Separated by the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki and St Petersburg share much in common. Helsinki was under imperial Russian control for over a century and the legacy of this era can be clearly seen in the neo-classical architecture still prevalent in the city. St Petersburg, the city founded by Peter the Great, has imperial palaces and, of course, the celebrated Hermitage museum. Spend three nights in each city and travel by the high-speed rail connection between them.
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Morning flight from London (regional connections available) to Helsinki with British Airways. Transfer to the Glo Hotel Art (or similar) for 3 nights. Welcome dinner. (D)
City tour including sights such as Sibelius Monument, in memory of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, the Olympic Stadium, the beautiful Helsinki cathedral and the Senate Square. Continue to Temppeliaukio Church, quarried out of natural bedrock, and the Unesco world heritage site of Suomenlinna, a formidable fortress complex built over six islands. Take a guided tour of the fortress and visit the Suomenlinna Museum. (B)
Full day at leisure or optional tour to Porvoo, the second oldest town in Finland with a medieval cathedral and cobblestone streets lined with red-painted wooden buildings. Stop at the Old Bridge of Porvoo, which spans the Porvoo river, for a magnificent view of the old town. (B)
Transfer to the rail station and board the Allegro high-speed train to St Petersburg (3.5 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to the Demetra Art Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B)
Morning tour of St Petersburg. View the magnificent curved colonnade of Kazan cathedral, the russet-coloured Rostral columns and the vast Palace Square. Continue to the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood with its exquisite interior. Afternoon visit to the Hermitage, one of the most prominent art museums in the world displaying over 2.7 million exhibits from all over the globe and throughout history. (B)
Morning visit to Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin. Set in landscaped gardens, this opulent palace is considered one of the finest in Europe. View the renowned Amber Room and the Great Hall. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour escort. You will be assisted with boarding the train in Helsinki and met on the platform on arrival in St Petersburg.
Opera or ballet performances in St Petersburg can be pre-booked. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection at Solo Travellers
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HEL2018: 6 Nights
Created 300 years ago by Peter the Great as his "window on the West" St Petersburg is a...