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Glories of St Petersburg

An escorted visit exploring the wonders of St Petersburg staying at the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

  • 8 November 2020
  • 10 January 2021
  • 7 February 2021
  • History and Culture
  • Church of the Resurrection of Christ in the Catherine Palace

Here is a wonderful opportunity to see the glories of St Petersburg on a visit hosted by Julia Korn who is resident in the city. These exclusive trips will be a first-class introduction to the most romantically beautiful of all Russian cities. Making this visit extra special is the opportunity to stay in the iconic Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, a hotel that has long attracted the city’s most distinguished guests.

St Petersburg is a destination which can be appreciated throughout the year but the winter months are magical and wonderfully atmospheric. Seeing the city under a mantle of freshly fallen snow is enchanting and during our winter visits we can explore without the summer tourists. "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" was how Winston Churchill described Russia, and today this still holds true. Its politics may have changed, but it still remains a mystery and consequently a marvellous place to visit.

Our group size is limited to a maximum of 25 guests per departure and Julia will be looking after all your sightseeing, theatre and dining arrangements. Being part of such a small party you will be able to take full advantage of our host’s in-depth knowledge of her home city and because of the central location you will be able to walk to many of the most notable sights such as the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Palace Square, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Nevsky Prospekt. Our stay will also include a number of visits to historic palaces, both within the city and in the surrounding countryside.

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  • Our View

    It's a Western cliché to speak of St Petersburg as 'not Russian'. Certainly it's not, St Petersburg is Russia's graceful offspring of the 18th century - a challenge to Europe, neither entirely Western nor entirely Russian, but something entirely its own. For 200 years St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia and the centre of all that was best culturally, artistically, and scientifically. Every monument, every street speaks of a great past, of poetry, music, adventure. Splendid Baroque and Neoclassical palaces rich with their memories look majestic and silent in the diamond-bright frosts of winter. A highlight is the Hermitage, one of the greatest museums in the world with its encyclopedic collection. The architectural complex in which it is housed is one of the wonders of the world. No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without seeing world-famous Imperial palaces in the city's suburbs. A showcase for the wealth and tastes of the Emperors of Russia from Peter the Great onwards, these extraordinary estates boast sumptuous palaces, extensive landscape gardens, and a treasury of art and history. St Petersburg is also the traditional home of the Russian ballet, opera and music. The renown Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre is one of the best Opera and Ballet Houses in the world.

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  • Travelling with You

    Julia Korn

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Julia Korn is a native of St. Petersburg and has lived there all her life. She graduated from the Philological Department, St. Petersburg University, specializing in Russian Literature and History. In 1988-2016 she worked as a Senior Researcher at the National Pushkin Museum in St. Petersburg and published articles on Russian literature, history and the arts. Fluent in English, she has travelled to the U.S.A many times and in 1999 helped coordinate the renowned International Pushkin Conference at Stanford University, California. In 1997-2004, Julia was engaged as a Director for the Stars of St. Petersburg Ballet Tours, presenting fully staged productions throughout the western states of the U.S.A regularly. In 2003, she qualified with an Art Management course from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Well travelled herself, Julia has a keen insight into the special needs of the discerning travellers. She qualified in numerous courses and acquired all the licenses to conduct tours in all the major museums and palaces in and around St. Petersburg providing services for guests with special interests in the arts, music, ballet, history and literature, both groups and individuals. Her achievements are numerous, and she has proved to be a popular host.

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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

For our escorted tour of St Petersburg we will be staying at the magnificent Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, ideally located only moments away from some of the city’s most prominent attractions like that of the Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

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Itinerary

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Church of the Resurrection of Christ in the Catherine Palace
  • St Petersburg in the snow

Day 1 London to St Petersburg, Russia.

Fly by scheduled flight. We arrive in the evening and transfer to the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe where we will spend five nights.

Day 2 St Petersburg.

