St. Petersburg’s Walking Discovery
In 2011 we had several requests to repeat the popular evening walk in the afternoon as guests seemed to be interested in other evening activities such as the Private Hermitage or Theatrical Performance. With that in mind, we have created the walk for the morning or afternoon. The Nevsky Prospect, the main avenue, throngs with young and old in their summer best. Your licensed guide will show you how St. Petersburgers live out their summer days. You will also take a short ride on the metro (subway) system and a visit to the remarkable Church on the Spilled Blood. After breakfast or lunch, you depart from the yacht by coach for the Vladimirskaya Metro station. The metro stations are decorated in different styles, some of which are very ornate. The long escalators take you deep down into the marble-lined Vladimirskaya station, with its immense chandeliers and Soviet stars. You take the Metro via Vosstaniya metro station to the Nevsky Prospekt and get off at Griboedov Canal station. Here you walk along the canal to the Church on the Spilled Blood for a visit. The Church on the Spilled Blood is a fine example of neo-Russian architecture, resembling Russian churches of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is famous not only for its decorative onion domes, but also for its breathtaking interior of enamels and mosaics. Inside, colorful mosaics cover an area of around 7000 square meters of intricate design, thought to be the largest indoor mosaic in the world. The church was constructed in 1883, on the exact spot where the great Tsar-Liberator, Alexander II, was assassinated by revolutionaries in 1881. And so, it was from the spilled blood of Alexander II that the church got its name. After the 1917 revolution the church was turned into storage for theatrical props and only in August of 1997, after 25 years of restoration, was the Church on the Spilled Blood again opened to the public in all its original, extraordinary beauty. You walk back to Nevsky Prospekt along quiet side lanes, peeking into courtyards of old apartment buildings and discovering the charm of the old back streets of St. Petersburg. For a grandstand view of the evening passing parade along the Nevsky Prospekt, you stop for coffee at the "Coffee Company", located in the House of Books This Art Nouveau treasure is just another building along Nevsky, but worth noting are its glass dome and mystical mosaics. This one belonged to the Singer sewing machine company, whose name is still engraved on the facade, between the second and third floors. For decades it was Dom Knigi, or House of Books, Leningrad's main bookstore. After renovation, it now houses the bookstore on the first floor and an upscale shopping mall on the higher levels. You will have time for browsing in House of Books or other stores. Your bus will be parked alongside the Kazan Cathedral, just across Nevsky Prospekt, where we will meet for return transfer to the yacht.
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: 3.5 hours hours
Price: 139 USD