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Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Peter and Paul Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral and burial place of Russian emperors dating as far back as Peter the Great. As the oldest cathedral in St. Petersberg, it is considered one the tallest orthodox cathedrals in the world and ... 

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Frederick B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

This was a great way to see the main sites of St. Petersburg. Elena, our tour guide, met me at the front door of my hotel around 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup, and a comfortable van then took us to meet the other 4 people in our group, staying a few blocks away. We drove first to the Fortress of St. Peter and Paul, and then on to tour several of the main cathedrals and other sites. Elena also guided us to a shop with very high quality jewelry and marushka dolls - a bit pricey but much better than the stuff found in the shops along Nevsky Forum. After lunch we had a guided tour of the Hermitage. Elena provided extensive knowledge of the history and life in current day St. Petersburg. We even had an insightful discussion of Russian vs. Western attitudes towards autistic children. I greatly appreciated this inside view of the city in a small group where we could ask all sorts of questions. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting an introduction to the city.

Doing what: Grand Tour of St Petersburg


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

I booked a private full day tour of St Petersburg. My guide Ekatarine was very knowledgeable and provided plenty of information about the history of this city and threw in interesting anecdotes and jokes here and there. We were driven in a comfortable car between each landmark which was very convenient. The sites included the St Peter and Paul fortress, stunning Church on the Spilled Blood and St Isaac's Cathedral and ridiculously opulent Hermitage. It was all very well oranised with plenty of time to take pictures and have a short rest. This tour also involved delicious Russian style lunch. Highly recommended to individuals who prefer sightseeing in unrushed and luxurious manner.

Doing what: Grand Tour of St Petersburg


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

We hit all the high spots on our itinerary and were able to gain quick access with our tour guide, especially enjoyed the insight on St. Isaac and the St. Nicholas Cathedral. Also, was unaware of the islands that are incorporated in St. Petersburg, so that knowledge was interesting. Our tour guide shared information from Soviet time as well as pre-Revolution. I found it fascinating.

Doing what: Grand Tour of St Petersburg

Helen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

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


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2012

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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