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Imperial Saint-Petersburg

SEASON 2022

07.04–11.04
14.04–18.04
21.04–25.04
12.05–16.05
19.05–23.05
02.06–06.06
16.06–20.06
23.06–27.06
07.07–11.07
14.07–18.07
21.07–25.07
28.07–01.08
04.08–08.08
11.08–15.08
18.08–22.08
25.08–29.08

OFF SEASON 2022/23

01.09–05.09
08.09–12.09
15.09–19.09
22.09–26.09
29.09–03.10
06.10–10.10
13.10–17.10
20.10–24.10

Saint-Petersburg — Pushkin — Pavlovsk – Peterhof – Saint-Petersburg

This tour is a rich program of visits to the cultural capital of Russia – Saint-Petersburg. Majestic palaces and parks; imperial architecture and decoration of facades; breathtakingly beautiful churches and cathedrals; the lively squares and streets of this city make tourists from all over the world die in admiration. Our professional guides who speak English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and who are in love with Saint-Petersburg will tell you many interesting stories about the development and architecture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
This classic 5-day program is logistically optimal for immersion and acquaintance with Saint-Petersburg can be complemented by our architectural tour of Moscow “Eclectic Moscow”.
The program is preliminary. The organizers reserve the right to replace the excursion blocks with similar ones, without changing main waypoints.
*For groups of less than 5 pax we reserve the right to use public transportation on short distances.
**Groups of different languages can be combined in one bus with individual guides.
*** Please always consider a single supplement in case you need a single accommodation.

5 days / 4 nights

Day Place Program
1

Saint Petersburg

Transfer to the hotel from airport or railway station. Check in. Free time for rest. Optional: Dinner at the hotel.
2

Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with a guide in a hotel lobby. City tour with a visit to Peter and Paul fortress. Free time for lunch (meal is not included). Optional: Lunch at a local restaurant. Hermitage. Return to the hotel. Optional: Dinner at the hotel. Optional: Ballet at theatre.
3

Saint Petersburg

Saint-Petersburg – Pushkin – Pavlovsk – Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Pushkin. Excursion to the Catherine palace + park. Lunch in a local restaurant. Transfer to Pavlovsk. Excursion to The Grand Pavlovsk Palace and Park. Transfer back to the hotel. Free time for rest. Optional: Dinner at the hotel.
4

Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Peterhof. Excursion to Great Place + lower parks. Free time for lunch (meal is not included). Optional: Lunch at a local restaurant. River and canal tour. Return to the hotel or Optional: Folk show. Optional: Dinner at the hotel.
5

Saint Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. The end of the tour.

Program

Saint Petersburg

1 Day
Arrival in Saint-Petersburg.

Transfer to the hotel. Check in.

Free time for rest.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Saint Petersburg

2 Day
Breakfast at the hotel.

Meeting with a guide in a hotel lobby.

City tour with a visit to Peter and Paul fortress.

Peter and Paul Fortress (easy to get by bus №10/bus №6 + tram №40/taxi). Entrance to the fortress is free. Entrance to the Cathedral and museums is paid at the ticket office.

Peter and Paul fortress in Saint-Petersburg is the oldest architectural monument in the city. The date of Foundation of the fortress is considered the date of Foundation of the Northern capital.
The history of the city begins with it. The victory over Sweden in the Northern war required Peter I to urgently settle the conquered territories. An uninhabited island at the mouth of the Neva river attracted the attention of the Emperor when he was choosing a site for the future fortress, the heart of the new capital. The fortifications were built according to the latest fortification science of the time.
Take a walk of the ancient defensive structures of the fortress, Trubetskoy Bastion, Commandant's house, Mint, Arsenal, Guardhouse, etc. Also, we recommend you visit the main attraction of the fortress – Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tomb of Peter the Great and other Russian emperors. You will admire the gilded spire of the Cathedral, which is crowned by the figure of a flying angel – the main symbol of Saint-Petersburg!

Free time for lunch (meal is not included).

Optional: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit to the Hermitage museum.

Today we invite you to start your day with a visit to the Hermitage. With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety at last count, there were nearly three million works on exhibit. The museum is especially strong in Italian Renaissance, as well as possessing outstanding collections of works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse. Visitors should also take advantage of its excellent Greek and Roman antiquities collection and its exhibits of Siberian and Central Asian art. Not least among the attractions of the Hermitage is the museum itself, with its fine interior decoration and architectural details.

Return to the hotel.

OPTIONAL

BALLET AT THEATRE

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Saint Petersburg

3 Day

Saint-Petersburg – Pushkin – Pavlovsk – Saint-Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Pushkin.

Visit to the Catherine palace and park.

Pushkin's sights are unique architecture in protected areas. Catherine Park of Pushkin is the most striking object. It is a great place to spend time visiting museums, or just walk around, inspired by the beautiful views everywhere. The territory covers 107 hectares and offers a place to admire architectural monuments, walk along picturesque alleys and get a taste of Russian history.
We recommend visiting the Catherine Palace with its world-famous Amber room. The modern Catherine Palace is a late Russian Baroque style. It acquired this appearance during the reign of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna thanks to the reconstruction of the architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli (1752-1756). The work lasted four years and the 325 – meter-high majestic Palace, named Catherine's Palace in memory of her mother, the first Russian Empress Catherine I, was presented to shocked foreign guests. All the emperors of Russia lived in luxurious paintings, inlays of halls and magnificent interiors of apartments, arranged balls and masquerades, received foreign ambassadors, and celebrated anniversaries.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Transfer to Pavlovsk.

