Excursions

The Itinerary for the Day

May 17, Friday

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The field trip will be held on Friday - May 17. We will visit Kronstadt - a port city, the maritime defender of Saint Petersburg, covering the island of Kotlin in the Gulf of Finland and Peterhof – one of the most beautiful former tsar’s summer residences.

08:30 – Departure from VSEGEI main entrance

10:00 – Arrival to Kronshtadt, boat trip to the Forts

11:00 - Fort Constantin excursion

13:00 – Lunch in “Big Turtle” restaurant (Russian cuisine)

14:30 – Departure to Peterhof

15:30 - Peterhof Grand palace excursion

17:00 – Excursion to the Lower Park and its fountains

20:00 – Arrival to Saint-Petersburg (VSEGEI)

Kronstadt

Kronstadt is a port city, the maritime defense fort of Saint Petersburg, covering the island of Kotlin in the Gulf of Finland. Forty-one round-the-world expeditions have been launched from this location, and the expeditions of the ships that have departed from Kronstadt have made 56 major geographic discoveries.

As it happens, by order of Emperor Aleksandr III, a diving school was opened in this city in 1882; this was one of the world’s first institutions in which the methods of underwater diving was taught to military personnel. And, it was here that the diving forces of the Russian Navy were founded.

We will visit the Emperor Aleksandr I Fort, often called Plague Fort. From 1899 to 1917, the fort was home to a laboratory in which the plague was studied. Aleksandr Fort was designed by Maurice Destrem, who built Fort Bayard, the filming site for a television program that glorified this defensive structure to the entire world.

Peterhof

Peterhof, like St Petersburg, is an amazing symbol of Peter's desire to make Russia a sophisticated European power. A guided tour through Peterhof Grand Palace and the park will reveal the beautiful former tsar’s summer residence.

You will see 300-acre park on the shore of the Finish Gulf, spectacular fountains, the Grand Palace, crowning the hill above the fountains and numerous smaller Palaces and pavilions representing "Russian Versailles" – the heart of Peterhof, inspired by Versailles and designed by a pupil of Le Notre (Jean-Baptiste Le Blond). Peter the Great admired Versailles. For his own summer palace, he chose a site with a good water supply that stands on a river, marine natural terrace overlooking the Baltic. A fabulous marble cascade flows from the palace towards the sea, along the Samson canal. It symbolizes Russia's conquest of the Baltic coast in the Great Northern War. The cascade is lined with gilded statues and leads to a basin with a gilded statue of Samson. On the south front of the palace there is a large parterre, alleys, grass plots, basins, fountains and statues. This garden contains 173 fountains. They line the canal and ornament the woods.

During the tour, you will view the picturesque Lower Gardens with three unique cascades and dozens of powerful water jets. You will see a breathtaking central composition of Peterhof - the Grand Palace and Grand Cascade, with its staircases, waterfalls, an avenue of 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues. A guided tour of the Grand Palace, one of the most spectacular Russian palaces, representing architectural styles of the 18th - 19th centuries: modest Peter’s Baroque, shining Elisabeth’s Baroque, elegant Catherine’s Classicism and exotic oriental style will be provided.