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Experience the best of St Petersburg and learn about the city’s incredible history on this 3-hour sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, admire the historical highlights of Russia’s most beautiful city, from the glorious Winter Palace and stately Nevsky Prospect to its graceful canals and bridges, all from the comfort of a minivan or car. Upgrade to add a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Hermitage or all three, along with lunch, after your tour.

Numbers are limited to six for a more personalized experience.


  • Explore the most famous sites of St Petersburg on this guided small-group tour
  • Enjoy the second largest and most beautiful city in Russia
  • Combine the grand tour with a tour of the historical Peter and Paul’s Fortress, the magnificent St Isaac’s Cathedral, the famous Hermitage Museum or all three!
  • Transportation by comfortable, air conditioned car or mini-van
  • Small-group tour to ensure a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Grand Tour of St Petersburg

Grand Tour of St Petersburg

Select your tour option when you book. Then, begin your experience with a pickup from your St Petersburg hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned vehicle, and set off on your tour of Russia’s most magnificent city.

Grand Tour (3 hours):
Enjoy a 3-hour tour of St Petersburg’s best-known landmarks. See the Winter Palace, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Peter and Paul Fortress and more; drive along the Nevsky Prospect, and trace some of the city’s elegant waterways. On route, hear tales from your guide about St Petersburg’s founding and the figures and events that have shaped the city’s fortunes through the centuries.

Grand Tour + Peter and Paul Fortress Upgrade:
After your Grand Tour, visit the imperious Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg’s original island citadel, established by Peter the Great in 1703. Enjoy a guided tour of the main buildings, such as the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of several Russian Tsars, including the ill-fated Nicholas II and his family, murdered in 1917.

Grand Tour + St Isaac's Cathedral Upgrade:
Follow your Grand Tour with a visit to magnificent St Isaac’s Cathedral, the biggest Russian Orthodox church in St Petersburg. Admire the stunning exterior, and step inside with a knowledgeable guide to ogle its fresco-coated dome, mosaics, artworks and more.

Grand Tour + Hermitage Museum Upgrade:
With your Grand Tour over, explore the world-famous Hermitage, St Petersburg’s star attraction. Walk through the echoing art galleries to admire many of the masterpieces as your expert guide shares their secrets and stories. 

Grand Tour + Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Lunch and Hermitage Museum Upgrade:
Start with the Grand Tour and then devote the rest of the day to four of St Petersburg’s iconic sites. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, and after an included lunch, enjoy a 2-hour guided visit to the legendary Hermitage Museum.


During the comprehensive tour you will see all the main highlights of St Petersburg: Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Stroganov Palace, Admiralty, Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, Naval Museum, St. Petersburg University, Menshikov Palace, Academy of Fine Arts, Senate Square, monument to Peter the Great (the Bronze Horseman), Isaac's Square, Mariinsky Palace, monument to Nicolas II, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Embankment, Marsovo Fields, Summer Gardens, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Rastrelly Square, Smolny Cathedral, Anichkov Palace, monument to Catherine the Great, Square of Arts, State Russian Museum, Koniushennaya Square, Cathedral of Saviour-on-the-Spilled Blood as well as the numerous canals and rivers, beautiful bridges crossing them. Your guide will tell you the story of the city, the events that have left their scars, its optimistic and dramatic plans for the future, together with anecdotes about its strange, friendly and colorful inhabitants, and answer any questions you may have about this most fascinating of cities.

During this tour you also visit The Peter & Paul Fortress - the oldest and most historical construction in Saint-Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Fortress put up for fortification purposes but never been attacked.The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a unique sample of Russian 18th-century architecture that has reached us. It had for almost two centuries served as a burial-place for Russian emperors. The last Russian tsar- Nicholas II and his family were buried in the cathedral's small St. Catherine chapel in 1998.

St. Isaac's Cathedral, built in St. Petersburg in 1858 by the architect Montferrand, is the fourth highest among the world's cathedrals under the single cupolas. It follows St Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London and Santa Maria del Fiorre in Florence. The richly-adorned interior, lined with marble, and with malachite and lazurite columns, was intended for up to 10 000 worshippers. Standing on the broad Isaac's Square, its golden dome can be seen all over the city. On a clear day, the observation platform at the foot of the dome commands a fine view over St. Petersburg and its surroundings.

The Hermitage Museum is Russia's best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St Petersburg. Nowadays, the Hermitage has about 2.7 million exhibits and displays a full range of world art from Ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French Impressionists (Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Pissarro), plus Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and sculptures by Rodin. The collection is huge and very exciting. It had been calculated that if you decide to spend only one minute in front of each exhibit, you will have to stay in the Hermitage for 11 years, but on the tour you will have an opportunity to see all the great masterpieces of the world's art at a glance in several hours with a comment of a knowledgeable expert-guide.

The "Grand Tour" offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing, from the comfort of a car or mini van and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will take a complete tour of Saint-Petersburg most famous sites beginning with the neo-classical splendor of St Isaac's Cathedral, geometry of the Palace Square, visiting the oldest construction of Saint-Petersburg- Peter & Paul's Fortress and the Cathedral- the burial vault of Romanovs' family. Thereafter a visit to the Savior-on-Blood Church. The tour includes an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon a 2-hour guided excursion in the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world -The State Museum of the Hermitage- to finalize your excellent introduction to St Petersburg. (When the tour is finished, it is possible to stay longer on your own, however you must make your own arrangements back to your hotel).

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I booked a private full day tour of St Petersburg. My guide Ekatarine was very knowledgeable and provided plenty of information about the history of this city and threw in interesting anecdotes and jokes here and there. We were driven in a comfortable car between each landmark which was very convenient. The sites included the St Peter and Paul fortress, stunning Church on the Spilled Blood and St Isaac's Cathedral and ridiculously opulent Hermitage. It was all very well oranised with plenty of time to take pictures and have a short rest. This tour also involved delicious Russian style lunch. Highly recommended to individuals who prefer sightseeing in unrushed and luxurious manner.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A wonderful experience! Loved the small group experience--private tour actually and knowledge of our guide.

Kim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was for the most part a walking tour and was amazing. We learned so much about the history of St. Petersburg. Our guide met us at our Hotel and spent the whole day with us. I would highly recommend this tour.

Helge H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


david o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really good tour with Lydia, knowledgeable and considerate.

Giancarlo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

St Petersburg is amazing. Lots of things to see and do.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The organization was excellent. A guide Elena and a driver were very pleasant. Elena was very knowledgeable and ready to answer all my questions.

Christine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Best way to see the city in a short time. Our guide was very knowledgable and shared many interesting insights into the city and the culture. We would recommend the tour to anyone wanting to understand the history of St Petersburg.

Jessica W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour with a fabulous guide - highly recommend

Edward H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is an excellent tour if one wishes to see four historic churches plus the Hermitage Museum with ease, but it is a grueling 8-hour tour with an overload of information. Tour guide Lidea was excellent and had a wealth of information as she took my daughter and I around Saint Petersburg. I'd prefer to see these sites over two days, but am very happy we were able to experience as much of Saint Petersburg as we did in one day.

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