When Peter the Great reclaimed land along the Neva River in 1703, he built a fort to protect the area from possible attack by Sweden. The fortress was built on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27, 1703. That day became the birthday of the city of St. Petersburg. The Swedes were defeated before the fortress was completed.

In the middle of the fortress stands the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Alexander III. The Cathedral was the first church in the city to be built of stone (between 1712-33) and its design is unusual for a Russian Orthodox church.

On top of the cathedral’s gilded spire stands a magnificent golden angel holding a cross. This weathervane is one of the most prominent symbols of St. Petersburg, and at 404 feet tall, the cathedral is one of the highest buildings in the city.


  • $75 per person starting from 2 guests

Operating days:

  • Daily except Wednesday

Tour includes:

  • 3 hours of guide service including pick up and drop off at the hotel
  • Entrance fees 
  • Subway tickets

Additional info:

  • Please indicate preferred pick up time and place
  • This tour is a private walking tour with the use of subway
  • Please dress in accordance with the weather conditions

Booking and cancellation policy:

  • We recommend to make the booking 7-15 days in advance during the peak season from May to September
  • Booking of the tour can be made not less than 3 days prior to the date of the tour
  • After the tour is booked the cancellation will incur a 30% cancellation fee of the total amount as the entrance tickets are non-refundable
  • There will be no refund for the cancellation of the tour made less than 48 hours prior to the booked tour
  • Change of the date of the tour can be done within 48 hours prior to the tour date with 30% penalty
  • All cancellations or change of dates can be done by phone or email