Excursions in Saint Petersburg

Roof top tour in St Petersburg
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Price: 850 RUB Shared
Duration: 1 hour
Looking for an unusual and special places in St. Petersburg? I know one! Everyone who took this tour, said that this attraction would stay forever in their memories. You will see typical St. Petersburg courtyards, authentic ceremonial (porches) , exciting lofts, leading to huge roofs. You will enjoy the panorama of the city center and Fontanka river. It will be unforgettable! Attention please! * Come in comfortable shoes and warm clothes * No alcohol before and during the tour * In case of rain for your own safety tour can be transferred to another date or cancel ( 100% refund ) * This tour is a bit extreme. Keep in mind! See you!
From brown to green: ecology and biodiversity of St Pete
History & Architecture
A 2.5 hour-long walk across newly formed natural landscapes in the middle of the old industrial zone to the south of St Petersburg city centre. Epic landscapes where nature gently takes over industry, beautiful views from the railroad bridge, an explanation how urban biodiversity works and - yes! - orchids in bloom (at least in June).
Price: 400 RUB Shared
Duration: 2.5 hours
Saint Petersburg's "rust belt" is a wide circle of old industrial zones that surrounds its historical centre. These landscapes, although gloomy and downrun at the first glance, bear a lot of hidden treasures - including peculiar ecosystems with remarkable biodiversity that developed on the abandoned sites. City authorities and investors debate the future of these territories, and meanwhile former factories, railroad lines and warehouses get occupied by trees, thickets, frogs, insects and birds. A 2.5 hour-long walk will let us discover a variety of ecosystems in different parts of an old industrial zone that developed since mid-19th century and was almost abandoned in the 1990s, beautiful view of the city centre from the railroad bridge, orchids in bloom (in an undisclosed location) and a gigantic abandoned warehouse with some materpieces of street art and its own "japanese garden". Extended information about local plant species and their ecological strategies is included. Attention: light and sturdy shoes and some minimal endurance are highly recommended on this 8 km long walk. =)
Roof top tour: panorama of river Neva
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Экскурсия на безопасную крышу с бортиками и не скользким покрытием. Вам откроется прекрасный вид на большую акваторию Невы и все главные достопримечательности Петербурга с высоты семиэтажного дома.
Price: 1490 RUB Shared
Duration: 1 hour
If you want to feel all greatness and harmony of this city-you shold see it by the bird's eye view. One of the most picturesque and atmospheric places in St.Petersburg. You will visit safe flat roof. From that height you can enjoy panorama of city center,river Neva and see Peter and Paail fortress from unusial foreshortening. Our team can promise you that it will be unforgettable
Private tour of St. Petersburg
History & Architecture
Indiviual tour of St. Petersburg based on your wishes. Any time and any day you want!
Price: 4000 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
Discover the best of Saint Petersburg on a private tour with a local guide! We'll see all the essentials of St. Petersburg as well as the places off the beaten track and places of your preferences. We can organize a tour in just one hour! Any time and any day you wish! In 2 hours tour you can visit Kazan Cathedral — Moyka River— Palace Square — Palace Embankment — Senate Square — St Isaac's Square. In 4 hours tour you can visit all the sightseengs of 2h. tour plus one of this districts: — Bohemian and working district of Petrogradskaya Side. Here the gentle art nouveau neighbors somewhat brutal and energetic Soviet Constructivism of late 1920-early 1930s; — Vasilievsky island. The might-have-been center of mighty city wove numerous gems into its grid of "lines" and avenues; — Nevsky district. Do not its calmness deceive you — this part of town still remembers the revolutionary spirit of the early days of Soviet regime, preserving its nature in the authentic architecture and toponymy. In 6 hours tour you can visit Peterhof or Pushkin. To calculate the tour please tell us what you'd love to see on the tour and how large your group is.
Introduction to Uzbek food on Vasilievsky Island
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Я хочу рассказать всему миру о тех прекрасных блюдах, которыми славится узбекская кухня: плов, лагман, чучвара, самса и прочие! И не просто расскажу, но и накормлю в правильном месте. Это не экскурсия в классическом ее виде, а скорее путешествие в узбекский Петербург.
Price: 1000 RUB Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
Well. I love food therefore the countries where the food culture exists. One of these countries is Uzbekistan for sure. There is huge community of Uzbek immigrants in St. Petersburg. During the tour I will tell you stories about Central Asia and Uzbekistan. We will visit local market with traditional Uzbek bakery and Central Asian shops. Finnaly we'll go to a local Uzbek chaikhana. Don't expect a fancy restaurant. The place is mostly popular among immigrants. I want to show you ti try very authentic Uzbek food: plov, lagman, manti and many many other dishes. I'm originally from Kazakhstan. And I know how it should taste like. Food is quite cheap. You will be very full for 400 roubles! I live and work nearby, so I can conduct a tour any time. Just message me. p.s. all meals contain meat, no vegetarian options.
Night roof top tour: panorama of river Neva and opening bridges
Rooftours
Просмотр развода мостов с безопасной крыши.
Price: 1390 RUB Shared
Duration: 1 hour
If you want to feel all greatness and harmony of this city-you shold see it by the bird's eye view. One of the most picturesque and atmospheric places in St.Petersburg. You will visit safe flat roof. From that height you can enjoy panorama of city center,river Neva and see Peter and Paail fortress from unusial foreshortening. Also you will see opening of 4 bridges. Our team can promise you that it will be unforgettable
Petrogradskaya side: bohemian neighborhood or working district?
History & Architecture
An evening walking tour across the historical district with both artistic and working-class identity, with refined Art Nouveau buildings neighboring monumental Soviet Constructivism industrial complexes, creative spaces of various kinds, cultural attractions and bustling nightlife. This 2,5 hour-long walk is good on its proper terms, but can also be a perfect prelude for a night bar crawl that can start immediately after - don't hesitate to ask me about a couple of decent bars located in the area!
Price: 3500 RUB Private
Duration: 2.5 hours
Neighborhoods in the western part of Petrogradskaya side are unique with contrasting, but paradoxically harmonious combination of refined Art Nouveau architecture and monumental Soviet Constructivism. This area marked by the presence of many notable avant-garde artists of the early XX century also has an important industrial heritage. Nowadays, the artistic spirit of this area took a different but nonetheless vibrant form: calm at a first glance, these neighborhoods are of great interest for their creative spaces, high concentration of street art and a remarkable bar life. This 2,5 hour-long walk is good on its proper terms, but can also be a perfect prelude for a Friday night bar crawl that can start immediately after!
Nevsky district: the true cradle of Revolution
History & Architecture
A journey into the depths of Nevsky district - one of the most industrialized historical regions of St Petersburg whose working class neighborhoods still bear the spirit of the early Soviet years, with all their epics and controversies. The trip also includes an exploration of various urban phenomena and hidden treasures, such as a "wild" embankment, several masterpieces of Soviet architecture, a gated community in the middle of working district, and a peculiar natural landscape in the middle of an industrial zone.
Price: 400 RUB Private
Duration: 2.5 hours
A journey into the depths of Nevsky district - one of the most industrialized historical regions of St Petersburg whose working class neighborhoods still bear the spirit of the early Soviet years, with all their epics and controversies. Since the end of XIX century, Nevsky district has become the settlement of immigrant workers, and its toponymy refers to notable Bolsheviks and events of the working class movement of the early XX century. We'll see the diversity of Soviet residental architecture (from commune houses of the 1920s to mass housing of Khrushev era), lots of hidden treasures and strange places only accessible to knowledgeable locals and explore some peculiar urban phenomena. We'll finish our journey near Ivanovsky quarry, an unusual natural landscape in the very middle of industrial area.
Skip the line ticket to Hermitage Museum
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Входной билет в Эрмитаж. Приобретение электронного билета позволит вам избежать долгих очередей в кассы Государственного Эрмитажа.
Price: 830 RUB Shared
Duration: 8 hours
With this ticket you will be available to skip the line for Hermitage. Entry ticket works all the day long/ You can use it once for entrance to the museum. After booking we will send you voucher. Be sure you have your id (like passport) on the day of visiting museum. It is important as this voucher will be changed for entrance ticket with id only. You don't need to print this ticket. Just be ready to show it on the screen of your phone.
Peterhof
Suburbs
As you travel to Peterhof, you will be given detailed information about the history of the Peterhof Road and the town of Peterhof. Upon arrival, you will embark on a comprehensive tour of the Peterhof Grand Palace and park.
Price: 3640 RUB Shared
Duration: 6 hours
Peterhof is located on the Southern cost of the Gulf of Finland, 29 kilometers away from St. Petersburg. Here a small house for Peter the Great was built in 1705, where the Tsar could take a rest on his way from Kronstadt to St. Petersburg. In 1714 the Emperor made a decision to turn Peterhof into his main out-of-town residence. Here in the 18th and the 19th centuries a grandiose complex of eleven parks, dozens of buildings, and pavilions with more than 200 fountains and numerous sculptures was formed in the area of over 1000 hectares. The Grand Palace built to the Elizabeth in baroque style is a composition centre of the Ensemble. The Grand Fountain Cascade, which is unique both technically and artistically, form a decorative pedestal for the Palace. The Grand Cascade embellished with numerous fountains, gilded statutes, bas-relief, and vases is crowned with the sculpture group known as “Samson Tears Open the Lion’s Jaws”, which is dedicated to the victory of Russia in the Northern War. The Grand Palace from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Days off – Monday and last Tuesday of each month. As you travel to Peterhof, you will be given detailed information about the history of the Peterhof Road and the town of Peterhof. Upon arrival, you will embark on a comprehensive tour of the Peterhof Grand Palace and park.
Individual group tours in Saint-Petersburg
Price: 10900 RUB Private
Duration: 3 hours
You can send a request to manage individually for your group any tour represented on our website. Please note that the price will vary according to the program of your tour, entrance fees and transportation services.
City Bus Tour
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Price: 1150 RUB Shared
Duration: 2 hours
This bus excursion gives a remarkable opportunity to see the main attractions of our city: the famous monuments, architectural ensembles, bridges, embankments and parks with a guide. The route of the city tour: - Nevsky Prospect; Gostinny Dvor (Guest Yard), - Sadovaya st. (Garden st.); Gorohovaya st.; Malaya Morskaya st. (Small Sea st.) - St. Isaac\'s cathedral (a 5 minutes stop) - The monument to Nicolas I; the Horse Guards riding-hall; the Bronze Horseman; the State Admiralty; the Winter Palace; Konjushennaja (the Stable) sq. - The cathedral of the Holy Savior on the Spilt Blood (a 5 minutes stop) - Mars\' field; Michael\'s castle; the Summer Garden; The monument to A.V. Souvorov; the Troitsky (the Trinity) bridge; the log cabin of Peter I - Тhe cruiser Aurora (a 5 minutes stop) - the house of Matilda Kshesinskaya; Troitskaya (Trinity) sq. - Gostinny Dvor (Guest Yard) In case of necessity (traffic jams, open-air events etc) the route can be changed.
Red Bermuda Triangle: stories and mysteries of an old industrial district
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An off the beaten track historical/sociological walk around a scenic industrial district of Saint Petersburg
Price: 3500 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
An "off the beaten track" tour around and through the famous Red Triangle, one of the most spectacular historic industrial complexes of old Saint Petersburg, and surrounding working class areas of the end of 19th - first half of 20th century. Our trip will include a scenic (and somewhat gloomy) industrial district with an abandoned railroad, housing complexes of various styles, and several masterpieces of early Soviet architecture. Our space and time travelling will be accompanied by observations and anecdotes about those who witnessed the rise of Communist regime in Russia - and of their nowadays descendants.
