After the fall of the Soviet Union, there has been a significant flow of interest towards Russia. Known as the city of a thousand palaces and museums, the majestic city of St Petersburg is the heart of Russia, full of culture, wide avenues, delicious food and winding canals. Taking a private tour to these historical sites in the city will give you a completely engaging and enriching experience.
Places you wouldn’t want to miss
While there are many go-see places in St Petersburg, this is a list of some of the places you wouldn’t want to miss while on a personal tour.
The Hermitage is by far the best place to start a private tour of St Petersburg. This palace of the tsars was the personal theatre of Catherine the Great. It allows you to step back in time and experience the architecture of the early sixteenth century.
The Russian State Museum
If you want to stand in the presence of some of the most famous works of art, try taking a personal tour of the Russian state museum. This museum is home to over four hundred thousand works of art that are some of the rarest in the world. Apart from this, St Petersburg is home to over hundreds of public museums that hold exhibitions all year long.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St Isaac’s Cathedral is the third largest domed cathedral in the world. It is definitely one of the most outstanding monuments of nineteenth century architecture which also houses a large orthodox museum. A personal tour is provided by all local tour operators.
Peter and Paul Fortress
For the fans of royalty, paying a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress will be a good place to start. This fortress was founded by Peter the Great himself in 1703. You will have to pay for entrance into the old church, but expect no royalty there.
The ideal sports destination for tourists, this venue also turns into a concert hall. Tickets to live concerts by well known local musicians can be acquired by a personal tour operator.
Peterhof Palace and Park
Peterhof is a historic and unique national monument located just thirty kilometers away from the city of St Petersburg. All the private tour operators carry out regular trips to the palace by road and cruise ships.
This palace sits on the quiet banks of the Moika River. The palace, where Grigory Rasputin was murdered in 1916, is one of the most dramatic places in Russian history. The Rasputin exhibition can only be visited through one of the private tour operators.
A Taste of Russia
No tour is ever complete without trying out local delicacies. The Russian delicacies have their own distinct taste and prove to be inviting to the palate. If you want to enjoy some authentic Russian cuisine, try visiting one of the local restaurants which are set in a typical Russian ambiance and gypsy music.