Cultural excursion tours

Past Tour Information

Join AstridTravel, LLC, in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Art Routes program, for a cultural excursion to St. Petersburg, Russia. Enjoy some of the world’s most distinguished classical ballet, magnificent palaces, fine dining, spectacular art museums, and more.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge at (225-344-8558) or email Astrid at

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Day 1 – June 7

  • Alexei Leporc lecture on Russian Ballet

  • Dinner at Tsar Restaurant

Day 2 – June 8

  • Visit Peter Paul Fortress

  • Tour of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet

  • Tour Samoilov Theatrical Museum to see Russian Ballet exhibition

  • Lunch at Russia Vodka Room Restaurant

  • Private tour of Diamond collection at

  • Hermitage Museum

  • Night ballet performance at Mikhailovsky or Hermitage Theatre

Day 3 – June 9

  • Day trip to Pushkin for a tour of the opulent

  • Catherine Palace

  • Lunch at the famed ethnic Podvorie Restaurant

  • Tour Pavlovsk Palace and Park, carriage ride optional

  • Dinner at L’Europa restaurant and night of intimate Tchaikovsky musical performance

Day 4 – June 10

  • Visit Peterhof Palace and Monplesir Palace

  • Hydrofoil back to St. Petersburg

  • Lunch at Georgian restaurant, Aragvi

  • Private tour of Faberge Museum

  • Private meet and greet with a Mariinsky prima ballerina over dinner at Repa restaurant

  • Attend a ballet performance at Mariinsky Theatre

Day 5 – June 11

  • Visit Museum of Political History housed in former prima ballerina Matilda Kseshinskaya’s Palace

  • Backstage tour of Mariinsky Theatre

  • Lunch at Koriushka Restaurant with view of

  • Neva delta

  • Visit Yusupov Palace, one of the most magnificent private palaces in St. Petersburg

  • Folk Dance Show at Nikolaevsky Palace

  • Dinner at rooftop restaurant La Terrassa with

  • view of Kazan Cathedral

Day 6 – June 12

  • Visit the iconic Spilled Blood Cathedral

  • Visit the Russian Art Museum featuring Russian classical and avant-garde art

  • Lunch at the Azerbaijanian restaurant, Baku

  • Pleasure boat ride on the Fontanka River and

  • surrounding canals

  • Exclusive private tour of Stroganoff Palace with senior curator, ending with a vodka and caviar tasting in the palace cellar

  • Farewell dinner at Russian Empire restaurant housed in the Stroganoff Palace

Day 7 – June 13

  • Free Day


Upcoming Tours

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