Created 300 years ago by Peter the Great as his "window on the West" St Petersburg is a city unlike any other in Europe and certainly in Russia. Its grand beauty, its architectural splendour, the wealth of its cultural treasures and the intrigue of its rich history make it unforgettable. Dubbed the "Venice of the North" for its palace-lined waterways, St Petersburg escaped the architectural incursions of Stalinism, and its grandiose relics of tsarist days are virtually intact. The waterside walkways and elegant streetscapes are best seen on foot.
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Morning flight from London Heathrow to St Petersburg with British Airways. Transfer and stay 5 nights at the Ambassador Hotel. (N)
Morning tour of St Petersburg, including Nevsky Prospekt and Vasilevsky island, and the entrances to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
This morning visit to the Hermitage museum, where a magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764, its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Roden, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists. In the afternoon, explore the Yusupov Palace, home to the former noble family. The powerful and wealthy Yusupovs lived in this intriguing palace in the centre of St Petersburg. The palace was also the scene of the murder of the monk Rasputin and there is now an exhibition with the palace detailing his life and death. (B)
Full day visit to Petrodvorets (or Peterhof as it was formerly known), is an imperial treasure replete with lush parks, monumental cascades and gilded fountains. Following the 1917 Revolution, this former Summer residence of the Tsars was nationalised and turned into a public museum. Spend today travelling to this wonderful palace and viewing its treasures . (B)
Morning tour of Catherine's Palace at Pushkin, including the Amber Room. The construction of Catherine's Palace for Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around it. In the middle of the 18th century 'Tsarskoe Selo' became the official Royal residence. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow with British Airways. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
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An architectural gem from the 19th century, the building which houses the 4-star Ambassador Hotel has been recently restored to its original glory. Only a short walk to St Isaac's Square, St Nicholas Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect, the hotel has a superb location. All 255 rooms have air conditioning and are furnished with all modern comforts. The restaurants are notable for their refined St Petersburg style and the excellent standard of...
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IMS2017: 5 Nights
Created 300 years ago by Peter the Great as his "window on the West" St Petersburg is a...