We woke this morning at 6am as we have a very early start. Already the weather in St Petersburg is overcast and predicted to rain.
After passing through Russian immigration control we joined our tour group of 16 lead by Marina of Alla Tours. A short journey in our mini bus and we boarded a river cruise boat to tour the canals of the city, which is huge!
Our first stop was where Rasputin was murdered, the Yusupov Palace. This was a summer palace with beautiful gilded rooms and many illusions.
From here we went by hydrofoil to the Peterhof Fountain Park and Palace. Although we didn’t go into the palace Peter the Great built a maginificent park of very unusual fountains with a great sense of humour too..
Our 40 minute journey by road allowed us much needed rest before arriving at the Catherine Palace.
This is a magnificently restored palace. The Germans had destroyed it and much is being done to restore it as it was at the time of Catherine the Great.
Our mini bus picked us up which is just aswell because we all got wet. Bizzarley we can’t wear our coats into the palace.
Our guide has been very interesting, talking constantly and as we all have our own headsets and receivers this allows us to move more freely and listen at the same time.
Tonight after dinner we watched with a packed audience the St Petersburg Russian show … Fantastic!