The great city of St Petersburg is a byword for grandeur and opulence. Built in 1703 by the westward looking Peter the Great as a symbol of Russia’s growing status, it went on to become the Romanov’s magnificent showcase capital. It lost its status as capital after the revolution, but some might argue in name only; St Petersburg still feels every bit the imperial city with its historic heart largely frozen in time.
Built around the Neva River and crisscrossed by canals linked by 342 bridges, St Petersburg is often known as the Venice of the North. Its historic centre is filled with canals lined by Italianate mansions and elegant plazas adorned with baroque and neoclassical palaces. It is also an almost unrivalled repository of culture and art, with its extraordinary galleries, museums, music venues and ballet.
St Petersburg is dazzling all year round but there is a special charm to the winter season. Five full days take you to some of the stunning historical, architectural and cultural highlights of this incomparable city. Stay in one of its most elegant historic hotels, situated in the heart of chic Nevsky Prospekt, and enjoy the finest food, wine and vodka offerings in the midst of a winter wonderland unlike anywhere else.
Until recently Janice Liverseidge was a Director at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa and China.
Janice has the Visit Britain "Good to Go" Industry standard demonstrating that she has shown her compliance with government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and ensures social distancing including using a phone app when providing tour commentaries.
The cost of the tour is USD $2,464 per person sharing (excl. flights and transfers)