Our Travel Directory
Listed in this category are genuine providers of travel services that we recommend as reliable and useful for non-Russian speaking tourists visiting St. Petersburg. We hope in the future to extend the list to a proper travel directory – your feedback and suggestions are welcome.
Walking Tours in Other Cities
Absolute Walking Tours of Budapest — www.absolutetours.com
Amsterdam walks and bike tours! — www.letsgo-amsterdam.com
Yet another company running tours and excursions in Amsterdam — www.amsterdamcitytours.com
Barcelona – My Favourite Things. Original Walking Tours in Barcelona. A fancy web site besides else — www.myft.net
Berlin Insider Tours — www.insidertour.com
A smaller, more intimate walking tour company in Berlin, called Berlin Private Tours — www.berlinprivatetours.com
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl — www.dublinpubcrawl.com
Fat Tire Bike Tours – Paris. English-speaking bicycle tours of Paris, Versailles and Monet’s Gardens — www.fattirebiketoursparis.com
Walking tours Granada — www.ciceronegranada.com
Lisbon Iside Tours — www.insidelisbon.com
London Walks — www.walks.com
Madrid, Spain Tapas Tour — www.walksofspain.com
Tour New Orleans — www.tour-new-orleans.com
New York – Big Onion Walking Tours — www.bigonion.com
Mike’s Bike tours in Paris — www.MikesBikeToursParis.com
Prague Walks — www.praguewalks.com
Prague Pub Crawl – Official Crawl, Original Fun! — www.pubcrawl.cz
Photowalks – historic walking tours of Boston with a photographic edge — www.photowalks.com
Rome Walks — www.romewalks.com
Guided tours of Rome, Italy — www.protourism.biz
Rome Insight Tours — www.romeinsight.com
“Sound of Music Bicycle Tour” of Salzburg, Austria — www.mariasbicycletours.com
Stockholm Stories — www.stockholmstories.com
Walking Tours of Florence, Italy — www.artviva.com
Washington Walks. Walking Tours of the Nation’s Capital — www.washingtonwalks.com
Recommended travel services in St. Petersburg, Russia
Eating and Drinking
Club Griboyedov, www.griboedovclub.ru. Best club bands in town, informal and friendly atmosphere in this small club located in a Soviet-era bombshelter. The place is managed by Dva Samoleta, a legendary St Petersburg band – meet them and many other St Petersburg musicians over a vodka in the tightly packed bar. The band’s site is www.dvasamoleta.ru.
Where to stay
Life Hostel, http://hostel-life.ru/en/. Top location on the corner of Nevsky and Vladimirsky, comfortable rooms and all possible comforts you could expect from a hostel. Wi-fi and computers, huge kitchen and common area, super clean, great management – attention to detail more typical of a good hotel than a backpacker’s accommodation. We love the place so much that we’ve moved all our scheduled tour departures to this hostel.
Soul Kitchen Hostel, http://soulkitchenhostel.com/. The brightest young thing on St Petersburg hostelling scene, all a hostel should be – clean, bright, attracting great crowd, with a fitted kitchen and a cosy living room, plus vodka and pancake evenings and much more. Most importantly the owners are seriously determined that their guests have a good time. A stone’s throw from Moscow Station too.
Hostel Na Sadovoy, www.budget-travel.spb.ru. Opened Jan 2005, this new hostel is managed by a team of our old friends. Ideal location for Dostoyevsky buffs, next to the Hay Market and St. Nicholas church.
Apricot Hostel on Nevsky, www.economhotel.ru. A neatly appointed hostel right on Nevsky near Moscow Station. Free internet, wi-fi, international calls, bike rental – and heaps of food-and-drink options in the surrounding area. Web site in Russian only.
Cuba Hostel, www.cubahostel.ru. Budget hostel with great atmosphere in the heart of St Petersburg, right behind the Kazan Cathedral, walking distance to most tourist attractions.
Puppet Hostel, www.hostel-puppet.ru. Located in a quiet part of St. Petersburg city center, this cozy little hostel offers budget accomodation, visa support serices and more. Also a member of Hostelling International.
RentRoom, www.rentroom.ru. A German-managed bed-and-breakfast operation. Comfortable, homely and reliable, a good alternative to big hotels. Web site in English and German.
Other useful travel services in St. Petersburg
St Petersburg and Russia In Your Pocket, www.inyourpocket.com. An excellent pocket-format guidebook, In Your Pocket is updated monthly and is unrivalled as a source of up-to-date information for visitors. Event, dining and accommodation listings plus special features and heaps of other useful info. Published every two months. Moscow edition available too. Distributed free of charge at dozens of establishments around town.
Sindbad Travel International, www.sindbad.ru. An appointed office of ISTC, STA and an authorised agent for many international airlines. Sindbad is the budget travel agent in St. Petersburg to book air, train and bus tickets, both domestic and international. ISIC cards available. English-spoken, efficient. Unfortunately, the web site is in Russian only so far. Try emailing at email@example.com for details.
A private Spanish guiding service in St. Petersburg, Russia. City tours, museums, palaces. A detailed list of the city’s hotels, hostels and apartment services. spanish-portal.narod.ru.
WestPost Postal and courier services, www.westpost.ru. Since 1995 offering complete mailing and courier solutions, right in the center of the St. Petersburg. Nevsky prospekt, 86, telephone 327-3211.
Strida & Shulz folding bikes, www.skatprokat.ru. Bicycle shop and bike-rent service located in the historical city center, which provides our customers with bycicles on bike tours. You can book a bike tour from us or use their services to learn more about St. Petersburg on your own.
EducaCentre, www.russiancentre.net. Russian language courses and homestay accommodation in St. Petersburg.
Travel services in Moscow
WayToRussia.Net. Our strategic partner in Moscow — the guide to Russia and travel services directory. Look no further when you’re preparing to visit Moscow, and indeed the rest of Russia– WayToRussia will help you organise your visas, tickets, accommodation, excursions and all you can think of. An extremely useful travel information resource for the rest Russia – the authors have personally travelled to all of the places they’re recommending to hand-pick the best services. www.waytorussia.net
Other destinations in Russia
BairTravels. Budget travel to Russia from Finland, battlefield tours in NW Russia,
Trans-Siberian train trips. www.bair-travels.com
The Baikaler. This is our Siberian connection. The man behind this link, Jack Sheremetoff, MA, is an experienced local guide based in Irkutsk, near lake Baikal. A comprehensive web site, offering a full list of traveller services in the Baikal area, with that right attitude and expertise. www.baikaler.com