St Petersburg is perfect for a city break, but when you are paying for a Russian visa and there is an overwhelming amount of things to see and do in St Petersburg - we recommend a minimum 5 night city break in St Petersburg.
Staying in our handpicked 4* boutique hotel you will have a comfortable and welcoming home from home in St Petersburg. Our city breaks always include our local extras that make your trip more enjoyable, relaxed and wholesome. Nothing beats the anecdotes and stories from our local guides, to take you deeper into St Petersburg than a guidebook can ever do. A walking tour of St Petersburg with Maria will get you acquainted with the city, learn to use the public transport system, and pick up some local tips on where to eat, what to see, etc. After lunch, Maria will take you to the world famous Hermitage museum and you will experience the queue benefits of a local guide!
Also included are two magnificent day trips out of town with our driver-guide. Peterhof palace and park are exceptional, and it is rather magical to be there in person wandering the grounds and stately rooms. Catherine's Palace at Tsarskoye Selo has the same impact, the grandeur of which is so much more impressive when in there in person.
This is a fantastic city break to St Petersburg - enjoy the highlights of this majestic city at your pace!
Flights are NOT included. We are happy for you to book your own flights, or if you prefer, we can do this for you. Please contact us for flight options and prices.
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All our individual itineraries can be altered to suit you. If you don't see the trip you want, please contact us to discuss your plans - we can arrange anything!
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For groups of 4 people and more, we can offer substantial discounts on our itineraries, or tailor an itinerary to better suit your group! Our website cannot give you this discount! Please contact us directly to discuss your plans.
Please note you are likely to need a VISA to visit Russia. We provide you with all the necessary visa support documents you require, but you will need to apply for your Russian visa separately. We can recommend a visa agency to help you do this (highly recommended).
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Itinerary for our St Petersburg 4* City Break
DAY 1 - St Petersburg
Our driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in St Petersburg.
Rossi Boutique Hotel & Spa
A really great location for visitors, being on the banks of the Fontana River, and in a very central St. Petersburg location. It’s an excellent Boutique Hotel; the combination of modern design blending into the historical features of the building is very attractive.
There are some really great bedrooms, all different in style, and we particularly liked the library where you can relax after sightseeing and drink as much complimentary coffee as you like.
DAY 2 - St Petersburg
St Petersburg 3 Hour Private Walking Tour (Maria)
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your privately guided city walking tour. This private tour will give you the possibility to see the most beautiful and famous architectural monuments in St Petersburg like St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul fortress etc... Our guide will go at your pace, and please say if you want to stop, or see anything of particular interest to you. This is a great way to meet a local and hear first hand about life in St Petersburg.
State Hermitage Museum Tour (Maria)
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for a privately guided tour of the Hermitage.
The Hermitage is the largest museum in Russia and one of the greatest museums in the world. The collection was started by Catherine II in 1764 with the buying of 225 paintings. Today the collection totals three million works of art: 15,000 paintings (by Titian, Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Leonardo da Vinci and many others) 12,000 sculptures, 600,000 drawings, 224,000 objects of applied art and many other interesting things that are placed in 1,057 halls and rooms of the former Royal Palace. Stand in front of each piece for one minute and it would take you from 3 to 11 years to get round everything (every staff member tells this differently).
Public transport included where required.
DAY 3 - St Petersburg
Peterhof Park & The Grand Palace (4 Hours)
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by our English speaking guide who will take you for a privately guided 4 hour tour of Peterhof. Peterhof is a jewel of Russian art, a town of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past it used to be an exquisite summer residence of the Russian tsars. In true style it is opulent and majestic, and the gardens and waterfalls are beautiful.
Public transport included however if you wish to go by hydrofoil you will need to pay locally for yourself and your guide.
Peterhof: Closed on Mondays and on the last Tuesday of every month.
DAY 4 - St Petersburg
Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine’s Palace With Amber Room)
Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who was the architect behind the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, built this palace for the Empress Elizabeth. It is Tsarskoye Selo’s top attraction and particularly famous for its beautiful Amber Room. Less well known, and much more dilapidated, the Alexander Palace is nonetheless also a neoclassical masterpiece, and has a particularly poignant connection with the family of the last Tsar, Nicholas II. The town of Pushkin, which surrounds the Tsarskoye Selo’s estate, was bestowed with this name in Soviet times to honour Russia’s greatest poet, and is St. Petersburg’s most charming suburb. Pushkin has numerous sights connected with Alexander Sergeevich such as a museum in the former Imperial Lycee, where he was schooled.
Mode of transport: by car, walking
Duration: 4 hours
Price includes: Picking up at your hotel, professional tour guiding, private car or minibus and driver, entrance fees to Catherine's Palace & Amber Room, and Alexander Palace
Availability: Daily except Tuesdays
DAY 6 - St Petersburg
Your driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport.
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