This morning meet after breakfast for an introductory tour of the city which will take us past many of the city's fine aristocratic buildings and palaces including the Peter & Paul Fortress, one of Russia's most famous historical fortresses, built in 1703. The day of its foundation is considered to be the birthday of the city. Soon after its construction the Fortress lost its military importance and for two hundred years served as a political prison. In the grounds of Peter & Paul Fortress we visit the Cathedral which is the burial place of the Romanov Dynasty. We will then visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Work started on the church in 1883 at the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated two years earlier and it took a total of 24 years to complete. The exterior is fabulous, and the interior has been wonderfully restored with walls lined with mosaic icons and decorative ornamentations. The church has a distinctive golden onion dome and lovingly restored features, including the granite plaques displaying historic happenings from Alexander II's reign. From here we walk to the Russian Museum, the treasure house of Russian national art, including the Benois Wing named after the famous architect, Leon Benois, who designed it from 1910 -1912. We will have lunch in the Mikhailovsky Restaurant in the Benois Wing followed by a museum tour. The museum boasts great Russian art, including the Socialist Realism works of the Stalin era, and countless masterpieces including 12th century icons and paintings of avant-garde early 20th century paintings. We walk back to our hotel through Arts Square for some relaxation before we head out again for dinner at Tzar Restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 3 St Petersburg.

This morning we drive to the majestic St Isaacs' Cathedral, one of the world's largest and most opulent domed cathedrals. It took 40 years to construct, under French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand's direction, from 1818 to 1858. The neoclassical exterior of St. Isaac's barely hints at the riotously rich interior, decorated with various sorts of marble, semi-precious stones and mosaics. Our next stop, Yusupov Palace, is one of the most beautiful private homes in St Petersburg which used to belong to the Yusupov family. We will see the restored State Rooms, some still with their original furniture, the exquisite Rococo private theatre and the cellars where the murder of Rasputin took place in December 1916 - the scene eerily recreated in wax. After lunch at Sadko we return to our hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. In the early evening we plan to attend a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre (ballet or opera, schedule permitting). The Mariinsky Theatre was built in 1860 for Alexander II's wife Maria Alexandrovna. Known for many years as The Kirov, its Soviet Era name, the internationally renowned theatre has seen the rise of many Russian stars. Today, it is best known for its ballet and is one of Russia's leading opera houses. Snacks and drinks will be served during the interval. (B, L)

Day 4 St Petersburg.

This morning we visit the Palace of Pavlovsk which originally belonged to Emperor Paul I and his wife Maria Fedorovna. Catherine the Great gave them the land and appointed her favourite architect Charles Cameron to start the construction of the Palace, to commemorate the birth of their son and heir Alexander I in 1777. At the end of the 18th century Pavlovsk Park was the largest landscaped area in the world. Johann Strauss made Pavlovsk an important musical centre when he was invited to participate at concerts there. We drive to Pushkin and the magnificent Catherine Palace. Outside the palace is the divine Catherine Park, comprised of two parts including the old garden and English Park, which was designed by master Dutch gardeners. Lunch will be taken at the Admiralty Restaurant in the Park. Catherine Palace has seen many changes during its time. Built in 1717 for Catherine I, it has been updated numerous times to reflect the personalities of each royal resident. Starting out as a summer pleasure palace, it now stands at around 325 meters across in a blaze of white, gold and blue. The interior houses numerous artworks exuding luxury and beautiful rooms including the Amber Room, justly regarded by some as the 'eighth wonder of the world'. It caused admiration throughout two centuries until it was looted by the Nazi soldiers during the Second World War. It has now been brought back to life and was unveiled in 2003 for the 300th birthday of St Petersburg. We return to the hotel and dinner tonight is at the Gogol Restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 5 St Petersburg.

