A week in St Petersburg (E-Visa friendly)

Price
from 420 USD
Duration
7 days / 6 nts
Activity Level
MODERATE
Tour Category
Private Tours
A week in St Petersburg (E-Visa friendly)

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, colourful churches, and rich art collections. Plenty of secrets will be revealed and mysteries will be solved

Highlights
(Click on the name to see Photo)
  • 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 cover within a short period: 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 Saint 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, and the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was built 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 among the largest basilicas 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 remarkable 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 in the world. But it is also a magnificent Royal palace with 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 fantastic 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 the world. Boasting over 4,000 items beautifully displayed in an unrivaled Shuvalov Palace, this museum will surely be on top of your Favorite's list. The museum also features a collection of paintings, statuettes, applied art.

1,5 hrs

A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engineering masterpiece with no pumps, but with a unique location, selected specially to make this miracle happen. The force of gravity provides all the strength and the power of the fountains. 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 wooden boxes cover the garden statues.

1-3 hrs

Explore one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces - the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Severely 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 real gem of Russian architecture, and you will surely fall in love with it the 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 wooden boxes cover the garden statues.


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 castle 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 worth a look. The museum was opened at the end of the 19th century to promote and celebrate 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)

The wealthy Yusupov family purchased this palace 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 Tuesdays and the last Monday of the month.
2 hrs

Spend a Great day outside of the city exploring the most charming neoclassical palace of Emperor Paul I, the only son of Empress Catherine the Great. Pavlovsk is a beautiful 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 fascinating. The castle 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 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.
Click here to see possible evening activities
 
DAY 2:            PRIME TOUR  OF ST. PETERSBURG + AURORA BATTLESHIP
08:45 Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby
russia-1530326_960_720.jpg
09:00 - 13:00
Start your guided Prime Tour of St. Petersburg with visits of the 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
Click here to see possible evening activities
DAY 3:           HERMITAGE MUSEUM + FABERGE MUSEUM
09:15 - 09:30 Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby russia-1381258_960_720.jpg
10:00 - 13:30  

Tour of splendid Hermitage MuseumWinter PalaceSmall HermitageOld HermitageNew Hermitage, and General Staff Building. Explore the state interiors of the Winter Palace, the most glorious tzar 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 with audio-guide the magnificent collections of the Fabergé Museum - a unique private collection of Fabergé eggs and jewellery in Russia and in the world. Boasting over 4,000 items beautifully displayed in an unrivalled Shuvalov Palace, this museum will surely be on top of your favourites list. The museum also features collection of paintings, statuettes, applied art.
lay-eggs-257018_960_720.jpg
17:30 Return back to hotel
Click here to see possible evening activities
DAY 4:            PETERHOF AND ORANIENBAUM
08:45 - 09:00 Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby peterhof-324427_1920.jpg
09:00 - 09:45 Transfer to the Peterhof Imperial Residence
10:00 - 13:00
Enjoy a spectacular guided tour of Peterhof Grand Palace and Park with Special Early Admission to minimize crowds and waiting time.
While on tour, marvel at the true kingdom of fountains and learn 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
Oranienbaum_08.jpg
14:30 - 17:30
The Grand Palace of Oranienbaum it's one of the few palaces on the outskirts of the city, full of history and enigma. 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
Click here to see possible evening activities
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 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 ChagallMalevich 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 their  main house . A special wing was built to house their art collection. It also was the scene of the murder of the Siberian peasant Rasputin, who was exercising too much influence over the royal family for Felix Yusupov's liking. 

17:00 Return back to hotel
Click here to see possible evening activities
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 a 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.
Pavlovsk_05M.jpg
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
Click here to see possible evening activities
DAY 7:            DEPARTURE HOME
   Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back home.

Book this tour
($ 100)
($ 200)
($ 200)
($ 200)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tourist-class vehicle according to program
  • Professional English-, Spanish- or French-speaking tour guide
  • 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
  • Accommodation
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Surcharge for:
    + German-speaking guide: 100 USD per group
    + Portuguese- or Italian-speaking guide: 200 USD per group
    + Chinese-speaking guide: 200 USD per group

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


Back to the full tour list


Questions? Call us right now 1.855.866.8773 or email booking@ulkotours.com