St Petersburg the city that was
built to give Russia access to the ‘West’, and to satisfy ‘Peter the Greats’
desire to build, and harbour and naval fleet. After his years ‘ undercover’,
working as a shipwright in England, and touring the continent, he saw sea power
as the force he needed, and the grand designs of Europe the style for a Russia
of the future.
St Petersburg, known by many as
The Venice of the North, is built on dozens of islands, linked by a network
of canals, the River Neva and broad thoroughfares and is a city steeped in a
stormy history of turbulent wars and revolutions. But it is also a beautiful
city rich in culture and extraordinary palaces, museums, cathedrals and a
plethora of historical and literary buildings. Today it is also cosmopolitan
with a varied restaurant life to excite the taste buds.
It is a
city that demands more time, if your money and time budget allow.
Here is an example of what can be accomplished with more time. This
is an outline itinerary and would need to be quoted should you be
Arrive at St
Petersburg in the afternoon; Meet and greet; transfer to hotel.
Full day “get
acquainted” with the city; St Peter & Paul Fortress and the Imperial Vaults
including those of the Grand Dukes and of Nicholas & Alexandra; Troubetsky
Bastion; Artillery Museum; Smolny Cathedral and Smolny Institute (Lenin’s
office); Tauride Palace; Decembrists’ Square; Field of Mars; Cathedral on
Spilled Blood; Alexander Nevsky Monastery and necropolis.
Full day tour:
Russian Museum; Kshesiniskaya Mansion; Finland Station; Cruiser Aurora (on board
visit); see Rasputin’s Apartment (exterior only); Mikhailovsky Palace;
Engineers’ Castle. Evening
Full day tour:
Nevsky Prospekt; Beloselskij-Belorskij Palace; Anichkov Palace; Kazan Cathedral;
Yusupov Palace; St Isaac’s Cathedral; Summer Gardens and Palace; Lunch at say,
Full day at
leisure: walking tours; shopping; A canal cruise along part of the famous
‘Venice of the North’ St Petersburg and its canal system.
Morning half day
tour to the Winter Palace (Tsar’s Apartments – including interior of balcony
from which the tsar announced WWI); guided tour of The Hermitage:
Afternoon free or stay on at the Hermitage.
Full day tour to
the Russian countryside to visit Pushkin; Catherine Palace tour gardens and
park; Alexander Palace and Grounds; Fydorovsky Sobor:
Pavlovsk Palace in the afternoon
Full day tour of
St Petersburg focusing on the great writers and artists of Russia;
Pushkin’s Apartment; Nikolaevsky Cathedral for Service; Visit to the Stieglitz School of Applied and
Decorative Arts (including the workshops); Dostoevsky Museum; Piskarev, Cemetery
of the Russian artists.
Full day tour to
Peterhof and the Palace of the Fountains; Monplaisir; Travel by hydrofoil; Visit
Oranienbaum and the Chinese Pavilion; Lunch at Orangerie Restaurant; Visit
either the Airport, or railway station for departure.
Price: This is a private tour and is quoted upon
What is included:
Driver, local guide
||All transfers in Russia
Sightseeing St Petersburg
Evening entertainment as
Twin share hotel
breakfasts each day
entrance fees as for sights that will be seen inside rather than viewed
from outside as shown.
||Other meals as shown
Visa invitation documents
and extra sightseeing