St. Petersburg and surroundings

7-day tour for pre-formed tourist groups of minimum 10 participants

St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Pskov and Staraya Russa

This is a great tour to explore a magnificent city of St. Petersburg and its surroundings. Few cities can offer so many stunning attractions and intriguing moods as St. Petersburg - The City of the Tsars. Created by Peter the Great in 1703 to be his "window to Europe", St. Petersburg combines its fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European outlook. Considered the cultural heart of modern day Russia, St. Petersburg has established itself as one of the greatest European cities - and uniquely Russian.  Just outside St. Petersburg, we will explore far more ancient Russian cities such as Veliky Novgorod - the oldest city in Russia, Pskov, and Staraya Russa. And this 7-days tour will take you to explore them.

 

 Upon request we can also book flights from your country to St. Petersburg at group rates,

This program can be edited and adapted to any of your requests,

→  Minimum number of participants is 10 people.


To receive a quote, please fill out the form above or send us an e-mail at info@incoming-russia.eu. Please provide us with the necessary information about your group, your wishes, and requirements and we will tailor a program exclusively for you.

 

Special rates are available for travel agencies and tour operators. 


Travel Program

Day 1    St. Petersburg

Dinner in the hotel

Arrive in St. Petersburg. Meet with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

 

Day 2    Pskov

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

Pskov city tour. Only 30 km from the Estonia border, church-studded Pskov is dominated by its mighty riverside Kremlin well preserved until our time. In Pskov, the number of old churches, walls, towers and other fortifications is striking, but the inimitable Pskov architecture is even more memorable. Pskov is also home to the world-famous Pskov paintings - masterpieces of ancient art including icons and frescoes. The city tour includes a visit to the fortified Kremlin which contains the splendid Trinity Cathedral. Overnight stay in Pskov.

 

Day 3    Staraya Russa

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

Staraya Russa city tour. Straya Russa is a small historic town in the center of Novgorod region, long famous domestically for its balneological mineral waters resort, but much more famous among international travelers as Dostoevsky's summer retreat, and the basis for the fictional town of Skotoprigonievsk in the Brothers Karamazov book. It is one of the oldest Russian cities, already mentioned in 1076 as one of the most important cities in the Principality of Novgorod. Among the main attractions of the town we will visit the splendid Transfiguration Monastery. After the city tour transfer to Veliky Novgorod. Overnight stay in the hotel. 

 

Day 4    Veliky Novgorod

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

Veliky Novgorod city tourVeliky Novgorod, whose founding dates back to 854, is one of the most ancient Russian cities. Born as a Scandinavian commercial outpost along the Volkhov River, thanks to the powerful merchant families it developed into the most important Russian city in the Middle Ages, home to a powerful Republic, whose expansion was stopped only in the fifteenth century by the rise of Moscow. In the Middle Ages, Novgorod was one of the largest art centers in Europe. Its architectural traditions and painting school were famous in ancient times. In Novgorod we will visit the Kremlin, which encloses in its fortified walls the magnificent Saint Sophia Cathedral, and the open-air Museum of wooden architecture. Return to St. Petersburg in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel. 

 

Day 5    St. Petersburg

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

 morning: St. Petersburg city tour. Sightseeing with the guide, main tourist attractions: Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, the Palace Square and the Winter Palace, the Rostral Columns, the Admiralty and Saint Isaak’s Cathedral and Square.

 afternoon: The State Hermitage Museum. Known to be the most complete art collection in the world. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 as a court museum, after 3 centuries of patient collection, the Hermitage boasts works from every art period in total of more than 16,000 paintings.

 

Day 6    St. Petersburg

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

morning: Pushkin, Tsarskoe Selo, Catherine Palace and Park. The town of Pushkin, which surrounds the Tsarskoe Selo ("Tsar Village" in Russian), is considered Saint Petersburg's most charming suburb. In the course of the guided tour we will visit the halls of the Catherine Palace including the world-famous Amber Room and the immense Catherine Park surrounding the residence. 

afternoon: Peter and Paul Fortress. Peter and Paul Fortress is the oldest landmark in the city - founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Architecturally, it is a fortification masterpiece and the kernel from which Saint Petersburg grew into the city it is today. The Tsars of the Russian Imperial Romanov family are buried within a cathedral inside the fortress.

 

Day 7   St. Petersburg

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch

Free time. Transfer to the airport (with an English-speaking assistant). Departure. 


Important notes

Visa

→  2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa.  You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.

 →  2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online. 

Caution: The Russian Parliament has yet to approve the law that would put into effect the Electronic Visa program of 2021. While it is likely to pass, the hearing on the law is expected soon, therefore please contact us at info@incoming-russia.eu to clarify the current status.

 

General information

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