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St. Petersburg City Break

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from £495 pp - 4 days / 3 nights or more

(5/5) based on 14 reviews
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Few cities can offer so many stunning attractions and intriguing moods as St. Petersburg - City of the Tsars. Created by Peter the Great in 1703 to be his "window on Europe", St Petersburg combines its fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European outlook. Considered the cultural heart of modern day Russia, St. Petersburg is rapidly regaining its reputation as one of the Great Cities of Europe.

St. Petersburg city breaks have so much to offer that a couple of nights may not be enough. It's been calculated that it would take 7 years to look at each item in the Hermitage alone!

Package prices per person based on availability and two people sharing a standard twin or double room:

2016 Departure Dates:

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London Heathrow
St Petersburg

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Package includes

  • Return direct flights from London Heathrow with British Airways (we can also arrange connecting flights from other airports upon request).
  • Airport transfers in St. Petersburg
  • Accommodation in a twin / double room (single supplement available)
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visa support documents (tourist confirmation and tourist voucher)
  • All taxes

Day 1: Arrival in St. Petersburg

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg you'll be met and transferred to the hotel of your choice.

Days 2 – 3: Exploring St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel followed by free time to explore the city. We can offer sightseeing tours with private guides: please see list below. All tours are private with English speaking guides and start from the hotel. We can also help with tickets to the theatre or ballet at well-known venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre.

Day 4: Departure from St. Petersburg

After breakfast at your hotel, check out by 12:00 and your departure transfer will be provided to the airport about 3 h 30 mins before your flight.

Sightseeing tours in St. Petersburg:

St. Petersburg City Tour

Duration:  3 hours
Tour Price:  £ 121
total for 2 people
Comments: Usual pick up time 10am. The city tour includes guide and transportation but does not include any entrance fees to the attractions stated below. Please note that the guide may change the route of the City Tour depending on traffic conditions.
Tour includes the following highlights:

  • The Winter Palace, which houses the amazing art collection of the Hermitage Museum
  • Kazan Cathedral  
  • St Isaac’s Cathedral  
  • The Admiralty  
  • The Mariinsky Palace  
  • The Bronze Horseman – statue of Peter the Great  
  • The Peter and Paul Fortress  
  • The famous cruiser, the Aurora, whose shot started the revolution  
  • The Fields of Mars  
  • The Summer Garden  
  • St Michael’s Palace  
  • The Church on the spilled blood

City Tour incl. Peter & Paul Fortress

Duration:  4 hours
Price:  £ 172
total for 2 people
Comments: Open 11:00- 17:00 (16:00 on Tuesdays). Closed on Wednesdays and last Tuesday of the month.
The Peter and Paul Fortress was built to guard the city of St. Petersburg and is located on Hare Island. The fortress is facing the Hermitage and dominating the River Neva. The Cathedral is the oldest building in St. Petersburg and now houses the remains of the last Romanov Tsars. The construction of the Fortress began in 1703 and was built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish War, but it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political prison cells. Son of Peter the Great, Prince Alexei, a famous pretender to the throne, Princess Tarakanova, writer Radischev, the Decembrists, the Narodniks and various revolutionaries were all held prisoner within the Fortress walls.

Full Day St. Petersburg Tour incl. Peter & Paul Fortress and Hermitage

Duration:  8 hours
Price:  £ 333
total for 2 people
Comments: Not available Mondays, Wednesdays and last Tuesday of the Month

The Peter and Paul Fortress was built to guard the city of St. Petersburg and is located on Hare Island. The fortress is facing the Hermitage and dominating the River Neva. The Cathedral is the oldest building in St. Petersburg and now houses the remains of the last Romanov Tsars. The construction of the Fortress began in 1703 and was built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish War, but it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political prison cells. Son of Peter the Great, Prince Alexei, a famous pretender to the throne, Princess Tarakanova, writer Radischev, the Decembrists, the Narodniks and various revolutionaries were all held prisoner within the Fortress walls.

The Winter Palace houses a magnificent collection of art. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764. Its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Roden, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists.

Winter Palace – Hermitage

Duration:  3 hours
Price:  £ 161
total for 2 people, walking tour £116 total for 2 people (available from certain hotels)
Comments: Open 10:30 - 17:00 (16:00 on Sundays). Closed on Mondays
A magnificent collection of art is housed in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the biggest museums in the world and founded in 1764. Its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Roden, Rembrandt, Rubens and the French impressionists.

Yusupov Palace (incl. Rasputin Exposition)

Duration:  3 hours
Price:  £ 188
total for 2 people, walking tour £149 total for 2 people (available from certain hotels)
Comments: Open Daily 10:30 - 16:00
Home of Yusupov Family and setting for the murder of Rasputin. Waxwork effigies of the plotters in the basement. Superb palace in the heart of the city. The residence of an old and noble Russian family - the Yusupovs. Gala and residential rooms of the palace are open to visitors. Concerts of of both classical and folk music are held here.

