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Enjoy your journey to the Northern Venice to the full
The second capital of Russia, St Petersburg is known for its historical and cultural heritage, beautiful canals interlacing through the city, excellent food places, romantic rooftop views and opening bridges. If you prefer travelling individually, a tailor-made holiday crafted especially for you is what you need. Let us know the preferred dates of travel, the destination you are travelling from, your interests and we will create a perfect holiday for you!
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- Flights To and From St Petersburg
- St Petersburg Arrival and Departure Transfers
- St Petersburg Excursions
- St Petersburg Hotels
- Onwards Destinations
IntoRussia can offer very competitive rates for flights to St Petersburg with a number of carriers. At the present time there are no low cost carriers operating to the city. British Airways offer a daily direct service from London Heathrow.
There are also indirect flights to St Petersburg via other European cities from over 10 UK airports with: Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot and Siberia Airlines.
St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport is located around 15km from the city centre. We advise all clients to book a private car to transfer them to their hotel; please contact us for a competitive rate.
We can’t think of a better way to discover the magic of Russia’s most imperial city than with an introductory tour. Our experienced guides will reveal tales of St Petersburg’s past, present and future as they take you to the main attractions of the city. Sights include Nevsky Prospekt, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul’s Fortress where many of the Romanovs have been laid to rest, and of course, the visually stunning Church on the Spilled Blood on the banks of one of the city’s many winding canals. Comfortable air conditioned transport is provided but we recommend wearing comfortable shoes as some walking is required.
|Hermitage (The Winter Palace)|
Lose yourself amongst the treasures of one of Russia’s best known sights and arguably the largest collection of fine art in the world. Masterpieces from artists such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky make the Hermitage an unforgettable visit. The guide service lasts for approximately 2 hours, in which time they will take you to the most popular pieces, however you are free to further explore the museum independently afterwards. Bear in mind that the Hermitage is huge – if you wanted to look at every item on display it would take you roughly 7 years so planning ahead is essential to be sure you don’t miss the pieces you’d most like to see!
|Catherine Palace (The Summer Palace in Pushkin)|
In the quaint village of Pushkin, on the outskirts of St Petersburg, lies one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in Russia; Catherine’s Palace. The pastel exterior is flamboyantly embellished with gold accents and the interior is far from modestly decorated! The palace is home to the famous Amber Room with its mysterious past which our guides will tell you all about. The residence was destroyed in World War II and has been under construction ever since. Look out for the gallery of images detailing the reconstruction of the palace- the amount of work which has been done is awe inspiring! Why not have a wander around the grounds – they are equally as impressive as the palace itself.
Known as the “Russian Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and Park is a must see at any time of the year. Famous for its myriad of fountains, the grounds of the palace become a haven for tourists in the peak summer months. Look out for the ‘Joke Fountains’ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! If you’re not travelling in the summer, never fear; the parks foliage is beautiful in the autumn and the grounds transform into a striking crystallised wonderland during winter months so there’s never a wrong time to visit. Why not add to the adventure and travel across the Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil to get there?
|St Isaac’s Cathedral|
St Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the city and dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Designed by a French architect and taking 40 years to construct, it is the 3rd largest domed cathedral in the world! St Isaac’s is decorated with mosaics, painted ceiling murals, bronze gilt statues and is surrounded by 112 monolith granite columns, which were transported from one of the suburbs of the city. Now the cathedral houses a museum, but for the Major Orthodox holidays Religious services are still held here.
|Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood|
This fascinating church is a sight for sore eyes! The temple is known all over the world for its beauty as both the interior and exterior are intricately decorated with unbelievably detailed mosaics. The building was erected in the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated, it was badly damaged during World War II, but is now fully restored and has been open to the public since 1997. Fun fact – the walls of the church are faced with a staggering 7 thousand square metres of mosaic panels!
|The State Russian Museum|
The State Russian Museum is a treasure chest of art located in one of the most beautiful squares in St Petersburg. It was the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country and is a major hub of culture and education. The museum contains countless masterpieces and unique collections of art, from traditional icon paintings to experimental Avant Garde and socialist realism. A must visit for any art lover!
|Theatre in St Petersburg|
St Petersburg is home to the world famous Mariinsky Theatre - staging world-class ballet and opera.
Over the years we have built strong relationships with hotels all over Russia and have fantastic rates with many in St Peterburg; whether it be 3* basic to 5* deluxe, we can organise your accommodation hassle free.
