Trip scholar

Professor Alexei Leporc, Curator of Western European Art, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Alexei was Professor of 15th-20th Century West European Art and Architecture at St Petersburg European University (1999-2006)


  • Enjoy a day excursion to Tsarkoye Selo, the spectacular town of Imperial Palaces, and to the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the recently opened and stunning Fabergé Museum

  • Explore the Hermitage over two visits to view its glittering and gilded rooms, and unrivalled art collection

  • Relax in an excellently located hotel, the Domina Prestige Hotel, just a few minutes' walk from the city’s main sights including the Palace Square, the Hermitage and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

  • Optional visit to a ballet or opera in some of Europe's most spectacular theatres

  • Extend your trip with an additional three days exploring Moscow, Russia's 'Holy Mother' and travel on the high speed train through Russia's snow covered countryside


13-18 February 2022



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The beautiful city of St Petersburg, often known as the 'Venice of the North' was founded by Peter the Great to demonstrate his wish that Russia was a major power with its roots firmly fixed in Europe. Accompanied by Professor Alexei Leporc, explore this grandest of cities with its elegant buildings and unsurpassed palaces located both in the city and surrounding countryside. This visit has been specially planned for February when the city looks spectacular in the snow, the theatres are open and the insides of the buildings are kept cosy and warm. Perhaps, most importantly one can enjoy the city's wonderful architecture and superb museums without the crowds later in the year. 


Further details & bookings

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