Sightseeing Options St Petersburg

St Petersburg, has always been a centre for the arts, both pre, during and after the communist period. In some peoples minds, “The Brothers Karamazov” written by the city’s most renowned novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is perhaps his greatest novel. Here he wrote about three brothers who represented three worlds: the intellectual, the spiritual, and the sensual.

As you wander throughout this city you see this ‘family’ manifested in many forms. From the majesty of the local theatre, extensive museums and art galleries to the lofty cathedral domes resonating with orthodox chants. Then you can feel the crisp air of a winter's day and view the palate of sharp white snow against a sharp blue winter's sky, or enjoy the subtle excuse for a night sky during the long days of high summer.

In St Petersburg

Here we have highlighted the "classics". There are of course other options for which we can make arrangements. Ask for details of other sightseeing excursions. If you want a private guided tour to a specific place in St Petersburg then ask and we can quote for you.

By walking guide

Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:12 PM
To: Marie Pickering
Subject: St Petersburg

Dear Marie
We have just had the most marvellous tour of St Petersburg and The Hermitage with Tatiana. She was brilliant, interesting and very eloquent. We are looking forward to the next few days with her.

Thank you!!
Helen - Sent from my iPAD. Please excuse brevity and spelling errors.


Our walking guide concept is an economical and fun way to explore both these cities. Moscow and St Petersburg are blessed with having a great public transport system, both above and below ground. With the growing traffic problems in the centre of these cities, using public transport can save considerable time. Our guides can cover most major languages and are all post graduates who have completed, or are completing a ‘Guiding Diploma’. They not only give you the historical details about where you are, but are happy to immerse themselves in discussions about everyday Russian life and how they see Russia’s current situation and future.

‘Walking’ also includes time on the underground, in trolley buses and can make use of the occasional taxi - paid locally as required. Our guides work out the best ‘movement’ solution based on what you want to see, the time of day and the condition of the traffic. Large distances can be covered by the underground in quick time. The trolley bus system can also be used as they can avoid some of the traffic problems cars have to endure. Otherwise, walking is the best way to get close to something of interest. If the guide thinks a ‘taxi’ is the best solution for the next stage, he or she can flag down an appropriate car and knows the price to pay for the distance and so avoids the ‘foreigners’ price.

Six (6) hour walking tour

St Petersburg is a vast open-air museum spread out over forty-four islands. Our walking tour commences at Nevsky Prospekt and includes one or two museums, depending on the time available. The monument in the centre of the main square is of the 19th Century poet Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and the building that dominates one side of the square is the Russian Museum. Continuing our walk we come to the church of Resurrection known as the Church of Spilt Blood and find ourselves on the field of Mars (Marsovo Pole a former military parade ground). We then pass the Mikhallovsky Castle, built by the demented czar Paul and spend some time in the Summer Gardens - Peter's Summer Palace. On Reaching the Neva the Peter and Paul Fortress comes into view as we pass the Winter Palace (Hermitage), Admiralty, Decembrist's Square, St Issac's Cathedral (100 Kilos of gold went into the gilding the dome) and the Maryinsky Place. A short stroll along Gertsen Street brings us back to the city's main thoroughfare Nevesky Prospekt, and the Kazan Cathedral - one of the finest buildings in the city.

Our guide will meet you at your accommodation. You will be expected to pay for any transport taken when on a walking tour (unless otherwise stated), but this is a minor amount. At the end of 2010, a ride to anywhere on the underground or a trolley bus was Eur.50 cents a ride!  With the above example public transport is minimal, just getting from and back to your accommodation. This is a comprehensive tour of the central highlights. The programme can be varied to suit your own interests, which might mean other public transport costs.

Duration: 6 hours. Start time 0930am. Price: See table below. Entrance fees are not included and are purchased as required. As a guide for entrance fees budget for EUR50 per person.

Departures: Daily to order.

 Name 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons Notes:
Stp 6 hr Walking Tour EUR145 EUR75 EUR50 EUR44 Six (6) hours with walking historical guide. Private tour.

 

By Private Car

Use of a car with a driver/guide is an extremely efficient way to accomplish certain sightseeing. What takes two days with public transport, takes one day by car, plus in most cases, more can be seen due to having your own guide and interpreter. A car with a driver/guide can take you (virtually) anywhere in the city of St Petersburg. Note: walking for absolute central St Petersburg is the most interesting way to see this area, but this does not suit everyone.

3 Hour Orientation Tour
Designed to move around the central and near central main highlights of St Petersburg. Not designed to spend time going into various places. Time to stop and take photographs, but not time enough to wander around inside the Hermitage. Price: See table below. Also good for those who don't want a walking tour.

Individual costs for St Petersburg Sightseeing

These are private tours (for the number that book) only. Your guides are qualified tourist guides in the language you have chosen. If the place visited requires an entry fee this is included.

