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What to visit?
Many visitors to
Let us take the liberty to suggest several walk routes for you.
Click here for safety tips for walking around the city.
If you come to St
Petersburg on a package tour you are unlikely to escape a
sightseeing tour of the city. It can be quite a treat, if
you are lucky to have both a good guide and good weather.
Such a tour will be a perfect introduction to this
magnificent city, your "St Petersburg 101". Seeing
all the major sights in just two hours might be a little
tiring, but it is a perfect start to exploring a place as
large and multi-faceted as
You don't have to be with a group to enjoy a sightseeing tour. Most decent hotels will be more than pleased to arrange a tour for you. Click here to see a list of hotels that definitely arrange tours through their service desks.
If your Russian is very
good, you might choose to join one of the tours that
are designed for the Russian-speaking visitors to
In this "Venice of the
North" one might expect to see many riverside sights.
And indeed, after you step on board a boat, you will the
city in a different way.
The tour called 'The
City on the Neva River' leaves from the Hermitage
pier at Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya (Embankment). The tour,
which lasts about 1 hour, lets one understand why Peter
the Great wanted the Neva River to be "the main
street" of his beloved city. A comfortable two-deck
boat will take you down the river to
The boats leave according to a schedule. Tickets can be purchased at the Hermitage pier (opposite the Hermitage Museum) - the time of the next tour is displayed in the booking office window.
Foreign visitors will pay a full fare of 40,000 rubles / $6.96 per person.
Russian citizens are entitled to a discount and will pay only 25,000 rubles / $4.35.
N.B. On a sunny day the open top deck is a great place for having fun and taking pictures.
The Rivers and Canals tour also includes the mighty Neva River
Hydrofoil rides to Peterhof and to the island of Kronshtadt start in late May and continue all through the summer and early autumn. Hydrofoils to Peterhof, a magnificent out-of-town royal residence on the Baltic Sea shore, leave about every hour from the Hermitage pier, just opposite the Hermitage Museum. The ride lasts a mere 45 minutes, making it the fastest way to reach Peterhof.
The Hermitage pier is just opposite the Hermitage Museum (Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya 36)
Boats leave from the Anichkov Bridge pier just off Nevsky Prospekt. This tour is a local classic, remaining largely unchanged for over 20 years. The narration is usually very good, but so far it is only in Russian.
Tours leave every 30 minutes on clear days and at irregular intervals on rainy days. The time of the next tour is displayed in the window of the ticket booth which stands next to the pier. If you come with a large group they are likely to offer you group rate (ask for it!) or even offer you a private boat.
Tickets for 1 hour tour cost 40,000 rubles / $6.96.
Russians are entitled to discounted tickets (Adults - 25,000 rubles / $4.35, children - 15,000 rubles / $2.61).
A large number of private
boats are available for hire at several points throughout
the historical center of
Boat captains offer custom tours or suggest routes of their own. Prices are negotiable. All payments are accepted in cash, per hour, but not per person. Thus, hiring a boat is much cheaper per person if you come with a group.
Helicopter tours are very new to St Petersburg. The first tours were given only in Summer 1996. Most locals have not yet flown above the city. Now everyone has an opportunity to fly above one of the world's most beautiful cities.
The flights take place throughout the day every weekend. Choppers take off from a green lawn just outside the Peter and Paul Fortress. They fly up the Neva River to the Smolny Cathedral, then down the river to the Winter Palace/ Hermitage, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Stock Exchange and back to the Peter and Paul Fortress.
The tour will cost you $ 30 per person. Your Russian friends will get special discounted tickets for 80,000 rubles ($ 14).
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