Russia For You: Sample Programs

Destination
Season
Theme

St. Petersburg Cultural Tour, 4* Hotel, 30 pax

15 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / St. Petersburg
Season: Spring
Theme: Cultural & Leisure Group

PROGRAM at a Glance

 

Morning Activities
08:00 — 13:00

Lunch
13:00 — 14:00

Afternoon Activities
14:00 — 19:00

Dinner Evening Activities
19:00 — 00:00

Day 1
20 May
2021
Thu

MUST KNOW: Visa Requirements For Russian Federation

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

 

14:50 Pulkovo Airport arrival with SAS from Stockholm

19:00 — 23:00 Evening Transport (Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel)

19:30 Welcome Reception & Tour at Museum of Russian Vodka

20:00 Welcome Russian Dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1

Day 2
21 May
2021
Fri

09:00 — 13:00 Morning Transport & Guide

St. Isaac's Cathedral

City Sightseeing with Peter & Pauls Fortress

 

13:00-17:00 Free time in the city center

 

Day 3
22 May
2021
Sat

09:30 — 13:30 Morning Transport & Guide

St. Petersburg Mosaic — 5 Steps to know the City & it’s regular life

Step 1: Farmers Market visit (Kuznechny)

Step 2: Orthodox ceremony in St. Vladimir Cathedral

Step 3: Metro Tour St. Petersburg — The deepest metro in the world

Step 4: Spilled Blood Church

 

14:30 Free-time in the city center

19:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel)

20:00 Dinner at Petrousha Russian Restaurant

Day 4
23 May
2021
Sun

10:00 — 14:30 Morning Transport & Guide

10:30-13:00 Hermitage State Museum

 

14:30 -17:30 Free time in the city center

17:30 — 22:30 Evening Transport (Hotel — Restaurant — Theatre — Hotel)

18:00 Dinner at Russian Sadko Restaurant

Day 5
24 May
2021
Mon

09:30 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (8 hours)

Catherine's Palace & Park (Pushkin)

14:00 Russian Podvorie (with unlimited local wine and vodka)

 

17:00 At Leisure / Free time

Day 6
25 May
2021
Tue

09:30 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day

Krasin Ice-Breaker

Submarine Museum S-189

12:30 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

16:00 Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden 4* Saint Petersburg

Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was opened in June 2008 and is the perfect choice for the business traveler because of its location on the Moscow Prospect which leads directly to the airport. The hotel has 348 rooms, and 13 halls for various events that can accommodate a total of 350 people. Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden offers 13 multifunctional conference rooms, the largest of which will be a hall for 270 people.The magnificent conference hotel Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden has 14 multi-functional meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 350 people and that can easily be transformed depending on the needs of the event. The hotel is an excellent choice whether you want to organize a conference, smaller meetings, a training session or for example a corporate anniversary party. All meeting rooms are located on the same level, on the Mezzanine floor and have natural daylight.

The hotel's charming restaurant Fransmanni offers the best of Provencal cuisine. Fransmanni's homely and unpretentious French country cooking coupled with warm and rustic décor and a relaxed atmosphere works perfectly.

 

DAY 1 — 20th May 2021, Thursday

 MUST KNOW: Visa Requirements For Russian Federation

You will need the following documents in order to enter the Russian Federation:

• Russian Visa is required to visit Russian Federation as well as for Russian travels to the same countries. Visa charge varies from country, practically is about EUR 35 — 50. You need to have the following documents to present to the Russian Embassy (Consulate): Visa Application form, Passport, Passport photos, Visa Support Letter, hotel voucher & copy of travel insurance. Tsar Events DMC & PCO is registered in Ministry of Foreign affairs and has a Visa Reference number which give a right to issue visa support documents. There is no charge form our side for a group visa support documents, but for individual visa support documents within the group, we will charge a handling fee — EUR 3 per visa. (excluding post-delivery- if original are needed

• NB: Visa Application should be submitted as TOURIST VISA (as even corporate travel group is considered as Business Tourism). Business visa approval for an individual business invitation will take no less than 4 weeks.

• CRUISE GROUPS: We can issue separate daily vouchers for traveling in a group in the city for pre-ordered scheduled program. If you need a complete independence during you stay you need apply to a Tourist Visa.

 MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

In order to have an idea about weather conditions in St. Petersburg for specific month please, click on the web link

• JAN 12F-23F (-11 to -4 C°) • FEB 12F — 24F (-12 to -4 C°)

• MAR 18F-33F (-7 to 2 C°) • APR 31F — 45F (-1 to 9 C°)

• MAY 42F — 58F (7 to 15 C°) • JUN 51F — 66F (14 to 20 C°)

• JUL 57F- 71F (14 to 25C°) • AUG 53F — 66F (14 to 22C°)

• SEP 45F — 57F (10 to 19C°) • OCT 37F — 45F (4 to 6 C°)

• NOV 27F — 34F (1 to -4C°) • DEC 18F — 26F (-15 to -5C°)

 MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter I on May 27, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918).

It is Russia's second largest city after Moscow with 5.132 million inhabitants, and the sixth largest metropolis in Europe after Moscow (15m), London (12.875m), Paris (9.638m), Istanbul (9.413m), and The Ruhr, (7.3m). Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Marinsky Theater, Spilled Blood Church, Amber Room and many others.

The average daily temperature in July is 22 °C (72 °F), the winter minimum is about −25 °C (−13 °F). The average annual temperature is +5.4 °C (42 °F). The River Neva within the city limits usually freezes up in November–December and break-up occurs in April. Weather conditions are quite variable all year round.

St. Petersburg is called the Venice of the North due to all canals and bridges along the Neva River and canals. Navigation usually starts in the end of April and ends at the end of September.

Shopping malls, shops and stores are opened from 09-00 – 22:00 7 days a week. The city many restaurants, bars and night spots with wide variety of entertainment.

 14:50 Pulkovo Airport arrival 

Pulkovo Airport  (IATA: LED, ICAO: ULLI) is an international airport serving Saint Petersburg, Russia. Pulkovo is the 3rd busiest in Russia after Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports. A new terminal is located directly to the north of the Terminal 1 and contains 18 gates, it is capable of supporting up to 17 million passengers annually. The new terminal is easier to navigate, compared to most of the other European airports, and is the most aesthetically pleasing terminal in Northern Europe. Airport is located on the way to Pushkin (Catherine’s Palace) and Pavlovsk. It takes approximately from 30 min to 1 hour and half to go from city center to the airport, depending on traffic situation.

• IMMIGRATION: Immigration Forms that should be duly filled in and delivered to the immigration officer that will stamp the form upon arrival and should be registered in the hotel and submitted upon departure to the Immigration Officer. Passport and Immigration Forms will be needed and collected upon check-in at the hotel and could be given back the same evening / following morning at the reception

• CUSTOMS: Customs Forms should be filled in for Arrival & Departure in case of carrying currency in cash over USD 3000 (for foreigners) and in order to be given permission to bring cash back while departure from Russia. In case of carrying an access amount these forms should be stamped by the customs at the Red Line «Goods To Declare». All other passengers will go at the Green Lane «Nothing to Declare». In case of lost luggage the person must proceed to Lost & Found and declare luggage arrived and luggage except. Due to security reasons Lost Luggage must be retrieved personally with Identification

• ARRIVAL: Guide will be waiting for the group in the lobby area with the welcome sign. Transfer to the city is approximately 45min — 1 hour and half, depending on traffic.

• LUGGAGE ASSITANCE (preordered): Luggage can be delivered from the Lobby Area after customs according to below portage prices. Luggage can also be delivered from the luggage belt to the bus after identification by each passanger.

 19:00 — 23:00 Evening Transport (Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 19:30 Welcome Reception & Tour at Museum of Russian Vodka

Russian Vodka Museum was opened in 2009 in a new location on Konnogvardeysky Boulevard under the same roof with the restaurant Russian Vodka Room # 1.

Complex is situated in the very heart of St. Petersburg near St. Isaac’s Square. Russian Vodka Museum is the first museum in Russia and in the world dedicated exclusively to Vodka. Its exhibition tells about the drink which has been an integral part and essential attribute of Russian life for centuries.

The museum gives a fascinating insight into the Russian history, culture and drinking traditions. During the guided tour around museum the guests will listen to about the vodka’s origin, Russian dining traditions, Russian vodka Kings and get to understand close link between the history of Russian State and the history of this strong drink.

