My Trip Expert: Saint Petersburg is to launch the “Guest Card”


My Trip Expert: Saint Petersburg is to launch the “Guest Card”

“Guest Card» Program is the analog of tourism systems working successfully in New-York, London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Stockholm and other first-rate centers.The city of St. Petersburg, Russia is also set to launch a tourism program the “St. Petersburg Guest Card.” It is a single electronic card for tourists whereby its price includes tours of the historic city center, entry into 17 state museums and a discount program of 10% to 50% when staying at hotels, traveling by taxi, visiting cultural or entertainment centers, cafes and restaurants.

Such kind of Discount Cards is the first innovative project in tourism not only in St. Petersburg but in Russia.A tourist who buys the card can take part in a city tour on a red double-decker “City Tour” bus or enjoy a water tour by boat, with their own choice of embarkation point, from the lions on the Neva River, from the pier at the Stroganov Palace on the Quay, from the Moika Embankment, or from the Anichkov Bridge on the embankment of the Fontanka Canal.

The card provides for free admission to 17 museums in the city. Tourists can visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, The Russian Museum (including the Stroganov Palace, the Marble Palace, and the Engineer’s Castle), the Church of the Savior on the Blood, Smolniy Cathedral, the Museum of “Pavlovsk” and many others. When visiting the State Hermitage, holders of the Saint Petersburg Guest Card are provided with not only free admission, but also may participate in tours and have the opportunity to take photos and video footage.

In addition, tourists, sailing to St. Petersburg from Finland and Sweden will be able to purchase the “St. Petersburg Guest Card” on the cruise ferries “Princess Mary” and “Princess Anastasia” which are run by the company St. Peter Line, as well as on flights to St. Petersburg from Helsinki and Stockholm.