Day 1 – St Petersburg
Scheduled flight to St Petersburg from your preferred airport – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the centrally located 4* Hotel Dostoevsky.
Day 2 – St Petersburg guided tour
Full day guided city tour taking in such sights as the Church of St Nicholas, St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Smolny Institute, the Strelka, from where we are afforded excellent views of the River Neva, and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood with its beautiful multicoloured domes, the marvellous Russian style church built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881.
Day 3 – Pavlosk Palace, Catherine Palace & Imperial Lyceum
Head for the countryside to visit the 18th century Pavlosk Palace, the imperial residence of Catherine the Great’s son – continue on to Pushkin, home of the Imperial family and former summer residence of the aristocracy, where we visit the sumptuous Catherine Palace built in Baroque style and boasting a 300 metre façade – walk the short distance to the former Imperial Lyceum of Tsarskoe Selo which in the early 19th century was a school for sons of the nobility, including Alexander Pushkin who studied here between 1811 and 1817, and today a museum recreates the atmosphere in which the pupils lived and studied.
Day 4 – The Hermitage
Guided tour to explore some of the highlights of the magnificent Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art galleries located in the Winter Palace founded by Catherine the Great and home to some two million works of art – rest of the day is free to explore The Hermitage at your leisure.
Day 5 – Peter and Paul Fortress, St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, Faberge Museum & State Russian Museum
Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in St Petersburg, and the Baroque interior of the St Peter and St Paul Cathedral with its landmark golden needle spire which is the final resting place for many Russian Tsars including Peter the Great – housed in the Shuvalov Palace, one of the most beautiful in St Petersburg, the Fabergé Museum’s collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs – guided tour of the State Russian Museum which houses a fine display of artefacts and some of Russia’s greatest works of art that are little known outside the country.
Day 6 – Peterhof Grand Palace
Check out of our hotel and take the hydrofoil (May to September only) along the Neva River to Peterhof – a grand avenue of terraces and pools leads to the Peterhof Grand Palace, the magnificent palace built by Peter the Great overlooking the Baltic Sea and adorned with magnificent interiors – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.
OR Depart for Moscow add on from £199
Day 6 – St Petersburg to Moscow
After the morning in St Petersburg, we board our late afternoon train and our first class sleeper cabins for the overnight journey to Moscow (meals are extra on the train).
Day 7 – Moscow
On arrival in Moscow transfer to 3* Hotel Cosmos for breakfast – sightseeing tour of the city taking in Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium and much more – optional tour of one of
the city’s beautiful Metro stations with sculptures, mosaics and chandeliers.
Day 8 – Moscow
Morning free at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.
All excursions, guided tours & entrance fees included
Professional tour manager
Scheduled flights to St Petersburg
Executive coach in Russia
One free place per 10 paying passengers
Optional Moscow add on from £199
• First class overnight train to Moscow
• Guided city tour
• Return flight from Moscow
Guided tour of St Petersburg
Church of St Nicholas
St Isaac’s Cathedral
The Smolny Institute
Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood
Pushkin - Catherine Palace & Alexander Palace
The Hermitage - guided tour
Peter & Paul Fortress
St Peter & St Paul Cathedral
State Russian Museum
Grand Palace at Peterhof
Five nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Hotel Dostoevsky. Located in the heart of St Petersburg, facilities at the hotel include a bar and restaurant and all rooms are en suite.
Your Moscow accommodation
Following the five night stay in St Petersburg, we have reserved first class two berth compartments on the overnight express train from St Petersburg to Moscow and one night on bed and breakfast basis in the 3* Hotel Cosmos in central Moscow. The hotel has a restaurant and all rooms are en suite.
Single room supplement for St Petersburg £99
Optional Moscow add on from £199 plus
- Overnight train single supplement £139
- St Petersburg & Moscow single room supplement £199
- Optional guided tour in Moscow
Tailor-make this tour
Your tailor made tour
Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:
- Yusupov Palace - located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River and once the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family, this palace saw one of the most dramatic episodes in Russia's history; the murder of Grigory Rasputin
- Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre - known during Soviet times as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre, enjoy a ballet performance from the same world famous company and stage which premiered Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty
- Moscow - add a two night stay in Moscow taking in Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium, the Cathedral of the Assumption and the Kremlin
Reviews for Palaces & Galleries of St Petersburg
Date of tour: July 2016
We wanted to thank you for a superb trip. Despite considerable trepidation on my part, we all enjoyed the trip. It all went smoothly and every one we have spoken to found something amazing that really stuck with them. The culture was different and almost impenetrable, but our guides were excellent and Tatiana superb, doing her best to ensure that we all got to enjoy her city. She could and did stop traffic, and she put herself out to provide what we asked of her. Thank you again for all your efforts and your support to the group in planning the trip, getting visas, and making sure it all went smoothly, we all appreciated it. All in all a fascinating trip well arranged for us which we would recommend it to anyone.
JB, Bishop's Cleeve
Date of tour: May 2016
I would like to say a big thank you to all your staff who made our trip to St Petersburg such a huge success. Having had several doubts about going to Russia and into the unknown, I needn't have worried. The hotel was very well situated, well within reach of Restaurants, shops, banks and also the Nevsky Prospekt. There is even a large shopping mall right beneath the hotel! Our guide was amazing, who answered all of our queries in perfect English and went the extra mile when we wanted to do things that weren't on the programme. There were tears all round when we left. The Russians themselves were kind and friendly and many spoke excellent English, especially in the larger shops and restaurants. Our Society was sad to leave and we all believe it was one of the best trips we've taken with you, and we've had some brilliant ones. I wouldn't hesitate to return to St Petersburg in the future. Again many thanks for all Sandy’s help too, couldn't have done it without her.
Date of tour: April 2015
First and foremost I would like to say a VERY big thank you for giving me so much support for the holiday to St Petersburg. I have never received this standard of service before!! The holiday was generally very good. Our excursions were excellent and Tatiana was a fountain of information. Again very many thanks.
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