Imperial St Petersburg

Introduction

The itinerary below is just one example of a tour we offer in St Petersburg. Please enquire at the office for details about our other trips to the city.

spilled blood domes

Day 1 Arrival

Fly in to St Petersburg where you are met by your driver and guide. There is a fascinating drive on the way to your 5 star luxury hotel in the heart of the city. Introductory walking tour in the late afternoon will lay out themes of imperial St Petersburg with fabulous architecture along the way. Dinner will be at a traditional Russian restaurant.

hermitage and column

Day 2 First Hermitage visit

On your first private visit to The Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest museums, you will enjoy the expertise of a top curator from the Museum and we will tailor your visit to your interests. Lunch will be in the museum in the company of curators. Spend the afternoon driving around the city for historical and architectural highlights.

catherine palace

Day 3 Tsarskoye Selo & Pavlovsk

Today you venture out of the city to visit two of the greatest palaces of the Tsars. You begin with the Catherine Palace, the beloved residence of Catherine the Great, where we arrange a number of private visits. Visit Pavlovsk in the afternoon on a behind the scenes tour led by a top curator. Fabulous decorative arts and furniture await.

mosaic

Day 4 Russian History

Today’s theme is Russian history and you begin with the Russian Museum, exploring the history of Russian art from the earliest icons to the present day. Visit a monastery and cemetery for the graves of the greatest Russian composers. Enjoy a private box at the Mariinsky Theatre for an evening performance of ballet or opera.

peterhof

Day 5 Palace & Peterhof

You enjoy a second day trip out of the city, beginning with a private visit to a major palace of the tsars, followed by a behind the scenes visit to Peterhof overlooking the Baltic Sea and set amidst splendid gardens. We arrange a private picnic for lunch and dinner will be in a palatial private house filled with important Russian art.

hermitage interior

Day 6 Second Hermitage visit

You continue your visit to this fabulous museum with a private visit to the Treasuries, and other behind the scenes visits with your curator. The afternoon is free for further sightseeing and private visits or shopping on Nevsky Prospekt.

Day 7 Departure