Helsinki and St Petersburg

from £1086
including flights
7 nights Jun-Sep


Explore the colourful architecture, art and cultural sights of the historic city of St Petersburg. Travel from Finland on the convenient visa-free cruise to Russia and spend 2 nights in this stunning city. Combined with Helsinki, a modern, vibrant and stylish capital of Finland. Immerse yourself in Nordic art, design and architecture or explore the nature and coastline, peppered with islands and opportunities for boat trips in the Helsinki archipelago.


  • Cruise along the historic Saimaa Canal
  • Spend time in the stunning St Petersburg
  • Opportunity to visit the Hermitage museum
  • Optional visit to the world famous Russian ballet, opera or theatre
  • Explore the Helsinki archipelago
  • Visit the many design stores, art galleries and unusual dining experiences

What's Included

  • Return flight from UK to Helsinki
  • 3-nights accommodation in Helsinki
  • Return train journey from Helsinki to Lappeenranta
  • 2-nights accommodation in Lappeenranta
  • Cruise on Saimaa Canal to Vyborg and transfer to St Petersburg
  • 2-nights in St Petersburg and an evening cruise along the river Neva
  • English speaking representative on Saimaa Canal Cruise and during the stay in St Petersburg

Full description

St Petersburg

Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and exotic cities in the world, St Petersburg oozes with rich culture, colourful history, high art and amazing architectural kaleidoscope from Baroque to Soviet style buildings, Neoclassical to Style Moderne . Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ due to the many rivers and canals, St Petersburg is also the cultural centre of Russia and home to the incredible Winter Palace which houses the Hermitage Museum, visit the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre and the famous Smolny Cathedral. The city has been in the centre of many battles for power from the Tsars of the Royal House of Romanov to the rise of the Bolsheviks and the communist state of Soviet Union. The city’s traditional nicknames of ‘Window to the West’ and ‘Window to Europe’ are still commonly used with the local Russian residents.


In the early 19th century Helsinki became the capital city of Finland and under the rule of the Russian Emperor Alexander I, the new city was commissioned to be built in neoclassical style in order to resemble St Petersburg. Although the history of these two cities has been very much interlinked throughout the centuries, today’s Helsinki also has a strong Nordic identity with modern Scandinavian architecture, famous design shops, art galleries and a typically relaxed Nordic way of life. The many restaurants and bars offer great culinary experiences and during the summer months outdoor living and trips to the archipelago offer a totally new dimension to this beautiful city.


Your cruise along the Saimaa canal begins and ends in the city of Lappeenranta, a beautiful lakeside town on the southern shores of Lake Saimaa and just 2-hours by train from Helsinki. Spend 2 nights here, a night before and after your cruise. Visit the old town, a medieaval trading centre, and its many handicraft workshops, quaint cafés and perhaps the Cavalry Museum. Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia had ordered the fortress to be built in order to protect St Petersburg and more recently, during the WWII, the city has played an important part in the battles between Finland and Russia.

Extend your stay

It is easy to extend your stay and visit other cities either in Finland, Estonia, Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia. Our travel specialist can assist with planning your trip.


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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Date Duration Twin Price Single Price Child Price (5-15) Hotel in St Petersburg
09 Jun 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya
23 Jun 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya
30 Jun 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya
07 Jul 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya
14 Jul 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya
19 Jul 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Moscow
21 Jul 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya
26 Jul 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya
28 Jul 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
02 Aug 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Aglaya
04 Aug 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
11 Aug 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
18 Aug 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
25 Aug 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky
01 Sep 2019 7 nights £1,086 £1,492 £816 Hotel Oktiabrskaya

What's Included

  • Return flights from UK to Helsinki
  • 3 nights accommodation at Glo Art Hotel in Helsinki
  • 2 nights accommodation at Scandic Patria Hotel in Lappeenranta
  • 2 nights accommodation in St Petersburg
  • Return rail journey between Helsinki and Lappeenranta
  • Cruise on M/S Carelia along the Saimaa Canal to Vyborg in Russia
  • Return coach transfer from Vyborg to St Petersburg
  • Lunch / dinner buffet on M/S Carelia
  • River Cruise on River Neva
  • English speaking representative on Saimaa Canal Cruise and during the stay in St Petersburg
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Fly to Helsinki

Fly to Helsinki and transfer to the city centre by train (payable locally). Either walk to your hotel or take a taxi from the railway station. Following 3 nights in Helsinki.

Day 2: Day at leisure in Helsinki

Visit some of the many highlights in Helsinki; Helsinki Cathedral at Senate Square, Temppeliaukio Church, stroll along Esplanadi in the centre of the city and visit the Café Kappeli or take a trip to the open air museum in Seurasaari. Immerse yourself in the local life at the colourful  Market Hall dating back to 1889 by Etelaranta harbour or visit one of the urban saunas, Löyly being one of the most popular ones.

Day 3: Day at leisure in Helsinki

Explore the beautiful Helsinki archipelago and take an optional boat trip to Suomenlinna, a giant maritime fortress. It is also possible to make a day trip to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Day 4: Train to Lappeenranta

Travel by train to Lappeenranta in Eastern Finland and by the shores of Lake Saimaa and enjoy the urban scenery changing from a busy city to beautiful countryside with lakes and forests. Overnight here.

Day 5: Sail along the Saimaa Canal to Russia

An early departure at 07:45 on M/S Carelia along the historic Saimaa Canal to Vyborg. Enjoy the stunning lake scenery and the unique journey through the 8 locks of the canal before arriving in Vyborg at 13:15. Travel by bus from Vyborg and arrive in St Petersburg around 17:00. In the evening enjoy this historic city on a river cruise along the River Neva (included). 

Day 6: Exploring St Petersburg

Spend the day at leisure and explore the city on your own or take an optional excursion to the famous Hermitage. In the evening, indulge yourself at the Russian ballet, opera or theatre (additional cost).

Day 7: Sail along the Saimaa Canal to Finland

Return to Vyborg and embark on M/S Carelia at 16:15, arrival to Lappeenranta at 21:45. Overnight here.

Day 8: Depart Helsinki

Explore further in the Finnish Lakelands or return to Helsinki by train for your flight home.

Hotel Glo Art, Helsinki


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

A modern and urban lifestyle hotel, Hotel GLO offers comfortably appointed rooms in Finland's capital. The epitome of what you would call a modern and urban lifestyle hotel.

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Hotel Oktiabrskaya, St Petersburg

Hotel Oktiabrskaya is a 4 star hotel in the centre of St Petersburg and just a 2 minute walk from Nevski Prospekt.

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Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg

Hotel Moscow is located in the historic centre of St Petersburg.

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Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky, St Petersburg

Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky is a 4-star property located on the Vasilievsky Island, close to the River Neva embankment and Blagoveshchensky bridge.

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Hotel Aglaya, St Petersburg

Hotel Aglaya is a centrally located hotel with great views from the panorama terrace.

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