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Busy time with 2-day Petersburg Card. Off season weekend

In this article I am offering you, my friends a very eventful 2-day vacation in St. Petersburg with the help of Petersburg Card.

I have already reviewed the combo-cards for the travelers which allow to save a lot of money during city exploration. If you buy the cards online and plan your vacation ahead this card will also save your time (when you buy Petersburg Card, you can choose your hotel as a delivery place. The card will be delivered there and given you upon arrival).

Here are the options for an amazing Saturday and Sunday. You can move between the sights with the help of your Petersburg card that works like e-purse.

During the National holidays the museums are likely to be closed.

Saturday

 morning
 Church Savior on Blood 

– the jewel of the cathedrals.

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Amazing Savior-on-Blood

You will be surprised to know that the mosaic exposition of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the largest collections in Europe, its area is 7065 square meters.

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Breathtaking view from one of the most fabulous Churches!

Be sure to find time to go to the cathedral, explore it from the outside and see the stunning interior.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 day
You can visit  Isaak Cathedral+  colonnade.

This is the biggest Orthodox cathedral in St. Petersburg. petersburg-st-isaacs-cathedral

This is the handiwork of architect Montferrand, for whom creation of the cathedral became a matter of life and lasted for as much as 40 years! The cathedral is surrounded by 112 monolithic columns, each of which could be hoisted into place in less than 10 minutes by the engineers of the 19th century. How? You can find information about this in museum.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Menshikov PalaceMenchikov-palace-interior

the first building in St.Petersburg made of Menchikov-palacestone by the friend- comrade of Peter the Great. You can find there a lot of historical information both in Russian and English as well as amazing interiors.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 evening
 Erarta

(works till 10pm) – is situated not far away from Menshikov palace.

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In this museum you can find a variety of works of contemporary art, unexpected exhibitions and displays.

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Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Sunday

  morning
 HOP ON HOP OFF bus

– good offer for seeing the city for the first time. The bus provides the headphones with a variety of language.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Peter & Paul fortress

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I recommend a morning visit, because if you manage to visit the museums on its territory before noon, you will experience the cannon shot at 12pm and keep exploring the city. petersburg-petropavlovskaya-birds-view

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 day
 Cabin of Peter 1 Cabin-of-Peter-the-great

the wooden house made specially for Peter the Great during just 3 days! That was the first house  in the future city St. Petersburg.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer. 

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The building is located in a grand Mikhailovsky Palace,  opened to public as the Russian Museum  since 1898. It contains paintings and sculptures by the world-famous Russian artists, sculptors.   Be sure to visit it!

 

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

  evening
 Museum of Faberge

You can read the following information about museum on the website: “Fabergé museum is located in an elegant Neo-classical palace with unique historical interiors and holds a fabulous collection of more than 4000 artworks, including world’s largest collection of Fabergé Easter Eggs. Museum collection covers all areas of Fabergé activities”.

The free entrance for Petersburg card holders is only from 6pm to 9pm.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Aquatorium of Peter the Great

- an interactive scale model of Saint Petersburg in the XVIII century with real water space.

The interactive museum works daily till 10 pm.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer

Be attentive, this schedule is made solely for Saturday and Sunday, if you want to use the card during other 2 consecutive days, you need to check the working hours of each museum.

Even though Hermitage is not included into the Petersburg Pass, I would highly recommend you to visit this amazing palace-museum.

 

Trying Airbnb for St. Petersburg

Several years ago when Airbnb, the platform for travelers and hosts, just appeared  I was skeptical about the whole idea of moving into random house without any 24 our client service, paying in advance, expecting a tough reality instead of nice and inviting pictures.

Now, after returning from Europe and using mostly this website for housing I do not have any doubts at all: if a flat is rated well and costs less than a hotel (which is situated in the same area and does not have breakfast) I will definitely book a flat.

Advantages:

  • You can use the filters for searching the best deal: you can choose the price for accommodation, the type of  accommodation (flat or house, separate room or shared room), location, wifi, elevator and etc.
  • You can see the ratings and comments of the places right under the main information about apartment.
  • You can ask the landlord all the questions about housing and neighborhood in advance with a help of airbnb platform. It usually takes no more than 24 hours to get the answer. You can track all interactions later.

Here is a list of flats (4stars and higher) which would cost you less than $50 per night. There is usually a fee for cleaning, the information about it is displayed under the main picture of apartment on the left. You can save money by registering through the link of a person who is already registered on the website. If you register through my partner link, you will get welcoming $20 for covering some of the housing expenses.  Later, of course, you could create your own partner link and send to your friends and members of family (I got mine in the same way).

Welcome there, anyway!

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St. Petersburg: luxurious hotels

St. Petersburg: 5* hotels

Even if you are not going to stay in these hotels, I would highly recommend you to have a look at them!

the best

The order is made according to the booking.com reviews, the 1st one has the best rating (actual for september 2014):

  1.  Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
  2. The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel
  3. Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  4. Trezzini Palace Hotel
  5. Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel
  6. W St.Petersburg (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  7. Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  8. Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  9. Grand Hotel Emerald (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  10. Angleterre Hotel (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  11. Radisson Royal Hotel (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  12. Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge (it was one of the most frequently booked in 2013)
  13. Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel
  14. Domina Prestige
  15. Taleon Imperial Hotel

 The hotels are situated in the following central districts: Admiralteyskiy district, Tsentralny district (= Central district), Vasileostrovskiy district.