5 Days St Petersburg Explorer

4 star Hotel, 5 day English Language Guaranteed Departure Tour of St Petersburg

The perfect solution for individuals to join a low cost, no hassle, guaranteed Russian tour with no risk of cancelled tours. Join our well organized, guaranteed departure group tour, with arrival and departure transfers, plus comprehensive sightseeing package included, allowing free time to explore independently. Our tours start on Mondays in 2020(see dates below) and are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 passengers. Book your own flight/train to St Petersburg and we will do the rest.

St Petersburg is a calm contrast to Moscow. Peter’s ‘Window on the West’ displays classic Italian architecture and canals, which are reminiscent of some of Europe’s finest cities.

The EXPLORER includes plenty of sightseeing for those who like to have pre-organised excursions to look forward to, with time to explore independently.

Peter and Paul Fortress

Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday

Upon arrival in St Petersburg, you will be met at the airport by our driver. Please look for a sign with your name when you exit the customs area and enter the arrivals hall. You will be transferred to your hotel, to check in for 4 nights.

4 star Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel (or similar).
Check in from 14.00 hrs. (You may leave your luggage if you arrive early)

Evening at leisure.

Day 2 – Tuesday

10.00 hrs*: After breakfast, your panoramic orientation tour of the city will commence. You will see all the major sights of the beautiful city of St Petersburg. You will see the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, located in the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and pass along the famous Nevsky Prospect. St Isaac’s cathedral is also on our route, as well as the Church on the Spilled Blood. Included today is a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, which guards the city of St Petersburg, located on the island facing the Hermitage and dominating the Neva River. Built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war, it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political prison cells. There, Prince Alexei, a son of Peter the Great and a famous pretender to the throne, Princess Tarakanova, writer Radischev, Decembrists and revolutionaries were all held as prisoners. Peter and Paul Cathedral, designed by Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725.

You will also visit the Church on the Spilled Blood. With five domes, it is St Petersburg’s most elaborate church with a classic Russian Orthodox  Exterior and with an interior containing 7000 sq m of mosaics. Its colloquial name refers to the assassination of Tsar Alexander II at the same location in 1881.

During the tour there will be a break for coffee and doughnuts in the oldest doughnut shop in St Petersburg, still a favourite with locals. We end the tour with a visit to the Vodka Museum, where we have arranged a tasting of a selection of traditional Russian vodkas with snacks.

Return to the hotel at around 16.00 hrs or you may stay in the city for further exploration and make your own way back to the hotel.

Highlights today: Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on the Spilled Blood, Vodka Museum & tasting, Doughnut shop

Evening at leisure.

Day 3 – Wednesday

Day at leisure OR Optional tour (must be pre-booked and pre-paid): Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building (Impressionists collection)
10.00 hrs*: After breakfast, your guide will take you to the world-famous Hermitage Museum – the magnificent collection of art in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. Enjoy a guided tour in the largest museum in the World, founded in 1764; with a collection of more than 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt and Rubens. We also include a visit to the new General Staff building, home to the French impressionist collection – a feast for art lovers.

Free time will be allowed for a short lunch break at the Hermitage cafe (lunch not included). Return to the hotel at around 15.00 hrs* or you may stay on at the Hermitage and return to the hotel on your own at your leisure.

*Timings may vary and will be confirmed locally by your guide.
Optional Highlights today: Hermitage museum, General Staff Building

Day 4 – Thursday

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you for a visit to one of St Petersburg’s most prized palaces. In the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo) 29km south of St. Petersburg, is Catherine’s Summer Palace. The construction of the palace for the Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and, in the middle of 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory. Not far from the Catherine’s Palace there is the Lyceum where the great poet Alexander Pushkin studied. Return to your hotel early/mid-afternoon.

Highlights today: Catherine’s Palace.

Evening at leisure.

Day 5 – Friday

After breakfast at your hotel, check out by 12.00 hrs and your departure transfer will be provided to the airport/station as required. Further services / programme extensions can be provided upon request.

Departure Dates 2020

LOW SEASON 2020
• 20 January 2020
• 17 February 2020
• 16 March 2020
• 16 November 2020
• 14 December 2020
• 23 December 2020 (NB Wednesday departure)

MID SEASON 2020
• 30 March 2020
• 13 April 2020
• 26 October 2020

HIGH SEASON 2020
• 27 April 2020
• 27 July 2020
• 3 August 2020
• 17 August 2020
• 21 September 2020
• 28 September 2020
• 12 October 2020

PEAK SEASON 2020
• 18 May 2020
• 08 June 2020
• 22 June 2020
• 29 June 2020
• 06 July 2020

Departure Dates 2021

LOW SEASON 2021 (Mondays only)
25 January 2021
15 February 2021
15 March 2021
15 November 2021
13 and 22 December 2021 (Wednesday)

MID SEASON 2021 (Mondays only)
29 March 2021
12 April 2021
25 October 2021

HIGH SEASON 2021 (Mondays only)
26 April 2021
02 and 16 August 2021
20 and 27 September 2021
11 October 2021

PEAK SEASON 2021 (Mondays only)
17 May 2021
07, 21 and 28 June 2021
05 and 19 July 2021

Prices in Euros

Contact us for specially negotiated Tour Operator rates and travel agency rates.
All prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin room.

Tour Price Includes

  • Accommodation* based on two persons sharing a twin room:
    4 nights in St Petersburg – 4 star Novotel St Petersburg City Centre Hotel (or similar), standard room
    * For June 2020 dates accommodation in Dostoevsky Hotel St Petersburg (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transfers: arrival and departure in St Petersburg: Applies to international city airports and main rail stations – supplement for riverports and for transfers between 22.30 – 07.00 and on public holidays
  • Sightseeing programme with English speaking guide
  • Entrances: St Petersburg – Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on Spilled Blood, Vodka museum & tasting, Catherine’s Palace
  • Visa support letter for duration of tour
  • 24-hour emergency contact in St Peterburg
  • Hotel registration fee in St Petersburg

Not Included in Price

  • International Flights
  • Any meals, beverages, sightseeing entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for guide and driver (at discretion)
  • Photo and video charges at museums and places of interest
  • Extra personal costs incurred at the hotel
  • Extended visa support

Notes

  • Check in after 14.00 hours . Check out by 12.00 hours
  • Accommodation may be substituted with similar grade hotels
  • Tours and timings may vary according to local conditions and substitutions may be made if necessary
  • Visa support – is supplied for duration of tour only. Extension of visa support costs EUR 20 per person.
  • Russian Visa – you will need to obtain a tourist visa BEFORE you arrive in Russia
  • Important – remember to apply for your visa at least 1 month prior to travel
  • Please ask us if you wish to extend your stay in Russia