Helsinki dating - sextasticdating com
See the best of Helsinki's neo-classical architecture, art museums, markets and street fairs, before crossing the Gulf of Finland by ferry to St Petersberg - City of the Tsars, home to Peterhof and the stunning Hermitage collection at the Winter Palace on this 5 day tour. Resting on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is both historic and modern.In contrast to the city’s 450 years of history, historic architecture and unique Finnish design, the beauty of the city blends seamlessly with high-tech achievements.
Your first stop will be the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the oldest buildings in St Petersburg dating back to 1703.
This fortress was once used as a political prison - containing the likes of Dostoevsky and Lenin’s older brother, Alexander.
Within the fortress grounds we will also venture inside the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov family.
Later we enjoy a tour of the incredible Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace.
This former home of the Tsars now houses a collection of fine art, collected from the far reaches of the world.
View masterpieces from throughout the ages and marvel at the lavish reception halls.
After our city tour you're free to explore the city independently. The next two days are free for you to independently explore St Petersburg.
On day 3 there's the option book a half day tour of either Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo (in winter) or the gardens of Peter the Great's Peterhof, which overlooks the Gulf of Finland (in summer). Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations.
The real highlight are the spectacular gold fountains.
At Catherine Palace its the exterior and the interiors of this lavishly decorated building that really catch the eye - and the lavish Amber room is a real highlight.
During your time in St Petersburg there will also be the chance to book optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.
In the late afternoon on day 4, make your own way to the St Petersburg ferry port to board the Princess Maria ferry, returning to Helsinki.