Classic St Petersburg tour

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  Five-day tour around Russia’s northern capital of St Petersburg. The city is one of the main tourist destinations of Russia with lots of museums, palaces, monuments, hotels and restaurants. Along with Paris, Rome and Venice, the historical centre of St Petersburg is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. St Petersburg is also known as a city of bridges. In all 68 rivers, canals and streams flow across the city in various directions resulting in 42 islands. To connect the islands, St Petersburg and its suburbs has 580 bridges, including 20 which open up.
  We have selected the best sights of the city which you should visit in such a short period. One day we have left free so that you can explore the city independently or go on a day trip to Novgorod Veliky, Oreshek Fortress or even Moscow. The tour can be easily combined with a trip to Moscow or to the Golden Ring of Moscow. 

 DAY1 | ARRIVAL IN ST PETERSBURG 

​ Arrival in St Petersburg and transfer to the hotel - a driver will wait for you in the arrival area of the airport with a sign saying 

 Free time in the city, although if you arrive in the morning and have energy we can organise an excursion for this day.

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • ST PETERSBURG 

  St Petersburg by Night Excursion.
  • Twilight is a great time to see St Petersburg and the wonderful panorama of the Neva opening up to the Strelka and Peter and Paul Fortress. Plus it is only at night that you can see one of St Petersburg’s most famous spectacles – the opening up of its bridges. This event attracts lots of tourists daily, especially around the Dvortsovy, Troitsky and Blagoveschesky Bridges.

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 8060 9780 10790 11700

 DAY2 | CITY TOUR - HERMITAGE - PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 A city tour around St Petersburg by car during which you will see:

  • Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral - one of the city's most famous landmarks with its instantly recognisable semi-circular colonnade with 96 columns.
  • Peter the Great Monument (The Bronze Horseman) - the most famous monument in St Petersburg and one of its most recognisable symbols. It was a gift from Catherine the Great to the city.
  • Field of Mars - a memorial field where many revolutionaries were buried and also where the first eternal flame in Russia was ignited.
  • Rostral columns which are symbols of the city and were used as lighthouses up until 1885.
  • St Michael's Castle - an example of Russian gothic architecture, where Emperator Paul was killed.
  • Sphinxes on Yegipetsky (Egyptian) Bridge - real Ancient-Egyptian sphinxes (approximately from 1500s BC) which were bought by Russia from Egypt.
  • Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral - built on the location where Emperor Alexander I was fatally wounded and in the traditional Russian style, meaning it is reminiscent of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

 The city tour also includes:

  • Guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress – the original point of foundation of St Petersburg which later served as a prison for political prisoners. Its cathedral is the resting place for almost all Russian monarchs after Peter the Great. 
  • Guided tour of the State Hermitage - one of the most famous art galleries in the world which receives over 3.5 million visitors a year. It is located inside the Winter Palace which was once the official residence of the Russian emperors and empresses. Many of the palace's 365 rooms are filled with sculptures and paintings of world-renowned artists of all ages, although quite often the interior of the palace outshines even these masterpieces. It is said that if you stand next to each of the exhibits or pictures for a minute, it will take eight years of your life to see everything. Our guide though knows shortcuts and will take you to the must-see exhibitions and rooms, so you won’t need to stay there that long!

 Duration: 8 hours |  Transportation: by a car and by metro


 DAY3 | SSB CATHEDRAL - PUSHKIN - CATHERIN PALACE

 Breakfast in the hotel.

  • The collection of mosaics of this cathedral is one of the largest in Europe. The mosaics cover the whole interior of the cathedral, and the production of these masterpieces delayed the completion of the cathedral by ten years! Famous Russian masters - Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Belyaev, Kharlamov, Zhuravlev, Ryabushkin - took part in the work. Even the iconostasis features mosaics.
  Excursion to Pushkin with a visit to the Catherine Palace and the Amber room.
  • The city is located in 25km from St Petersburg. The Amber Room of the Catherine Palace is often called as the most beautiful palace hall in the world. The palace is among the top five most beautiful palaces in Russia. To decorate the facade about 100kg of gold was used.

 Duration: 8 hours |  Transportation: by a private car 


 DAY4 | FREE DAY IN ST PETERSBURG 

 Breakfast in the hotel.

 Free day in St Petersburg. You can spend this day either exploring St Petersburg by yourself or by ordering an additional excursion, including an excursion outside of St Petersburg.

 Recommended optional excursions:

  Peterhof Palace and Park tour  
  • Peterhof Palace and Park - the fountain complex of Peterhof is one of the best in the world. The estate itself was built in response to Versailles, created by Louis XIV of France. 

