St. Petersbourg

Known as the Venice of the North this beautiful city sits like a jewel in Northern Russia. A St Petersburg City Break needs to be taken over at least 4 days. We suggest you spend two days exploring the city centre, taking in the great architecture and some of the world's richest art galleries. Don't miss the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace.

We suggest you set aside two days of your St Petersburg city break to explore the surrounding countryside, visiting the glorious summer palaces built by the tsars.
The main differences between the Baltic capitals and St Petersburg for a City Break are size and cost. St Petersburg is more expensive then the Baltic's. As Russia's second city you can expect to pay more for meals out and drinks. Secondly it is large, with a population of at least 5 million. The city sprawls. The main area of interest for tourists is the Historical centre, hotels within this part are expensive, but are a wonderful choice if your budget allows, as you are much nearer the main cultural sights. Even then walking between sights can take time, so take good walking shoes! Many hotels are based in the city centre. Keep in mind that the centre city is large, those with a tighter budget can expect to be a 25 minute drive from the historic centre. The good news is these hotels often offer shuttle buses, or are next to the metro stations.

May - July is the peak season and hotel and flight prices can be rather expensive. It is often better to visit in Spring or Autumn when the weather is not too cold or hot, there are fewer tourists around and there is a greater availability of hotels at more reasonable rates.

The sights not to be missed during St.Petersburg visit:

  • The Winter Palace, which houses the amazing art collection of the Hermitage Museum 
  • Kazan Cathedral
  • St Isaac's Cathedral
  • The Admiralty
  • The Mariinsky Palace
  • The Bronze Horseman – statue of Peter the Great
  • The Peter and Paul Fortress
  • The famous cruiser, the Aurora, whose shot started the revolution
  • The Fields of Mars
  • The Summer Garden
  • St Michael's Palace
  • The Church on the spilled blood
  • Nevsky Prospect

No city break to St. Petersburg would be complete without a visit to the beautiful Peterhof Palace. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. The estate is situated approximately 28 km west of St Petersburg, on the Baltic Sea coast and one of the best ways to arrive there is by hydrofoil, which only takes 50 minutes. Peterhof is an immensely luxurious royal estate, often referred too as the 'Russian Versailles' or the 'capital of Russian fountains'. Over a 170 fountains of various forms, exquisite pavilions, ornate statues of ancient gods and picturesque palaces that house remarkable collections of art. The Grand palace is a fabulously ornate structure built to rival the Palace of Versailles and was founded by Peter the Great and later remodeled by Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Of all the fountains and water features, one to take note of is the Grand Cascade, which goes downhill from the palace towards the Baltic Sea and is one of the largest fountain ensembles in the world.

An excellent half day excursion would be to another of St. Petersburg's historical estates called Pavlovsk, just 29km south of the city centre. Pavlovsk was built for Russian Tsar Paul I, to the designs of the famous Scottish architect, Charles Cameron and is in close proximity to the Tsarskoye Selo estate. The focal point of the Pavlovsk Estate is the Grand Palace, which is designed like an Italian Villa. The interior reveals a multitude of artistic and architectural influences and are a joy to explore, but so are the incredible gardens which are surrounded by acres of densely forested parkland. Although smaller than other estates like the Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof, it is a worthy city break excursion and you'll find it a refreshing break from the bustle of St Petersburg.

Located 25km south of St Petersburg is the Tsar's village, translated in Russian as Tsarskoye Selo. This is one of Russia's finest Imperial estates and an excellent idea for a half day excursion outside of St Petersburg. Tsarskoye Selo estate was a popular country retreat for Russian nobility in the 18th & 19th century and it was especially loved by Catherine I, who was given Tsarskoye Selo as a present from her husband, Peter the Great in 1708. Apart from the beautifully groomed gardens & landscape to explore, the biggest weekend break attractions are the two palaces in the Tsarskoye Selo Estate. Taking centre stage is the wonderful gold, white and blue baroque-styled Catherine Palace, which was completed by Rastrelli and the other major landmark is the neo-classical Alexander Palace.

 

City break offer for 2 persons including accommodation in dbl room 3 nights, transfer in and out, guided tour (price per person starting from)

3* hotel 250 EUR p.p.

4* hotel 305 EUR p.p.

5* hotel 570 EUR p.p.

Neva view from Peter and Paul fortress
Neva view from Peter and Paul fortress
Ships on Neva
Ships on Neva
Night panorama
Night panorama
Church at Peter and Paul fortress
Church at Peter and Paul fortress
Church of Saviour on the Blood
Church of Saviour on the Blood
Open bridges
Open bridges
Palace Square
Palace Square
view on Peter and Paul fortress
view on Peter and Paul fortress
Rivers and canals of St.Petersburg
Rivers and canals of St.Petersburg
Canal view
Canal view


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