Hermitage Museum in Winter Palace

St Petersburg Extension

Trip code: 
XRA
Min age:
16

Extend your stay in Russia in glorious St Petersburg

Prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917, St Petersburg (or Petrograd as it was known then), was the capital of Imperial Russia and seat of power of the Romanov Family. It was here that revolution began, the Winter Palace was stormed by the Bolsheviks and Tsar Nicolas II abdicated. Starting in St Petersburg allows us to follow the full journey of both the revolution itself and Romanov family all the way to the sight of their execution, two thousand kilometres away in Yekaterinburg. 

Highlights

  • Half day guided tour of St Petersburg 
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress 
  • Free time in the Hermitage

Key information

  • 2 nights 3 star hotel
  • Private airport transfer
  • Standard class ticket on Sapsan train to Moscow
  • Transfer from station to Moscow hotel

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation 
  • Morning tour of the city including the Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Letter of invitation 
  • Transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start St Petersburg

    Start St Petersburg. The nearest metro station to the hotel is Sennaya Ploshchad.  On arrival, you will be given details of when and where to meet the guide tomorrow. The rest of the day if free for you to enjoy Russia's cultural capital. 

    Hotel Asteria or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning tour of St Petersburg including Peter and Paul Fortress; free afternoon

    Our orientation tour starts at 9 AM, you will meet the guide in reception. St Petersburg is one of the finest and most extravagant cities in Europe and there's a lot to see. We start off at the Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Its cathedral now contains the tombs of the Romanov family, finally laid to rest here in July 1998, as well as other notable rulers from Russian history including Peter II and Catherine the Great. 

    Returning to the city centre we will take a tour down Nevsky Prospect, the cities most famous street. Lined with some of the finest 18th and 19th-century buildings to be found anywhere in Europe, but with a distinct Russian influence. Highlights include the neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Stroganov Palace and the art nouveau Singer House, home to one of the finest bookstores in the world. 

    The tour ends outside the Winter Palace, the official residence of the Russan Royal Family from 1732 to 1917, which now houses the Hermitage Museum. The museum is not part of our tour but the guide will stay and help you get tickets if you wish to visit. Otherwise, the afternoon is free. 

    Hotel Asteria or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Free day to explore St Petersburg; Train to Moscow at 3:30, transfer to Moscow hotel

    Today is free to enjoy beautiful St Petersburg at your leisure. You may choose to take a relaxing canal trip or the hydrofoil out to the Peterhof Palace on the Gulf of Finland, famous for its step fountains and ornate gardens. While in the city itself there's the Church of the Savior on Blood, with its brightly coloured onion domes, or a Russia Museum, home to some of the finest pieces of art in Russia. 

    At 3 PM you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to St.Petersburg-Glavny Station, from here we take the Sapsan highspeed train down to Moscow. Journey time is approximately 3hrs 55mins. On arrival, you will be met by a local driver and transferred to the hotel to join the group. 

    Arbat House Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Russia

All nationalities require a visa for Russia. These requirements will vary depending on your nationality. For British nationals visa applications must now be made in person at a visa processing centre, located in London and Edinburgh. At the time of application, fingerprints will be taken. We will be providing a new type of service to assist with the application process; however we will no longer be able to submit the application on your behalf. It is your responsibility to arrange a visa prior to travel, but we will provide you with more information after booking to help and advice with this. The cost of the visa is currently GBP108.40. For more information please go to http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/Russia.pdf

Please note: The visa application takes approximently 5 working days. You can arrange for your passport to be posted back to you or returned to the visa processing centre to collect it in person. 

 

Vaccinations

Russia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever.

Eating and Drinking

There are not many restaurants and cafes in St Petersburg where you can try pure Russian cuisine. Nowadays Russian food is a mixture of cuisine from neighbouring countries such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and those of Central Asia. You can try pancakes and pies with different fillings, delicious khachapuri (traditional Georgian pie with home-made cheese suluguni), caucas kebabs, Uzbekistani plov (rice dish with meat and vegetables) and soups (traditional Russian schi with solty cabbage or Ukrainian borsch with beetroot).

Vegetarians are well catered for in St Petersburg. But vegans and those with more specific dietary requirements may struggle and should bring some snacks of their own. 

Expect to pay £20-30 per person for dinner and between £8-10 for a lunch snack.

Weather

This part of Russia is in northern Europe and has a continental climate, with extreme highs in the summer and lows in the winter. Through the summer months, rain can be experienced at any time. Spring starts about a month later than in the UK and autumn finishes about a month earlier. Trips at this time should be warm and sunny, in the high summer, it can be hot, with temperatures of about 30°C or more. Winter departures are very different. Expect snow from early Dec through to April with temperatures between +10 and –5 in Nov, Dec, March and April dropping to between –10 and –20 in Jan and Feb. Russia is magical in winter and if you take good quality clothing for when you are out and about you will be fine. The hotels and restaurants are generally well heated and a sauna is a great way to end a day’s sightseeing.

Is this trip for you?

This is the perfect start for anyone who wants to follow the entire journey of the Romanov family. From St Petersburg, all the way to Yekaterinburg.

The extension operators without a leader.  However, you do have a guide for the city tour on day 2. He or she will also be contactable by phone if a problem were to arise. On arrival and departure, you will be met by a local driver. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

St Petersburg hotel

You will spend 2 nights in the comfortable 3 star Asteria Hotel, located on the embankment of the Fontanka River, a short walk from St Petersburg's famous avenue Nevsky Prospekt. Wi-Fi is available free of charge but is sometimes temperamental. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936