Extend your adventure to explore St. Petersburg, referred to as the Venice of the North with its more than 300 bridges. This cultural capital of Russia seamlessly blends past and present—the UNESCO World Heritage Site of its historic city center, rich with untouched 18th- and 19th-century architecture, provides an unrivaled backdrop for modern events, such as contemporary art exhibits, music festivals, and theater performances. St. Petersburg is a bucket-list location for anyone interested in Russian history, culture, and sightseeing.
Day 14: Depart Moscow / Arrive St. Petersburg
After breakfast, board a high-speed train for St. Petersburg. Enjoy Business Class seating with lunch as you watch the passing landscape, traveling upwards of 155 miles per hour during this approximately five-hour journey.
In St. Petersburg, transfer to an ideally situated hotel with time to settle in and enjoy a leisurely evening.
Overnight: Hotel Astoria (L)
Day 15: St. Petersburg
Today is highlighted by a private tour of the State Hermitage Museum with a local guide. This world-renowned, priceless collection occupies five historic buildings that contain more than three million exhibits, including the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and other famous masters. See the city's most precious monuments—rich with storied history and original architecture—at sites such as Nevsky Prospekt, Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Vasilyevsky Island, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Peter and Paul Fortress.
The remainder of the evening is at leisure. Perhaps relax in a traditional Russian Banya (bath house) or dine at a restaurant overlooking the stunning Moyka River.
Overnight: Hotel Astoria (B,L)
Day 16: St. Petersburg / Tsarskoe Selo / Pushkin
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for the charming town of Tsarskoe Selo, the site of the Summer Palace—the previous residence of the imperial family.
Adjourn to a log cabin for a special lunch before continuing to Pavlovsk, a municipal town that was the former residence of the Emperor Paul I. Visit the classical-style Emperor’s palace, dating back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and stroll through the stunning park—the entire site of which is a UNESCO World Heritage attraction.
Overnight: Hotel Astoria (B,L)
Day 17: Depart St. Petersburg
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times transfer to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport for flights home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch
This post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.
We expect that guests can enjoy three hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled are limited.
Experience genuine Russian hospitality at this grand property, directly across from St. Isaac’s Cathedral and a short walk from Nevsky Prospekt, Palace Square, and the Mariinsky Theatre. During free time, sip afternoon tea in the Rotunda Lounge, indulge in a service at the tranquil spa (additional fees apply), or enjoy retail therapy within the hotel's glamorous shopping arcade.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, courtyard view, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, phone, safe, bathrobes and slippers, and en suite marble bathroom with Ferragamo sundries and hair dryer.
Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.
- High-speed train transfer in Business Class with lunch from Moscow to St. Petersburg
- 3 nights accommodations at Hotel Astoria (or similar) with breakfast each morning
- 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches, with 1 lunch served in a log cabin
- Private guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum
- Outside visit of the Summer Palace
- Inside visit to Pavlovsk Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Airport transfer for guests departing during the suggested times