This ended up being a minibus tour due to inclement weather! There was just three of us on the tour which made it very personal. Our guide was Valeria who was young, enthusiastic and very knowledgable about the city, the sites and the history of St. P. it was a great introduction to the city and covered all the main sites that I wanted to see. Most of these we only saw the outside (I went back the next day to do the insides) but we did do the inside of the Fortress and the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Tickets were pre-arranged so we didn't have to queue. The organisation was great, Valeria met me at the arranged time and place with a sign with my name on! The tour also included an official washroom stop! Where most of the tourist places charged for using the facilities and there was always a queue, Valeria had an arrangement with a souvenir shop who had free washrooms, and coffee an a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs (I bought guide books which were about the same price as in the Hermitage).
Doing what: St Petersburg Walking City Tour
I booked a Grand Tour of St Petersburg with the Peter and Paul Fortress Aug 2012 and was unhappy with the tour. I feel that the tour was misrepresented not only to myself, but the couple that we met on the tour as well. Both parties were surprised when the entire tour, including pick up at 3 hotels, only lasted a total of 2.5 hours. Our guide pointed a few things out through the window of our van, then we made one stop to take a picture and one stop at the fortress. I was in complete disbelief when our tour stopped at St. Isaacs cathedral and the tour guide told us that we could either get out or have the driver return us to our hotel. If someone simply wants to sit in a van and have a small bit of history told to them while they drive, then this tour is for you. If you desire anything more you will be sadly disappointed. The tour of the fortress and cathedral was nice, I wish the rest of the tour could have been more in-depth. We actually took a canal tour later in the day on our own and felt it was much more informative.
Doing what: Grand Tour of St Petersburg
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