Individual day-tour in St. Petersburg
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Price: 1500 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
Discover the best of Saint Petersburg on a private tour with a local guide! We'll see all the essentials of St. Petersburg as well as the places off the beaten track and places of your preferences. Tour duration is flexible and is from 2 to 12 hours. The rate is 1200 rub/hour for a group of 1-2 people, 1500 rub/hour for a group of 3 -10 people, entrance tickets are extra paid. The price is shared for a group of 1-10 people. Ideas for private tour: - Discover all the highlights in the city center (usually it takes from 3 to 4.5 hours) - Tour around museums like Hermitage or Vodka museum (of 1-2 hour each) - Have a boat tour in day time or in the night time (1 hour) - Ride one of the most beautiful metros (2 hours to see the most impressive stations) - Walk around public gardens and parks - Attend places off the track, e.g. communicating court yards, art nouveau architecture, local places of interest, etc. - Learn a part of a communistic history of Leningrad and places on this topic - Dine at one of the best cafes in the city according your food preferences To calculate the tour duration please tell what you'd love to see on the tour and how large your group is.
Red Bermuda triangle: a secret life of an old working district
History & Architecture
An "off the beaten track" tour around and through the famous Red Triangle, one of the most spectacular historic industrial complexes of old Saint Petersburg, and an overview of some masterpieces of early Soviet architecture, accompanied by observations and anecdotes about those who witnessed the rise of Communist regime in Russia and their nowadays descendants.
Price: 700 RUB Shared
Duration: 2 hours
An "off the beaten track" tour around and through the famous Red Triangle, one of the most spectacular historic industrial complexes of old Saint Petersburg, and surrounding working class areas of the end of 19th — first half of 20th century. Our trip will include a scenic (and somewhat gloomy) industrial district with an abandoned railroad, housing complexes of various styles, and several masterpieces of early Soviet architecture. Our space and time travelling will be accompanied by observations and anecdotes about those who witnessed the rise of Communist regime in Russia — and of their nowadays descendants. NB: Sturdy shoes highly recommended for going through the industrial area in Red Triangle.
Severe beauty of a Bolshevik home turf: an urban walk in Nevsky district
History & Architecture
A journey into the depths of Nevsky district — a home base of many famous revolutionaries St Petersburg whose working class neighborhoods still bear the spirit of the early Soviet years. The walk includes a diverse Soviet residential architecture, some hidden treasures and urban pecularites only accessible to knowledgeable locals.
Price: 700 RUB Shared
Duration: 3 hours
A journey into the depths of Nevsky district — one of the most industrialized historical regions of St Petersburg whose working class neighborhoods still bear the spirit of the early Soviet years, with all their epics and controversies. Since the end of XIX century, Nevsky district has become the settlement of immigrant workers, and its toponymy refers to notable Bolsheviks and events of the working class movement of the early XX century. We'll see the diversity of Soviet residental architecture (from commune houses of the 1920s to mass housing of Khrushev and Brejnev era), some relics of the late Russian Empire, lots of hidden treasures and strange places only accessible to knowledgeable locals, and explore some peculiar urban phenomena that connect the city's past to its present. Our journey ends near Ivanovsky quarry, an unusual semi-natural landscape in the very middle of industrial area.
Hermitage: Essentials and Skip the line
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Tour around the most beautiful rooms of the Hermitage and the most recognizable masterpieces.
Price: 6200 RUB Private
Duration: 2.5 hours
Be inspired with one of the most largest museums in the world! The best from 3 million exhibits and hundreds richly decorated halls are on the 2.5 hour tour around former winter residence! What we'll see: - Richly decorated interiors in the Winter Palace - Gala staircase, domestic picture gallery and domestic church - Pavilion hall and the Peacock clock - Masterpieses of Italian, Spanish and Flemish art school (Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn) and many others - Extensive collection of Western European applied art and artifacts of Ancient Roman and Egyptian culture. You choose the time to start. Hermitage opens daily from 10-30 to 18-00 except Monday. On Wednesday and Friday till 21-00 for the fans of art.
tour on a motorcycle
Off the beaten track
Tour or just motorbiking
Price: 1100 RUB Private
Duration: 0.5 hours
You bored? you've always wanted to try something new? Do you want more adrenaline? Then you are to me! To your attention is riding on a motorcycle! Driving style is discussed individually! From intense (Security) to the romantic prohvatit for day, evening or night St. Petersburg. I guarantee that you'll stay under the influence and with a lot of positive emotions! motorcycles may vary, possible mass skating. Please note that on one motorcycle can ride only one person weighing up to 90 kg. If you want to ride together, we will provide you a second motorcycle with driver .
Blanket visa (tour ticket) for cruise (only!) passengers
Highlights
Price: 3500 RUB Shared
Duration: 72 hours
What is blanket visa? Blanket visa allows you to spend 3 days in St Petersburg without applying for a regular visa. You will be able to pass the customs without any documents except your valid passport, a migration card that you will be given on board and a Sputnik tour ticket. This works for cruise passengers who travel with a group of at least two people. All the passengers should stay on the ship over night and have a tour program for the day. Please, make sure to order your blanket visa at least one week in advance. How to book? Choose one of our one-day tours. According to visa policy rules you have to be guided by a tour guide and have a prepared tour program. So, let’s choose the guide, arrange a tour program and book it online. As soon as you are done with 1st step you can start a process of applying for Blanket visa: Please, book online as many blanket visas as you need using a form in a right sidebar at this page Check your email. After paying you will get a confirmation letter with a link to a questionnaire. Click on the link and fill in all the fields carefully as we will use this information for issuing you a visa. Submit a questionnaire for every person who wants to enter the country. On the next day you will get your tour tickets via email. These are your main documents for the Russian customs. Please, print them! In a couple of days your entry permission will be confirmed by Russian authorities. When it is done you’ll get an email with the rules of disembarkation. After that, please, send a message to your guide to remind about your arrival and make all the points about time and place of meeting clear. Then you just arrive, meet your guide and spend your wonderful days in St Petersburg. What if? I want to wander by myself? Unfortunately, it is not allowed to wander by your own without a guide accompanying you. So, you need to book a full day trip for all the time you are on the shore. If you don’t feel like attending a guiding tour, we’d like to offer you a non-guiding companion on the shore. You can book it here http://www.sputnik8.com/en/activities/719. I travel alone? To get off the ship you should be a part of a tour group. The smallest tour group consists of 2 people. So, the easiest way to arrange it is to find somebody who is willing to spend time on the shore with you and participate in your tour. I want to attend some other tours, for example, a rooftop tour? Feel free to choose whatever tour you want on our website. Remember, it’s up to you to organize your schedule and communicate it to your day-guide. If you’d like to attend an additional tour, follow this procedure: book a full-day tour and get in touch with the guide, tell them that you’d also like to attend an additional tour (with another guide) by Sputnik. Then choose an additional tour, arrange its time with the its guide and book it on the website. Don’t forget to let you day-guide know about it. On the magic day on the shore start your day with your day-guide, he/she will let you out for some time for your additional tour and pick you up after it. That’s it! I don’t understand how to arrange the time and the program of the trip? As Sputnik is a service for independent travelers you have to arrange your tour schedule yourself. You are free to choose any tours you like but be sure you follow the rules of staying on the shore. More information on Blanket Visa Visa-free travel to St Petersburg by ferry or cruise Blanket visa in St. Petersburg Rules on disembarkation
Lenin, Rasputin, janitor and other neighbours
History & Architecture
Price: 1750 RUB Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
We would like to invite you to visit the St-Petersburg 100 years ago. We show you famous so name "Petersburg's well-yards". In thats gloomy buildings pure petersburg peoples alived practically without light and fresh air. We show you many interest details of everydays live of the inhabitants 100 years ago: pure and rich, Linin and yard cleaners. Luxurious stairs to "barsky" (aristocratic) flats are presented too. We show places of interests such as Russian baths of Rasputin, house with museum room of young Lenin, automatic eco-house (has builded 110 years ago by riсhest knyaz Yusupov for not rich habitants), Round Sun yard, mysthic centre of hippys and rockers Rotunda and others.
Vasilievsky island: from the Spit to the Harbour
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An urban walk across the official facades and gritty greats of Vasilievsky island, a historical district where people of all walks of life - from University professors to dockers - live and share space with gryphons, sphinxes and other creatures. We'll see
Price: 3000 RUB Shared
Duration: 2.5 hours
This urban walk will take us through three centuries of Vasilievsky island. This historical district, remarkable for its regular grid of streets and avenues, was conceived as the finest example of Imperial urban planning by Peter the Great and one of the first parts of the city to be actively built over. All three centuries of development of Saint Petersburg have left their marks on this island shared between different notable groups of people – from celebrated statesmen of the XVIII and XIX century to heroes of counterculture of the late Soviet union, from university students and professors in university cluster at the Spit of the island to migrant labourers in the industrial areas. We will see the evolution of this part of town through centuries (from historical complexes in the Spit to late Soviet buildings in the western part of island, with some deviations from the East-West axis to see old industrial buildings) and also explore the enfilades of courtyards that form an alternative grid of walkways through the downside hidden behind the facades. We'll also touch a bit of mystical part of Vasilievsky island and see some of local fantastic beasts, like dragons, sphinxes and gryphons.
Hermitage private tour
Literature & Art
Private tour of the main museum complex of Hermitage. With our professional guide you will see the art of the ancient world, Western Europe, Russia.
Price: 13900 RUB Private
Duration: 1.25 hours
Private tour of the main museum complex of Hermitage. With our professional guide you will see the art of the ancient world, Western Europe, Russia. The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums in the world. It is hard to explore the museum alone. The guide knows which halls are the most interesting, where you can find the most famous masterpieces. The tour last one hour and a half, after you can continue to exam the museum with your own. Dont forget to buy the entrance ticket http://www.sputnik8.com/en/st-petersburg/activities/3051-skip-the-line-ticket-to-hermitage-museum
Petersburg fables
History & Architecture
On this tour we’ll explore some of the legends and tales of St. Petersburg and surprisingly, many of them are actually true! You will find out where the boggiest swamp of St. Petersburg was, in what church of the city the last Polish king was laid to rest, and how unlicensed goods in the 19th Century were banned.
Price: 800 RUB Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
On this tour we’ll explore some of the legends and tales of St. Petersburg and surprisingly, many of them are actually true! You will find out where the boggiest swamp of St. Petersburg was, in what church of the city the last Polish king was laid to rest, and how unlicensed goods in the 19th Century were banned.
Notable courtyards of St.Petersburg (walking tour)
This walk through the courtyards of St. Petersburg will be of interest to both adults and children. We will visit the famous St. Petersburg ‘well-yards’, with graffiti all over their walls, and the ‘pompous’ yards of the Tolstoy House. We will also learn where the famous fairytale character Carlson lives, as well as get acquainted with the inhabitants of the courtyard of Wizard of Oz.
