Also known as the "Northernmost Metropolis in the World" or the "Venice of the North", St. Petersburg is Russia's second most important city as well as one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in Europe. Reachable with a comfortable flight of 3 hours or so from Italy, St. Petersburg is, together with the beautiful Moscow, the cradle of the Tsarist empire, as well as an open-air museum full of attractions of inestimable historical and cultural value.
Here is a one-week itinerary in and around St. Petersburg, to discover every hidden secret of this very interesting metropolis. Fasten your seat belts, let's go!
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- How much is a week in St. Petersburg
- Before leaving: useful tips
- User questions and comments
It starts from the city heart, known as the Golden Triangle, the most chic area that develops around the Nevsky Prospect shopping street. Stroll around enjoying the lively atmosphere, trendy shops and art galleries scattered along the street. For a first approach to the city, we always recommend a guided tour on foot or by hop-on hop-off bus, to have useful reference points for the rest of your stay.
Lunch at the Palkin restaurant (2.800,00 RUB, € 35,00).
Then cross the Anichkov Bridge in the direction of the Mikhailovsky Castle, one of the most interesting city monuments from the architectural point of view (every day 10: 00-18: 00, closed on Tuesday). From here we move for one walk inside the wonderful Summer Garden, a park of 11 hectares along the river (every day 10: 00-18: 00). Then head to the Church on Spilled Blood, built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated during an attack in 1881 (daily 10: 30-18: 00, tour with guide recommended).
Around dinner time, head back towards Anichkov Bridge at the Pelmenya restaurant, which specializes in traditional cuisine (1.200,00 RUB, € 15,00).
- Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 5 min
- Places visited: Golden Triangle and Nevsky Prospect (free), Mikhailovsky Castle (800,00 RUB, € 10,30), Summer Garden (free), Church on Spilled Blood (320,00 RUB, € 4,00)
- Daily shopping: € 65,00
- Church on Spilled Blood private tour with Hermitage guide and Church on Spilled Blood: guided tour
- Lunch at Palkin (Get directions), Dinner at Pelmenya (Get directions)
The second day is entirely dedicated to the Hermitage Museum, one of the richest art collections in the world (every day 10: 30-18: 00, Wed 10: 30-21: 00, closed Mon) It is the main attraction of the city, just think that more than 3 million works of art are kept inside. For this, we strongly recommend purchasing the priority ticket to avoid long lines.
Divided into four buildings, once belonging to the Romanov dynasty, dwell above all on the main complex, with entrance to the Winter Palace: before entering, admire the Palace Square, the scene of numerous important historical events, including the fateful Bloody Sunday of 1905.
As the Hermitage complex will steal a good part of your day, we recommend having a quick meal at the museum's café / bar for lunch, so as not to waste too much time.
After the visit, however, head towards the Monument to Nicholas I and then stop for dinner at the Teplo restaurant, specialized in Eastern European cuisine (1.600,00 RUB, € 20,00).
- Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 20 min
- Places visited: Hermitage Museum (700,00 RUB, € 9,50), Palace Square (free), Monument to Nicholas I (free)
- Daily shopping: € 45,00
- Hermitage Museum guided tour Hermitage Museum: skip-the-line access and private tour 3-hour guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
- Lunch at the Hermitage Museum coffee shop (Get directions), Dinner at Teplo (Get directions)
The morning of the third day he leaves the Admiralty, symbol of the importance of the Imperial Navy, one of the most significant attractions of St. Petersburg. In its vicinity, the Admiralty Gardens with free admission are also very beautiful. Then visit the St. Isaac's Cathedral, one of the largest temples in the world. From the top of its golden dome, you can admire a splendid panorama (every day 10: 30-18: 00).
Stop for lunch at the Mansarda restaurant, (2.000,00 RUB, € 25,00).
From here, finally walk towards another important city cathedral, the Kazan Cathedral, passing in front of the Mariinskij Palace, the last neoclassical imperial building built in the city. The Kazan Cathedral, on the other hand, will leave you speechless: its structure is reminiscent of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, while inside there is also the Museum of the History of Religions (every day from 8:30 until the last function)
End the day with a great burger at the City Grill restaurant. (1.180,00 RUB, € 15,00).
