• Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
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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

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.


Customer Reviews

Leslie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018


Patti S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We booked this amazing excursion on Viator in Saint Petersburg on the 26th of December 2017. It was absolutely fantastic! Our guide Julia picked us up at our hotel in a comfortable minivan on time. She made it possible for us to see almost all the main attractions in St Petersburg in the short time available to us. We had lunch at the most charming little restaurant with lovely food typical of the region. Julia was a fountain of knowledge and enjoyed the day immensely. She spoke English perfect. I would 100 recommend this trip.

Lauren M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was perfect. My husband literally had one day to tour and we wanted to see as much as we could. Our guide was perfect-she was so friendly and we did see everything. We were together all day and into the evening. I would definitely recommend this if you need to do St. Petersburg in a day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Anya was very nice and knowledgeable!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

If you are short on time in St Petersburg and are after a comprehensive tour of this stunning city, we can't recommend this tour enough.
Our guide Lida was incredibly informative and provided excellent commentary throughout all of the places we visited. Lida even took us on a little detour to visit the Church of St Nicholas Naval Cathedral which had its daily service on when we visited we were silent! and we were blown away by the beauty of the cathedral as well as the choir that sang during service. Possibly one of the better tours we have ever attended.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

So this one day tour suited the needs of our small group of six and it made sure we understood some of the highlights of this wonderful city. Our guide was Lyda from Maria tours and she was absolutely first class and so knowledgable and very patient in imparting that explanation. The first part of the tour is via minibus with stops on the way. The latter part of the tour is conducting on foot but its not arduous. The lunch stop is in a very nice restaurant with a very enjoyable 3 course format. All of the entry fees are included in the rice and the guide facilitates these on the parties entry.

Geoff C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Whistle stop tour in a car with driver and guide. We got to see lots and it was a grea5 way to get an appreciate for the city. The guide was excellent and we had lots of stops for photo opportunities

Jack Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

It was my first stop in Russia, and I am so glad that I join the grand tour in St Petersburg. I got to see the most interesting and famous sites within the city in just one day!! The route was very well planned so that we got to cover as much places as possible. My tour guide named Alyona was amazing! She's one of the most knowledgeable guides I have ever encountered when I visit a foreign city. You will never get confused or bored when you have her on your side. Her very well-spoken British English will charm you throughout the tour : In general, I would highly recommend this tour to visitors who only visit the city for a short time. But believe me, St Petersburg is a very beautiful and classic city with enormous elegant sites to visit and fun to shop. So stay a bit longer is highly recommended!!

Is Vic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide was great at explaining the historical significance of everywhere we went, in good detail.

Sollena S Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

worth of the money.

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