Price: 800 RUB Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
This walk through the courtyards of St. Petersburg will be of interest to both adults and children. We will visit the famous St. Petersburg ‘well-yards’, with graffiti all over their walls, and the ‘pompous’ yards of the Tolstoy House. We will also learn where the famous fairytale character Carlson lives, as well as get acquainted with the inhabitants of the courtyard of Wizard of Oz.
Индивидуальный тур по Петербургу
History & Architecture
Индивидуальный тур по Петербургу на основе ваших пожеланий.
Price: 600 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
Индивидуальный тур по Петербургу на основе ваших пожеланий. Продолжительность тура ( от 2 до 12 часов в день) на ваше усмотрение. Стоимость 1200 ру/час для групп из 1-2 человек, 1500 руб/час для группы от 3 до 10 человек. Мы можем посетить с экскурсией: — Соборы Петербурга — Станции петербургской подземки — Эрмитаж — Пригороды: Пушкин — Екатерининский дворец, Петергоф — экскурсия по паркам и фонтанам без посещения дворца. Для того, чтобы посчитать точную продолжительность частного тура и проходок, скажите, пожалуйста, что бы вы хотели посмотреть и сколько человек примет участие в прогулке.
Creative spaces in Saint Petersburg
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Price: 1200 RUB Private
Duration: 2.5 hours
I'm Olya Polyakova. I work with creative spaces since 2012. I run a flower workshop in one place in 2012, then organized charity and social events there in 2013, then I worked as a PR. It was called 'Chetvert' and it was closed with a huge media buzz by the owner so we became a legend. Then we made an art-space with modern art galleries and pop-up cafe in old garage for summer 2014. Now I work with numerous projects in creative industries (hipster's industries) and know everything about it in Saint-Petersburg. We gonna see the oldest art-center squatted by underground artists and musicians in early 90's, 8 year old space in the former bread factory, designers spot and modern creative spaces. I'll tell the last history of creative spaces, recommend best designer shops and cozy cafe and bars. We'll visit some exhibitions and sometimes events, try local streetfood. I will give you extra contacts and recommendations based on your interest. So I'll be your local guide in Russian creative industries. The tour depends on current events and always updated with new spots. [I'm traveling till around middle of January so can't make a tour with you and don't know anyone who can. Just visit the following spots by yourself to make an impression about modern art and culture. 'Taiga' http://space-taiga.org/ (go any day since 1 to 9 p.m.) Time-cafe http://www.itsamiracle.ru/ Techno bars&clubs in former horsestables http://mosaique-space.com/, https://www.facebook.com/stackenschneider and non-techno Tancplowadka (weekend after midnight) Eat and have beer in the artsy yard: Kovenskii, 14, second yard (from midday till 9 p.m.) Design shops and bars Fontanka, 20, inside the yard (anyday, second half of the day, try something in 'Treska' bar, chill in Ziferblat) http://www.p-10.ru/en/, early postsoviet squat, any day http://www.loftprojectetagi.ru/en/, old and hot spot, too crowdy and pop now http://streetartmuseum.ru/, schedule on the website, strongly recommended]
Historical restaurants and bars
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Price: 1000 RUB Shared
Duration: 2 hours
As the city of great history Saint Petersburg is famous for it's great citizens. In every century all of them needed place to feed themselves, to meet their friends and just to have some rest and fun. During the tour we'll visit historical restaurants where such famous people as Pushkin have been. Also we'll see the oldest crumpets cafe (pishechnaya) and vodka bar (rumochnaya). And that is not all. We'll visit some places where used to be famous restaurants that now became a history. You'll have ability to taste most delicious crumpets in the world which are made by soviet technology, to drink rare coniac with champaign drink, see the cafe that was the last in Pushkin's life, to hear the mysterious legend about Tchaikovsky death, to see the place where poets and writers of Silver centure spent their time and to hear a lot of exciting stories. Extra payments: Crumpets - average bill 50-70 rub. (2 dollars) Cakes in confectionery Sever - average bill 200 - 300 rub. (10 dollars) Coniac with champaign - 150 rub. (5 dollars) ___________________________________________ Read about Vlada's tour in our blog Historical bars and restaurants with Vlada
Private tour in St. Petersburg
Highlights
Price: 1200 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
The first rendez-vous with Saint-Petersburg left you craving more, and you want to look behind the mask of gorgeous palaces, magnificent temples and pompous embankments of the downtown? The look of ever-buzzing Nevsky reminds you of Nikolai Gogol's warning: "Oh, do not trust that Nevsky Avenue! (…) For all is a deceit, all is a dream, all is not what it seems"? Or have you decided to leave all the treasures of Hermitage, Russian museum and Savior-on-Blood for later and just to get lost in the city's streets? If so, then let's get lost together and discover the offbeat Venice of the North beyond the its famous landmarks. In a calm rythm of walk, we'll read the city's biography, look for hidden treasures and find connections between its past and present - block after block, district after district. Start with whichever you feel to like most - and let's see where it brings us in the end! - Bohemian and working district of Petrogradskaya Side. Here the gentle art nouveau neighbors somewhat brutal and energetic Soviet Constructivism of late 1920-early 1930s; - Vasilievsky island. The might-have-been center of mighty city wove numerous gems into its grid of "lines" and avenues; - Kolomna. The eternal periphery of imperial St Petersburg that has become its cultural center thanks to nearby Mariinsky Theatre, nowadays reborn after the recent opening of New Holland cultural space; - The severe beauty of old industrial areas around Obvodny canal. An important part of the wealth that the central city fancy houses have been showing off has been created here, on the embankments of this muddy water stream. - Nevsky district. Do not its calmness deceive you - this part of town still remembers the revolutionary spirit of the early days of Soviet regime, preserving its nature in the authentic architecture and toponymy. - Kirovsky district. A Soviet urban planning utopia in the flesh - or rather in the brick and concrete. Duration of the tour (from 2 to 12 hours a day) at your discretion. Price 1200 roubles per hour. Please let me know what would you like to see and visit and how many people will be in your goup.
Forts and docks of Kronstadt
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A day-long exploration of forts and docks of Kronstadt, an authentic suburb with a rich history, and once the largest naval fortress of the Baltic sea. Abandoned docks, picturesque old fortifications located in the middle of a coastal reserve and an on-demand seaside picnic as a reward of a day's worth of walking and climbing across the living history of Russian military genius.
Price: 7000 RUB Private
Duration: 7 hours
A day-long exploration of Kronstadt, a historical suburb of Saint-Petersburg and the largest naval fortress of the Baltic sea. A town of officers, scientists, clergy and merchants, Kronstadt will capture your heart without you noticing it with its impressive docks and canals, authentic green streetscape, romantic ruins and a wonderful view on Neo-Byzantine Naval Cathedral built about a century ago. We will climb into a huge dry dock and explore a network of hydraulic installations in the historical center of Kronstadt (with a glimpse upon other scenic parts of town, of course) and then travel to other two abandoned forts located in a forest reserve in the western part of the island. An on-demand seaside picnic at Fort Reef and a charming overlook of Neva Bay from the dam that connects Kronstadt to the mainland will be a bonus.
Bus tour to Pushkin (Catherine Palace)
Suburbs
Price: 3640 RUB Shared
Duration: 5 hours
Pushkin – “The Tsarskoye Selo” State Museum Reserve is a brilliant monument of world architecture and park and garden artistry of the 18th-20th centuries. A magnificent group of architects, sculptors and painters brought the desires of their royal clients to fruition here. In “Tsarskoye Selo” the full range of artistic styles is represented, from the Baroque and Classical eras. Imperial rulers from Catherine I to Nicholas II have left their mark on Tsarskoye Selo. The compositional center of the ensemble is the Catherine Palace, a magnificent baroque-style palace. The Great Hall of the palace and the Golden Enfilade of formal halls, among which can be found the Amber Room, amaze with the luxury of their decoration. More than 100 architectural objects with a total area of 300 hectares occupy the territory of the Catherine and Alexander Parks: from the most magnificent palaces and monuments, to pavilions and bridges. Strolling through the alleys of these parks, you will be treated to views of whimsical lodges, elegant classical buildings, many monuments executed in marble, exotic constructions designed to imitate gothic style, and also Turkish and Chinese architecture which lend the park a romantic air. Excursion along the Tsarskoselskaya Road. You will be given detailed information about this road. Also you will visit the Catherine Palace with Amber Room and park.
Classic Petersburg (walking tour)
Highlights
This tour is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the most famous sights of St. Petersburg! You will find out whether or not the city was really founded on bones, as the myth says, the story behind the marble of the Alexander Column, and so much more!
Price: 800 RUB Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
This tour is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the most famous sights of St. Petersburg! You will find out whether or not the city was really founded on bones, as the myth says, the story behind the marble of the Alexander Column, and so much more!
Metro Palaces
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Price: 3750 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
The opulent metro system, decorated with the marble sculptures and frescos is a wonder, erected at a time when Leningrad was still healing its wounds inflicted by the Nazi siege. The tour is an exploration of the “palaces for the people” and the Soviet epoch. The earliest stations of the Leningrad metro show an extraordinary sense of taste in interior design. Besides purely aesthetic beauty, the underground “palaces for the people” reveal different aspects of life in the Soviet Union, such as the veneration of Russian literature or the religion of the socially significant deed. Discover the values of post-war Russia deep below the ground on the metro tour. This tour, dedicated to the post-war history of Leningrad and its citizens, takes you through the most opulent stations of the red line: from Avtovo to Ploshad Vosstaniya. The metro tickets are included in the price. You will see the decoration of both underground halls and surface vestibules of the oldest eight stations across the red line. _________________________________________ Read about Vladimir's tour in sptnik blog Experience Metro Palaces tour with Vladimir
City tour on cabriolet
Highlights
Cabriolet tour of 3 hours with an excursion and several stops in the city center
Price: 3800 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
Discover St Petersburg with luxury and joy! Cabriolet tour around main attractions is the best way to see the city and make the right first impression of it! The tour of 3 hours includes driving around highlights and stories on them and several stops at the most popular places in the city: - Palace square - Winter Palace - Church of the Savior on blood - Peter and Paul fortress - St. Isaac Cathedral - Kazan Cathedral - Bronze horseman - The spit of Vasiliev Island Additional stops and highlights can be included to the tour by the request. Guide has a speaker so not a single word will be lost while driving. The tour is of 3 hours, the price is 11400 rub per group of 1-3 people. Every next hour is 3800 rub. The car is Chrysler Sebring.
Subway Tour
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Price: 1000 RUB Shared
Duration: 2 hours
See one of the most beautiful subways in the world! In fact, Saint Petersburg subway doesn't need any advertising. It's not only one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world, but also the system thoughtfully constructed and well organized. If you wonder • Why the stations are so beautifully decorated; • Why the metro system is so deep (no, not for bomb-shelter usage); • Why there's a feeling that something is missing in decoration of some stations; • How the metro decorators left memories about the metro builders; • Where you can find the only of left bass relief of Stalin; • Where is the most suitable escalator for reading the whole chapter of book; • What construction which was first invented for Saint-Petersburg subway is now used all around the world; • What's like to stay inside the third deepest station in the world than the Subway tour is right for you! This tour won't let you loose a day of your trip because of heat /rain/cold as it's always warm and dry inside subway! This tour includes: 8 stations to visit and take photo; 3 lines, where you can see retro and modern trains; 2 transfers to experience the difference between the train lines. Stations to see: 1. Mayakov st. / Mayakovskaya - green line 2. The Uprising square / Ploshad' Vosstaniya - red line 3. Avtovo / Avtovo - red line 4. Kirov Plant / Kirovkiy zavod - red line 5. Narva st. / Narvskaya - red line 6. Pushkin st. / Pushkinskaya - red line 7. Zvenigorod st. / Zvenigorodskaya - violet line 8. Admiralty / Admiralteyskaya - violet line Extra payment for the subway ticket is essential and is 28 rub (~1$ ) per ticket. Tour starts: Nevsky prospect st. (blue line) Tour ends: Admiralty st. / Admiralteyskaya (violet line) See you!
