Liza Boeva

Liza Boeva

I'm 37 years old university professor, teaching history of art. I'm also a film director, looking for new locations, interesting themes and intriguing objects. My only desire, while visiting a new place, is to feel if I'm a researcher. That way every tour could be a unique adventure, not a tourist ala-bala.

Saint Petersburg, Russia (cultural guide)
  • This is a trip around the most significant cultural places in Saint Petersburg. We will make connections to literature, music, paintings becuase without Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky, Malevich, Akhmatova, Russian avangard and Socialistic ideas in the Art of the Soviet era the city would be like a dollhouse for adults - splendid and beautiful but needless and useless.

Tour Information

Duration
7 Days
Departure
10:05
Price per Participant
1,180.00 USD
Languages
Group size
10 - 20 people
Transportation
Walking
Train
Includes
Guide and lectures on History of Arts, History of Architecture, Literature, Music Taxes for galleries, churches, gardens and museums (including The Hermitage museum, Russian museum, Petergof museum) Trip to Petergof (1 hour by train from Saint Petersburg) Transportation in Saint Petersburg 2 evening events: ballet, theater, opera or circus 1 trip by boat on Neva river
Excludes
Hotels Meals All kind of personal insurances Plane tickets to and from Saint Petersburg, Russia
Cancellation
If we receive notice of your cancellation between 49 and 29 days before departure you will lose 30% of the cost If we receive notice of your cancellation between 28 and 15 days before departure you will lose 90% of the cost If we receive notice of your cancellation 14 days or fewer before departure you will lose 100% of the cost

About the creator
Liza Boeva

Liza Boeva

This is a trip around the most significant cultural places in Saint Petersburg.

We will make connections to literature, music, paintings becuase without Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky, Malevich, Akhmatova, Russian avangard and Socialistic ideas in the Art of the Soviet era the city would be like a dollhouse for adults - splendid and beautiful but needless and useless.

Day 1: Nevsky Prospect. The main island

Start time: 11 am

End time: 6 pm

Sights and Information:

1. Nevsky Prospekt 

Gogol's famous novel Nevsky Prospekt - symbols, location, figures

2. House of Books (Dom knigi)

A tale about the imperial decree for the construction of the buildings in Saint Petersburg

3. Kazan Cathedral (Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor)

History of the temple; architecture and specificity

4. Great Gostiny Dvor 

The Art of commerce according to the demands of empress Elizaveta of Russia

5. Alexandrinsky Theatre

Russia's first public theatre; the story of the troupe; the symbolism of the sculpural frieze of the building

6. Anichkov Bridge

A tale about the blockade of Saint Petersburg (1941 - 1944)

7. Beloselsky - Belozersky Palace

A tale about the aristocracy of St. Petersburg before and after the revolution of 1917

8. Kozhevnikov's house

A tale about the writer Goncharov who created the novel Oblomov while living in this exact house

9. Shostakovich house

A tale about the great composer and his famous opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district

10. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Literary Memorial Museum

St. Petersburg's distinctive highlights from the novel The Karamazov Brothers

11. St. Vladimir's Cathedral

Pushkin and Dostoyevsky's connections to this famous Orthodox temple

Day 2: Central island. Famous and unknown landmarks

Start time: 11 am

End time: 6 pm

Sights and Information:

1. Vladimirsky Prospect  #11

The real places mentioned in Dostoyevsky's novel Poor folk

2. Engineers and Writers Commune house (soviet kommunalka)

The communist party in Russia turned the spacious and classy apartments of the aristocracy into rooms for the workers - the so called kommunalka places: one apartment is separated to single rooms for different families; they all use the same kitchen, same toilet, same bathroom

According to the Socialist system this is the way to share out the wealth of the rich people among the poor workers. Such places still exist in the central part of the city

Engineers and Writers Commune House is a comunity of well educated and artistic people who try to survive in the conditions of the totalitarian system

3. The Wonderland theatre

Lewis Carroll's theory of the paradox and it's influence in Russian children theatre

4. Bolshoi Drama Theater

History of the Russian theatre and the Stanislavski's system

5. Gorokhovaya Street

The history of this street and all of the famous people who once lived there. The way this street is present in the Russian literature and fine arts.

6.  Gogol's House

Gogol's St. Petersburg - world of fantasy and fear

7. The Senayan Square and Dostoyevsky

Following the steps of one of the most famous novels of all times - Crime and Punishment

8. Raskolnikov's house

The house of one of the most significant literature characters - Rodion Raskolnikov

9. Rogozhin's House

The house in which Dostoyevky's character Rogozhin lives in (the famous novel The Idiot)

10. Nastasya Filipovna's death place

The place where Rogozhin kills Nastasya Filipovna (the novel The Idiot)

11. Quay with Sphinxes

A tale about the Egyptian art collections in St. Petersburg

12. Mitten Museum

The mitten as one of Russia's symbols just like the Samovar and the Matryoshka

13. Monument of Nicholas I

Russia during the management of Nicholas I; the history of the monument

14. Nabokov's House

The autor of the famous Lolita portrays Petersbug in his autobiographies Other Shores and Memory, speak!

15. Mandelstam's House

The Russian avangard -  the Acmeists

16. Saint Isaac's Cathedral

The history of Russia's largest Orthodox temple

Day 3. Part 1: The Hermitage museum Part 2: Night walk

Part 1

Start time: 11 am

End time: 4:30 pm

Sights and Information:

1. Palace Square

  • The Alexander Column;
  • The Triumphal Arch;
  • The Admiralty

2. The State Hermitage Museum 

Learn about the history of the museum and the collections that are stored there.

