Royalty and Revolutionaries: The Glories of St. Petersburg
- This tour has already taken place and is now here as an archive
- Dr Marie-Anne Mancio
St. Petersburg is renowned for being one of Europe's most elegant cities and the cultural capital of Russia. It was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great who imported talented architects to create baroque extravaganzas that would rival Versailles and canals to rival Amsterdam. Among the highlights of the European architecture, art and decorative art collected or commissioned by the Russian aristocracy are the unbelievably opulent Catherine Palace, once home to the legendary Amber room; the splendid interiors of the Yusopov Palace with its little theatre; and, of course, the enormous Winter Palace which houses the Hermitage Museum, possibly the best collection of art anywhere in the world. Contrast this with a parallel history of the development of Russian art from the icon to Kandinsky at the Russian State Museum and with works in situ such as the stunning mosaics of the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood for an unforgettable experience.
BALLET AND OPERA
There will be an opportunity to attend a performance at one of St. Petersburg's famous theatres (subject to the programme and availability of seats). The programme is usually published 2–3 months prior and subject to change at short notice. We will contact all tour participants with details of the performances offered together with the cost of tickets and transfers.
Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a DPhil in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of Sussex. She has lectured on art for various institutions including The Course, Tate Modern, Art in London, University of Hertfordshire, and the City Lit. She has also written on art and architecture for Make, Art and Design, Europaconcorsi, and others. She has led private tours to Paris, Venice, and Florence. Since gaining an MPhil in Creative Writing, her practice is mainly text based and includes a conceptual art work for New York duo Praxis and James Franco's Museum of Non-Visible Art and Whorticulture, a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America. She is currently working on her second novel, Bouche, about the artist François Boucher.
Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg (5*) view website »
JNevsky Prospect, 57, St. Petersburg, Russia
Tel: +7 812 3802001, Fax: +7 812 3801937
The Corinthia is a luxury 5* hotel situated in the heart of St. Petersburg on the famous Nevsky Prospect, within walking distance of the major museums. An award-winning renovation of three majestic 19th century buildings offers an opulent interior whose restaurants and bars are among the best in the city. The Corinthia collection of hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta in 1962 offer every conceivable modern luxury.
The price includes:
- Lecturing by Dr Marie-Anne Mancio
- Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow to St. Petersburg
- All airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
- 4 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at 5* Corinthia Hotel
- 4 lunches
- 4 dinners
- all coach transfers to and from St. Petersburg airport
- all coach transfers in and around St. Petersburg as per itinerary
- all entrance charges to visits as per the itinerary
- services of a qualified, English speaking guide throughout
The price does not include:
- Teas or coffees during mid morning/mid afternoon breaks
- Any incidental and personal expenditure (laundry, telephone, etc)
- Taxis or other transport not specified
- Personal insurance
- A 10 year passport with minimum of 6 months' validity after your return is required by all people travelling to Russia. Visas are required by all and are not included in the tour price. We are unable to apply for visas on your behalf but we will forward the necessary documentation in due course. We anticipate the cost to be in the region of £100.00.
A £300.00 deposit is needed to confirm your place on the tour.
This tour is organised by Heritage Group Travel who are responsible for all the arrangements. Please refer to Heritage Group Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which can be sent upon request. The Company holds ATOL number 3707 and ABTOT licence number 5093 for your protection. This itinerary is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur. As the tour is arranged many months in advance visits may be subject to amendment.
Book your place
Places are limited so please book early. For further information:
- Mary Bromley
- 020 7266 7815
- E Mail:
- The Course, 105 William Court, 6 Hall Road, London NW8 9PB