Private tour of St. Petersburg
Highlights
Price: 600 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
Customized tour in English with a professional guide. Duration of the tour (from 2 to 12 hours a day) at your discretion. Price 1200 roubles per hour. Please let me know what would you like to see and visit and how many people will be in your goup. If you want to know the real Petersburg, it is not enough to go to the Hermitage. You need to see another sides of the city. I will show you the places that reflect the spirit of our northern city, so choose the one you are more interested to visit, for example: - The Secret Garden of Saint-Germain - Rotunda - the oldest of the Grand Stables pyshechnaya - street Art Museum - cafe on the roof - mysterious abandoned hotel on the Petrograd side Not far from our city there are places that also preserve a part of the history of St. Petersburg: - A piece of Greece - dilapidated Trinity Church - Shepelevskii and Osinovezckiy lighthouses - Abandoned military camp and the emerald lake
Street Photography in St.Petersburg
Off the beaten track
Price: 2500 RUB Private
Duration: 5 hours
Photos can not be predicted. It is difficult to know when a photo will be great, and when it will just be an ordinary picture. Catching street photography is not worth planning a route or placing an emphasis on certain places. Photographing, you go where you have not been, this is where you will find something. So we are going to do, we're going to go to an unknown destination, without defining the route in search of surprise. Tours or photo-walk can be divided on two rails: 1 - consists of several control points with a good scene for the photos. To this point, we're going to go different routes, so that each participant will receive an individual photo was not like the others. 2 - based on specific topics of interest to participate in a photo walk. These topics, we also can find, because Peter is rich in history. you should have a camera
CREATIVE SHOPPING!
Off the beaten track
Price: 1250 RUB Shared
Duration: 5 hours
I want to show you some unique shops with original hand-made souvenirs and presents. It is a perfect way to buy special gifts for your friends and family, not just usual matreshkas. During the tour we will visit a lot of shops, art stores, charity second hands, funny work shops,creative lofts and other creative places. In these shops and stores you can find lovely toys, hand-made dolls, jewellery, funny and comic crafts made from the Soviet Union vintage. It is hard to explain - better to see! I'll give you some good advices during shopping and help you to buy presents to all your friends and relatives! And at the end we can finish our excursion in creative decorated cafes! You are welcome! _____________________________________________ Read about Rimma and her tour in sptnik blog Rimma. Master of creative shopping in Saint Petersburg
Private guide in St. Petersburg
Highlights
Price: 1500 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
St Petersburg was founded as “a window on the West”, but throughout three centuries of its turbulent history it became truly Russian city, that has shared joys and sorrows, wins and loses with the rest of Russia. For a traveler, St Petersburg is “a window on Russia”, a city to feel and understand this strange, but alluring country. My tour will help you to look at Russian history of different epochs and not to get lost. However, this does not mean that you will be buried under historical facts. The spirit of the city could be felt in mundane things – from the tradition of older generation to eat up all crumbs (memory of the Nazi’s Siege) to the schedule of opening bridges known to everyone living in the islands (and that is a good few of Petersburgers). Whether you want to stroll through the city in the company of knowledgeable companion, or you’d rather plunge into the city’s history and culture, my tour is the best choice. I can offer you: - the highlights tour including Nevsky prospect, the Kazan and St Isaac Cathedral, and main squares – the Palace Square and the Decembrists’ Square – 2 or 3 hours; - Russian Museum, the Hermitage, St Peter and Paul Fortress – from 2 hours; - my special tours of the Soviet epoch (St Petersburg underground palaces tour, futuristic buildings tour, and October 1917 tour) – 2 hours; - literary St Petersburg (including Crime and Punishment tour) – from 2 hours; - advice on choosing the best eatery, tickets to the theatre, and tickets to canal boat trip. The tour program is always discussed in advance and scheduled. 1 hour costs 1.500 roubles (regardless of the size of the group), orders from 6 hours and more are substantially discounted. Tickets to the museums are not included in the price.
Meet St. Petersburg: the main attractions
Highlights
Price: 1500 RUB Shared
Duration: 2 hours
See the main attractions of St. Petersburg within 2 hours! We'll cover: - The Palace square; - Winter Palace; - Church of the Savior on blood; - Peter and Paul fortress; - St. Isaac Cathedral; - Kazan cathedral; - Alexander's column; - Headquarters; - Palace Bridge; - Admiralty; - The spire of Vasiliev Island; - Alexander's garden; - Nevsky avenue (Nevsky prospect).
St. Petersburg off the beaten track
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Price: 1500 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
Feel St Petersburg as if you were born in it! If you wonder: - What are the nicknames of St Petersburg; - Where 5 streets join together in a single place; - Where in the city center you can shoot the thriller paying nothing for making decorations; - What is the best pub crawl place in the city; - Where you can see 5 different buildings of absolutely the same design; What the street with the most accurate proportions looks like; - Why russian people smile rare You are for the right tour! We'll cover: - local food and close market - Connected courtyards, we’ll walk trough 5 of them; - Five corners – famous crossroads in the city center; - Pub streets; - Well yards; - The true soviet union department store and other local palces
Futuristic Buildings
Price: 3750 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
The Soviet building works of the 1920s was something that amazed foreigners: it was hard to believe that after enduring the civil war the Russians would begin building a “brave, new world” using architectural forms never witnessed before in a style known as “constructivism”. There is a single square on Manhattan-like grid of avenues and streets of Vasilievsky Island that tells the story of the rise and fall of the most creative artistic style of the 20th century, whose philosophy anticipated almost all future architectural movements from brutalism to hi-tech. You will explore the "Red Nail-Maker" plant, Kirov Workers' Club, a catering factory and a lot more utopian buildings. That is why if it’s inspiration you need, you cannot afford miss the futuristic buildings tour. It is a pleasant 20-minute walk from the meeting point at Vasileostrovskaya metro station to the first building on route, or the group can take a public bus (25 roubles per person).
Excursion to bars
Off the beaten track
Price: 1200 RUB Private
Duration: 5 hours
My excursion is an excursion on bars of Saint-Perersburg. During the excursion we pass 8-12 bars. These are various places where the youth of Petersburg like to have fun. Entrance in bars is free and also you get 5 free drinks
Futuristic Buildings
History & Architecture
Price: 3750 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
The Soviet building works of the 1920s was something that amazed foreigners: it was hard to believe that after enduring the civil war the Russians would begin building a “brave, new world” using architectural forms never witnessed before in a style known as “constructivism”. There is a single square on Manhattan-like grid of avenues and streets of Vasilievsky Island that tells the story of the rise and fall of the most creative artistic style of the 20th century, whose philosophy anticipated almost all future architectural movements from brutalism to hi-tech. You will explore the "Red Nail-Maker" plant, Kirov Workers' Club, a catering factory and a lot more utopian buildings. That is why if it’s inspiration you need, you cannot afford miss the futuristic buildings tour. It is a pleasant 20-minute walk from the meeting point at Vasileostrovskaya metro station to the first building on route, or the group can take a public bus (25 roubles per person).
Dostoevsky and Revolution of 1917
Literature & Art
Price: 3750 RUB Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
In his novels, Dostoevsky portrays a city of slums, dives and brothels. The city embodies the social injustice which his characters rebel against. My tour offers you an insight into how the works the great Russian novelist influenced the revolutionary movement. As a young man Dostoevsky was sent to Siberia for participating in the revolutionary circles. Later on, however, he became a prominent opponent of the revolutionaries. To recreate the atmosphere of the capital of the Tsar, where small groups of intelligentsia paved the way for revolution, we will follow the steps of the protagonists of Dostoevsky’s novel. For all literature buffs, it is a must - it’s the classic Crime and Punishment tour. Walking in the footsteps of the protagonist of the novel, the student Raskolnikov, as he was heading to kill two innocent women, we are going to sneak a look into the everyday life of the townsfolk of Dostoevsky’s times and explore the large area of tenement houses around Sennaya Square, known in English as the Hay Market. The tour is a pleasant 2-hour walk with several stops at the places described in the famous novel.
One day as a local
Highlights
A tour that will let you to feel yourself a local person. No touristic traps only ways that locals go.
Price: 2500 RUB Private
Duration: 3 hours
This is the tour for those who likes to go deep into the culture and figure out how do locals live. It's not about visiting Hermitage and other main sights it;s about life in Saint P. We will go down to the metro, visit some places that you might pass as a tourist (like interesting post office, bookshop and other), try some food that locals it on normal days. All in all it will be a funny day that will help you understand the culture more. During the moving around the town I will tell you funny stories and facts about Russia. The tour can be a bit changed depending on weather and your preferences. Optional: I can make for you a video about you and your trip around Saint P. You will have nicely montaged short movie that will always help you to refresh your memories about your journey.
Video walk around town
Off the beaten track
Take a walk around downtown and get a nice movie about your trip in Saint P.
Price: 5000 RUB Private
Duration: 3 hours
Let's walk around city center and make a short movie about your trip. We will see different places, main sights and unusual sights, talk about city secrets and mostly important make a video that will always help you to refresh memories about your trip. Video can be different depending on your preferences. Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp21xYEhttQ
¡Viva la revolución!
History & Architecture
Price: 3750 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
Is it possible to make the world a better place? If it seems to you that nothing can be done by ordinary people, consider how Lenin and his party managed to change their country and, in-deed, the world. How did Lenin come to power? What were the roles of Trotsky and Stalin in the armed revolt of October 1917? Was the victory of the revolution predetermined? Whatever your political convictions, come and learn how, between February and October 1917, the revolution was prepared Lenin’s party, intent on making one clear: the masses are capable of making history. This fully walking tour includes paying a visit to a former tsar's prison, the Bolsheviks' headquarters at a ballerina's mansion and legendary Aurora cruiser, the no.1 ship of the Soviet Navy. Tsar's Gaol Museum admission included in the price. No extra payments.
Pulkovo airport transfer (Taxi in SPb)
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Price: 1000 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
Good news from Sputnik! Now you can book your Pulkovo airport transfer. Russian taxi-drivers at the airport are always ready to help you with your luggage - usually, it costs much. Especially for foreign tourists. So we decided to provide our own Pulkovo airport transfers for you. For just 1000 Rub. (about 15 USD / 13 EUR) we will organize your transfers between the airport and your hotel, your taxi-trips in Saint-Petersburg and all other transportations during your stay in Saint-Petersburg. Good cars and nice drivers - the real locals, who can show you smth interesting by your way. Every time you use our taxi in Saint-Petersburg, you save several hundreds roubles. Why don't use them to book our interesting and unusual tours in Saint-Petersburg! Welcome to Saint-Petersburg and have a nice trip - welcome aboard!
