> my question is how safe is it for a female traveler
At least as safe as London or Chicago.
> any ideas on an itinerary
Do you have any idea of what you want to see? What brings you here of all places?Edited: 28 August 2017, 10:43
For a lady I would say it's much safer than most places in Europe - one will offer you a seat if by any chance you choose to ride the metro in the rush hour;
anyway, when I climb the steps up and down in the metro, in most cases a fellow gentleman passenger helps me with my swimming-pool bag.
A wonderful trip report from " a solo female traveller in her mid sixties" https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g298507… Note that it was in 2012 so some things like prices/opening times/etc. might be different by now but you still can get a general idea to help you start planning.
Oh, good idea, Sveta!
There are quite a few reviews in the forum, I remember one just recently, from a lady in San Jose, I guess, very sensible, a lot of details and good advice
I have just spent a fortnight on my own in St Peterburg, it was the best holdiay I have had in years! I felt safer here than in, for example, London! People have been brilliant, helpful, kind! (I will be sixty in the winter!).
Depending on your interests, and the length and season of your stay - there are so many things to see and explore!
My best piece of advice is: don't feel you have to visit the Hermitage if you are here for a short time! Or at least, go to the General staff building only (the impressionist and expressionist art on the fourth floor).
There are so many small, fantastic museums.
I would also say, try to visit at least one museum or site relating the history of the Leningrad blockade, in order to get some small sense of the soul of this amazing city.
I will be writing up my visit and posting here soon. This forum has been extremely helpful to me (as a silent reader!), I would like to add some idas too.