Helsinki and St Petersburg

from £1234
including flights
6 nights Jun-Nov

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Spend time in the stunning historic city of St Petersburg
  • Included excursions in St Petersburg
  • Optional visit to the world famous Russian ballet, opera or theatre
  • Explore the Helsinki archipelago and the stunning architecture
  • Visa-free entry to Russia
  • Visit the many design stores, art galleries and unusual dining experiences in both cities

What's Included

  • Return flight from UK to Helsinki
  • 2-nights accommodation in Helsinki
  • Overnight return cruise on the M/S Princess Anastasia to St Petersburg
  • 2-nights in St Petersburg including a city tour and visit to the Hermitage

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.

Included Experiences in St Petersburg
Visit to the Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and St Isaac's, Kazan and Smolny Cathedrals, as well as the Alexander Nevsky Monastery and the St Peter and Paul Fortress.  Tsarskoe Selo, a town 15 miles south of St Petersburg and the former residence of Russian imperial family and visiting nobility. Tsarskoe Selo is a World Heritage Site and forms part of the the town of Pushkin. Visit Catherine Palace and the famous Amber Room and take a walk in the picturesque park. Explore the stunning Hermitage, finest art gallery in Russia and one of the richest and most respected museums in the world.

Helsinki
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.

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 Double Room / Commodore Cabin Single Room / Commodore Cabin
22 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,362 £2,230
06 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,402 £2,312
03, 17 & 31 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,443 £2,392
14 & 28 Sep 2020 6 nights £1,321 £2,153
12 & 26 Oct 2020 6 nights £1,234 £1,972
09 & 23 Nov 2020 6 nights £1,321 £2,153

Upgrades to higher category cabins is available on request. Please speak to one of our Travel Specialists.

What's Included

  • Return flights from UK to Helsinki
  • 2 nights accommodation at Glo Art Hotel in Helsinki
  • 2 nights accommodation in St Petersburg
  • Cruise on M/S Princess Anastasia between Helsinki and St Petersburg
  • Dinner and breakfast on board M/S Princess Anastasia
  • Excursions in St Petersburg as detailed in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide 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 2 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. 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 3: Sail to St Petersburg

Morning at leisure in Helsinki. In the afternoon check in on M/S Princess Anastasia, which will depart at 19:00. Whilst on board dinner and evening entertainment is included.

Day 4: Arrival in St Petersburg

Breakfast and arrival in St Petersburg at 09:00. After immigration and passport control meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Today's tour will take you to some of the most beautiful cathedrals and sights of the city. Visit the Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and St Isaac's, Kazan and Smolny Cathedrals, as well as the Alexander Nevsky Monastery and the St Peter and Paul Fortress. Evening free to explore the city or perhaps enjoy a performance in one of St Petersburg's famous theatres.

Day 5: St Petersburg

This morning's tour will take you to Tsarskoe Selo, a town 15 miles south of St Petersburg and the former residence of Russian imperial family and visiting nobility. Tsarskoe Selo is a World Heritage Site and forms part of the the town of Pushkin. Visit Catherine Palace and the famous Amber Room and take a walk in the picturesque park. Evening free to explore St Peterburg.

Day 6: Hermitage and sail back to Finland

After breakfast we will visit the stunning Hermitage, finest art gallery in Russia and one of the richest and most respected museums in the world. In the afternoon there will be time to explore the shops on Nevsky Prospect before transferring back to the harbour in time to embark on board the M/S Princess Anastasia for your overnight sailing back to Helsinki. Dinner and entertainment on board.

Day 7: Arrive in Helsinki and fly back to the UK

Arrive in Helsinki at 09:00 and disembark the ship. Make your way to Helsinki Airport (payable locally) for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively extend your stay in Finland or perhaps travel to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn.

Hotel Glo Art, Helsinki

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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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