Saint Petersburg, Russia This 'Venice of the North' is a splendid metropolis of grand, baroque buildings laced around with canals and a dynamite joie de vivre Established by Tsar Peter I in 1703, St. Petersburg (known as Petrograd and Leningrad for most of the twentieth century) was the capital of the Russian empire for over two hundred years until the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Hermitage—said to be the largest art museum in the world with a collection of over three million objects housed in four main buildings—rivals the Louvre in Paris for both the quantity and quality of its treasures. Also in saint Petersburg there are many places worth to be visit like the Peter and Paul Fortress—the original citadel above the river founded in 1703—as well as some of the Imperial palaces in and around St. Petersburg such as Peterhof, a World Heritage Site
Arrival to the airport in Saint Petersburg and private transfer to the city Check in at the hotel Grand Hotel Europe A cultural and culinary landmark, Grand Hotel Europe has played a central role in the life of St Petersburg for over 130 years. A truly iconic Orient-Express hotel, it stands on Nevsky Prospekt among the city’s great architectural treasures—renowned for its impressive façade and decorative interiors A total of 291 rooms and suites opulently combine history and high style with 21st-century conveniences to ensure a memorable sta Private transfer for dinner in Restaurant Academia This restaurant is attractive not only due to its convenient location and original interiors, but also due to its menu that includes dishes of Russian, European, French, Italian, and Chinese cuisines, and a sushi bar
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Private city tour of St Petersburg offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing: a complete tour of St Petersburg's most famous sites and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. The tour is an excellent introduction to St Petersburg, the second largest and most beautiful city in Russia. Over almost 300 years of its history St Petersburg accumulated all the grandeur of the Russian Imperial Court and became one of the largest centers of culture and science Lunch in Restarurant AusteriaThe Austeria Restaurant is favourably located inside one of the bastions of the Peter and Paul Fortress. This restaurant dates from the times of Peter the Great. The interior of the restaurant is designed in the Dutch style of the XVIII century and is full of antique objects which make the interior warm and cosy On the menu list there are favourite dishes of the royal families since the reign of Peter the Great: flesh of salmon and pike-perch, Old Russian chicken pie, "serf" broth which is an even older dish: it is made without potatoes but of beans, beef and peas, cooked in a pot in a Russian oven After lunch, we will continue the city tour of the city including the visits to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood Dinner in Nikolaevsky Palace Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevich Senior was the third son of the emperor Nicolas I. Devoted admirer of theater (and of young ballet dancers), he organized an array of parties, balls, dinners The Grand Duke’s palace was confiscated after the Bolshevik revolution and renamed to the Palace of Labor (Dvoretz Trouda) and passed to trade unions Nowadays in the Palace there is a restaurant and also houses the Nikolayevsky Art-center that is aimed to represent the unique Russian culture to guests and residents of Saint Petersburg. Every night the bright folklore show that is comprised of the best folk companies' performances is held in the Concert Hall (the former ballroom) of the Nikolayevsky Palace
Buffet breakfast at the hotel Journey by hydrofoil across the Gulf of Finland to experience Peter I’s palace at Peterhof, a series of palaces and gardens that evoke comparisons with Versailles which Peter visited in 1715. Begun in 1714 with the construction of the Monplaisir palace and expanded by later Imperial generations who added Rococo and Neo-classical elements, Peterhof is now a World Heritage Site. The creative mastery of architects, engineers, artists and craftsmen from throughout Europe is on display here and all is choreographed to celebrate water in homage to Peter, the maritime emperor Private transfer by bus to Pushkin Lunch in Restaurant Podvorye The Podvorye Restaurant is situated within 30 kilometers from St. Petersburg in Pavlovsk city, not far from the central entrance to the Pavlovsky Park The restaurant is housed in a typical Russian log house and its interior is filled with wooden panels and bear skins hanging on the walls of the restaurant. A relaxed, informal atmosphere is the basic component of the own style. The restaurant overlooks a spacious yard After lunch transfer and visit to the Catherine Palace The town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo) lies just outside St. Petersburg and has a marvelous ensemble of palaces and parks. It is particularly famous for its impressive baroque Catherine Palace, where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. The palace was almost totally destroyed during World War II, but has risen like a phoenix from the ashes due to an extensive restoration program undertaken since the war. The palace we see today was designed by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace and Smolny Cathedral. Most of the restored interiors date back to the time of Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, though there are some early 19th century interiors too. Catherine the Great chose to live in a separate wing of the palace, and even at the age of 60 she quite happily walked the length of the palace to reach the building’s private church every day After the visit to the Palace prívate transfer back to Saint Petersburg Dinner in restaurant Ocean The floating restaurant is situated on one bank of the Neva River. The restaurant offer great views of the city
Buffet breakfast at the hoteL Transfer to the Hermitage Museum. The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage situated in the centre of St Petersburg consists of the Winter Palace, the former state residence of the Russian emperors, the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and the Auxiliary House. The museum complex also includes the Menshikov Palace and the Eastern Wing of the General Staff building, the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre and the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory After the visit to Hermitage transfer to the restaurant Restoran The Restoran Restaurant is situated on the Neva River embankment.The interior of the restaurant is decorated in the minimalism style. The harmony reigns here: three vaulted halls, furniture, plates and dishes, a complicated system of lights – everything will fill you with tranquility and calmness After lunch Boat cruise through the canals Water cruises are of course available only when the city's waterways aren't iced over, roughly May through October. A canal tour can be pick up Griboyedov Canal just north of Nevsky Prospekt, and on the Fontanka River just north of Nevsky Prospekt After the boat tour, free time to walk along the avenues of the city and enjoy some shopping Depending on the season a ballet at the famous Mariinsky Teather could it be arrange. Dinner in Restaurant Palkin The Palkin Restaurant is in Nevsky Prospect. The Palkin Restaurant opened again in 2002 boasts a long history and formed traditions. To restore the famous "bohemian" atmosphere of the Palkin Restaurant, the luxurious interiors of the venue were updated. The Banquet Hall includes a fireplace and a big collection of playing cards. The Chess and Aperitifs Hall comprises marble inlaid tables, plasma panels and golden frames. The Palkin Restaurant, founded by the merchant Anisim Palkin in 1785, was a favorite place of such outstanding persons as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander Block and many others. The Palkin Restaurant is nowadays one of the most prestigious places in St. Petersburg which includes a casino.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel Check out and transfer to the airport