Arrival. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your St Petersburg Hotel
Note: (hotel accommodation not included in the price)
Half Day St. Petersburg Sightseeing tour
Meet with your guide for the half day sightseeing tour of Russia’s second largest city, called Venice of the North because of the numerous canals and islands. Get acquainted with the history of the city created by Peter the Great to be his “window to Europe” and Russia’s new capital. St Petersburg is the city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and beautiful bridges. See Nevsky Prospect with such architectural masterpieces as the Admiralty, majestic Kazan Cathedral, picturesque Russian-style Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Gostiny Dvor shopping mall, magnificent Anichkov Bridge, Alexander Nevsky Lavra with charming Trinity Cathedral and the cemetery where Dostoevsky and other Russian celebrities are buried.
Drive along the Neva River embankments to view the imperial Winter Palace and now world renowned Hermitage museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman.
Take pictures of the Spilled Blood Cathedral. Enjoy the Square of Arts with a cluster of museums, theatres and concert halls, all built in similar design to form a perfect architectural ensemble. Visit the Palace Square to marvel at Alexander Column, the world’s biggest free-standing monument and the Triumphal Arch of the General Staff building.
You continue your visit to Peter and Paul Fortress the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706-1740. In the early 20th century, it was still used as a prison by the tsarist government.
Today it has been adapted as the central and most important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg’s History. The museum has gradually become virtually the sole owner of the fortress building, except the structure occupied by the Saint Petersburg Mint.
In the afternoon you guided tour takes you to Winter Palace now the famous Hermitage. The State Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums. The collection started by Catherine the Great boasts over 3 million exhibits from fascinating Scythian gold articles and Oriental treasures to masterpieces by great Renaissance masters and French impressionists. The Hermitage collection is so large that if you saw all the works on display and stopped for one minute viewing each exhibit, it would take you approximately nine years to explore the whole collection. Your guide will ensure you see the best and most famous exhibits
Meet your guide at your hotel for your Visit to Peterhof Summer Palace– an immensely luxurious and beautifully preserved imperial estate located on the southern shore of the Finnish Gulf 29 km away from St Petersburg. Founded by Peter the Great and remodeled by his daughter Empress Elizabeth to be the “Russian Versailles” the Grand Palace features such masterpieces as the incredibly ornate Ceremonial Staircase, the richly gilded Ballroom, the splendid white-and-turquoise Throne Room, the heavily decorated Oriental Chinese Study. Admire the interiors of the royal family private quarters decorated with particularly fine silks and wall hangings. Walk in the beautiful landscaped Park and marvel at the Grand Cascade, the most famous ensemble of fountains which runs from the northern facade of the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal and comprises 64 fountains, over 200 bronze statues, bas-reliefs and other decorations.
Guided visit to Pushkin Palace: Located 25 kilometers south of St Petersburg Pushkin (former Tsarskoye Selo, the Imperial summer residence) is world known for the majestic Russian baroque Catherine Palace. Visit the Grand Hall, a huge ballroom decorated with gilded wood carvings and mirrors; the Picture Gallery with paintings by European masters; the Dining Room with magnificent porcelain dinner services; the Study of Alexander I, the grandson of Catherine the Great. Admire the gorgeous Amber Room faced with natural amber of different colors and hear the story of its re-creation.
Departure: Departure transfer to the airport / railway station included in the cost.