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Russia: Saint Petersburg 1 - Overview / Itinerary

May 20 - 24, 2019
5 Days / 4 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Saint Petersburg, Russia

$2,520 per person/double occupancy
$780 single supplement
$292 additional night - single or double room (includes a private airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes


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This tour may be combined with The Baltic Renaissance (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) 1 tour (May 10 - 19, 2019)


Nothing will ever quite prepare you for the imperial grandeur, glitz and glamour of Saint Petersburg. The land of fur-lined hats, caviar, champagne, ballet, and the over-the-top cultural capital of modern Russia, Saint Petersburg is a feast for the senses and a treasure trove of art and architecture. From the world renowned art in the Hermitage, opulent architecture, elegant villas and palaces and soaring, onion-domed cathedrals that lend the city its fairy tale charm, to an extraordinary history of resilience and rebirth written into every stone, the most beautiful city in Russia is full of romantic ambiance, bridges, museum-like streets and imperial spirit. Tsar Peter the Great’s “window on the West,” St. Petersburg was built in the early 1700s on 44 islands, a feat that took the lives of thousands of workers. Today it’s a stunning city, laced with canals, graceful bridges, and Empire-style buildings. Beginning in May, the summer brings long days and the famous "White Nights", when even at midnight the sun barely dips below the horizon, and the city's streets and gardens burst into life, celebrating the season with revelry all night long. The Saint Petersburg tour will introduce us to some of the richest and most revered cultural and historical landmarks of the city, including a visit to the famous Faberge Museum, the "Russian Versailles" of Peterhof Palace, the royal residence of Catherine Palace with its Gardens in Tsarskoe Selo, the incomparable Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, a cruise on the canals that have earned Saint Petersburg the moniker "Venice of the North", and to top it all, a Russian ballet performance at Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre, proceeded by a private backstage tour.

  • Airfare from Tallinn to Saint Petersburg, if combining this tour with the Baltic Renaissance tour, and all airline fees and taxes;
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure;
  • Russian visa invitation letter;
  • 4 nights at the luxury Angleterre Hotel in Saint Petersburg;
  • Hotel porterage;
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners;
  • Bottled water during the tour;
  • Professional local guides;
  • All restaurants', guides' and drivers' gratuities, all sightseeing fees and admissions;
  • Russian ballet performance, Giselle, and Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre backstage tour;
  • All transportation during the tour (by a private modern coach, boats and hydrofoil);
  • Experienced tour director throughout the tour.

Optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, Russian visa fees, meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary, optional late hotel checkout charge, optional tour director's gratuity, room service, mini bar charges, telephone charges and other personal expenses.


  • Private cruise on St. Petersburg's canals
  • Private tour of the city's highlights
  • Tour of Peterhof Palace and Gardens
  • Backstage tour of the Mariinsky Theatre
  • The world-renowned Russian ballet performance
  • Private tour of the Faberge Museum
  • Visiting the Hermitage Museum
  • Catherine Palace and and gardens in Tsarskoe Selo
What Makes This Tour Special  
  • Carefully designed, in-depth itinerary
  • Small group of a maximum of 16 women
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to most groups
  • Knowledgeable and passionate private guide
  • Experienced tour director throughout the trip
  • Accommodations in an upscale, perfectly located hotel
  • Russian ballet performance and Mariinsky Theatre backstage tour
  • No forced shopping

This tour starts at 1:00PM on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Saint Petersburg.
Your flight should arrive no later than 11:00AM on May 20, 2019.
If you are combining this tour with the Baltic Renaissance tour, your connecting flight from Tallinn will be arranged for you and you will arrive in Saint Petersburg in the evening of May 19, 2019.

