Trip scholar

Professor Alexei Leporc

Professor Leporc is a Curator of Western European Art at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. He is also Professor of 15th – 20th Century West European art and architecture at St Petersburg Europe University


  • Two visits to the Hermitage with its hundreds of glittering, gilded rooms and its unrivalled collection of European and Russian art
  • A day excursion to Tsarkoye Selo, the spectacular town of Imperial Palaces just outside of St Petersburg
  • Visits to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Yussopev Palace, at least as spectacular in its way as the Hermitage but on a smaller scale


June 2022


From £2,080 per person

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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 Leporc, explore this grandest of cities with its elegant buildings and unsurpassed palaces located both in the city and the surrounding countryside. The visit has been specially planned for November when the crowds are gone, the theatres are open, the vodka and furs come out 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.

For those who wish the journey can be extended to include a four day visit to Russia’s traditional ‘Holy Mother’ – Moscow.

Further details & bookings

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