19 February 2017
With a reputation for being one of Russia's most romantic cities, Saint Petersburg boasts palaces and cathedrals, wide streets filled with classical architecture and monumental sculptures, and a network of picturesque canals which have given it the nickname “Northern Venice”. This three-day tour is a great way to see the best of what the city has to offer.
Today you'll arrive in Saint Petersburg, where you'll be met at the airport by your guide. You'll enjoy a short private tour of the city en route to your hotel.
This morning you'll visit Peter and Paul’s fortress, which stands on a small island at the centre of the Neva delta. It's the oldest building in Saint Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, and, in its time, has housed political prisoners including Dostoyevsky, Lenin’s brother Alexander and Peter the Great’s own son Alexei. At its heart is the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, burial place of many of Russia’s pre-Revolutionary leaders. In the afternoon you'll tour the Hermitage, the world's largest museum, where your guide will steer you to the very best of the nearly three million exhibits, which include works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and Titian.
Today you'll head to the city's suburbs to visit the Tsar Village, summer residence of the Russian Emperors. Here you'll wander among the pavilions, lakes and gardens, and explore the elegant Catherine Palace, built by Peter the Great for his wife.
On your final day in the city, your guide will accompany you on your private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
5* Hotel Accommodation fr £604pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated