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White Nights Tour, 24 - 30, 2012 (July 1st optional)


St. Petersburg, the home of the Hermitage, is at its most beautiful and poetic during the “White Nights” that follow the summer solstice. Join us for an exclusive aesthetic experience as we guide you to the city’s famous sites and hidden gems. Our White Nights Tour is your chance to discover Russia’s Imperial capital — with its rich heritage of palaces, museums, theaters, cathedrals and other cultural landmarks. Over six days you will have exclusive access and experiences, including curator-led tours, private excursions by bus, boat and carriage, behind-the-scenes visits, great restaurants and more.

Please see the full White Nights Tour itinerary for more information and photographs.

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Brief highlights of each day:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Welcome Cocktail Party hosted by Paul and Chauncie Rodzianko at Turgenev House

Monday, June 25, 2012

Curator-led visit to the State Hermitage Museum focusing on the European painting collection, including the Old and Modern Masters, as well as a visit to some of the grand rooms and apartments of the Palace. Unique opportunity to view the museum when it is closed to the general public.

Visits to Saints Peter and Paul Fortress, Log Cabin of Peter I, St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Dinner at Vodka Room No. 1 Museum and Restaurant

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Visits to the Gold Room Treasury and behind-the-scenes at the porcelain department at the Hermitage, as well as carriages, textiles, antiquities and more at the Hermitage open storage at Staraya Derevnya.

River boat trip, with sweets and champagne.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tour of the Stroganov palace, led by the curator of the Museum. 
Visit to the memorial Dostoevsky House Museum.

Opera or Ballet Performance at the historic Mariinsky Theatre. (Optional)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tour of the parks, select pavilions and the Monplaisir Palace at Peterhof, Russia’s Versailles.

Visit to the Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum, newly reopened.

Visit to artist studios at the Pushkin 10 art center.

Curator-led tour of interiors of Vladimir Palace, which is not open to the public.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Visit to the Catherine palace at Tsarskoe Selo, and carriage ride around the lake.

Lunch in the historic Bip Fortress at Pavlovsk, and curator-led visit to the palace at Pavlovsk.

Hermitage Banquet Gala (Optional).

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Curator-led tour of the Kunstkamera

Visit to the modern art wing of the Russian Museum (the Benois block).

Farewell dinner at Turgenev house.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 (optional)

Optional excursions to Alexander Nevsky Monastery, or Kronstadt, or Yusupoff Palace and Baron Stieglitz Museum of Applied Art in the morning.

In the afternoon, third visit to the Hermitage, including the Diamond Room Treasury and an opportunity to explore the museum on your own.

Please see the full White Nights Tour itinerary for more information (and photographs) about everything listed above, as well as tour prices, hotel options, visa information, registration forms and payment options.

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