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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Feel like a Local Group Tour

1. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Feel like a Local Group Tour

You will begin your first day onboard a cosy boat, exploring rivers and channels of the "Northern Venice". Following this, you will continue to the former residential Winter Palace of the Romanov rulers, which today houses one of the world's most prestigious museums where the rooms themselves rival the art within them. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which are home to more than three million artworks, including works by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. You will then move on to explore the main street of the city. The chief sights include the huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Bookhouse, half a dozen 18th-century churches, a monument to Catherine the Great, an enormous 18th-century shopping mall, a mid-19th-century department store, the Russian National Library, the Anichkov Bridge, and the Singer House. Once an impressive showcase for an ambitious family business, Eliseev Emporium is without a doubt a leading landmark of the city. The recently restored stunning interiors make Eliseevsky a must-see place. Next up, you will visit the most Russian of all the Russian churches, which was built on the site of the 1881 assassination (spilled blood) of Tsar Alexander II. It sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior of traditional colorful onion domes, ceramic tiles, and colored glazed bricks. Inside you will view large works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes. The next day, you will be taken to the suburbs of the city. Reminiscent of France's Versailles, and rivaling it with its splendor, you will be given access to the many detailed parks and beautiful grounds. Having served as the Tsar's summer residence, its grounds are dotted with countless fountains (like the spraying Joke Fountain), monumental ensembles, and charming pavilions. You can take the opportunity to see the beautiful subway, whose stations are often called the palaces of the Soviet Union. You will then finish your day with a local farmer's market experience. This is the best way to feel the city, as you mix with and converse with the locals. Located in the downtown area, the market boast exotic atmosphere and beautiful architecture that make them worth visiting more for sightseeing than for shopping.

St. Petersburg: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

2. St. Petersburg: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and discover the beautiful city of St. Petersburg through the eyes of a local. Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get assigned a local host who is passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Meet where you are staying to get familiar with the neighborhood and find out about the best places to eat and drink. Alternatively, meet at a central location and discover hidden gems you might otherwise miss. Get tips on the easiest ways to get around, chat about cultural differences and hear about local events. Learn what it is really like to live in the city. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of the rest of your stay.

St. Petersburg: Caviar Tasting and Nevsky Prospect Tour

3. St. Petersburg: Caviar Tasting and Nevsky Prospect Tour

After meeting your guide at the convenient meeting point in St. Petersburg, enjoy a short walking tour in the Nevsky Prospect, the main city’s street. Step away from the beaten tourist path to see the area that was inhabited by foreigners in the olden times. You’ll then find yourself in the quiet atmosphere of a modern caviar bar where you will be greeted by a local host. Discover interesting facts about caviar and its related food traditions, and see unique antique serving pieces and porcelain. The Russian Caviar House that owns this place is the official supplier of the Kremlin and even produces caviar for Russian astronauts. The company has its own production in an environmentally pristine region of Russia and is of the highest quality. Taste 3 types of caviar and learn more about the ways of production and the tasting palette. The tasting will be accompanied by a glass of champagne or vodka and several appetizers, including pancakes. You may buy some Russian caviar and associated goods to surprise your relatives and friends. You are also welcome to end this express caviar course with lunch at your own expense.

St. Petersburg: Exclusive Rooftop Experience

4. St. Petersburg: Exclusive Rooftop Experience

Meet your guide at a historical building in St. Petersburg. After a safety briefing, ascend to the rooftop of the building with your guide. The experienced and knowledgeable tour guide will make your stay on the roof not only safe but also interesting. In the glorious skyline of St. Petersburg, you will easily recognize its major architectural gems, including Peter and Paul Fortress, the domes of the Church on the Spilled Blood, the famous St. Isaacs’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Winter Palace. You will also see jaw-dropping views over the River Neva and its famous drawbridges that have become one of the most famous symbols of St. Petersburg. After the guide's commentary about the main monuments of the city, you will have time to take breathtaking pictures. The guide will make sure you take the most amazing photos from the best angles. If you book the night tour option, you will also be able to enjoy a magnificent display of the drawbridges being opened.

St. Petersburg: 2-Day Join-in Small-Group Guided Tour

5. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Join-in Small-Group Guided Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day small-group tour with an English-speaking guide. Benefit from skip-the-line admission to the main museums, and enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off on both days of the tour. Share your tour with other travelers so there will always be a group for you on any given date. Have look at the sample itinerary below, though please bear in mind the exact museums you will attend depend on the dates of your visit. Rest assured, however, that the key museums are always included. On the first day, meet your guide at the reception of your hotel between 8:30–9 AM. Take a 1-hour tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, then transfer to Peterhof Fountain Park by hydrofoil. Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Peterhof Lower Gardens before breaking for lunch between 12:30 PM–1:30 PM. After lunch, explore Catherine Palace, including the Amber Room and gardens, with your guide for 1.5 hours. Stop at a beautiful metro station on your way back to St. Petersburg, then take a 1-hour of the Fabergé Museum between 4:30–5:30 PM. The first day concludes with drop-off at your hotel around 6:30 PM. On the second day, head straight to the Hermitage Museum after meeting your guide at your reception at 9 AM. Enjoy early admission to the museum and take a 3-hour guided tour. After a 1-hour lunch break, spend 2 hours in the afternoon visiting the Church on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel around 5 PM.

