A visit to Saint Petersburg combines the best of Russia’s performing arts with an outstanding sightseeing program and the opportunity to explore a destination that is always intriguing for first time and return visitors, alike. The staging of Wagner’s tetralogy is always a special event and Maestro Valery Gergiev, the charismatic head of the Mariinsky Theatre, will personally lead the restaging of this highly successful Cycle, a production originally conceived by Maestro Gergiev and New York based set designer George Tsypin.
Our five day program includes accommodation at the first-rate 5 star Hotel Astoria, the choice of visiting dignitaries and heads of state. The hotel occupies a privileged position on St. Isaac’s Square, one of the city’s most prized and upscale locations. As part of British hotelier Sir Rocco Forte’s luxury portfolio, it offers an undisputedly high level of comfort and customer service. Deluxe rooms have been reserved for our party.
Excellent English speaking guides will conduct a special sight- seeing program with prime theater seating, in the state-of-the-art Mariinsky II Theatre, will ensure that the very most is made during our stay in Saint Petersburg. There is the opportunity to arrive earlier or extend your stay with full concierge assistance, available through Act 1 Tours and our local agents.
Tuesday, February 27
Departures from North American airports for Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport (LED).
Wednesday, February 28
Arrival in Saint Petersburg. At the airport, guests will be welcomed by a driver and escorted to the Hotel Astoria. In the early evening we gather and transfer to the Old Customs House restaurant for a welcome to Saint Petersburg dinner, returning in good time for a full night’s rest.
Thursday, March 1
Each day begins with a lavish buffet hotel breakfast. This morning we meet our guide and leave by coach to visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, established in 1703, and its Cathedral, the final resting place of the Tsars. Continuing, the tour includes many of the picturesque squares and streets of Old Saint Petersburg, ending at the Church on Spilled Blood, site of Tsar Alexander II’s assassination and resplendent with a fabulous mosaic interior. A special lunch of emblematic Russian cuisine will be taken at the Brasserie de Metropole. After, we visit the magni cent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, close to our hotel. Relax in the late afternoon before transferring to Mariinsky II for the Ring prologue, Das Rheingold.
Friday, March 2
The day starts with a visit to the renowned Hermitage Museum, where we will view the many highlights of the collection with our knowledgeable guide. The morning will be spent with the Old Masters and other treasures in the Winter Palace and we continue with time in the exceptional Impressionists’ collection in the General Staff Building. Returning to the hotel we take a late lunch together in the Astoria Café and then relax before the evening staging of Die Walküre.
Saturday, March 3
Today we enjoy an excursion to the magni cent Catherine Palace at Tsarskoje Selo, located in parkland south of the city and painstakingly restored from damage incurred during the last World War. The highlight is the Palace’s exceptional Amber Room and other lavish interiors.
Lunch is at Daniel, a restaurant specializing in outstanding Italian cuisine. We return to the city after lunch and prepare for the late afternoon performance of Siegfried.
Sunday, March 4
We visit the Russian Museum, with its exceptional collection of Russian icons and Old Masters and then the Fabergé Museum, showcasing priceless objets d’art created by the famous Saint Petersburg jewelry room founded in 1842.
After, we lunch together at Mansarda, with views over the roof tops toward St. Isaac’s Cathedral and celebrate our time together in Russia in appropriate style.
Monday, March 5
Assisted transfers to Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport.
Notes: We will be pleased to advise on air connections from North America to Saint Petersburg, connecting through one of the European hubs.
COST OF TOUR (per person)
• Extra hotel nights and guide services priced on request.
A deposit of $1,850 per person is due on registration ($1,000 non-refundable), with the balance due by January 5, 2018. Payment due in full if registering after this date.
Trip insurance is strongly recommended to o set nancial loss should the need to cancel arise between the registration date and the start of the tour. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived under certain policies if purchased within 15 days of the initial deposit. Act 1 Tours can arrange coverage on your behalf through AIG Travel Guard.