Katya Galitzine explores a very different side of St Petersburg.
See the many hidden treasures of both the Hermitage and Faberge museums, located in stunning, traditional palaces.
Venture out of the city to visit the palace, a dazzling display of gilt and glorious parquet.
Take tea at the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library.
Arrive and transfer to your hotel, where the remainder of the day will be at leisure. Katya will meet you at the hotel for a welcome dinner.
Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress, General Staff Building of the Hermitage, The Mining Institute, St. Isaacs Cathedral and the Church of the Spilled Blood.
Visit the Russian Museum, Faberge Museum and enjoy a light afternoon tea at the Galitzine Library.
Travel out of the city centre, visiting the Palace of Pavlovsk. Afterwards, enjoy a troika ride with hot chocolate. Continue to Catherine Palace
This morning you will return to the Hermitage and visit the Scythian Gold room. Afterwards, transfer to the airport.
Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.
To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.
Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located in a quiet historical area, in the very heart of St Petersburg, on the Moika River, opposite the renowned Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. The Hotel is just a two-minute walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping.
You will find traditional service put into practice in a very modern way at this elegant hotel.
Originally commissioned by Catherine the Great in the 1760s as a small building to house her growing art collection, today, the Hermitage occupies four buildings adjacent to the Winter Palace. The extraordinary collection of European art comprises of over two million exhibits. Explore the main building and the Diamond room.
The Russian Museum houses the largest collection of Russian art in the world, from Orthodox icons to present-day contemporary artists. The Mikhailovsky Palace was built by Carlo Rossi (1819-27) for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, a brother of both Alexander I and Nicholas I. In 1898 Alexander III ordered the family to sell the palace to the state so that it could become the museum of Russian art. Today the museum contains a magnificent collection of over 300,000 exhibits ranging from the 9th century through to the 1920s.
Private tour of the Fabergé Museum housed at Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka Canal. The museum is dedicated to the art of Peter Carl Fabergé, as well as his contemporaries and followers. The museum houses the celebrated Fabergé collection of the Link of Times Foundation owned by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg which, with over 1,500 choice pieces, now surpasses the collection found at the Kremlin Armoury Museum. The museum is a centrepiece for some of Fabergé’s most famous creations, such as the Imperial Coronation Egg, which was created in 1897 by Fabergé masters Mikhail Perkhin and Henrik Wickstrom.
Given by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine, this summer palace was rebuilt by Rastrelli in 1752-6 for Empress Elizabeth and altered by Charles Cameron in 1780 by order of Catherine the Great. Among some of the more beautiful rooms are the Great Hall, the Knight’s dining room and the State dining room. The palace is set in a beautiful park with elaborate gardens, canals and pavilions.
Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Russia?
The tour is led by Princess Katya Galitzine, part of one of the oldest noble families in Russian History. Katya’s grandfather, Prince Vladimir Galitzine fled his Russian homeland after the Russian revolution and settled in London. Katya is also a direct descendant of Catherine the Great and in 1989, 70 years after the Revolution forced her ancestors to flee their native Russia, Katya returned to Russia to study.
In memory of her late father, Katya set up the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library, in 1994, in the house of her grandmother’s family, a mansion they moved to after the tsar ordered them out of the Mikhailovsky Palace. The library houses a large collection of books about Russia, printed abroad and is now a cultural institution of the city.
In 1999, Katya wrote a ground-breaking book St Petersburg – The Hidden Interiors – a history of St Petersburg, told through the lesser-known palaces of the city and the families who lived in them. Katya has written articles for many newspapers and magazines and was the Chief Executive of the Hermitage Foundation UK and is now working on a history of the Russian country house.
What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?
Accommodation is excellent and you will stay in the 4-star Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 hotel in St Petersburg.
Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
What is the food in Russia like?
Expect to dine on traditional, fresh and wholesome dishes such as Borshch, a tart soup made of beetroot or cabbage and filled dumplings known as pelmeni. One of the country’s most famous dishes is blini, traditionally served with caviar, sour cream or a variety of sweet accompaniments. Vodka to accompany your meal is a must and wonderful with a selection of pickles and honey.
Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?
General overall fitness is required. Much of your time will be spent exploring the sites of St Petersburg on foot, so we would suggest that you make sure you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
Can I extend my time in Russia?
Yes, in fact, we would recommend adding a few days at the beginning or end of the group tour to discover Moscow, offering a wonderful contrast to St Petersburg. Discover the magnificent golden-domed cathedrals and churches, the grand political building of the Kremlin and the buildings surrounding red square, where the former founder of the Soviet state lies embalmed, and the infamous domes of St Basil’s Cathedral. Trains between these two main Russian cities are readily available along with river cruises following the Volga River between Moscow to St Petersburg, taking in a wealth of Russian historic scenery along the way. Moscow offers a complete contrast to St Petersburg and is known as the central focal point of New Russia.
There are also options to go further afield in Russia, such as exploring the Golden ring. For more information, speak to one of our Russia specialists.
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We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.
We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.
Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.
Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.
When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.
For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784
|Start date||End date||Days|
|Single Supplement||Tour Expert||Group Size||Status|
|24/02/21||28/02/21||5 days||£1,995 ex. flights||£300||Katya Galitzine||15 Max||AVAILABLE||Reserve place|
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