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St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces

Group Tour | Arts & Culture 6 Days & 5 Nights Lead-in price: £1695

St Petersburg has remained almost unchanged since it was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Conceived by Peter the Great as a 'window to the west', the city became a living exhibit of Russia’s status as an important European nation. Designed to impress visitors, St Petersburg is home to sumptuous palaces, impressive cathedrals and numerous museums, including one of the world's largest and finest - the Hermitage.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the Fabergé Museum to marvel at the tsars’ jewels
  • Learn about the restoration of the Amber Room at Catherine Palace
  • Full day at the Hermitage museum & private tour of the Gold Room
  • Visit Yusupov Palace for a special viewing of the lavish gala rooms
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to St Petersburg

Fly from London (regional connections available) to St Petersburg with Aeroflot and transfer to the hotel. After an introductory lecture and welcome dinner, stay 5 nights at the centrally located Ambassador Hotel (or similar), which offers comfortable accommodation in a historic 19th-century building. (D)

Day 2: St Petersburg

Take a morning city tour, starting at Peter and Paul’s Fortress – the oldest building in St Petersburg – which contains the tombs of the tsars and tsarinas, from Peter the Great onwards. Continue to the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, the church is noted for its riot of colour, with more than 20 types of mineral used in its decoration.

This afternoon, visit the State Russian Museum, which contains a magnificent collection of Russian art, beautifully displayed in one of Rossi’s finest neoclassical creations, the Mikhailovsky Palace. (B)

Day 3: St Petersburg

Spend the whole day visiting the Hermitage, with its opulent staterooms and exceptional collection of European masterpieces and impressionist paintings. Your visit includes a private tour of the Treasure Gallery (Gold Room), subject to confirmation. (B, D)

Day 4: St Petersburg

This morning, visit the neoclassical Shuvalov Palace, home to the Fabergé Museum, the world’s largest single collection of Fabergé artefacts. Continue to the baroque Menshikov Palace, built for Peter the Great’s advisor. Spend your afternoon at leisure or revisit the Hermitage independently. (B)

Day 5: Pushkin - Pavlovsk

Drive to Pushkin on the outskirts of the city to visit Catherine Palace (Tsarskoe Selo), including the Amber Room. Listen to the story of the room’s restoration and watch amber being worked while enjoying a glass of wine. Continue to the Palace at Pavlovsk, designed by Charles Cameron and subsequently expanded by several highly accomplished architects, including Quarenghi and Rossi. Return to your hotel for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Fly to London

In the morning, visit Yusupov Palace, which sits on a quiet stretch of the Moika river and was the scene of Rasputin’s murder. A special visit to the private apartments of Zinaida and Felix has been arranged (subject to confirmation). Transfer to the airport for a flight to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Arts & Culture tours:

A collection of expert-accompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.

Expert-led tour:

This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local guide where necessary.

Superior tour:

Based in 4-star accommodation. Please visit this tour on our website to see details of the hotel included.


This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness.


Optional opera or ballet performances can be pre-booked. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.


Please note that due to the fluid nature of opening and closing times of the palaces and museums in St Petersburg, the specified day for each excursion may need to be altered closer to the departure date.

Private visits:

Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also, churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.


Tour & St Petersburg: 3 days & 2 nights from £225 Extension starts on day 6 of tour Extend your stay in St Petersburg with 2 nights at the National Hotel (or similar). This extension includes airport transfer.

Tour & Moscow: 3 days & 2 nights from £575 Extension starts on day 6 of tour Travel by train to Russia’s capital and stay for 2 nights at the National Hotel. This extension includes rail journey and transfers.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Ambassador Hotel, St Petersburg
    Ambassador Hotel, St Petersburg

    An architectural gem from the 19th century, the building which houses the Ambassador Hotel has been recently restored to its original glory. Its rooms are simply decorated, spacious and bright. The hotel is situated in a convenient location, only a short walk from St Isaac's Square, St Nicholas Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect. The hotel's restaurants are notable for their refined style and the excellent standard of cuisine. Features: 37 rooms, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, minibar, hairdryer.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
15 May 2022 - 20 May 2022 £1,895 £0 £575 Yes Reserve
2 Oct 2022 - 7 Oct 2022 £1,695 £0 £425 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • * Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
  • * Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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