Monograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to St. Petersburg and Russia. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about St. Petersburg and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local St. Petersburg insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host®
Hello, my name is Kate, and I am a Local Host in St. Petersburg. Being a Local Host is important, as it is often a traveler's first impression of a city. We love assisting Monograms' clients in St. Petersburg, telling them about the culture, and pointing out the magnificent sites and interesting stories behind them. It's a wonderful job in a beautiful city.
Griboyedov and Moika Canals
Stroll along the Griboyedov and Moika canals to absorb the city’s atmosphere and charm.
Catherine Palace and Park
Beginning in the mid-18th century, this magnificent baroque-style palace was the center of court life. Here, balls and masquerades were held, and important affairs of state were carried out. The Palace contains 57 halls and a number of outbuildings. The grandiose Alexander Park was built by order of Catherine II, and it occupies an area of approximately 500 acres.
The ochre-painted baroque Menshikovsky Dvorets, with its beautifully carved pilasters, is one of the earliest stone buildings in St. Petersburg. Designed by Giovanni Fontana and Gottfried Schadel, the palace was constructed by 1720 for Prince Menshikov, who was not only the leading advisor and comrade-in-arms, but also a true and devoted friend of Peter the Great. At present, Menshikovsky Palace houses exhibitions on 18th-century Russian culture, which successfully evoke the spirit of the age and reveal the extent to which Peter the Great’s court was influenced by Western tastes.
Alexander Nevsky Abbey
The Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Laura is one of the first monasteries of St. Petersburg. For some centuries, it was the main Russian abbey patronized by sovereigns, and the cemetery was the family vault of Russian sovereigns, grand generals, and politicians. Through the centuries, the Laura has collected numerous manuscripts, relics, crosses, and icons. Today it functions as a monastery and one of the most important Russian museums.
Museum of the Siege of Leningrad
Learn more of the city’s dramatic history at this fascinating museum.
Pushkin House Museum
The apartment where the great poet, Alexander Pushkin, died is open to the public and filled with his personal effects.
Dostoevsky Apartment Museum
Visit the home of literary giant Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-81), author of “Crime and Punishment” and “The Brothers Karamazov.”
See this main and spectacular collection of Russian art.
Military buffs will love spending time studying the 600-piece collection of artillery and military vehicles, as well as uniforms and regimental flags.
Wander along the city’s main boulevard to see its stores. Maybe visit the principal bookstore, Domknigi, housed in a fascinating restored building. Here, you can browse through English books about St. Petersburg.
Chicken Kiev, Bortch, Blini
Taste traditional Chicken Kiev; the Russian beetroot, vegetables, and meat soup bortch; Russian pancakes blini topped with ikra caviar; or sashlik (veal, lamb, pork sturgeon). Try some world-renowned vodka, which in Russian means “little water”— perhaps for its harmless appearance.