The Petersburg Voyage travel agency welcomes you in St. Petersburg, Russia! Our tour company offers you various Private and Group Tours and Excursions in St. Petersburg and its outskirts. Any personal sightseeing program with the desired schedule, duration, and places of interest to visit can be worked out for you; or you can choose one of our Typical Programs, among which you will surely find the tours you are searching for! You will see all the main Saint-Petersburg sights and attractions with our Tour Packages (Shore Excursions for Cruise Passengers available).
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Some facts about Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Located at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, Saint-Petersburg, Russia directly borders countries of the European Union. Among the European cities, our city is the third in terms of population after London and Moscow.
The Northern Capital of Russia had seen many dramatic events over its three-century history. Founded in 1703 by the first Russian Emperor Peter the Great, it is described as the Venice of the North for its multiple rivers and canals; and for its classic European architecture. The city luckily escaped destruction during the World War II. It was besieged by the German army. Being almost surrounded, starving, suffering the epidemies, Saint-Petersburg endured almost 3 years of the siege. Should the city fall, it would had been razed by the direct Adolf Hitler's order.
Besides St. Petersburg, city's names were Petrograd (1914-1924) and Leningrad (1924-1991). Today the city is a major trade gateway, financial and industrial centre of the Russian Federation. It is one of the most actively developing regions of Russia and it has a truly enormous investment potential. In 2009, foreign direct investment to the city came to 5.5 billion USD. A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and other businesses are located here.
Russian Northern Capital is also the place where more than 150 exhibitions are conducted each year, 100 of which are at international levels. It is often described as the most Western city of Russia. The Historic city Centre and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Three large cargo seaports maintain the sea communications: Bolshoi Port, Kronstadt, and Lomonosov. International cruise liners have been served at the passenger port at Morskoy Vokzal on the south-west of Vasilevsky Island.
St. Petersburg in Present
Nowadays St. Petersburg is an indisputable Cultural and Tourist capital of Russia. Every year it attracts a great deal of tourists; in 2011 Saint-Petersburg was visited by 5.5 millions of tourists, which is more than the city population (5 millions). And this is not without reason: St. Petersburg truly is a brilliant amongst the European capitals and Great Cities. That is why St. Petersburg, Russia Tours are very popular - the magnificence of the Russian Northern Capital is best served with its history and best enjoyed with the comfort of a private tour. Shore Tours and Excursions for cruise passengers are also very popular, as by the city law cruise passengers do not need a valid Russian Visa as long as they use services of a local Licensed Tour Operator.
The common St. Petersburg travel season lasts from may till September: the weather is good and warm, there's a lot of sunlight, and all parks, gardens, and alleys of the city and its magnificent suburbs are splendid in their flourishing. Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, and Gatchina are crowded with tourists these times. St. Petersburg Tours and Excursions should be booked in advance in summer! But do not hesitate to travel to St. Petersburg in winter! The city is completely different, covered by the white snow blankets, charming with the frozen rivers and canals. There is a special romantic atmosphere of a Russian Winter in it. And you can have the experience one can never have in summer: have a famous Troika ride (a Russian national sledge, harnessed by three horses); try some national Russian delicacies, which are best enjoyed after walking in the cool winter or spring air - caviar or butter&honey pancakes, borsch, Russian pies, and many others; enjoy skiing or skating in the beautiful parks of St. Petersburg. Some years a skating-rink is open at the Palace Square itself!
Tours in St. Petersburg, Russia
Most people coming to Saint-Petersburg, Russia have heard of its magnificence and splendour, and yearn to see its beautiful streets, cathedrals, rivers, bridges and want to know its history and culture. But there are few problems here, and the first one is that there are scores of palaces, parks, museums, monuments, and places of interest worth visiting in Russian Northern Capital. If one wishes to 'see them all' (that is a typical desire), he needs the proper tour program organisation - highlights visit sequence should be composed to visit them one by one optimally, without time losses. What is more - all landmarks have their own day-off's, and it must be considered during the St. Petersburg tour program preparation. Another significant point is where to have lunch and dinner - a proper restaurant or cafe must be chosen in advance. There's one more event you can't miss if you really want to know Russian culture - Russian Opera and Ballet. Needless to say, the St. Petersburg evening show tickets must be booked in advance; otherwise you won't visit the best performances.
