A Brief Description
Known to the world as the “Northern Capital of Russia” and the “the Venice of the North”, St Petersburg is the greatest marvel of Russia’s past and present. Virtually unharmed by the 1930-50’s Stalinist reconstruction, St. Petersburg dazzles the eye of a visitor with numerous architectural landmarks, museums, palaces, parks, wide avenues, spectacular bridges and stylish monuments.
Relatively young, if judged by European or Russian standards, St Petersburg was founded in 1703 and has a rich and exciting history filled with myths and legends. When it was nine years old it became the capital of Russia and retained this status till 1918. Created by Peter the Great as a seaport on the Baltic it was essentially “a window to the West” for Russia, combining the best of the West and the East.
St Petersburg weather is variable but being on the Baltic Sea the climate is milder compared to that of the more inland areas of Russia. The winters are long with an average temperature of -6.9°C, but -20°C is not unusual, and the snow has normally melted by mid-April. Summers vary but the average temperatures are around 20-25°C with July being the hottest month. September is usually pleasantly warm but by mid October is it becoming chilly with the snow returning towards the end of November.
Getting to Saint Petersburg
British Airways fly direct from London Gatwick to St Petersburg on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays and the flight time is 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Accommodation in Saint Petersburg
The Sheraton Nevskiij Palace Hotel
The Sheraton Nevskiij Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the historical, business and shopping areas of St. Petersburg. It has 285 rooms and a choice of restaurants and bars. Facilities include fitness centre with sauna, beautician, hairdresser and a variety of shops.
The Grand Hotel Europe
The Grand Hotel Europe combines all of the splendour of a bygone age with deluxe modern facilities. The first 5 star hotel in Russia, the Grand dates back to the 1820’s. It is conveniently located in the heart of St Petersburg and facilities include a fitness centre with sauna and a choice of restaurants, bars and shops.
Tours & Excursions
- Visit to the State Hermitage Museum – which is housed in five magnificent buildings including the Winter Palace, formerly the residence of Russian Emperors. It has over 3,000,000 items collected over 2½ centuries.
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral – its dome dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and guests can climb the 300 stairs to its observation point and get a breathtaking view over St Petersburg. It accommodates 14,000 worshipers, but now that it is a museum, services are held only on major occasions.
- Peter & Paul Fortress - the oldest building of St Petersburg was built by Peter the Great originally to protect against possible attack from Sweden and then rather notoriously as a high security political jail. Among its famous residents were Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother.
- The Russian Museum – housing the largest art collection in Russia.
- Circus Class - guests will have a unique experience spending half a day at the St. Petersburg Circus learning how to walk on a tight rope and juggle.
- Matrioushka Painting Class - after a brief history of Matrioushkas, the famous Russian nesting doll, guests will start to work on their own doll.
- Cooking class – learn to cook a couple of famous traditional Russian dishes such as Borsch or pancakes. The class can be held in a restaurant so that guests can have lunch afterwards and enjoy the dishes they have prepared.
A Typical Trip
A typical three day incentive trip to Saint Petersburg might include:
- Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow to St Petersburg
- Luggage and guest transfers by deluxe air conditioned coach
- Welcome drink on arrival and hotel porterage
- 2 nights accommodation inclusive of breakfast
- Specially selected dinner location on the first evening
- Gala dinner at a specially selected location on the final evening
- Welcome pack in guests’ rooms including useful information and map
- A half day city tour to give guests an overview of the destination
- A full day excursion including lunch on location
- Souvenir gift for each guest
- Event Manager to ensure the smooth running of the event