• Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Explore one of St Petersburg’s greatest treasures on this 3-hour private walking tour of Peter and Paul Fortress. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, head inside the imposing fortress, the city’s oldest building, constructed by Peter the Great in 1703. Walk around the key sites as you hear about their history; explore the Trubetskoy Bastion prison cells and museum; and visit the extraordinary Peter and Paul Cathedral, whose gilded interior holds the tombs of Peter the Great and Nicholas II and his family, killed by the Bolsheviks in 1917.


  • 3-hour private Peter and Paul Fortress tour in St Petersburg
  • See the highlights of Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in the city
  • Learn about the building’s 18th-century history as you walk around
  • Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison museum and former torture chamber
  • Marvel at the opulent interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from a guide

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg

See inside the famous Peter and Paul Cathedral on your private tour

Start your private tour with a pickup from your St Petersburg hotel at a time chosen by you to suit your schedule. Then, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and head for the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest of St Petersburg’s landmarks.

As you travel, your guide will tell tales of the city and how it was founded with the construction of the fortress in 1703 at the behest of the Tsar, Peter the Great. Let your guide know if there are any sights at the fortress that you want to see more or less of: since your tour is private, your itinerary can be tailored around your interests.

On arrival at the fortress, stroll around its buildings with your guide while learning about their fascinating history. Hear how the fortress was built to defend against an incursion of Swedish forces that never happened, and how during the 19th century, the fortress was used as a prison.

Peer inside the eerie Trubetskoy Bastion, one of the former prison blocks as your guide explains how it was used as a torture chamber, and take a guided tour of the museum that charts the lives of the former inmates.

Visit the stunning Peter and Paul Cathedral, the imperious Russian Orthodox church housed within the fortress walls. Admire the soaring bell tower and gilded baroque interior, and see the tombs of several of the Tsars laid to rest here, including Peter the Great, and Tsar Nicholas II and his family, whose remains were buried here in 1998.

Having explored the fortress and its key sites, ride your minibus back to your hotel where your tour concludes.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip yesterday. The burial place of the Romanovs. Amazing. The prison was v interesting and there is a large gate that opens onto the Neva that makes for a great photo.
My guide was really knowledgable. She spoke perfect English and picked me up from my hotel.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is an outdoor walking tour and provides an insight into what was happening in St Petersburg in the early 1700's. This what I learned from our guide Olga, who was very knowledgeable and also very personable. She took the time to answer our questions and was careful to confirm we were happy the pace of the tour and to ensure it was focussed on what was important to us. I recommend Olga to be your guide for families.

Hilda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ellen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Definitely worth the price for a private tour of the fortress. We explored the fortress, cathedral and prison. Elena was wonderful, so highly educated and witty. Great insight into Russian history. Loved the insight that she shared as we toured the cathedral. I truly liked walking through the prison, seeing the multitudes of political prisoners who have called it home over the years. Great guide!!!!

Elizabeth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a really worthwhile tour. We had plenty of time to see everything with a very pleasant knowledgeable guide. If you are coming in on a cruise ship or ferry, you don't need a visa. I hope very much to take another tour with this company when I come back to St Petersburg.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Short tour. Not much to see, but the guide Irina was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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