The museum’s first innovative project in 2002 was the comprehensive tour The Cathedral Ring that includes visits to the four cathedrals, each of which has links with significant historic periods in St Petersburg. The itinerary is determined by the location of the cathedrals and runs through the city’s finest parts providing splendid views of its magnificent embankments, squares, bridges, architectural ensembles and landmarks – the church domes and bell tower spires. No doubt, the ecclesiastic architecture has had a strong impact on the city’s appearance. The tour focuses on the churches of St Petersburg, highlighting the four cathedrals that are part of the Museum – St Isaac’s, Sampsonievsky and Smolny cathedrals and the Church of the Resurrection of the Savior.
The St Isaac Museum was the first to offer tourists not only bus tours but boat excursions as well. In 2005 a boat tour the Cathedral Ring was launched that includes a visit to St Isaac’s Cathedral, a boat trip along the Moika canal, the Neva, the Kronverk branch, the Fontanka canal and back to the Moika, culminating with a visit to the Church of the Resurrection.
The museum continues developing new services offering such themed tours as a boat tour The palaces of St Petersburg’s nobility, а boat and walking tour The Literary and Musical St Petersburg, a walking tour I shall not wholly die… Architect Auguste Montferrand.