Peter and Paul Fortress Tour is a great opportunity to visit the place where the history of St. Petersburg began. This is a unique monument of history, architecture and fortification art of the XVIII-XX centuries. Today the Peter and Paul Cathedral is part of the Museum of the History of St. Petersburg. You can see expositions and temporary exhibitions in the historical buildings.
Moreover, here you will see world famous architectural monuments: The Peter and Paul Fortress, the Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Grand Duke’s Tomb – the final resting place of Russian emperors. Having visited the prison of the Trubetskoy bastion you can feel the spirit of the time of the empire and imagine the sensations of its prisoners.
Our private tour includes skip-the-line tickets, so you don’t have to wait in line for each museum and a personal English-speaking guide will immerse you in the atmosphere of Russia of the 18th century and tell you about the life, culture and traditions of the former capital of the Russian Empire.
History of the Peter and Paul Fortress
The fortress was founded by decree of Peter the Great in 1703. It included six bastions and two ravelins. St. John’s Bridge connected the Hare Island with the Petrograd side.
A few years later the construction of the Peter and Paul Cathedral began under the direction of the architect Domenico Trezzini. The completed temple became the tomb for the Russian emperors: from Peter the Great to Alexander III. This building was the tallest in St. Petersburg until the mid-20th century. Today the Peter and Paul Cathedral with the figure of an angel on the spire is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
Since the 1730s there was a tradition of raising the flag on the Naryshkin Bastion and celebrating noon with a cannon shot. Nowadays jack on the Flag Tower can also be seen just as well as a traditional volley at 12 p.m.
Peter and Paul Fortress never took part in hostilities. From the very beginning of its existence it began to be used as the main political prison in Russia. F. M. Dostoevsky was serving his sentence in the Alexander ravelin in 1849 and for 40 years of the prison existence 1,500 prisoners passed through it in the Trubetskoy bastion.
In 1924 the Peter and Paul Fortress became a museum.
Why do I need to book this tour?
Peter and Paul Fortress is the historical core of the city. Here the construction of St. Petersburg was started. This visit helps to get a better understanding of the history and spirit of the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 18th century. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to appreciate the architecture of those times.
Advantages of this tour:
- A personal driver and skip the line tickets will save a huge amount of your time that you can spend on relaxation or other visits.
- Personal tour guide will make your visit exciting and informative — you will have a better understanding of the mysterious Russian soul.
- Peter and Paul Fortress is on the Must Visit Place list — a win-win option confirmed by millions of tourists from all over the world.
This tour is suitable for people who are interested in the history of Russia and those who do not want to miss the most impressive places in St. Petersburg. When ordering this tour with us you can be sure that everything will be at the highest level. Our guides annually pass certification for the right to conduct excursions in Peter and Paul Fortress and our many years of experience allows us to create the ideal route that will make your stay in St. Petersburg as efficient and casual as possible.
ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Please pay attention that at 12 p.m. shot is fired from the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress.
- Do not let the ancient St. Petersburg tradition catch you by surprise.
- You can also order a climb to the bell tower of the Peter and Paul Fortress which offers a breathtaking view of the city.
- 10.30 a.m. Departure from the hotel to the Peter and Paul Fortress
- 11 a.m. walk around the Fortress
- 11.30 a.m. visit to the Peter and Paul Cathedral
- 12.30 p.m. tour in the Trubetskoy bastion
- 01.00 p.m. Return to the hotel
In the morning on the day of the tour your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and you will go to the Peter and Paul Fortress with a personal driver in a Mercedes car.
A visit to the fortress lasts about two hours. First you will take a look at the territory of the fort and climb to the panoramic platform, which passes through the Gosudarev and Naryshkin bastions. From here you will have a view of the opposite bank of the Neva River, where the famous sights of St. Petersburg are located: St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Embankment, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Trinity and Palace Bridges. Every day you can see the ceremony of a symbolic cannon shot announcing the onset of noon from the gangway of the Neva panorama.
Then you will visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral. You will see a unique gilt carved iconostasis on which there are 43 icons painted in the 20s of the 18th century. The cathedral is connected by a gallery with the Grand Duke’s tomb, which was built to bury the great princes – members of the Romanov imperial house. Then you go up to the bell tower of the cathedral and see a panoramic view of St. Petersburg from a height of 43 meters.
After an hour’s walk around the Peter and Paul Cathedral you can visit the exposition dedicated to the history of the main political prison of Tsarist Russia in the Trubetskoy Bastion. Here you will learn about the features of the regime and the conditions of the prisoners as well as the fate of the prisoners who passed through its cells.
After the tour a personal driver in a comfortable car will take you to your hotel or any other place that you specify.
- Tickets to the Peter and Paul Cathedral
- Hotel Pick Up
- Hotel Drop Off
- Enter to the territory of the Peter and Paul Cathedral by car
- Tickets to the Trubetskoy Bastion Prison
- Climbing to the Belfry of the Peter and Paul Cathedral
- Walking tour on the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress