St Petersburg

Catherine Palace, part of south-east fa├žade. The exterior was gilded with 220lbs of gold by 1756
Catherine Palace, part of south-east façade. The exterior was gilded with 220lbs of gold by 1756
The river Neva, archetypal St Petersburg scene
The river Neva, archetypal St Petersburg scene
Volkhov River Mounds
Volkhov River Mounds
Our hotel, the Angleterre in the historic center
Our hotel, the Angleterre in the historic center
Fragments from the famous Amber Room at the Catherine Palace, we have special access to the conservation labs here
Fragments from the famous Amber Room at the Catherine Palace, we have special access to the conservation labs here
  • A Tsarist fantasy - Peter the Great’s elegant and extravagant city built as a ‘window towards the West’.
  • 2014 is the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage; we include a tour with one of the museum’s curators & special access to the stores.
  • Viking town of Staraja Ladoga, home of the ‘Rus’ traders and craftmen.

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.

Themes

  • Vikings
  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Just One Hotel

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included except for lunch on day 7
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. 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

Hotel Info

  • 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.

Linked Tours

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:

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