Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to St.-Petersburg - the Venice of the North! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 2: St. Petersburg City Tour and Faberge Museum
After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions.
Then you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. You have a photo stop at the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral and go inside Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.
Today guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.
After the tour you are taken back to the hotel.
Day 3: Tour of the Hermitage Museum
Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art.
During the tour, you visit the halls of the Winter Palace to explore the main collection of the Hermitage, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough.
You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.
After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 4: Trip to Pushkin and Pavlovsk
Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.
During the tour you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.
After lunch you continue to the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg named in honor of Tsar Pavel - Pavlovsk. Here you witness beautiful rolling woodland, numerous charming follies and have a guided tour in the palace.
Following the tour in Pavlovsk, you return to the hotel.
Day 5: Tour of Yusupov Palace
Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet with your private guide and driver to start a tour of the Yusupov Palace - one of the most beautiful examples of classicism style constructions in St. Petersburg.
During the tour you explore the most interesting halls and rooms of this Palace on Moika River, best known for being the location where Grigory Rasputin was murdered in 1916.
After the tour you have time for a leisure walk with the guide and return to the hotel.
Day 6: Departure
Today is the final day of your exciting adventure in Russia. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.
We hope you enjoyed your Russian experience and will plan your next trips with Firebird Tours!
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.
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