St Petersburg at Christmas

7 days

From £3,895

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Summary

Tsar Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703 on the marshes at the mouth of the Neva River where the Rus Vikings, the founders of ‘Russia’, had passed through centuries earlier. Peter’s city of timber, mud and stone was transformed by the Tsarina Catherine into a Baroque fantasy. This glorious 18th century city is characterised by elegant and extravagant architecture: St Peter and Paul fortress and Cathedral, where Peter the Great is buried along with many of his descendants; the fabulous Winter Palace which now forms part of the Hermitage, one of the largest collections of art, furniture, and historical and archaeological artefacts in the world. Uniquely, a day of the tour will also be given to visiting the archaeological excavations at Staraja Lodge where over 100 Viking dwellings and workshops have been uncovered.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore Catherine Palace, famous for its ‘whipped cream’ Rococo facades, gilded with over 100kg of gold
  • Visit Peterhof with its lavish gardens and use of hydraulics to drive a series of cascades and fountains and ‘surprise’ installations
  • A full day at the magnificent Hermitage, home to the Russian tsars for over 200 years and now the second largest art museum in the world

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Today's Price
£3,895

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £530

Includes flights

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

John Oxley

Guide Lecturer

John Oxley has worked in York since 1989 as City Archaeologist and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
21 December 2020 ASPX201221 21 December 2020 (Monday) 27 December 2020 (Sunday) John Oxley £3,895
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£500 £530

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