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In the Footsteps of the Tsars in St Petersburg

Break Available: May - September
4 Night Break

Price per person: From £1,745

Immerse yourself in the romance and turbulence of this magnificent city on this private tour.

St Petersburg is a sophisticated European city with its history and cultural roots in Russia – a fascinating combination worth exploring and understanding with the help of your own private guide.

The Poets, Tsars, Theatres and Palaces will all be brought to life by your private guide who will share their fascinating history on this St Petersburg short break.

This private tour allows you to beat the queues into all the historic sites and to have exclusive early access to the Hermitage so you can enjoy its treasures without the crowds – a huge benefit especially in the summer. 

Highlights

  • Private Hermitage tour with exclusive early access avoiding the queues
  • Private tour of Peter Paul Fortress with the Romanov family tombs
  • Private tour of the beautiful Peterhof Palace with its fountains, returning by Hydrofoil
  • Private Tour of Catherine’s & Paul’s palaces with traditional Russian tasting menu lunch
  • Private visit of the evocative siege of Leningrad Defence Museum
  • River and Canal Floodlight Night Tour to see St Petersburg Palaces & Cathederals
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DAY 1
Private Airport Transfer. Private River and Canal Tour to see St Petersburg Cathedrals and Palaces

DAY 1
Private Airport Transfer. Private River and Canal Tour to see St Petersburg Cathedrals and Palaces

Fly from London Heathrow to St Petersburg where you private driver and guide will meet and transfer you to your chosen hotel for the start of your St Petersburg private tour.

This evening you will enjoy a private river and canal tour of St Petersburg, often called “Nothern Venice” due to the number of rivers and canals. You will see beautiful palaces and cathedrals on the banks of the rivers

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to the Opening Bridges Boat Tour
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Upgrade to the Opening Bridges Boat Tour

Thousands of people come to St Petersburg to see the Opening of the Bridges. You have an opportunity to see how the Royal Bridge “fly” into the sky and then next one and so on. The extended private boat tour starts just before midnight and lasts about 2 hours as after the opening you will then continue to have the Canal and River Boat Tour. This is only available during White Nights which is approximately 26th May-23rd July

Extra Cost for later & longer boat trip to see the opening of the Bridges : Price Per Person From £45

Canal Bridge, St Petersburg
Bridge opening, St Petersburg
Raising of the bridge at St. Petersburg, Russia

DAY 2
Exclusive early access to visit Hermitage avoiding the crowds, Peter & Paul Fortress Private Tour

DAY 2
Exclusive early access to visit Hermitage avoiding the crowds, Peter & Paul Fortress Private Tour

After breakfast you have the unique opportunity to enter one of the greatest museums of the world earlier than all the other visitors so you can have 1hr to admire the world-famous paintings in piece and calm. You will also avoid the lengthy queues that build up just to get in. The benefit of this cannot be overclaimed as the Hermitage gets extremely busy in the summer.

The Hermitage museum contains one of the largest art collections in the world. Commissioned by Catherine the Great the Hermitage houses over three million items; the highlights of the collection are the Italian masterpieces, French Impressionists and Russian Royal family jewellery including the Faberge collections.

Don’t forget to look up and marvel at the rooms with the stunning ceilings that the paintings are hung in.

Afterwards you will continue with your private transfer and guide to the Peter Paul Fortress, the final resting place for most of the Romanov emperors including Nicolas II, who was executed with his family in 1918 and who was very recently reburied here.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Private Tour of Faberge Museum
  • Private Tour of Yusupov's Palace where Rasputin was murdered
  • Ballet at The Mikhailovsky or Mariinsky Theatre
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Private Tour of Faberge Museum

This new museum’s collection contains the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs. These are the most valuable items in the Museum’s collection created by Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors. Each of them is a masterpiece of jewelry and art, as well as having a unique historical monument to the reign and personal life of Alexander III and Nicholas II.

The museum’s collection also includes decorative and applied works made by the Russian masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The museum is located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River – one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg, and the tour lasts about 2.5 hrs long.

Price per person: From £200

Faberge museum, St Peterburg
Faberge museum, Russia
Faberge Egg

Private Tour of Yusupov's Palace where Rasputin was murdered

The story of Rasputin’s murder unfolds here!

In 1916 a group of the city’s noble elite conspired to kill the one man who they felt threatened the stability of an already war-torn Russian Empire. Grigory Rasputin. His control over the decisions of the family and the Russian ruler himself put him in a potentially manipulative position and posed a very real threat to their power. Consequently, Rasputin was murdered at the Yusupov Palace on the night of December 16-17 1916, and his death proved to be an almost greater mystery than his life had been. This tour is approximately 3 hours long.

Price per person: From £125

Yusupov Palace
Yusupov Palace staircase
Yusupov Palace

Ballet at The Mikhailovsky or Mariinsky Theatre

Attend world famous ballet performed at the Mikhailovsky or Mariinsky Theatre

The Mikhailovsky theatre is one of Russia’s oldest Opera and Ballet houses founded in 1833 and located in a historical building and only regaining its name in 2007 in St Petersburg.

