A city orientation drive. The tour includes a visit to Peter and Paul Cathedral, the impressive 18th century ecclesiastical edifice and the burial place of many of the Romanovs. Your route takes you past the Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg's most famous street. Admire magnificent buildings and palaces, travel past the vast Palace Square, the University Embankment that is lined with buildings of the 18th century, the Admiralty, the famous Bronze Horseman and much more.
In 1703, Peter the Great decided to build a fortress to protect the area from possible attack by the Swedish army and navy. The day when the fortress was founded on a small island in the Neva delta is considered to be the birthday of the city of Petersburg. The Swedes were defeated before the fortress was even completed. From that point on, the fortress housed part of the city's garrison and served as a high security political prison.
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David Breet 13 Jul 2009
We did enjoy group singing in the fortress chapel. Peter and Paul Fortress should be on any itinerary! Thank you for a nice tour! David and Rebecca, June 2009
Harold Baker 02 Aug 2009
The Peter & Paul fortress was impressive. It's the place where most of the Tsars are buried. We were more than happy with the tour. Thank you! Harry&Lucie, June, 2008.
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