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 .

$185 Multi-day & Extended Tours

St Petersburg 2 Day Grand Mini-Group Tour

This friendly 2-day program includes must see  St. Petersburg highlights and a charming citizens view tour. VISA-FREE Shore Excursions in St. Petersburg takes care of the smallest details to make your Russian trip enjoyable and memorable.  Day 1:  Your  fully licensed guide and professional driver of a comfortable air conditioned vehicle will greet you at passport immigration control next to your ship.  8 30  Start your day with a CITY OVERVIEW TOUR. You will be able to see and take pictures of the most famous and beautiful sights of St. Petersburg center, get acquainted with the history of the city and the Romanov family.  9 30 10 30 PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of the "Venice of the North".  10 30 11 30 PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS, a simbol of St.Petersburg and one of the few remaining fortresses of the 18th century which is an imposing fortified structure originally built on a small island in St. Petersburg.  12 00 12 40 Have a break in  one of the local cafes to have traditional Russian pancakes testing.   13 00 15 00 HERMITAGE MUSEUM – Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Enjoy art collections with over three million works of art,  the spectacular state and private rooms.  15 00 16 30 CITIZENS VIEW TOUR offers a lovely stroll down the majestic streets, visit the local market, do some shopping  or simply enjoy a city life.17:00 Return to the ship.  * After your tour program you may have your choice of returning to the ship or having 3-hour extension to stay in the city center.Optional evening activities  (available for an extra fee): The Faberge MuseumThe balletFolk showConcert of classical musicMatrioshka doll master classJazz ClubVodka museums and  vodka tastingDay 2:  8 00 Meet your guide.  8 00 12 00 JOURNEY TO PUSHKIN (TZARSKOE SELO) -You will visit former Tsars' summer residence - Catherine's Palace including the famous Amber Room - the 8th "wonder" of the World and Catherine's Park.  11 00 13 00 Traditional Russian lunch  (included)  14 00 15 30 PETERHOF TOUR - Another summer residence of Russian emperors. You will see the Upper Garden which resembles Versailles in its planning and, the Lower Park with its incomparable Fountains.  16 00 16 30 On the way back to the city you will have a short METRO TRIP the interiors recall palaces not subways. 17 00 Return to your ship.  Note: Your guide may change the sequence of sightseeing, depending on museums occupancy, days off, traffic and other circumstances. Please do not be concerned. You will see all the sights mentioned in your itinerary.

$578.07 Day Trips & Excursions

Hunting Aurora Borealis in Murmansk

Sami people, the indigenous inhabitants of the North, say that when a fox runs down the hills and waves its tail, you may see how the sparks of the snow rise to the sky forming this magical glow.We will do our best to organize your once in a lifetime tour and see Aurora Borealis. When booking the tour, please, provide all the dates, you will be available for the tour, as Aurora is unpredictable. We will check the forecasts and inform you about the best day to see the Northern Lights several days in advance *.Your adventure will start from St. Petersburg, where you will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport. The local flight will take you to Murmansk, the cityб which is located a stone throw from the polar circle. In Murmansk it will be time to hunt for the Aurora Borealis. Our experienced guide will take you to the best places to see this natural phenomenon. Don't forget to take your camera with you for the best shots. While human eye cannot appreciate all the colors of the lights, your camera can, so do not miss the opportunity to take unforgettable selfies. Hot local drinks and some snacks will be offered during the hunting.You will be taken back to the airport after the hunting to take the earliest flight back to your base in Saint Petersburg.If the weather or Aurora forecast will be bad, the tour will be cancelled and you will get 100% refund of your tour price.

$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.

$60 Private & Custom Tours

Half-Day: Private Tour to Kronstadt

Explore the northern shield of Russia and the maritime capital of the Russian Empire! Learn the history of the Russian navy on a fascinating tour of Kronshtadt, located on the Gulf of Finland close to St. Petersburg. Walk along the banks of Kotlin Island, visit the splendid Naval Cathedral and more.Kronstadt is a real pearl of war history of Russia. Founded by Peter the Great as a maritime fortress and naval base, Kronstadt once might have been a capital of the Russian Empire during the Great Northern War with Sweden. The port is ice-bound for 140–160 days of the year, from the beginning of December through April. A large proportion of the inhabitants are sailors, adding to the maritime atmosphere.Located on Kotlin Island, 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of St. Petersburg proper, the city’s main seaport, it is also the traditional seat of the Russian Admiralty. The first Russian navy base amazing defence system was founded in Kronshtadt – the naval Maginot Line.At the times of The Red Revolution drama Kronshtadt was a centre of rebellions, and the first anti-communist uprising in 1921 also happened here. During the trip you will visit the famous Naval cathedral with its magnificent both exterior and interior bearing no resemblance with any Saint Petersburgian church or cathedral. Discover the once closed district of Kronshtadt, St. Petersburg's main seaport and naval baseGo to the splendid Naval Cathedral, and learn how it was used as a lookoutWander the streets to see 19th-century architecture and more