RUSSIA - ST PETERSBURG

Number 10 on the list.
Russia is a vast country of immense contrasts and overflows with treasure troves of art, galleries, palaces, museums and culture. The iconic cities of Moscow and St, Petersburg are sure to delight the most discerning traveller. 

Explore Russia's striking beauty and diversity, from magnificent capitals of Moscow, with its traditional ancient Russian churches and the beautiful Kremlin and St. Petersburg, Russia's 'window to the West' featuring a network of canals, stunning baroque and neoclassical architecture.
 

St. Petersburg Explorer
5 Days / 4 Nights

INCLUDES
• Arrival and departure transfers in St Petersburg~
• 4 nights accommodation at Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel
• Breakfast daily
• Sightseeing programme with English speaking guide
• Entrances - St Petersburg - Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine's Palace
• Visa support letter for duration of tour
• 24-hour emergency contact

ITINERARY
DAY 1 ST. PETERSBURG
Upon arrival in St Petersburg, you will be met at the airport/train station and transferred to your hotel to check in. Evening at leisure.
 
DAY 2 ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast, departing  at 10:00am, your panoramic orientation tour of the city will commence. You will see all the major sights of this beautiful city, St Petersburg. You will see the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and pass along Nevsky Prospect. St Isaac’s cathedral is also on our route, as well as the Church on the Spilled Blood.  Included is a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, a fort which guards the city of St Petersburg, located on the island, facing the Hermitage and dominating River Neva. Built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war, it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political prison cells. There a son of Peter the Great, Prince Alexei, a famous pretender to the throne, Princess Tarakanova, writer Radischev, Decembrists and revolutionaries were held as prisoners. Peter and Paul Cathedral, designed by Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725. Return to the hotel at around 2:00pm or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel. 
 
DAY 3 ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast, departing at 10:00am*, your guide will take you to visit the Hermitage Museum – the magnificent collection of art in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the largest museums in the World, founded in 1764; its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt and Rubens. We also include the new General Staff building, home to the French impressionist collection – a feast for art lovers. Return to the hotel at around 14.00 hrs* or you may stay on at the Hermitage and return to the hotel on your own at your leisure. *Timings may vary and will be confirmed by your guide.
 
DAY 4 ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by your guide to visit one of St Petersburg’s most prized Palaces. In the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo) 29km south of St. Petersburg, is Catherine’s Summer Palace. The construction of the palace for the Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and, in the middle of 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory. Not far from the Catherine’s Palace there is the Lyceum where the great poet Alexander Pushkin studied. Return to your hotel early/midafternoon.
 
DAY 5 ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast at your hotel, check out and your departure transfer will be provided to the airport/train station as required.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
21 January
18 Feburary
18 March
12, 15, 22 April  
13, 27 May
10, 24 June
8, 22 July
5, 19 August
16, 30 September
14, 28 October
25 November
16 December

PRICE
From $999* per person

*
Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold out. ~Applies to international city airports & main rail stations and supplement for riverports and for transfers between 22:00 – 07:00 and on public holidays. Black-out dates may apply and festive season surcharges at additional costs. Itineraries may vary due to weather, seasonal changes and activities. Offers are only available for new bookings and prices are subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, all your Bucket List Buddy team.