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Imperial St. Petersburg

8 days and 7 nights

  • Schedule
    Tour can be started on any day
  • Languages
    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Accommodation
    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars - 5 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR
    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
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Itinerary

Below is the itinerary of one of our most popular tours to St. Petersburg Russia. The order of excursions may be changed in accordance to museum work schedules and your flight details. On some occasions, there may be two excursions on the same day. 

Day 1

 


Arrival in St. Petersburg

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 St. Petersburg 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.

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. St. Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on the banks of the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. The city has seen its share of historical events including the Decembrist revolt, the palace coup and murder of Tsar Pavel, the intrigues of Catherine the Great, the assassination Tsar Alexander II, the influence of Rasputin on the Russian royal family, the Revolution of 1905 and the October Revolution of 1917 which brought the communists to power. During WWII, the city then known as Leningrad, went through a harrowing two and a half year blockade and siege by the Nazi invaders resulting in the deaths of over 1 million of its citizens. Today, St. Petersburg is Russia�s second largest city with a population of over 5 million. It is also known as the center of Russian art, culture and literature - former citizens included Pushkin and Dostoevsky just to name a few. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of beautiful palaces and monuments including the Winter Palace. The city is also known as the Venice of the North because of its location on various islands in the Neva River and its many canals and bridges. St. Petersburg is home to the world famous Hermitage Museum 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. We are sure that you will find St. Petersburg one of the most if not the most fascinating places you have ever visited. Welcome to this most beautiful and mysterious of cities.

 

Day 2

 


Breakfast at the hotel
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 St. Isaac´s Cathedral, the fourth highest cathedral in the world with a splendid interior and whose cupola holds over 100 kg of gold. You will then proceed 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 3

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, Rubens and more. 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 4

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´s 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.

Lunch at a local restaurant (optional).

In the afternoon, we will visit to the Imperial suburb of Pavlovsk. Built in the late XVIII and early XIX centuries, the palace and park was used as a summer residence for emperor Paul I and his family. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares. The museum in the palace displays an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings.

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to Peterhof. 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 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to the Yusupov Palace. The palace is notable both for its beauty and for the historical events that have taken place within its walls. During our visit you will admire the elaborate ceremonial rooms, a unique home theater and the cozy basement drawing-rooms, associated with the murder of Grigory Rasputin. You will learn more about the history of the palace and the death of Rasputin at the hands of Prince Felix Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich on the night of December 16, 1916 – it is truly a fascinating story full of mystery and intrigue.

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for shopping and independent sightseeing. Today you will have time to explore St. Petersburg on your own, buy souvenirs and just take in the atmosphere of this beautiful and mysterious city. You can also choose from one of our many optional excursions if you would still like to learn more about the city or have a particular interest in the arts or history.

Day 8

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!

Accommodation

Below you can see a list of hotels that we most frequently use for our tours. All the hotels are located in city centre, close to sightseeing, shopping and dining areas. In case these hotels are not available on your travel dates we will offer alternatives of a similar quality.

St. Petersburg
Kristoff Hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Kristoff Hotel

The new cozy Kristoff Hotel is located in the city center of St. Petersburg and has a very nice homestyle atmosphere making it a great place for both tourists and business travelers. The staff strives to fulfill even the most demanding customers´ needs. The hotel is located not far from the city´s central market, jazz club and the famous Troika restaurant.

M Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
M Hotel

"M Hotel" is a conveniently located inexpensive and comfortable hotel in the heart of St. Petersburg. The hotel is situated within the Golden Triangle district close to the Hermitage, the Kazan Cathedral, the Russian museum etc. There are lots of cute cafes and restaurants nearby. "M hotel" features 54 rooms including 3 suites and 8 superior rooms. Stay at this hotel, and you will definitely visit St. Petersburg again!

