Splendid weekend in Saint Petersburg
Welcome to Saint Petersburg – a majestic city named among the most beautiful cities in the world! Considered to be a cultural capital of Russia it attracts tourists with its stunning architecture and rich history hidden in almost every corner of the city center. Whether you are into history, traditional culture, modern art or contemporary city life – Saint Petersburg has it all! One-of-a-kind mesmerizing cathedrals and churches, mysterious streets and winding canals are just a few elements of the city’s big ornate puzzle. Let’s discover what is awaits you on this special weekend.
No matter what time you arrive you will be met by your private driver and head to the iconic Belmond Grand Hotel Europe – a perfect place to discover the city and wind down afterwards.
Once settled get your first glimpse of the city with our signature welcome city tour lead by a private English-speaking guide. Being a local who adores his city, your guide will take you through the city’s most-renowned pearls as well as show you his favorite secret spots like unusually shaped fancy courtyards. Finish your first day with a boat cruise through Neva river or a city ride on a posh retro Volga car should you visit the city in a magic winter season.
The next day let us take you to an unusual morning outing – a walking tour on the roofs of Saint Petersburg! Observing the city from this new angle is a perfect way to soak city’s romantic atmosphere and feel like a true local exploring the spots invisible to those on the ground. After finishing this dynamic adventure have some rest in one of the city’s best restaurants with a panoramic view of the Isaac cathedral.
And now it’s time to experience the city like a true Tsar – start with a private tasting of the best black caviar and champagne in a top restaurant followed by an unparalleled Russian ballet performance in the world-famous Mariinsky theatre!
Dive into Petersburg’s most impressive cultural treasure and Russia’s biggest museum – the Hermitage! If you decide to spend at least 1 minute in front of every piece from the Hermitage collection, you will need to spend at least 13 years walking through the museum halls. Luckily on this private Hermitage tour you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will create an unforgettable experience based on your interests – be it general history, culture, numismatic or the fabric art of late 19th century.
If you are planning to get some souvenirs back home, then how about making them with your own hands? During this evening you will have an opportunity to take part in a private workshop devoted to Russian cultural artifacts like a matryoshka or a pair of authentic bast shoes.
On the final day, it’s time to immerse yourself in Russian history and visit Tsarskoye selo – a royal suburb with a huge territory located 30 minutes away by car from a city center where Russian tsars once lived. Saint Petersburg was the capital of Russia for more than two centuries and during this time the city has flourished the most. Here, in Tsarskoye selo, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of how impressive the Tsar Russia once was – with its gardens and numerous palaces the place serves as a perfect grand finale to your cultural immersion into Petersburg.
Should you have a few hours left before your departure, stroll down the city center full of lights at your own pace and have a farewell dinner before heading to the airport with your private driver.