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New Year in St Petersburg

St. Petersburg 6 nights Prices on request

The days may be short but there is something uniquely atmospheric about visiting St. Petersburg in the depths of winter and the city takes on a different character when the canals and palaces are dusted in snow. It may be cold outside but the warmth of the welcome from the locals will more than compensate, and temperatures inside the galleries and museums stay high – but they are blissfully free of visitors. Wrap up warm and dress in flamboyant Russian style, dig out that Dr Zhivago fur hat and enter into the spirit of Russia at New Year. The citizens of St. Petersburg will be celebrating in great style and you will, too.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Four dinners including Grand Gala Dinner at the hotel on New Year’s Eve
  • Russian visa service (supplements may apply for fast track or non-UK passport holders)
  • One lunch
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to St. Petersburg

    We fly to St. Petersburg and transfer to the centre of the city where we stay for the duration of the holiday at the 5* Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte hotel overlooking St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
  • Day 2 - Panoramic city tour

    We begin our stay with an introductory panoramic tour of the city, which will include the simple log cabin where Peter the Great lived as his city grew ever more grand around him, and the Peter & Paul Fortress, overlooking the River Neva. We will also visit the Menshikov Palace and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, where a host of Russian cultural luminaries are buried.
  • Day 3 - Russian Museum, Church on the Spilled Blood & Fabergé Museum

    The following morning begins in the great Russian Museum with its wonderful collection of art and icons from all periods of the country’s history. Later we visit the Church on the Spilled Blood, one of the few churches in St Petersburg designed in the ornate mediaeval Russian style, with onion domes and golden mosaics, followed by the Fabergé Museum housed in the Shuvalov Palace. This evening we will enjoy a special New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner in the hotel.
  • Day 4 - New Year's Day

    New Year’s Day is free for independent sightseeing at your own leisure.
  • Day 5 - The Hermitage

    Today is devoted to the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest collections of paintings and decorative and fine arts, which is housed in Catherine the Great’s former Winter Palace. Here we will find Old Masters, Impressionists, ceramics, porcelain and antiquities, and our guided tour will include a special visit to the Diamond Room. After an introduction to the highlights of the collection the afternoon is free for you to stay on in the Hermitage to explore independently.
  • Day 6 - Pavlovsk & Pushkin

    Heading out of the city itself to the former summer retreats of the Imperial families, we will visit two sumptuous palaces designed for the Tsars. Pavlovsk, built for the son of Catherine the Great as a private residence and the Catherine Palace at Pushkin, a flamboyant Baroque showpiece designed by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli and the setting for some of Russia’s grandest balls and receptions.
  • Day 7 - Fly to London

    The last morning will be free before we drive to the airport for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways

Depart from London Heathrow 09.25, arrive St Petersburg 15.40
Depart from St Petersburg 16.40, arrive London Heathrow 17.20

Departure Dates and Prices

Included Hotels

Hotel

Astoria
Deluxe
Highly Recommended
St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe

Lovingly restored by Rocco Forte Hotels, the Astoria has been at the centre of the City’s history since it opened in 1912. Legend has it that Hitler sent out invitations to a celebratory party in the hotel’s Winter Garden in anticipation of his capture of St. Petersburg and needless to say, the party never took place.

Graeme Coles

Graeme Coles

Tour Leader

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Tatiana Shugla

Tour Lecturer

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