The problems mentioned above may easily be dismissed if you order a St. Petersburg Tour program from Petersburg Voyage travel agency! Our managers are experienced specialists who will foresee and estimate every little moment and detail of your trip, and will compose a perfect tailored tour program that suits your needs. Thus, you are guaranteed to relax and enjoy your stay and tours in St. Petersburg, Russia without any worries or concerns. But the most important advantage in booking a St. Petersburg tour with us is that we will arrange a private guide and a private driver with the A/C vehicle for you. Only by using a professional guide service you may truly know the history, lore, and soul of Saint-Petersburg - there's so much to know! And certainly, you'll need a car to travel swiftly: St. Petersburg, Russia is a big city with the population of almost 5 millions, and, even if you are a willing and able walker, it may prove difficult and tiresome to complete your tour program by walk. What is more, the car service is a must have option during the visit to one of St. Petersburg, Russia famous suburbs: Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlovsk or Gatchina, which are pretty distant from the centre. It takes around an hour to get there from the city centre by car; the only alternative is taxi, but it will cost you dearly. Travelling there by metro combined with train or local buses is possible, but it will take much more time, and the comfort will not be good enough.
If you visit St. Petersburg, Russia with a cruise, your situation is rather simple: to see the city without a Russian Visa (most of St. Petersburg cruise passengers don't have one), you have to use local certified Tour Operator's services. We would be glad to offer that services - St. Petersburg Shore Tours - to you! Contact us, and we will create a private St. Petersburg Shore Excursions program for your party, or you may join our 'Discover St. Petersburg' group tour. The important moment is to contact us at least a week prior to your visit to St. Petersburg; otherwise we can't guarantee your immigration passage (Russian bureaucracy and paperwork takes time to get through). Our St. Petersburg Shore Tours offer the same comfort as our private land tours: your party will be met by your guide in the seaport terminal in the morning (typically around 8-9 AM), you'll meet your driver, get into the comfortable car (we generally use Mercedes-Benz), and there your Shore Excursion in St. Petersburg begins! The seaport is situated on the Basil Island, the very heart of Saint-Petersburg, and you'll see city highlights in 5-10 minutes after you start! First, you'll see the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral, then the Menshikovskiy Palace, Kunstkamera (an old museum founded during the reign of Peter the Great), the Great Hermitage and Winter Palace, and many more. Your Shore Tour in St. Petersburg will be organised so that you don't miss a precious minute of your stay in our city. During the day, you will have lunch in one of the best places we recommend to our guests, and we may take you to the gift shop or local market to buy some Russian Souvenirs if you like. You will be taken back to your ship at 5 PM so you can take some rest and relax in your room. And in the evening of your St. Petersburg Shore Tour day we may take you to Opera, Ballet, or Folk Show if you like (Opera and Ballet must be booked in advance)!
Main St. Petersburg Landmarks
There are dozens and dozens of landmarks and highlights in St. Petersburg, Russia, but several of them stand out of the line as they are really world-famous. We'll describe them one by one, and each is a 100% must visit place.