Prices are in Euro
Per person
 

Guide services can
be in:

English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

 

Number Excursion

Operating Days

Duration
(hours)
1
Person
2
Persons
3
Persons
4
Persons
1 City highlights tour by car no entries. Daily 3 105 59 47 42
2 St Isaacs Cathedral Daily 1 117 71 59 53
3 City tour + St Isaacs   4 153 88 77 65
4 City + Peter & Paul Fortress   5 148 85 71 59
5 Hermitage   3 124 77 65 59
6 Hermitage + Golden Chamber   4 188 153 142 135
7 Russian Art Museum   2 117 77 59 55
8 Marble Palace   1.5 113 71 53 49
9 Yusupov Palace            
  Orientation Tour   1 124 77 65 59
  Plus Rasputin rooms   2 135 88 77 71
  Plus Yusupov rooms   2 130 83 71 65
10 Alexander Nevsky Lavra   1 117 71 59 53
11 Menshikov Palace   1.5 117 71 59 53
12 Neva River cruise with transfer Daily 1.5 111 65 47 44
13 Pavlovsk   5 205 111 100 71
14 Pushkin St Katherines Palace & Park   5 247 135 106 85
15 Pushkin and Pavlovsk
(2 parks + 2 Palaces)
  7 300 170 135 111
16 Petrodvoretz - Summer Palace and Park   6 255 144 117 100
17 Day tour to Novgorod inc Kremlin & St Sophia   9 505 282 205 165
18 Nikolaevskiy Palace Folk Show   2.5 88 65 59 53

Notes: A 'per file' booking fee of Euro 25 will apply if you have no other services booked with us. Per file means Euro25 for 1 person or 6, 1 tour or 5 tours.
Opening days and closed days

ANTROPOLOGY & ETHNOGRAPHY MUSEUM:
Open: 11:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:45)
Closed: Thursday

CENTRAL NAVY MUSEUM:
Open: 10:30 – 17:30 (Last entry 16.45)
Closed: Monday, Tuesday and last Thursday of each month

ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM:
Open: 10:00 – 18:00
Closed: Monday & last Friday of the month

MUSEUM OF THE ACADEMY OF ARTS:
Open: 11:00 – 18:00 (Last entry 17:00)
Closed: Monday & Tuesday

PETER & PAUL FORTRESS:
Open: 11:00 – 18:00 Tuesday 11:00 – 16:00 (Summer months)
Open: 11:00 – 17:00 (Winter months)
Closed: Wednesday & last Tuesday of each month

PISKAREVSKOYE MEMORIAL CEMETERY:
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (All year)

PETER THE GREAT’S HOUSE MUSEUM:
Open: 10:00 – 18:00
Closed: 13:30 – 14:30 (Lunch Break)
Every Tuesday & last Monday of each month

PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSEUM:
Open: 11:00 – 17:00 (Monday – Friday)
Closed: Saturday & Sunday

 

THE MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN RAILWAYS
This is the best collection on railways in Russia. From the very first Russian steam locomotive built to the modern-day railways. A complete display of railways development in Russia and the former USSR.
Location: Warsaw Railway Station St Petersburg
English and Finish language tours can be arranged by calling +7 (812) 168 2063
Open: 11 am to 5:00 pm - October to April.
In summer, it is open from 10.00am to 6.00pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

THE NECROPOLIS:
Open: 11:00 – 18:00
Closed: Thursday

THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM:
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Monday closes 17:00)
Closed: Tuesday

ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM:
Open: 11:00 – 18:00 (Last entry 17:00) (Free entry- non tour groups – Thursday)
Closed: Friday

ART HISTORY MUSEUMS GALLERIES
St Petersburg

Other suggestions
Kazan Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Monestry
Military & Zoological Museum
Novgorod (12 hrs by car or train)
Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetary
Maryinsky Theatre of opera & Ballet (KIROV)
The Smolny Cathedral
The Admiralty
The Church of the Resurrection of Christ


 

The Grand Palaces

Petrodvorets (Summer Palace) and Catherine's Palace (Pushkin)

St Petersburg abounds in palaces but some of the better ones are outside of the city and require a full day or half a day (each) to do them full justice. All were summer residences of the royal families and are built in an opulent style. They feature ornate gardens, with Petrodvorets being home to one of Europe’s greatest displays of formal water fountains. Petrodvorets and Lomonosov are 30 kilometres west of the city and can be reached by train (Hydrofoil in summer), or by private car and driver. If you do not have a lot of time it might be prudent to hire a car and driver. A half day would be enough in this case. Catherine Palace (Pushkin) and Pavlovsk (The park) can also be combined and are about 30 kilometres south of the city. With a private car and guide you can manage Petrodvorets and Catherine Palace in one full day's activity.

 

Visit the famous Mariinsky Theatre

Every Wednesday you can listen to the best musicians of the world-famous Mariinsky Orchestra. Visit free weekly chamber music concerts "Open Wednesdays at the Mariinsky". One of the St. Petersburg's most famous buildings is the Mariinsky Imperial Opera Theatre named after Maria Fedorovna, the wife of Emperor Alexander II. Built by architect Cavos in 1859-1860, it was inaugurated in 1860. Today the Mariinsky Theatre is one of the most beautiful in the world, renowned for it's artists both past and present.

 

Aurora.jpg (47782 bytes)Sightseeing idea for St Petersburg

Cruiser "Aurora" is back in St Petersburg and open to the public after restoration.

On September 21st 2014 the Aurora sailed out of St. Petersburg, watched by thousands of the local population, to the shipyard in Kronstadt for restoration. On July 31st 2016 she sailed back and now is open again for visitors.

Aurora is a ‘Battlestar 1st rank of the Baltic Fleet’. The ship was built at the St. Peterburg New Admiralty in 1903. The cruiser was named in honour of the older sailing frigate Aurora, famous for the defence of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, during the Crimean War.

Cruiser Aurora took part in the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905, in particular the Battle of Tsushima on May 14-15 1905, the First World War of 1914-1918, the Russian Civil War of 1918-1922 and WW2 1941-1945. In WW2 the ship was used for the defence of Leningrad.

In 1956 the cruiser Aurora became a branch of the Central Naval Museum. There are about 300 museum objects, including ship miniatures, paintings, objects of seamanship and life, documents and photographs on display within the ship.

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