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Hidden Attractions in St Petersburg

Attractions in St PetersburgSt Petersburg offers a multitude of attractions, parks, museums, and various places of interest. Usually in a group tour or shore excursion you will see only the main attractions such as Peterhof, the State Hermitage Museum, and St Isaac’s Cathedral. If you choose a private guide for your St Petersburg tour or shore excursion you will find many more options available to you.

Only a private guide in St Petersburg has the knowledge and experience to take you on these excursions during your tour or shore excursion. In this article we present some of the less known but equally interesting places and attractions in St Petersburg that are worth your attention during your visit:

1. On of the best hidden attractions in St Petersburg is the secret wine cellars of Count Stroganov, whose cook invented “beef a la stroganov” on Nevsky prospect. The Count had a secret bedroom installed in the wine cellar for his many mistresses that is now a 1-bedroom exclusive hotel room. However, a private guide can take you on an excursion of this room and the wine cellar as part of a customized tour or shore excursion in St Petersburg.

2. Meet sunrise on the top colonnade of St Isaac Cathedral with a glass of champagne in your hands or just spend 5 minutes at the top the panoramic restaurant in the middle of Nevsky Prospect drinking your morning coffee.

3. Enjoy looking at the gold decorations of Scythian Chieftains made for them by Greek masters using a special micro-technique in the Diamond Room of the Hermitage.

4. View the frightening St Petersburg Sphinxes devoted to the victims of Stalin repressions in St Petersburg and find the only preserved image of Stalin in the city. Your private guide will explain in detail about Stalin and his repressions during the Soviet Union.

5. Attend a service in a Russian Orthodox Church while listening to the explanations of your private tour guide about the history of the church and Russian Orthodox religion.

6. Take the night boat along numerous rivers and canals of St Petersburg while watching the bridges of the city open during the White Nights period. Your private guide can explain about the bridges, canals, and history of the city while you enjoy a truly remarkable and romantic atmosphere.

7. Get acquainted with Mr. Kalashnikov (his name is connected with the AK-47) : “a man, a legend, a gun” in the Artillery Museum and look at the bottle of vodka designed like a Kalashnikov gun. You can even buy the bottle of vodka as a souvenir.

8. Visit the Siege Memorial on the outskirts of St Petersburg to watch a 10 minutes film about the greatest Siege in the history of mankind at the hands of Nazi Germany. Your private guide will explain some details and stories about the Siege of St Petersburg and the bravery and courage of the citizens. This is a very emotional experience and really tells the story of how much the citizens of St Petersburg love their city and country.

9. Stand behind the shoulder of a master in the Amber Restoration Workshop and get to know how the most expensive treasure ever stolen was painstakingly restored by Russian masters over many years.

10. Drop inside the Imperial Porcelain Factory (founded in 1744) near “the icon” of St Petersburg – The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood: see the imperial porcelain factory which supplied beautiful pieces to the Tsar’s family during the centuries. Drink tea from beautiful tea cups, enjoy a dinner, and even buy some porcelain to take home as a souvenir.

About the Author – Dancing Bear Tours is a family owned business which provides customized St Petersburg private tours and St Petersburg Shore Excursions.

Share Quality Time on your Holidays

Quality Time on your Holidays at luxury cruise ship

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One of the most relaxing and diverse holiday options comes in the shape of a delightful cruise through the beautiful Mediterranean region. A perfect way for the entire family to indulge themselves in a variety of activities, or for single people, especially women, to meet like-minded individuals, a cruise combines every single aspect of food, entertainment, exercise or leisure that needs your special attention. Click here to read more »

Cruising Your Way to Health!

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The New Year has come; have you made any resolutions? Maybe you’ve decided that you’re going to spend the year getting fit and fabulous. If your resolution for 2012 was to begin to live a healthier lifestyle, why not kick off your healthy habits on a cruise ship? Beginning your new lifestyle on a fantastic cruise is easy if you know where to look! Here are four health inspired cruises that will allow you to start down the path to a better you in style:

Holistic Holiday at Sea

A voyage aboard the MSC Poesia offers entertainment, luxury and fitness as part of a seven-day holistic cruise. Great for those just beginning a holistic lifestyle, the cruise offers lectures, workshops and consultations led by authorities in holistic and natural health.

During your cruise through the Caribbean you can take cooking classes, enjoy the ship’s spa and job along a course that overlooks the crystal clear waters of the tropics. Three swimming pools, a sauna and spa will introduce you to
natural health in style. Click here to read more »

Top 5 Exotic Cruises for 2012

Exotic Cruises - Farah ship cruiseLooking for a new and exciting vacation to take? Well there are many cruises out there that take the road less traveled. Many of the world’s capitals lay along the banks of rivers or on the coastline.

These waterways and port cities provide a myriad of resources. And what better way to visit these historic places than a cruise?

You can take a nice week long trip where you float on a river boat stopping at all the wonderful and interesting cities along the way. Or hop from port to port along one of Europe’s many seas.

Choose a destination, view the culture up close, shop at famous stores, or partake in some yummy food. There are many sea and river cruises that offer a wide variety of stuff to do.

You can: relax, learn about the history, interact with the culture, take an adventure, go hiking, or be surrounded by nature. Think of all the great stories you can tell to your family and friends. Click here to read more »

Things To Do On Cheap Family Holidays To the Caribbean

 Cheap Family Holidays To the Caribbean

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Cheap beach holidays are easy to book and take you to some of the best places on earth. Cheap family holidays are destination number one for the smart bargain hunter in search of a deal. Family package holidays keep the cost cut down to size with all your bases covered to include airfare, comfy accommodations, meals and so much more. Click here to read more »

Daydream about Travelling to the Caribbean

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Everyone has their dream travel destination.

There are certain regions of the world which call to our imagination and occupy our daydreams more than others. For some people it is the rugged forests of Canada, for others the moonlit cobblestone streets of Paris, and for some people it is the peaceful quiet of a temple in rural India.

Although I have visited many beautiful places around the world, there is one destination that still intrigues my curiosity and sparks many travel fantasies, and that is the Caribbean.

Of course, some of the things that entice me to want to book a Caribbean cruise tomorrow are the same things that draw millions of tourists to that part of the world every year: sun, sun and surf.

Having grown up in a very cold climate, the idea of warm tropical waters, white sandy beaches, and endless sunshine seems like it would be like going to heaven. But these are not the only reasons why the Caribbean calls to my heart.

So when I day dream about the Caribbean, what is it that I imagine myself doing? Here are five of my most common Caribbean travel daydreams: Click here to read more »

Mediterranean cruise travel guide

Mediterranean cruise travel guide

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The Mediterranean Sea was named for its location – at the very centre of the earth.  Early civilizations believed that this particular body of water was indeed geographically the centre of the planet, a myth that persisted for many thousands of years.

Today, while it may be fair to say that the Mediterranean is not quite central in the universe, as a tourist location it remains the most popular in the world. Click here to read more »