Choose this essential one-day excursion to St Petersburg with a private guide to obtain the full understanding of its history and character. Start the day with a panoramic ride along the streets and granite embankments of the city in a comfortable car or a minibus. You will have multiple stops to enjoy the fresh air, picture taking and wonderful views.
On your way, you will see the main avenue of St Petersburg – the Nevsky Prospect, as well as some nice squares, architectural ensembles, and churches. Then you will cross the Palace Bridge across the Neva River and see the Stock Exchange Square with Rostral Columns.
The first excursion of the program is a visit to St Peter and Paul Fortress – the citadel of the city built by the first Russian Emperor Peter the Great. You will touch the history of the Russian tsars in St Peter and Paul Cathedral – the burial place of the Romanov family. Your experienced driver will continue the route driving to the Smolny Cathedral – a recently restored building of sky-blue color, high cupolas and interesting history that our guide will tell you about. Take a break for a traditional Russian lunch in a local restaurant that serves the dishes you always wanted to try.
Afterwards you will have an inside visit to the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, which is a symbol of St Petersburg and a unique representative of Russian style and art. Our next stop will be for the excursion of St Isaac's Cathedral – the biggest cathedral of all Russia in eclectic style. Another functioning church we will visit is St Nicolas or the Naval Cathedral – one of the oldest religious centers of St Petersburg. The last activity of the tour is visiting the Kazan Cathedral – the principal functioning church of the city.