Post-tour to St Petersburg
Designed as a post-tour for To Russia with Love.
Extend your enjoyment of the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition with a post-tour to St Petersburg to attend a special Gala Concert of the competition winners.
St Petersburg displays all the opulence of Imperial Russia: magnificent palaces and fortresses, richly decorated churches and cathedrals and of course the wondrous State Hermitage Museum, arguably the world’s greatest collection of art. Explore this fascinating city, a companion and contrast to Moscow, visiting Emperor Peter the Great’s Peterhof Palace, inspired by the Palace of Versailles, the comprehensive Russian art collection of the Russian Museum and the awe-inspiring mosaic interior of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.
Also take advantage of the opportunity to attend further performances at some of Russia’s great cultural institutions.
In the morning, depart Moscow on the high-speed Sapsan train to St Petersburg. Named after the Russian word for the peregrine falcon, the Sapsan travels at speeds of up to 250 km/h through beautiful Russian forests and countryside.
On arrival in the early afternoon in St Petersburg, transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, before dinner at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a morning introduction to this magnificent city, including a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.
After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure until this evening’s Gala Concert at the Mariinsky Theatre, featuring the prize winners of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition (performance subject to confirmation).
This morning, visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. This marvellous paean to Russian church architecture was erected between 1883 and 1907 on the site where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 (the ‘spilled blood’ referred to in its name). Continue to the Russian Museum, today the world’s largest collection of Russian fine arts from the 10th to the 20th centuries.
The afternoon is at leisure to continue your exploration of St Petersburg, perhaps with a summertime stroll along the banks of the Neva River.
In the evening, you may wish to attend an optional evening concert at the Philharmonia (not included in tour price; additional cost applies).
In the morning, visit Peterhof, an extensive complex of palaces and gardens laid out on the orders of Emperor Peter the Great and inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Visit the Baroque Grand Palace and explore the lower park with its famous fountain cascade. After lunch at Peterhof, return to St Petersburg.
This evening, attend a performance (opera, ballet or concert) at the Mariinsky Theatre complex, comprising the historic theatre (1860) a modern concert hall (2006) and the Mariinsky II theatre, opened in 2013 (Russian theatre performance details announced two to three months prior).
Enjoy a guided tour of the main branch of the State Hermitage Museum housed in the Winter Palace, the former principal residence of the Romanov Emperors. The rest of the day is free to continue your own exploration of the museum – including the newly opened second wing of the State Hermitage Museum, located in the former Imperial General Staff Building.
This evening, celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell dinner.
After a morning at leisure, tour arrangements conclude with a transfer to St Petersburg Airport in time for suggested flights to Australia or New Zealand on Qatar Airways via Doha.
Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 10 people to operate.
Final payment due
17 April 2019
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Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa to visit Russia. The visa will be obtained by Renaissance Tours and is included in the tour price.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in a centrally located 4-star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine
- High-speed Sapsan train from Moscow to St Petersburg
- Hotel/airport transfer on departure
- Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport porterage
- Items of a personal nature including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
St Petersburg – Angleterre ****+
NB. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.