Today we visit the incomparable Hermitage Museum which contains hundreds of thousands of works of art and is possibly the greatest in the world. We visit the State Rooms of the magnificent Winter Palace, home of the imperial family before the revolution, followed by the Old Masters. We then take a private tour of the Diamond Room which exhibits, amongst other valuable items, jewellery from the collections which belonged to members of the Imperial Romanov family and from St Petersburg’s private collections; diplomatic gifts to the Russian Imperial Court, works created by the Fabergé firm as well as ancient Greek and Scythian gold from excavations. We enjoy lunch at Hamlet & Jacks restaurant followed by a visit to the General Staff Building, one of the most famous architectural monuments in St Petersburg, designed by the architect K. I. Rossi and built between 1820 and 1830. The project revolved around the architect’s idea to unite two separate buildings with a triumphal arch, a monument to Russia’s victory in the war of 1812. The reconstruction of the General Staff Building was started in 2008 and ended in 2014. After the restoration the collections of Russian and European decorative art, paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries (including Impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings, Matisse, and Picasso), as well as contemporary art were displayed in the building. The exhibition includes the renovated historical interiors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the personal apartments of the Chancellor of State. We return to our hotel for some time to rest before we walk to the Katyusha Restaurant for our farewell dinner and folklore show. (B, L, D)

Day 6 St Petersburg to London.

After breakfast and en-route to the airport we will take a private tour of the Fabergé Museum which was founded by the Link of Times Foundation in 2013 in order to repatriate lost cultural valuables to Russia. The collection contains more than 4,000 works of decorative applied and fine arts, including gold and silver items, paintings, porcelain and bronze. A highlight of the museum's collection is the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian Tsars. Continue to the airport for our scheduled flight to London. (B)

  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • St Petersburg
  • The Hermitage

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
8 to 13 November 2020 • 10 to 15 January 2021 • 7 to 12 February 2021
Category Price
Deluxe Double Room £2395
Deluxe Double Room for sole use £2895

Tour Reference Code: STPET081120

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel • Five nights at the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe • Meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner) • Wine with included meals • Excursions • Best available tickets for an opera or ballet performance at Mariinsky Theatre* • Noble Caledonia Tour Leader • Transfers • Gratuities • Airport Taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, Russian visa.

* Details for the Mariinsky performance will be advised in your pre-departure information approximately 12 weeks prior to departure. The final order of the itinerary may vary to incorporate the performance.

Important Visa Information: A visa is required for Russia and Noble Caledonia will provide all supporting documentation needed although the process to apply for the visa cannot be started until three months before departure and in some instances can take up to six weeks. To obtain a Russian visa it will be necessary for passengers to attend application centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. This information is correct at the time of printing and should the information change, we will be in touch with booked passengers with updated guidelines.

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

For our escorted tour of St Petersburg we will be staying at the magnificent Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, ideally located only moments away from some of the city’s most prominent attractions like that of the Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

 
  • Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
  • Azia Restaurant
    Azia Restaurant
  • Kryisha Ballroom
    Kryisha Ballroom
  • Main Staircase
    Main Staircase
  • Deluxe Room
    Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Room
    Deluxe Room
  • Your Dining

    The hotel features five restaurants and bars serving an array of different cuisines. L’Europe Restaurant is one of Russia’s most historic restaurants and offers Russian specialities such as the renowned Egg in Egg. There is also Azia Restaurant which specialises in pan-Asian dishes, a Mezzanine Café ideal for trying Russian afternoon tea and St Petersburg’s only dedicated caviar bar. The Lobby Bar has beautiful stained-glass windows and hosts wonderful jazz and blues performances.

  • Hotel Directory

    HOTEL DIRECTORY

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe lies in the heart of St Petersburg, adjacent to Arts Square with some of the city’s renowned attractions like that of the Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood located only moments away. Sumptuously decorated with soaring ceilings, stained glass and luxurious décor the hotel has long attracted the city’s most glamorous, with Peter Tchaikovsky spending his honeymoon here and the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, entertaining the King of Siam in the Krysha Restaurant.

    The hotel features 266 rooms and suites which reflect the extravagance enjoyed by that of the Tsars. The rooms are spacious and lavishly furnished, adorned with rare antiques and priceless artworks and offering wonderful views of Mikhailovskaya Street, the grand thoroughfare leading to Arts Square, and the Philharmonic Hall. The hotel features five restaurants and bars ranging from fresh pan-Asian to a specialist Caviar Bar & Restaurant boasting a knowledgeable vodka sommelier.

    ADAPTORS

    A limited number of adaptors for hairdryers, mobile phones etc. can be obtained from the Reception Desk but please ensure that these are returned at the end of your stay.

