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Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Follow your in-the-know guide down some of St. Petersburg's lesser-known side streets to discover the hidden history that many visitors miss. During this walking tour, visit some of the city's highlights, such as Stroganov Palace, Palace Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Gostiny Dvor. Pickup and drop-off at St. Petersburg hotels included (on foot). If you have time, upgrade to the tour and see even more of St. Petersburg.
  • Choice of two walking tours in St. Petersburg
  • See city highlights as well as some lesser-known areas
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (on foot)
  • Stop at a local coffee shop for some traditional Russian sweets and coffee (own expense)
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Friendly local guide
Private tour
Multiple start times available
Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
Iconic places for photo shoot
Flexible customizable itinerary
Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
Meeting in the hotel lobby
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.
Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel, hostel or vacation rental
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Simply wait for your walking guide outside your St. Petersburg hotel, then take off through the city on your walking tour. You'll visit some of the city's highlights as well as its lesser-known corners while listening to engaging commentary from your guide. 

You'll visit important sites such as the Winter Palace, the State Hermitage Museum, and get views over the Russian Museum. Stop at the Stroganov Palace, explore Palace Square, and see St. Isaac's Cathedral, Gostiny Dvor, the Eliseev Emporium, and the Anichkov Palace. 

Immerse yourself in the bustling city life on Nevsky Prospect, one of the city's main thoroughfares, and stop at the 19th-century Kazan Cathedral, where your guide will talk to you about the Russian Orthodox religion and traditions.

End up at a local coffee shop, where you can sample some traditional Russian pastries or coffee (own expense). You'll be dropped off back at your St. Petersburg accommodations after the tour.

If you have the time upgrade your tour and explore more of St Petersburg's beautiful architecture and gardens. Drop in at the Eliseev Emporium and indulge in chocolate souvenirs and hot cocoa. This tour option concludes at Dachniki, a Soviet-themed cafe with authentic interiors, and drop off at your accommodation.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Nevsky Prospekt
Timing is flexible and you can start the tour any time you prefer.   This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at about 10am and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour. 10.00am Meet your guide at your centrally located hotel in St Petersburg, then head into the city on foot to begin your tour. As you explore, listen as your guide sheds light on the city’s history. Soak up the hustle and bustle of the Nevsky Prospect — one of the city’s main thoroughfares — and gain insight into Russian Orthodox beliefs.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kazan Cathedral
10.30am Admire the 19th-century Kazan Cathedral from outside, widely considered among St. Petersburg’s top attractions.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anichkov Palace Saint Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity
11.00am During your tour, take in key sites of interest including 18th-century Anichkov Palace.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gostiny Dvor
Check out the Eliseev Emporium for sweet treats and head to Gostiny Dvor.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
Enjoy the views of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, and Stroganov Palace. (from outside)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
State Russian Museum
From the outside, admire fine views over the Russian Museum, the State Hermitage Museum, and Winter Palace.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Hear the intriguing stories from your private local guide.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Palace Square
Take in the breathtaking panorama.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stroganov Palace
This is a very short fast-paced tour, so you will enjoy the views from the outside.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Palace Bridge
12.00pm Finish your tour near one of the historic bridges of St Petersburg and go to a local coffee shop to sample some of the coffee or delicious chocolate desserts on offer (own expense). Afterward, return on foot to your hotel to conclude your tour.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St.Peterburg House of Books
12.00-1.00pm If you opt for a 3-hour tour - cover more of scenic canals, bridges, parks and gardens. Drop into a local bookstore so loved by locals and check out the gourmet Eliseev Emporium for chocolate souvenirs and delicious hot cocoa. Finish your tour at Dachniki cafe - a thematic Soviet place with cozy interiors and authentic Russian cuisine.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Private walking tour with the use of metro
  • Please indicate prefer start time in comments when booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Friendly Local Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide.

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