Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital to discover Romanov palaces and inspiring churches – no Russian visa required
Helsinki - 1 night
Ferry Crossing - 1 night
St. Petersburg - 2 nights
Ferry Crossing - 1 night
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 Empresses who followed Peter – Catherine, Anna and Elizabeth – beautified the city, constructing elegant palaces and town houses, 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.
Since the fall of Communism, St. Petersburg has been restored to its former glory. In the Russian countryside at Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), lies the great blue and gold rococo Catherine Palace reflecting the contrasting styles of the Italian, Rastrelli, and the Scott, Cameron.
Culture & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: St.Petersburg
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 - 28
Day 1 Fly to Helsinki. Spend the night at the Glo Art Hotel.
Day 2 Walking tour of Helsinki viewing Senate Square, the Presidential Palace and the Parliament. Visit to the new city library Oodi. Board the MS Princess Anastasia for an overnight sailing. (B)
Day 3 Disembarkation procedures (no visa required). Tour of St. Petersburg viewing St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty and the Church on the Spilled Blood followed by a visit to Catherine Palace. Two nights at the 4-star Novotel Centre. (B)
Day 4 Visit to the Hermitage and to the private Fabergé Museum. (B)
Day 5 Tour of Yusupov Palace and visit to Peter and Paul Fortress. Transfer to MS Princess Anastasia for an overnight sailing to Helsinki. (B)
Day 6 Visit the Sibelius Monument. Stop for coffee and traditional Finnish cake before heading to the old wooden painted town of Porvoo for a walking tour. Return flight. (B)
This itinerary involves carrying luggage on and off the ferry, this includes steep steps at St. Petersburg port.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
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.
A contemporary hotel, a short walk from Nevsky Prospekt. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym and steam room. WiFi throughout. All 233 air-conditioned rooms have a safe, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern Finnish ferry 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 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities.
per person in a twin room/inside Cat. B cabin
Finnair from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £425
Outside Category A cabin £70 (Jul/Aug £95)
Single supplement £65 (Jul/Aug £90)
Finnair from Manchester from £50
Extra nights - Helsinki
Glo Art Hotel (per night) £105
Single supplement £85
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer with group included
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 5 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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