Russian language tour
Highlights
Price: 1100 RUB Shared
Duration: 1 hour
During this walk you will be able to learn several basic Russian words and expressions. If you wish, I can also include these parts: - A very short public transport survival guide (it may be useful if you are staying more than a couple of days and will need to go anywhere by yourself - main problem with public transport is that most passengers and staff don't speak English and all the signs are in Cyrillic); - Quick and easy Cyrillic reading course (we can make it over coffee; you may need it because all street sings are also in Cyrillic); - Practical language tasks in the city (I'll show you how to buy coffee from cafe or goods from small shops and you can practice Russian communication in the safe environment - I'll be there to help you in case of difficulties:))); - Short history of Russian language and Cyrillic script. If you want to buy some specific goods (souvenirs, food, etc.) you can email me in advance so that I'll change the place of the tour. I'll teach you how to do all the communications in Russian :) Please note that the lesson takes place in a cafe, so you'll need to pay for your drink (it is not included in the price of the tour).
Traditional Russian homemade cooking
в приятной домашней обстановке с удовольствием поделюсь с Вами секретами любимых блюд, что мы будем готовить выбираете Вы
Price: 2500 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
Spend a few hours with a local baking bread from scratch at home. Using my family's old recipe, we will start at the very beginning of the baking process so you can see all the steps. You can make it your own and choose from up to four local flours to mix! While we bake we can share stories or talk about the best places in town to eat, drink, dance, etc. We can drink coffee, tea, or wine - your choice! In the end you will come away with your own, hearty, custom-made ~750 gram loaf of traditional bread and a better connection to Russian culture and life! By request we can cook: -Cottage cheese casserole -Borsch(beetroot soup) -Blinis (buttery pancakes) -Dressed herring salad Pestelya street house 11 I will meet you in front of my house. I will look like I do in my profile foto. All ingredients including, all that you will need to take with you-great mood and appetite:)
Journey into the Past (trip to local Bric-a-Brac/Curios shop)
Price: 2500 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
With my help you will dive into the past of Saint Petersburg. We’ll go to five local Bric-a-Brac/Curios non-touristy stores where I can help you buy and bargain for good prices. Our tour starts at Mohovaya Street and ends on Marata Street. During the course of our excursion you will delight in historical Petersburg. Why do you need this tour? This tour is useful for getting unique gifts and souvenirs that are different from the matryoshka dolls sold at big touristy stores and markets.
Informal excursion to Kronstadt (Island Kotlin)
Price: 2500 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
The goal of this excursion is to show you the unusual areas of Kronshtad with local guides. Kronshtad was a closed, military, Island-city that was opened to the public in 1991 and was thus frozen in time. To get to Kronshtad we will take the metro from Chernaya Rechka and from there we will take the marshrutka bus to Kronshtad. The cost of the bus ticket is 80 rubles. The trip back is made by bus or marshrutka bus to metro Chernaya Rechka or Staraya Derevnya. In Kronshtad, we will visit the abandoned dry dock built in 1719 - 1759 for boat reparation. We will see the stream gauging station, the place where all Russia measures the zero level of water. We will visit the place where the Russian physicist, inventor of radio, Popov created his first radio in 1895. We will see the building of the Dutch Kitchen built in 1803 and the lighthouse of Tolbukhin built in 1719, which even today is an important landmark for ships. During the visit we will come across parks and gardens. We will visit the town beach and local canteens at request. After the tour has finished there is an option to have a traditional Russian Banya. The authentic Banya is a favourite with the locals as it is much cheaper than in the city. Depending on the day of the week, it can be as low as 20rubles. Meeting place in front of exit from metro Chernaya Rechka.
Royal mysteries of the House of Romanov
History & Architecture
Price: 1000 RUB Private
Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy a lazy stroll around shady alleys, lined with beautiful sculptures of the Summer and Michailovskyi gardens, that were formerly a part of the third Summer garden. See the place where Peter himself planted trees and designed the layout of his future garden, which was to rival Versailles. Find out stories, connected with the House of Romanov's dynasty, which ruled Russia till the XX-th century. Each path and smallest nook of those gardens witnessed events that were surrounded by intrigue, mysterious plots and even murder. Visit one of the most Romantic places in St.Petersburg, St. Michael's castle, which was designed by Paul I in order to protect himself from plotters, but still he could not escape his destiny and died a tragic death in accordance with all the prophecies that predicted it. See Saviour on the Blood, a Russian-style cathedral, which was built on the same exact spot where Alexandr II (the liberator) was blown up by a bomb, thrown by the hand of a terrorist.
Two-day individual tour: The Hermitage and Saint Petersburg downtown
Highlights
Price: 3000 RUB Shared
Duration: 16 hours
On the first day we are going visit the Hermitage and walk around the surrounding area. After that (if you feel like) we might visit several famous St Petersburg cathedrals. In the Hermitage the tour usually starts from main staircase and state rooms of the Winter Palace and follow the route of the Zar's ceremonial procession toward the church. So you can compare changes of style from original baroque, typical to Empress Elisabeth's court architect Rastrelli, to classical which was Catherine's favorite style. Along the route I'll tell you about every highlight of the collection including history of its creation, acquisition and authentication. We'll see the Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, British and French sections and you'll learn about socio-economic progress of each country in conjunction with the development of its art. Along this route we talk about the history of rooms and their former royal owners. On the second day I'd like to show you the city. We can explore both sides of the Neva and walk in a complete loop the city center. We can start from any place, for example on Nevsky or any of those streets radiating from it. Nevsky is main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg stretched like a string between two major points on the bow of Neva river - Admiralty and Alexandr Nevsky monastery, certainly one of the must see places in the city. We could go towards the Neva embankment along any canal that flow from Neva and empty back into it. You'll learn about the Fontanka river, the Catherine canal, the Moika river that are the channels built during the 18th-19th centuries and about major buildings on their banks and events happened in them. You'll hear the stories about St. Michael castle, Summer Garden, Field of Mars, Church on a Spilt Blood, Michael palace (Russian Museum), Marble palace and many more of those historical buildings that create unforgettable iconic image of St.Petersburg and directly connected with the Russian history for the last 300 years. After we cross Neva river we get to the historical nucleus of the city and visit the main spots connected with its foundation such as Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral. You'll also see the Trinity square and Kshesinskaya mansion. Then we'll walk along the embankments to check out the grand Duke's magnificent palaces and spit of Vasilievskii Island (promontory of land created for former city port and latter used as official city center). We'll continue our rout along the Neva embankment, the only place where you could see first museum, first academy of science, first university, first military school, first art academy, first theater and first senate and synod (highest regulating body for Orthodox church). Impressive? All of those places are most recognizable images that gave St.Petersburg its brand name. On the St Isaak square with impressive bulk of the cathedral you'll hear about the history of political reforms in Russia and bloody events connected with the reign of those tzars. We'll wind up at Big and Small Maritime streets that originally were the first two streets in St.Petersburg and later became the most prestigious ones in Russia. A lot of banks, insurance agencies and jewelry shops (Faberge was one of them) appeared there in the end of the 19-th century. On our walk along the other canal we'll spot the mansions of the richest Russian families of the Usupovs, the Stroganovs, the Sheremetievs and the Demidovs. Each of them owned a land compared to any kingdom in Europe. You'll find out about their fortunes and their famous representatives influenced the history of Russia. Along the way you'll aslo see some places connected with history of Russian literature, music and ball room dancing; nodel salons that were frequented by famous Russian writes and poets such as Pushkin and Dostoevsky, famous musicians and composers like Chaikovsky and Rubinstein, ballet dancers from Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theater. We'll finish our trip at Nevsky prospect. So if you are interested to really dive into St Petersburg history and culture no need to look any further! I am your guide!
History of the city
History & Architecture
Price: 500 RUB Private
Duration: 4 hours
Walk with me along the river Neva embankments, where every stone remembers the past. Enjoy a breathtaking view from its bridges and solid granite embankments that don't exist anywhere else in the world. Find out about the history of Peter's creation. Was he right when he willed into existence his "paradise on earth", counting the cost of thousands of human lives in the process of his reforms? These reforms were intended to socialize a barbaric Russian population and train them in new European ways. Starting from Trinity square, which was one of the first official centers of the city under protection of the Peter and Paul Fortress, see how it moved to Basil and Admiralty islands after that. You will be able to see the Palace embankment, Admiralty embankment, English embankment and much more. As Peter the I wanted everyone to use boats and would not let anyone to build a bridge before his death, so you shall have a boat trip on the Neva. A visit of Peter and Paul fortress is included or another museum of your choice We can visit city history museum inside Peter and Paul fortress and see .the development of St.Petersburg during first two centuries of its development. And if that's not enough and weather permitting, take a boat ride along the channels to see it all from the vantage point of water level . (The price of the tour includes my time as a guide, extra expense such as entry tickets boat ride etc. are not included into the price)
History of three revolutions
History & Architecture
Taurida palace the seat of double power- provisional government, the most democratic government in Europe, that actuaaly gave women right to vote, before the rest of the world, but which was the most undecisive government in Russian’s history, because it was the only legitimate power after last tzar abdication waiting for the “assembly of the land” national body of representatives to validate its authority, which was increasingly challenged by Soviets, grass route movement, which sprang up during the first 1905 revolution to regulate strikes and economical conflicts, but was taken over by Lenin, when he proclaimed all power to the Soviets April theses.
Price: 500 RUB Private
Duration: 4 hours
We see how the ancient history of Russia is intertwined with the more recent one during the 18-20th centuries. We look at the history of struggle for democracy in Russia in the beautiful surroundings of baroque and classical ensembles of the Smolnyi monastery and institute, which was a headquarters of Bolshevik's revolution; and Taurida palace, which was a seat of the first Russian democratically-elected parliament. Walk with me around the St. Petersburg's area connected with the most infamous murderess from Russia's bloody history. We start from Smolnyi monastery's iconic baroque building built by Rasstrelly during the reign of Elisabeth, who was Peter the Great's daughter born out of wedlock and who could not be an heiress to the throne, but succeeded through a coup d'etat. We'll look at the grounds, where Peter moved his family from Moscow, including his only son prince Alexy whom he later tortured and killed because of his desire to move back to old Muscovite ways of running Russia. Taurida palace the seat of double power- provisional government, the most democratic government in Europe, that actuaaly gave women right to vote, before the rest of the world, but which was the most undecisive government in Russian’s history, because it was the only legitimate power after last tzar abdication waiting for the “assembly of the land” national body of representatives to validate its authority, which was increasingly challenged by Soviets, grass route movement, which sprang up during the first 1905 revolution to regulate strikes and economical conflicts, but was taken over by Lenin, when he proclaimed all power to the Soviets April theses.
Street photography tour
Off the beaten track
Price: 2000 RUB Shared
Duration: 3 hours
Indigenous people of Australia as well as modern psychologists think that all that we can perceive by sense is a dream. In each part of our world where people live or lived physical reality is so closely intertwined with phantasies, expectations and dreams of their inhabitants. Accordingly, all big cities are a big knots on this fabric. Such a knot is the Saint-Petersburg which has so great history and mythology. In this tour you will learn to look on the city with street photographer's eye. Street photography is one of the most interesting ways to catch a dreamlike features of city life. In some Russian folk tales a fellow gets a wondrous task to go somewhere and to get something whatever it can be. This is a pretty close description of street photographer’s work, and this is actually what we are going to do. Take a camera, go on the streets in the very heart of city life and dreaming, be ready to feel a slight and subtle motion of reality, be ready for everything and you will have a good luck. Walking through the city, we will discuss street photography technique and composition rules. You will learn to become invisible for people on the street and feel yourself easy to make photos on the street. But still the art is to get through the veil of things that only seem to exist, and catch those that really do. Cities are live like humans, they reward those who pays attention to them. If your eye is sharp and your heart open, city will tell you something really worth to capture.
Gastronomic tour
Off the beaten track
Spend a couple of hours or all night at the best food and bar places of Saint-Petersburg!
Price: 600 RUB Private
Duration: 2 hours
Russian food or asian cuisine? Gorgeous restaurant or trash chinese dining room? Number of various bars or just one, but cozy and calmful? Perfect wine, craft beer and ciders from all around the world? Or maybe you just want vegetarian food and coffeeshop with ideal cappuccino and the best cakes in this city? I can show you anything, whatever you want. The only thing that you need -- just tell me your wish or even preferences. Or trust all the job to me :) And I'll show you the most famous restaurants of Saint-Petersburg and the most secret ones.
Peter I in Bronze Horseman monument
Highlights
Price: 500 RUB Private
Duration: 4 hours
Tour starts around most famous of St.Petersburg monuments- Bronze Horseman, which is considered to be one of the chief symbols of St.Petersburg. It is really connected with St.Petersburg and every city centenarian celebration was centered around it. It became Genie Loci of the place, and we should try to understand why this monument managed to capture so much attention from famous Russian writers, artists and ordinary people as well. St. Petersburg as the crowning achievement and a result of lifelong aspirations of Peter the Great. And the same could be said about Falconet, events of his whole life led him to creation of the monument which bestowed imortality on this sculptour. This comprehensive tour not only provides you with understanding of capacious metaphor leaping over boundaries separating visual and verbal art, which ushered in so called “St.Petersburg theme” in Russian art and literature present in works of writers of such magnitude as Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Gogol, but unravels many mysteries connected with it. First of all during the tour you would be able to hear about factual material such as weight of the pedestal, (1500 tons after 1/3 of it was trimmed to shape and which was the ground of one of many accusation against sculptor) and how this huge bolder was delivered to its destination, which by itself was feat of strength and cutting edge of technology at the time, based on ball-bearing chassis, before they were patented hundred years latter. Secondly you would be able to see iconography-symbolism where the horse is seen not just bearer of the rider, attribute of power and authority, but as an aid in the design of the sculpture to depict the complexities of the tsar’s situation. And thirdly you would be able to find out about iconology, the idea symbolized by burst of movement forward and upward similar to the country that Peter had created. And of course hear the story of main protagonists, people who, participated in creation of the monument. What was the relationship between the sculptor and Marie-Anne Collot, his young apprentice and assistance, who left France to follow Falconet to Russia and hasn’t left his side until death, and who being at the beginning just a sitter for his children models, at her early 20s became a sculptress in her own right and alleged author of such an important part of monument as Peter’s head. Was this desire to be united in art at least, and subterfuge to foil gossipmongers on Falconet’s part, who was at least 30 years her older and could not be united with her in life, though latter he was able to arrange a marriage of convenience between her and his own son in order to pass his family name to her and her daughter. You will learn how Falconet withstood vicious opposition from person in charge of construction Betskoy, who was president of Academy of art and head of Bureau of stone construction and the only person whom Catherine herself greeted by standing up and who by all calculations might be her natural father. Who really came up with the idea of Thunder Rock transportation, which was used by Carbury or Laskary how he preferred to be called, intimating his relation to ancient Byzantine family)- Greek emigrant fleeing persecution in his own country after assaulting and maiming for life the face of the girl who refused his advances and whose both wives in Russia latter died within short period after the marriage. This and many other interesting details you would be able learn during the tour.
St. Petersburg Tour: Three major city squares
Highlights
Price: 1000 RUB Private
Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy the beautiful ensemble of three major city squares, which are located back to back to each other, it is the only "block of squares" in the world. You will not only see every major official building, such as the Hermitage, Admiralty and St. Isaac cathedral, but also will be able to hear out the stories of their construction, including their earlier versions. By "peeling off" different layers of each historical building you see how they were gradually constructed to play their unique part in perfect harmony of a complete ensemble. Find out who built this spectacular ensemble, for whom it was built and under what circumstances, only then you'd be able not only look at it, but really see it. And if that's not enough and weather permitting, take a boat ride along the channels to see it all from the vantage point of water level or climb up to the colonnade of the third biggest cathedral in Europe, St. Isaac's, to have a bird's eye view. (The price of the tour includes my time as a guide only. Extra expense such as entry tickets boat ride etc. are not included into the price, you have to pay your own way and admittance fee for me if you want me to accompany you inside)
St Petersburg Discovery
History & Architecture
Price: 1906 RUB Shared
Duration: 3 hours
St Petersburg gives good monument, with enough palaces, cathedrals, fortresses, churches, and museums to keep Antiques Roadshow on air for another decade. Join this St Petersburg tour to see where stroganoff started, where Emperor Alexander II's life ended, and period architecture endures. Highlights: * Discover the beauty and grandeur of St Petersburg, from a local perspective * Learn about the city's most famous architecture as well as some hidden gems * Be dazzled by panoramic St Petersburg views * Tuck in to an authentic Russian lunch, and discover the spot where stronganoff was created * To say that St Petersburg is a feast for the eyes is a bit of an understatement. Itinerary: Start your St Petersburg tour from the Palace Square, which is dominated by the Winter Palace. After crossing the Neva River, stop at a favourite local spot from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Palace Embankment with its renowned Hermitage Museum, and many prominent St Petersburg landmarks including St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Chamber of Curiosities. With your local St Petersburg guide, you will pay a visit to the oldest structure in the city, and the site where the town of Peter started in 1703. The cathedral located here became the burial place of the Russian emperors, and members of their families, from Peter the Great onwards. A visit to the cathdral is optional here, but we'd say it's well worth taking a peek! As we continue your historical St Petersburg tour, we'll pass the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars on the way to the most famous church in St Petersburg. The church was built on the spot where the Russian emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, and here your local guide will tell you the infamous story of how this historical event unfolded. Continue along St Petersburgs' busiest street, home to restaurants, theatres, museums, and ornate palaces of the ex-Russian aristocracy. Learn more about St Petersburg from a local perspective along the way, from your local guide. Next, you'll pass the palace where the famous beef stroganoff dish was invented. The thought of food at this point might get your belly rumbling, but never fear, we'll stop for food here! We'll take a break for lunch in a typical Russian food joint. Why not try a traditional dish like borsch (soup), blinis (pancakes), or beef stroganoff? After lunch, we continue our St Petersburg walking tour towards St Isaac’s Square to see its beautiful cathedral. Get the inside scoop behind the stunning archictural flourishes on this gorgeous building and how it has been used over the centuries. Your St Petersburg tour ends at the cathedral. Be sure to stay on to take a look inside or perhaps to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the dome to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. Inclusions: Local English-speaking guiding, public transport passes tickets, if required. Exclusions: Tips and gratuities for your guide, lunch, items of a personal nature Duration:3 hours Pickup Time: 9.30 AM Note: Children under 12 year old are not permitted to join this tour. The tour does run everyday except on Saturday.
St Petersburg Unveiled
History & Architecture
Price: 2095 RUB Shared
Duration: 2 hours
Join this St Petersburg tour to discover the gritty greats and strange sights of the 'burg. Visit the former homes of Lenin and Rasputin, knock back some honey beer in a bar filled with Soviet Airforce paraphernalia, find metro station art relics, and see a yard dedicated to the Wizard of Oz. Ahhhh Russia, don't go changing! Highlights: * Discover the weird and wonderful sights in St Petersburg, with a local guide * Explore the history of Russia left behind by the likes of Rasputin and Lenin * Savour traditional Russian delicacies like honey beer in a local pub * Discover a yard dedicated to the Wizard of Oz * Visit a building where nuclear submarines were designed Itinerary: We begin this St Petersburg tour at the Vosstania Square metro station where we will embark on a discovery to find the last surviving image of Stalin, and the place where massive doors stand to shut off the station to make it a nuclear shelter. St Petersburg is full of thee little oddities, only noticable with a local to point them out! Next we will visit a unique local pub run by the Russian aerobatics team, “Russian Knights,” complete with Soviet Air Force paraphernalia such as ejection seats and an SU-27 tail fin fixed to the wall behind the bar. While we're here, you'll get the chance to taste the local honey beer made with a Russian recipe - definitely worth tasting, we'd say! After savouring the taste of this traditional treat, your St Petersburg guide will lead you towards a long grey Soviet-style building where the nuclear submarines, “Red Octobers” were designed and where a monument dedicated to Russian submarines stands nearby. After a short walk from the monument, we will view the house of one of Russia’s most mysterious men, Rasputin! Not only that, but nearby lies a small apartment that was once home to another of Russia’s infamous men in the 19th century, Vladimir Lenin. You'll have the opportunity to walk with your St Petersburg guide through the archways of nearby buildings, experiencing the darkness of the so-called “well-yards” where walls with windows stand just a few meters apart from each other, creating a darkness within. It might sound scary, but we can assure you this is a fascinating experience you won't want to miss! Once we have escaped from the murkiness of well-yards we will see the splendid art nouveau façade of Baltiysky train station. After a short walk from there, we'll come to a yard dedicated to the Wizard of Oz, complete with paintings and sculptures from the fairytale’s characters, and even an Emerald Town playground. We told you we'd take you to some weird spots! The St. Petersburg city tour ends next to Vladimirskaya metro station where we'll leave each other at the monument dedicated to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the most famous Russian authors. What a way to end the perfect St Petersburg day! Inclusions: Local English-speaking Guide, small glass of honey beer Exclusions: Snacks, beverages, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for your guide. Duration:2 hours Pickup Time: 7.00 PM Note: You must be at least 19 years old to join this tour. Photo ID must be supplied to your guide at the beginning of the tour. The tour run on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
St.Petersburg - city
Highlights
Price: 500 RUB Shared
Duration: 4 hours
Take a walk with me alongside Nevsky prospect - the main avenue of St. Petersburg, which connected the Admiralty shipyard with the rest of Russia. Here you can see the unique skyline of St. Petersburg, where no building should be taller than Winter Palace or wider than the street. See this ensemble which consists of buildings belonging to every style, which was used by many of the chief architects of St. Petersburg during its 300 year history. Observe how they developed from the first baroque palaces on the former outskirts of the city and classical buildings of the Empire style to eclectic historical trends and modern style of the beginning of 20th century. It was a street of "many faiths" where Russian Orthodox churches stand near Protestant, Catholic and Lutheran cathedrals. It was a street of commerce with its first shopping malls and headquarters of banks and credit organizations. Libraries, theaters, bookstores and concert halls made it a cultural capital of Russia.
The Park in industrial area
Price: 0 RUB Shared
Duration: 1.5 hours
Park Ekateringoff is located on the border between two industrial areas - the Admiralty and the Kirov. It is a picturesque and a peculiar place. The park is surrounded by river. The park has a long dramatic history. Being in the past one of the most beautiful parks in the city, now it looks more like a wild botanic garden left in ruins many years ago. It's a wonderful experience in "real" Russia and Saint-Petersburg. You won't see just beautiful places and magnificent monuments. This excursion will tell you about history of this park and also open to you some acute problems of our society. You are always welcome! P.S.: If you want to order an excursion, please write me beforehand.
