Travelers with locally organized Art Routes learned that Peterhof Palace was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles.

Travelers with locally organized Art Routes learned that Peterhof Palace was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles.

 Guests on the tour experienced Tchaikovsky Night—including string quartets, piano and ballet throughout a three-hour meal—at L’Europe Restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Guests on the tour experienced Tchaikovsky Night—including string quartets, piano and ballet throughout a three-hour meal—at L’Europe Restaurant in St. Petersburg.

 Art Routes adventurers enjoyed a private dinner with a ballerina from the Mariinsky ballet company before a performance.

Art Routes adventurers enjoyed a private dinner with a ballerina from the Mariinsky ballet company before a performance.

 The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood is a St. Petersburg landmark and one of the stops the group made on the June Art Routes tour.

The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood is a St. Petersburg landmark and one of the stops the group made on the June Art Routes tour.

 Astrid Clements, Gina Abraham and Renee Chatelain at Mikhailovsky Theatre—one of Russia’s oldest opera and ballet houses—awaiting the Mariinsky Ballet performing Nacho Duato’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Astrid Clements, Gina Abraham and Renee Chatelain at Mikhailovsky Theatre—one of Russia’s oldest opera and ballet houses—awaiting the Mariinsky Ballet performing Nacho Duato’s “Romeo and Juliet.”