Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - St Petersburg

Arrival at St Petersburg airport, where our driver will meet you. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - St Petersburg, escorted city tour

As a city of Russian emperors, St. Petersburg has a ton of history to explore and incredible sights to see. Your first escorted tour of the trip provides a chance to see the most important of the city's attractions, and soak up some of its amazing atmosphere too.

Kazan Cathedral, built in a huge curve, the ornate Stroganov Palace, and the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress are all included on the tour. So is the incredible Bronze Horseman, which is a monument to Peter the Great, the elegant Mariinsky Palace and the glittering Palace Embankment.

Day 3 - Hermitage Museum

Ensure you eat a hearty breakfast today, because you're going to need it. As the biggest museum in the world, a visit to the Hermitage takes up a lot of energy – but this escorted tour will ensure you get the best from this incredible attraction. Over three million artefacts are housed within its buildings, the majority of which are kept in the beautiful Winter Palace. Only a small proportion of the collection is exhibited, but with works by the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Monet on display, you're bound not to be disappointed.

Day 4 - Walking Yusupov Palace guided tour

Yusupov Palace is one of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the monumentally wealthy Yusupov family. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. Yusupov Palace is perhaps most famous as the scene of the assassination of Grigory Rasputin, and is one of the few aristocratic homes in the city to have retained many of its original interiors.

Day 5 - Guided tour to Tsarskoe Selo

Optional - £95 per person

Tsarskoe Selo is a magnificent example of the extravagance of Russia's imperial past. Established by the Romanov Tsars, it's a suburban estate which in its grandeur, rivals even Versaille. Constructed in the 18th century, it consists of two vast and truly exceptional palaces set in extensive, landscaped gardens. The lavish Alexander Palace is undoubtedly impressive, but it's the Catherine Palace which is the one visitors come to see.

The Catherine Palace is renowned for its splendid baroque architecture and striking interiors, most famously perhaps its extraordinary Amber Room. Entirely unique, its walls are lined with slabs of bona fide amber – a beautiful but also incredibly expensive decorative technique. The room was looted in World War II and the painstaking and lengthy process to restore the room back to its original state cost more than $12 million.

To only focus on the Amber Room would however deny the rest of the palace's attractions. The so-called Golden Enfilade of state rooms, designed by Rastrelli, is particularly celebrated, as is the Great Hall. A vast 1,000 metres square, its double aspect and monumental, arched windows not only provide incredible views over the estate, but allow a flood of light to reflect off a myriad of mirrors and vast acreage of gilded stucco. Also, don't forget to look up. The huge ceiling is covered in one enormous fresco, The Triumph of Russia.

Day 6 – Airport departure, transfer from your hotel

Our driver will meet you in your hotel lobby and take escort you to the airport for your return flight.

If you would like to include Moscow in your trip, we also offer combined Moscow and St Petersburg tours. Call for details.

All our tours are carefully designed for you to have a free time to explore cities on your own after guided excursions. You will have a guide with you for a half a day and have chance to discover St Petersburg independently afterwards.

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

Russian National Tourist Office price in Black

Travel 55 discount price in Red

Tel Russian National Tourist Office on 0207 985 1234 quote Travel 55 ref: RU55

Date

Prices from

excl. flights

Prices from

incl. flights*

Single supp

28 March

£470
£447

£770
£732

£145

4, 11, 18 April

£470
£447

£770
£732

£145

25 April

£470
£447

£770
£732

£155

2, 9 May

£470
£447
£770
£732
£175

16, 23 May

£680
£646

£980
£931

£205

30 May

£870
£827

£1170
£1112

£205

6, 13 June

£680
£646

£980
£931

£205

20, 27 June

£680
£646

£980
£931

£215

4 July

£680
£646

£980
£931

£205

11 July

£530
£504

£830
£789

£205

18, 25 July

£530
£504

£830
£789

£185

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August

£530
£504

£830
£789

£175

5, 12, 19, 26 September

£530
£504

£830
£789

£165

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October

£470
£447

£770
£732
£155

14, 21, 28 November

£470
£447

£770
£732

£155

5 December

£470
£447

£770
£732

£155

Prices are per person, based on two sharing. *The price including flight is approximate and may vary up or down. The package price depends on the availability of flight tickets and will be confirmed on the date of your booking.