    ADDRESS & CONTACT DETAILS

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe Mikhaylovskaya Ulitsa, 1/7 Saint-Petersburg Russia, 191186

    Tel: +7 812 329-60-00

    E-mail: ghe.sales@belmond.com.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    Air-conditioning is available in all rooms and public areas of the hotel.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in is from 2.00 pm and check out is by 11.00 am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call + 7 812 329 60 00 or email ghe.sales@belmond.com. This is a Russian number so calls to this number are charged at an international rate. There is a phone in your room, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised by Reception. You can make room-to-room phone calls free of charge. A Business Centre is available from 7.00 am until 11.00 pm on the fourth floor of the hotel with computers and printers which can be used by guests free of charge.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Leader will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs.

    DINING & DRINKING

    L’Europe Restaurant

    Enjoy a meal at one of Russia’s most historic restaurants with a range of Russian specialties on offer such as the famous Egg in Egg. Admire the beautiful décor whilst listening to an array of live music from outstanding jazz performances to soothing piano playing.

    Opening hours: Breakfast daily 7.00 am – 11.00 am; Imperial brunch daily 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm; Dinner Monday to Saturday 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm.

    Dress code: Elegant, smart casual for dinner. For breakfast and brunch please avoid wearing shorts or sportswear.

    Azia Restaurant

    Serving modern pan-Asian cuisine with a creative twist Azia is a sleek and stylish restaurant. Set amongst a backdrop of warm woods and colourful spice jars, contrasting textures, flavours and colours are combined to create a wonderful fusion menu.

    Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday 12.00 pm – 12.00 am ; Thursday to Saturday 12.00 pm – 1.00 am.

    Dress code: Smart casual.

    Caviar Bar & Restaurant

    Enjoy an array of caviars, vodkas, light snacks and delicious dishes, surrounded by elegant décor inspired by the Tsars, at St Petersburg’s only dedicated caviar bar.

    Opening hours: 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm.

    Dress code: Smart casual.

    Mezzanine Café

    Indulge in decadent cakes and desserts under the St Petersburg sky. Featuring a glass roof and surrounded by an indoor terrace garden this light and airy café serves Russian afternoon tea, hot and cold drinks, pastries, light snacks and delicious treats from the hotel’s artisanal chocolate factory.

    Opening hours: 8.00 am – 10.00 pm; Afternoon tea 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm.

    Dress code: Casual.

    Lobby Bar

    Enjoy a cocktail and admire the Art Nouveau stained-glass windows and alabaster marble bar. In the evenings the bar hosts marvellous jazz and blues performances.

    Opening hours: 24 hours a day.

    Dress code: Smart casual.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in the hotel is 220 volts. All bathrooms are equipped with a shaver socket.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Leader.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    A laundry and dry-cleaning service is available. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the wardrobe in your room. Please fill in the laundry list and leave it together with the bag of items to be laundered on your bed.

    LIFTS

    There are three lifts in the hotel. All areas of the hotel are accessible via these lifts.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    The hotel doctor is on duty daily from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. If you require emergency medical attention, please call Reception.

    MINI BAR

    For your convenience there is a mini bar in your room. There are also tea and coffee capsules which are free of charge and replenished daily.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your TV in your hotel room.

    PASSPORTS

    All passports are collected by Reception upon check in. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities and are returned straight away.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Fitness Centre: The latest training machines are available at the onsite gym which is open 24 hours a day or alternatively join a yoga class or take a dip in the plunge pool.

    Chocolates & Pastry Shop: The hotel creates its own lavish chocolates and pastries. You can choose from approximately 35 decadent varieties of chocolate including pralines, truffles and liqueurs, or indulge in fresh bread and cakes from the Pastry Shop.

    CARITA Beauty Salon: The onsite hair and beauty salon provides a range of pampering services from haircuts and colouring to rejuvenating facials, soothing massages, manicures, pedicures and special occasion make-up.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” once credit card details have been given to Reception on arrival which allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Roubles. Your room account can be paid by: • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). • Cash (Roubles)

    ROOMS

    Rooms are spacious and furnished to the highest standards. Every room features air-conditioning, bathrobes, telephone, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, safe, writing desk and comfortable armchairs, cable TV and video/DVD player. The rooms are between 30 – 37 square metres and offer scenic views of the surrounding streets.

