Designed for discerning travellers looking to immerse themselves in true Tsarist elegance, discover the cultural treasures this enchanting city has to offer with the new package.
Ideal for a wintery escape, sip on icy cocktails, explore museums, watch ballet from the comfort of a private box plus plenty more.
Known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ St Petersburg provides an inspiring city break just a short flight from London. Check into the historical Belmond Grand Hotel Europe to see it in style. Here’s what’s awaiting…
1 Pop-up ice bars
Sip away at the brand new pop-up ice bar on the corner of the iconic Nevsky Prospekt, constructed by sculptors from Veliky Ustiug in the Vologda region – the hometown of the Russian Santa Claus – Father Frost.
Visitors to the bar (made from ice from the biggest lake in Europe – Lake Ladoga) can warm up with gluehwein and other traditional Russian treats. At dusk, the bar will dazzle guests as its lights illuminate the backdrop of picturesque St Petersburg.
The world’s only vodka sommelier, Alexander Dmitriev will teach guests how to discern different caviar varieties’ nuances pairing the indulgent hors d’oeuvre with the perfect vodka to create the most exquisite taste sensation.
2 Cultural escapades
Make the most of the city’s smorgasbord of history, heritage and contemporary culture. During December, The Arts Square Winter Music Festival engages in an interplay of the neighbouring culture hubs around the square, including the State Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky theatre and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, with music performed by some of the world’s leading musicians.
Running through until January 2019, a series of exhibitions at St Petersburg’s finest cultural establishments are on display, with plenty of unique and exciting offerings to peruse.
A visit to St Petersburg would not be complete without an afternoon at the awe-inspiring Faberge Museum, home to the biggest collection of Imperial Easter eggs by Karl Faberge.
3 Ballet nights
In 1886 Johann Strauss, II. visited St Petersburg to perform his latest operetta, the Gypsy Baron, on the stage of the Mikhailovsky theater and stayed at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.
Today, guests can enjoy the best seats at the ballet in the hotel’s private box and throughout the festive season, iconic ballets such as The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and Cinderella are the perfect opportunity for an evening to remember.
The full package includes:
● Three night stay including return airport transfers from Pulkovo International Airport to Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
● Daily breakfast
● Special Russian gift
● Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
● Two tickets to the opera or ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre
● One guided palace tour: Peterhof, Pavlovsk or Pushkin
● One set-menu dinner in L’Europe or Caviar Bar & Restaurant
Priced from 28,640 RUB / £334 + VAT per night based on two people sharing. For more details and to book visit: www.belmond.com