(St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk)
Experience the essence and magic of Russia. Visit the remote and village area of Petrozavodsk and take a giant leap back in time. Walk around the city and explore the unique atmosphere by admiring the architecture, historic sites, buildings and museums. During your journey a boat will take you to Kizhi Island, home to the oldest wooden church in Russia, the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, which was built in the late 14th century. No nails were used in the construction of the wooden architecture of Kizhi Island. Instead, pieces of wood have been notched together to form even the most intricate structures. Throughout the island are remarkable examples of wooden architecture which are anxious to be explored by you. Enjoy the beauty of the Russian remote scenery and get a taste of the local meals and the simplicity of the village area.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with vehicle, driver and assistance.
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.
Petro Palace (3*) 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 most exciting theatre and nightlife. Each of the 194 rooms are 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.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St Petersburg, ride along its main streets and prospects, and enjoy its splendid parks and gardens. Drive along world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy, with most fashionable boutiques. View Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities were buried. Visit St. Peter and St. Paul's fortress, view St. Isaac Cathedral with «The Bronze Horseman». Drive by Summer Garden with the oldest royal stone palace and breathtaking collection of Italian statues and sculpture set in a natural surrounding. Stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame lit in the centre of the monument to victims of revolutions and wars, at the Resurrection Cathedral on the Spilt Blood at its background, one of the most unusual monuments of Russian Orthodox. Drive through the Square of Arts which is a perfect classical ensemble of the city, 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 to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, It is the forth 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. The tour start at the hotel and end in the city. Return included. Entrance fee 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, 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 Catherine Palace's construction, and will get to know about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during the World War II. Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain and park is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. Learn from your private guide about the fate of the palace and the parks during the World War II, see the pictures representing the palace and in process of restoration works. Walk through the various fountains of different sizes and shapes in the lower Park, and admire the beautiful gardens. Return to hotel. Entrance fee to Peterhof Palace is included in the tour price.
Enjoy a private guided 5hr 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 stair-way, 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, as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, Picasso and others. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Gauguin and others. 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 fee to Hermitage Museum is included in the tour price).
Enjoy a private train station transfer with vehicle, driver and English speaking guide.
Experience the Russian countryside as you enjoy a train ride from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk. The ride takes approximately eight hours.
Upon arrival in Petrozavodsk you will be transferred to your hotel.
Prionezhskiy Club Hotel (4*) offers an opportunity for comfortable rest and business in Karelia. The modern hotel is located in the center of Petrozavodsk on the shore of Onega Lake and it borders on historical district and beautiful town's embankment. Currently it is the only hotel in Karelia which 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 & leaves pleasant memories of Karelia with its visitors.
Explore Kizhi Island by hydrofoil with personal English-speaking guide. Walk around the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble and the historic village of the 19th century. Enjoy a lunch box menu, included in the tour cost.
Discover the city of Petrozavodsk, founded in 1703 by the Emperor Peter the Great to provide support in his war against Sweden (1700-1721). Inspite 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.
In Kinerma village one can still feel the atmosphere of the local village life. Talk with the local people and enjoy Karelian nature. Walk around the village and visit the local chapel. Enjoy a Karelian lunch in an authentic wooden house with a unique Russian atmosphere.
Meet your driver for a train station transfer.
Experience the Russian countryside as you enjoy an overnight train ride from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk. The ride takes approximately eight hours.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Russia for the most up to date visa information.
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