St. Petersburg and its Environments
Few cities can offer so many stunning attractions and intriguing moods as St. Petersburg - City of the Tsars. From the vibrant colours of spring, through the sunny summer days and endless twilights of the famous White Nights, the brilliant golden sun of autumn, and into the crisp and brittle brightness of a St. Petersburg winter, the City casts its own unique spell over visitors.
Created by Peter the Great in 1703 to be his "window on Europe", St Petersburg combines its fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European outlook. Considered the cultural heart of modern day Russia, St. Petersburg is rapidly regaining its reputation as one of the Great Cities of Europe and “The Venice of the North”.
Take in the sights of Nevsky Prospect before venturing to the Bronze Horsemen and the stimulating views across the Neva River and the city silhouette. Admire the ornate iron railings running along the Summer Gardens and marvel at the sheer size of the square and the free standing column in front of the Winter Palace and the renowned Hermitage Museum the magnificent former residence of the Tsars and home to one of the world's greatest art collections from Rubens to Van Gogh.
Enjoy the stimulating and unique trip on the canals, taking in the intricate network of waterways with the many ornate bridges and archways. In St. Petersburg you must visit and pay tribute to the final resting place of the Russian Tsars, the last Russian
Tsar and his family also laying in peace at Peter & Paul’s Cathedral.
In a city with so much culture to see and experience, no visit would be complete without a tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, surpassed in size only by St. Paul’s in London and St. Peter’s in Rome, and the iconic Church of the Spilled Blood. Immerse yourself in the intrigue of pre-revolutionary Russia with a visit to Yusupov Palace, home to the once mighty Yusupov family and site of Rasputin's infamous murder.
Take a trip into the countryside and visit the royal residences; Peterhof Palace
and its unique Gardens with fountains and cascade on the Gulf of Finland, Pushkin’s Catherine Palace with magnificent Amber room and in Pavlovsk Paul's Palace one of the finest examples of restoration work in Russia. After viewing the treasures of the Palaces, enjoy the sunshine in the picturesque landscaped gardens which surround
al these palaces.
And last but not least, is a visit, or in fact many visit’s, to the Metro to appreciate the free art show’s on display there, from ceramics, crystal, silver and other stunning medium’s, truly a memorable experience.