A week in St Petersburg

Price
from 305 USD
Duration
7 days / 6 nts
Activity Level
MODERATE
Tour Category
Private Tours
A week in St Petersburg

When you are ready for a real vacation a Week in Saint Petersburg will be that perfect holiday that will submerge you into the whirlwind of stunning palaces, colorful churches and rich art collections. No secret and mystery will be left undiscovered! Your private guide will keep track of all timings to make this experience smooth and worry-free for you, while you are enjoying the riches that Saint Petersburg has to offer. 

      

Highlights
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  • Arrival Transfer
  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Faberge Museum
  • Peterhof Park
  • Grand Palace of Peterhof
  • Oranienbaum
  • Russian Museum
  • Yusupov Palace
  • Catherine's palace (Amber Room) & Park
  • Pavlovsk Palace and Park
  • Departure Transfer
When you are loaded full of valuables and cash, it's always best to have someone trusted to meet you and take you to your hotel safely and securely. Our drivers are experienced and courteous and will be happy to meet you at an airport or train station.
30-60 min

See as many highlights as one can possibly cover within a short period of time: Aurora cruiser, the first house of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, numerous rivers and bridges, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square and the Hermitage museum, the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, Palace Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, University Embankment with its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, the Square of Arts with Michael's Palace, the Mosque, the Smolny Convent, the Taurida Palace, the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters) and many more!

Please note that depending on the time allowed, not all sights might be included!
2+ hrs (depending on occasion)

This fortress, built to deflect Swedish raids, was the city’s very first structure. While the view from the fortress ramparts is fantastic, the main attraction is Trezzini's Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in 1712. Almost all Romanov tsars including Nicholas II, are buried here. There are several other museums scattered around the fortress grounds, like the political prison museum or St. Petersburg history exhibition and you can buy a special day ticket which enables access to all.

1 hr

The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city-center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was build on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.

Closed Wednesdays
15-30 min

St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and ranks amont the largest cathedrals of the world. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. It's not only the impressive structure, but also the collection of the greatest engineering innovations. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.

30 min

Hermitage is one of the largest museums of the world. But it is also the magnificient Royal palace with the stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now ist's the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrant, de Goya and many other prominent painters from all over the world. Treat yourself with a grand exploration of the most amazing masterpieces of the European Art, including the French Impressionists, and marvel at the amazing interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.

2 hrs (or more if time permits)

Explore the magnificent collections of the newly opened Faberge Museum - a unique private collection of Faberge eggs and Jewelry in Russia and in the world. Boasting over 4,000 items beautifully displayed in an unrivaled Shuvaalov Palace, this museum will surely be on top of your Favorite's list. The museum also features collection of paintings, statuetts, applied art.

1,5 hrs

A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engeneering masterpiece with no pumps, it a unique location, selected specificly to make this miracle happen. All the force and the power of the fountaing are provided by the force of gravity. A great photo opportunity for keen photographers. Take some time to see the surrounding gardens and Peter's villa Monplaisir. Unfortunately in winter the fountains are turned off and the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.

1-3 hrs

Explore one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces - the Grand palace of Peterhof. Badly damaged during the Second World War, thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff, this palace was brought back to life and restored to its former beauty from photographs and maps in the 1950s. A complex combination of Baroque and NeoClassical styles, this palace is a true gem of Russian arquitecture, and you will surely fall in love with it they way we have. Hundreds of fountains and golden statues surround Peter's Palace - Russia's answer to Versailles. Unfortunately in winter the fountains are turned off and the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.


1 hr

In 1710, Peter the Great's friend and advisor Alexander Menshikov decided to outdo the tsar by building an even bigger palace than royal Peterhof. Unfortunately, Menshikov was exiled after Peter's death, midway through construction, and the palace at Oranienbaum wasn’t finished until Catherine the Great made it one of her holiday spots. The Grand Palace hasn't changed a great deal over the centuries and it's one of the few palaces on the outskirts of the city that wasn’t destroyed by the Nazis. Lomonosov (town where the palace is located) is also a pleasant village and the surrounding park is peaceful and quiet.

2-3 hrs or more

With one of the largest collections of Russian art housed in Rossi's impressive Mikailovsky Palace, this museum is definitely worth a look. The museum was opened in the end of the 19th century with the aim to promote and celebrate the national art. Its collection spans from 12th-century Icons to 20th-century masters like Chagall, Malevich and Kandinsky. Currently the museum collection can be seen in several palaces around the city, but the best pieces are displayed in the main complex.

2 hrs (or more, if time permits)

This palace was purchased by the wealthy Yusupov family in 1830 and since then it was the main house for the family. A special wing was built to house their art collection. It also was the scene of the grizzly murder of the sleazy Siberian peasant Rasputin, who was exercising too much influence over the royal family for Felix Yusupov's liking. There is a Rasputin tour, and you can see where Felix and his entourage tried to poison and shoot Rasputin in the cellar in 1916, before they beat him and chucked him into the river, where he finally died.

1 hr

This guided tour includes Catherine's palace tour with the world's famous Amber Room and the peaceful gardens with multiple photo opportunities. Catherine's Palace and the surrounding parks were created by Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, which is why Pushkin was formerly known as 'village of the tsar's' (Tsarskoe Selo). The palace, with its famous Amber Room, is an impressive post-WWII reconstruction. The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. The gardens of Catherine Park, which are spectacular in the snow, are dotted with unusual buildings, including a Chinese village.

Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.
2 hrs

Spend a Great day outside of the city exploring the most charming neo-classical palace of Emperor Paul I, the only son of Empress Catherine the Great. Pavlovsk is a wonderful place to get away from it all. While more humble and less touristy than the palaces at Peterhof or Pushkin, the reconstructed palace at Pavlovsk is still very interesting. The palace feels more like a family home, then like a royal palace. The palace park is a great place to walk or have a picnic. It has romantic ruins, statues, forests and streams. Right now, it’s dotted with cross-country skiers, horse-drawn sleighs, and there is an outdoor ice-skating rink, where you can hire skates.


2-3 hrs
Our professional experienced English-speaking driver will pick up at your hotel and will take you to the the airport/train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.
30-60 min

Detailed Program

Time Description  
DAY 1:            ARRIVAL IN ST. PETERSBURG
Meet upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check -in & short rest.
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DAY 2:            PRIME TOUR  OF ST. PETERSBURG + AURORA BATTLESHIP
08:45 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.
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09:00 - 13:00
Start your guided Prime Tour of St Petersburg with visits of most famous and spectacular sights of the city such as Peter & Paul Fortress, University  Embankment  with  its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences and St. Petersburg  State  University;  Palace Bridge, Senate Square with the Bronze Horseman, St.Isaac's Cathedral, the monument to Nicholas the First, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Nevsky prospect and the Church on the Spilled Blood
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at city café/restaurant (not incl.) warship-538981_960_720.jpg
14:30 - 16:30
Tour of legendary Aurora Cruiser
17:00 Return back to hotel
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DAY 3:           HERMITAGE MUSEUM + FABERGE MUSEUM
09:15 - 09:30 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.  russia-1381258_960_720.jpg
10:00 - 13:30  

Tour of splendid Hermitage MuseumWinter PalaceSmall HermitageOld HermitageNew Hermitage, and General Staff Building. With your guide, see the state interiors of the Winter Palace, the most glorious czar residence in Russia, started by Empress Elizabeth I and finished under Catherine the Great's rule

14:00 - 15:00 Lunch at city café/restaurant (not incl.)
15:00 - 17:00
Explore the magnificent collections of the newly opened Faberge Museum - a unique private collection of Faberge eggs and Jewelry in Russia and in the world. Boasting over 4,000 items beautifully displayed in an unrivaled Shuvaalov Palace, this museum will surely be on top of your Favorite's list. The museum also features collection of paintings, statuetts, applied art.
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17:30 Return back to hotel
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DAY 4:            PETERHOF AND ORANIENBAUM
08:45 - 09:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.  peterhof-324427_1920.jpg
09:00 - 09:45 Transfer to the Peterhof Imperial Residence
10:00 - 13:00
Enjoy an spectacular guided tour of Peterhof Grand Palace and Park with Special Early Admission to minimize crowds and waiting time.
While on tour you will lean the history of Peterhof, its secrets and hidden gems.   
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at one of park café/restaurant (not incl.)
14:00 - 14:30
Transfer to Oranienbaum Royal Residence
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14:30 - 17:30
The Grand Palace of Oranieunbam hasn't changed a great deal over the centuries and it's one of the few palaces on the outskirts of the city. Lomonosov (town where the palace is located) is also a pleasant village and the surrounding park is peaceful and quiet.
18:00 Return back to hotel
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DAY 5:           RUSSIAN MUSEUM  AND  YUSUPOV PALACE
08:45 - 09:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel. 
09:30 - 12:30   Visit to the Russian Museum with one of the largest collections of Russian art housed in Rossi's impressive Mikailovsky Palace, this museum is definitely worth a look. The museum was opened in the end of the 19th century with the aim to promote and celebrate the national art. Its collection spans from 12th-century Icons to 20th-century masters like Chagall, Malevich and Kandinsky. 
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at city café/restaurant (not incl.)
 
14:30 - 16:30
Visit to the Yusupov Palace. This palace was purchased by the wealthy Yusupov family in 1830 and since then it was the main house for the family. A special wing was built to house their art collection. It also was the scene of the grizzly murder of the sleazy Siberian peasant Rasputin, who was exercising too much influence over the royal family for Felix Yusupov's liking. 

17:00 Return back to hotel
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DAY 6:           IMPERIAL RESIDENCES: TZAR's VILLAGE AND PAVLOVSK  PALACE
08:45 - 09:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.  IMG_7785m.jpg
09:00 - 09:45 Transfer to Imperial Residence of Tzar's Village (Tsarskoye Selo). 
10:00 - 13:00
Enjoy an spectacular guided tour of Catherine's Palace with Amber Room with Special Fast Track Admission to minimize crowds and waiting time.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at one of park café/restaurant (not incl.)
14:00 - 14:30
Transfer to Pavlovsk Imperial Residence.
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14:30 - 17:30
While in Pavlovsk, you will be shown around the palace of Emperor Paul I, the only legitimate son of Empress Catherine the Great.
Short tour of Pavlovsk park is offered at the end of the program with an option of taking a coach ride (for surcharge) to maximize the experience.
18:00 Return back to hotel
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DAY 7:            DEPARTURE HOME
   Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back home.

Included

  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tourist-class vehicle (almost all vehicles are equipped with Wi-Fi) according to program
  • Professional English- or German speaking tour guide (other languages available at a surcharge) 
  • Admissions to all museums as per itinerary
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (for groups 7+ people)
  • Welcome gift
  • A bottle of water daily

NOT Included

  • Accommodation
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)

NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Important

  • Infants are free of charge. Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 5 and under
  • Not recommended for participants with limited walking ability

 Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. In case of rain you will be provided with ponchos

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