St Petersburg 5 Star Hotels
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LION PALACE
Newly opened in 2013, this luxurious hotel is a fully renovated palace. Complete with ornate architecture and guarded by two extravagant marble lions the Four Seasons Hotel offers a relaxing retreat with breathtaking views of St Isaac’s Cathedral. Swim in the sunlight in the hotels swimming pool, ideally located on the top floor underneath a domed glass roof.
ROCCO FORTE HOTEL ANGLETERRE
One of the oldest hotels in St Petersburg, the Angleterre sits opposite one of the city’s main landmarks, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, and alongside its sister hotel, the Astoria. Highlights among the excellent range of facilities on offer include the Borsalino restaurant and an art gallery.
GRAND HOTEL EUROPE
This Orient Express hotel is located on Nevsky Prospekt, in the hub of the city. The luxurious rooms are classically styled and comfortable with modern amenities. The hotel boasts a variety of gourmet restaurants, stylish bars and cosy cafes which cater for all tastes, and even has shopping outlets for those looking to indulge in some retail therapy!
ROCCO FORTE HOTEL ASTORIA
Opened in 1912 and purchased by the Rocco Forte Collection in 1997, the famous Hotel Astoria sits opposite St Isaac’s Cathedral, and is within walking distance of the Hermitage and the Mariinsky Theatre. This hotel has an unrivalled setting with breathtaking views, 5* facilities and elegant decor capturing the essence of Russia. We recommend enjoying a meal in the onsite Astoria Cafe, a landmark Russian restaurant offering modern cuisine and spectacular views from its floor to ceiling windows.
St Petersburg 4 Star Hotels
HOLIDAY INN MOSKOVSKYE VOROTA
In the quiet centre of St Petersburg, this modern hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore. Enjoy a hearty meal at the Korova Steakhouse or indulge in drinks and dancing at the Night Club. Other facilities available include a fitness centre and two bars, here for you to enjoy.
This four star hotel is just a short jaunt from the State Hermitage Museum and St Isaac’s Cathedral, placing you in the centre of this unforgettable city. Recharge in one of the 194 guest rooms, dine at the Baron Restaurant or indulge in a cocktail in the Sky Bar Lounge.
This alternative hotel is ideal for those looking for something a bit different: a domestic environment with hotel services. All studios and one or two bedroom apartments feature fully equipped kitchen areas and modern conveniences. The AvanteGarde Restaurant offers a tranquil atmosphere with sweeping views of Moskovsky Prospekt.
This building dates back to the 19th century, but has a distinctly more modern and luxurious feel inside. Many of the rooms offer a view of St Petersburg’s historic centre, and the hotel has an array of 4* facilities, including a fitness centre and swimming pool. Within walking distance of the main Boulevard, Nevsky Prospeky in one direction and stunning St Isaac’s Cathedral in the other, the location of this hotel is guaranteed to please.
St Petersburg 3 Star Hotels
RACHMANINOV ART HOTEL
This small boutique hotel is a mere two minute walk from lively Nevsky Prospekt. Each room is uniquely decorated and features antique furnishings and contemporary art works. Ideal for art lovers, the hotel doubles as a gallery.
This hotel was opened in 2003 and is centrally located just off Nevsky Prospekt. The Dostoevsky hotel has 207 rooms of various categories and provides good facilities for all guests. Visit the 7th floor Raskolnikov Bar – with wide panoramic windows offering a magnificent view over Vladimirsky Prospect and Vladimirsky Cathedral. The hotel also has a modern gym for those who enjoy an energy boost in the morning before exploring the city.
This refurbished hotel is situated on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt, in view of the river, and offers a wide range of amenities. One of its 3 restaurants is open 24 hours and boasts a wonderful panoramic view from the 8th floor.
NEVSKY GRAND HOTEL
Perfect for both business and leisure the Nevsky Grand is just a five minute walk from the nearest metro station and a ten minute walk from the State Hermitage Museum. Relax in the hotel lobby or dine in the restaurant which serves international cuisine.
Why make St Petersburg your only port of call on your trip? The Baltic States and Helsinki are easily accessible by coach or train. Make the most of your visa and catch the Sapsan express train to mighty Moscow – a journey which takes you through beautiful landscapes and lasts approximately 4 hours! Alternatively you can head north to cities such as Murmansk, Veliky Novgorod or Arkhangelsk which are also accessible by train.