Simply St Petes - 4 days


A very European city in a very Russian setting. With beautiful scenery, fascinating history and stunning architecture, St Pete's - or Piter to the locals - offers a plethora of things to see and do.

Saturday. Welcome to St Petersburg and the start of your long weekend! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Tonight, our welcome meeting takes place where you will meet the rest of your group and tour leader. Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure, consider a beer and getting to know your fellow travellers. Overnight - St Petersburg
Day 2: Hermitage
First thing this morning we will embark on a driving tour of the city, offering an ideal introduction to all that St Petersburg has to offer. Travelling by mini bus we will drive along Nevsky Prospekt - the main stretch of the city centre, making plenty of stops for photo opportunities along the way. We will then visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the oldest buildings in St Petersburg dating back to 1703. This fortress was once used as a political prison - containing the likes of Dostoevsky and Lenin’s older brother, Alexander.

Later we will enjoy a guided tour of the amazing Hermitage Museum, located in majestic Winter Palace. When you’ve had your fill of Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Monet and more, the rest of the day is free for you to explore. Why not visit some of the many impressive buildings or investigate the city's buzzing bar scene.

During our time in St Petersburg there will be the chance to join some optional evening excursions, such as a canal cruise (May to September), a traditional Cossacks performance or a night at the Russian Ballet. There may even be the chance to try your hand at preparing Russian cuisine with a cooking class.

*Note: During winter months the tour of Paul Fortress may fall on day 3 due to logistical reasons. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
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An On The Go Tours group take in the sights of St Petersburg
Day 3: Pukka Pass
Enjoy a free day of exploration in St Petersburg. Alternatively, there is the option to purchase our Pukka Pass for a full day of additional sightseeing - inclusive of transport, entrance fees and lunch.

Touring will include either a visit to the beautifully landscaped gardens of Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland in the summer or a tour of Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations. The real highlight are the spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine Palace its the exterior and the interiors of this lavishly decorated building that really catch the eye - and the lavish Amber room is a real highlight.

Back in St Petersburg we will stop for a hearty lunch at a traditional Russian restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the interior of The Church of Spilled Blood. While the exterior is impressive, the interiors are something else, with incredible mosaics covering almost every inch of the walls and ceiling. Later there will be time to shop in the souvenir market located alongside the church. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Tuesday. Today gives the opportunity to shop for some last minute souvenirs, or time to take a leisurely walk around the city. Our city stay concludes after breakfast and hotel check-out. (B)

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum (aka Long Night of Museums) began in Berlin in 1997, in an aim to attract a larger and also younger audience to its museums and cultural institutions. Over 120 cities in Europe, including St Petersburg and Moscow, have now jumped on board, showcasing their unique museums, galleries and heritage sites.

We are running a special Night At The Museums departure of our Simply St Pete's tour departing Friday 16th May 2014. Coinciding with the wonderful Russian 'White Nights' when the sun barely sets and St Petersburg comes to life. Join us for this wonderful event accompanied by our expert guide, explore a selection of the cities best late night galleries and museums on day 2 of your tour.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: St Petersburg / Ends in: St Petersburg
  • Departs: Saturdays - February to December
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:3, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: 3 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes
The On The Go Theatre
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