St. Petersburg is the 4-th biggest city in Europe with the population of over 5,5 million people. It is often called “the cultural capital of Russia”.
St. Petersburg is a unique and exciting city due to its history- from Imperial Russia, through the Soviet Era to present day. It is the city with the largest number of palaces and the deepest metro in the world. A great number of museums, galleries, exhibition halls are open for public visits, they are: the State Russian Museum, Erarta, the Ethnography Museum, Artillery Museum, State Navy Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Saviour on the Spilled Blood Cathedral, Mikhailovsky Castle, Yusupoff Palace and others. The State Hermitage Museum with its 5 buildings and over 3 million masterpieces takes a special place in the list of “must visit”.
The former Russia tsars’ palaces and summer residences, such as Catherine Palace with its Amber Room in Pushkin, Grand Palace and parks in Peterhoff (often called the “Russian Versailles”), cozy Paul’s Palace in Pavlovsk, Gatchina Palace in Gatchina are the highlights of St. Petersburg tour.
Different thematic tours will help you to know more about the country you visit. Suggestions: historical tours “Imperial Russia”, “The story of the Romanov Family through the ages”, “St. Petersburg: a cradle of the revolution”, “Petersburg. Petrograd. Leningrad”; Russian literature tours “St. Petersburg of Dostoyevsky”, “Golden and Silver Ages of Russian Poetry”, architectural tours “Russian Baroque Style: born in St. Petersburg”, “St. Petersburg: from classic to Art Nouveau”; cultural tours “St. Petersburg – the city of the theatres”, “Mariinsky Theatre: from Kirov Ballet to nowadays”, “Mariinsky: Backstage and Performance”, “The city of world religions and confessions”, etc).
Thanks to its numerous rivers and canals St. Petersburg is often called the “North Venice”. Tours along the rivers and canals are very popular here. They are possible from the end of April till the middle of October annually.
All excursions and visits are conducted by our professional guides with licenses of the main city museums. We have got a wide database of guides speaking foreign languages (almost all European and main oriental languages). All guides we co-operate with are well-educated, knowledgeable, open-hearted and helpful. They speak foreign languages fluently and impress the clients with their intelligence and a great sense of humour.
Depending on the group size we provide the guests with transport –private cars, mini-vans, mini-buses and big coaches of different classes- from a tourist economy class to VIP and premium class vehicles. With MAXIMA you can book only arrival and departure transfers, or rent transportation for the whole stay. Our kind and always polite drivers will meet the clients at the airport or pick them up at the hotel without any delay. If your clients do not have any definite programme our driver and guide can be at their disposal as long as needed and organize the tours upto the clients’ desire.
Our drivers, together with the guides, always do their best to make clients feel safe and relaxed!
There is a wide range of hotels in St. Petersburg to satisfy demands and wishes of the guests: from 4 **** touristic and business class hotels of International hotel chains (*Radisson, Park Inn, Holiday Inn, etc) to luxury 5***** hotels located right in the heart of the city (Four Seasons, Astoria Rocco Forte, Grand Hotel Belmond, Kempinski Moika 22, Lotte are among them). We have got the direct contracts with almost all hotels of St. Petersburg and you can be sure you’ll get the best possible rates from us!
St. Petersburg is a centre of gastronomy in Russia indeed! Restaurants and cafes of different cuisine and styles have been opened in the city recently; many of them are with panoramic view- either a river view or city panoramic over roofs and cathedrals of St. Petersburg. We can reserve a table or order a set menu dinners and lunches for your clients and groups at the Russian cuisine restaurants to taste traditional Russian dishes and drinks, or restaurants with typical Caucasian food (Georgian, Armenian); oriental restaurants and cafes (Japanese, Chinese)- all are available in the city nowadays! We offer dinners with loud shows or in private quiet atmosphere, gala dinners with award ceremony and live music or a disco with a popular local DJ – everything is possible!
The White Nights is the best (and unique!) part of the year (from May to June), when it never gets dark in St. Petersburg and the city never sleeps even at night- lots of people stroll along embankments to see the drawbridges; music and laughter are heard everywhere, as people are away for the hours in countless restaurants and cafes, go for boat rides along the rivers and canals, or simply enjoy the sight of the drawbridges. The White Nights are also the season of special cultural events: art festivals including classical music, jazz, rock music and cinema. Planning your trip to St. Petersburg during the White Nights, you should be ready to pay for accommodation and travel services more than usual –it is the most expensive season in the city tourism.
St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia: a number of drama and comedy theatres, ballet theatres and opera houses, folk-show programmes can easily prove it. One can find where to go and what to see or listen to in the evening- this city has lots to offer even to very demanding and versed theatre-goers.
Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre (with its 3 stages), Mikhailovskiy Ballet and Opera Theatre, the Hermitage and Alexandrinsky Theatres are the most popular places with the guests of the city.
Conservatoire, Jazz Philharmonic hall and St. Petersburg Capella are good for those who prefer music to other kinds of the theatric arts.
Our direct contract with the Seaport of St. Petersburg gives us the right and opportunity to sell and organize touristic programme for guests who come to the city on board the cruise liners. Our travel packages, specially prepared for cruise passengers, include the most interesting cultural points and highlights of the city.
The distance between Moscow and St. Petersburg is getting shorter: it takes less than 4 hours now to come from St. Petersburg to Moscow and vice versa, thanks to the regular speed Sapsan trains. They run between 2 cities several times every day (from early morning to late in the evening) and the trip turned into a real comfort and joy due to the speed and a range of services they provide during en route- drinks and food la carte, souvenirs shopping and showing movies.
High season: May-September
Top HS: "White Nights" (June 11-July 02)
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By regular direct flights from Europe and Asia, or connected flights and direct trains from Moscow