The main landmark of St. Petersburg, Russia is, beyond any doubt, the Hermitage and Winter Palace. Many tourists mistakenly believe that these are two different places, but in fact it is a single palace-museum - one of the oldest and largest world museums. The Hermitage was founded in 1764 by empress Catherine the Great as a private collection of paintings. The Winter Palace were founded earlier, in 1708 by Peter the Great; it was rebuilt 5 times, and eventually it merged with the Hermitage, being the Residence of Russian Emperors. With the passing of time several additional buildings were added to the large palace complex. Nowadays the Hermitage complex consists of 6 buildings: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. The complex holds immense collections, including the Egyptian and Classical antiquities, Prehistoric art, Jewelry and decorative art, Italian Renaissance collection, Italian and Spanish fine art, Knight's Hall, a collection of Dutch Golden Age and Flemish Baroque, German, British, Swiss, French, and Russian fine art, and a gathering of Neoclassical, Impressionist, and post-Impressionist art. The most popular exhibitions of Hermitage among the tourists might be the Gold Room and the Diamond Room. One may spend a day to see only the main world-famous exhibitions of the Hermitage. But not only interiors are worth visiting - the Hermitage's main building is a brilliant white and azure sample of the XVIII baroque architecture, that is flanked by the magnificent Palace Square, one of the largest Russian squares, and the main St. Petersburg's square. In the heart of Palace Square towers the majestic Alexander Column, a monument by design of Auguste de Montferrand in 1830-1834. The Palace square is often used as a platform for the concerts of international singers and artists and is a must visit place for every guest of Saint-Petersburg, Russia. We are eager offer our Hermitage Tour to all city guests!
Another symbol of St. Petersburg, Russia is Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Every tourist who has once been to our city knows its slender shape towering above the city centre in the delta of Neva river. Its height (in fact the tall building is Peter and Paul Cathedral's belfry, the cathedral itself is not so tall) is 122 metres; it was the tallest building in Saint-Petersburg until 2012. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 on small Hare island by the north bank of Neva river's delta as a fortress and was finished in 1740 by Domenico Trezzini's plans; few weeks after the fortress' foundation the cathedral was founded in the fortress' territory. The citadel was designed to guard Neva's delta against the Sweden, in war with which Russia had been at those times. Peter and Paul fortress was in fact one of the first structures of newly-found Russian Capital, Saint-Petersburg. Today the territory of Peter and Paul fortress holds several places of interest including the Peter and Paul Cathedral: there's a still active mint building, Trubetskoy Bastion - the former prison, the Grand Ducal Mausoleum - the burial place of Russian Emperors, and the popular city beach outside the bastion's walls. The tall Peter and Paul cathedral's belfry is a definite symbol of St. Petersburg, Russia; it is crested by the gilded angel holding the cross. This angel is known as a divine protector of the city.
St. Isaac's cathedral is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in Saint-Petersburg; it was founded in 1818 by emperor Alexander I, designed to replace an older church in its place. It took 40 years to build the cathedral; it was erected in Alexander's favourite ponderous Empire style of architecture. The majestic 112 red granite columns support 4 porticos at each side of the edifice, 4 side domes, 4 windows, and the rotunda of the massive round main dome. The rotunda is encircled by the walkway accessible by the tourists. A spectacular city panorama opens from there, and this is another must-visit place of St. Petersburg. The main dome rises at 101.5 metres above the ground and it is covered with the plates of pure gold. During the 3-year Siege of Leningrad of the World War II the domes of St. Isaac's cathedral were painted grey to prevent enemy bombers from spotting and targeting the architectural masterpiece. In the Soviet period of Russian history the cathedral was transformed into a museum, and it remains in that state today. As for the exterior, St. Isaac's cathedral is flanked by the large St. Isaac's square with the monument to the emperor Nicolas I in the centre.
At the other side of the cathedral lies the Senate Square with a small park and yet another grand symbol of Saint-Petersburg - The Bronze Horseman. It is a monument to the city founder, Peter the Great, commissioned by the empress Catherine the Great erected by the French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet and his apprentice Marie-Anne Collot, who carved Peter's face. The monument was open to public in 1782; later Alexander Pushkin, grand Russian poet, wrote his great poem 'Bronze Horseman' that gave monument its nickname. The monument itself is made of pure bronze, and the pedestal is a solid granite boulder of 2400 tons, also known as the Thunder Stone. It took 2 years just to deliver it to the construction site from the distance of 6 kilometres. The sight of the Bronze Horseman to the fore of St. Isaac's cathedral is one of the main Saint-Petersburg Sights, and it is present on lots of postcards and tourist's photos. This place is also a traditional spot to take photos of the newly wed couples.
