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From Lappeenranta to Saint Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg

The magnificant metropolis of St. Petersburg is just about 200 km away from Lappeenranta and Imatra.

Saimaa Travel offers both package and tailored tours for the groups and individuals all year round! During the summer time you can choose from a full service package tour to an escorted visa-free tour to St. Petersburg. If you prefer to get to know the unique city on your own, choose a three days tour by train. For individual tours a visa is always required.

See a video of what is waiting in St. Petersburg

How to get there?

St. Petersburg is located near to the Finnish-Russian border, just 190 km from Lappeenranta and 202 km from Imatra. Lappeenranta is located 220 km from Helsinki and Imatra is located 255 km from Helsinki. St. Petersburg is easy to reach from South Karelia – by boat from Lappeenranta along the Saimaa Canal to Vyborg, as well as by bus or train, and even by ones own car. The novelty of this summer are the visa free boat trips from Lappeenranta to Vyborg on m/s Carelia! If you wish you can easily continue your journey from Vyborg to the metropolis of St. Petersburg by bus or train. The train connection from Lappeenranta to St. Petersburg departs from Vainikkala railwaystation, which is about a 20 min drive from the city centre. There is also a taxi connection from Lappeenranta central railway/bus station to Vainikkala railway station. Please check the train timetable online.

What to do there?

What not to do there? Hope you have scheduled enough time to explore this great city! St.Petersburg offers unfogettable architecture and historical sights (such as the Hermitage), as well as great shopping and high class musical and theatre performances - not to forget the culinaristic delicacies of local or foreign cuisine.

Autumn and winter in Saint Petersburg are full of theatrical performances: opera and ballet in renowned Mariinskiy and Mikhailovsky theatres, Jazz concerts in Jazz Philharmonic hall, classical music concerts in The D.D.Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia.

Peterhof (former Royal residence in the suburb of St. Petersburg) organizes every September a breathtaking show of fountains with 3D-mapping on the façade of the Grand Peterhof Palace (a traditional annual event which marks the close of the fountain season). Pavlovsk (residence of Emperor Paul) invites the guest to its Coffe&Jazz festival in October in its charming landscape park. November is remarkable for the Festival of Light (November 4 and 5 in 2016) and St. Petersburg Restaurant Festival (November 1- 30 in 2016). The New Year and Christmas celebrations take place everywhere in the city: the laser 3D-mapping show on the Dvortsovaya Ploschad (in front of Winter Palace), festivities in Gatchina residence, City Christmas fair on the Pionerskaya Ploschad.

February and March is the time for the Russian folk festival – Maslenitsa (Pancake Week). It is nice period to enjoy traditional Russian food and entertainments. This week people eat pancakes (which are symbols of the Sun) and in such manner meet the Spring.

May kicks start for White Nights season which lasts until the middle of July. The City’s Birthday, Buttle on the Neva – knights tournaments, Motobride festival, St. Petersburg International Marine Festival, St.Petersburg Harley Days, Scarlet Sales are the landmark events of summer Saint Petersburg. Boat trips on the city’s rivers and canals are nice chance to admire Saint Petersburg in summer. All year round red double-decker city tour buses run around the downtown and make stops near the most tourist attractions.

The numerous museums and art spaces are scattered all over the city. The huge Hermitage with its rich collection of Western European Art, ancient oriental art, jewelry, numismatics. Russian Museum offers Russian paintings from 11th century and pieces of Russian applied art. Erarta is the biggest global project in Russian contemporary art. Peter the Great Aquatory shows St.Petersburg of 18th century in miniature, and Grand Maket Rossiya presents the model of the whole Russia. Faberge Museum contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé. Literary museums tells about life of famous Russian composers, poets and artists. Street Art Museum on the acting Laminated Plastics factory presents 200 square meters of walls painted by street artists from the whole world.

Find more information on Visit-Petersburg and in Saint Petersburg Tourist Information points.

Who can help?

In order to book a trip to Vyborg or St. Petersburg, please contact Saimaa Travel Ltd in Lappeenranta – you can travel on your own or together with a group. On their website you will find all the different options of trips and they can also arrange the visa for you and the rest of the family/group. Check out Visa instructions.

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