Overview

Helsinki - 1 night
Cruise - 1 night
St. Petersburg - 2 nights
Cruise - 1 night

PASSAGE TO ST. PETERSBURG

Sail from Helsinki to the former imperial capital to discover Romanov palaces and inspiring churches – 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 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.

Key Features

Culture & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: St.Petersburg
Local Expert Guides
Central Hotels
Group Size: 6 - 28

 

Special Event

Fabergé Museum Visit

A guided tour of the private Fabergé Museum. The museum houses a fabulous collection of items by Fabergé, including the largest collection of Fabergé eggs.

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. 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 (Jul/Aug/Sep 3 4-star Diplomat Hotel). (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 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. (B)

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

Notes

This itinerary involves carrying luggage on and off the ferry, this includes steep steps at St. Petersburg port.

2019

Tuesdays/Wednesdays
per person in a twin room/inside Cat. B cabin 
Finnair from Heathrow

Date Price
May 22 £1345
June 19 £1345
July 17 £1275
August 14 £1275
September 3 £1245
September 17 £1295
October 9 £1295
October 23 £1225

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £380
(Mar/Sep 3/Oct 23 £315; May 22/Jun £445)

Cabin Upgrades

Outside Category A cabin £65
Single supplement £65

Flight Options

Finnair from Manchester from £50

Extension Options

Extension - Stockholm (May 1; Jul-Aug)
Downtown Camper by Scandic
3 nights £645
Single supplement £325

Extra nights - Helsinki
Glo Art Hotel
(per night) £75
Single supplement £65

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £35 
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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