1.Into the Hermitage Museum. Lectures on:

  • Jordan Staircase;
  • Field Marshal's Hall;
  • Coat of Arms Hall;
  • Gergievsky Hall;
  • Alexander Hall;
  • Malakhitovaya Hall;
  • The Gobelins
2. A walk trough the collection of the Hermitage Museum: Italian paintings (XIII - XVIII). Lectures on:

  • Leonardo da Vinci - Madonna Benois and Madonna Litta;
  • Raphael - The Conestabile Madonna;
  • Giorgione -  Judith;
  • Caravaggio - The Lute Player
3. A walk trough the collection of the Hermitage Museum: Spanish paintings (XV – XVIII). Lectures on:

  • El Greco - Peter and Paul;
  • Velasquez - Breakfast;
  • Goya - Antonia Zarate

4. A walk trough the collection of the Hermitage Museum: Flemish paintings (XVII – XVIII). Lectures on:

  • Rubens - The Union of Earth and Water;
  • Rubens - Bacchus;
  • Rubens - Roman Charity

5. A walk trough the collection of the Hermitage Museum: Dutch paintings (XVII – XVIII). Lectures on:

  • Rembrandt - Danae;
  • Rembrandt - The Return of the Prodigal Son

6. A walk trough the collection of the Hermitage Museum: English paintings (XVI – XIX). Lectures on:

  • Gainsborough - The Woman in Blue

7. A walk trough the collection of the Hermitage Museum: French paintings (XIX – XX). Lectures on:

  • Renoir - Jeanne Samary;
  • Matisse - Dance

Part 2

Start time: 7 pm

End time: 2 am

Sights and information:

A walk in Vasilievsky Island (if the trip is during the white nights period - end of May, June and the beginning of July)

  • A walk on the coastal area of the island;
  • Watching the sunset and spending the night at the Finnish gulf;
  • A walk back to the main island (two hours);
  • Watching the sunrise at Vasilievsky Island (Rostral Columns place)

Day 4: Russian Art

Start time: 2 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Sights and Information:

1. Griboedov Canal

A tale about the writer Griboedov and his famous play A grief from the mind.

2. Gogol Museum

The house of one of the most famous, strange and loony Russian writers ever

3. Church of the Savior on Blood

History of the temple; architecture and specifics

4. The Russian Museum

A walk trough the collection of the Russian Museum. Lectures on:

  • Aivazovsky;
  • Repin;
  • Vasnezov;
  • Briulov;
  • Serov;
  • Petrov - Vodkin;
  • Malevich

5. Komissarzhevskaya Theatre

Malevich and The Black Square. History of the painting. The opera Victory over the Sun

6. The Summer Garden

The Garden in the Russian literature: Pushkin, Akhmatova, Marshak

After hours activities

The following list of theatres and concert/ballet halls are located in one area. The guests could attend a program by choice. They could make their decisions from the following:

  • Mikhailovsky Theatre - ballet performace (booking in advance);
  • Philharmonic Hall (booking in advance);
  • Komissarzhevskaya Theatre (booking in advance);
  • Musical Theatre (booking in advance);

Day 5: Petergof

Start time: 11 am

End time: 7 pm

Sights and Information:

1. The Petergof Museum

Learn about Peter I and the formation of St. Petersburg. The history of Petergof

2. The Fountains of Petergof

  • Samson;
  • Adam and Eve;
  • Neptune

3. The Alexandria Park

An English park in Russia

After hours activities

Start time: 11 pm

The guests could go for a boat ride in the canals of the city during night time (booking in advance)

Day 6: The Rabbit Island

Start time: 11 am

End time: 5 pm 

Sights and Information:

1. The Pushkin House 

The house of the most famous Russian writer - Alexandr Pushin. St. Petersburg in Pushkin's texts

2. Trinity Bridge

The legend of Peter I and The Rabbit Island

3. The Aurora Cruiser

The Russian Revolution and Vladimir Lenin. The October Revolution in 1917

4. The Peter and Paul Fortress

The creating of St. Petersburg

6. Viktor Zoy and Russian rock music

The history of St. Petersburg's rock music

7. The Kunstkammer

The Freaks Hall

After hours activities

Start time: 1 am

The spectacular opening of the bridges - a walk around

  • Opening of the Palace Bridge - 1:25 am
  • Opening of the Trinity Bridge - 1:35 am
  • Opening of the Liteiny Bridge - 1:40 am
  • Opening of the Tuchkov Bridge - 2 am

Day 7: A nonconformist round trip

Start time: 11 am

End time: 6 pm

Sights and Information:

1. Anna Akhmatova Museum

The Russian Silver Age

2. The Saltykov-Shchedrin House

Saltykov-Shchedrin and his Diary of a Provincial in Saint Petersburg.

3. Daniil Kharms' house

The Soviet era and the Surreal and absurdist Art in Russia

4. Holy Trinity Alexander Nevskiy' Lavra 

The necropolis of Dostoyevsky (writer), Tchaikovsky (composer), Shishkin (painter), Borodin (composer), Glinka (composer), Krilov (fabulist), Petipa (choreograph), etc.

After hours activities

The guests will have the chance to go to the Circus (booking in advance).

In the Russian circus you could still see tricks with animals (lions, tigers, elephants, dogs, birds)

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