St Petersburg gives good monument, with enough palaces, cathedrals, fortresses, churches, and museums to keep Antiques Roadshow on air for another decade. Join this St Petersburg tour to see where stroganoff started, where Emperor Alexander II's life ended, and period architecture endures.
To say that St Petersburg is a feast for the eyes is a bit of an understatement. Correction - a huge understatement! This mighty Russian treasure is packed full of glorious architecture and has one of the most imposing cityscapes on Earth. This St Petersburg city tour takes you on a journey through the all of this and more, from a local perspective.
Start your St Petersburg tour from the Palace Square, which is dominated by the Winter Palace. After crossing the Neva River, stop at a favourite local spot from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Palace Embankment with its renowned Hermitage Museum, and many prominent St Petersburg landmarks including St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Chamber of Curiosities.
With your local St Petersburg guide, you will pay a visit to the oldest structure in the city, and the site where the town of Peter started in 1703. The cathedral located here became the burial place of the Russian emperors, and members of their families, from Peter the Great onwards. A visit to the cathdral is optional here, but we'd say it's well worth taking a peek!
As we continue your historical St Petersburg tour, we'll pass the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars on the way to the most famous church in St Petersburg. The church was built on the spot where the Russian emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, and here your local guide will tell you the infamous story of how this historical event unfolded.
Continue along St Petersburg's busiest street, home to restaurants, theatres, museums, and ornate palaces of the ex-Russian aristocracy. Learn more about St Petersburg from a local perspective along the way, from your local guide.
Next, you'll pass the palace where the famous beef stroganoff dish was invented. The thought of food at this point might get your belly rumbling, but never fear, we'll stop for food here! We'll take a break for lunch in a typical Russian food joint. Why not try a traditional dish like borsch (soup), blinis (pancakes), or beef stroganoff?
After lunch, we continue our St Petersburg walking tour towards St Isaac’s Square to see its beautiful cathedral. Get the inside scoop behind the stunning archictural flourishes on this gorgeous building and how it has been used over the centuries.
Your St Petersburg tour ends at the cathedral. Be sure to stay on to take a look inside or perhaps to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the dome to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.