Petrodvorets (Peterhof)

Duration (16 Oct - Apr):  3 - 4 hours
Duration (May - 15 Oct): 5 - 6 hours
Price (16 Oct - Apr):  £ 188
total for 2 people
Price (May - 15 Oct):  £ 289
total for 2 people
In summertime it is possible to take a picturesque trip to Petrodvorets on hydrofoil (Extra fee will apply, ask for quote)
Comments: Open 10:30 - 17:00 (20:00 May-Sept). Closed on Mondays & last Tuesday of the month. Fountains closed Oct - Apr.
Situated 29km from St. Petersburg, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Petrodvorets, is an imperial treasure replete with lush parks, monumental cascades and gilded fountains. Following the 1917 Revolution this former Summer residence of the Tsars was nationalised and turned into a public museum.

Catherine Palace / Pushkin (Tsarskoe Celo)

Duration (Oct - Apr):  3 - 4 hours
Duration (May - Sep): 4 - 5 hours
Price (Oct - Apr):  £ 188
total for 2 people
Price (May - Sep):  £ 256
total for 2 people
Comments: Open 10:30 - 17:00. Closed on Tuesdays and the last Monday of the month.
Located 29 km south of St. Petersburg, the construction of Catherine's Palace for Empress Catherine started in 1717. The world famous Amber Room has been completely restored to it’s former glory in the palace. A park in the French style was laid out around it. In the middle of the 18th century ‘Tsarskoe Selo’ became the official Royal residence. Not far from Catherine's Palace there is the Lyceum where the great poet Alexander Pushkin studied. The Lyceum is open to the public.

Pushkin (Tsarskoe Celo) & Petrodvorets (Peterhof)

Duration (16 Oct - Apr only):  5 - 6 hours
Price:  £ 314
total for 2 people

Comments: Open 10:30 - 17:00. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. Fountains closed October-April (depending on weather).

Please note a supplement of 50 % of excursion price applies during the following Public Holidays:

  •     01 - 08 Jan
  •     23 Feb
  •     08 Mar
  •     01 - 03 May
  •     09 - 10 May
  •     12 Jun
  •     04 Nov
  •     31 Dec

Dostoevsky Hotel

St Petersburg, Russia - 3 stars
As the name implies, the great author once lived here. Nice rooms and convenient location make this a great place to stay. 

Petro Palace Hotel

St. Petersburg, Russia - 4 stars
The Petro Palace Hotel is a newly renovated four-star hotel, ideal for St. Petersburg holidays, located in the heart of St. Petersburg, just 100 meters from the world-famous Hermitage.

Angleterre Hotel

St Petersburg, Russia - 4 stars
Located next door to the Astoria and also managed by Rocco Forte hotels, the Angleterre's superb location on St Isaac's Square makes it ideal for exploring the city.

Astoria Hotel

St. Petersburg, Russia - 5 stars
Situated in a superb location in St. Isaacs Square, the Sunday Times described the Astoria as 'the best address in town'.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22

St. Petersburg, Russia - 5 stars
The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located in a charming and exclusive area, at the very heart of St. Petersburg, on the Moika River, opposite the renowned Hermitage Museum.

Grand Hotel Europe

St. Petersburg, Russia - 5 stars
Grand Hotel Europe is a 5 star luxury hotel located in the centre of St. Petersburg's main shopping and business districts, a truly outstanding hotel and close to main attractions - recommendable in all seasons.

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June 2016
Overall rating: (5/5)

Good Evening Daina.

Many thanks for the follow up email.

My husband & I had a wonderful trip to St.Petersburg.

Our guide Vladimir was superb,& really made our trip, full of enthusiasm & the upmost professional at all times.

Transport at all aspects were efficient & punctual.

Ballet was very enjoyable.

The hotel was a little disappointing, breakfast was what we would describe, as adequate.

We asked a receptionist to make a dinner reservation for us, on our last night ( & she forgot, which was annoying) ,however the location was very good as it was so near the superb metro.  

After the troublesome start of trying to acquire the visa, the rest of the vacation was hassle free.

Many thanks to you, for your assistance in helping us to plan our trip.

We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone, who asks us…

Every Best Wish & Thanks Daina.

Kindest Regards,

Deirdre & Diarmuid.

March 2016
Overall rating: (5/5)

Hi Diana

Just a quick email to thank you for sorting our wonderful trip to Moscow/st Petersburg

Everything went like clock work .

If you wish to know more please contact me and we will be happy to answer any questions

Many thanks

Iain J

January 2016
Overall rating: (5/5)

Just a quick email to thank you so much for giving my husband the best birthday ever. Everything was just perfect with your organisation.  The hotel room was fantastic looking right over St Isaac’s Cathedral,  and Champagne was in the room when returned from the Winter Palace on the day of his birthday.   Marinisky Theatre  seats were amazing and taxi both ways spot on time. The only thing was the poor driver felt so bad as his boot had frozen on the car so all the luggage had to come in the back with me when we arrived.  So not a complaint but a laugh between us showing us how cold it really was…. And what a treat we were in for.  The snow has given me some amazing photographs.
We can’t believe it was over so soon, and he is already talking about going back again as we only really scratched the surface of such a beautiful city.
None of this wouldn’t have been possible without all your care and attention to detail with the booking so we both thank you very much.  We look forward to travelling again with you.