Saint Petersburg: Magic Christmas Tour

6. Saint Petersburg: Magic Christmas Tour

Start the festivities at the meeting point in the heart of St Petersburg where you will meet your fun and knowledgeable guide. After a short meet and greet, set-off on your adventure through St Petersburg during it's most decorative time of the year - Christmas! During your tour of this magical city, witness landmark sites such as the Hermitage Museum, The Church of the Spilt Blood, and the Peter and Paul Fort. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the Palace Square, which you can only feel at this time of the year! From your learned guide, hear the story of the famous Christmas tree, learn of the first person to ever decorate it and hear tales of Christmas magic and Christmas spells. Your guide will entertain you with anecdotes of Christmas legends about St Petersburg.  Whilst on your tour, you will also get to visit the amazing, old-fashioned Christmas Markets in Moskovskaya Square, Pionerskaya Square, as well as Gatchina Palace. Find out what makes it so popular, what the local products taste like at Christmas and fill your heart with the joy and experience of a St Petersburg Christmas.

St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

7. St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

During this three-hour walking tour, discover some of what makes St. Petersburg so great. Walk along the main street, Nevsky Prospekt, and then visit Kazan Cathedral, one of the largest and most majestic temples in St. Petersburg. Throughout the experience, visit three central squares of the city. The first of which is St. Isaac's Square, which offers a wonderful view of the Mariinsky Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Continue to Senate Square, where the famous monument to Peter the Great "Bronze Horseman" is located. Further along the Promenade des Anglais, enjoy panoramic views of the Neva River, Menshikov Palace, Kunstkamera building, and the Palace Bridge. Head then to the main square of the city, Palace Square. Located there is the Hermitage Winter Palace, the General Staff Building, and the Alexander Column. The activity includes a guide and audio equipment.

St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

8. St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

Discover some of the top sights in St. Petersburg on this walking tour. Take a stroll on main street and enter one of the largest religious sites in the city at Kazan Cathedral. Learn more about these places from your local guide. Meet your guide and head to St. Isaac's square, which offers a wonderful views of the Mariinsky Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Continue to Senate square, where a famous monument to Peter the Great is located. Travel up the fashionable Promenade des Anglais street and enjoy panoramic views of the Neva River, Menshikov Palace, the Kunstkamera building, and the Palace bridge. Finally, make your way to the main square of the city, Palace square. View the stunning Hermitage Winter Palace, the General Staff Building, and the Alexander Column.

From St. Petersburg: Husky Dog-Trekking and Russian Sauna

9. From St. Petersburg: Husky Dog-Trekking and Russian Sauna

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning, from where you'll head off in a private minibus to the suburbs of St. Petersburg. The destination is a picturesque location situated right in the middle of the forest and near the lakeshore. You will be welcomed by a kayur (dog-sled leader) who has lots of experience participating in some of the main Arctic expeditions in Russia in the 21st century. He will introduce you to more than 30 adorable Siberian huskies. They love hanging out with people and will gladly let you pet them and pose for as many photos as you want with them. You will then set off on a dog-trekking adventure, an activity that has gained popularity in Russia in the recent years. For the duration of a 3.1-mile hike in the forest, each member of the group will have a husky strapped to their back by a rope. The dogs will be the ones setting the course of the journey. Of course, a professional trekking companion will accompany you. Take in the breathtaking landscapes of the Russian Northwest. Upon returning, settle in for a lunch of baked potatoes with cheese, grilled sausages, bread, and vegetables, with Russian berry juice and herbal tea by the campfire. During lunch, your kayur will tell you more about huskies, the history of the breed, and about his experience as a polar explorer in the Arctic Region. After dog-trekking and your lunch break you’ll have some time to enjoy and explore the lake by yourself on a rowboat. You can cross the lake and take in the nature and the stunning landscapes. An authentic Russian banya (sauna) experience will serve as the perfect conclusion to your trip. There are two ways to experience this traditional activity. In the barrel-sauna, enjoy the hot steam and smells of natural wood. Right after, you can take an invigorating swim in the lake or a cooling summer shower. With the Phyto-sauna, enjoy diverse smells of herbal extracts and natural oils. This type of sauna is a perfect way to calm yourself and to improve your quality of sleep. After all this, head back to St. Petersburg and get dropped off wherever you like in the city.

St. Petersburg : Dostoevsky Guided Walking Tour

10. St. Petersburg : Dostoevsky Guided Walking Tour

Find out how St. Petersburg looked through the eyes of the great Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. With a local guide, explore the most significant facts of Dostoevsky's biography and visit sights where he studied and worked. During your walking tour, see Mikhailovsky Castle, Dostoevsky's apartments in Kuznechny Lane and Vladimirsky Prospect, Semenovsky Platz, and the Apartment Museum. Also, discover monuments to the writer's famous novels “The Idiot,” “White Nights,” and even “Crime and Punishment."


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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Seen everything in St.Petersburg in six hours

It was a hot sunny day in St.Petersburg.Our guide met us st our hotel and took us on the tour if St.Petersburg.We saw most of the historical sites and beautiful buildings that we wanted to see. Our guide, Ian, was very knowledgable about the city, although he was not a native. He spoke with fluent English and answered all the questions we asked him. It was an interesting tour.

informative and entertaining tour. Highly recommended

Alexandra was very competent, very accommodating, very well informed, which led to a very entertaining and very interesting tour of Saint Petersburg. I can only recommend everyone who goes to Petersburg on vacation to take such a tour.

Our guide was fabulous, well-educated, friendly, helpful, and infor

We had the perfect guide. Ian was so informative and helpful, and we were able to pack a lot in to our time. It was a very enjoyable tour, and we would recommend him highly.

Great couple of days in a fantastic city

We enjoyed a very knowledgeable guide in a fantastic city. Highly recommended!

Was a very nice tour. The guide gave you a glimpse “behind the scenes”.