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St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg in the winter, Russia

Jewels of St Petersburg

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

St Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia 1

Behind the scenes access

Katya Galitzine explores a very different side of St Petersburg.

Egg faberge, St Petersburg, Russia 2

Museums

See the many hidden treasures of both the Hermitage and Faberge museums, located in stunning, traditional palaces.

Catherine Palace in Pushkin is a rococo palace, St Petersburg, Russia 3

Catherine's Palace

Venture out of the city to visit the palace, a dazzling display of gilt and glorious parquet.

Interior, Galitzine Library, St Petersburg, Russia 4

Private tea

Take tea at the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library.

Why we like it

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.

This group tour can be arranged on a tailor made basis, contact us for more information

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    St Petersburg
  • Day 2
    St Petersburg
  • Day 3
    St Petersburg
  • Day 3
    St Petersburg
  • Day 5
    St Petersburg
Winter Palace, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage

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.

St. Petersburg St. Isaac's Cathedral, Russia
St. Petersburg St. Isaac's Cathedral, Russia

Russian Museum

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.

Egg faberge, St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia

Fabergé Museum

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.

The Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Catherine Palace

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.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

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.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Princess Katya Galitzine
  • Accompanied by an English speaking guide throughout
  • Accommodation at the Kempinski Moika 22 Hotel
  • Tea at the Galitzine Library
  • Visa support letter
  • All transportation
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned
  • Farewell Dinner

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Russian visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Dinners on days 2 and 3
  • Drinks with meals
  • Items of a personal nature

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

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.

2.Size Matters

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.

4.It’s about who you know

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.

3.Like-Minded People

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.

5.Value for money

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.

6.Peace of Mind

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.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
26/02/205 Days £1,995 ex. flightsKatya Galitzine15 FULL

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01285 601 784

We look forward to you joining us on this tour.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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