The day is at leisure for independent activities or you can opt from the recommended list. Private Imperial Residences Tour: Devote your attention to two of Russia/’s most celebrated imperial residences on a private 7-hour tour from St. Petersburg. Leave the city for the baroque Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. Tour the interiors as you hear about the tsars who lived here, and see the showpiece Amber Room and gardens. Afterward, explore the palace and parks of the Peterson estate, including the world-famous Grand Cascade fountains. Private Day Trip to Veliky Novgorod from Saint Petersburg Including Round-Trip Transportation: Rewind to medieval Russia on a private full-day trip to Veliky Novgorod from St. Petersburg. A capital of Russia in the 9th century, this UNESCO-listed city consists of well-preserved medieval buildings and churches. Explore the riverside Kremlin with its St. Sophia Cathedral, see fresco-coated churches, and stroll around the reconstructed buildings of the open-air Wooden Architecture Museum, all built without nails. Lunch, private round-trip transport, and hotel transfers included. Visit The Hermitage The Winter Palace: Undoubtedly St. Petersburg/’s most famous visitor attraction, and universally acknowledged as one of the world/’s greatest treasures of art and antiquities, the Hermitage is a name to be conjured with, and reason enough on its own for many travelers to book a trip to St. Petersburg. The Hermitage Museum now spans several sites, but for most visitors, it is the main collection in the Winter Palace that is an essential component of any St. Petersburg itinerary. Here you/’ll find not only centuries of European fine art and a rich collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, but also the astonishingly opulent 18th and 19th-century state rooms of Russia/’s imperial family. The Mariinsky Theatre: Renowned for the impeccable discipline and devotion to the tradition of its ballet company, and blessed in Valery Gergiev with one of contemporary classical music/’s most exciting and exacting conductors, as well as international stars of ballet and opera including Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva and Anna Netrebko, the Mariinsky Theatre is a world-class venue for ballet, opera and orchestral music. Rivers and canals of St. Petersburg by boat: There is a wide range of different offers available at the ious quays on or near Nevsky Prospekt, with larger boats offering guided tours some in English and onboard refreshments, and smaller boats that you can rent by the hour, choose your own route, and bring your own food and drink. All routes through the center take in some portion of the Fontana and Moyka Rivers and the Griboedov and Kryukov Canals. Some also head out onto the River Neva, while around midnight most of the boats in the city offer the chance to watch the opening of the Neva/’s bascule bridges from the water. Whatever route you end up taking, a boat trip is a fantastic way to see St. Petersburg from a different angle, and perhaps the best possible means of getting an impression of the sheer scope of the city/’s architectural beauty and romance. Get the glimpse of Opening bridges: The Neva River connects Lake Ladoga to the Baltic Sea, and during the summer navigation season tens of cargo ships per day follow this important route, making it necessary to open the bascule bridges across the Neva in central St. Petersburg. This is done after midnight, and during the White Nights especially it has long been a tradition for crowds to gather along the embankments to watch the raising of the bridges. The raised arches of Palace Bridge make for one of St. Petersburg/’s most famous views, but it/’s as much the atmosphere of lazy revelry and contentment inspired by the eternal twilight that makes this such an unmissable St. Petersburg experience. Overnight in St. Petersburg.