Private tour to Saint Petersburg by Firebird Tours - Firebird Tours ®
St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia

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Overview

This private tour to St. Petersburg is carefully designed to harnesses the best of Russia's Venice of the North. Be swept away by the historic beauty of its palaces, museums, and theaters. We will personalize your itinerary exactly the way you imagine it and book best Saint Petersburg guides and outstanding downtown hotels for your tour of St Petersburg, Russia. Complimentary Russian visas and accommodation in best central 4-star hotels included.
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.95 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    6 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private drivers for day trips
    2 boat cruises
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided city tours with private transportation
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    6 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 6 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Saint Petersburg

Welcome to the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.

No meals included.

Day 2
Tour of the Hermitage Museum & the Savior on Spilled Blood

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the legendary Hermitage Museum along the Nevsky Prospect and admire the Kazan Cathedral and the Admiralty building along the way.

The Hermitage Museum houses its unique collection of world art, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough in the halls of the Winter Palace.

You then cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

After a short break for coffee you explore the Palace Square, have a tour of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded. You then walk to the Arts Square and explore its beautiful ensemble including the Mikhailovsky Palace and the Mikhailovsky Theater.

After the tour you walk to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: Feel Yourself Russian Folk Show, St. Petersburg
    Enchanting festival of Russian spirit "Feel yourself Russian" is performed by a professional folk ensemble at the Nikolaevsky Palace.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
St. Petersburg City Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg with your private driver.

You start the day with a drive along the Summer Garden, and after crossing the Neva River you have a chance to see the legendary Cruiser Aurora. Afterward, you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family.

A highlight of the day is a guided tour of the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is known to be the second tallest Orthodox church in the world.

Before returning to your hotel you see some other major sights as the Mariinsky Theater, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the Alexandrinsky Theatre.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Free Day

Today is reserved for you to explore the magnificent Venice of the North on your own. Alternatively, we suggest you take one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Guided Tour of the Faberge Museum, St. Petersburg
    Your private guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs.
  • Optional tour: Matryoshka Painting Master Class, St. Petersburg

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Trip to Peterhof

It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! And today you travel with your private guide and driver to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.

During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional tour: Guided Tour of the Faberge Museum, St. Petersburg

Note: If you're traveling during Midseason we suggest replacing the tour to Peterhof with a tour to Yusupov Palace, as the fountains in Peterhof are shut down during midseason.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Trip to Pushkin

After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head with your private driver to one of the gems of Russian palatial architecture - the brilliant Catherine's Palace which is located in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) about an hour south from the center of St. Petersburg. This striking example of baroque architecture was once gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I. Later on it serviсed as summer residences to many Russian Emperors and empresses who contributed a lot into its development and further beautification.

During the tour, we walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Departure from St. Petersburg

This is the final day of your amazing St. Petersburg tour. After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

6 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
Accommodation at centrally-located 4-star hotels

Sample hotel:

  • Golden Triangle, Saint Petersburg

What's included
  • Accommodation at a remarkable 4-star hotel in St. Petersburg;
  • Breakfasts at the hotel;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Private Rivers & Canals Boat Ride;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses and gratuities.

Tour highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Complimentary Russian visa processing;
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the former residence of Russian tsars and the vast collection of finest art from all over the world on your tour of the Hermitage Museum;
  • Unveil the history of the priceless Amber Room at Catherine's Palace which required a quarter-century reconstruction;
  • Relaxed pace all nights staying in one city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture.
What to Know
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Russian climates are unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: Midseason (October - April)
$1,776
Deposit $500
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (October - April)
$1,976
Deposit $500
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (May - September)
$2,176
Deposit $500
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (May - September)
$2,376
Deposit $500

*Please note: the Midseason prices do not apply for Christmas and New Year holidays and are eligible for tours booked after September 14, 2018.

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: Midseason (October - April)
$1,776
Deposit $500
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (October - April)
$1,976
Deposit $500
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (May - September)
$2,176
Deposit $500
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (May - September)
$2,376
Deposit $500

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