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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.


Customer Reviews

Samantha J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour guide was lovely and so knowledgeable. She kept us moving as a good pace throughout the tour which meant this tour really packs in a lot of historic and important sites. This was the perfect start to our St Petersburg visit and provided an excellent orientation tour of the city.

Paul B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

An excellent experience with an extremely knowledgable tour guide, who was keen to share her knowledge and experience.

Daniel N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide was most excellent. She is extremely knowledgeable and very gracious.

mary l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very good way to start your stay in the city.
The tour covers many of the interesting places to see.
Our guide Lidia was so informative and friendly.
We really enjoyed the day.

Stephen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent. One of the best tours we've had with viator. Fab guide very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was a fantastic trip . Our tour guide lady was superb. She was well-versed and experienced. Got to know a little bit of history of everything we visited.

Rachelle M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was very exciting, informative, and personal. We had an AMAZING time with our guide and truly learned a lot from our experience. I would recommend this tour and this guide to anyone who plans to travel to this area of Europe. The tour was well-worth the money, and I will definitely book this tour or a similar tour the next time I travel!

Frederick B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great way to see the main sites of St. Petersburg. Elena, our tour guide, met me at the front door of my hotel around 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup, and a comfortable van then took us to meet the other 4 people in our group, staying a few blocks away. We drove first to the Fortress of St. Peter and Paul, and then on to tour several of the main cathedrals and other sites. Elena also guided us to a shop with very high quality jewelry and marushka dolls - a bit pricey but much better than the stuff found in the shops along Nevsky Forum. After lunch we had a guided tour of the Hermitage. Elena provided extensive knowledge of the history and life in current day St. Petersburg. We even had an insightful discussion of Russian vs. Western attitudes towards autistic children. I greatly appreciated this inside view of the city in a small group where we could ask all sorts of questions. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting an introduction to the city.


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.

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