The Mariinsky was opened in 1860 and became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky premiered. Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra.

Price Per Person: From £280 (Varies by Production with even higher prices if exceptional ballerina)

Ballet at the Hermitage
Swan Lake at the Hermitage
Mariinsky Ballet, St Petersburg

DAY 3
Catherine's and Paul's Palaces Private Tour

DAY 3
Catherine's and Paul's Palaces Private Tour

Your St Petersburg short break continues with a visit to Pushkin, home to arguably the finest palace in St Petersburg, Catherine’s Palace. Your visit includes the celebrated amber room where over 100,000 perfectly fitted pieces of amber adorn the walls of the room.

Lunch at traditional Russian restaurant “Podvorie” prior to a visit to Pavlovsk.

Named after Paul I, Pavlovsk was the last of the imperial estates to be built. The Palace has an elegant simplicity and is built in classic style.

This evening or indeed on any one of your evenings we would suggest that you attend a ballet. We can advise and get tickets for you.

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DAY 4
Private Tour to Peterhof returning by Hydrofoil.

DAY 4
Private Tour to Peterhof returning by Hydrofoil.

After breakfast continue your city break to St Petersburg with a private transfer Peterhof, the world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble. Your private guide will introduce you to it’s 176 fountains, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes and remarkable collections of sculpture that all make Peterhof a veritable gem.

Often called “Capital of Fountains” your summertime visit will include the unforgettable site of the fountains in full glory.

Return to St Petersburg by Hydrofoil to the Winter Palace pier in the summer.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • The Art of Violin Making- Behind the Scenes
  • Classical Concert in Historical Royal Palace
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The Art of Violin Making- Behind the Scenes

Enter the mysterious world of creating a violin. You have a unique chance to visit a private apartment of a master who makes and restores violins for world known virtuosos. See the everyday life of a master in his workshop. He will disclose the secret of his profession and you will learn about the process of violin, alto and cello creation.

He will also talk through the difference in restoration technique between the famous masters such as Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati. It is a privilege to have this experience and if you are lucky you may even have a short concert at the end !

This is 1 1/2hr-2 hrs and timings will depend on the schedules which are released @ 3 weeks beforehand

Price per person: From £165

Classical Concert in Historical Royal Palace

Tonight you have the unique opportunity to attend a classical concert in a stunning historical Royal Palace.

After a welcome drink you will be taken on a small tour of the historical interior of the Palace which will also include some information on the history of the Palace, before the 1 hour concert performed by the St Petersburg orchestra in an intimate and sumptuous setting. The program will feature well known Russian masterpieces.

Price per person: From £105  

Musical concert, St Petersburg
Musical concert, St Petersburg
Musical concert, St Petersburg

DAY 5
Private Tour of Leningrad Defence Museum & 1000 day memorial.

DAY 5
Private Tour of Leningrad Defence Museum & 1000 day memorial.

Morning at leisure to enjoy St Petersburg at your own pace.

Complete your city break to St Petersburg with a visit to one of the most memorable exhibitions in the city. The resilience and ingenuity of the citizens of Leningrad during the 1000 days the Nazi’s laid siege is laid open at the Siege of Leningrad Defence Museum. The extensive exhibits and accounts tell the horrifying ordeal of the defenders of Leningrad.

Time for a brief stop at the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad prior to drop off at the airport for flight home after your special weekend away. Alternatively extend your trip to visit Soviet Moscow

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Moscow Extension
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Moscow Extension

Take a first class daytime train to Moscow so you can spend 3 days exploring Moscow, which has a totally different feel to St Petersburg, with its roots very much in Soviet Russia.

You would have a jam packed schedule with private tours throughout. Starting with a night time tour of floodlight Moscow including the Red Square you would spend the next morning on a private tour of the Kremlin including a stop at the Diamond Fund. The Moscow Metro should not be overlooked as it is genuinely a beautiful place with some wonderful stations worth visiting. Finally we would take you on a private tour of the beautiful Russian Vatican out in the countryside. If this wasn’t enough there are some super further optional extras such as the famous Bolshoi Ballet, a visit to a Distillery and a harrowing but insightful visit of the gulag museum. You will them fly back to Heathrow from Moscow

Price per person: From £1,475 (Assuming no difference in flights)

 

Kremlin, Moscow
St Basil's, Moscow
Sergiev Posad
St Basil's, Moscow
Metro, Moscow
Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel

Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel
Room at Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel
Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, Moscow
Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, Moscow

Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel

This 5 star hotel is a lovely oasis of outstanding, luxurious facilities, and is only a 10-15 minute walk from the Hermitage. The rooms boast delightful décor, with great attention to detail.

Luxury bathrooms include top-quality amenities and excellent, strong showers.

