Journey beginning and ending at St Petersburg, Russia
Available: 2019-01-01 to 2019-04-30 starting from $2242 AUD
Available: 2019-05-01 to 2019-09-30 starting from $2587 AUD
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St Petersburg combines its fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European outlook. Considered the cultural heart of modern day Russia, St Petersburg is rapidly regaining its reputation as one of the great cities of Europe.
This independent itinerary allows you to enjoy the splendour of St Petersburg in style and in depth. You can choose your class of hotel and enjoy the freedom to tailor make your special highlights. How better to do this great city than to travel around in your own private Mercedes with your own guide.
New: Be sure to discover the newly opened General Staff Building with an incredible collection of 19th & 20th Century European Art.
Read more about visiting St. Petersburg with us here.
Day 1 – Arrive St Petersburg
Transfer by private car to your selected hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Day 2 – City tour – Peter & Pauls Fortress & St. Isaac’s Cathedral
Breakfast is at the hotel and then you will be met by your private guide.
Enjoy the beauty of the city with a Panoramic city tour by private car (3 – 4 hrs). There is one museum in the city that is never closed – the city itself. Discover St Petersburg – a city of infinite charm with its majestic palaces, churches and cathedrals, river embankments, beautiful parks and numerous bridges, a city of imperial proportions and romantic vistas which has been a source of inspiration for the generations of artists.
Visit Peter and Paul Fortress this morning. It is the historical nucleus of the city as well as one of the most interesting and beautiful architectural landmarks. St. Peter & Paul Cathedral with its long gilded spire is the burial place of all Russian emperors from Peter the Great to the last of the Romanovs Nicholas II. Designed to protect newly acquired lands in the mouth of the Neva River, the fortress lost its military significance before it was completed. It was turned into the most dismal political prison of Russia for almost 200 years.
You will then visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Fourth highest cupola cathedral in the world, St. Isaac’s has a breathtaking interior design. The cathedral can accommodate 13000 worshippers at a time. The monolithic columns of the portico cut from red granite are seventeen meters high and weigh 114 tons each. The mosaic inside has twelve thousand shades and colors, the walls are five meters thick and the main cupola is coated with one hundred kilos of gold.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
This afternoon & evening are yours to explore further if you choose not to attend a performance.
A unique event awaits you in the evening – a Russian ballet performance in the unique Mariinsky Theatre. Please let us know if you are interested in attending this performance.
Day 3 – Comprehensive tour of the Hermitage Museum & The Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before another day of sightseeing.
This morning, we do a comprehensive guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum, departing the hotel at 10am. The world-known Hermitage museum was the residence of the Russian Emperors in the past. Nowadays it comprises 5 palaces and is one of the largest museums in the world. Be ready for lots of walking along miles of corridors!
Lunch at the Demidov Restaurant is included during the tour.
You will finish the Hermitage tour at approximately 2pm and then follow on with a walking tour of the Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood. Returning to your hotel approximately 5pm.
Day 4 – Pushkin & Pavlovsk: Catherine’s & Paul’s Palaces
After breakfast we drive to the town of Pushkin to see the Catherine’s Palace and park – once the official summer residence of Russian Czars. We enter the beautiful Catherine’s park and visit Catherine’s Palace, considered to be a real pearl of Russian baroque architecture of the 18th century.
Lunch at Provorie restaurant.
We then head to Pavlovsk to see the Paul’s Palaces. Named after Paul 1, Pavlovsk was founded in 1777 when a small palace was built. This palace is often called a pearl of the classical style as many famous architects of the time took part in designing its beautiful interiors which are a synthesis of architecture, decorative painting and sculpture. A beautiful landscape park, the largest in Europe, surrounds the palace.
Dinner is on your own tonight.
Day 5 – Departure Day from St. Petersburg
Enjoy your final buffet breakfast at the hotel and then transfer by private car.
- Program includes 4 night’s accommodation & breakfast daily with all taxes & services included
- Services of experienced licensed English speaking guide
- Transport by Mercedes car
- Entrance fees and meals as per the itinerary
- Letter of introduction for Russian Visa
- Arrival and departure transfers from/to airport/train station. Please note that this transfer is with a driver only. We can upgrade this and provide an English speaking guide if you wish.
Read our review of the St. Petersburg hotels here.
- Beverages & extras
- Visa to Russia
- All services not mentioned in the program
- Tips and Gratuities
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!