Peter & Paul Fortress
Welcome to Saint-Petersburg, the city of legendary palaces, museums and art galleries, broad avenues and beautiful drawbridges! Russia’s second largest city, Saint-Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as Russia’s new capital and a “window to Europe”, and called “Venice of the North” for its numerous canals and islands. Panoramic private tour is an excellent option to explore the very best that this remarkable city has to offer in the safety and comfort of a private vehicle with brief photo stops along the way. The tour starts on Nevsky Prospect, which cuts through the city historic center and is lined up with palaces, fashionable boutiques and art salons, trading arcades, and such architectural masterpieces as the Admiralty, the Kazan Cathedral, the picturesque Russian-style Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Gostiny Dvor shopping mall, Anichkov Bridge and many more. The tour continues along the Neva River embankments to view the imperial Winter Palace, home to the Hermitage, St Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the largest domed churches in the world, the Bronze Horseman, monument to Peter I.
The Saint-Petersburg sightseeing tour will be followed by the guided visit to the spectacular 18th-century ensemble and an open-air museum of the Peter & Paul Fortress on the banks of the Neva River. The first structure to be founded in St. Petersburg on 27 May 1703, the fortress is the cradle of Russia’s new capital. The day of the fortress foundation is celebrated as the City Day. However, the citadel has never served its intended defensive function. Instead it has served many other roles over 300 years, from being home to the city's garrison and high security political prison to hosting the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses at the famous Peter and Paul Cathedral, which stands in the middle of the citadel. Now the fortress is home to the City History Museum and the Mint.
The tour gives visitors a chance to explorer numerous historic buildings around the grounds of the citadel and to walk along the tops of the fortress walls for superb views across the Neva River and for photography. The tour includes visits to the Peter and Paul Cathedral and Trubetskoy Bastion Prison. As an additional option for extra charge, during the tour visits can be organized to other various museums and expositions of the fortress.