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  • Location:St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

St Petersburg by Night: City Sightseeing Tour

Experience spectacular St Petersburg, illuminated at night, on this small-group tour by minivan in the former capital of the Russian empire. Your expert guide will point out the magnificent floodlit monuments in the city center including the State Hermitage Museum and St Isaac's Cathedral as well as the surrounding streets, squares and embankments of the Neva River. This city’s unique architectural heritage, even more magical at night, is not to be missed!

This tour is limited to six people, providing a small-group experience with your guide.


  • 3-hour tour of St Petersburg illuminated at night
  • See floodlit monuments, palaces and squares in the city center
  • Admire St Isaac Cathedral’s gilded dome and the Russian-style spires of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Look across the Neva riverfront to the Spit of Basil Island
  • Small-group tour maximum 6 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

St Petersburg by Night: City Sightseeing Tour

St Petersburg at Night

Begin your tour with pickup from your St Petersburg hotel and then head with your knowledgeable guide toward the city center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Circling the charming palaces and squares, gaze with awe at the beautiful, illuminated buildings as you learn about their historical significance and the many influences of the architecture.

Continue your sightseeing excursion to Russia’s first museum, the Kunstkamera, located on the Neva riverfront. Built in 1727, it houses the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. Then, note the gilded spire of the stone cathedral standing in the center of Peter and Paul’s Fortress, located on an island in the delta.

View the Spit of Basil Island, which juts into the Neva River and divides it in two. Stop along the shores of the Fontanka River, one of its tributaries, and admire the impressive former homes of Russian nobility that line the embankment. Catch sight of the State Hermitage Museum, including the Winter Palace where Russian emperors once resided.

As you travel down Nevsky Prospect, keep an eye out for the Admiralty, the neo-classical Kazan Cathedral and a monument to Catherine the Great, stopping for photos along the way. You’ll also glimpse the granite columns and gilded dome of St Isaac's Cathedral, as well as the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, built in a traditional Russian-Byzantine style of colorful mosaics and more than half a dozen onion-top spires.

Note: During the White Nights of summer, from May through July, enjoy the romantic allure of faint twilight instead of darkness. Any time of year, you’ll be amazed by the illumination of this Russian imperial city!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The guide was knowledgeable and very kind. She and the driver took us to many places even to our request to ensure we would see everything and would stop to take pictures. Very nice overall.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Good tour. City looks different at night. Lots of info

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013


4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

We enjoyed this trip - we were picked up and dropped back to our hotel. We had a guide and driver to ourselves and we saw buildings and places we hadn't previously visited. The guide was very informative and we learnt a lot. One word of warning - in June it is hardly is hardly "by night" as there is no night as such!

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

It was nice, except that the mini van used had dark tinted windows, so we could not have a good view
from inside the vehicle.
Our tour guide was very good!

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Good tour

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

The guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
Because of the time of year we went, the end of May, it was the White Nights, so the attractions were not lit up, as it was not dark!
The tour gave us a good understanding of the layout of St. Petersburg and both the guide and the driver made plenty of stops for us to take photos of the sites.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2013

I do not recommend this tour.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2013

Not worth the money. The minivan was old and not clean.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2013

I do not recommend this tour.

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