Go bowling at the cellar bar or energize at the superb gym.

Rejuvenate at the wonderful spa, which includes a stunning pool. The spa has many different rooms, with a choice of 8 types of saunas.

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Optional Extras
Upgrade to the Opening Bridges Boat Tour
Canal Bridge, St Petersburg

Thousands of people come to St Petersburg to see the Opening of the Bridges. You have an opportunity to see how the Royal Bridge “fly” into the sky and then next one and so on. The extended private boat tour starts just before midnight and lasts about 2 hours as after the opening you will then continue to have the Canal and River Boat Tour. This is only available during White Nights which is approximately 26th May-23rd July

Extra Cost for later & longer boat trip to see the opening of the Bridges : Price Per Person From £45

Private Tour of Faberge Museum
Faberge museum, St Peterburg

This new museum’s collection contains the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs. These are the most valuable items in the Museum’s collection created by Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors. Each of them is a masterpiece of jewelry and art, as well as having a unique historical monument to the reign and personal life of Alexander III and Nicholas II.

The museum’s collection also includes decorative and applied works made by the Russian masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The museum is located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River – one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg, and the tour lasts about 2.5 hrs long.

Price per person: From £200

Private Tour of Yusupov's Palace where Rasputin was murdered
Yusupov Palace

The story of Rasputin’s murder unfolds here!

In 1916 a group of the city’s noble elite conspired to kill the one man who they felt threatened the stability of an already war-torn Russian Empire. Grigory Rasputin. His control over the decisions of the family and the Russian ruler himself put him in a potentially manipulative position and posed a very real threat to their power. Consequently, Rasputin was murdered at the Yusupov Palace on the night of December 16-17 1916, and his death proved to be an almost greater mystery than his life had been. This tour is approximately 3 hours long.

Price per person: From £125

Ballet at The Mikhailovsky or Mariinsky Theatre
Ballet at the Hermitage

Attend world famous ballet performed at the Mikhailovsky or Mariinsky Theatre

The Mikhailovsky theatre is one of Russia’s oldest Opera and Ballet houses founded in 1833 and located in a historical building and only regaining its name in 2007 in St Petersburg.

The Mariinsky was opened in 1860 and became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky premiered. Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra.

Price Per Person: From £280 (Varies by Production with even higher prices if exceptional ballerina)

The Art of Violin Making- Behind the Scenes

Enter the mysterious world of creating a violin. You have a unique chance to visit a private apartment of a master who makes and restores violins for world known virtuosos. See the everyday life of a master in his workshop. He will disclose the secret of his profession and you will learn about the process of violin, alto and cello creation.

He will also talk through the difference in restoration technique between the famous masters such as Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati. It is a privilege to have this experience and if you are lucky you may even have a short concert at the end !

This is 1 1/2hr-2 hrs and timings will depend on the schedules which are released @ 3 weeks beforehand

Price per person: From £165

Classical Concert in Historical Royal Palace
Musical concert, St Petersburg

Tonight you have the unique opportunity to attend a classical concert in a stunning historical Royal Palace.

After a welcome drink you will be taken on a small tour of the historical interior of the Palace which will also include some information on the history of the Palace, before the 1 hour concert performed by the St Petersburg orchestra in an intimate and sumptuous setting. The program will feature well known Russian masterpieces.

Price per person: From £105  

Moscow Extension
Kremlin, Moscow

Take a first class daytime train to Moscow so you can spend 3 days exploring Moscow, which has a totally different feel to St Petersburg, with its roots very much in Soviet Russia.

You would have a jam packed schedule with private tours throughout. Starting with a night time tour of floodlight Moscow including the Red Square you would spend the next morning on a private tour of the Kremlin including a stop at the Diamond Fund. The Moscow Metro should not be overlooked as it is genuinely a beautiful place with some wonderful stations worth visiting. Finally we would take you on a private tour of the beautiful Russian Vatican out in the countryside. If this wasn’t enough there are some super further optional extras such as the famous Bolshoi Ballet, a visit to a Distillery and a harrowing but insightful visit of the gulag museum. You will them fly back to Heathrow from Moscow

Price per person: From £1,475 (Assuming no difference in flights)

 

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Price per person: From £1,745
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights from the UK with one hold bag per person
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel
  • Private Tour of Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Private Tour of Peterhof returning by hydrofoil
  • Private tour of Catherine and Pauls Palaces with tasting menu lunch
  • Exclusive early access to the Hermitage
  • Private Tour of Siege of Leningrad Museum
  • Private River and Canal floodlight tour

 

Departure Airport

  • Heathrow

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“Everything happened as and when it was supposed to…It was a truly amazing weekend, and I'm very grateful I booked it through you, as the attention to detail and individual nature of the excursions was what really made it very special"

"Thankyou so much to the guide who was so knowledgeable and steered us through the rather austere Russian red tape. Highlight for me was Catherines Palace and the fountains- so beautiful”

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