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Treasures of St Petersburg

Yet it’s not just the majestic architecture or time-honoured traditions that make St Petersburg a destination on every serious travel addict’s bucket list.

On the Treasures of St Petersburg tour, in a total of 6 days, you’ll explore all the most unmissable highlights of St Petersburg and its surroundings. Take in the atmosphere of the city centre on a walking tour where old-world values and modern aspirations collide. Feast your eyes on the extraordinary treasures of the State Hermitage Museum, stroll the magnificent palaces and gardens of Russia’s own Versailles and explore trendy neighbourhoods and the world-class shopping and dining options of a truly global, truly extraordinary city.

St Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703, the city has always held a reputation for artistic prowess and a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere, inspired by the other great European cities – London, Vienna, Paris and Venice – while remaining something wholly and uniquely its own. This private St Petersburg tour is a great introduction into Russia’s stunning ‘cultural capital’, revered as a living museum with grand, masterful works of art to be discovered around every corner.

 

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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

St Petersburg

St Petersburg

3* hotels

Duration

Action rating

Group size

7 days / 6 nights

     

2-10 people

Itinerary View map

DAY 1:Welcome to St.Petersburg!

Welcome to Saint Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia!

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by your driver and transferred to the centrally located hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the
hotel or getting acquainted with the local area on your own.

DAY 2:Highlights of the city centre

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby to discover the unmissable highlights of Saint Petersburg on a city tour: stroll along Nevsky Propsekt, the city’s grand old main street, cross the Anichkov Bridge,
see the Kazan Cathedral and other gems of the city. Take a break on Nevsky Prospekt to experience in the unique atmosphere of the city
centre. For lunch, take your pick of one of the famous local restaurants - Teplo, Mansarda or Vodka Room No. 1.

After lunch, we tour the grounds of the magnificent Peter and Paul Fortress on the banks of the Neva River. Be amazed by the iconic St. Isaac's Cathedral - the second tallest Orthodox church in the world, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands on the spot where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

During the tour you also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Cathedral - a burial place of Russian emperors from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. Enjoy a magnificent sunset view from the fortress walls.

DAY 3:Hermitage & Faberge Museums

Your day starts at the world famous State Hermitage Museum - the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the most respected art museums in the world. There are some 3 million masterpieces on exhibit here, housed in six magnificent historic buildings, including the splendid Winter Palace - the main residence of the Russian Tsars. The
Hermitage's collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, Monet, Van Gogh and Matisse. We also visit General Staff Building former home to government ministries and Soviet-era agencie, now is the part of Hermitage with the most
marvellous European Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

After tour of Hermitage we embark on a canals cruise to see the city from the different view point.

In the evening you'll glance inside of the Faberge Museum, which houses the world's most complete collection of Fabergé eggs, all immaculately crafted by jeweller to the tsars Carl Fabergé.

DAY 4:Peterhof & Russian Ballet

Your guide meet in you in the morning, for a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Peterhof (Petrodvorets), where you will be travelling by a fast boat, to get away from the traffic gem. Once the opulent summer resort of the Romanovs, today Peterhof is a huge open air museum and a testament to Peter the Great’s contribution to the city’s development. Peter's daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who ordered the expansion of the Grand Palace, greatly extended the park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular
Grand Cascade. Representing nearly two centuries of European aristocratic fashion executed to the highest standards, Peterhof is like
an encyclopedia of park design through the age of empire.

Being amazed by Tsarist Russia, its power and infinite beauty, we offer
a plunge into one of the most popular entertainment of tsars - the world’s most famous, the Russian ballet performance in Marrinsky Theatre, a truly unforgettable experience!In the evening we invite you to enjoy the optional experience - the world’s most famous, the Russian ballet performance in Marrinsky Theatre, a truly unforgettable experience!

DAY 5:Catherine's and Pavel's Palaces

Experience the extravagance of the Imperial rulers on a day tour to the suburban estates of the Romanov Tsars. Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s village) is now part of the nearby town of Pushkin and is one of Saint Petersburg’s finest attractions. Amid exquisite parks and gardens you’ll find the baroque Catherine Palace, a dazzling testament to
Catherine’s love of luxury and royal excess. Envision Catherine strolling with her beloved dogs through acres of private gardens, where
remarkable structures like the Marble Bridge, the Dutch Admiralty and the Creaking Pagoda were constructed for her amusement. We also
explore the stately neoclassical Alexander Palace, whose tumultuous history paints a fascinating portrait of the Romanov family and the
replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

Afterwards, we head to nearby Pavlovsk - the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg, named in honour of Tsar Pavel. This fine neo-classical palace and its extensive landscaped gardens are stamped with his taste and even more so with that of his
wife, the German-born Maria Feodorovna.

DAY 6:Yusupov Palace

In the morning you embark on a guided tour of Yusupov Palace, one of the most elegant private palaces in Europe, where Grigory Rasputin was murdered in December 1916.

The afternoon is spent at leisure for independent sightseeing and
shopping.

In the evening, we invite you discover splendour of the city by night, with a cruise along the Neva River, viewing of one of the city’s two magnificent bridges opening, you’re sure to be serenaded by some of
Saint Petersburg’s talented street performers as you watch the spectacle unfold. The best way to spend last night in St.Petersburg!

DAY 7:Time to say goodbye

Our Saint Petersburg tour has come to an end. You’ll may pop in to some local markets for last minute souvenir shopping. If you are looking for something authentic, locally made, world famous and at the same time functional, check the Imperial Porcelain Factory.

After you finish, you’ll be picked up from the hotel and transferred by your driver to the airport. Say farewell to this beautiful city, until next time!

Inclusions

Accommodation

Centrally located 3*hotel (can be upgraded to 4* and 5* on request)

Meals

Breakfasts in the hotel

Transportation

Group airport arrival and departure transfers

All transportation on tour, according to the itinerary (car, metro)

Guides

Local English-speaking tour leader

Professional licenced guides for museums' tours

Activities and sights

All activities and sights indicated in the itinerary, except optional

Download the Detailed Itinerary for more information

Other

Russian visa support documents

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

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