Museum tour includes: excursion and tasting.

Timing:

20 min — excursion

20 min — vodka tasting

20 min — shopping souvenirs

Working hours — from 12a.m. till 19 p.m. After 19 p.m. tasting room works as a small casual bar.

Recommended to combine with lunch or dinner in Russian Vodka Room #1 or Stroganoff Steak House.

 20:00 Welcome Russian Dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1

The restaurant was opened in September 2008 under the same roof as the museum of Russian vodka. The restaurant and museum are located in the center of the city next to St. Isaac's Cathedral in the historic building of the Hussars Regiment.

It is a typical restaurant offering traditional Russian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the city that offers only traditional Russian dishes.

The interior of the restaurant corresponds to the 1950s in Russia, creating a calm and comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional Russian dishes. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of different kinds of vodka.

 

DAY 2 — 21st May 2021, Friday

 09:00 — 13:00 Morning Transport & Guide

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:30 (11:30 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 St. Isaac's Cathedral

The dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city. The church itself is an architectural marvel. Built by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand to be the main church of the Russian Empire, the cathedral was under construction for 40 years (1818-1858), and was decorated in the most elaborate way possible. When you enter the cathedral you pass through one of the porticos — note that the columns are made of single pieces of red granite and weight 80 tons (about 177,770 pounds) each. Inside the church many of the icons were created using moaic techniques and the iconostasis (the icon wall that separates the altar from the rest of the church) is decorated with 8 malachite and 2 lapis lazuli columns. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays.

Opened 10:30 – 18:00 ///

Evening visit 1 MAY — 30 SEP: 18:00-22:30

Colonnade of St.Isaak Cathedral opened 1 NOV — 30 APR: 10:30 -18:00 /// 1 MAY — 30 OCT: 10:30 — 18:00

Closed: Wednesdays. During school holidays opened — daily.

 City Sightseeing with Peter & Pauls Fortress

St. Petersburg city tour includes general city tour with main city attractions. You will pass the Canals, view of the many beautiful palaces facing the Neva River. St. Petersburg is the fourth largest city in Europe, has its old city part and modern part. City in spite of according to European measurements is a rather young city. During the tour you will get acquainted with the rather small and concentrated city center (around the Nevsky Prospect, Neva River, St. Isaacs Square and peter & Paul Fortress with its many canals and bridges and land marks such as St. Isaacs Cathedral, The Church on Spilled Blood, the Kazan Cathedral, the Singer Sewing machine Head Quarters- today the House of books — Dom Knigi, the Neva River, The Hermitage and the Winter Palace to mentioned a few of the possible spots that you will be surrounded of. During the tour several picture stops are done as well as an eventual opportunity to stop for souvenirs if time allows. City tour could be combined with a short visit to one of the many museums or canal trip by boat in summer.

Tour also includes a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress, which is the birthplace of St Petersburg, since it was founded in 1703 by Peter the Grate as the beginning of the city. The Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul is the main part of the fortress complex. Cathedral is closed on Wednesdays, opened from 11:00 till 18:00. On Tuesdays till 17:00. Actual visit is about 1 hr.

 13:00-17:00 Free time in the city center

During your free time in St. Petersburg, we recommend you:

1/ Do some shopping. Pay your attention to Russian scarves, fabrics, fur hats, souvenirs, crystal, Russian porcelain, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matreshka (Russian Doll).

Shops are also opened dayly from 10- 22:00, some malls are opened even longer. Main department stores lockated on Nevsky Prospekt, Sadovaya street and Bolshaya Konjushenaya. Main Department stores are «Passage», «Gostiny Dvor», «Stockmann» and «Gallery».

2/ Walk along gorgeous embankments.

3/ Relax and enjoy coffee/tea in numerous coffee-houses on Nevsky prospect.

4/ Visit the Zinger House (nowadays – Book House, one of the oldest in the city)

and many other things to explore the city and its people.

