Discover the historic heart of St Petersburg with a visit to Yusupov Palace followed by a cruise of the River Neva. Prepare to be stunned from your first glimpse of the sublime Yusupov Palace to the last. The huge façade is a distinctive yellow offset against white classical columns while the interior is a mesmerising tangle of lavish gold ornamentation. View the treasured art and artefacts on display before a brief break for refreshments and a little time at leisure. Next, board a canal boat for an insightful tour of St Petersburg and discover why the city is known as the “Venice of the North”.
During your time at Yusupov Palace, you will learn all about Rasputin, a shadowy figure who lingered behind the scenes of the political turmoil which culminated with the Russian revolution in 1917. This mystic figure – official healer of the son of Tsar Nicholas II – was assassinated right here within the palace. You will get a great overview of St Petersburg from your canal cruise. Learn how the city managed before the bridges were constructed and get a unique perspective of all the key sights.