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St.Petersburg + Imperial residences: Pushkin & Peterhof (hotel not included)

We invite you to take a fabulous and comprehensive 2-days tour of St. Petersburg, a city of great culture and amazing history, a city looking out to the future and a city rooted in the past. Witness some of the world’s most famous art, literature and history, ever created, with a knowledgeable and experienced guide.

St. Petersburg - the former capital of the tsars and tsarinas, is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, yet its grace, glamour and 300-year history attract residents from around the globe.

The first day of the tour offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing: experience fascinating beauty and rich culture of the city together with our knowledgeable and experienced guide. Admire the golden dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral (inside visit), which dominates the St Petersburg skyline. Adore the royal geometry of Palace Square, five-domed fabulous Church on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg’s most elaborate church, and the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral (inside visit), where the Romanovs are buried. You will swoon at the panoramic views from atop the fortress walls, at the foot of which lies a sandy riverside beach. Enjoy lunch at one of the best local restaurants and have a 2-hour guided excursion in the astonishing State Hermitage Museum. Mainly set in the magnificent Winter Palace and adjoining buildings, the Hermitage fully lives up to its amazing reputation. You can be absorbed by its treasures for days and still come out wanting more. The enormous collection (over three million items, only a fraction of which are on display in around 360 rooms) almost amounts to a comprehensive history of Western European art. Viewing it demands a planning, so our knowledgeable expert-guide will show you all the great masterpieces of the world's art at a glance in several hours.

On the second day explore some of the lovely suburbs, witnessing the greatness of the former Russian Tsars. Visit charming Pushkin, which bears witness to the former glory of the Russian Tsars, with its extravagant architecture and sumptuous gardens, being one of the most grandiose summer residence in all of Russia. You will visit 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 Great Hall, the Arabesque Hall, the baroque Cavalier's Dining Room, the White State Dining Room, the Crimson and Green Pilaster Rooms, the Portrait Hall and of course 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 in each room. Besides the palace, the guide will take you around the royal Catherine’s park. Close to the palace you will have a tasty lunch in a restaurant.

Same day admire Peterhof, a suburb with a highly popular palace and park often referred to as The Russian Versailles, one of St. Petersburg's most famous and popular visitor attractions. Hugging the Gulf of Finland, 29km west of St Petersburg, Peterhof is really gem of the environs of the city. The astonishing buildings are surrounded by leafy gardens and a spectacular ensemble of gravity-powered gilded fountains, including 4 cascades. The Grand Cascade is the greatest fountain complex in the world. The ensemble of the Grand palace and parks of Peterhof is a great monument famous all over the world as "the fountain capital", which is worth seeing! After exploring the Peterhof, return to your hotel where your tour ends.

Duration: 2 days

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Day 1: Saint-Petersburg

10:00 - Meeting your guide at the hotel lobby

10:30 - Hermitage exploration

13:15 - Lunch at the local restaurant

14:15 - City sightseeing tour (both walking and by car) to see the main city pearls like Nevsky prospect, Kazansky Cathedral, State Russian Museum, Admiralty, Palace Square, Naval Museum, St Petersburg University, Menshikov Palace, Academy of Fine Arts, Bronze Horseman, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Smolny Cathedral, monument to Catherine the Great, Square of Arts, fabulous Neva river embankement, etc.

Inside visit to Peter and Paul’s Fortress and Cathedral

Inside visit to St.Isaak’s Cathedral 

18:00 - Return to hotel
Day 2: Imperial residences: Peterhof and Pushkin

10:00 - Meeting your guide at the hotel lobby. Transfer to Peterhof

11:00 - Inside visit to Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex

Transfer to Pushkin

14:00 - Lunch in a restaurant in Pushkin

15:00 - Pushkin. Inside visit to Catherine's Palace + Amber Room

19:00 - Return to hotel

What's included

Not included in the price
  • Dinners / Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
Additional info
  • The timings in the itinerary are approximate and can be altered based on entrance time available to a particular sight
  • Order of tour days may be changed due to days-off on particular sights
  • The fountains in Peterhof operate from early May to early October. During the winter season the park is covered with snow and all fountains are kept under wooden boxes for their preservation
  • In rare cases visit to Catherine Palace can be replaced with a visit to Pavlovsk Palace due to days off and overbooking or you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

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
One of the main St. Petersburg's Ballet stages. In Russia, Alexandrinsky Ballet is within 3 top Ballet companies: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Alexandrinsky Ballet.The Hall is the hall of the Imperial theatre, beautifully decorated. In 2007 this historical 18th century building was restored and looks like in 1756. Alexandrinsky Theatre was the main Ballet and Opera stage of the Russian Empire before Mariinsky (Kirov) theatre. Alexand... 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
The most famous statue of Peter the Great was immortalised as the Bronze Horseman in the epic poem by Alexander Pushkin. With his horse (representing Russia) rearing above the snake of treason, Peter's enormous statue was sculpted over 12 years for Catherine the Great by Frenchman Etienne Falconet. Its inscription reads 'To Peter I from Catherine II – 1782'. The Bronze Horseman, an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Kazansky Cathedral
Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s... Read more

Reviews

Salvatore
Italy
13 Sep 2017
We were taken to all the major palaces, churches and places of interest and the guide knew so much about each place as she took us around each one. Excellent lunches at lovely restaurants. I could go on and on about how good this tour was
Jessica
USA
27 Aug 2017
The entire tour was well-planned and exceptional. Our guide Maria was terrific. She spoke very good English and was more than happy to answer any of our questions. The itinerary on this tour was fantastic it covered everything we wanted to see and we were not rushed. Also early entrance into the Hermitage was great as it gave us plenty of time to see everything without crowds of people.

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