of palaces, mansions and churches. The routing through the canals will take you around the historic center, passing under the Nevsky Prospekt on the Fontanka canal. When founded 300 years ago by Peter the Great, the marshes were drained by construction of canals which is the reason why the city is sometimes called the "Northern Venice". The Peter and Paul fortress is located on a small island in the Neva River. This is a short coach ride from the yacht, past some of St. Petersburg's most famous vistas. Begun in 1703 it was built to secure Russia's hold on the Neva delta as a fortress-cum-prison defended by ramparts and bastions. The magnificent Peter and Paul Cathedral, located on the grounds of the fortress, is still the tallest point in the city and it is the burial place of all Russian Tsars starting with Peter the Great. The remains of the last tsar, Nicolas II and his family, were interred here in 1998, eighty years after their murder. It is undoubtedly a unique Baroque construction, which miraculously survived during the Leningrad siege of WWII. We board our sightseeing boat on the Neva River from the fortress dock. From the Neva, you enter the canals alongside the Summer Gardens. Your boat will take you along canals praised in many classics of Russian literature Such as Fontanka, Griboedov, Krukov and Moika Canals. You will also pass under some beautifully ornate bridges. Later, you will pass the Yusupov Palace and the Mariinsky Theatre. You will leave the boat at the Blue Bridge on the Moika Canal and walk 200 yards to the incredibly ornate St. Isaac's Cathedral, one of the largest and beautiful domed cathedrals in Europe. St. Isaac's was built between 1818 and 1858 to Auguste Montferrand's design and named in honor of St. Isaac of Dalmatia on whose day (May 30) Peter the Great was born. The cathedral has columns of Karelian granite and pediments with statues of the Apostles and the Evangelists. It is 101.5 meters high, and there is a marvelous view over St. Petersburg from the colonnades. The interior of the cathedral is as impressive as the exterior: walls and columns lavishly decorated with malachite, lapis lazuli, marble, precious stones and minerals; an enormous stained-glass figure of Christ by the Iconostasis; mosaic images of saints. In fact, an idea of the megalomania of the czars can be gleaned by taking a close look at the saints chosen to be included in the iconostasis. Apart from Jesus and Mary, who were obligatory, all the figures were chosen because their names coincided with a member of the Romanov family. After your guided adventure of the cathedral you return by coach the short distance along the embankment to your SeaDream yacht.
This Land Adventure will operate at 13:30 - June 6; 14:30 - June 15; June 30; July 8, August 22

Notes: A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change prior to voyage departure.

Port: St. Petersburg

Duration: 2.45 hours

Price: 185

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