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Passage to St. Petersburg

Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital - no Russian visa required

Travel conveniently across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki to arrive at magnificent and exquisite St. Petersburg. The city's origins lie in the youthful years of Peter the Great, born in Moscow and who, as a young man, studied shipbuilding in England. This led him, on becoming Tsar, to aspire to move away from Moscow to create a new city and capital. The Imperial ladies who followed Peter - Catherine, Anna and Elizabeth - beautified the city, constructing elegant palaces and townhouses, amassing great art collections, many of which can be seen today in the Hermitage. The richly decorated Yusupov Palace with its Rasputin exhibition, lavish interiors and exquisite private theatre, was once home to Russia's second richest family.

Key Features
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Central Hotels
Walking Content: 2
Group Size: 6 - 28

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Passage to St. Petersburg

Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital - no Russian visa required

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Helsinki. Transfer to the Glo Art Hotel for overnight.

Day 2 Walking tour of Helsinki viewing Senate Square, the Presidential Palace and the Parliament. Board the MS Princess Anastasia for an overnight sailing. (B)

Day 3 Tour of St. Petersburg viewing St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Admiralty and the Church on the Spilled Blood followed by a visit to the private Fabergé Museum. Three nights at the 4-star Helvetia Hotel. (B)

Day 4 Tour of the Yusupov Palace followed by a visit to the Hermitage. (B)

Day 5 Visit to Catherine Palace in Pushkin. (B)

Day 6 Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and transfer to MS Princess Anastasia for an overnight sailing to Helsinki. (B)

Day 7 Visit the Sibelius Monument and if open to the public, the 'Church in the Rock'. Stop for coffee and traditional Finnish cake before heading to the old wooden painted town of Porvoo for a walking tour. Return flight or travel by train to Turku for the extension. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

This programme involves carrying luggage on and off a ferry, this includes steep steps in St.Petersburg, so not suitable for those with walking difficulties.

Arrival at St. Petersburg is in the morning of Day 3. To keep within the 72 hour limit for visa-free visit to St. Petersburg, passengers will disembark at 2pm on Day 3 and embark at 1pm on Day 6.

Passage to St. Petersburg

Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital - no Russian visa required

Glo Art - Helsinki

Glo Art - Helsinki

This is a central 4-star hotel in Helsinki’s design district, and a 10-minute walk to Esplanade Park. Facilities include restaurant and bar in a century old Art Nouveau castle. WiFi (free). 170 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar and satellite TV in a modern building.

Helvetia Hotel - St.Petersburg

Helvetia Hotel - St.Petersburg

This 4-star hotel in a historical mansion from the 19th-century is a five-minute walk from Nevsky Prospekt. Restaurants, bar and 75 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Passage to St. Petersburg

Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital - no Russian visa required

MS Princess Anastasia

MS Princess Anastasia

A first-class Finnish vessel built in 1985 and refurbished in 2010 operated by St. Peter Line. The route to Helsinki has operated since 2011. Restaurants, bars, pool, sauna, duty-free shop, cinema and WiFi (limited/chargeable). 834 airconditioned cabins with private facilities.

Deck Plan - Princess Anastasia

Passage to St. Petersburg

Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital - no Russian visa required

Turku Extension

Turku Extension

Extend in Turku, the former Finnish capital and enjoy a guided tour of the castle. Stay 2 nights at the 4-star Sokos Hamburger Börs Hotel. Breakfast daily.

Day 1 By train to Turku (2 1/2 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Sokos Hamburger Börs Hotel. (B)

Day 2 Walking tour of Turku castle. (B)

Day 3 By train to Helsinki airport for your return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
Sokos Hamburger Bors Hotel - Turku

Sokos Hamburger Bors Hotel - Turku

This 4-star hotel dates back to 1904 and overlooks the Market Square. Restaurants, bar, pool, saunas and WiFi (free). 327 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Passage to St. Petersburg

Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital - no Russian visa required

2017

Tuesdaysper person in a twin room/inside Cat. B cabinBritish Airways from Heathrow
DatePrice

May 09 £1245
May 23 £1245
August 15 £1275
August 29 £1245
September 26 £1195
October 24 £1125

Supplements per person

Single supplement £425
(Sep/Oct £375)
Outside Cat. A cabin £70 (Aug £85)
Single supplement £70 (Aug £85)
British Airways Club Europe from £225
Extension - Turku
2 nights £345
Single supplement £125
Save £200
Arrival transfer £40
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 6 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes

This programme involves carrying luggage on and off a ferry, this includes steep steps in St.Petersburg, so not suitable for those with walking difficulties.

Arrival at St. Petersburg is in the morning of Day 3. To keep within the 72 hour limit for visa-free visit to St. Petersburg, passengers will disembark at 2pm on Day 3 and embark at 1pm on Day 6.

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