- Distance traveled: 2,7 km / 34 min
- Places visited: Admiralty and Admiralty Gardens (free), St. Isaac's Cathedral (250,00 RUB, € 3,50), Mariinsky Palace (open to the public only), Kazan Cathedral and Museum of the History of Religions (free)
- Daily shopping: € 45,00
- Lunch at the Attic (Get directions), Dinner at City Grill (Get directions)
On the fourth day we recommend that you cross the Neva River through the well-known Troitskiy Bridge which connects the island of Petrograd. For an original perspective, we recommend the boat tour, which becomes magical in the evening with an evening cruise.
Once you have crossed the river, walk towards the small Ponte di San Giovanni and finally towards the Cathedral and the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul (every day, 10 am-00pm). The Fortress is famous for having been the headquarters of the Russian secret services for a long time (daily 19: 00-6: 00, closed Wednesday).
Lunch in a nearby restaurant: the Koryushka (950,00 RUB, € 12,00).
Before leaving Zayachi Island, take a trip to the Nevskaya panoramic terrace. Then cross the Ponte di San Giovanni again and go to theCruiser Aurora. Symbol of the 1917 revolution, this military ship participated in the two World Wars, while today it has been transformed into a fun museum (10: 00-18: 00, closed Mon and Tue).
To end this wonderful day in the best way, stop for dinner at the Volga Volga restaurant, to dine admiring the city lights on the river (3.200,00 RUB, € 40,00).
- Distance traveled: 5,3 km / 1 h 6 min
- Places visited: Troitskiy Bridge (free), Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul and Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul (300,00 RUB, € 3,90), Nevskaya Panoramic Terrace (free), Cruiser Aurora (600,00 RUB, € 7,00)
- Daily shopping: € 65,00
- evening cruise between the raised bridges boat tour in the Venice of the North 2 hour boat tour
- Lunch at Koryushka (Get Directions), Dinner at Volga Volga (Get Directions)
Today we recommend that you visit Tsarskoye Selo, the Catherine Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Russia. Accessible by train (30 min, RUB 40,00, € 0,50) or with a convenient guided tour directly from St. Petersburg, with transport included.
It is nothing less than the historic summer residence of the tsars, majestic and entirely built in Rococo style (inside the Palace you can follow different routes, which have different times. We advise you to consult the official website to choose the route that best suits you and the respective times).
Once the visit is over, which will keep you busy all morning, stop and eat at the Bake'n'Bards - Bakenbardy (1.600,00 RUB, € 20,00).
After lunch, leave the palace behind for immerse yourself in the greenery of Pushkin Park. In fact, crossing the Great Chinese Bridge you will enter a world apart, far away from the chaos of the metropolis. Don't miss the remains of the Chinese Theater and the Palazzo d'Alessandro.
Around dinner time, head to the nearby Muzey Dlya Druzey restaurant, where you will taste local dishes at low prices (1.600,00 RUB, € 20,00).
- Distance traveled: 50,5 km / 1 h 16 min by car including transfer to / from St. Petersburg
- Places visited: Catherine Palace (700,00 RUB, 9,50 €), Hermitage Pavilion (free), Pushkin Park complex (free), St. Catherine's Cathedral (free)
- Daily shopping: € 50,00
- Catherine Palace in Pushkin Catherine Palace and Pushkin Amber Room, Catherine Palace and Peterhof from St. Petersburg
- Lunch at Bake'n'Bards - Bakenbardy (Get directions), Dinner at Muzey Dlya Duzey (Get directions)
About 40 km from the Russian metropolis, there is one of the 7 wonders of the country: the Peterhof Palace. Accessible by bus line 200 towards Lomonosov, getting off at the stop at Razvodnaya St (60,00 RUB, € 0,85) or with a comfortable guided tour directly from St. Petersburg, including transport.
Built between 1717 and 1723 at the behest of Tsar Peter The Great, the Peterhof Palace is a very extensive complex that it includes five buildings and three well-kept parks (open from 10:30, but closing time depends on building to building. For this, consult the official website; we recommend purchasing priority entrance to avoid the long lines at the ticket office). Given the considerable extension of the "Russian Versailles", the day will be devoted entirely to this architectural treasure with a short stop for lunch at the Brynza café (950,00 RUB, € 12,00).
