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Tallinn Festive Christmas Experience with St Petersburg
This 8-day festive tour includes plenty of festive fun from culture-packed walking tours of Tallinn’s Old Town, souvenir shopping at the local Christmas market, and guided tours of the palaces and museums of St Petersburg.
Do something special this Christmas and embark on a festive journey to two of Europe’s most spectacular cities, Tallinn and St Petersburg. Spend four days in the Estonian capital followed by four days in the magnificent city of St Petersburg. Whether you are looking to get away with the family this Christmas or wanting a cosy couples retreat, this experience is the one for you. This 8-day festive tour of Tallinn and St Petersburg includes plenty of festive fun from culture-packed walking tours of Tallinn’s Old Town, souvenir shopping at the local Christmas market, and tours around some of the most ornate palaces and museums of St Petersburg
Walking tour of the Old Town
World-renowned Christmas market
Guided tour of Catherine Palace
Visit to the Hermitage Museum
Stroll around Pavlovsk Park
The capital and most influential city in Estonia, Tallinn is situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland around the Baltic Sea. The city was known as Reval between the 13th and 20th centuries and dates to the 12th century when King Valdemar II of Denmark claimed the land. This was later followed by succession of alternating Scandinavian and Teutonic rulers. The Old Town in Kesklinn is considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.
Where you can stay
A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.
Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.
IZZZI by Gostiny Dvor
Tallink Express Hotel
IZZZI by Gostiny Dvor
Tallink Express Hotel
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- Accommodation as part of the tour
- Admissions to all museums
- All tours are COVID-19 secure and offer flexible booking options. Visit our Covid-19 information page to find out more
- Arrival & departure transfers
- English speaking guide (other options available)
- Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
- Russian Tourist Visa Invitation
- Train between Tallinn and St Petersburg
- Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice in Tallinn
What’s not included
- Food and drinks (unless specified)
- International train / plane tickets
- Personal costs (souvenirs, additional snacks etc)
- Tips for drivers/guides/in restaurants
- Travel / medical insurance
- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
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St Petersburg City Tour at Night
St Petersburg City Tour by car
The State Hermitage on foot
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