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 .

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

History of three Russian revolutions

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictWe see how the ancient history of Russia is intertwined with more recent one during 18-20th centuries. We look at the history of struggle for democracy in Russia in the beautiful surroundings of baroque and classical ensembles of the Smolnyii monastery and institute, which was the headquarters of Bolshevik’s revolution and Taurida palace, which was a seat of first Russian democratically elected parlament Duma and first Soviet of soldiers, sailors and workers deputies, that resided in its opposite wings, during the period of so called conflict of dual power, which latter was to be resolved only by violence on part of revolutionary sailors, ordered by Trotsky to march there from Kronshtadt. We learn about other events that started with plots to take power through murder and coup d'etat starting from the very foundation of the city to its Soviet past, those that shook the world and changed its history. Stop At: Tauride Garden (Tavricheskiy Sad), St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictWalk with me around St.Petersburg’s area connected with the most infamous murderess from Russia's gory history. We learn about appearance of the first Soviets, russian word for council, grass root movement, which started during strikes, when workers sent their representatives on the eve of the first Russian revolution of 1905. We start from Smolnyi monastery iconic baroque building built by Rasstrelly during the reign of Elisabeth, who was Peter the Great's daughter born out of wedlock and who could not be an heiress to the throne, but only suceeded through a coup d'etat. We’ll look at the grounds, where Peter moved his family from Moscow, including his only son prince Alexy whom he later tortured and killed because of his desire to move back to old Muscovite ways of running Russia . And we’ll see how this conflict between Westernizer’s and Slavanofill’s about the best ways to rule Russia, whether through democratically elected representative body of parliament or by autocracy was running throughout the whole of Russia's history till the 20th century, until Stalin finalized his Ivan the Terrible style model of personalized power in order to run centralized Muscovite Russia, first by removing all socialist and liberal parties, who participated in real Russian revolution, which is called second February's bourgeois revolution and turning Russia into a one ruling party country and then into a one man rulling party through arranging a murder of popular communist leader and his best friend Sergei Kirov in Smolnyi institute. We visit Starov’s Taurida palace and garden, seat of first Russian democratically elected parliament, which was built as a farewell present for prince Potemkin, a famous statesman and one of the favorites of Catherine the Great, who also came to power through coup d'etat, deposing and killing her husband. We see the whole ensemble and gound estate she commissioned and which is the best example of combination of classical architecture and English “Capability Brown” gardening style, which is possible only in St.Petersburg’s flat expanses. And we learn how Lenin, beating all odds, through his sheer determination to start the world revolution, comming from Germany in a sealed train and facing not only oposition within the party and his comrades, revising the whole Marxists theory in the process but also persecution, from provisonal goverment, when he was forced to leave the country managed to come back to Smolny headquarters of the Soviets in disguise to stage his own coup d'etat, which was latter proclaimed the third October revolution.Duration: 2 hours

$30 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Taste of Russia, eat and drink like Russians do

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productIf your day starts with a little hangover, which is normal for St.Petersburg, it is best dealt with dog's hair vodka breakfast at Metropol restaurant, one of oldest establishments, frequented by Rasputin, Soviet leaders and American presidents, which is testified by pictures, hanging on the walls. And if it is not fancy enough for you next stop would be Eliseev brothers food emporium, located in historical art nouveau building on Nevskyi prospect, you would be able to get a little guided tour about the shop and listen to the history of the Eliseev's dynasty, which was started by former serf, who received his fredom and opened a little grocery store, that would to grow into food boutique, importing wholesale harvest of grape and vine from Italy, along with delicatessens from all over the world. After sampling some gourmet food inside the cafe of Eliseev shop, we would continue into Passage shoping mall, comlete with consert hall and the theater, which was one of the first of this kind of new trading establishments/entertaining complex of American type, which would to appear during capitalistic development in the second part of 19 th century. If you are curious about development of drinking habits of Russian people there would be a chance to find out about history of strong liqueur drinks in the Russian Empire and taste some of them in the black and gold Art Deco style interior of the Polugar bar. The word Polugar, comes from Russian and means, the kind of quality test, conducted on the spot for demanding customers, during which the drink is set on fire and if exactly half of it is burned out in the process, testifies its authenticity. This drink is produced according to revived by historian Boris Rodionov old technology, which goes back to heyday of Russian Empire during 18-19 th centuries. All the major Russian writers mentioned it in their books. During those times, there was a certain tradition, to drink by words. Every nobleman had a special list of liqueurs in alphabetical order, depending on the first letter of their particular flavour so in this case guests ordered shots, using this alphabet, which spelled out certain words they wanted to consume. And nowdays just for you they have it in English, so if you think of the word you want to drink, it would be served to you in accordance with the alphabet of different flavours on that list. Little lecture about strong liqueur before vodka is a complement from the barman. Duration: 4 hoursLocation: Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictAnd of course, second most important product of Russian cuisine is caviar. We gonna visit just the place where you would be able to taste it and/or buy it for latter consumption, delivered to you directly from outer regions of Volga and Caspian sea. Plus they would explain to you different types of caviar, so you could leave that place satisfied and feeling like a real connoisseur. Lunch of Russian food of your choosing is also on the menu, whether it would be fancy restaurant or simple canteen it is up to you. You would have a choice of restaurants, serving you various types of Russian soups and salads, bliny with different stuffings, cabbage rolls, little and big pies, herring under fur coat, chilled meat jelly, sliced lard with garlic rye bread etc. For you it may sound a bit confusing, but for a Russian person it is just staple food and I've been eating it for my whole life, so in this case I feel I am uniquely qualified person to give you small commentaries on some particularities of the Russian menu.But again you do not have to trust my opinion only, you can talk to other Russian people. There's no better way to get to know the local customs and culture of a place you are going to visit than by mingling with real people living in it. So as an alternative to touristy traps and compatriot infested hotels, where you hear only one side of the story about Russia, I suggest you go straight to the horse's mouth and talk to the locals. The first surprise in what you might discover during your communications with Russians is that what you see isn't necessarily be what you get. True, that typically Russians do not smile automatically, rather you have to earn their smiles, and it could be just a few words in Russian, which you stumble over, but believe you me sour faced and gruff looking total strangers would go out of their ways to accommodate to your requests and help you out in a tight spot. I know many Russians who want to speak English, some of them are English-language students and they are always on the lookout for native speakers of English, it is really could be a win-win situation for everyone. So if you want to chitchat over a drink with Russian people, who would wait for your next syllable with the greatest eagerness just let me know and it could be arranged.Duration: 4 hoursLocation: Rubinshteyna Street, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District And we polish it off, by visiting vodka museum, conveniently located in the same building as Stroganoff restaurant/vodka room, so again little theory would be put to practice right away. By that time you probably would ready for some entertaining like singing and dancing. The beauty of it, that you do not have to do it yourself, though you might want to, but in that restaurant they have special musician, singers and dancers, who would perform for you right there. And what is the better way to unwind after a long exhaustive tour than to listen to live music and watch a folk show Russian style.Duration: 4 hoursLocation: Russian Vodka Museum, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District

