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St. Petersburg and Novgorod (hotel is not included)

St Petersburg sightseeing tour gives you the perfect way to discover and enjoy the world heritage listed city in a number of unique, easy and fun ways. A showcase for the wealth and tastes of the Emperors of Russia from Peter the Great onwards, these extraordinary estates boast sumptuous palaces, extensive landscape gardens, and a treasury of art and history. No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without a trip to the world-famous Imperial palaces in the city's suburbs - Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof. All of them have unique attractions and charms, so its well worth trying to fit as many as you can into your trip. If you are in St. Petersburg, make sure to visit ancient Novgorod Veliky city, which laid the foundation for the Russian State in the 11th century. It is a perfect getaway by all means. You will be awarded with the wealth of fabulous culture, history and amazing architecture.

Please note: In rare cases visit to Catherine Palace can be replaced with a visit to Pavlovsk Palace only due to days off and overbooking or you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 5 days

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Day 1: St.Petersburg
Meet your friendly private guide at the hotel. Panoramic all-inclusive city tour of St Petersburg offers you a unique opportunity to see all the main attractions of the city in one day.  During 3-hour stroll along the Nevsky Prospekt, one of the best-known streets in Russia; admire the golden dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral; explore the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral, where the Romanovs are buried.

After lunch at one of the best restaurants take 2-hour guided excursion in the State Hermitage Museum. You can be absorbed by its treasures for days and still come out wanting more. Our knowledgeable expert-guide will show you all the great masterpieces of the world's art at a glance in several hours. Then return to your hotel.
Day 2: St.Petersburg. FOLK SHOW
Start your tour program at 6.00 PM in a beautiful palace – a real masterpiece of architecture of the second half of the XIXth century – Nickolayevsky Palace Restaurant. Here in a cozy and nicely decorated Concert Hall you will see dynamic and colorful folkshow performance! You are served some snacks including Russian vodka, canapés and red caviar. Continue with "Illuminations" tour along the charming palaces and squares, see the beautiful, illuminated buildings and learn about their historical significance. In summer, during the White Nights admire the romantic allure of faint twilight!
Day 3: CATHERINE'S PALACE AND AMBER ROOM
During a half-day tour admire the vast baroque Catherine's Palace (Tsarskoe Selo) in the town of Pushkin, the most grandiose summer residence in all of Russia and a UNESCO sites. The interiors are superb, with highlights including the world-famous Amber room, where the whole surface of the walls is covered with natural amber. This interior is unique. After exploring the highlights of Pushkin, you’ll be dropped back off at your hotel.
Day 4: NOVGOROD
After pickup from your hotel in St Petersburg, relax for a comfortable ride to the most loved visitor attraction, the world famous Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great), billed as the 'Birthplace of Russia' with its many churches and fabulous monuments. During our full-day tour enjoy the Cathedral of St Sophia, the oldest church in Russia, the fabulous Novgorod Kremlin, the Church of the Saviour with its frescos by Theophanus the Greek, and the Yuriev Monastery with St. George's Cathedral. This city’s unique architectural heritage is not to be missed! Then ride back to your St Petersburg hotel.
Day 5: PETERHOF

Drive to Peterhof and discover one of St. Petersburg's most famous and popular visitor attractions, the amazing palace and park, which are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille". Hugging the Gulf of Finland, Peterhof is really gem of the environs of the city. During this full-day tour admire the astonishing buildings, surrounded by leafy gardens and a spectacular ensemble of gravity-powered gilded fountains. Peterhof is famous all over the world as "the fountain capital", which is worth seeing! The tour is able by boat or by car – it depends on the weather. Tour ends at the hotel.

What's included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional and licenced English, French or German speaking local guide
  • Private driver
  • 2 lunches on the 1st and 4th day, 1 buffet table with strong and soft drinks on the 2nd day
  • Folk show tickets
  • Entrance fees to all museums with special no-line admission
  • Russian visa invitation
Not included in the price
  • Airfares to Russia
  • Hotel accomodation, unless specified
  • Food and drink, unless specified
Additional expenses

Spanish- and Italian- speaking local guides

Additional info
  • The tour price already includes all the taxes & fees, you will not see any of them later during the checkout.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Visa

Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is the world culture encyclopaedia written in Russian. It is a unique museum that combines a beautiful art collection with the memory of Russian national history. This is a museum of culture, a museum of art, a museum of Russian history, and also the museum of Russian architecture. The whole Hermitage is where the heritages of different nations were collected and displayed. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the w... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peterhof
A symbol of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an absolute must-see for tourists - Peterhof, also known as "the capital of fountains", is reason enough to go to Russia and admire its unique fountains and palaces. The palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille", although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic... Read more
The Palace-and-Park ensemble of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) - a former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XX centuries, famous for the splendor of its Baroque interiors, including the stunning Gold suite of rooms and the unique Amber Room, the 8th wonder of the world. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions ris... Read more
Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible atta... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Nevsky Prospect
Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and... Read more
The State Russian Museum, a unique depository of artistic treasures, is home to the world’s largest collection of Russian fine art. It is one of Russia's most precious objects of cultural heritage. While the State Hermitage displays fine art from all over the world, the Russian Museum concentrates on home-grown masterpieces. Founded in 1898 by Emperor Nicholas II in memory of his father Alexander III, it became the first state museum of Rus... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Admiralty
The One of St. Petersburg most oldest and, arguably, most historically important buildings, the Admiralty building serves as the focal point of Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and Voznesenskiy Prospekt. While its location at the convergence of some of St. Petersburg's most epochal streets embodied Peter's emphasis and, some would say, obsession with the importance of northern capital's maritime might, it served a far more important and reali... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Amber room
The Amber Room is one of the most famous, mysterious, and majestic rooms of Catherine's Palace in St. Petersburg. Often hailed as "the eighth wonder of the world," it is an opulent room adorned with gold and precious amber. When Peter the Great met Frederick William I in November 1716 to mark the conclusion of an alliance between Russia and Prussia, the King gave the Emperor gifts that included the Amber Study. Peter wrote at the time to Empress ... Read more
Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest Russian cities, first mentioned in chronicles of 859. It is one of the centers of the formation of the Russian state, a city with ancient history, and the "father of Russian cities". It was a medieval trading republic, and a transit centre between Western Europe and Russia. Novgorod is notable not only for its historical value, and the remaining monuments from the times of old, but also for its unique culture.... Read more
Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : Novgorod Kremlin
Novgorod Kremlin (also Detinets) stands on the left bank of the Volkhov River in Veliky Novgorod about two miles north of where it empties out of Lake Ilmen. Read more
Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : St. George's (Yuriev) Monastery
The St. George's (Yuriev) Monastery was the main monastery of medieval Novgorod the Great. It stands south of the city on the left bank of the Volkhov River near where it flows out of Lake Ilmen. According to legend, the monastery was founded in the eleventh century by Yaroslav the Wise, but the first historicall-reliable reference to it is from the early twelfth century when the main church the Church of St. George (Georgieveskii Church) was fou... Read more
Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : St. Sophia Cathedral
The St Sophia's Cathedral was built between 1045- 1050 inside the Detinets. It is one of the earliest stone structures of northern Russia, a senior contemporary of Notre Dame in Paris, and the cathedrals of Rheims, Amiens, Bamberg and Naumburg. Its height is 38 m. Originally it was taller, for during the past nine centuries the lower part of the building became concealed by the two-metre thick cultural layer. Read more

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