Classic St. Petersburg Tour

Price per person from € 499

Classic St. Petersburg Tour

Welcome to St. Petersburg, the former capital of Imperial Russia, home of the Tsars and one of the world's most beautiful and romantic cities. On this five-day-long tour through St Petersburg, you will enjoy several different excursions that will introduce you to the most intriguing sights the St Petersburg has to offer. This includes Russia’s most important political prison - the Peter and Paul Fortress, as well as the Hermitage which contains one of the world's largest collections of art including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso as well as many other old masters and impressionists.

At Tsarskoye Selo, which includes the Catherine Palace and its surrounding parks, the creations of Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, you will see the famous Amber Room - a chamber covered entirely with panels of amber. The tour will also include a visit to Peterhof and its many gorgeous fountains. You will be transferred there by hydrofoil on the Gulf of Finland – trust us, it’s quite an exciting experience!

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in St. Petersburg, Panoramic City Tour St. Petersburg
Day 2 Guided tour to Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg
Day 3 Guided tour to Catherine Palace and Amber Room St. Petersburg
Day 4 Guided tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Parks St Petersburg
Day 5 Departure form St Petersburg St Petersburg

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in St. Petersburg, Panoramic City Tour

On arrival in St. Petersburg you will be met by our friendly representative who will escort you by car or mini bus to your hotel. Your Russian tour begins right away as on the way to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to get your first glimpse of this truly unique and beautiful city. After settling in at the hotel, you can sit down to a short lunch (optional), to prepare you for the city tour.

Panoramic City Tour.
This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with all of the city's major highlights. Our professional guide will take you down Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg's most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. There you will see some of the city's most interesting architectural monuments including the Kazan Cathedral and the Winter Palace. You will then proceed to Vasilevsky Island - the area of the city that Peter the Great originally planned to be the city center. This island juts out into the Gulf of Finland - reminding you of St. Petersburg's close proximity to the sea and maritime history. The tour will include a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress - a symbol of St. Petersburg and also the oldest building in the city. While there, you will visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Tsars from Peter the Great onward. You will then be taken back to your hotel to relax.
In the evening you will have free time to stroll along the city streets and to dine at a restaurant of your choice. If you would like recommendations on good places to eat, just ask us.

DAY 2: Guided tour to Hermitage Museum

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast we will head to one of the greatest and largest art museums in the world - the Hermitage. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage's treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, and Rubens, as well as many others. We will spend 3 hours at the museum, however, to view the collection in its entirety would take almost 15 years, spending 8 hours a day in the museum and taking one minute to examine each exhibit.

DAY 3: Guided tour to Catherine Palace and Amber Room

Breakfast at the hotel.
After a good breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo). The Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo is a former country residence of the Russian emperors. It is a fascinating monument of the world´s architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. Its 3 parks occupy an area of 600 hectares on which are located over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures designed by masters of the Venetian school such as P. Baratta, A. Tarsia and D. Bonazza. The center of Tsarskoye Selo is Catherine Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms and decorative bronze sculptures. The Palace also contains the Amber Room - a truly unique work of craftsmanship – a room made entirely of amber. The room was looted by the Nazi’s during WWII but luckily most of its pieces were recovered. The room was fully rebuilt in 2003. Tsarskoye Selo was also the main residence of the last Tsar Nicolas II and his family.

DAY 4: Guided tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Parks

Breakfast at the hotel.
Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art - a town of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past, it was used as an exquisite summer residence by the Russian Tsars. You will visit the Grand Palace - the largest and the most famous palace of the residence which was often used for gala receptions. After this you will proceed to the Lower Park (Nizhny Park) which is a genuine masterpiece of landscape design. The park is adorned with more than 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. There are several small palaces and pavilions on the park territory, such as the Monplaisir, Catherine's Block, Marli, Hermitage, the Bath Block and many more. If you are ready to walk a lot you will also enjoy a magnificent view of the Gulf of Finland.

DAY 5: Departure form St Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel.
Hotel check out
Transfer to airport
Say goodbye to St. Petersburg, the Venice of the North and one of the most interesting and colorful cities in the world. We hope to welcome you back to Russia sometime in the future. Do Svidaniya or until we meet again!

What's Included

Accommodation in St Petersburg: 4* hotel DBL/twin room, 4 nights

Private English-speaking guide for all the included excursions per itinerary.
If you need a different language of your guide, please inform us in advance. We will inform you about the cost of the additional service.

Breakfast in your hotels

Transfers: Airport – Hotel – Airport
Entry tickets: Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Peterhof Grand Palace

Arrival private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from St Petersburg Airport to the hotel
Departure private transfer in an air-conditioning car/minivan from the hotel to St Petersburg Airport
Shared transportation in an air-conditioning minibus/bus throughout the tour (Day 1, Day 3, Day 4)

We are COVID-19 SAFE
Our guest’s health and safety is of vital importance to us. We have attained the ‘Good to Go’ industry quality standard and have implemented the following steps to ensure your tour is as safe as possible:

Social Distancing
Guides will maintain social distancing from guests during the tour in accordance with government guidelines. We ask that you also maintain the appropriate social distance between your group and any other guests on the tour.

Capacity Limitations
Tours are operating with limited capacity (currently a maximum of 6 guests per tour).

Our guides wear face mask for the duration of the tour for their safety and yours. Guides will also carry hand sanitiser which will be available to guests at all times.

Staff Health
Our guides will be checked every day to ensure they are fit and well before guiding their tour.

Guest Guidelines
It would be hugely appreciated if guests would bring their own masks and wear them for the duration of the tour, for the comfort and safety of our guides and other guests.

Not Included

Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price.

Over 65 travel insurance supplement: €16 per person
Half board: €160 per person in hotel 4*, €140 in hotel 3* (included on request)
Full visa service
International airfare (included on request)
Tips to the guides aren’t obligatory, but appreciated

Total prices

This is the total price per adult in a twin share room. Solo travellers who choose this option will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.
This is the additional cost for your own room (subject to availability). This will be added to your total trip price. Please check Essential Trip Information for exceptions or ask for more details at the time of booking.

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