A unique fortification structure is situated in the centre of the city. Built as a military fortress to protect the city from the Gulp of Finland, for more then 200 years it was used as a prison for political criminals and a burial place of the Romanovs. The tour to the Fortress is an opportunity to see
- the oldest cathedral of St.Petersburg
- the highest belfry of St.Petersburg the Mint, a working enterprise, where Russian rubles are produced since 1800
- the tomb of the last emperor Nicolas II and his family
- the most unusual sculpture of Peter the Great
- the city from the walls and bastions or from the belfry
A city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and winding canals, St. Petersburg’s short history has endowed the city with a wealth of architectural and artistic treasures.
Alongside world-famous attractions such as the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theatre, the city has scores of lesser known but equally fascinating sights that reveal both the pomp and extravagance of St. Petersburg’s political and Imperial past, and also the mysterious, tragic genius that has touched so many of the city’s great artists and writers. Still considered Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg reflects the country’s extraordinary fate like no other city, and its uniquely rich atmosphere exerts a powerful grip on even the most jaded traveler.
The city tour will give you the opportunity to feel the unique atmosphere of St.Petersburg, to see the most beautiful ensembles and squares in a short period of time. It is a good idea for the first acquaintance with the city. It could be a foot walk, a trip by car or comfortable minivan. We will suggest you a lot of different variants of roots, included visiting of any museum you are interested in. The list of the most outstanding museums of St.Petersburg you could find here
The State Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. The Director of the Hermitage once said: "I can’t say that the Hermitage is the number one museum in the world, but it’s certainly not the second". There are over 3 000 000 000 works of art, including those of Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Raphael, Michelangelo, Matisse, Monet and many others in the Hermitage. The buildings of the museum, by themselves, are architectural masterpieces. The collections. Magnificent works of art embracing prehistoric culture, Egyptian art, the art of Antiquity, Scythian gold, and great collections of Western-European paintings and sculptures are displayed in 400 halls of museum. If you want to see every piece of art and will spend in front of each only 2 minutes it will take you 9 years! Don’t forget to visit special "Golden" and "Brilliant" rooms- you have to buy special tickets to get there and excursions to the rooms are available on certain hours only. We could help you to discover the treasures of the Hermitage with great pleasure and depending on your interests it will take us from quick 2,5 hour tour up to the whole day.
St.Petersburg, situated at the mouth of the Neva-river, is criss-crossed by innumerable smaller rivers and canals. Water, alongside with the beautiful sights, is the main attraction of the city. A cruise by boat along the main river is one of the unique ways to discover St.Petersburg, sometimes called "Venice of the North". You’ll pass magnificent architectural ensembles, such as looming silhouettes of the hunch bridges, lace – like banisters, beautiful palaces facing the granite embankments, churches and cathedrals visible from a long way off.
Opened in 1898 in the Mikhaylovsky Palace, the museum numbers nearly 400,000 exhibits. It is the largest collection of Russian art in the country, from ancient icons to the Avant-garde painting of the XX century. If you are very limited in time and hesitate between The Hermitage and The Russian Museum our suggestion to choose the latter. Russian art is not well known all over the world and it will be the main discovery for you during your stay in St.Petersburg.
In the center of St.Petersburg, not far from the banks of the Neva, the Church of the Saviour on the Blood draws the attention to one’s eyes. Its guilded and coloured domes rise majestically over the surrounding building, along with the cupola of St.Isaac’s Cathedral, the spies of Peter and Paul fortress and the Admiralty, creating architectural dominants in the panorama of the city centre.
The Church of the Resurrection of Christ is an outstanding example of late 19th-century Russian architecture and monumental decorative art, built on the site where one the Russian emperors Alexander II was mortally wounded. The interior of the church is worth seeing – the church is decorated with more than 1500 sq. m. of precious mosaics.
The heaviest building of St. Petersburg the second highest building of St. Petersburg, The biggest Russian Orthodox Church all over Russia with the fourth biggest cupola in Europe, the largest and one of the mot expensive construction site of the first quarter of XIX century. All these facts are about St. Isaac Cathedral, which is situated on one of the most spectacular squares of the city. A fine view opens from the 64 meters high colonnade on the historic part of the city. To watch all the beauty you should go 260 steps up! The tour will last for 1.5 hours during which you will discover all cathedral’s secrets and engineering wonders.
The palace went down in Russian history as the place where the mysterious Grigory Rasputin was assassinated, a Siberian peasant who became the spiritual mentor and friend of Nicholas II and the Royal Family in the early 20th century. The tragedy took place the night of December 17, 1916 in the private annex of the young Prince Felix Yusupov, now housing a historical exhibit recreating the assassination scene.
One of the biggest Artillery museums in the world is a real paradise for little and not very little boys who are carried away by history of ancient and modern arms. While male representatives of your group are getting more about Kalashnokov guns or touching one of the antiaircraft guns situated under the open sky, the ladies will certainly enjoy battle paintings ,huge sculptures and portraits of handsome Russian generals. This museum is exactly the place where you will understand why the Russians became winners in numerous wars, including WWII.
Cruiser Aurora is veteran ship of the Russian Navy. Built in St.Petersburg between 1897 and 1900, it took an active part in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and participated in the Tsusima battle, in which most of Russia’s Pacific fleet was destroyed.
During World War II and the 900-day Siege of Leningrad the guns of the ship were taken down and used on the front line of the city’s defenses. Then the Russians sank it to protect it from German bombs.
The historical ship Aurora has been turned into a museum and is docked in the Bolshaya Nevka just a few hundred yards upstream from the Cabin of Peter the Great, opposite the “St.Petersburg” Hotel. After the war the ship was carefully restored and painted up in awfully pretty colors and training ship for cadets from the nearby Nakhimov Navy School.