White Nights - Scarlet Sails
An Unique Enforgettable Experience of St. Petersburg's
The White Nights are a phenomenon caused by St. Petersburg's very northerly geographical location. It stands at such a high latitude that the sun does not descend below the horizon enough for the sky to grow dark. From late May to early July nights are bright in St. Petersburg, but the real White Nights normally last from June 11 to July 2.
Although this phenomenon known as the "White Nights" is not unique to St. Petersburg, in no other northern city have they received such poetic and literary fame.
The "Stars of the White Nights 2018" International Ballet and Opera Festival will take place at the World-known Mariinsky Theater and the Mariinsky Concert Hall, as the essential part of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg (May 26 – July 23, 2018) . The artistic director of the festival is Maestro Valery Gergiev.
During the festival, there are daily evening performances at the Mariinsky Theater (either ballet or opera) and almost daily evening performances at the Mariinsky Concert Hall (either classical concert or opera-in-concert).
The Scarlet Sails celebration (June 23-24, 2018)in St. Petersburg is the most famous public event during the White Nights. The event is highly popular for spectacular fireworks and a grandiose show celebrating the end of the school year and a symbol of the dreams come true. Based on the romantic story by Alexander Green, Red Scarlet ship sails through the Neva River accompanied by the smaller boats and sailing ships.
A Series of Carnivals take place during the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. The largest and most internationally renowned carnival takes place in the Peterhof suburb of St. Petersburg. The actors are dressed in period costumes from the times of Peter the Great and Catherine the Greatand give performances reproducing some of the historic events of that period.
The Palace Square in St. Petersburg becomes a stage for international stars of popular music and serves for numerous carnival events and appearances showing period costumes of the Tsars and Tsaritsas.
WATCH THE NEVA BRIDGES OPEN
This is the signature tradition of the White Nights: watching the spectacle of the massive Neva River bridges opening apart to let the boat traffic through.
We are proud to offer a Motor Boat Tour (1.5 hours) with our guide and premium access during a White Nights, including the Scarlet Sails Celebration - one of the most admired and exiting events on the Neva River during the summer. You will observe city monuments from the river and enjoy the view of the bridges opening. Do not miss this romantic unforgettable experience, which we shall gladly arrange for you.
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We are happy to build a custom program for your stay at St. Petersburg during the White Nights including exciting day-trips and evening entertainment