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: by private car or byboat

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 17210 20410 26520 31330

  Day tour to Veliky Novgorod 
  • Novgorod Veliky is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It is located in the north-west of the country on River Volkhov and Lake Ilmen. The city’s history is inseparably linked with major events over the course of the Russian nation-state. It was once centre of the important Novgorod Republic, whose prince was elected by local nobles. The Republic became a prize fought over by neighbouring principalities and was very unruly and independent at times. It was also an importance religious and trade centre, acting as a connection between Rus and the West via the Hanseatic League. Over the centuries the city has been protected by a large and sturdy kremlin, which in turn proved a stronghold in the defence of the country as a whole. The kremlin is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Duration: 12 hours |  Transportation: by train

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 16680 25430 30410 40460

  Oreshek Fotress (only from May to October)
  • This monument of mediaeval Russian defensive architecture is located on the source of the Neva. It was founded by Novgorodians in 1323 but from 1612 it was held by the Swedish until it was recaptured by Peter the Great in 1702. Having lost its strategic significance, it later became a prison for high profile prisoners. Imprisoned here were Yevdokia Lopukhina (Peter the Great's first wife), Emperor Ivan VI, several Decembrists, members of the People’s Will organisation (including Lenin’s brother who was executed here) and Polish nationals who fought for Polish liberation. Between 1941 and 1943 a small garrison at the fortress were able to hold out here and protect the Road of Life from the Nazis for over 500 days. Therefore many famous events in Russian history have a connection with this fascinating fortress.

 Duration: about 6 hours |  Transportation: by private car and by boat

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 18590 21450 27040 31590

  Red tour
  • This tour is dedicated to the Russian revolution and the figures who played a part in it. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of Political History where you will learn the details of one of the critical moments in Russian history.
  • You will also visit the Alliluev Memorial Apartment where Lenin sought refuge and where Stalin also lived at the beginning of his political career. The apartment also serves as an example of typical housing for a qualified Petrograd worker in the beginning of the 20th century.
  • In addition you will visit the Sergey Kirov Memorial Apartment - Kirov was a close associate of Stalin whose murder marked the beginning of the Red Terror – mass repression which resulted in the death of around 1 million people. This apartment gives you an impression of how the Soviet elite lived just after the revolution. 

Tour availability: from Friday to Sunday

 Duration: about 7 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

      

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 21060 26390 33540 38740

  Best Cathedrals of St Petersburg tour

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

            

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 15340 19630 23660 28730

  Guided tour of Zoological museum and Kunskamera
  • This guided tour will show you the most interesting natural history museums in St Petersburg: the Zoological Museum and the Kunstkamera. The Zoological Museum is the oldest zoological museum in Russia and has over 30,000 exhibits on display ranging from the smallest mollusc up to an enormous blue whale. When they are not on loan to other museums, the museum is home to Dima and Masha the baby mammoths which were discovered relatively well preserved after millennia spent in the permafrost of Siberia.
  • The Kunstkamera was the first museum to be opened in Russia. It has a unique collection of artefacts which tell the history and everyday life of various peoples of the world. There is also a section on rare birth defects and anomalies, with the unfortunate babies and animals being preserved in jars (it was hoped that people would become less superstitious if they became more aware of birth defects). In addition the early-18th century building in which the Kunstkamera is located is a monument in itself and has become the symbol of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Tour availability: daily except Mondays

 Duration: 4 h |  Transportation: walking

    

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 12350 13000 20670 21320


 DAY5 | DEPARTURE FROM ST PETERSBURG

 Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 3* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 67090 106295 146150 188800

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 4* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 102290 176695 251750 329600

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 5* HOTELS​ 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 117690 207495 297950 391200

Included
  • Private transport service according to the programme
  • Private guide service according to the programme
  • Entrance tickets to museums.
  • Accommodation in a hotel of a category of your choice, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
  • Visa support documents
Not included
  • Plane tickets to/from Russia
  • Tips for a guide or driver
  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Optionnal excursions
  • Evening performances such as the ballet at the Mariinsky theatre etc.

  • The tour is available the whole year round starting on any day, but please take into account that the museum’s working hours and days-off vary so we reserve the right to change the itinerary while trying to save the excursion programme.
  • Optional excursions should be booked before the start of the tour to schedule the itinerary.
  • Tickets to museums cannot be sold without an excursion with a guide.
  • The tour is available in     Other languages upon request.
  • All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides and private transport along the programme - unless otherwise stated.
  • The price of the tour may be increased during the period of the White Nights (11JUN-10JUL) and when the International Economic Forum (end of May or beggining of June) is being held in St Petersburg. Please check the price when booking.
  • Best time to travel on this route: from the end of April to mid-October and from December to mid-March.

• CANCELLATION POLICY 

DATE OF CANCELLATION

CANCELLATION CHARGES

FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 10%
FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 30%
FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 50%
LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 100%