 

DAY 3 — 22nd May 2021, Saturday

 09:30 — 13:30 Morning Transport & Guide

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 St. Petersburg Mosaic — 5 Steps to know the City & it’s regular life

Do you want to see st. Petersburg from different sides of classical programs. Now you can see how Russian people live every day. We recommend this tour for small groups 15- 20 accompanied by guide. Main Purpose is to understand the Russian way of living and to see the contrast and day-to-day life with different means of transportation. You will have 5 steps to know the city:

1) use the most beautiful stations of St. Petersburg metro,

2) meet locals on historical farmers market,

3) listen service during Orthodox ceremony in St. Vladimir church,

4) visit local flea market and

5) enjoy unique mosaic works in the Spilled Blood Cathedral

Tour recommended for small group (not more than 20 persons for guide).

Duration of the program is 4 hours.

The best period for this tour is Saturday and Sunday morning in order to avoide traffic.

 Step 1: Farmers Market visit (Kuznechny)

Kuznechny Market in St. Petersburg, Russia is a site not to miss.

A trip to the Kuznechny Market is an experience in itself, never mind the need to buy anything. Probably the best of its type in the city. The first indoor market of the city was Kuznechnyy, which was established in 1927. Caucasian vendors aggressively promote their wares to hapless passer-bys, in a way that only market traders know how.

Market offers fresh produce from all over the former Soviet Union: melons from Kazakhstan, tomatoes from Georgia, farmhouse honey (more than 20 kinds!), pickles (including marinated and salted cucumbers, tomatoes and even garlic) sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying – you can obtain breakfast by visiting a score of stalls. Outside the market are «babushkas» (pensioners) who sell herbs, mushrooms or berries, and flowers that they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

If you're planning to purchase be prepared to put your poker face on and haggle as the starting prices can be excessive.

Note: Be very aware of pickpockets.

The tour is recommended to handle in small groups of 10 -15 persons each.

The market is open 08:00 — 20:00 (18:00 on Sundays), but closed on Mondays.

 Step 2: Orthodox ceremony in St. Vladimir Cathedral

Early in the morning the group departs by coach, metro or walking to get the warmest feeling of a Russian Orthodox Ceremony during an actual mass. The church is dedicated to one of the most respect Russian icons.

The current five-domed church was built next to Vladimirsky Market between 1761 and 1769. The church's design, frequently ascribed to Pietro Antonio Trezzini, straddles the line betweenBaroque and Neoclassicism. The building has two stories, with the lower church dedicated to Saint John Damascene. The detached belfry is a fine work of mature Neoclassicism, built toQuarenghi's design in 1791. The portico, chapel, fence, and outbuildings were added in the 19th century.The interior of the church features an elaborate Baroque iconostasis, transferred from the Anichkov Palace chapel in 1808. When the 900th anniversary of the Christianisation of Russia was celebrated in 1888, the church underwent restoration. The most famous of its parishioners was Fyodor Dostoevsky.

St. Vladimir's Cathedral is located in walking distance from Nevskiy Prospect, Corinthia Hotel, the Farmers Market and one of the most beautiful metro stations — Vladimirskaya. Vladimirskiy Prospect 20.

Services daily.

 Step 3: Metro Tour St. Petersburg — The deepest metro in the world

The first plans to build a metro in St. Petersburg were drawn in 1899, but were not implemented due to the outbreak of WWI and then the Revolution of 1917. In 1941, 8 years after the Moscow metro was opened, building was started on the Leningrad metro, but a few months later the U.S.S.R. was forced to enter WWII. After the war the construction work resumed and the first metro line (from Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania) was opened on November 15, 1955. Since then the metro network has grown to five lines with an average of 1.9 km (1.19 miles) between its 62 stations.

Subway stations exhibit many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world. Due to the city's unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is the deepest metro system in the world. Serving nearly three million passengers daily, it is also one of world's busyest metro system.

During the guided tour around the Metro you will visit the the most beautiful stations: Ploshad Vosstania, Vladimirskaya, Avtovo, Nevsky Prospect and other stations.

Duration of the tour is 1 hour.

Recommend to combine with Farmer’s market visit and Orthodox Church Ceremony.

Small Groups of 10 -15 persons each.

 Step 4: Spilled Blood Church

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Spilled Blood Cathedral) is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. The Church of Resurrection was built as a historical and memorial center of all Russian people. This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. The Church was commissioned by Alexander III to commemorate the death of his father, Alexander II, and is built on the exact spot where Alexander II was assassinated on this spot. Five cupolas of the church, some 1000 square meters in area are covered with jewelry enamel. The belfry is decorated with mosaic coats-of-arms of cities and regions of the Russian empire. The facades of the church are lined with ceramic tiles, and colored glazed bricks; in the interior decoration the Italian marbles and different sorts of semi-precious Russian stones were used. The Cathedral has outstanding and breath taking mosaic exterior and interior!

