Guaranteed departure (Helsinki-St. Petersburg). The tour starts in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, before the journey continues by train to Russia. Here you will spend three overnights in St. Petersburg, allowing you to get to know this fascinating Russian city.
This tour can commence in: Helsinki
Arrival at Helsinki Vantaa Airport, followed by transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon you can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. Your tour escort will meet you at your hotel at 18:50 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby. Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the city center, close to the harbour, Senate Square and shopping area. Possibility to upgrade to prime superior room, for more information please see add-ons.
Early breakfast followed by transfer by coach from your hotel in Helsinki to the railway station. Departure from Helsinki on the train “Allegro” for St. Petersburg. A lunch box will be provided during the train ride. Coach transfer from the railway station to your hotel upon arrival in St. Petersburg in the afternoon, combined with 1-hour guided boat cruise along the Neva River and visit at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Welcome dinner including shot of vodka and 1 glass of wine and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city centre, near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. This day begins with a transfer to Neva River cruise harbour for a cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof, including Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. After lunch, tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.
Buffet breakfast at hotel, followed by a transfer to the town of Pushkin and a visit to Catherine’s Palace including the famous Amber room. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, 3-hour panoramic tour of St. Petersburg by coach with local English-speaking guide. St. Petersburg is a city of outstanding architectural beauty, famous for its magnificent palaces, cathedrals, fountains and bridges. The tour includes sights as the Square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov canal, Nevsky prospect, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil's Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate Square and the Bronze Horseman. A visit will be paid to Peter & Paul Fortress. This evening you will be taken to see a colourful Russian folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant (or similar). Accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to St. Petersburg Airport for your flight home.