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Communist Walking Tour of St Petersburg (2 hours)

Step back in time to Leningrad, communist-era St Petersburg, and explore the city on an evening walking tour, seeing intriguing sites from its communist past. The 2-hour tour takes in attractions like the former KGB (secret police) facility (known as The Big House), a Soviet-era café, the Field of Mars and a restored battleship. Hear tales of the two key rulers, Lenin and Stalin, while enjoying an insight into life in St Petersburg between 1917 and 1991.
  • 2-hour walking tour of St Petersburg’s communist sites
  • Learn about significant events in the city’s communist history like the October Revolution
  • Pass the Museum of Political History of Russia to see where Lenin delivered many of his speeches
  • Visit key communist sites like a Soviet-era café, the former KGB headquarters, and a restored battleship named the Aurora
  • See Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the few sites left unchanged by the communists
Meet your guide at Lenin Square in central St Petersburg, and then set off on your communist walking tour. The country became a communist regime during the October Revolution of 1917 when the radical Bolshevik party staged a coup and seized power of Petrograd – the city now known as St Petersburg. Under the leadership of Lenin, the party was re-branded as the communists – a political force that went on to rule for more than 70 years.

Learn about this fascinating era of Russian history as you explore the city, hearing tales of Lenin who re-christened Petrograd as Leningrad, and then of his successor, Stalin. Much of the country’s well-documented repression took place under Stalin’s leadership, but your guide will introduce you to the sites linked to both leaders’ reigns. 

See the building known locally as ‘big house’ – an old facility of the KGB – where thousands of citizens were shot or deported to concentration camps, and then stop for photos by the Russian cruiserAurora, hearing of her crucial role during the October Revolution.

Walk through the Field of Mars, an expanse of parkland that served as a vegetable garden when food in the city was scarce, and listen to tales of daily life in the Soviet-era city. Visit a communist-themed café plus intriguing sites such as Crosses Prison and Solovetsky Stone – a memorial to the victims of political repression.

Visit Zayachy Island to see Peter and Paul Fortress – one of the few St Petersburg sites left relatively unscathed by the communists – and then stop outside the Museum of Political History of Russia to see the balcony where Lenin delivered his rousing speeches.

After two hours exploring the communist sites of St Petersburg, make your way back to the start point where your tour finishes.
Type: Theme Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Departure time: 06:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional guide
Not included
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Departure and Return
Departure point
Lenin Square, central St Petersburg
Return details
Returns to original departure point

Sights included in program

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Reviews

We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed both of our tours with your guide, Igor. We had expected the normal tourist style tours which are usually quite frothy and lightweight, although fun. What we experienced were 2 more informative, educational and interesting evenings. We also saw sites that we had not previously come across in guidebooks or on internet searches. For example miniature St Petersburg and Smolny Convent. Thank you again.

Lisa Fry, Great Britain   22 Oct 2017

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