The Cathedral opened from 10:30 – 18:00.

Evening entrance18:00 – 22:30 (1 May – 30 September). Day off is Wednesday.

 14:30 Free-time in the city center

During your free time in St. Petersburg, we recommend you:

1/ Do some shopping. Pay your attention to Russian scarves, fabrics, fur hats, souvenirs, crystal, Russian porcelain, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matreshka (Russian Doll).

Shops are also opened dayly from 10- 22:00, some malls are opened even longer. Main department stores lockated on Nevsky Prospekt, Sadovaya street and Bolshaya Konjushenaya. Main Department stores are «Passage», «Gostiny Dvor», «Stockmann» and «Gallery».

2/ Walk along gorgeous embankments.

3/ Relax and enjoy coffee/tea in numerous coffee-houses on Nevsky prospect.

4/ Visit the Zinger House (nowadays – Book House, one of the oldest in the city)

and many other things to explore the city and its people.

 19:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 20:00 Dinner at Petrousha Russian Restaurant

At the intersection of Konnogvardeysky Boulevard, 4 and Konnogvardeysky Lane, the restaurant of Russian cuisine Petrousha was opened. The former barracks of the Life Guards of the Equestrian Regiment have thus finally turned into, perhaps, the most famous restaurant address of the Northern Capital.

Petrousha restaurant has 3 halls for 160 seats: a living room (40 seats), a craft hall (64 seats) and a fireplace hall (56 seats), children's room is present. Antique furniture, antique interior items, engravings of Petersburg, drawings of the majestic buildings of the young capital, portraits of outstanding people of Peter's time, soft music, elegant lamps, smoke ceramics and Dulev tea set — the interior and the atmosphere of the restaurant seem to transfer guests during the youth of the great Emperor, the era of Peter Ensembles and the Grand Embassy.

«Petrousha» – so, according to legend, they affectionately called Peter I abroad during the time of the Great Embassy – Russia’s diplomatic mission to Western Europe in the late 17th century. Her mother, Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina, whom Peter loved all his life, also called it in his childhood. This tender childish name gave the innovator-king the strength to withstand the burdens of state affairs, to which he aspired from infancy. That is why Petrushi’s child’s image was chosen as the emblem of Petrushi, but on horseback (albeit small and wooden for the time being) and with a saber (albeit toy): all the glory of government and the weight of power are still ahead of him.

The restaurant also hosts master classes on modeling pelmeni for tourist groups. The event includes sculpting ravioli and vareniki, tasting homemade infusions and products.

 

DAY 4 — 23rd May 2021, Sunday

 10:00 — 14:30 Morning Transport & Guide

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 10:30-13:00 Hermitage State Museum

The State Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums of the world; it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building are also part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad. The Hermitage is a federal state property. Since 1990, the director of the museum has been Mikhail Piotrovsky.

Out of six buildings of the main museum complex, four, namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. The other two are Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. The entrance ticket for foreign tourists costs several times as much as the fee paid by Russian citizens. However, the entrance is free of charge the first Thursday of every month for all visitors and daily for students and children. The museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance is in the Winter Palace from Palace Embankment or the Courtyard.

The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all.

Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 — 18:00, on Wednesday, Friday till 21:00

Closed: Mondays

Address: 34 Dvortsovaya embankment.

 14:30 -17:30 Free time in the city center

During your free time in St. Petersburg, we recommend you:

1/ Do some shopping. Pay your attention to Russian scarves, fabrics, fur hats, souvenirs, crystal, Russian porcelain, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matreshka (Russian Doll).

Shops are also opened dayly from 10- 22:00, some malls are opened even longer. Main department stores lockated on Nevsky Prospekt, Sadovaya street and Bolshaya Konjushenaya. Main Department stores are «Passage», «Gostiny Dvor», «Stockmann» and «Gallery».

2/ Walk along gorgeous embankments.

3/ Relax and enjoy coffee/tea in numerous coffee-houses on Nevsky prospect.

