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St. Petersburg Discovery Tour (4 hours)

Learn all about St Petersburg’s history and sights on a 4-hour walking tour, led by a private guide! The itinerary can be tailored to specific interests; simply let the guide know when the tour starts. Then, head off to discover top St Petersburg attractions like Palace Square, Winter Palace, Senate Square, St Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and more.
  • 4-hour private St Petersburg walking tour
  • Explore the heart of the city and enjoy personalized attention from a private guide
  • Walk around Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and learn about the Winter Palace
  • Pass along Nevsky Prospekt and through Senate Square to see the Monument to Peter the Great
  • See three cathedrals: St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and Kazan Cathedral

This is a great 4-hour tour that lets you see all the main sights of St Petersburg in a short space of time. The beautiful and totally unique Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood is my personal favorite!

Arrange your private St Petersburg walking tour to start at a time to suit your schedule. Start from the Square Palace - the very heart of the city, where your walking tour commences. Your itinerary is flexible, meaning your tour can be tailored to your preferences. If there’s something of particular interest, just let your guide know.

Set off on a stroll around Palace Square, a gorgeous central square that boasts Imperial-era architecture. Headed up by the colorful Winter Palace, Palace Square boasts not only grandiose buildings but a rich history, too; hear tales from your guide about the October Revolution in 1917 when repressed citizens stormed the Winter Palace. Pass through Senate Square to see the Monument to Peter the Great (aka the Bronze Horseman) and then take a rest at the Embankment. Have your camera ready to capture photos of Peter and Paul Fortress, a historical site that sprawls across St Petersburg’s Zayachy Island.

Take a wander down Nevsky Prospekt, seeing its bustling shops, and learn how the main street was created at the request of Tsar Peter the Great – the city’s founder and a man held in reverence by Petersburgers still today, and see three of the city’s magnificent Russian Orthodox cathedrals.

First on your list is St Isaac’s Cathedral, a delightful golden-domed creation that was built during the days of the Romanov dynasty. Walk around and marvel at its towering marble colonnades, ceiling frescoes and walls lavishly bedecked with mosaics. Compare its ostentatious design with the more refined simplicity of nearby Kazan Cathedral, and then head to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – one of the city’s superstar sights. Pose for photos against its candy-colored façade and explore inside while hearing tales of Tsar Alexander II, a reformist assassinated on the spot where the church was later built. 

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 02:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Comprehensive walking tour of the city
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Departure and Return
Departure point: at the Alexander Column of the Palace Square
Departure time: flexible; contact us to confirm your preferred start time
Return details: concludes in the city centre

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Nevsky Prospect
Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
The most famous statue of Peter the Great was immortalised as the Bronze Horseman in the epic poem by Alexander Pushkin. With his horse (representing Russia) rearing above the snake of treason, Peter's enormous statue was sculpted over 12 years for Catherine the Great by Frenchman Etienne Falconet. Its inscription reads 'To Peter I from Catherine II – 1782'. The Bronze Horseman, an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Kazansky Cathedral
Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Palace Square
Palace Square, one of the most famous squares in the world, serves as an excellent example of how different architectural styles can be combined in a most elaborate and aesthetically pleasing way. This amazing Square, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance. The architectura... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Winter Palace
St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. Read more

Reviews

I have returned home from St Petersburg. (What a great city.) I want to give some feedback on these two personal tours you organised for us. These tours were excellent. I have visited the Hermitage before in 2008 without a guide and Victoria made all the difference. I cannot praise Victoria more highly. She has a very large knowledge , is very professional and is very charming. Victoria personalised our 2 tours and it was great to have a real conversation with a local Russia. We were very pleased we booked these tours. I would recommend Victoria as a guide to anyone.

Peter, UK   25 May 2018

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