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Venice of the North - St. Petersburg Small Group Tour

7 days
6 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 2,750.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,250.00 (single occupancy)
$ 300.00 (June supplement )

 

Dates:

Apr 21, 2020 - Apr 27, 2020 
May 14, 2020 - May 20, 2020 
May 26, 2020 - Jun 01, 2020 3 spots left
Jun 24, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020 
Jul 07, 2020 - Jul 13, 2020 
Jul 28, 2020 - Aug 03, 2020 
Aug 18, 2020 - Aug 24, 2020 
Sep 08, 2020 - Sep 14, 2020 
Sep 22, 2020 - Sep 28, 2020 
Oct 06, 2020 - Oct 12, 2020 

Hotels:

St. Petersburg - Domina Prestige 5* or similar

Listed hotels will be used on all tours. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those listed.

Included:

6 nights in St. Petersburg
Tours described per itinerary with entrance fees
Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 dinners
Transfers on the 1st and last day of the tour
Russian Visa is included!

Highlights & Experience:

INCLUDED TOURS AND VISITS

City Tour of St.Petersburg
Visit to St. Isaac Cathedral
Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress
Visit to Church of Savior on Spilled Blood
Hermitage tour: Main Building
Hermitage tour: General Staff Building with Impressionists and Modern Art
Pushkin: Catherine Palace and Amber Room
Yusupov Palace with Grigory Rasputin Chambers
Peterhof: Grand Palace and Park with Fountains
Kronstadt with St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral
Visit to WWII Museum and St. Petersburg Siege Memorial
Visit to Faberge Egg Museum



 

Optional Services:

Novgorod extension:  $480.00 per person (min 2 people)
1 additional night in St. Petersburg
12-hour tour to Velikij Novgorod including Kremlin, St Sophia cathedral, Yaroslav Court, Yurjev Monastery, Museum of Wooden art and lunch.

Kizhi extension: $690 per person (min 2 people)
Roundtrip train from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk
Transfers train - hydrofoil terminal
Boat tickets Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk
Escort guide on a boat
Entrance fee to Kizhi Museum
English-speaking guide on the city walking tour and Kizhi walking tour

Itinerary:

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Day 1  : ST. PETERSBURG

Private transfers

Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Hotel check-in and free time to relax and get some rest after international flight.

Day 2  : ST. PETERSBURG

City tour of St. Petersburg - Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, we will start with lunch and the best sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg. We will drive by the elegant buildings on the Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Strelka, Rosstral Columns, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, the Palace Square, Winter Palace, Summer Gardens, and other remarkable landmarks. The tour includes inside visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress.

Peter-and-Paul Fortress was built in 1704 to defend the city from naval attacks, however it never served its primary purpose. Instead, its historical mission turned out to be rather gruesome: thousands of workers died while building the fortress, many political prisoners, including Peter's own son Alexi were kept and tortured in its cells. The tombs of the Romanov family are also in its Cathedral.

Lunch in the local restaurant. 

After lunch we continue our sightseeing with a visist to Yusupov Palace with Grigory Rasputin Chambers.   Yusupov Palace is located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River. One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the wealthy Yusupov family, it has retained many of its original interiors and is most famous as the scene of the murder of the notorious Grigory Rasputin, a peasant who had gained control over the tsar's family due to his alleged supernatural powers. (B)

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Day 3  : ST. PETERSBURG

Hermitage main exposition and General Staff Building with Impressionists Exhibit

We begin our day with the morning tour of the Hermitage Art Museum, one of Russia’s main treasures. Occupying six stunning buildings along the River Neva, the Hermitage is the second largest art museum in the world (Louve in Paris is the first) founded in 1764 . The museum has a wide range of art on display (over three million pieces!) - from prehistoric collections to modern art.

Lunch break (lunch is not included)

French Impressionist and modern art are displayed in the General Staff Building and features Renoir, Mattisse, Dega, Picasso, Malevich, Petrocelli, Kandinsky, Giacomo Manzù, Giorgio Morandi and Rockwell Kent.  

Today you will visit both Winter Palace and General Staff Buiilding expositions!

