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Explore two of St Petersburg’s artistic and architectural highlights on this 3-hour walking tour, with a knowledgeable guide. Ogle the eye-popping, multi-domed Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, and head inside with your guide to appreciate its opulent interior. Then, enjoy a guided tour of St Petersburg’s Russian Museum, the world’s largest repository of Russian art. Admire some of the wonderful 400,000 art treasures dating from the 10th century as your guide shares their stories and secrets.

 Enjoy a personalized atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to six people.


  • 3-hour St Petersburg walking tour of Russian art and architecture
  • Learn about the assassination of Tsar Alexander II and visit the extravagant cathedral that was built to commemorate him – the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
  • Tour the Russian Museum and explore its main building, Mikhailovsky Palace, with your guide
  • See vast collections of Russian art that date back to the 10th century
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people ensure a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Russian Art Walking Tour of St Petersburg: Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the Russian Museum

Russian Museum of Fine Art

Begin your experience when you meet your knowledgeable local guide at your St Petersburg hotel. Then, set off on your 3-hour small-group walking tour around two of the city’s artistic and architectural showpieces.

Walking at a leisurely pace, stride down the elegant streets of the city as your guide regales you with tales about its history, culture and unique artistic and architectural heritage.

Stop first outside the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – an incredibly ornate church topped with a flurry of multi-colored, onion-shaped domes — and learn how this extravagant edifice contrasts greatly with St Petersburg’s otherwise restrained architecture. 

Hear how the church took its design cue from St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, and after snapping photos of the façade, explore the astonishing interior with your guide.

Following a spell of neglect, the inside of the cathedral took longer to restore than it did to actually build. Inspect the intricate detailing to understand why the meticulous restoration took so long, and note the tiny mosaics on the walls and the richly gilded marble floors. 

As you walk around, hear about Tsar Alexander II who was assassinated on the site of the cathedral in 1881, and view the canopy that marks the exact place of his murder.

Next, continue to another of St Petersburg’s cultural showpieces — the incredible Russian Museum that’s home to a stunning collection of more than 400,000 pieces of art dating back to the 10th century. 

Go inside with your guide and enjoy a tour of the main building, the  Mikhailovsky Palace. Walk through the beautiful halls and admire a captivating cross-section of art of almost every type and era, including paintings and sculptures, and striking Russian avant-garde works.

Your tour concludes inside the Russian Museum, leaving you free to continue admiring the exhibits on your own if you wish.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Elena was excellent guide,'very clear explanations

Brooks T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nadia was incredibly knowledgeable about the city and her English was perfect. When it turned out that the Russian Museum didn't open until 1pm that day, which was when our tour was scheduled to end, she extended the tour and we saw some additional sights before looping back to the museum.

When we finally did make it to the Russian Museum, I was amazed at Nadia's knowledge of both the museum building's history and the artwork in each room -- far beyond what I'd expect for a general city tour.

Highly recommended... if you do one thing in St. Petersburg, do this tour.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Our tour guide Nadya is very knowledgeable and punctual. She also speaks excellent English and is fluent in all aspects of Russian history. Her degree from the University of St. Petersburg also has equipped her to be well versed in international affairs. We highly recommend Nadya for your St. Petersburg tour needs.

Katherine J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

The Church of the Spilled Blood is amazing. I was very glad I took this tour. I was on another tour which only included St. Basil's - which is also very nice to see but of the two I would rate the Spilled Blood as a must see.

David N

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Excellent guide who showed us many extras. Unfortunately the museum opens an hour later on thursdays, so although we ran 90 minutes over the expecred time, we still had a lot to see by ouselves which was not a big problem.The russian 19 and 20th century art is extremely interesting. Cathedral fascinating, maybe because it seems totally out of place.

Jenny Z

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

It was an Ok tour. The guide wasn't very enthusiastic.

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