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Catherine palace in St Petersburg

The Catherine palace near St Petersburg is one of the most visited attractions . This former summer residence of tsars is famous for stunning baroque-style interiors, opulent Amber room and a nice park. The Catherine  palace is situated in a suburb called Pushkin (but the historical name of the place is Tsarskoe Selo that means […]

The Hermitage museum in St Petersburg

In my opinion, the Hermitage museum is a must-do even for those who don’t really like art. It’s much more than a typical art gallery: it has amazing interiors filled with world-class paintings and sculptures. Even if you won’t be interested in art, you will like the decoration of the rooms. The Hermitage is the […]

Hermitage treasuries: Gold and Diamond rooms

The Hermitage museum has two treasuries – they are usually nicknamed the Gold and the Diamond room. Each of them require special tickets that can be bought either at the ticket office (just a very limited number of them is available) or on the website of the museum . The treasuries can be visited only […]

7 things you need to consider when you plan a cruise to St Petersburg.

1. You need to join an organized shore excursion by any local tour company in Saint-Petersburg if you don’t want to get Russian tourist visa.  (The only exception is for those who come from a country that has a visa-free agreement with Russia). Such tours are to be booked in advance. Remember, you can leave the ship only with a tour […]

Museum of railway transport in Saint-Petersburg

In October 2017 the new Museum of Railway Transport was opened in St Petersburg, Russia. It’s the largest museum of this kind in Europe that occupies more than 50000 m2 and exhibits 115 trains,  steam locomotives and coaches from the beginning of the XX century to our days. The museum became very popular from the […]

St Petersburg cruise visa

Many of those who are coming to St Petersburg on a cruise wonder if they need a visa . Good news is that according to the law cruise ship passengers arriving in St Petersburg may stay in Russia visa-free for up to 72 hours if they  book  a shore excursion from a local company or […]

Top 10 St Petersburg tourist attractions

St Petersburg tourist attractions are very numerous and a first-time visitor may have problems where to go.  There are more than 200 museums in St Petersburg, but we have picked up the most popular and special ones.  You can find our list of the top 10 sights below. The Hermitage museum A #1 attraction in […]

Is St Petersburg safe for tourists?

Many people wonder if St Petersburg is safe for tourists. I am sure that you will feel very welcome and safe here, but just as any major tourist destination we have problems with pickpockets. Unfortunately there are quite many of them and they are very professional .Pickpockets may “work” in the streets, in the main […]

Are private shore excursions in St Petersburg expensive?

As a guide and travel agency owner, I often face a bias that private shore excursions in St Petersburg are much more expensive than group tours offered by a cruise company. I don’t really agree with that and to prove my point I decided to compare the prices with Royal Carribean. I believe that private […]

Faberge museum in St Petersburg

Faberge museum is one of the  newest museums in St Petersburg. It holds 14 large Faberge eggs, the majority of which used to belong to Russian royal family, today it is the largest collection of that type in the world. Besides that, you can see many other jewelry pieces made by Faberge company or  by […]