The Art Treasures of St Petersburg04 - 09 November, 2021

Trip Dates:
04 - 09 November, 2021
Trip Price: £ To Be Confirmed
Single Room Supplement: £ To be confirmed.
Trip Length: 6 days

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. The visit has been specially planned for early March when the snow makes everything picturesque and the city looks magnificent. The theatres are open, the vodka and furs come out and the insides of the buildings are kept cosy and warm. More importantly one can enjoy the city’s wonderful architecture and superb museums without the crowds later in the year.

Throughout the six day visit there will be two visits to the Hermitage with its hundreds of glittering, gilded rooms and its unrivalled collection of European and Russian art. Enjoy a day excursion to Tsarkoye Selo, the spectacular town of Imperial Palaces just outside of St Petersburg. There will by 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. The rooms are gorgeous in their richness and variety. For those who wish the journey can be extended to include a four day visit to Russia’s traditional ‘Holy Mother’ – Moscow.

This visit is open the Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge Universities and their family and friends. Please note that Distant Horizons has sole responsibility for the operation of this tour. The participating University has no direct control over the operation of any tours.

Maximum Party Size: 20

Trip Leader: Professor Alexei Leporc

Professor Alexei 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 and has previously held research and teaching positions at Institutes of Art History in Vienna, Munich and Berlin.alumni visits to Russia.

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The Art Treasures of St Petersburg Trip Comments:

‘A terrific art and architecture – focused trip. Perfect time of the year (few other visitors). Professor Leporc and Elena were wonderful and shared not only their extensive professional knowledge and expertise but also shared personal vignettes that brought the journey alive.'
‘We congratulate you on the brilliant success of the visit to St Petersburg which you organised for the  Alumni. The programme was beautifully organised with variety between the city tours, the palaces and the Hermitage and contained touches of genius such as the visit to the Jewish Synagogue.’
'The visit to St Petersburg was wonderful. Thank you so much. One of the best things about the trip was the meals in the special restaurants - all excellently chosen.'
‘The trip was superb and everything we could have hoped for. Professor Leporc is an encyclopaedia of information, so incredibly knowledgeable; Elena was charming and organised everything beautifully. The hotel was very comfortable and extremely well situated. It was wonderful to have such ‘empty’ galleries. Our highest hopes were amply fulfilled’.