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Venice of the North - St. Petersburg Small Group Tour

7 days
6 nights

Rates

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Rates:

Per person in USD:
$ 1,690.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,340.00 (single occupancy)
$ 140.00 (*Additional nights: double: pp)
$ 250.00 (*Russian Visa)

May and June supplement:
$150 per person

*OPTIONS

Dates:

May 24, 2017 - May 29, 2017 
Jun 07, 2017 - Jun 12, 2017 
Jul 05, 2017 - Jul 10, 2017 
Jul 26, 2017 - Jul 31, 2017 
Aug 16, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017 
Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017 
Oct 11, 2017 - Oct 16, 2017 

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
Transfers: airport-hotel-train station
3H City Tour of St.Petersburg
1H Visit to St. Isaac Cathedral
1H Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress
1H Spilled Blood Church
5H Hermitage Tour
6H Peterhoff with Grand Palace and Fountains
6H Pushkin with Catherine Palace and Amber Room
4H Russian Museum and Ethnorgraphy Museum
3H Yusupov Palace
1H WWII Memorial

 

Highlights & Experience:

3H City Tour of St.Petersburg
1H Visit to St. Isaac Cathedral
1H Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress
5H Hermitage Tour
6H Peterhoff Tour
7H Pushkin and Pavlovsk Tour
3H Russian Museum
4H Yusupov Palace
1H WWII Memorial

Optional Services:

Novgorod extension:  $290.00 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: $590 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

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

After breakfast, begin a City Tour of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. You will drive by the elegant buildings on the Nevsky Prospect, stately palaces on the Palace Embankment along the Neva River, Palace Square with Winter Palace and Alexander Column, Bronze Horseman - the famous monument to Peter the Great, Admiralty, Schmidt Bridge, Strelka with Stock Exchange and Rosstral Columns, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Canal Griboyedova, Fontanka, Kazan Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood and other finest architectural, historical and cultural landmarks. During the tour you will visit Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

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

St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the world’s largest Cathedrals and can accommodate about 10,000 audiences. It was designed by then unknown Auguste de Montferrand and opened in 1858. The Cathedral is beautifully decorated inside with marble of 13 colors, malachite, lapis-lazuli, paintings, mosaics and stained glass made by the most famous Russian artists. (B)

Day 3  : St. Petersburg

In the morning tour of the Hermitage Art Museum - one of the nation's main glories. The Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built according to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two and a half centuries, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. In the afternoon you may choose to continue exploring the Hermitage on your own or take some time to shop and stroll on the nearby Nevsky Prospect. (B)

Day 4  : St. Petersburg

After breakfast, we tour Peterhoff (formerly known as Petrodvorets), located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf, 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. The Grand Palacewith its lavish interiors, gilded decorations, mirrors and paintings dominates the estate. The park outside the Grand Palace is a kingdom of 144 unique fountains all operating without the use of pumps by a combination of naturally generated water pressure. The estate includes several other mini-museums of interest: the outwardly-modest Monplaisir Palace, which Peter preferred to the Grand Palace. It has the perfect 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 nearby Hermitage Pavilion, which also has nice views and artwork, is a two-storey dining room where guests sitting on the upper floor ate and drank in peace, occasionally lowering the table to the ground floor where servants refilled wine glasses or replaced dirty royal plates. (B)

Day 5  : St. Petersburg

After breakfast you begin an all day tour to Pushkin  located 18 miles from St. Petersburg. Pushkin's 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. Pushkin's original name is Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). It was renamed in 1937 after Russia 's famous poet who used to study here. 

On your way back to St. Petersburg stop by one of the most impressive and remarkable memorials dedicated to the struggle and immense efforts of the residents of the city during WWII.The breathtaking Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad was created as the focal point of Ploshchad Pobedy (Victory Square) in the early 1970s by the famous artists of the Soviet Union, Valentin Kamensky, Sergey Speransky and Mikhail Anikushin, all of whom participated in the defence of Leningrad, due to joint efforts of the entire nation. Volunteers from Leningrad and other cities took part in its construction. A special bank account was opened for voluntary donations. (B)

Day 6  : St. Petersburg

Morning visit to the Yusupov Palace located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River. This long yellow building once was the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family and served as a stage for one of Russian history's moments of high drama - the murder of Grigory Rasputin, a peasant who had gained control over the tsar's family through his alleged supernatural powers. The Palace is notable for its lavish interiors, the exotic Moorish Room, the elegant Rococo style Theater and Rasputin Cellars where “the holy man” Grigory Rasputin was murdered by Prince Felix Yusupov. Free afternoon.

In the afternoon,  we will visit the State Russian Museum - the world's largest collection of Russian art. The museum is housed in the former Mikhailovsky Palace designed by famous Carlo Rossi. The Palace was built for Grand Duke Mikhail, brother of Tsars Alexander I and Nicholas I as a compensation for not being able to have his time on the throne. The collection numbers some 400,000 works and covers the entire history of Russian fine art from the tenth century to the present day. It reflects virtually every form and genre of art in Russia, including a unique collection of Old Russian icons, works of painting, graphic art and sculpture, decorative and applied art, folk art and numismatics, as well as the world's finest collection of Russian avant-garde.

In the evening enjoy Russian cuisine dinner at one of the local city restaurants. (B,D)

Day 7  : St. Petersburg

Transfer to the airport.

Notes:

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 15 people