You need to be with a guide or apply for a visa to tour on your own. Our first day was the Peter & Paul fortress. This is were the Romanoff family have their tombs inside the church there. Our guide was young and she spoke perfect English. On the way there and back, she announced points of interest. Lots to see and to take pictures of. Lovely vibrant city and very clean.
We did the 2 day Treasure Tour and Faberge Museum with SPB tours. They are a A-1 Class operation. Beautiful buses, excellent guides, efficient, prompt and they covered all the must sees in a smaller group setting.
Had a private performance from some musicians from the church. It was amazing but a bit spoiled when we immediately got the hard sell to buy CDs as soon as they finished singing. Also the rain was quite bad so we didn't linger in the Fortress.
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