    SAFE

    Please store any valuables and travel documents in the safe in your wardrobe. If you need to safeguard large sums of money or highly valuable jewellery, we recommend you deposit them in the main safe at Reception. The hotel cannot be held liable for any valuables not placed in the main safe. Should you require any assistance please contact Reception.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe offers a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted inside the hotel. Smoking is permitted outside only and the hotel kindly requests that smokers take the comfort of other guests in to consideration.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    For national calls: dial 0 for an outside line, followed by the number. For international calls: dial 0, followed by the international access code 810, followed by the country code (eg. 44 for the UK), followed by the recipient’s number. Costs are available from Reception and charges are automatically billed to your room account.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY Dial 9

    CONCIERGE Dial 6870/72/73

    RECEPTION Dial 6611/12/13

    HOUSEKEEPING Dial Housekeeping 6681 or Reception 6611/12/13

    ROOM SERVICE Dial 6636

    TOILETRIES

    All hotel rooms are supplied with the following complimentary amenities: • Shower gel • Hair shampoo • Hair conditioner • Body lotion • Soap • Shower caps • Nail file • Tissues • Tooth kit (on request) • Shaving kit (on request)

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through the Reception Desk. Please dial 9 to arrange a wake up call.

    WATER

    We do not recommend drinking water from the taps in your room. In each room guests will find two complimentary bottles of water which are replaced daily.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

    Please note: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

    V.1 October 2019

  • Your Room

    The hotel is comprised of 266 beautifully decorated rooms and suites which reflect the extravagance enjoyed by that of the Tsars. The rooms are spacious and have wonderful décor as well as including views overlooking Mikhailovskaya Street, the grand thoroughfare leading to Arts Square, and the Philharmonic Hall. Every room features air-conditioning, bathrobes, telephone, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, safe, writing desk and comfortable armchairs, cable TV and video/DVD player.

  • Your Space

    Lavishly furnished with soaring ceilings and stained-glass windows the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has long attracted some of the city’s most distinguished guests. The hotel creates its own sumptuous chocolates and pastries which are available at the onsite shop. There is also a fitness centre open 24 hours a day where you can enjoy the plunge pool, as well as a beauty salon which provides a range of pampering services.

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  • Your Dining

    The hotel features five restaurants and bars serving an array of different cuisines. L’Europe Restaurant is one of Russia’s most historic restaurants and offers Russian specialities such as the renowned Egg in Egg. There is also Azia Restaurant which specialises in pan-Asian dishes, a Mezzanine Café ideal for trying Russian afternoon tea and St Petersburg’s only dedicated caviar bar. The Lobby Bar has beautiful stained-glass windows and hosts wonderful jazz and blues performances.

  • Hotel Directory

    HOTEL DIRECTORY

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe lies in the heart of St Petersburg, adjacent to Arts Square with some of the city’s renowned attractions like that of the Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood located only moments away. Sumptuously decorated with soaring ceilings, stained glass and luxurious décor the hotel has long attracted the city’s most glamorous, with Peter Tchaikovsky spending his honeymoon here and the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, entertaining the King of Siam in the Krysha Restaurant.

    The hotel features 266 rooms and suites which reflect the extravagance enjoyed by that of the Tsars. The rooms are spacious and lavishly furnished, adorned with rare antiques and priceless artworks and offering wonderful views of Mikhailovskaya Street, the grand thoroughfare leading to Arts Square, and the Philharmonic Hall. The hotel features five restaurants and bars ranging from fresh pan-Asian to a specialist Caviar Bar & Restaurant boasting a knowledgeable vodka sommelier.

    ADAPTORS

    A limited number of adaptors for hairdryers, mobile phones etc. can be obtained from the Reception Desk but please ensure that these are returned at the end of your stay.