Visit to The Grand Pavlovsk Palace and Park.

Pavlovsk is one of the coziest cities near Saint-Petersburg. People come here to wander around the former Imperial hunting grounds and feed squirrels. The palaces of Pavlovsk have preserved the atmosphere of the past centuries. You can see what the Ladies-in-waiting or billiard room of the Imperial couple looked like.
The main reason why you should go to Pavlovsk Park is to walk among the natural beauty. This is one of the largest landscape parks in Russia and one of the most beautiful in Europe. There is no perfect symmetry and trimmed trees, as in Peterhof. However, the layout of the Park is carefully thought out.
The Palace welcomes everyone who enters the Park through the main entrance. And due to its location on a hill, it can be seen from other parts of the Park. Shortly before the construction of the Palace began, Emperor Paul and his wife went on a trip to Europe. From the trip, they brought works of art that inspired the architects to create an unusual Palace. It took 50 years to bring the idea to life. The result is a perfectly symmetrical Palace, the facade of which is decorated with sculptures and stucco. Inside is the Museum of antiquities with antique sculptures, paintings by Italian and Flemish masters and a collection of porcelain.
If you don't mind an active pastime, it is very convenient to explore the Park by renting a Bicycle at the rental point at the main entrance.

Transfer back to the hotel.

Free time for rest.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Saint Petersburg

4 Day

Saint-Petersburg – Peterhof – Saint-Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Peterhof.

Excursion to Peterhof great palace+ lower park.

The suburbs of Saint-Petersburg are famous for their magnificent palaces, which were built for themselves by Russian nobles. Peterhof is one of the most beautiful country residences built in the style of French Versailles. This is a world-famous Palace and Park ensemble and former summer residence, where official receptions, holidays and events were held in the private life of the Royal family.
Take a walk in the Lower Park (entrance is paid). In the Park, you can see the world's largest system of fountains with natural pressure and water cascades with rich sculptural decoration (please note that the fountains are open from May to the end of September!). From the top step of the cascade, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Park and the sea channel that connects the marine residence with the Bay. After looking at the magnificent panorama and taking a couple of photos, take a walk through the Park. Here you will see dozens of unique fountains, a chess hill, a Lion cascade, beautiful small palaces, firecracker fountains, a trout pond, a labyrinth.
The sights of Peterhof are spread over a huge territory and it will not be possible to bypass them all in one day, so we recommend that you decide in advance on the list of iconic places that you want to visit. You can just walk in the park and have a lot of fun, or you can visit the Grand Palace or one of the Small Palaces. The entrance to the museums is paid.

Transfer back to Saint-Petersburg.

River and canals tour.

A city built over 42 islands, Saint-Petersburg is surrounded by water and interlaced with a complex web of rivers, canals and channels that seem to bind the city together, while also marking the borders of its different districts and neighborhoods. Drift along waterways and see Saint-Petersburg from a different angle on a leisurely boat cruise. Pass under some of the city's 400 bridges and admire the 18th-century palaces, amazing cathedrals, and churches as well as many architectural landmarks that line the banks of the Neva River. Affectionately known as the “Venice of the North”, the city rivals Venice and Paris in its romantic atmosphere.
Saint-Petersburg was originally built on 33 islands separated by canals in the delta of the Neva River. Now these canals and rivers offer a unique view of the iconic landmarks that dot the city, such as the magnificent Hermitage Museum – one of the largest art museums in the world and the Vasilyevsky Island with its famous Palace Bridge. Glide past historic monuments and landmarks during this cruise and visit otherwise inaccessible areas of the city.

Return to the hotel.

Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

OPTIONAL

FOLK SHOW

Saint Petersburg

5 Day
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

The end of the tour.

Information

Our prices includes:
  • Double/twin accommodation in Saint-Petersburg in hotel 4* for 4-6 nights (Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky or similar)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Luggage handling in hotel
  • Registration fees at the hotel
  • All transfers and transportation services per program
  • Excursion program with entrance tickets
  • Catering per program
  • Local English, French, German, Italian, Spanish-speaking guides per program
  • Visa support letter
Supplementary (for prebooking only):
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Optional tour Folk show
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Single supplement in hotel * Please always consider a single supplement when the number of pax is odd
  • Accommodation and/or program in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg before or after the tour
  • Non obligatory insurance of medical, medical transport and other expenses
  • Non obligatory accident insurance
*Should any evens of International or Federal importance coincide with the dates of the tours (such as Economic and Legal forums in Saint-Petersburg etc.), we reserve the right to review the rates and /or offer a non-central hotel as a substitute

Prices

Please contact us at sales@volgabalt.com for Price List.

* If restrictions are imposed on the entrance to museums for a certain number of people, we can serve group requests with the division of groups into smaller ones, with the predominant use of the same transport (or with a different number and capacity of transport), but with a large number of guides.

** Some museums or excursions can be excluded from the program if circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator require it (time constraints due to covid-19 / bans on the operation of facilities). At the same time, as far as possible, we will offer an alternative replacement.

For reservations please contact us at sales@volgabalt.com