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Palaces & Galleries of St Petersburg
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Why we love this tour - a number of reasons...some tours to St Petersburg don't necessarily include entrance to the Palace's for example and so if you want to make the most of your time this is perfect.  Your tour leader is a history and art expert, not just a local guide.  You are also escorted from your departure airport and home again.  Accommodation is in an excellent location near St Isaacs cathedral and you can even upgrade your hotel if you wish (we recommend the Astoria!).  Whilst there may be cheaper tours out there, you really to get what you pay for and we highly recommend this special art / culture tour.

Tour introduction - How better to do this than to build a new city at the end of the Baltic Sea. Peter himself lived in a simple wood cabin as his city was built around him and today the legacy of his ambitions and achievements are displayed in abundance. Monumental buildings of state, great churches and Cathedrals, ornate theatres, legendary art collections, the buildings lining its canals and streets and a unique atmosphere all add up to create one of the most rewarding experiences for modern day visitors.

Tour duration: 6 nights

Tour departs: 10 Apr '14, 8 May '14, 4 Sep '14, 25 Sep '14, 16 Oct '14

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Return scheduled flights to St.Petersburg
  • Six nights’ 4* accommodation with breakfast (optional upgrade to 5* hotel)
  • Five dinners
  • Two lunches
  • All entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of our tour lecturer & a local guide
  • Russian visa

6 nights price from £1997 per person

FLIGHT DETAILS
Flights with British Airways. Depart Heathrow at 09.30 arrive St.Petersburg at 15.4, Depart St Petersburg at 16.55 arrive Heathrow at 17.20
Regional departures with British Airways via Heathrow also available, supplement on request, Supplement for British Airways Club Europe available on request

Itinerary...

DAY 1
We fly to St. Petersburg and transfer to the centre of the city where we stay for the duration of the holiday at the 4 star Petro Palace.

DAY 2
We begin with an introductory panoramic tour of the city and see the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the simple log cabin where Peter lived as his city grew around him, the Menshikov Palace and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.

DAY 3
Today is devoted to the Hermitage, the great Winter Palace which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of paintings and decorative fine arts. Here we find Old Masters, Impressionists, antiquities, ceramics, porcelain and works by the Court jeweller, Fabergé. After a guided tour and time for an independent lunch there will be the opportunity to stay on at the Hermitage for the afternoon

DAY 4
Today we visit three sumptuous palaces built for members of the Imperial family. Pavlovsk, built for the son of Catherine the Great as a private residence, the Catherine Palace at Pushkin which is a Baroque showpiece and the Alexander Palace which was the final one built for the family.

DAY 5
Today we visit the wonderful collection of art and icons on display in the Russian Museum housed in the Mikhaylovsky Palace. Our day will also include visits to the Church on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. This is followed by a backstage tour of either the Mariinsky or Mikhaylovsky Theatre.

DAY 6
Free to explore the city at your leisure.

DAY 7
The last day of the tour is spent at the glittering palace at Peterhof with its sensational gardens that tumble down to the edge of the Baltic Sea.

Departure dates:
10th April 2014, from £1998pp
8th May 2014, from £2195pp
4th September 2014, from £2197pp
25th September 2014, from £2195pp
16th October 2014, from £1198pp

Accommodation - 4* Petro Palace, St Petersburg
This comfortable hotel, which opened in 2005, is housed in a building dating from the early 1900s and is located in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, close to the Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral.  Its 193 rooms and suites are spacious and simply furnished and have either shower or bath. The restaurant serves Russian and European cuisine and the bar on the top floor has panoramic views of the city. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and beauty treatment room.

Upgrade your hotel...
If you prefer you can stay in a 5* hotel, we recommend The Astoria, the cities most popular luxury hotel located right opposite St Isaac's cathedral.  The hotel has a wonderful history and is a great comfortable place to stay.  Please ask for more details.

 

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