    ADDRESS & CONTACT DETAILS

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe Mikhaylovskaya Ulitsa, 1/7 Saint-Petersburg Russia, 191186

    Tel: +7 812 329-60-00

    E-mail: ghe.sales@belmond.com.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    Air-conditioning is available in all rooms and public areas of the hotel.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in is from 2.00 pm and check out is by 11.00 am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call + 7 812 329 60 00 or email ghe.sales@belmond.com. This is a Russian number so calls to this number are charged at an international rate. There is a phone in your room, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised by Reception. You can make room-to-room phone calls free of charge. A Business Centre is available from 7.00 am until 11.00 pm on the fourth floor of the hotel with computers and printers which can be used by guests free of charge.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Leader will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs.

    DINING & DRINKING

    L’Europe Restaurant

    Enjoy a meal at one of Russia’s most historic restaurants with a range of Russian specialties on offer such as the famous Egg in Egg. Admire the beautiful décor whilst listening to an array of live music from outstanding jazz performances to soothing piano playing.

    Opening hours: Breakfast daily 7.00 am – 11.00 am; Imperial brunch daily 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm; Dinner Monday to Saturday 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm.

    Dress code: Elegant, smart casual for dinner. For breakfast and brunch please avoid wearing shorts or sportswear.

    Azia Restaurant

    Serving modern pan-Asian cuisine with a creative twist Azia is a sleek and stylish restaurant. Set amongst a backdrop of warm woods and colourful spice jars, contrasting textures, flavours and colours are combined to create a wonderful fusion menu.

    Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday 12.00 pm – 12.00 am ; Thursday to Saturday 12.00 pm – 1.00 am.

    Dress code: Smart casual.

    Caviar Bar & Restaurant

    Enjoy an array of caviars, vodkas, light snacks and delicious dishes, surrounded by elegant décor inspired by the Tsars, at St Petersburg’s only dedicated caviar bar.

    Opening hours: 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm.

    Dress code: Smart casual.

    Mezzanine Café

    Indulge in decadent cakes and desserts under the St Petersburg sky. Featuring a glass roof and surrounded by an indoor terrace garden this light and airy café serves Russian afternoon tea, hot and cold drinks, pastries, light snacks and delicious treats from the hotel’s artisanal chocolate factory.

    Opening hours: 8.00 am – 10.00 pm; Afternoon tea 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm.

    Dress code: Casual.

    Lobby Bar

    Enjoy a cocktail and admire the Art Nouveau stained-glass windows and alabaster marble bar. In the evenings the bar hosts marvellous jazz and blues performances.

    Opening hours: 24 hours a day.

    Dress code: Smart casual.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in the hotel is 220 volts. All bathrooms are equipped with a shaver socket.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Leader.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    A laundry and dry-cleaning service is available. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the wardrobe in your room. Please fill in the laundry list and leave it together with the bag of items to be laundered on your bed.

    LIFTS

    There are three lifts in the hotel. All areas of the hotel are accessible via these lifts.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    The hotel doctor is on duty daily from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. If you require emergency medical attention, please call Reception.

    MINI BAR

    For your convenience there is a mini bar in your room. There are also tea and coffee capsules which are free of charge and replenished daily.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your TV in your hotel room.

    PASSPORTS

    All passports are collected by Reception upon check in. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities and are returned straight away.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Fitness Centre: The latest training machines are available at the onsite gym which is open 24 hours a day or alternatively join a yoga class or take a dip in the plunge pool.

    Chocolates & Pastry Shop: The hotel creates its own lavish chocolates and pastries. You can choose from approximately 35 decadent varieties of chocolate including pralines, truffles and liqueurs, or indulge in fresh bread and cakes from the Pastry Shop.

    CARITA Beauty Salon: The onsite hair and beauty salon provides a range of pampering services from haircuts and colouring to rejuvenating facials, soothing massages, manicures, pedicures and special occasion make-up.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” once credit card details have been given to Reception on arrival which allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Roubles. Your room account can be paid by: • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). • Cash (Roubles)

    ROOMS

    Rooms are spacious and furnished to the highest standards. Every room features air-conditioning, bathrobes, telephone, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, safe, writing desk and comfortable armchairs, cable TV and video/DVD player. The rooms are between 30 – 37 square metres and offer scenic views of the surrounding streets.

