St Petersburg Up Close and Personal

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 interested.


DAY 1:
Arrive at St Petersburg in the afternoon; Meet and greet; transfer to hotel.


DAY 2:
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.


DAY 3:
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


DAY 4:
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, Academia Restaurant

DAY 5:
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.

DAY 6:
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.

DAY 8:
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

DAY 9:
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.

DAY 10:
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 nearby Cottage.

DAY 11:
Transfer from hotel to either the Airport, or railway station for departure.

Price: This is a private tour and is quoted upon request.

What is included:

Driver, local guide each day All transfers in Russia
Sightseeing St Petersburg as shown Evening entertainment as per itinerary
Twin share hotel accommodation breakfasts each day
All entrance fees as for sights that will be seen inside rather than viewed from outside as shown. Other meals as shown
Visa invitation documents

City details and extra sightseeing

St Petersburg

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