Welcome to Petersburg

Petersburg was founded by Norwegian immigrant Peter Buschmann in 1897 and, after a rocky start, quickly found its mojo. Its enduring prosperity is largely a result of a steely independence built around a self-contained fishing industry and aided and abetted by several canneries that abut the busy harbor. The shallow port is inappropriate for large cruise ships, a factor that has worked subtly in Petersburg’s favor – there is no summer invasion of tourists here. Hence Petersburg attracts a more intrepid cross section of travelers to a town where fishing trawlers outnumber pleasure craft and, if you leave your bike unlocked outside the post office, it’ll probably still be there when you return three hours later.

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$40 Private & Custom Tours

Travel back in time by walking on Nevskyi prospect in Saint Petersburg

Take a walk with me alongside Nevskii prospect-main avenue of St.Petersburg, which used to be called a "big perspective road" connecting the Admiralty shipyard with the rest of Russia. We gonna see the ensembles surrounding Nevskyi, built by high classical architect Rossi, such as Ostrovsky square with Catherine the Great monument in the middle, with all her trusted advisors surrounding pedestal under her feet, with the first drama theater at the background and street of perfect proportions behind it, where everything, including hight, width and length is in relationships to everything else, but consisting of just two buildings on each side, one of them being Royal academy of ballet, where all the famous ballerinas graduated from. Next ensemble, adjacent to Nevskyi, built by ubiquitous Rossi is an Art square with monument to Pushkin the most famous Russian poet, whose marriage to the foremost beauty in St.Petersburg lead to his death at the duel is one of the most dramatic pages in Russian history. We going to see Our Lady of Kazan cathedral, built by Russian architect as а Russian orthodox church, but in Roman style, because the tzar, who commissioned it, Paul I, wanted to become the next Pope himself. We will see art nouveau buildings of the turn of the 20th century, such as Eliseev food emporium, which started as a small market and grew into the whole complex with theater, concert hall and fashionable restaurants, beautifully decorated inside and outside. We will see Signer Sewing machines building, which were built as a headquarters of the company but not in American skype scraper style, because no building supposed to be higher, than Winter palace and that's why we have unique UNESCO protected by putting it on heritage list St.Petersburg skyline. We gonna see the Wavelberg italian palazzo style building built by sweedish banker with stones he hauled all the way from Sweeden, but was criticised for it, because natural stones of grey colour might be good for Italy where blue skies and sunshine are prevalent most of the time, but not for St.Petersburg, where they are a rear ocassion. We travel back in time to see where enormous 2000 thousand room Winter palace made of wood for Elizabeth, while the present version made of stone was still under construction, stood and how chance meeting with one of the Orlov's brothers, who were guards officers there, turned the fate of little known Grand Dutchess who eventually became Catherine the Great. We see a Stroganoff mansion, built by the family, which owned half of Siberia, and had an open house dinners there, prepared by chef from whom this slowly stewed beef recipe come from. We'll see a little cafe, which has to do with death or misfortune of the best Russian poet, writer and composer. Learn this and much more by taking a leisurely stroll along Nevskyi prospect and surrounding squares.

$250 Cultural & Theme Tours

Four days exhaustive tour for intellectually curious in Saint Petersburg Russia

The tour in St. Petersburg, even in off season, usually lasts 3-4 days and it is just the city proper, without suburbs (2-3 days), it's big, spread out, full of history, lots of ensembles, that tie up different squares, streets and water ways, normally I do 3 hour walking tour on Nevskyi, main avenue with all the surrounding ensembles, 3 hours downtown area, three major squares back to back to each other with all the monuments and sculptures in the gardens around it, and 3 hours along the embankment with majestic views across the river Neva, plus 3 hours for Peter and Paul complex, with all the museums in it, city history, prison, cathedral, space laboratory etc. You need to visit, St.Isaak, St.Nicolas, Smolny, Trinity, Spilled blood, our lady of Kazan cathedrals, normally we do it along the way, still you gonna need at least half a day. And then museums, just to pass by all the collections, without really looking you need to spend in the Hermitage main complex a day, plus the tickets include 3 more buildings, not to mention storage place,(half the day easily), if you wanna visit Russian museum half a day at least. Plus there are different mansions Marble Palace (Part of Russian Museum), St.Michael’s Castle (Part of Russian Museum), Stroganov palace (Part of Russian Museum), Usupov mansion, where Rasputin was killed, always a popular place, and if you are lucky, because during late autumn and winter, you do not have to do the ground in the suburbs, it’s not so attractive without greenery and fountains, but still need a couple of days, just to get there and see some palaces and pavilions from outside at least. Also Faberge museum if you like shiny and artistic stuff and Kshesinskaya mansion if you like political history and sordid details about last tzar and grand ducal affairs. The main attraction in St.Petersburg is its ensembles, different streets and squares with varied buildings and canals united in single whole, that you can not change by adding or subtracting from it anything without ruining it, they are mostly in and around downtown area and Nevsky prospect,you can easily spend two days looking at those, and each building is connected with history of Russia and surrounded by mystery, intrigue and drama. Plus there is Petersburg of Dostoevsky totally different part of the city, that influenced him and his fictional, but based on real people, characters and St.Petersburg really is main protagonist of Dostoevsky’s stories. I think there are always places to go and things to see in St.Petersburg. For instance if you are interested in politics, there are yet another part of the city connected with the history of three revolutions. It doesn't matter if you wanna go deep into it, or just do highlights and scratch the surface, each tour would be tailored to your particular demands, I am very flexible with practically no down time, whatever floats your boat I am game, your pleasure is my buisness .

$85 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Novgorod the Great from St Petersburg

7:30 - your will meet your guide and driver straight outside passport control in St. Petersburg port. Your day will start with the city sightseeing tour by car and boat. See our city from different angles and have stops for picture taking and short walks at the most picturesque and famous squares and landmarks. Head outside St. Petersburg to Peterhof, the most famous country-side summer residence of the Romanov-tsars. You will visit the Grand Peterhof Palace and tour the famous fountain gardens. 13:30 - Russian traditional lunch in a local place will be an introduction to the food culture in our country. 15:30 - Your afternoon is dedicated to world's renowned Hermitage Museum. During the 2-hour tour of the Hermitage you will see where the Russian tsars lived in winter (the Winter Palace)  and the highlights of the West European art collections. At around 18:00 you will return on board the ship.  The tour start and finishing time will depend upon the time of arrival and departure of your cruise.