Golden Triangle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Golden Triangle

The hotel is located in the very heart of the city, actually in the central area with major places of interest that is usually called The Golden Triangle. So if you are a guest of this hotel all landmarks and tourist attractions are just minutes of walk away. Moreover, in addition to its great location the hotel boasts of its cozy and comfortable rooms.

Rossi
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Rossi

The Rossi Hotel is situated in the heart of a world-known architectural ensemble of ulitsa Zodchego Rossi (Architect Rossi street). Opened in 2007, the hotel inherited the best traditions of the Russian hospitality. The comfort and luxury of its rooms are well-combined with modern technologies, that makes your stay in the hotel a pleasant experience.

Domina Prestige St Petersburg
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Domina Prestige St Petersburg

Domina Saint-Petersburg is the first Russian 5-star hotel of the well-known Italian chain. It is located just 8 minutes' walk from St. Isaac's Cathedral and offers air-conditioned rooms of classic design with free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel is not huge (100+ rooms on 7 storeys), but still has its own restaurant Arcobaleno with a separate street entrance, which serves mainly Italian cuisine. As the hotel is in the very city centre with a limited parking lot on the street there is an underground parking at your convenience.

Petro Palace
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Petro Palace

This comfortable hotel opened in 2005 and is located in the historical center of Saint Petersburg on Malaya Morskaya Street within several-minute walk from the city´s main street - Nevsky Prospect and the city´s main sights of interest - Palace Square, The Hermitage, Saint Isaac´s Cathedral, The Admiralty, Kazansky Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and others. The Hotel is located in an old, famous, fully renovated building protected as a historic landmark. The hotel has all modern amenities and is rated as a 4-star hotel.

Included Sightseeing

These sights are included into the standard package:

St. Petersburg
Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace

Modest and austere outside, the Yusupov Palace impresses anyone with its beautiful and gorgeous interiors. The Yusupovs were known for their good taste and rich collection of art. This palace belonged to the last Yusupov of Imperial Russia - Felix. Its walls still retain memories of family's happiness and the tragedies. The palace is also connected to the collapse of Tsarist Russia. In the basement drawing rooms, Grigory Rasputin was assassinated. The basement now contains an exhibition with wax figures of the participants of that night that tell the story well. Besides the basement, the tour will take you through the stately halls, the cozy home theater, the palace's baths and more.

Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)
Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

The Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo is a former country residence of the Russian Emperors. Its three parks occupy an area of 600 hectares and have over 100 architectural monuments: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. 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 bronze sculptures. The palace is also home to one of the world's most exquisite pieces of architectural and decorative art, the Amber Room, an entire room made of amber panels, mirrors and gold leaf with a fascinating history.

St. Isaacs Cathedral
St. Isaacs Cathedral

One of the finest architectural monuments of the XIX century and an integral part of St. Petersburg's magnificent skyline, the former principal cathedral of the Russian capital has a capacity to accommodate 10,000 people. The cathedral is graced with 112 solid granite columns weighing up to 114 tons each and about 400 reliefs and bronze sculptures. The observation platform on the colonnade provides a magnificent view of the city.

Peterhof Grand Palace, Lower Park and Upper Gardens
Peterhof Grand Palace, Lower Park and Upper Gardens

Peterhof was founded by Peter the Great as Russia's answer to Versailles. Peter the Great is famous for the westernization of the country, and the main purpose of this particular residence was to impress foreign guests and to show that Russia was able to compete with Europe in architecture and park design. The Peterhof Upper Gardens and Lower Park are genuine masterpieces of landscape design. They include over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. What differentiates Peterhof's fountains from those of Versailles is that the water runs using its natural pressure without any pumps - the idea belonged to Peter the Great and it still works! The Grand Palace dominates on the park. This truly impressive building was the official summer residence of several Russian Tsars. This is one reason why the interiors are made up of different architectural styles deriving from different époques.

Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Fortress

The fortress was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Besides the ancient fortifications, the fortress includes the Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in the early XVIII century. The cathedral includes the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian Tsars, the museum of Trubetskoy Bastion prison and the expositions: The History of St. Petersburg, History of the Imperial Mint as well as a printing workshop and the museum of space exploration and missilery. It is also possible to walk along the walls of the fortress and observe the fabulous architecture of the surrounding areas. Any tour to St. Petersburg is not complete without a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Pavlovsk, Tsar Pauls stronghold
Pavlovsk, Tsar Pauls stronghold

Built in the late XVIII and early XIX centuries, the palace and park was used as a summer residence for emperor Paul I and his family. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares. The museum in the palace displays an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings. Residential rooms of the Empress Maria Fedorovna are enrapturing with their harmonious beauty and are open the public.

Nevsky Prospekt
Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Prospekt is St. Petersburg's main street. It stretches from the Admilarty building up to Alexander Nevsky Monastery. St. Petersburg was the first city in Russia to be built in accordance to a plan with Nevsky Prospect being a central part of the original plan. This is one of the oldest streets of the city and each building here has a rich history behind it. Kazan Catherdal, Stroganov Palace, the Zinger building, Eliseevsky Store - are just some of the famous buildings that you can see on Nevsky.

Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage is one of the greatest museums in the world. 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, Rubens and many others.

Optional Sightseeing

You can enrich your experience by adding the following extra tours:

Novgorod
Day trip to Novgorod - the ancient capital of Russia
Day trip to Novgorod - the ancient capital of Russia

Duration: Day trip

St. Petersburg
Boat Excursion Along the Canals of St. Petersburg
Boat Excursion Along the Canals of St. Petersburg

Duration: 1 hour

Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood walking tour
Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood walking tour

Duration: 1 hour

City Tour of St. Petersburg with visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral
City Tour of St. Petersburg with visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral

Duration: 5 hours

Prices and Terms

Low Jan 11th - Mar 31st, Nov 1st - Dec 22nd
  hotel 3 stars hotel 4 stars hotel 5 stars
1 $2511 $2909 $3234
2 $1376 $1688 $1851
3 - 4 $1193 $1487 $1650
5 - 6 $1007 $1283 $1445
single supplement $355 $407 $553
Shoulder Apr 1st - Apr 30th, Oct 1st - Oct 31st
  hotel 3 stars hotel 4 stars hotel 5 stars
1 $2641 $3315 $3813
2 $1441 $1892 $2140
3 - 4 $1239 $1665 $1910
5 - 6 $1025 $1420 $1658
single supplement $414 $462 $645
High May 1st - Sep 30th, Dec 23rd - Jan 10th
  hotel 3 stars hotel 4 stars hotel 5 stars
1 $3547 $4331 $4737
2 $1894 $2400 $2603
3 - 4 $1685 $2165 $2365
5 - 6 $1458 $1906 $2100
single supplement $654 $792 $925

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a specific hotel. You should add single supplement to the price in case you travel in a group but you stay at a single room. We offer discounts for groups of 7 or more. To inquire about group rates, please contact us.

Prices include

  • Tickets to all museums
  • Transportation to museums and for excursions
  • Guide service
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Free visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

Included sightseeing:

  • Panoramic city tour with visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Visit to the Hermitage Museum
  • Trip to Peterhof Palace and Park
  • Tour of Catherine Palace and Park (Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin) and Pavlovsk Palace and Park
  • Tour of the Yusupov Palace

Prices do not include

  • Visa processing costs. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you.
  • International airfare. Our Russian tours are offered as land only where you arrange your own airfare and we meet you at the airport and handle everything else. 
  • Optional services as well as theater tickets
  • Travel insurance

Tour dates are flexible. Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request. We can also mix and match and adjust the accommodation to any hotel of your choice. 

Payment policy:
To book a tour, 30% deposit is required at the moment of booking. The trip must be fully paid 31 days before departure.

Cancellation policy:
61 or more days before departure - a few equal to 15% of the entire package will be charged.
60-15 days before departure - a fee equal to 30% of the entire package will be charged.
14 days or less before departure or no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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