$35 Tours & Sightseeing

Highest Rated Adventure! Escape Room Experience - DISARM (Approx 1 hour)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productExperience DISARM - One of St. Pete's top rated Escape Rooms at Outerlife Studios.Your team of friends, family or co-workers work together to find clues, solve puzzles and, if you are successful, escape the room. You have only 60 minutes!DISARM comes to life with storytelling elements and the style and characteristics of a well-polished production. This much-loved adventure is shaped with the help of props, custom engineered special effects and thoughtful design.DISARM:117 reads the apartment number on the door. You examine your surroundings further noting a mirror on the wall and three other apartment doors. The building is very old and has not been well maintained - paint is pealing from the walls, the carpet is dingy and stained and even the air seems old.For reasons unknown, you have been brought here - no, trapped here by someone who intends to watch you die. Your head is still a little cloudy from the sedatives but you remember clearly the threat of a bomb and that it will detonate in just one hour. The door is locked so your only hope for escape is to DISARM the bomb.Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesLocation: Outerlife Studios - Escape Room St. Pete, St. Petersburg, Florida

$35 Tours & Sightseeing

Top Rated in St. Pete! Escape Room Experience - SCORCHED (Approx 1 hour)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productExperience SCORCHED - One of St. Pete's top rated Escape Rooms at Outerlife Studios.Your team of friends, family or co-workers work together to find clues, solve puzzles and, if you are successful, escape the room. You have only 60 minutes!SCORCHED comes to life with storytelling elements and the style and characteristics of a well-polished production. This much-loved adventure is shaped with the help of props, custom engineered special effects and thoughtful design.SCORCHED:Deep reds. Warm shades of yellow. No two ever the same yet each as familiar as a friend.The only entry in a old journal whose pages are as yellow as the fire those words describe. Words written by a then, young Jon Doren, a loner raised in a fatherless home by his mother though rarely did she act like one, always insisting that he 'grow up' or 'stop acting like a child'.At times, she would use restraints to exile him to a mere corner of his tiny bedroom when simply locking him in there was not, as she viewed it, enough. Fearing his mother's wrath and the ridicule of his peers he would generally bide his time in a small crawlspace his mother was unaware of.This sanctuary, like other nooks in the house had more than one door which allowed him to move around the house without detection, a luxury he has long enjoyed.When he was 17, his mother committed suicide. Her body was cremated, and no service was held. Her remains arrived at his doorstep, having been delivered by the post office like a common piece of mail. He kept her ashes, eventually transferring them from the cardboard box they came in to a wooden box he crafted himself. Into the lid he carved the word 'MOM' in all capital letters, and he put her in the same place where he kept various items that had meaning to him.He eventually moved a few miles away but he kept the house he grew up in as it had been willed to him. More would likely be made from an insurance claim than from the sale of the house since it was sorely in need of repair. Between the peeling wallpaper, leaky roof, water damage, sloping floors and electrical issues it is probably best left abandoned.You will be inside the childhood home of Jon Doren, and he knows you're there. the door is locked, a match is struck.You have sixty-minutes to find and use these clues to make your escape before you too end up... SCORCHED.Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesLocation: Outerlife Studios - Escape Room St. Pete, St. Petersburg, Florida