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St. Petersburg Express

If you have limited time and want to see the most picturesque sights of St Petersburg this is the best tour for you. Just in a few days drive around the top must-see attractions with our knowledgeable and experienced guide. Sometimes called the Paris of the East, St Petersburg is rooted firmly in its fascinating cultural heritage. Admire the cultural capital of Russia, a Russian-European city that showcases the spectacular history from tsarist Russia and charms any visitor!

This tour is perfect for you if you visit St Petersburg for a short business trip or have a layover on your way. A fun and friendly guide takes you to visit all the main highlights around the city such as amazing Palace Square, Baroque-style Winter Palace, historical Peter and Paul Fortress, huge St Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, built in a historical Russian style with colorful onion domes. Plus, enjoy St Petersburg's most popular visitor attraction, and one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums - the Hermitage, and get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. St Petersburg is mostly known for its imperial residences and beautiful gardens. You have a great chance to visit one of the most famous royal estates - Pushkin with visit to Catherine's Palace or Peterhof with decorative fountains, including the unmistakable and incredibly impressive ensemble of the Grand Cascade. The time table is flexible and you can mold your trip to your own desires and budget.


Type: Tour Extension
Duration: 3 days

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Day 1: Arrival and guided city tour

Friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel or port and drive around the best places of interest and amazing historical monuments, that reveal both the pomp and extravagance of St Petersburg's political and Imperial past, including Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and others. A city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and winding canals, St. Petersburg's short history has endowed the city with a wealth of architectural and artistic treasures. You will have a tasty lunch in one of the best local restaurants. After the tour enjoy a ride to your hotel or other pickup point.

Day 2: Excursion of Peterhof or Pushkin

After pickup at your hotel or meeting spot, hop in your tour van with your guide and start your travel to Pushkin (also known as Tsarskoe Selo) or Peterhof, St. Petersburg's most famous and popular royal estates with amazing palaces and parks. Pick out the estate that looks most interesting to you! The astonishing Peterhof is famous for amazing palace, leafy garden and a spectacular ensemble of gravity-powered gilded fountains, including the Grand Cascade, the greatest fountain complex in the world. Or visit Pushkin with the vast baroque Catherine Palace, a real pearl among the summer residences of the Romanovs and a UNESCO site. The interiors are superb, with highlights including the world-famous Amber Room, where the whole surface of the walls is covered with natural amber. Our experienced guide will give detailed explanation of what you'll see and take you around the royal Catherine’s park. Then enjoy a tasty lunch and have the leisurely trip back to St Petersburg.

Day 3: The Hermitage Museum and evening departure

Meet your friendly guide and start your 4-hour tour with a look at the city’s center to learn about amazing imperial past, seeing amazing Palace Square and baroque white-and-azure Winter Palace. Feel an uniquely rich atmosphere that exerts a powerful grip on even the most jaded traveler. Then continue to Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Its exhibitions include over 3 million exhibits representing Antiquity, Western Europe, Middle East, Russia and many more epochs, countries and regions. Admire the most remarkable works of art with your experienced guide. In the evening transfer to the airport.

What's included

  • The best guides in the city;
  • Hotel accommodation;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Russian visa and full visa processing service for US and Australian customers. Visa support service for customers from other countries.
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Airfares to Russia (ask your travel specialist for the best deals).

Price

Price packagePrice per person
Silver package

Herzen House Hotel (3*)

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Gold package

Hotel Rossi (4*)

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Platinum package

Grand Hotel Europe (5*)

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Hotels

Herzen House, St. Petersburg
This hotel is in central Saint Petersburg, a 2-minute walk from Nevsky Prospekt and Palace Square. It has free Wi-Fi, free snacks throughout the day and in-room LCD TVs. Herzen House’s air-conditioned rooms feature a work desk and satellite TV. The hotel’s buffet breakfast includes seasonal fruit... Show more
Hotel Rossi, St. Petersburg
Featuring a classic, 19th century design, this boutique hotel is by the Fontanka River, within a quarter mile of Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor Metro and Ostrovsky Square. The Rossi Boutique Hotel has individually decorated rooms with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and antique-style furnishings. All s... Show more
Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg
In a stunning central location of St. Petersburg is this 5-star grand hotel that offers elegant accommodations in a fantastic setting. The Grand Hotel Europe provides luxurious living in rooms that are gracefully designed and equipped with all modern facilities you prefer. Guests at the Grand Hotel... Show more

* Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

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 : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... 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
Saint Petersburg : Palace Square
Palace Square, one of the most famous squares in the world, serves as an excellent example of how different architectural styles can be combined in a most elaborate and aesthetically pleasing way. This amazing Square, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance. The architectura... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Winter Palace
St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. Read more
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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the best tour guides only. Multilingual and well travelled, each possesses deep insight into the diverse attractions and cultural patterns throughout the region. With us guides undergo a rigorous selection process, achieving outstanding knowledge of local culture and language. Rest assured that the best tour guides only will be working on the tours to give you excellent opportunity to explore the best of the sights during both short and long-term stay in Russia.

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