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St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces

Group Tour | Arts & Culture 6 Days & 5 Nights Lead-in price: £1695 Current prices from: £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 direct London (regional connections available) to St Petersburg 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. (N)

Day 2: St Petersburg

Morning city tour, starting at Peter and Paul’s Fortress, which is the oldest building in St Petersburg and 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. In the 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) (D)

Day 3: St Petersburg

Full-day visit to the Hermitage, with its opulent staterooms and exceptional collection of European masterpieces and impressionist paintings. The visit will include a private tour of the Treasure Gallery (Gold Room), subject to confirmation. (B, D)

Day 4: St Petersburg

Morning visit to 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. 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

Morning visit to 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.

Important information 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. All tours can be viewed at our Arts & Culture page.

Expert-led tour

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

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £395pp.


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.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online

Expert lecturers Dr Colin Bailey

Dr Colin Bailey gained his doctorate in art history at Nottingham University. He was assistant keeper at the Walker Art Gallery and academic librarian at the Barber Institute before establishing a history of art and design department in Edinburgh.

Lydia Bauman

Lydia Bauman is an art historian and professional artist with an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has lectured at the National Gallery and has wide experience of teaching the history of western art.

Andrew Spira

Andrew Spira graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art before working at the Temple Gallery, London, and as a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. He was a programme director at Christie’s Education for 14 years and has led numerous cultural tours to Europe and beyond.

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 Click to Book
15 May 2022 - 20 May 2022 £1,895 £100 £575 Reserve
2 Oct 2022 - 7 Oct 2022 £1,695 £0 £425 Reserve

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

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.

  • What's Included
    • 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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