Visit some of the highlights St Petersburg has to offer as you make the most of your time here.
Your first visit is to Catherine Palace, where you can see the famous Amber Room before visiting the park. Admire the grounds, which stretch for 1,400 acres and are dotted with charming pavilions set around a central lake. The romantic landscape of the park is animated with the neo-Gothic Admiralty, Chesma Column, Turkish Bath, Marble Bridge, Chinese Pagoda, the Grotto Pavilion and the Hermitage.
After a walk through the park, your tour continues with a short drive to Pavlovsk. The design of the palace and grounds was entrusted to Catherine’s favourite architect, Charles Cameron. Pavlovsk is one of the largest landscaped parks in Europe – with around 1,800 acres of fir and birch trees, meadows and wild flowers – and is renowned for its beautiful natural landscape, which is enhanced by garden sculptures, and architecture. You will have a short walk through the park - the palace will not be visited. After travelling back to the heart of St Petersburg, lunch will be served at a local restaurant and will include a shot of vodka.
Refreshed, continue to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Located on the Nevsky Prospekt, the cathedral attracts the attention of visitors with its stately aspect, elegantly proportioned dome and impressive colonnades. After your visit, enjoy some time at leisure on the main shopping street - the Nevsky Prospekt. Your final stop will be at the majestic St Isaac’s Cathedral – the landmark of St Petersburg with its enormous golden dome. The vast interior really is a sight to behold. Many fine mosaic icons which, from only a short distance, appear as paintings and a silver dove hanging from the centre of the dome as a symbol of the Holy Spirit will also enthral you.
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