Day 1. st. Petersburg Arrival in Saint Petersburg. Transfer to the hotel. Check in.
Day 2. st. Petersburg A panoramic tour of the winter city allows you to learn the history of Saint Petersburg and feel its magic Christmas atmosphere. Chilly weather and shorter days frighten away those who dare to come during this season. Nevertheless, it is only in winter that you can admire how winter holidays transform the city and fill it with the magic of white snow and crystal ice of the numerous rivers and canals. A sightseeing tour of the former capital of the Russian Empire gives you an opportunity to enjoy its unforgettable ensembles: the elegant Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Nevsky prospect which is the heart of the city, the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres, the Palace Square and the impressing baroque facade of the Winter Palace. The Palace Square has the largest Christmas tree in the city, we will definitely visit the Peter and Paul fortress — the cradle of the city. Free time for lunch. After lunch we proceed to the State Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. Its numerous and valuable collection occupies 5 historical buildings including the Winter Palace. Magnificent interiors treasure the priceless works of art of all times and from all parts of the world. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects. Objects that date back to various periods from prehistoric times to nowadays are exhibited in 400 rooms. The sheer jewels of the collection are the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, A. Van Dyck, El Greco… If we went to the museum every day for 8 hours and stayed for one minute only at every object it would take us 15 years to see the whole collection. At the end of the day we will go to a peculiar museum dedicated to the most famous Russian drink — vodka. There you can learn the history of how the firewater was elaborated and produced. You can also take part in the degustation of various types of vodka. Return to the hotel.
Day 3. st. Petersburg This day we will head to Pavlovsk. This classical palace was constructed 27 km away from St. Petersburg as a summer residence of the tsar Paul I and his family. It is one of the few palaces that retain the cozy and private atmosphere of the royal family. The beautiful park of the palace that covers the area of 600 hectares is one of the largest parks in Europe. It is considered to be a perfect example of romantic landscape parks of the beginning of the XIX century. By all means it deserves to be called «music for the eyes». After the visit to the palace you are offered a special kind of traditional Russian entertainment — a troika ride around the park. Troika is a sledge drawn by three horses. Then we will have some hot tea with «pirozhki» — small Russian pies. We will have lunch in Podvorie restaurant that is well known for its typical Russian exterior and interior resembling a traditional Russian country house — «izba». Return to the city.
Day 4. st. Petersburg Today we will head to Okhta park to try learn how to skate. As you know figure skating is very popular in Russia and we would like to show you how fun and great it is. The park has a picturesque open air skating ring. Attentive coaches will help you to make your first steps on the ring. For those interested in snowboarding or skiing the rent of the equipment is also possible on the spot. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Day 5. st. Petersburg Check out. Transfer to the airport.
Prices include guide and transportation services, entrance fees to indicated museums. Price doesn’t include accommodation.