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Tour Agency Ekaterina-Voyage > Our tours > Thematic tours > St. Petersburg - Cultural Capital of Russia

Package tour EN-2.2.

St. Petersburg – the Cultural Capital of Russia

7 days/6 nights

1st day

  • Arrival in St. Petersburg. Welcome reception at the airport/railway/bus station.
  • Transfer to the hotel accompanied by a qualified English-speaking guide.
  • Hotel check-in.
  • Spare time in the city.

2nd day "I love you, Peter’s great creation" *

  • Breakfast in the hotel.

  • City tour. Drive along the Neva River Embankment and Nevsky Avenue, passing the Bronze Horseman (monument to Peter I), Academy of Arts and the St. Petersburg State University, around the Theatre Square (Mariinsky "Kirov" Opera and Ballet House). Photo-stops on the Spit of the Bazil Island, on St. Isaac Square, near Smolny Institute and St Nickolas Naval Cathedral.

  • Walking tour. The Field of Mars. Michael Garden. Engineering Castle (exterior only).

  • The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The church was built at the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th centuries in the style of ancient Russian churches, it is multi-colored; its interior is completely covered with mosaics. It was built as a memorial to the Russian Emperor Alexander II on the very spot where he was mortally wounded by a terrorist (a museum).

  • Lunch.

  • Walking tour. Square of Arts (Michael Theatre and Russian Museum). Nevsky Avenue. Catherine Garden, Ostrovsky Square (Alexander Theatre), the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan – the main Russian Orthodox church of the city (a functioning church)., the Roman Catholic church of St. Catherine (functioning church).

  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral – formerly the main Russian Orthodox church of the country. Its interior is the work of the best Russian artists of the 19th century (a museum).

  • Return to the hotel.

  • Folk performance in the Nickolas Palace.

3rd day "The Muses’ service brooks no vanity. The beautiful must always be majestic…" *

  • Breakfast in the hotel.

  • State Hermitage museum – one of the best art collections in the world. The Gala-rooms of the Winter palace, the Italian Renaissance, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish old masters (Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyke, El Greco etc), and the French Impressionists collections.

    Visit to the museum with “special early opening” – the opportunity to go through the museum before the main tourist stream.

  • Visit to the "Gold Room" – the special Hermitage treasury where one can find ancient gold archeological finds and imperial jewelry.

  • Palace Square – the main square of the city. The wonderful view of the Winter Palace. The Alexander Column – the monument to the victory of Russia over Napoleon. The General Staff building with the Chariot of Glory over its arch.

  • Lunch.

  • Russian museum – the collection of Russian art starting with 12th century icons and finishing with 20th century abstract works.

  • Return to the hotel.

  • Ballet performance.

4th day "Vast shapely palaces in throng and towers are seen…" *

  • Breakfast in the hotel.

  • Imperial summer residence "Tsar Village". Visit to the Catherine Palace (early 18th century) known worldwide for its unique Ember room. A walk around the park.

  • Lunch

  • Imperial summer residence "Pavlovsk" (early 19th century). Visit to the palace. A walk around the park.

  • Return to the city.

  • Yusupov Palace (late 19th – early 20th centuries) – it used to belong to one of the wealthiest and most powerful noble families of Russia. Grand halls, private rooms.

  • Return to the hotel.

5th day  "Play on, play on <…> and saturate my soul with sounds" *

  • Breakfast in the hotel.

  • Holy Trinity - St. Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Necropolis of the Masters of Arts. The monastery grounds. Holy Trinity Cathedral.

  • Concert of church music (for groups starting with 6 people).

  • Memorial Apartment of the Great Russian composer, Nickolay Rimsky-Korsakov, creator of 15 operas (among them: "Sadko". "Snowgirl", "Mozart and Saliery") and many other musical works; he was also a famous teacher, conductor and a public figure.

  • Classical music concert in the museum concert hall.

  • Lunch
  • Memorial hous of the famous Russian singer of the 20th century, Fyodor Shalyapin.

  • The Theatre and Music Art Museum. The exhibition "The Wonderland of the Theatre".

  • Return to the hotel.

6th day "Burn with your Word the humane hearts" *

  • Breakfast in the hotel.

  • Memorial apartment of the Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, author of "Eugene Onegin", "The Bronze Horseman", "The Queen of Spades", "The Captain’s daughter" and a great number of other works.

  • Museum of outstanding 20th century author Vladimir Nabokov, known particularly for his works "Lolita", "The gift" and "Mashenka".

