Staying in St Petersburg during the winter is like stepping into a Russian classic novel with locals all wrapped up in fur coats supporting beautiful ushankas (those hats with the ear flaps!), ice flows gliding along the River Neva and grand palaces covered with a sprinkling of snow.
Explore famous sites such as Peterhof and St Catherine's Palaces without the hordes of tourists that visit during summer months. Join the Russians for an evening performance of ballet at the brightly lit Mariinsky and see the imposing statue of Peter the Great rearing on his horse above the bare trees covered with a mantle of snow around his shoulders.
Fly to St Petersburg and on arrival transfer to the hotel. Check in for 3 nights
With your 3 day St Petersburg Pass hop on one of the red sightseeing buses for a fascinating tour of the "Venice of the North". Route 1 with 17 stops begins at St Isaac's Cathedral and passes along Nevsky Prospect, taking in much of the historical centre of St Petersburg. From the top deck wrapped up in warm blanket, enjoy wintry views of the Summer Garden, Palace Square, Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and Kazan Cathedral.
The second route starts at St Isaac's Cathedral too but finishes near Admiralty and has 9 stops. During this tour admire Menshikov Palace, Vasilevsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Aurora cruiser. (B)
Today make use of your 10 metro tickets and explore St Petersburg magnificent metro stations, second only to Moscow famous metro. Each station has its own story to tell whether dedicated to the Russian Revolution, great Russian writers such as Pushkin and Dostoyevsky or the victory of Russia during WWII. Included are tickets to perhaps St Petersburg's most famous museum - the Hermitage, where even the rooms holding the art work are dazzling in their own right. Admire paintings from Picasso, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. (B)
Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK. (B)
* This St Petersburg Pass includes the following