Meet your private guide, who will be on foot, at your central St. Petersburg hotel. Then, set off on your walking tour of the highlights of this beautiful city. The tour will include some metro journeys (own expense) between sites, together with a moderate amount of walking.
As you explore St. Petersburg’s historical heart, listen to stories of its founding by Peter the Great in 1703 and hear all about its great cultural heritage.
Stroll along the banks of the Moika River and down the main thoroughfare, the Nevsky Prospekt, making regular photo stops en route. See landmarks such as the Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace and Eliseev Emporium, an art nouveau masterpiece that’s one of the Prospekt’s must-sees. Pause, too, at the impressive Kazan Cathedral to admire its bronze doors and 262-foot (80-meter) high dome.
Stop at the Anichkov Bridge to view its ornate iron railings and four famous horse sculptures by Peter Klodt von Jurgensburg. Hear the history of these ornate sculptures from your guide, including the tale that surrounds the strange carvings on one of the stallions.
Take in the magnificent exteriors of the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace as your guide recounts the priceless artworks and other treasures held in each. Stroll around Palace Square, home to the Alexander Column, and hear about the momentous events that have taken place here, including a battle in the 1917 October Revolution.
Stop to view St. Isaac’s Cathedral and take in the multi-colored, onion-shaped domes of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, built on the site where Tsar Alexander III was assassinated in 1881.
Finally, stroll through the pretty Michael Garden, and absorb the peaceful atmosphere of this 19th-century park. Your tour then ends with drop-off on foot back at your hotel.