- Katya Galitzine explores a very different side of St Petersburg
- See hidden treasures of the Hermitage
- Discover delicate jewels at the Faberge Museum
- Take tea at the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library
Absorb the splendour of the Tsars in St Petersburg with a focus on some of the jewels and treasures of pre-Revolutionary Russia. Accompanied by Princess Katya Galitzine, this tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the highlights of St Petersburg and gain a personal insight into the countries fascinating history through the Galitzine family experiences. Katya's expertise and insight will open doors and your eyes to a very different side of St Petersburg.
Explore the vaults within the Hermitage and uncover exceptional gems, not on public display. With Katya's expert eye and narrative, trawl through the riches of Russia at the Mining Institute and see the fantastic private collection of Faberge eggs in the new museum at the Shuvalov Palace, showcasing a collection of over 1,500 pieces. The group tour finishes at the majestic Catherine's Palace, home of the meticulously restored Amber room, considered as the eighth wonder of the world and the filming location for the grand Tsar Ball in the BBC Production.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR 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.
IS THIS GROUP 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 TourExpert.
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.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO RUSSIA?
British passport holders do require a visa for travel to Russia. Other nationalities please ask and we will be happy to provide further advice.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN RUSSIA?
Accommodation is excellent and you will stay in the 4 star kempinski hotel moika 22 hotel in St Petersburg.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN 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.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN RUSSIA?
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.
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.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.