    SAFE

    Please store any valuables and travel documents in the safe in your wardrobe. If you need to safeguard large sums of money or highly valuable jewellery, we recommend you deposit them in the main safe at Reception. The hotel cannot be held liable for any valuables not placed in the main safe. Should you require any assistance please contact Reception.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe offers a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted inside the hotel. Smoking is permitted outside only and the hotel kindly requests that smokers take the comfort of other guests in to consideration.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    For national calls: dial 0 for an outside line, followed by the number. For international calls: dial 0, followed by the international access code 810, followed by the country code (eg. 44 for the UK), followed by the recipient’s number. Costs are available from Reception and charges are automatically billed to your room account.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY Dial 9

    CONCIERGE Dial 6870/72/73

    RECEPTION Dial 6611/12/13

    HOUSEKEEPING Dial Housekeeping 6681 or Reception 6611/12/13

    ROOM SERVICE Dial 6636

    TOILETRIES

    All hotel rooms are supplied with the following complimentary amenities: • Shower gel • Hair shampoo • Hair conditioner • Body lotion • Soap • Shower caps • Nail file • Tissues • Tooth kit (on request) • Shaving kit (on request)

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through the Reception Desk. Please dial 9 to arrange a wake up call.

    WATER

    We do not recommend drinking water from the taps in your room. In each room guests will find two complimentary bottles of water which are replaced daily.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

    Please note: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

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  • Your Room

    The hotel is comprised of 266 beautifully decorated rooms and suites which reflect the extravagance enjoyed by that of the Tsars. The rooms are spacious and have wonderful décor as well as including views overlooking Mikhailovskaya Street, the grand thoroughfare leading to Arts Square, and the Philharmonic Hall. Every room features air-conditioning, bathrobes, telephone, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, safe, writing desk and comfortable armchairs, cable TV and video/DVD player.

  • Your Space

    Lavishly furnished with soaring ceilings and stained-glass windows the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has long attracted some of the city’s most distinguished guests. The hotel creates its own sumptuous chocolates and pastries which are available at the onsite shop. There is also a fitness centre open 24 hours a day where you can enjoy the plunge pool, as well as a beauty salon which provides a range of pampering services.

Our View

It's a Western cliché to speak of St Petersburg as 'not Russian'. Certainly it's not, St Petersburg is Russia's graceful offspring of the 18th century - a challenge to Europe, neither entirely Western nor entirely Russian, but something entirely its own. For 200 years St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia and the centre of all that was best culturally, artistically, and scientifically. Every monument, every street speaks of a great past, of poetry, music, adventure. Splendid Baroque and Neoclassical palaces rich with their memories look majestic and silent in the diamond-bright frosts of winter. A highlight is the Hermitage, one of the greatest museums in the world with its encyclopedic collection. The architectural complex in which it is housed is one of the wonders of the world. No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without seeing world-famous Imperial palaces in the city's suburbs. A showcase for the wealth and tastes of the Emperors of Russia from Peter the Great onwards, these extraordinary estates boast sumptuous palaces, extensive landscape gardens, and a treasury of art and history. St Petersburg is also the traditional home of the Russian ballet, opera and music. The renown Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre is one of the best Opera and Ballet Houses in the world.

Travelling with You

Julia Korn

{MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Julia Korn is a native of St. Petersburg and has lived there all her life. She graduated from the Philological Department, St. Petersburg University, specializing in Russian Literature and History. In 1988-2016 she worked as a Senior Researcher at the National Pushkin Museum in St. Petersburg and published articles on Russian literature, history and the arts. Fluent in English, she has travelled to the U.S.A many times and in 1999 helped coordinate the renowned International Pushkin Conference at Stanford University, California. In 1997-2004, Julia was engaged as a Director for the Stars of St. Petersburg Ballet Tours, presenting fully staged productions throughout the western states of the U.S.A regularly. In 2003, she qualified with an Art Management course from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Well travelled herself, Julia has a keen insight into the special needs of the discerning travellers. She qualified in numerous courses and acquired all the licenses to conduct tours in all the major museums and palaces in and around St. Petersburg providing services for guests with special interests in the arts, music, ballet, history and literature, both groups and individuals. Her achievements are numerous, and she has proved to be a popular host.

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