Tsar Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703 on marshes at the mouth of the Neva River, where the Rus Vikings, the founders of ‘Russia’, had passed through centuries earlier. Peter’s city of timber, mud and stone was transformed by the Tsarina Catherine into a Baroque fantasy.
This glorious 18th century city is characterized by elegant and extravagant architecture: St Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, where Peter the Great is buried along with many of his descendants; the Winter Palace which now forms part of the Hermitage, one of the largest collections of art, furniture, and historical and archaeological artifacts in the world.
Uniquely, a day of the tour will also be given over to visiting the archaeological excavations at Staraja Ladoga where over 100 Viking dwellings and workshops have been uncovered.
- Historic Churches
- Great Cities
- Special Access
- Just One Hotel
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included except for lunch on day 7
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
- Field Notes
- Hotels - 6 nights in a grand, historic hotel in the center of St Petersburg. Founded in 1840, this was one of the first hotels in the city. Within walking distance of the Hermitage, the Admiralty and St Isaac’s Cathedral
6 nights in a grand, historic hotel in the center of St Petersburg. Founded in 1840, this was one of the first hotels in the city. Within walking distance of the Hermitage, the Admiralty and St Isaac’s Cathedral.
Many of our tours can be linked together to form longer programmes. We are happy to arrange connecting flights and hotels, allowing you to spend as long as you wish exploring the ancient world... See suggestions below: