About St Petersburg
St Petersburg, the jewel in Russia’s Imperial Crown, is an enchanting city with a rich history and elegant buildings, formed around a series of canals, making it reminiscent of Venice. It was from St Petersburg that the Autocratic Tsar’s ruled Russia for two centuries until the revolution in 1917. If it is history you like, then there is plenty in this grandiose city to keep you entertained.
Visit the fabulous Winter Palace- once home of the Tsars, where you will find the world famous Hermitage collection (one of the biggest art collections on earth!) Explore St Peter and Paul Fortress with its impressive baroque interior- the oldest building in the city, which up until 1917 was a political prison that housed famous political prisoners, including Trotsky. Take a look around St Isaac’s cathedral– one of the world’s largest cathedrals and the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood, which was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was murdered in 1881. You can also pay a visit to the Summer Gardens at palatial Peterhof, which overlooks the Gulf of Finland and Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo.
St Petersburg is a real favourite of visitors and great for walking around, with most of the inner city sights on or just off the main thoroughfare – Nevsky Prospekt. St Pete’s boasts more than 90 museums, many housed in imperial palaces, flamboyant galleries, churches and a host of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Vibrant St Pete’s, city of the Tsars, is really not to be missed!
St Petersburg Tours
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to St Petersburg
St Petersburg Hotels
If you are planning a St Petersburg holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Ambassador St Petersburg
The Ambassador is a unique complex which combines an architectural monument of the 19th century and a modern building. The rooms are chic and spacious.
Angleterre St Petersburg
One of the first hotels in St Petersburg, the Angleterre was a favourite destination for artists and poets in the 1920s. Guest rooms are a good size and elegantly furnished with excellent views of the city. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available as well as access to the onsite gym and pool. An art gallery is on site and a perfect way to spend a few hours. From its charming location overlooking St Isaac's Cathedral, the Angleterre is perfectly placed for discovering the history and romance of the city.
Astoria St Petersburg
Reminiscent of a by-gone era, the Astoria is a grand, traditional hotel affording tranquility and sheer opulence. Guest rooms from the perfect classic rooms to the palatial Tsar suite are all very well appointed thanks to design by Olga Polizzi. The hotel boasts a number of bars and restaurants including the Rotonda Lounge offering the city's most exquisite afternoon tea. Very well located oppposite St Isaac's Cathedral and the renowned Hermitage Museum is only a short walk away.
Dostoevsky St Petersburg
Built in 1747, the Dostoevsky tastefully combines old world charm and a high level of modern comfort. Rooms are bright with speedy internet access and good en suite facilities. A state of the art Health Complex is and Sauna is available on site for those wishing to stay fit during their time in St Pete's. There is also a lovely bar on the 7th floor with wonderful panoramic views of the city. The Dostoevsky is in the city centre, with bars and restaurants within easy walking distance.
Helvetia Hotel St Petersburg
An inseparable part of the façade of impressive buildings along Marata Street, the Helvetia's wrought-iron gates open onto a spacious, picturesque courtyard. The hotel's interiors successfully combine St. Petersburg's harmonious style with the elegance of European design.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
St Petersburg Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to St Petersburg.