All holidays subject to Russian National Tourist Office Terms and Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Russian National Tourist Office
St. Petersburg - Venice of the North

6 Days - 5% discount

Prices from £447

Prices from £447

Built on 101 islands and criss-crossed by 350 bridges, St Petersburg is often called the Venice of the North. It's certainly as beautiful as its namesake – but boasting a myriad of museums and a range of impressive architecture, it's got an important historical past and a vibrant cultural life too.

Your six day escorted holiday provides a real experience of Russian culture and a chance to learn more about its history and traditions. Majestic palaces, extravagant mansions and highly decorated cathedrals are all on the itinerary.

A tour of the biggest museum of Russian art, the Russian Museum, is high on the agenda, as is an escorted trip to the legendary State Hermitage Museum, which houses one of the largest art collections in the world. The Catherine Palace, a jewel of Russian baroque architecture, is also bound to amaze. Its Amber Room is sometimes considered the eighth wonder of the world.

To book this wonderful 6 day St. Petersburg - Venice of the North holiday telephone the Russian National Tourist Office direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

The Travel 55 discount of 5% is applicable for all Russian National Tourist Office holidays and tours. To book call direct on 0207 985 1234 and quote Travel 55 code RU55.

Highlights

  • Brush up on your knowledge of Russian fine art with a trip to the Russian Museum
  • Take a stroll along the city's main thoroughfare Nevsky Prospekt, which is lined with some of the city's most important buildings, bridges and squares
  • If you choose to visit in the warmer months, take a river cruise
  • Scale the dizzy heights of St Isaac's Cathedral to gaze over this beautiful city
  • Visit the Hermitage, which composed of five main buildings and exhibiting works from the Stone Age to the modern day, is absolutely MASSIVE! remember to bring your best walking shoes and eat a hearty breakfast before you set out.
  • Escorted around St Petersburg by our highly knowledgeable and friendly guides, this is a holiday you won't forget in a long while.

Hotels

St Petersburg : Demetra Art Hotel

This design hotel is located in the centre of St. Petersburg, 150 metres from Chernishevskaya Metro Station. The Demetra offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception with tour desk and ticket service.

The individual interiors at the Demetra Art Hotel were designed in Italy, and all feature a theme representing a different period in the history of St. Petersburg. All rooms include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and are soundproofed.

The hotel restaurant serves either a buffet or an à la carte breakfast each morning. The shops, cafés and restaurants of Nevsky Prospekt are just a 15-minute walk away.

Moskovsky Train Station is 1.5 km away, and Pulkovo Airport is 22 km from the hotel.

St Petersburg: Hotel Dostoevsky

Hotel Dostoevsky is conveniently situated next to the metro, a five minute walk from Nevsky Prospect and within 10 minutes walking distance of the Alexandrinsky Theatre and St Isaac's Cathedral.

Facilities include an ATM in the lobby, a gym and a sauna.

Meals can be enjoyed in the hotel's elegant restaurant and drinks in its stylish pub, which has views of Vladimirsky Cathedral. There is also a food court mall and supermarket located underneath the hotel.

What's Included

  • Flights: package price includes flights from/to London *
  • Accommodation: 4*Demetra Art Hotel in St Petersburg
  • Transport: for transfers and sightseeing tours we use a comfortable coach, car or minibus; on our sightseeing trips we may also go on foot or use public transport (mainly the Underground, which is very efficient and helps to avoid traffic congestion)
  • Tour staff and support: English-speaking guide, transfer driver
  • Transfers: all airport transfers as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees: all entrance fees as per itinerary

Visas - 7% discount off full visa service

All UK residents need a visa to enter Russia.

A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, permitting stay in Russia for a specific period of time. Visa lists entry/exit dates, your name, passport details, and a purpose of travel.

Please note, that your Russian visa is an exit permit just like it’s an entry permit: if you lose it or stay over your designated departure date, leaving the country could be more troublesome than entering it.

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