Orthodox tradition has always been strong in Russia and on this tour you’ll see not one, not two, but three breathtaking cathedrals. First stop, in the centre of the Peter and Paul Fortress, is St Peter and St Paul’s Cathedral built between 1713 and 1732. The spire of the church is 400 feet high, topped by an angel holding a cross – one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg. At 404 feet, the cathedral is, in fact, the highest building in the city. Leaving the fortress behind, head to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which was built between 1818 and 1858. Its opulent interior covers an impressive 4000 square metres and holds hundreds of 19th-century works of art. Take a look at the huge dome that crowns the place - some 100kg of pure gold went into gilding it. At the end of the tour, visit a functioning Russian Orthodox church - the Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospect. This place is an outstanding example of early 19th-century Russian architecture. The cathedral was named after a "miracle-making" icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which the church housed until the early 1930s. Today it’s one of the most famous and important St. Petersburg temples, where the highest rank orthodox liturgies take place.
Kazan Cathedral is a functioning cathedral, so you won't be able to take photos or videos inside. Shorts and short sleeved are not recommended when visiting the cathedrals.
If you’re planning to go ashore in St Petersburg don’t forget, if you join us on one of our organised shore excursions, you’re covered by our group visa. But if you wish to go ashore independently at anytime you’ll need to obtain your own visa from the Russian Federation Embassy prior to your cruise.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.