Millions of tourists travel to Russia every year which a grand amount of them put St. Petersburg in their travel plan as well. One of the reasons that make people visit St. Petersburg would be the number of tourist attractions inside this city. These visitors have several reasons on their mind as well, such as the opportunity to learn more about Russia culture, the history of art in Russia, and the improvement of St. Petersburg culture from the 18th century until now. Though St. Petersburg is not the only tourist-target cities of Russia, it’s one of the most popular ones. However, before you begin your journey into St. Petersburg, you might need to learn several things about Russia to prevent confusion in your trip to Russia.
The first thing that you should consider about Russia is the number of tourist attractions inside its cities, which is both great and confusing. If it’s your first-time travel to Russia, you need to research the attractions of your target city or talk with experts about this matter. The most excellent option that we recommend to the first-time travelers is to use the travel agencies’ tour to Russia including ours at the Star Travel Group because Russia is our expertise and by using our experiences in operating Russia tours, we’d offer the best tour options that adequate our clients’ needs and expectations.
Tour to St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg tours are one of the favorite tours in our annual plan at the Star Travel Group. We can separate several reasons for that including the numbers of tourist attractions, cultural and recreational opportunities, the city architectural styles, and art and history museums. One of the favorite parts of our tour plans are the art performances such as ballets, theaters, operas, folklore dance performances, and even dance festivals which is the main reason for the numbers of performance halls in the city of St. Petersburg. Also, we’ve got the Neva River with its famous bridges which alone attracts lots of tourists toward itself beside the cruises and other attractions inside it. These attractions altogether made St. Petersburg tour popularity quite understandable.
Top Attractions of St. Petersburg
Since St. Petersburg has lots of attractions, it’s a little bit hard to find which attractions are before others, though there are some attractions that must be in any St. Petersburg visitor’s list such as the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, Pushkin, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Pavlovsk, and Nevsky Prospect which houses several other attractions of St. Petersburg. Besides all the attractions that we mentioned so far, there are several other attractions in St. Petersburg that tourist should at least visit them once if they’ve got enough time in their journey into St. Petersburg.
The Hermitage Museum is one of the largest museums in the world, in fact, it’s the second-largest art museums in the world. This museum was the Catherine II’s private gallery at first, and its items increased a lot by emperors, empresses, and royal families throughout the time, and currently, it is known as one of the most significant art museums of the world. The Hermitage contains several buildings and galleries. It’s almost unlikely to visit all of these exhibitions and galleries in one short trip, however, one of the galleries that everyone should visit see while they visit the Hermitage is the Treasure Gallery, which locates inside the Small Hermitage building. The Hermitage complex locates at the Palace Square behind the Admiralty building where the Nevsky Prospect begins.
Nevsky Prospect is one of the most famous streets of Russia and the most active one in St. Petersburg. This street acquired its name from the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, and begins from the Admiralty Building and ends at the Moskovsky railway station. Nevsky houses several major attractions of St. Petersburg including the Singer House, Kazan Cathedral, Passage and Great Gostiny Dvor shopping centers, and the Stroganov Palace. There are also several banks, commercial buildings, museums, hotels, and well-known restaurants of the city locates inside this street. That’s why this street includes in almost every St. Petersburg tour plan including ours at the Star Travel Group.
Best Hotels in St. Petersburg
Just as choosing the right hotel can enhance the quality of your trip, the wrong choice can ruin your trip completely. You should review several standards before choosing a hotel, for example, the location of the hotel and its access to the main places of the city, the quality of their services, and features and options are the prime standards that you should check before booking a room. We at the Star Travel Group by relying on our years of experience in operating Russia tours and providing travel services, and by investigating hotels in St. Petersburg by those standards, would suggest hotel Corinthia, Hotel Moskva, and Niaho Hotel to our clients.
Top Restaurants of St. Petersburg
When you travel to a foreign country, food becomes one of the essential elements in your journey, especially when you visit Russia, where traditional dishes might seem a little strange for tourists. Tourists often prefer to eat at cheap restaurants near the attractions of St. Petersburg to save both time and money, which might be troubling since these kinds of restaurants mostly don’t provide the top qualities. That’s the reason why we at the Star Travel Group assigned our specialists to find the top restaurants with good quality and reasonable prices near the St. Petersburg attractions for our clients because food is a vital part of their travel and we want them to have the best experience in their journey into Russia with us.
Besides the things that you should be prepared for, during your trip to St. Petersburg, there are several things that you should know before starting your journey, for instance, your passport expiration date, which must have at least six months of validation before your flight. The Russia visa policies are different for each country so you must check the requirements for getting a Russia tourist visa before anything else, and you can find more information about it at the Russia embassy or one of its consulates in your home country. Some of the travel agencies including us at the Star Travel Group value our clients comfort before everything else, that’s why we apply for Russia visa for our clients if it’s necessary.
Best time for a Trip to St. Petersburg
Though each season has its sights and benefits, St. Petersburg tours are more common during the summers, especially during the White Night Festivals when the sun never sets. During these events, several parties and music festivals take place all over the city, which results in tourists and locals celebrate and dance altogether to the morning. That is one of the reasons why travel agencies like the Star Travel Group recommend summer to people who want to travel to Russia.
We at the Star Travel Group with more than a decade of experience have always tried our best to offer the best and cheapest Russia tours to our clients. For this goal, our experts designed several tours with different features and options so we could meet all of our clients’ expectations. One of the works that we have done so far is to gather useful information about Russia and provide them in our blog; thus you would find some useful information that you might need about the tourist attractions of Russia, hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, and other relevant information that you might need in your journey into Russia.