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St Petersburg is the second largest city of Russia and a major sea and river port. With 86 canals and over 45 islands St Petersburg is often called Venice of the North. There are over 580 bridges, which make up an essential part of the city infrastructure. Many of the bridges are engineering and architectural masterpieces and harmoniously contribute to the incomparable image of the city. Created by Emperor Peter the Great in 1703 to be his “window on Europe”, St Petersburg combines the fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European look. A city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and winding canals, St. Petersburg has gained the reputation of one of the Great Cities of Europe. Altogether 4,000 outstanding architectural, historical and cultural monuments are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Arrival to St. Petersburg. Greet and meet at the Airport. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Day free. Relax after your overseas flight.
After a breakfast we will start our private guided city tour.
The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and was named the Northern Palmira or the Northern Venice. We will tour The Nevsky Prospect, the Winter Palace, Admiralteystvo, the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Summer Garden and the Statue of the Great Catherine.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today, enjoy a spectacular private guided tour of the Winter Palace and The Hermitage. The Winter Palace, one of the grandest palaces in history, was the official home of the Russian Emperors. The Hermitage houses one of the most important art collections in the world. See works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rodin, Monet, Matisse, Faberge, and many others.
Explore St. Petersburg on your own this evening. Walk through Nevsky Prospect to visit souvenir shops.
Breakfast at the hotel.Today we will explore Pushkin town, famed for the Tsarskoye Selo complex of parks and palaces, once home to the Romanov imperial family.The Baroque-style Catherine Palace, containing ornate staterooms, stands within the landscaped gardens of Catherine Park. Neighboring Alexander Park, featuring decorative bridges and a cemetery for royal horses, is home to colonnaded, 18th-century Alexander Palace. The Catherine Palace’s Amber room was completely restored and is one of the most impressive pieces of artwork in the world.
After breakfast you will be met by your driver as you depart this memorable city.
Accommodation at 3*,4* or 5* hotel
Transfers on arrival and departure by car for independent travelers
English–speaking guide on excursions
Excursions as per program