St Petersburg, Russia

Simply St. Petersburg

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to St. Petersburg at an uncommon value, Simply St. Petersburg is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city, with just a taste of the extraordinary experiences that only Exeter International can provide. 

 The Basics
  • Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private airport or train station transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program

Highlight of Exeter's Simply St. Petersburg

  • Private tour of the historic city center, including the world famous Hermitage Museum

Easy to combine with:

  • Moscow
  • Helsinki
  • Stockholm
  • Berlin

For custom luxury travel and tours to St. Petersburg and Russia, please contact one of our travel experts.

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Day 1
Arrival | St. Petersburg

Upon your arrival into St. Petersburg, your driver will meet you outside of baggage claim and customs to transfer you to your deluxe hotel in the historical center of the city.

Exeter Services: Transfer

Hotel: Angleterre Hotel

Day 2
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg Private Tour of the Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This morning you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a short walk to Palace Square. The focal point of this ensemble is the Winter Palace—an architectural masterpiece of the Russian Baroque and the royal residence of all the Russian Emperors (except Paul) until the 1917 Revolution. The existing Winter Palace is based on three earlier versions, the first two of which were rather modest and were erected under Peter the Great. After his death, the palace was repeatedly expanded and redesigned, most notably by the famous architects Domenico Trezzini and Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

The art collection, started in 1764 by Catherine the Great, grew over a period of two decades as she acquired more pieces. Eventually she commissioned new buildings to house the ever-growing collection, the Hermitage. Now the complex of four buildings, including the Winter Palace, holds the largest collection of art in the world.

You will also visit the General Staff Building, located just across Palace Square, which is now a part of the Hermitage. Designed by Carlo Rossi, one of the central architects that conceived St Petersburg, the General Staff Building was the headquarters of the army in Imperial times. At just under 2,000 feet it is the longest building in Europe.

Today the building has been transformed — its five courtyards glassed over, its various levels linked by concrete and glass staircases, which blend sympathetically with the original architecture and provides a stunning backdrop for the art: Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Gaugin, Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh, to name just a few. This is now the home of the Hermitage’s contemporary art collection, including its collection of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionist Art.

The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to explore the city with your guide. You will enjoy a walk along the famous Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare. The 3-mile-long Nevsky prospect was laid out in 1710, making it one of the city’s first streets connecting different bends of the Neva River.  St. Petersburg’s most famed street starts at the foot of the Admiralty building and runs all the way to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Some of the main sights lining the Nevsky Prospekt include Stroganoff Palace, the neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Book House (Dom Knigi), some 18th-century churches and the Russian National Library.

Time permitting, you may also wish to stop into St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

***Please note that the Hermitage and General Staff Building are closed on Mondays***

Exeter Services: Full Day Guide

Hotel: Angleterre Hotel

Day 3
St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg St. Isaac's Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

Today is at your leisure to explore the city and its surroundings. 

We recommend taking a trip into the Russian countryside to see one of the most elegant and beautiful palaces – Catherine Palace and its fabled Amber Room. And if you feel like being active, try a horseback ride through the Russian countryside.

St. Petersburg is also renown for its fine arts. The ballet, opera and symphony are some of the best across the world. Or if you’re gastronomically inclined then a caviar and vodka tasting is a must.

If you would like us to arrange for additional sightseeing we will be happy to customize your free time in St. Petersburg.

Exeter Services: None

Hotel: Angleterre Hotel

Day 4
Departure | St. Petersburg

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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