(St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk)
St. Petersburg possesses every bit of charm and romance as Venice or Paris. Don't believe us? Come and experience it for yourself. We dare you not to fall in love.
Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural delights of Russia as you tour charming St. Petersburg and magical Kizhi Island. Take in the network of beautiful canals and baroque and neoclassical architecture that make St. Petersburg feel more Italian than Russian. Discover edgy art galleries, wild nightlife, the ballet, theater and fine dining in this captivating city. Boasting perhaps the most dramatic ensembles of wooden churches in all of Russia, Kizhi Island is one of the most dazzling destinations in the region. Meander around this fairytale island and soak up the impressive architecture. At night, relax in stylish and comfortable accommodations.
Meet your private guide and driver for a panoramic tour of St. Petersburg featuring its main architectural and historical monuments, splendid parks and gardens, royal marble palaces and Trinity Cathedral and cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities are buried. Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage and admire works of art from Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, Picasso and others. Explore Kizhi Island with your personal English-speaking guide and walk around the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble and the historic village of the 19th century.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with a small wooden doll, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. You will get to drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect and view the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, and other world celebrities were buried. You will have a chance to visit Peter and Paul's Fortress and St. Isaac’s Cathedral with the Bronze Horseman. Later you will drive by the Summer Garden and stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame. Continuing on you will drive through the Square of Arts; enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world, the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Continue on to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral; It is the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world, one of the best samples of the world monumental sculpture, and one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. The Cathedral is 102 meters high and can hold up to 12,000 people. It took 40 years to construct this fascinating temple. The dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral now dominates the city skyline. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel. Entrance fees are included.
Take a full day tour to Pushkin, originally named Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village), famous for the marvelous Catherine Palace and park. The town, also known as Pushkin, in honour of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was the main summer residence of the royal family. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, and canvases, including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families. Visit one of the most remarkable interiors of Catherine Palace, the Amber Room. Your private guide will tell the story of the consturuction of Catherine Palace and about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during World War II. Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain, and park are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. After the tour you will return to your hotel. Entrance fees to Peterhof Palace are included.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage and admire the gems of the collection. During the tour you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art. Value the splendour of the Gala stairway, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall and its various amusements, and other gala rooms. You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, and Picasso. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture, and wonderful European art. Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum and transport is included.
A transfer between the train station and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
Enjoy an overnight transfer by train from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk.
A transfer from the train station to your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Explore Kizhi Island by hydrofoil with your own English speaking guide. You will get to walk around the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble and the historic village of the 19th century. For lunch, a lunch box menu is included.
Discover the city of Petrozavodsk, founded in 1703 by Emperor Peter the Great to provide support in his war against Sweden (1700-1721). In spite of its three century history, Petrozavodsk remains an eternally young and dynamically developing town. Your personal English speaking guide will provide you with historical information about the city.
Enjoy a private tour of Kinerma Village, the place where you can still feel the atmosphere of local village life. You will get the chance to talk with the local people and enjoy Karelian nature. You will get to walk around the village and visit the local chapel. For lunch, you will enjoy a Karelian lunch in an authentic wooden house with a unique Russian atmosphere.
A transfer from your hotel to the train station with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy an overnight transfer by train from Petrozavodsk to St. Petersburg.
The Petro Palace Hotel (4*) is located in the very heart of St. Petersburg, just steps away from the Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral and surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes, and the most exciting theatre and nightlife. Each of the 194 rooms is stylishly furnished, comfortable and fully equipped with modern style amenities, as well as internet access. The hotel's elegant dining room offers classic Russian cuisine in a friendly and atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, all with the comfort and class of the Petro Palace Hotel.
Prionezhsky Club Hotel (4*) offers an opportunity for a comfortable stay in Karelia. The modern hotel is located in the centre of Petrozavodsk on the shore of Onega Lake and it borders on historical district and the town's beautiful embankment. Currently it is the only hotel in Karelia that was built according to modern European standards. This gives it a distinct advantage over other hotels in the area. The high level of service impresses even the most demanding guests and leaves pleasant memories of Karelia with its visitors.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
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Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
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Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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