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 4  : ST. PETERSBURG

Peterhof with visit to Monplaisir Bath House and Park with fountains - Kronshstadt - visit to Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

After breakfast you will visit Peterhof, located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. Often referred to as "the Russian Versaille," it is one of St. Petersburg's most famous sightseeing attractions. Inspired by Versailles, Peter the Great wanted to build an imperial palace with gardens in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. As a result, the Grand Palace and smaller Monplaisir Palace were erected. The Park outside the Grand Palace is a splendid kingdom of 144 unique fountains, all operating by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic.

The outwardly-modest Monplaisir Palace which Peter I preferred to the Grand Palace has a nice sea view and several interesting rooms, such as the State Hall where Peter would force his guests to drink huge quantities of wine until they passed out.

The most interesting and overlooked part of the complex is the Bathhouse that you will visit today. The Bathhouse is small, intimate and equally odd. Here you will find a wooden structure with a strair and a handrail, a bathtub, a shower and a treatment room.  You will also see a huge kitchen with copper kettles and pans  hanging from large racks. Allegedly Catherine the Great sometimes stood at the hearth herself, cooking for her guests. After seeing many palaces in Moscow and St. Petersburg you will absolutely appreciate this unique glimpse into the bathing culture of the Russian court. 

Lunch at a local restaurant

After lunch, we will drive to Kronstadt, an old town on the Gulf of Finland founded by Peter the Great as a naval base. Traditionally, the seat of the Russian admiralty and the base of the Russian Baltic Fleet were located in Kronstadt guarding the approaches to Saint Petersburg. The historic centre of the city and its fortifications are part of the World Heritage Site. We will visit the absolutely stunning Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas built in 1903–1913 as the main church of the Russian Navy and dedicated to all fallen seamen.

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Day 5  : ST. PETERSBURG

Pushkin with Catherine Palace and Amber Room - WWII and S. Petersburg Siege Memorial

After breakfast we will begin an all day tour to Pushkin located 18-20 miles from St. Petersburg. Pushkin's original name is Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). It was renamed in 1937 after Russia 's famous poet Alexander Pushkin who used to study here. Its palaces and parks were created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796. The main landmark is the Catherine Palace designed by Rastrelli and the famous Amber Room inside the Palace. 

Lunch at a local restaurant.

On our way back to St. Petersburg we will stop by an impressive memorial dedicated to the struggle and hardship of the residents living in the city during WWII. The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad and St. Petersburg Siege Memorial was built to be the main focal point of Ploshchad Pobedy (Victory Square) in the early 1970s. A special bank account was opened to take donations and many people took part in the construction including volunteers and famous artists of the Soviet Union such as Mikhail Anikushin, Sergey Speransky, and Valentin Kamensky, all of whom participated in the defense of Leningrad.

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Day 6  : ST. PETERSBURG

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - St. Isaac Cathedral - Yusupov Palace -Faberge Museum

Our tour of St. Petersburg continues today with three important visits:  The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood,  St. Isaac Cathedral and Faberge Museum.

Our morning visit is to one of the world’s largest and most splendid St. Isaac Cathedral. Beautifully decorated inside with marble of 13 colors, malachite, lapis-lazuli, paintings, mosaics, and stained glass made by the most famous Russian artists, it can accommodate about 10,000 people at a time. The Cathedral was designed by then unknown architect Auguste de Montferrand and opened in 1858.

Our next stop is Yusupov Palace with Grigory Rasputin Chambers.   Yusupov Palace is located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River. One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the wealthy Yusupov family, it has retained many of its original interiors and is most famous as the scene of the murder of the notorious Grigory Rasputin, a peasant who had gained control over the tsar's family due to his alleged supernatural powers. 

Lunch at a local restaurant (not included)

We continue to the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace with the biggest collection of Faberge works including famous Easter eggs.

In the afternoon we visit a stunning Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood erected on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donors. Both the interior and exterior of the church are decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Russian Cuisine dinner at one of the local restaurants in the city. 

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, D)

Day 7  : ST. PETERSBURG

Private transfers

Today marks the end of your Russian tour. Transfer to the airport. (Breakfast)