Kind regards
Mrs Greener

January 2015
Overall rating: (5/5)

I have been meaning to email you for a while to let you know what a great time we had in St Petersburg.
All the arrangements you made for us – the transfers, the hotel and the ballet tickets went very smoothly.
The hotel was in an excellent location, the staff very welcoming and the rooms and food of a good standard.
We were lucky to have sunshine and snow, so I think we saw this beautiful city at its wintery best.
Thank you.
Kind regards,

November 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Hello Iveta - just a short note to say thank you for organizing my holiday - all went well and had a lovely time - Thank you and Best wishes
Joy A.

August 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Hi Daina,

I wanted to follow up and say thank you so much for all your help.  Our recent trip from Stockholm to St Petersburg worked out perfectly. We made the most of four days, our tour guide was excellent, and we thoroughly enjoyed the Peterhof, the full day tour and Hermitage, Catherine palace, and more.  Since it was just the two of us and our guide, we were able to skip all the lines of tourists and were really able to get around and see everything. I sincerely appreciate all your help in arranging and making it happen.


March 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Iveta,

Just to say that we had the most wonderful time in St. Petersburg and we cannot thank you enough for organising such a fantastic trip.  Our guide, Julia, was brilliant and very well informed about all the places we visited.  The hotel was in a perfect location and very comfortable and friendly. We have returned with our heads full of Russian history and all the beautiful things we have seen - it really was a memorable trip. Thank you once again.

Kind regards
Laura and Falconer

March 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Iveta,

This is to thank you for all your help and guidance. We had a marvellous time and found St. Petersburg fascinating. Julia, our guide was charming and very well informed. The driver was also excellent. The hotel was fine too. Thank you.

Tommy F.

January 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Daina
Thank you very much for sending the travel documents for the trip that my wife and daughter are to make to St Petersberg.  I am particularly grateful for the work that you did in securing the required visas.  The service that you provided us with was first class - thankyou very much.
David H.

November 2012
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Daina, We had a great week end in St Petersburg. We thought the city was beautiful and the people we met were all very friendly and helpful. The arrival transfer was a bit unfortunate, but no real problem. Your colleague Julia was charming and  was very efficient at sorting out the problem. We have been very impressed with Baltic travel and especially with yourself. I would certainly use your company again in future and would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and family.
Thank you again for all your help.
With best wishes,
Andrew T.

October 2012
Overall rating: (5/5)

Back from WONDRFUL trip to St Petersburg
Your organisation was PERFECT
Cannot thank you enough!!
Malcolm F.

September 2012
Overall rating: (5/5)

Hi Veronika, just to let you know that we got back safely last night from our trip to St. Petersburg. We enjoyed it enormously, we saw huge amounts, had good weather and were seriously impressed by St. Petersburg, so thank you for you help in making it happen.
with best wishes

Julie and Tisha

May 2012
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Daina, we returned to England last Sunday after a wonderful 4 night break in St Petersburg, so we are emailing to say thank you for all your help and support given to us and to our Son and his Wife who made the booking in the first instance. Everything about our Break was excellent, travel, accommodation, food, people and especially the wonderful sights around the City, we didn’t waste a minute taking in as much as we possibly could, and are now getting our breath back here at home, we even had better weather in St Petersburg than they had in Gloucestershire while we were away.
Should the opportunity arise to return to Russia or any other place where your Company operates we would most certainly come back to you, thank you again for your Customer care, yours most sincerely,
Chris and Sue

April 2012
Overall rating: (5/5)

Hi Iveta,

It was an unbelievable trip. The sights, the ballet, the helpful guides - in fact everyone everywhere - made it such an enjoyable experience. Of course, none of it would have been possible without your advice and personal attention to the planning of all this especially in getting us a room with the best view in town ....and even organising a train ticket for my husband from Moscow. Well done and thank you again.

Lady Joy G.


For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.


Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage or http://www.baltictravelcompany.com/insurance. We can offer quotes for all nationalities.

Our recommended partner is FS Ball who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .


You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Euro
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia


Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.


Railway mostly serves domestic routes and is used as an easy and quick way to get from the capital to major cities of the country. There are some international routes, like to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but time spent on the way will be quite long.

Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel between the Baltic States. Eurolines will get you between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. One way tickets will cost £ 15 - £ 20 and approximate travel time is 5 hours between the cities. Ticket reservations in advance are recommended.

Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way of travelling round the city. You'll find them located close to the main hotels. Usually it's quite easy to catch a taxi on the street, however, it's much better and safer to order one by phone. Taxi costs in all of the Baltic countries and Poland are approximately the same and a ride in the centre of the city will cost you approx £ 5 - £ 7.  Taxis in Finland and Russia are considerably more expensive.  It is always a good idea to get your hotel to book a taxi for you and ask approximately how much the trip will cost before you get in.

We would not recommend you to take public transportation within the city, as it's usually crowded and it may cause you unnecessary anxiety about where to stop.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency telephone number for the police, ambulance services or fire department in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Poland - 112.

Greenland uses 911 and for mobile phones only 112.

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