To return to the city, you can opt for the sea transport by taking the Hydrofoil boat, which from the Peterhof pier leads directly in front of the Hermitage (700,00 RUB, € 9,50 per person for half an hour of travel). Then stop for dinner at Fernanda street food (785,00 RUB, € 10,00).
- Distance traveled: 82 km / 1 h 43 min by car including transfer to / from St. Petersburg
- Places visited: Peterhof Palace (RUB 600,00, € 7,70), Lower park and fountains (RUB 700,00, € 9,50)
- Daily shopping: € 50,00
- Peterhof Palace: Skip-the-Line Entrance and Lower Park Peterhof Lower Park: Skip-the-Line Ticket Peterhof Palace: Private Tour and Hydrofoil Option
- Lunch at Brynza (Get directions), Dinner at Fernanda street food (Get directions)
The last day around St. Petersburg we recommend that you spend it in a very special place: the Fortress city of Kronstadt, located on the island of Kotlin. You can reach it by bus 405 (2 h, 100,00 RUB, € 1,40) or with a comfortable guided tour directly from St. Petersburg, including transport.
This Fortress City was built by Peter the Great in the early 1700s, shortly after he snatched the island from the hands of the Swedes. Kronstadt was there for a long time home to an important naval military academy of the country. Start your visit from the outer walls of the various fortifications in Kronstadt and then visit the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, with its domes glowing in the sun (daily 9: 00-18: 00).
For lunch, stop and eat at Bonifacio (1.600,00 RUB, € 20,00).
In the afternoon, visit the Kronstadt Historical Museum (every day 11: 00-18: 00), the Summer Gardens and finally the Kronstadt lighthouse, around which some military boats on display well preserved.
Before returning, for dinner, opt for the Old Kotlin restaurant with typical cuisine, one of the best in all of St. Petersburg (2.400,00 RUB, € 30,00).
- Distance traveled: 103 km / 1 h 37 min by car including transfer to / from St. Petersburg
- Places visited: Kronstadt Fortifications (free), Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas (free), Kronstadt Historical Museum (RUB 239, € 3,00), Summer Gardens (free), Kronstadt Lighthouse (free)
- Daily shopping: RUB 4.467, € 56,00 including costs for return transport to St. Petersburg
- From St. Petersburg: Kronstadt City Tour Kronstadt Private Half Day Tour
- Lunch at Bonifacio (Get directions), Dinner at Old Kotlin (Get directions)
How much is a week in St. Petersburg
NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.
Unlike what one might think, St. Petersburg is not a particularly expensive destination. On the contrary, the metropolis has become a destination accessible to anyone, even cheaper when compared to many other large European cities.
In fact, if you want to save money, it will not be difficult to find cheap accommodation such as hostels or decent apartments, while as regards restaurants you can find a wide range of proposals, from the most luxurious to the more modest but still satisfying ones. Finally, Russian transport will prove to be among the cheapest you have ever experienced with the same punctuality and efficiency!
- starting from € 160,00 -
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -
- guided tour of the Hermitage Museum guided tour of the city boat ride through canals and river
- Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 637,00 per person
Before leaving: useful tips
- When to visit St. Petersburg: from June to August, due to the good temperatures and because the singular phenomenon of white nights can occur. Winter is almost prohibitive due to the harsh climate and the few hours of light - find out more
- the airport is 16 kilometers south of the center. Accessible by collective taxis and bus, in particular the number 39 (single ride 50,00 RUB, about € 0,60 per person). Alternatively, you can book a transfer from / to the airport online
- the best area is the center (Tsentralny and Admiralteysky districts), although it is the most expensive. Alternatively, we recommend the cheaper districts of Vasileostrovsky and Petrogradskiy - Hotels and b & b starting from € 15,00 per room
- Getting around: St. Petersburg is served by an excellent public transport network: metro (single ride of RUB 55,00, approximately € 0,65), bus and tram (single ride 50,00 RUB, approximately € 0,60) and minibus (single ride between RUB 40,00 and 50,00, between € 0,50 and € 0,60) - find out more
- Recommended cards and passes: the Saint Petersburg City Card grants significant discounts on transport, restaurants and major museums. The cost varies according to the duration (from € 53,00 for 48 hours, buy online)