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Art Treasures of St Petersburg

23 Mar — 30 Mar 2020 | Tour Director: Andrew Spira

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Spira,

MA

Andrew was a specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons at the Temple Gallery, London, before working as a curator at the V&A Museum.

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 0920 on British Airways, arriving St Petersburg 1540. Transfer to Hotel Angleterre for seven nights.

Day

2

Morning lecture: Icons & the Sacred Art of Russia followed by orientation tour (St Nicholas’s Cathedral, Strelka, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt). Afternoon: Kazan Cathedral (exterior only) and Fabergé Museum.

Day

3

Morning lecture: Russian Avant-Garde Art & the Revolution followed by first visit to the Hermitage: Gold Room, Italian paintings from Simone Martini to Bernardo Bellotto. Free evening.

Day

4

Whole day excursion to two of the summer palaces: Catherine’s Palace and Pavlovsk (with its English Park). Return to St Petersburg via Chesma Church.

Day

5

Morning lecture: Russia & the West followed by State Russian Museum (world-class collection of art housed in Mikhailovsky Palace). Afternoon: Log Cabin of Peter the Great and Depository of the State Hermitage Collection.

Day

6

Whole day second visit to the Hermitage: Dutch and Flemish paintings from Robert Campin to Rembrandt followed by the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Picasso and Matisse collections in the General Staff Headquarters. Free evening.

Day

7

Morning: Menshikov Palace and Kunstkammer (Museum of Anthropology & Ethnology, founded by Peter the Great and housing a collection of curiosities). Afternoon: Yusupov Palace.

Day

8

Morning visit (to be confirmed). Depart St Petersburg 1645, arriving Heathrow 1725.

Tour Dates

23 Mar — 30 Mar 2020

Days

8

Cost

£2675

Tour Code

ATSP-20

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Testimonial

“Andrew Spira was such an illuminating lecturer – he has such a way of making connections and making you think about works you know well in a totally different way” 

“This was an outstanding tour for culture and history”

 -  ACE customers on 2019 Art Treasures of St Petersburg tour with Andrew Spira


FITNESS

Participants will require a good level of fitness for this tour. Please note that it may be snowy and therefore slippery underfoot. Most of the walking will be on level or slightly hilly ground.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:

£275.00

Cost of £2675 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: visa, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £275.

 
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