St Petersburg Ballet and Opera performances are legendary and a gread addition to a St Petersburg tour or St Petersburg shore excursion. We can help you with tickets on for any performance in St Petersburg. The play bill is known 1-1.5 months before the performance. The best possible ballet can be seen in the world famous Mariinsky (former Kirov) Ballet and Opera Theatre. If by chance you apply for the tickets too late or it seems to you that the price is out of your budget don’t despair: there are several other respected venues for ballet and opera, and the Mariinsky is not the only star in the town:

The Eifman company has won rave reviews for its modern gloss on classical ballet styles and sometimes perform on the Mariinsky stage in August, though now it’s so popular  that getting tickets can be difficult.

Another well-known company is Valery Mikhailovsky Male ballet, it performs “Classical transformations” of Tchaykovsky Ballets and modern compositions such as Ecce Homo with music by Vangelis, Sinck, and Albinoni.

Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre  — (Michaylovsky or Musorgsky Opera and Ballet theatre) . Its’ apricot and silver auditorium is no less beautiful and its repertoire includes mainstream ballets such as Giselle, Le Sylphide, andSwanLake. After the arrival of new choreographer Nacho Duato new, modern ballets have appeared.

Mariinsky Theatre (the company doesn’t perform in August)  — A sumptuous 19th century ballet and opera house, better known by its’ old Soviet title, the Kirov. The art director and conductor Gergiev stages classical and modern performances: besides well known and impeccably performed Swan Lake, Le Corsar, Giselle, and La Sylphide. Among the last very successful performances were Le Park, Prodigal Son, Apollon, Forsite’s ballets, and Jewels (consists of 3 parts — Diamonds, Emeralds, and Rubies).

Don’t miss the chance to see the absolutely wonderful «Little Hunchbacked Horse» based on the Russian Fairy Tale with music by modern (but world famous) Russian composer Schedrin. He is the husband of Maya Plisetskaya – the Prima Absoluta of Soviet ballet, well known for her Schedrin turned  Bise’s “Carmen” opera into ballet where she starred with overwhelming success; ballet is still on in The Mariinsky Concert Hall, close to The Mariinsky.

Peter and Paul Cathedral Fortress hosts wonderful concerts of choral music (church music and Russian romances) and concerts of bell-ringing.

Philarmonic Hall The Grand Hall named after Shostakovich is home to the St Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra whose concerts vary depending on the conductor. The hall is also used by visiting foreign artists  and an orchestra called “Klassika” that specializes in Strauss waltzes. The smaller Maly Zal (Small Hall) named after Glinka has better acoustics and a separate entrance. It’s used for solo and chamber recitals, which are truly remarkable.

St Petersburg Opera and Chamber Music Theatre is situated in a very beautiful palatial mansion of Baron Derviz and performs the most famous classical operas (the voices are wonderful) but sometimes in modern interpretation.

The Faberge Museumhas the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.