One more cathedral (formally a church) rightfully takes its place in a row of main St. Petersburg landmarks - Church of the Savior on Blood. Also known as Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, or simply Church on Spilt Blood, this church might be the most beautiful in Saint-Petersburg. Many tourists muddle it with St. Basil's Cathedral, which is situated on the Red Square in Moscow; indeed, the edifices look much alike, both constructed in the same medieval Russian romantic nationalism style. Such style is alien to the general St. Petersburg architecture: Baroque, Classic, and Empire styles dominate here. The reason of choosing that style lies in this church's origin. Church of the Savior on Blood was founded on the spot of tsar Alexander II's murder. On March 13, 1881 his carriage was passing by the Griboedov canal when a anarchist terrorist threw a bomb under its wheels. The explosion shattered the carriage, but it didn't hurt Alexander. But as he got out of the carriage, another terrorist took his chance and threw the second bomb. He killed himself and mortally wounded the tsar, who died in the Winter Palace few hours later. People's grieving was enormous, as Alexander was beloved by Russian people for finally freeing them from the serfdom. And so, it was decided to narrow the Griboedov canal and to construct a church in the memory of that assassination in its place. The Church on Spilt Blood is extremely beautiful both inside and outside. It contains over 7500 square metres of mosaics on its walls, ceiling, and dome. In other words, this picturesque masterpiece of Russian architecture is a must-see place of Saint-Petersburg.
And, to finish this short list of top St. Petersburg landmarks, we have to mention Peterhof and Pushkin; both of them are palace and park complexes. Peterhof was constructed as a country residence of Russian tsars in 1710 by Peter the Great. It had to be a kind of 'Russian Versailles'. The Grand Palace, several lesser palaces (Monplaisir palace, Marli palace, and others), and other buildings were created all over the magnificent Fountain Park. It were the fountains that brought world fame to Peterhof - there are over 150 fountains and four fountain cascades in Peterhof. The fountain season lasts from May till October, and the best time to visit Peterhof is in Summer - you may enjoy the mild St. Petersburg Summer in the shade of park alleys, or relax near one of the numerous fountains. Needless to say, there are crowds there in high season. It is not that easy to get to Peterhof from St. Petersburg's centre (it is around 40 kilometres), but there's one swift way to get there - the Hydrofoil. These fast boats course from the pier near the Hermitage to the Peterhof's pier (Peterhof is situated on the bank of the Gulf of Finland) in the high season. It will take only 30 minutes to get to Peterhof by the Hydrofoil; but there's always plenty of tourists on these boats, and tickets must be ordered in advance. Order our Peterhof Tour and forget about all inconveniences! Pushkin can't boast the fountains as Peterhof, but it is no less beautiful. The actual name of this landmark is Tsarskoe Selo - it is a museum in the Pushkin town, named after Alexander Pushkin (Pushkin is a suburb of St. Petersburg). Tsarskoe Selo contains of Alexander's park and Catherine's park, both naturally beautiful and peaceful, holding many architectural monuments. Catherine's park holds the famous Catherine's Palace, exquisite Cameron's Gallery, Admiralty building (lesser one, the main Admiralty is located in the city centre), and the charming Grotto pavilion. Alexander's park holds Alexander's palace, Kids pavilion, Chinese theatre, Chinese village, the White Tower pavilion, the Arsenal building, Chapelle building, and Ratnaya Palata (this is a complex of Russian style buildings). Tsarskoe Selo was formerly another country residence of Russian Tsars (what lucky people were they!).
One of the main highlights of Tsarskoe Selo is the world-famous Amber Room (also known as the Amber Chamber), located in the Catherine's palace. It is a chamber wholly decorated with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. The Amber Room was lost to the invaders during the World War II, but later it was reconstructed and nowadays it is available in all its splendour!