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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Leia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This ended up being a one-on-one tour, and we changed the route because it started raining and I got a partial subway tour which was an added bonus. My tour guide, Anastasia, was very knowledgeable and take pleasure in pointing out the little things that most people wouldn't notice and it really gave a sense of the long history of this amazing city. And I bet if I wanted to take this tour again, she could take me on a whole different tour that would be just as interesting.

E A F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a fabulous way to see St Petersburg and get our bearings on our first day. Anastasia was a bright, cheerful and very friendly guide with an excellent knowledge of the city. She kept our interest and attention on a very chilly day approx-14degrees celsius! .
Would definitely recommend!

Stephen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

such a great way to end tour of St Petersburg. Great great great guide. So thankful for her. She did Hermitage tour as well

Marilyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our private walking tour with Igor was outstanding. Both friendly and extremely knowledgeable, he shared information with us as we walked. He also tailored the length of the walk to our abilities, yet still managed to cover everything. This is an excellent introduction to the city and its history. When we were finished, we really felt we had a good sense of the city and were comfortable exploring it further on our own. Thank you!

Hwangji L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide is very professional and Knowledgeable.

M G S

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.

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