4/ Visit the Zinger House (nowadays – Book House, one of the oldest in the city)

and many other things to explore the city and its people.

 17:30 — 22:30 Evening Transport (Hotel — Restaurant — Theatre — Hotel)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 18:00 Dinner at Russian Sadko Restaurant

Sadko restaurant was opened in 2006 as a Russian Russian restaurant with separate wine bar and high level of service and food.

Restaurant Sadko is located in the very city center, close to Marinsky Theater. Walking distance is approximately 5 minutes. You will be impressed by restaurants interior, which include and stylishly combine modern and folklore elements. Ceilings are covered with Russian authentic patterns with huge red crystal chandeliers and colorful food plates for the food. The restaurant is famous for its singing waiters. Breathtaking singing of a few waiters during dinner or lunch will make your event unforgettable. Singing waiters take palace every Friday and Saturday. For supplement charge they can be invited to sing on other days. Maximum restaurant capacity is 160 persons. (Including separate banquet hall for 50 persons). Maximum size of the group is 60 persons. Bigger groups only upon separate requested. Restaurant offers wide variety of Russian traditional cuisine, starting from Russian Borch (beetroot soup), «Herring under fur coat», Chicken Kiev and many others. All food is cooked according to Old Russian recipes and there are no doubts that you will enjoy this restaurant.

 

DAY 5 — 24th May 2021, Monday

 09:30 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (8 hours)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 Catherine's Palace & Park (Pushkin)

Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg. Originally it was a residence of Catherine I.

Catherine Palace complex includes Palace and Park ensemble. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. In the years 1811 — 1843 the Tsarskoselsky Lyceum was established there, it was an elite school for noble family’s children. Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin was educated there. After revolution of 1917 the palace and park were made the museum. During the tour you will enjoy the magnificent view of the 300-meter facade of the palace and reconstructed Amber Room, located inside the palace.

It takes about 1 hour to go to Pushkin (Catherine Palace) by bus. (depending on traffic situation).

There is a flee market near the Palace. Palace visit is recommended to combine with Pavlovsk Palace tour (3 km from Pushkin), followed by lunch in Podvorie restaurant.

Also horse riding can be done for the transfer to the restaurant or to the Pavlovsk Palace.

Museum is opened: 10 am — 5 pm. Closed Tuesdays & last Monday of the month. The day before holidays — till 4 pm.

 14:00 Russian Podvorie (with unlimited local wine and vodka)

Lunch or dinner at Podvorie (Log House)restaurant is a nice continuation after the tour in Pushkin (Catherine palace or Pavlovsk. Ten years of work gave this restaurant popularity and faultless reputation. Famous politicians, businessmen, people of art have become regular visitors of the restaurant. President Vladimir Putin had his birthday party here. Famous composer Rostropovich always visits Podvorie when he is in Saint Petersburg. Prince Charles, Gerhard Schroeder, Jacque Chirac – are some of the high-ranking officials who form the list of restaurant visitors.

'Podvorie' is considered the most Russian of all Russian restaurants. Here you will be offered traditional Russian cuisine, exclusive home products and wines made by the restaurant owner at his private summer residence in Crimea from the grapes brought up at private vineyards. During summer, a summer outdoor part is opened. It is located outside in a traditional Russian wooden. The restaurant itself is a wooden rustic building. Restaurant has five halls with different capacity: 1st hall (90 seats), 2nd hall (70 seats), 3rd hall (50 seats), 4th hall (30 seats), 5th hall (40 seats). Summer outdoor hall capacity is 130 seats. Russian Folklore group is performing during lunch/dinner and is included into menu price ONLY for the groups from 25 guests.

 17:00 At Leisure / Free time

During your free time in St. Petersburg, we recommend you:

1/ Do some shopping. Pay your attention to Russian scarves, fabrics, fur hats, souvenirs, crystal, Russian porcelain, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matreshka (Russian Doll).

Shops are also opened dayly from 10- 22:00, some malls are opened even longer. Main department stores lockated on Nevsky Prospekt, Sadovaya street and Bolshaya Konjushenaya. Main Department stores are «Passage», «Gostiny Dvor», «Stockmann» and «Gallery».

2/ Walk along gorgeous embankments.

3/ Relax and enjoy coffee/tea in numerous coffee-houses on Nevsky prospect.