Day 1: Arrivals, Canal Tour and City Highlights 

Upon your arrival at the Polkovo International Airport, you'll be met by a driver for your private transfer to our luxury hotel in the heart of Saint Petersburg, in front of St. Isaac's Cathedral. If you are combining this tour with the Baltic Renaissance tour, you will have arrived the night before and the morning will be free to relax at the hotel or explore the city according to your interests. In the early afternoon, we'll begin our tour of Saint Petersburg by boat, taking a leisurely, privately guided canal cruise down the Neva River then down the Tanka, Moika and Fontanka Rivers. The city is built over 42 islands, and a large network of rivers and canals divides Saint Petersburg into distinct neighborhoods, making for a unique experience when viewing the magnificent classical architecture from the water. Afterwards, we'll continue our tour with a guided tour of the city's highlights, including Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman statue of city founder Peter the Great, the Admiralty Embankment, the Winter Palace Garden, followed by a relaxed stroll along the Nevsky Prospect and the Small Garden Street to the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. In the evening, we'll share our first impressions of Saint Petersburg during the welcome dinner at one of the city's modern gourmet restaurants.
Meals: D
Accommodations: Angleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 2: Peterhof Palace, Mariinsky Theatre and Russian Ballet 

Today, we'll experience more of Russia's imperial wonders as we set out to visit the opulent Peterhof Palace, one of the many royal “summer” palaces built by the Romanovs during the last two centuries of their rule. In the morning, we'll take a hydrofoil down the Neva River and across the Gulf of Finland to the expanse of palaces and gardens that make up the "Russian Versailles". Our guide will take us through Peterhof's Grand Royal Palace and the Upper and Lower Gardens, which are designed in Petrine baroque style and incorporate French themes in their elaborate fountains with gold statues and 142 jets, including the impressive fountains of the Grand Cascade, modeled after a piece commissioned for Louis XIV. After the tour, we'll be able to relax over a refreshing lunch in the palace gardens. After coming back to the city and some time to catch our breath, we'll set out for another adventure: an exclusive backstage tour of the celebrated Mariinsky Theatre, home to such dancers are Pavlova, Nureyev and Barishnikov. Afterwards, we'll attend a Russian ballet performance, certain to become a treasured cultural highlight of the tour.
Meals: B, L
Accommodations: Angleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 3: Faberge Museum, Hermitage Museum 

In the morning, we'll visit the glittering Fabergé Museum, located in Shuvalov's Palace and housing the world's largest collection of works by the House of Fabergé. We'll tour the museum and admire these masterpieces of jewelry crafting, the most prized of which is arguably the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors. After a light lunch, we'll return to the hotel and have some time to rest, before meeting again in the afternoon to continue our cultural journey with a visit to the Hermitage Museum, the second-largest museum in the world boasting a collection of over three million items, from prehistoric artifacts to the 20th century German Romantic art. The main museum complex is spread over five buildings, and we'll tour the exhibitions at our own pace. We'll return to the hotel in the evening, and the rest of the day will be free, possibly to take advantage of Saint Petersburg's "White Nights", with plenty of daylight left as the sun stays up for most of the night.
Meals: B, L
Accommodations: Angeleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 4: Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo 

This morning, we'll continue our journey through Saint Petersburg's rich history and visual splendor, as we travel to the former imperial town of Tsarskoe Selo to tour the extravagant Catherine Palace and Park. Built for Empress Elizabeth by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect of the Winter Palace, the Rococo blue-white-and-gold summer residence of Russian tsars is renowned for the extraordinary Amber Room and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms, from the imposing State Staircase to the truly amazing Hall of Light. After the tour of this imperial summer residence, we'll take a guided walk through the Palace Park which combines elements of French, Italian, and English gardens. The English Park is centered around the Great Pond and incorporates a range of lovely structures including Dutch-style boathouses, the Baroque Grotto, and the Marble Bridge; the Italian Park is characterized by picturesque buildings with the Chinese Pavilion, Turkish Bathhouse and the Granite Terrace adorned with large classical statues. We'll have lunch at a pleasant cafe on the Great Pond, and after returning to Saint Petersburg, we'll enjoy some free time, before meeting in the evening to share our favorite discoveries of Saint Petersburg and to celebrate new friendships at an elegant farewell dinner at a restaurant offering an incomparable view of the city's skyline.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: Angleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 5: Departures 

Depending on your flight's departure time, you may have more time in the morning to enjoy the magic of Saint Petersburg before your private airport transfer which will be scheduled in accordance with your flight's departure time.
Meals: B

This tour ends on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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