St. Petersburg with Architectural Digest

There are conflicting theories about what drew Peter the Great to a patch of seemingly inhospitable swampland in the early 18th century, but what the legendary Emperor imagined—and what two equally stubborn and brilliant empresses carried forward—can still be experienced. There are those grand avenues that recall Paris, the pastel-colored mansions lining the Neva like spun sugar confections; the gilded palaces in town and country, the priceless treasures and art; the ballet. Walking through St. Petersburg, it is impossible not to be awed by how one man’s vision in 1703 could be powerful enough to survive centuries. Today, Peter’s “window to Europe” is stronger than ever—inviting you in to discover its secrets with the people who know them best.

What to Expect

  • Explore a challenging destination with former Architectural Digest Contributing Editor Howard Christian and the founder and CEO of Indagare, Melissa Biggs Bradley.
  • Enjoy after-hours access to Pavlovsk, the summer palace of the tsars.
  • Tour the Stroganov Palace with the museum’s director.
  • Tour St. Petersburg’s most ornate, iconic monuments–including the Winter Palace, Pushkin and St. Isaac’s Cathedral—with expert art, architecture and history guides.
  • Enjoy VIP access to Catherine Palace and be invited into the historic Amber Room workshops.
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum after-hours and have the chance to see the winding of the famous Peacock Clock—and access the private Hermitage storage chambers, which contain a treasure trove of items ranging from Imperial wardrobes, furniture and carriages to world-class works of art.
  • Take a private tour of the new Fabergé Museum, which contains over 1,500 pieces, including the celebrated million-dollar Imperial Easter Eggs.
  • View treasures of Russian design, including priceless porcelain and works of art by masters ranging from Matisse to Kandinsky.
  • Be invited to a special reception at a private apartment that was featured in Architectural Digest Russia.
  • Sample Eastern European cuisine at the best restaurants in St. Petersburg.
  • Relax at the Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte property and one of St. Petersburg’s most stylish hotels.
  • Add on a post-trip extension to Moscow, planned by the experts at Indagare.
  • When
    October 9 – 14, 2019
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Adventurers , Art Lovers , Intellectuals

This Journey's Host

On this journey, you will be joined by Howard Christian, AD’s Contributing Editor and former Design Editor. A native Georgian, Howard moved to New York City in 1975 to study design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. The start of his career was marked by tenures at the galleries of John Rosselli and, later, Andre Emmerich, where he was the liaison between the prominent Interior Designer Community and the artists represented, including Hans Hoffmann, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Sam Francis, Anthony Caro and David Hockney. Christian then embarked on a career in the world of free-lance styling, set design and production, working with the shelter magazines as well as corporate clients like Talbots and L.L. Bean. The next phase of Christian’s design journey began when he was called upon by Rosselli and Bunny Williams to run their groundbreaking business, Treillage, Ltd. After fourteen years, Christian left Treillage to join Condé Nast as the Design Editor for Architectural Digest (2010-2016), tracking leading designers around the world and identifying up-and-coming names. He also oversaw photo shoots for the magazine. Since March of 2016, Christian has worked as a freelance editor and consultant for shelter magazines and independent interior designers. A world traveler, he has visited Russia regularly over the past 20 years.

On this journey, you will also be joined by Indagare’s founder and CEO, Melissa Biggs Bradley.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    October 9 – 14, 2019
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 24 travelers
  • Host
    Howard Christian and Melissa Biggs Bradley


  • 5 nights’ stay at the Hotel Astoria in a Deluxe Room
  • All meals and beverages, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admissions and activities, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Touring with expert guides, as indicated in the itinerary, as well as your Architectural Digest and Indagare hosts
  • Group airport arrival and departure transfers, as well as group transfers throughout St. Petersburg, as indicated in the itinerary
  • The services of our St. Petersburg partners and emergency contacts


  • International air transportation to and from St. Petersburg and airport transfers outside of group arrivals and departures
  • Meals not specified and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items and expenses, including additional activities
  • All gratuities
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
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