Soviet dreams
History & Architecture
Price: 500 RUB Shared
Duration: 2 hours
My tour is about most ambitious architectural ensemble in Saint Petersburg Palace of Soviet and Moscow square. If you are intrested in Soviet culture and architecture my tour will be fascinating for you. In 30s leningrads architects created some ambitious neoclassical architecture projects. New city plan offered to create grandiose administrative center in south of the city. Ensemble of Moscow square should be a powerful symbol of soviet political regime. Palace of Soviet was to be a main part of this ensemble. Architects dreamed about the Palace and its environment. They created dozens of projects. Most of them had never been implemented. Before the world war II only the Palace was completed. After the War this project was ruined. Palace of Soviet became usual office building. Architectural dream was failed. But, still architectural ensemble of Moscow square entirely represents Stalins architecture.
La excursíon más viva de San Peterburgo
Price: 800 RUB Shared
Duration: 1.5 hours
¡Hola, amigos! Estoy muy encantada de mostrar a vosotros mi ciudad natal. Nosotros vamos por en centro, por los lugares mas conocidos. Yo no relataré aburrida informacion sobre los dates y los arquitectos pero yo voy a contar las historias interesantes sobre los lugares y la gente, mezclando con factos de la vida pasada y moderna. San Petersburgo era la capital casi dos siglos, es la ciudad de los zares y los revolucionarios, el campo donde tuvieran lugar acontecimientos que influyó a la historia mundial. La ciudad es muy viva, con la vida llena de los eventos culturales. Tambíen es muy bella, por sus palacios, malecones, vistas de Nevá y otros ríos, avenidas y calles.
One-day individual tour in Saint Petersburg
Highlights
Price: 5000 RUB Private
Duration: 8 hours
Our exhaustive (no pun intended) walking tour starts as soon as we leave city port gates. Approximate itinerary for that is down bellow. We can explore both sides of the Neva and walk in a complete loop the city center. We can start from any place, for example on Nevsky or any of those streets radiating from it. Nevsky is main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg stretched like a string between two major points on the bow of Neva river - Admiralty and Alexandr Nevsky monastery, certainly one of the must see places in the city. We could go towards the Neva embankment along any canal that flow from Neva and empty back into it. You'll learn about the Fontanka river, the Catherine canal, the Moika river that are the channels built during the 18th-19th centuries and about major buildings on their banks and events happened in them. You'll hear the stories about St. Michael castle, Summer Garden, Field of Mars, Church on a Spilt Blood, Michael palace (Russian Museum), Marble palace and many more of those historical buildings that create unforgettable iconic image of St.Petersburg and directly connected with the Russian history for the last 300 years. After we cross Neva river we get to the historical nucleus of the city and visit the main spots connected with its foundation such as Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral. You'll also see the Trinity square and Kshesinskaya mansion. Then we'll walk along the embankments to check out the grand Duke's magnificent palaces and spit of Vasilievskii Island (promontory of land created for former city port and latter used as official city center). We'll continue our rout along the Neva embankment, the only place where you could see first museum, first academy of science, first university, first military school, first art academy, first theater and first senate and synod (highest regulating body for Orthodox church). Impressive? All of those places are most recognizable images that gave St.Petersburg its brand name. On the St Isaak square with impressive bulk of the cathedral you'll hear about the history of political reforms in Russia and bloody events connected with the reign of those tzars. We'll wind up at Big and Small Maritime streets that originally were the first two streets in St.Petersburg and later became the most prestigious ones in Russia. A lot of banks, insurance agencies and jewelry shops (Faberge was one of them) appeared there in the end of the 19-th century. On our walk along the other canal we'll spot the mansions of the richest Russian families of the Usupovs, the Stroganovs, the Sheremetievs and the Demidovs. Each of them owned a land compared to any kingdom in Europe. You'll find out about their fortunes and their famous representatives influenced the history of Russia. Along the way you'll aslo see some places connected with history of Russian literature, music and ball room dancing; nodel salons that were frequented by famous Russian writes and poets such as Pushkin and Dostoevsky, famous musicians and composers like Chaikovsky and Rubinstein, ballet dancers from Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theater. We'll finish our trip at Nevsky prospect. So if you are interested to really dive into St Petersburg history and culture no need to look any further! I am your guide!
The State Hermitage guided tour
Literature & Art
Price: 900 RUB Shared
Duration: 4 hours
The tour usually starts from main staircase and state rooms of the Winter Palace and follow the route of the Zar’s ceremonial procession toward the church. So you can compare changes of style from original baroque, typical to Elisabeth’s court architect Rasstrelly, to classical, which was Catherine’s favorite style. Along the route I speak about every highlight of the collection including history of its creation, acquisition and authentication. We familiarize ourselves with the Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, British and French sections and I speak about socio-economic progress of each country in conjunction with the development of it’s art during corresponding period of time. Along this route we talk about the history of rooms and their former royal owners. I give the history of the Hermitage collection as we enter the small Hermitage building. Then we proceed to the next building of the old Hermitage we start from Italian Florentine School which was the birth place of the Renaissance. So I would be able to speak about this period and it’s development from early to high Renaissance under Medici family. We see all of the masterpieces, such us two out of ten existing Madonnas by Leonardo Davinci. After that we see works of art connected with the crisis of Renaissance and the development of mannerism style in Italy for example the only Michelangelo in Russia. As we walk into New Hermitage building we can see representatives of the Bologna academic school of 18th century and their attempt to go back to classical principals. And after that we come back to Winter Palace to see the French section, which is second only to the one in France. After that we can visit and learn the history of the French impressionist’s collection which appeared in Russia before the revolution due to visionary insight of two Russian industrialists who trusted only their own taste while buying Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, Gogen and such when nobody was paying any attention to them. And we finish off in the Russian section and see how art and crafts developed in Russia driven, by the willpower of one man who started it all- Peter the Great of course. Optionally we visit old Scythian, Egyptian, Greek or Roman artifacts which are also a big part of Hermitage collection. Note: Every first Thursday of a month the entrance to the Hermaitage and this tour is free of charge!
Catherine Palace
Suburbs
Price: 1500 RUB Private
Duration: 1 hour
The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband's death. Built for Empress Elizabeth by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect of St. Petersburg's Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace is undoubtedly Tsarskoe Selo's top attraction, particularly renowned for the extraordinary Amber Room. The palace, completed in 1756, is nearly 1km in circumference, with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters designed by German sculptor Johann Franz Dunker, who also worked with Rastrelli on the palace's original interiors. We wil skip the line. The entrance fee (450 rub. per person) is not included
Daily life in Leningrad of 80
Price: 2500 RUB Shared
Duration: 1.5 hours
Some activities were common just 30 or 40 years ago. Nowadays they are exotic ones. Very russian names and soviet ideas are mixed in this tour. We wish to make you touch all this and even try. Pyshechnaya (donut cafe), ryumochnaya (soviet kind of bars), communal flats and communal saunas, wood-burning stoves etc. This tour is a tour on the retrobus, old russian minibus. That makes atmospehere of travelling even more soviet :-) We will explore some soviet points of the city: -- center of brand trade on Vasilievsky Island -- stadium of Lenin -- luxurious hotel "Leningrad" -- and walk along streets and avenues that were built at that time -- try pyshki (donuts), vodka in ryumochnaya (soviet bar) etc. All this will make us feel Leningrad citizens in 80's. All the route is thoroughly prepared by passionate on soviet culture guide. It is a unique chance to feel yourself moving in Leningrad (soviet name of St Petersburg) in true and veereey old nevertheless working pretty well soviet car! Amount of guests from 2 to 3. Price 5000 RUR is shared between participants ! For 2 it is 2500 per person, for 3 - 1700 RUR per person !
Experimental cuisine in St. Petersburg
Find yourself on the crossroads of the European and Asian mentalities, that's where Russia was born. We invite you to our home to enjoy experimental Russian, Georgian, Asian and European cuisine. Our menu includes borscht "Comrade against Lenin", pork hot-pot "Grandma on Dumskaya", fish broth "Sunset view from the Hermitage", kharcho "Varazvache's flame", bosartma (chicken soup) "Salome waiting for her lover", mkhali (salad) "Reflections under nut tree", pasta "Giuseppe never comes back" (tomato sause), tayaki dessert "Korushka is jealous" or something cooked specially for you.
Price: 1300 RUB Private
Duration: 3 hours
Find yourself on the crossroads of the European and Asian mentalities, that's where Russia was born. We think. We cook for you something good and unusual, the dishes you never find at restaurants. Cooking is a long way: to catch the best ingredients play together and find the exceptional synths. This is impossible when you think about sum on your account and rent you have to pay, as the owners of restaurants should do. Among our dishes you can find: borscht "Comrade against Lenin", pork hot-pot "Grandma on Dumskaya", fish broth "Sunset view from the Hermitage", kharcho "Varazvache's flame", bosartma (chicken soup) "Salome waiting for her lover", mkhali (salad) "Reflections under nut tree", pasta "Giuseppe never comes back" (tomato sause), tayaki dessert "Korushka is jealous" or something cooked specially for you. Vegetarians are welcome! Products used may be new and unknown. We enjoy mostly Georgian, Italian, Japanese, Middle Asian, Spanish and, of course, Russian cuisine. We buy all products, cook for you at our home, you come, eat, enjoy and relax. :) Travellers by state of mind, we've been living all over the world. Now we stay at home and the idea of sharing our knowledge and making good food for people who are seeking for something truly Russian in modern St Petersburg seems to be what we feel to do. See you soon, Cheers! Iya and Margot
Hero city Leningrad. 70
History & Architecture
Price: 2500 RUB Shared
Duration: 1.5 hours
On this tour we will travel by car, old soviet car! And all the history will be devoted to St Petersburg of 70's and soviet epoch. What are 70's are famous about? 70's were the period of stagnation, Iron Curtain was closed and Russia was tending to communism. We will stop at the points that became the most important in Leningrad during USSR time. -- Troitskaya square (Троицкая площадь), -- Aurora cruiser (крейсер Аврора), -- Lenina square (площадь Ленина), -- Robespyer embankment (набережная Робеспьера) - sphinxes, -- Tavrichesky palace (Таврический дворец), -- Smolny cathedral (Смольный собор). All the route is thoroughly prepared by passionate on soviet culture guide. It is a unique chance to feel yourself moving in Leningrad (soviet name of St Petersburg) in true and veereey old nevertheless working pretty well soviet car! Amount of guests from 2 to 3. Price 5000 RUR is shared between participants ! For 2 it is 2500 per person, for 3 - 1700 RUR per person !
Pavlovsk Tour
Pavlovsk Tour
Pavlovsk is also an elegant palace with some beautiful treasures and a charming, rambling park. Although lacking the dazzling splendour of the estates at Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof, Pavlovsk is the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg and is well worth a visit.
4 hours, private excursion
Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers
Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers
2 days private shore tour, that includes Catherine Palace, Peterhof Fountains, Hermitage,and Cathedrals This St. Petersburg shore tour program is designed specially for cruise ship passengers. It includes the top highlights of St. Petersburg — from the famous Amber Room of the Catherine Palace in Tsar's Village to the beautiful Orthodox Cathedrals of Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter & Paul where Romanoffs are buried… We will also see the state rooms of the Winter Palace and gems of the Hermitage...
