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Get a Real Glimpse of Russia with St. Petersburg Urban Adventures

  • Michelle Rodrigues
  • 9 July 2010

The former imperial city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is brimming with grand palaces, historic architecture and great food – not to mention world-class art museums and pristine parks. Experiencing all the city has to offer can be overwhelming, so it’s a good thing St. Petersburg Urban Adventures can help you locate the secret pleasures and hidden charms of this famous Russian port.

A view of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the tallest point in St. Petersburg. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Dominic Sayers

A view of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the tallest point in St. Petersburg. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Dominic Sayers

Accenting the Past

As the second-largest and most Western city in Russia, St. Petersburg has a celebrated history. Over 300 years ago, Peter the Great captured the land that is now St. Petersburg from the Swedish. After laying down the impressive Peter and Paul Fortress, he opened Russia to the West and named the city after his patron saint, Saint Peter. On Urban Adventures’ St. Petersburg Discovery tour, you visit the fortress, the city’s oldest structure, and see where Peter the Great is buried alongside the Russian emperors who followed after him. Next, you explore famous cathedrals and historic sites of the October Revolution, and even savour a lunch of traditional Russian favourites such as blinis, borsch and succulent beef stroganoff.

The grounds and gardens of the Peterhoff Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

The grounds and gardens of the Peterhoff Palace are a wondrous landscape in which to enjoy an afternoon in the city of St. Petersburg. Photo courtesy of Flickr/vsmoothe

Hidden Highlights

Savouring honey beer, a local speciality in St. Petersburg, Russia

On Urban Adventures' St Petersburg Unveiled tour, visitors have the chance to savour hand-crafted honey beer, a local speciality. Photo courtesy of Flickr/ahenobarbus.

For a glimpse at some hidden gems of this mighty Russian metropolis, head out on a quest to discover the lives of infamous figures from the Soviet military, and uncover the underground traces of history left behind by Stalin himself!On Urban Adventures’ St. Petersburg Unveiled tour, travellers are stunned by the Soviet-style buildings that once housed the nuclear submarines known as the Red Octobers. Spend time wandering in the “well-yards” and experience the dark alleys and buildings built in the 19th century. Afterwards, savour the locally brewed honey beer made according to an ancient Russian recipe. Nostrovia!

Urban Appreciation

Did you know that the city of St. Petersburg is one of the only places in the world that has retained most of its original buildings and infrastructure? In fact, thanks to zoning regulations, the city centre has no existing skyscrapers; instead more than 18,000 buildings of the relatively low skyline remain in their original pre-1917 state. But modernisation has certainly come in the form of public transportation. As recorded by Guinness World Records, St. Petersburg has the world’s longest line of tram tracks, stretching more than 600 kilometres!

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Urban Adventures unlocks the secrets in and around some of your favourite cities. Urban Adventures tours range from two-hour to full-day experiences and uncover back streets, hidden gems and fascinating sights. Step into the lives of the locals, find out what makes the city tick and get acquainted with the local food, culture and traditions, all in the company of an expert local guide.
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