4/ Visit the Zinger House (nowadays – Book House, one of the oldest in the city)

and many other things to explore the city and its people.

 

DAY 6 — 25th May 2021, Tuesday

 09:30 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 Krasin Ice-Breaker

The Krasin, the legendary Russian icebreaker, a landmark in shipbuilding history was built in Newcastle in 1916. The ship glorified herself in exploration of the Arctic, worked as a pathfinder on the North Maritime Route, and took part in a number of rescue operations (among them the rescue of the Italian Nobele expedition). Nowadays the Krasin stands at an anchor by Lieutenant Smidth Embankment, like the famous Aurora, and operates as a museum. It is the only floating ship-museum in the world, which is still capable of independent operating in sea.

The icebreaker made according to the drawings of vice-admiral S.O.Makarov was constructed in Britain by «Armstrong and Witworth» company in 1916 under the order of Russian Maritime Ministry. The «Svyatogor» — that was the former name of the «Krassin» — completely met to her heroic mighty name.

Contemporaries were amazed by her technical perfection. Three-deck icebreaker had 10 000 tons displacement. It was 99,8 meters long and 21,6 meters wide. Total capacity of steam machines was more than 10 000 horse-powers. The ship developed speed up to 15 bends and overcame ice reaching 4-5 meters thick. Due to her unique characteristics the «Krassin» served in the Arctic fleet more than half a century, up to the beginning of 50-es remaining the most powerful icebreaker in the world. The actual time of the tour is 1 hour.

Now you have great chance to see the engine-room. A group should be not over 8 pax. Duration of excursion is about 50 min. It is forbidden to wear heels. It's allowed to go to exursion for people with good health only.

Lunch or cocktail can be organized on board.

Open: 10 am — 6 pm (Apr -Nov), 10 am — 5pm (Dec — Mar)

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, last Wednesday each month

 Submarine Museum S-189

The S-189 Submarine was built in 1954 and served 35 years before being decommissioned in 1990. In 1999 it was sunk off the port of Krondstadt but raised in 2005 and restored. In 2010 it was opened to the public as a floating museum, giving visitors the opportunity to look around the submarine which is classified by NATO as a Whiskey-class submarine.

Length — 76 m

Wide — 6.3 m

Reservation are available for group 2 ;onth in advance. Only one time slot is possible for group — 11h00. Capacity of a group is 20 pax in two small groups of 10 pax. So, there we need 2 guides..

DAY OFF: Monday, Tuesday

Peer, Naberezhnaya Leytenanta Shmidta, St Petersburg, Russia

 12:30 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

Stroganoff steak House is located in the very heart of the city, just a few steps from St. Isaacs Cathedral. It is one of the best high level steak houses in the city. You can try here truly American steak, Russian beef Stroganoff, Russian olivier salad and many others. Restaurant Interior created in American steak house style, with natural woods and leather. Rooms decorated by old photos, advertising production of 20th century. The leather furniture, sofas and oak floors creates comfortable atmosphere for restaurant guests. Restaurant is 1230 square meters, it has 8 rooms with total capacity of 350 places.

 16:00 Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

Pulkovo Airport  (IATA: LED, ICAO: ULLI) is an international airport serving Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Pulkovo is the 3rd busiest in Russia after Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports.

A new terminal is located directly to the north of the Terminal 1 and contains 18 gates,

it is capable of supporting up to 17 million passengers annually. The new terminal is easier to navigate, compared to most of the other European airports, and is the most aesthetically pleasing terminal in Northern Europe.

It takes approximately from 30 min to 1 hour and half to go from city center to the airport, depending on traffic situation.

• PASSPORT: Before to check out please make sure that you have passport and Immigration Form that was stamped. Customs forms declared and stamped upon arrival should be originals only and again declared in Red Channel. Check-in starts 2 and half hour before the flight departure. Departure from the hotel is 3 hours prior departure time or according to the agreement.

• DEPARTURE: Security check with X-ray for suitcases and hand luggage — which will be marked with security label as well as personal security check. Items & Paintings from 1945 or older must be officially cleared from authorities and limitations also for caviar and food product restrictions.

• DEPARTURE HALL / GATE AREA: All departure gates demands x-ray of hand luggage, shoes and body search (plastic covers available for the feet's).