In 1703 the foundations of the Peter and Paul Fortress were laid on the island of Zayachy near the mouth of the river Neva to protect the region from invasion from Sweden and others. The massive fortress and needle like tower are a spectacular addition to the Neva panorama. The fortress was never to see a military role as from 1718 to 1924 it function as a prison for political prisoners. The fortress was named St. Petersburg from which the town soon acquired the name while the fortress itself came to be known as Peter and Paul after the cathedral built there.
RUSSIA TRAVEL PACKAGES
A selection of Russian tours to take as they are or adjust to your needs.
THE GOLDEN RING
Visit the heart of ancient Russia. What is the Golden Ring?
What you can see in Moscow.
MOSCOW DAY TRIPS
Get out of Moscow and take a relaxing trip to some of these places
Some of the sights to see in Petersburg
LAKE BAIKAL TOURS
Hiking and trekking around the world's deepest lake in the heart of Siberia
Come and work in the field on a Russian Archaeological dig. Full training given on site.
TRAVEL TIPS & SERVICES
Getting around in Russia