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Discover beautiful St Petersburg by foot on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour of its architectural treasures. With a local guide, set out to explore the signature sights of this spectacular city, Russia’s capital during the 1700s and 1800s, as you uncover its history. See top St Petersburg attractions including the Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood; view the mighty Peter and Paul Fortress, and learn about the city’s present-day culture and life. Numbers are limited to 12 tour for a more intimate experience.


  • 3-hour cultural walking tour of St Petersburg
  • Discover the grandeur of the imperial city with an expert guide
  • View famous landmarks from the Spit of St Basil Island
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg’s oldest construction
  • Admire the beauty of the Church on Spilled Blood
  • Stroll along Nevsky Prospect to St Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personal attention from your guide

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What You Can Expect

St Petersburg Walking City Tour

St Petersburg Discovery

Meet your expert guide at Palace Square in central Petersburg for your 3-hour tour. Then, explore the elegant streets while learning about the city’s captivating history and culture.

Founded in 1703 with the building of the Peter and Paul Fortress by Peter the Great, St Petersburg is brim with elegant architecture that testifies to its time as Russia’s former capital. Each sight has a story, and your guide will shed light on its history and significance on route. 

Head first to the splendid Winter Palace, the former residence of Russia’s Tsars, before crossing the Neva River to the Spit of St Basil Island, where the Neva divides in two and opens up stunning city panoramas.

Soak up the views before you as your guide identifies the landmarks along the Palace Embankment, including the Admiralty and St Isaac’s Cathedral.

Stroll on to the Peter and Paul Fortress, and if you wish, head inside (own expense) to visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, home to the tombs of Peter the Great, and Tsar Nicholas II and his family, murdered in 1917.

Continue to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, built on the site of Tsar Alexander II’s assassination in 1881. Ogle the flamboyant onion-shaped domes, and walk to St Petersburg’s busiest avenue, Nevsky Prospect.

Stroll along the avenue, and learn about daily life in the city. Visit an eatery for a snack (own expense), perhaps sampling a traditional delicacy such as blinis (pancakes), borsch (beetroot soup) or beef stroganoff.

Lastly, enter St Isaac’s Square to view St Isaac’s Cathedral. After admiring the dome and porticos, your tour ends here, leaving you free to explore the interior independently if you wish.

Customer Reviews

Hwangji L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide is very professional and Knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous experience in the company of Olga , our guide. Other than being enthusiastic and engaged, she was very well versed in every detail of the body and soul of this beautiful city. The important thing about her approach was that she made sure all the sites were optimally covered , which was quite a bit in the little over three hours she spent with us. Go Olga !!

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Olga is a walking encyclopedia. She is very thorough and considerate as well. She will make sure your question is answered before moving on. Highly recommend this tour.

Suzanne R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic tour but high paced. You need to be able to walk solidly for 3 hours as this takes in the whole of St Petersburg main sites. The tour guide was extremely knowledgable, took photos of us all wherever we went and answered all our questions. We all loved this tour and although our legs ached at the end of it, it was really brilliant and worth doing, I would highly recommend it

Jonathan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our guide was amazing and very knowledgable of St Petersburg. It was so nice because it was just my fiancé and I and our tour guide so it was very personal and we got the first class treatment.

Annelise South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

You simply cannot visit St Petersburg without doing a walking tour. Our guide - Marianna - made the history of Russia come alive and helped us to understand and appreciate what we saw. She even booked lunch for us at a lovely Russian restaurant. It is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes - but it was worth every step.

Carolyn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The three of us were the only ones on the tour with our guide so it was wonderful. This tour involves quite a lot of walking but you get a great sense of the city and the guide was very informative. We did this on our first full day in St Petersburg and it really helped us find our way around the city . Highly recommended.

Wilfriede A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our guide ,Alexander was very knowledgeable on historical events and the layout of St. Petersburg. We learned about the city, the architecture, and its people. It was a great way to start our visit to St. Petersburg. Walter and Wilfriede Axsmith

Helen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This ended up being a minibus tour due to inclement weather! There was just three of us on the tour which made it very personal. Our guide was Valeria who was young, enthusiastic and very knowledgable about the city, the sites and the history of St. P. it was a great introduction to the city and covered all the main sites that I wanted to see. Most of these we only saw the outside (I went back the next day to do the insides) but we did do the inside of the Fortress and the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Tickets were pre-arranged so we didn't have to queue. The organisation was great, Valeria met me at the arranged time and place with a sign with my name on! The tour also included an official washroom stop! Where most of the tourist places charged for using the facilities and there was always a queue, Valeria had an arrangement with a souvenir shop who had free washrooms, and coffee an a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs (I bought guide books which were about the same price as in the Hermitage).

Angela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was our first full day in St Petersburg and we booked this tour in order to familiarise ourselves with the major landmarks, in this respect the tour more than met our expections. We were given the history of the city together with old photographs illustrating the siege of Leningrad which added depth to the information given to us by our guide Alexander. We visited a local cafe and took a trip on the metro. As there were only the four of us on the tour we were able to ask many more questions than is usual on this type of guided tour. We were very impressed by our guide and the depth of his knowledge.

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