Welcome to St Petersburg and the start of your city break! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free for you to do as you please - why not consider making arrangements to visit the ballet or theatre?
Overnight: St Petersburg
An enchanting city with a rich and fascinating history, St Petersburg is the Jewel in Russia’s Imperial Crown. It was from here that the aristocrat tsars ruled over Russia for two centuries until the Russian Revolution in 1917. First thing this morning we will visit Peter and Paul Fortress, which was once used as a political prison housing the likes of Dostoevsky and Lenin’s older brother, Alexander. Here you will also find the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, the final resting place of the Romanov family.
Situated on the banks of the River Neva and partly housed in the breathtaking Winter Palace, is the world famous Hermitage collection - one of the world's largest art collections. The collection offers a broad range of exhibits including Asian and European art, prehistoric art and the awe inspiring treasury collection. There are also countless works from the Masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage, where you will be taken to see the highlights of this incredible collection.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast
Today you can enjoy a day at leisure exploring St Petersburg independently. Wander down Nevsky Prospekt, see the Bronze Horseman, visit the brightly coloured Church on Spilled Blood or perhaps climbs the steps of St Isaacs, one of the world's largest cathedrals. All of these attractions are easily accessible from the city centre.
Alternatively opt for one of two excursions today, available at an additional cost. Reservations can be made at time of booking.
Option 1: Visit the amazing royal residences of the Russian Tsars, located on the outskirts of St Petersburg and enjoy views of the russian countryside en route. Take a guided tour around the beautiful summer gardens at Peterhof in summer and Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo in winter. Both palaces were destroyed during the war and have been recently restored to their former glory. Peterhof boasts one of the largest fountains in the world and the amazing geometrical design of the gardens was inspired by the park at Versailles. Whilst the sumptuous Catherine Palace, has a stunning baroque facade and is home to the lavish Amber Room, made from several tonnes of amber.
Option 2: Take a guided tour of the Yusupov's Palace on the banks of the Moika River. This beautiful 18th century palace was once the residence of the Yusupov's, the richest family in Russia and the site of the most legendary and mysterious episodes in Russian history occurred - the murder of Rasputin in 1916. Follow the story of this self-proclaimed holy man with alleged super natural powers, who ruined the reputation of the Romanov family. You can also visit the hidden room where after numerous attempts, he was eventually murdered.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check-out at 12 noon. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward travel.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!