St. Petersburg, Russia
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Overview

View St Petersburg’s iconic highlights on this 3-hour small-group tour with an informative guide. Travel around the sites in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle; stop to visit must-sees including the Peter and Paul Fortress and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Admire the sweeping views from the Spit of St Basil Island, and see the Nevsky Prospect, Winter Palace and more, as your guide recounts the revolutions and events of the city’s 300-year-old history. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour is limited to six people for a more personalized atmosphere.
  • 3-hour tour of St Petersburg’s highlights with an expert guide
  • See top St Petersburg attractions including Peter and Paul Fortress and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress and Peter and Paul Cathedral, where Peter the Great and Nicholas II are buried
  • Admire the onion domes and mosaics of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • See Palace Square, home of the Winter Palace, and other highlights
  • Learn about St Petersburg’s history as the scene of three revolutions and rise and fall of Russia’s Tsars
  • Small-group tour limited to six people to ensure a more personalized experience
Leave your central St Petersburg hotel by air-conditioned vehicle and head into the city’s historical heart.
Hear about St Petersburg’s short but illustrious past from your guide, learning how it was founded in 1703 and served as Russia’s capital through the 18th and 19th centuries, until 1918. Hear how, during this time, the city presided over many seminal events in Russia’s history, including three revolutions.
Head first for St Basil Island, the original hub of the city as planned by its founder, the still-revered Peter the Great. Hop out of your vehicle and stroll to the island’s eastern corner, called the Spit of St Basil Island. Drink in the sweeping city views from here as your guide points out landmarks such as the Palace Embankment, the Winter Palace and the two 18th-century Rostral Columns that still rise from the spit and were built as beacons for passing ships.
Continue to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in the city. Discover how the complex was intended to protect against a Swedish invasion that never materialized, and was later used as a political prison.
Visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral inside the walls, and admire the lavish interior, home to the tombs of Peter the Great and Tsar Nicholas II and his family, murdered in 1917.
Drive on to the Nevsky Prospekt, passing the shops and neo-classical residences of this vibrant thoroughfare, and continue into Palace Square, framed by the splendid Winter Palace.
Take snaps of this former residence of the Tsars, before moving on to gold-domed St Isaac’s Cathedral, one of St Petersburg’s most imposing sights.
Admire this imperious church, and then head for the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, known for its onion-shaped domes. Pose for photos here and marvel at the opulent interior as your guide explains how the church stands where Tsar Alexander II was killed in 1881.
After around three hours, finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

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S
, Jan 2018

An excellent tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable.

J
, Oct 2017

This was an excellent introduction to St. Petersburg, and Anna was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended.

J
, Jul 2017

This tour is a great introduction to St.Petersburg. We visited the church at the Peter and Paul Fortress and learned a lot about the Romanovs. The Church on Spilled Blood is spectacular. We learned so much by having a guide rather than visiting the church on our own. Our guide spoke very good English, and our driver did a great job battling St. Petersburg traffic.

J
, Jul 2017

This tour is a great introduction to St.Petersburg. We visited the church at the Peter and Paul Fortress and learned a lot about the Romanovs. The Church on Spilled Blood is spectacular. We learned so much by having a guide rather than visiting the church on our own. Our guide spoke very good English, and our driver did a great job battling St. Petersburg traffic.

R
, May 2017

Quite outstanding personal tour and visits. Guide was knowledgeable, patient and very accommodating. An absolute must when visiting St Petersburg

M
, Sep 2016

Olga was awesome, she really knew the city and really took the time to explain the small things. Highly recommended tour!!!!

L
, Aug 2016

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C
, Nov 2015

Excellent trip. Thoroughly enjoyed the peter and Paul fortress. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We are of an age where we had head of the Tsar and his family. It was nice to see their last resting place.

N
, Oct 2015

The great part of this tour was that we got decent seats and the show was of course very good. However it was a very rushed tour and we were under the impression that we'd be seeing inside of the other theaters as well but no joy there. It was all drive-by with little or no time for photos or good views. For the price, there should have been a return drop off to our hotel.

M
, Oct 2015

Our guide Marina was excellent. She would be particularly good with Australian tourists as she spends a lot of time there. She's very knowledgable about St Petersburg, gave us plenty of time and space for our photography.


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