This book is designed for those travelers who want to get out and really see Saint Petersburg rather than being a part of packaged guided tours. However, if you are going to follow the guided tour route, this book is still valuable in helping you to decide which of the many tour options offered are going to give you what you are looking for. Most people come with the expectation of visiting grand palaces, majestic cathedrals and fabulous gardens. And this is very much a part of what the city offers.
But remember that Saint Petersburg is home to over six million people. It is Russia’s second largest city. And if you are at all curious as to what life in truly like in Russia, then you must be willing to do some more in depth exploring. And this book will provide you with many valuable suggestions based upon the years of collective experience that have gone into its creation. Saint Petersburg is the jewel in Russia’s crown. It is a magnificent city. Its people are friendly, but for the most part rather shy since few speak adequate English or other foreign languages. Given half a chance, their warmth and subtle sense of humor will add to your overall enjoyment.