  • Lunch

  • Memorial apartment of the Great Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of "Crime and Punishment", "The Brothers Karamazov", "The Idiot", "Demons" and many other novels.

  • Walking tour "St Petersburg of Fyodor Dostoyevsky" – visiting the places described in his novel "Crime and Punishment".

  • Return to the hotel.

7th day

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Check-out of the hotel.
  • Spare time in the city.
  • Airport/railway/bus station transfer

 

* Lines from Alexander Pushkin’s poems were used for the days’ headlines: "Bronze Horseman" (translated by Waclaw Lednicki and Yevgeny Bonver); "Prophet" (translated by Yevgeny Bonver ), "Mozart and Saliery" (translated by Alan Shaw), "October 19th" (translated by Julian Henry Lowenfeld).

** The insignificant changes in the program are possible for reasons beyond our control, without prejudice to the major amount and content of the excursions.

 

The price list. Group rates »

The price list. Private parties »

 

The price of the tour includes:

  • Welcome reception at the airport/railway station.

  • Transfer from the airport/railway station to the hotel and back accompanied by a qualified English-speaking guide.

  • Assistance by the hotel accommodation.

  • Six nights in the hotel 3*, 4* or 5* (prices according to the category of the hotel).

  • Six breakfasts in the hotel.

  • Excursions (the services of a qualified guide and air conditioned tour bus) according to the program.

  • Entrance tickets to all the museums (14) in accordance with the program.

  • Organized tours in all the museums led either by your guide or by the museum guide with your guide’s interpretation.

  • Six lunches in the city.

  • Folk performance in Nickolas palace;

  • Classical music concert in the Museum of N. Rimsky-Korsakov;

  • Concert of church music in St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra;

  • Ballet performance in one of the theatres of St. Petersburg (depending on the program available). 

  • Radio-equipment (microphone and transmitters for the guide and earphones and receivers for tourists) that must be used inside all the museums by groups bigger than 7.

  • All local Russian Taxes.

     

The price of the tour DOES NOT include:

  • Plane/ railway tickets outside of Russia (can be booked on request).

  • Russian visa (on request we can send you the official invitation for visa ("visa support"), then you will need to apply for visa at the local Russian Consulate with this document).

  • Personal insurances (can be processed on request).

  • Dinners (can be organized for extra charge 206 USD per person for 6 dinners).

  • Photo and/or video permits that are required in some museums (they can be booked, on request, or purchased in cash at the door).

  • Gratitudes to the guide (10% suggested) and the driver (5% suggested), to be given separately in cash (Euro, Rub or USD).

 

NB1. Unless it’s specified in another way, the duration of a half-day tour is 4 hours; the duration of a whole day tour is 9 hours including lunch.

NB2. It is possible to include in the program a boat trip trough rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.

This additional tour costs one extra hour of guide/bus services + 10 Euro per person for a ticket.

 

One extra hour (guide/bus) per group:

1 - 5 persons

 per group

6 - 19 people

 per group

20 - 35 people

 per group

36 - 48 people

 per group

 

The boat trip must be booked preliminary, as well as all the entrance tickets and the lunch.

NB3. Children and students have a discount regardless the category of the hotel:

Children 0-24 months

Free of charge

 

Children 2-11 years old

30

%

School children (12+ years old) and students

47

Euro

 

NB4. All the prices are calculated for double room standard in the hotel of the corresponding category during the Season (16.04 – 14.05, 16.07 – 30.09). For single rooms and Top/Low Season price corrections see the small attached tables.

NB5. If the amount of people in a group is an uneven number, the price per person is the same as the one in a group of a previous even number (for example, the price per person in a group of seven people is the same as the price per person in a group of six people. See the tables). For the price of the tour for a person travelling alone see the small attached tables.

NB6. Lunch menu. We offer you lunches in different economy- and business-class restaurants of Saint-Petersburg. A lunch is the same for all members of the group. It includes a salad and/or a soup, a main dish and a desert. Mineral water, bread, tea or coffee is also included in the menu. We offer you dishes of Russian and European cuisine. If you are allergic to some kind of food, if you are a vegetarian, if you keep a fast or a diet, please inform us about that in details beforehand and we will organize your meals in the way to make you feel comfortable. A lunch lasts for about one hour. An order of not preliminary discussed extra dishes and drinks is to be paid in cash at the place.

The price list. Group rates »

The price list. Private parties »

to book the tour