Introducing Around St Petersburg
The area south of St Petersburg, reaching roughly from the Gulf of Finland to the headwaters of the Volga in the Valdai Hills north of Moscow is a must for aficionados of Russian history and culture. Novgorod, with its well-preserved kremlin and handsome cathedral has claims to being Russia's birthplace and, further west, the stout walls of Pskov have stood sentinel to centuries of conflict. Close to the Estonian border is the village of Izborsk, home to one of western Russia's oldest and most atmospheric stone fortresses. You can walk in Pushkin's footsteps at his family estate at Mikhailovskoe and book freaks will get a thrill out of Staraya Russa where Dostoevsky spent his summers and penned much of 'The Brothers Karamazov'. If old castles and book-learning aren't your bag, the region also offers a chance to relax by gently flowing rivers and visit almost miracle-working mineral springs.
Half Day Tour of Peterhof (Petrodvorets)
Peterhof is perhaps St Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. The Grand Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park. The palace at Peterhof sits amidst an enormous park, adorned with fountains, statues and pavilions.
Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens Tour with Neva Boat Ride
Ride a hydrofoil to the Grand Palace and gardens of Peterhof, St Petersburg’s amazing imperial estate and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a cruise down the Neva River and explore the royal grounds with your knowledgeable guide, learning about the elaborate 18th-century fountains, sculptures and palaces commissioned by Tsar Peter the Great.