St Petersburg - 5 days
|Tour overview & details | Day by day itinerary|
An unforgettable experience of a lifetime for students! Step outside the classroom on this magical, educational 5 day trip to St Petersburg. See with your own eyes the beauty and splendour of impressive St. Petersburg, one of Europe’s most unique and exciting destinations. Learn about Russia’s intriguing history, its rich culture and its architectural heritage. A valuable learning experience for all your students!
Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage, Yusupov Palace, Kirov's apartment, Russian Museum, Catherine's Palace and traditional Russian Folklore show. More detailed sightseeing information here.
Customisation and Flexibility
As we specialise in Russia, we are very flexible with our itineraries. This is our suggested standard itinerary for 5 days in St Petersburg, however many teachers prefer to change certain aspects of the trip to suit their requirements. Please contact us to discuss your needs further and for a full quote.
- Russian visa support letter and group invitation
- Russian visa processing fees and consular fee
- Visa application support
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure with local guide
- Transportation to all scheduled activities by coach with fitted seatbelts
- Use of the coach until 11pm each night if required
- Expert local guide in St. Petersburg for all your guided tours
- 4 nights twin room accommodation in 3 star hotel
- Breakfasts and dinners daily
- Russian Alphabet booklet
In St Petersburg:
- Comprehensive St Petersburg sightseeing tour
- Peter and Paul Fortress guided tour
- Hermitage guided tour
- Yusupov Palace guided tour, including Rasputin exhibition
- Kirov's apartment guided tour
- Russian Museum guided tour
- Excursion to Pushkin village and guided tour of Catherine’s Palace
- Cultural visit to local Russian school (depending on school holidays)
What's not included
- Return flights and airport fees/taxes
- Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance (see note below re insurance)
- Passport costs
- Lunches and meal time drinks (except water)
- Tips for Tour Manager (if applicable), local guides and drivers
- Tickets for ballet, opera, folkshow, circus and sporting events
Notes on our quotes
Our aim is to include as much as possible in our quotes so you can work out exactly how much money your students will need in Russia. There will be no hidden costs on tour - everything will be explained clearly beforehand. There are however some items we cannot include this far in advance, for example tickets for evening activities, such as ballet or opera performances, a traditional Russian folklore show, or sporting events such as ice hockey and football games as these are all dependent on schedules and ticket availability. We can also arrange circus tickets for your group if there is a performance during your visit. Nearer your departure time we will look at all the options for your group and inform you of ticket prices.
The only other items your students will need extra money for in Russia will be their lunches, snacks and any souvenirs they wish to buy. Tips (see below) are not included, but we suggest you collect this money in advance of departure.
We normally include 1 free place for every 10 paying participants in our quotes. We can be flexible with this and include as many free places as you need, but the more free places there are, the higher the cost for each individual paying traveller.
We are an appointed retail agent for Delta Travel, ATOL 1022, who will research the most suitable flights for your dates and best prices available. We anticipate your flights to be in the region of £320-£380 per person. We use British Airways direct from London Heathrow and KLM and Lufthansa on indirect routes. Upon confirmation you will be invoiced separately by Delta, but all communication will be through us.
IMPORTANT: Airline taxes and fuel surchages
As your flights are booked some time in advance of departure it may be that the airline increases their taxes slightly for your journey. The taxes are only guaranteed once your tickets are issued. It is important to make everyone aware of this possible rise at the outset.
The maximum seating capacity on a coach is generally around 50 in Russia. Although not a local requirement, we only use coaches fitted with seatbelts for our and your peace of mind.
Students will be roomed in twins, so even numbers of male and female students make the rooming a lot easier. Some hotels will add a rollaway bed into a twin to make up a triple, but some hotels refuse to do this and therefore students may have to go in singles. Please bear this in mind when signing people up for the trip! We will require a completed rooming list a month before departure.
Staff single room supplement
We will usually place staff in twins, unless the group configuration means that a staff member has to go in a single. We include this charge by default, but should staff placed in a twin choose to room in a single there will be a supplement of £45 per night. You should notify us of this requirement as early as possible so that we can guarantee availability.
Please ensure that all participants have a valid passport, which does not expire earlier than 6 months after the date of your return from Russia. You should encourage all travellers to check their passports and apply for a new one if necessary as soon as possible.
The consular fee for a Russian visa for UK citizens is currently £45. This, together with the visa service fee, is included in your quote. We cannot apply for your visas from the Embassy earlier than 90 days before departure. Nearer this time we will send you all the documentation needed for the visa process. In order for us to get your group invitation we will require a list of everybody’s passport names, their date of birth, passport number, expiry date and citizenship. This should be sent to us as soon as you have it ready. Any visa price increase on the Russian Embassy’s behalf will be passed on to our clients, so please make your travellers aware of this.
All participants of a Russian City Breaks tour MUST have adequate travel insurance to ensure complete peace of mind whilst abroad. School trips are usually covered by their school travel insurance policy, but please check this to see what you are covered for exactly. If this is not the case, then travel insurance should be purchased as soon as you have signed up for the tour. Please contact us if you need us to recommend a company, which can provide the insurance required.
We can secure ballet tickets for your group, but as theatres don’t release their playbills until 2 months before the performance, and often even less than that, we can’t include these in your quote. When we know what is playing during your visit to Russia we will inform you of the options.
Other evening activities
We can arrange visits to the Russian Circus and other events which happen to be on during your trip, for example sports matches. You can also arrange with your guide to go bowling or play pool. You would then pay the guide directly for this.
We ask that you recognise the service you receive from your tour manager, local guides and drivers by tipping them appropriately. As an approximate guideline you should figure £0.50-£1.00 for your driver, £1-£2 for your guide and £2-£3 for your tour manager if you have one. All amounts are per person per day.
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