2 days, private excursion
Two - Days tour №2: Deluxe Saint-Petersburg
Two - Days tour №2: Deluxe Saint-Petersburg
DAY 1: Arrival to Saint-Petersburg7:30 You pass passport control, then meet with tour guide and driver.8:00 — 10:00 You have a city sightseeing tour (with stops near sphinxes not far from the spit of Vasilevsky Island)  10:00- 11:00 You have a trip by hydrofoil to famous Peterhof (the czar's summer residence, called by citezens the «Russian Versailles»). Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jem of Russian classic art, huge park territory, palaces and fountains. It is located 29 km to the west of St. Petersburg. 11:00-12:30 You...
2 days, shared excursion
Russian Museum Private Walking Tour
Russian Museum Private Walking Tour
The Russian Museum is the largest national museum in the world. It numbers almost 400.000 works of art and covers the period starting from ancient icons all the way up to avant-garde.  The museum building belonged to Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich, son of Paul I. In the end of the 19th century Alexander III bought the building from his relatives with the purpose of establishing a museum of Russian art there. Although the museum was open only it after the death of Alexander III, he is still considered...
0 hours, private excursion
City sightseeing tour
City sightseeing tour
During the tour the guests see the most famous highlights of St.Petersburg: the Hermitage, the Spit of Basil's Island , the University, Smolny convent, St.Isaac's Cathedral, Peter-and-Paul Fortress, Cruiser Aurora. They drive along Nevsky prospect and enjoy the magnificent ensembles of square of Arts , Rossi's street, Palace square. 
3 hours, private excursion
The Pearls of Vasilievsky Island
The Pearls of Vasilievsky Island
Only a few people know that Peter the Great thought to make the city center of St. Petersburg on Vasilevsky island, but, unfortunately, wishes of Russian Tsar didn’t come true. During our tour we will walk through one of the most ancient streets of the former royal capital city which is still keeping the grandeur once luxurious gardens of Vasileostrovskiy island. Together we look at the ancient pharmacy of the city and the only surviving house chapel in the Academy of fine Arts. You will learn...
private excursion
City Pub Crawl Saint-Petersburg
City Pub Crawl Saint-Petersburg
 City pub crawl is a European tradition of pub visits in which involved tourists and local city nightlife lovers. In every bar participants get a welcome drink, have time to meet each other, complete a challenge of Pub Crawl Game and take some photos. For each accomplished challenge participants earn bonus scores. In the end of the evening the most active "pubcrawlers" win prizes. The tour takes place in a heart of Saint-Petersburg's nightlife. City Pub Crawl Tour is a great idea for those one...
4 hours, shared excursion
"My rock-n-roll", walking or car excursion
"My rock-n-roll", walking or car excursion
A nostalgic journey through St. Petersburg "Broadway" visiting such legend rock-n-roll places as John Lennon street, so called Tube etc. You will also hear the stories about Leningrad rock-club and modern underground, visit gardens and houses full of 1980-1990 years spirit..Excursion on car includes visiting «Kamchatka» and other significant rock  places of Petrogradskaya side.
2 hours, private excursion
Creative spaces of Saint-Petersburg
Creative spaces of Saint-Petersburg
In addition to the Hermitage, the Russian Museum and the huge number of bars in Saint-Petersburg you can visit the so-called creative spaces or creative clusters.  So what is it?  "In the last couple of years in St. Petersburg at the peak of popularity are creative spaces, lofts, simultaneously becoming a platform for interesting startups (unusual bookstores, shops with handmade cosmetics, designers stores, vintage second hand, photo studios, wine and gastronomic bars) and places for different...
5 hours, shared excursion
Three centuries of Saint-Petersburg
Three centuries of Saint-Petersburg
Three centuries of Saint-Petersburg is sightseeing city tour.You will see the most wonderful and famous places, squares, churches and cathedrals of the city. Our guides will tell you about interesting facts and persons. You will see: The Winter palace, St. Isaak cathedral, The church of Savior-on-the-Blood, Nevsky prospekt, Kazansky Cathedral, cruiser «Aurora», The Summer garden, The Hermitage, Smolny cathedral, The field of Mars, Alexandrinsky and Mariinsky theatres, Peter and Paul fortress, Dvortzovoya...
3 hours, private excursion
"Love without restrictions", walking or car excursion
"Love without restrictions", walking or car excursion
This excursion will tell you about exciting and romantic love stories happened with famous people in St. Petersburg. The heroes fought for their love against life circumstances & public opinion. We will discuss the juicy details, the temptations, rock amorous passion which took places in different historical epochs.You will learn about passions of the Royal house, about gifts and sacrifices of women in love. And also remember sacrificial and unrequited love stories..
2 hours, private excursion
Peterhof. Fountains capital
Peterhof. Fountains capital
Duration excursion makes six hours.The beginning and the end of excursion in any place of city at client request.Our way will pass on Staraya Petergofskaya Road, smart departure from the capital to country residence of tsar. Still Petergofskaya Road is rich with monuments of architecture, history, palace and park ensembles of 18-19 centuries. In a way we will be able to admire the former country estates of grand dukes, Nikolay's I sons, and also Sheremetev' estates, Naryshkin, E.R.Dashkovoy, etc....
6 hours, private excursion
Alexander Nevsky Lavra Tour
Alexander Nevsky Lavra Tour
Alexander Nevsky Lavra is the first and the most extensive orthodox monastery built in St. Petersburg. The honourable status of Lavra it has gained already in 19th century. The monastery was built by the order of Peter the Great especially for the relicts of prince Alexander Nevsky, Russian medieval ruler and military leader. He gained his nickname "Nevsky" for the victory over Swedes in 1240 on the river Neva, not far from the place where St. Petersburg was founded few centuries later. The vast...
2 hours, private excursion
Unapproachable Peter and Paul Fortress
Unapproachable Peter and Paul Fortress
Duration of excursion makes three hours.The beginning and end of excursion in any place of city at client request.The general plan of excursion included road to museum and back. At way to Peter and Paul Fortress our guide will acquaint you with other sights in center of Petersburg.We will pass on historical center, we will see the Hermitage –main art museum of Russia, Palace Square with Alexander Column – a monument in honor a victory over Napoleonic army in 1812, Isaakiyevskaya Square with majestic...
3 hours, private excursion
Gatchina. Pavel
Gatchina. Pavel's I secrets
Duration of tour is five hours.Starting and ending points of tour are anywhere in city on request.The palace and park ensemble of Gatchina hitherto retained its inherent somewhat rough and romantic nature. It emerged in 1760s on land regained from Swedes during Northern War (1700 — 1721). The origin of name of place has not been discovered yet: some suggest that it is a modification from  «village Hotchino over Hotchino lake,» which is mentioned in books of scribal of XV century Votskaya pyatina,...
5 hours, private excursion
Night excursion on car
Night excursion on car
St. Petersburg nights are special! The White nights or  magic light of night lanterns are both the real breathtaking sight! You will be charmed by the familiar sights in the  twilight.  This mysterious spectacle inspired different writers and poets of all generations. And you can fully enjoy it yourself!   During this night excursion you will learn the history of the city and its major architectural monuments, listen to interesting stories and legends of the Northern Capital. And of course you...
3 hours, private excursion
Non-gala Saint-Petersburg
Non-gala Saint-Petersburg
In Saint-Petersburg, as well as in Moscow there is Kolomna – "neither a province nor a capital" according to the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. During the tour you will visit the non-gala Saint-Petersburg that preserves ancient markets’ buildings, apartment houses of the XIX century, dwellings of not wealthy people such as students, commoners and craftsmen. Pushkin's "Little House in Kolomna", Dostoevsky's novel "Crime and Punishment" are dedicated to this particular place. Taking a walk along...
2 hours, shared excursion
Прогулка по "секретным" барам и ресторанам с необычной кухней
Прогулка по "секретным" барам и ресторанам с необычной кухней
Have a unique tour around private pubs of Saint-Petersburg!   During the four-hour walking tour you will: -       Peep into the most secret/closed bars of the city open only for their members. -       Discover brand-new shades of beverage flavours. -       Bump into interesting people. -       Learn how to choose a cocktail that suits your mood. -      ...
4 hours, shared excursion
City Sightseeing St Petersburg
City Sightseeing St Petersburg
St Petersburg is the famous Russian port on the Baltic connecting Russia with the rest of Europe for centuries. Let City Sightseeing St Petersburg show you around Russia’s imperial capital and experience panoramic views of this dazzling metropolis from the top of our famous bright red double decker buses, hopping on and off at 19 conveniently located stops around the city over 1 or 2 days. The gold domed, 19th century St Isaac’s Cathedral is the first stop on our route and is one of St Petersburg’s...
1 day, shared excursion
Tsarskoye Selo Tour
Tsarskoye Selo Tour
Relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city while visiting Catherine Palace and Park, which are one of Russia’s top historical recreation complexes and are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Its  interior is magnificent and brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to all who visit it.
4 hours, private excursion
Palaces of St. Petersburg (with a visit to the Palace on a choice)
Palaces of St. Petersburg (with a visit to the Palace on a choice)
You will see the unique architectural ensembles of the XVIII-XX centuries, historical and cultural monuments of Federal significance, won glory of St. Petersburg aristocratic interior. Many bright pages of the Russian and St. Petersburg stories are connected with family residences. Yusupov Palace, these are the Menshikov Palace, Mikhailovsky castle, the Marble Palace and other
4 hours, private excursion
City of many religions
City of many religions
When taking a walk around the northern capital, one may face Tatar Lane, English Embankment, Greek Avenue, etc. among other urban names... We offer you a tour around the city, which has always united people that came from different countries and people of different religions. You will learn where the settlements of foreigners were situated in Saint-Petersburg, and what life was like in those foreign settlements or areas. You will appreciate magnificent architecture of Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran...
3 hours, shared excursion
"Dostoevsky’s St. Petersburg", walking excursion
"Dostoevsky’s St. Petersburg", walking excursion
There are not only palaces and mansions in St. Petersburg. There is "another Petersburg” that is living very closely: the city of crossroads and alleys, narrow canals and picturesque bridges, profitable houses and courtyards.F.M. Dostoevsky has made this great city one of the main heroes of his books and created the phenomenon "Petersburg of Dostoevsky". People say that Dostoevsky was extremely precise in describing the addresses in his books, so even a map can be made by his novel "Crime and Punishment".“Here...
2 hours, private excursion
Make a wish in Saint-Petersburg!
Make a wish in Saint-Petersburg!
you want to make a wish for New Year's? we will show you WHERE! we will take you for a walk, and you will find out -how to catch good luck for the upcoming 2014, -which Atlantes help in love affairs, -why does griffin need gold wings. -how many times do Russians celebrate New Year -and who is a SNEGUROCHKA
3 hours, shared excursion
Royal mysteries of the House of Romanov
Royal mysteries of the House of Romanov's dynasty
 Enjoy a lazy stroll around shady alleys, lined with beautiful sculptures of the Summer and Michailovskyi gardens, that were formerly a part of the third Summer garden. See the place where Peter himself planted trees and designed the layout of his future garden, which was to rival Versailles. Find out stories, connected with the House of Romanov's dynasty, which ruled Russia till the XX-th century. Each path and smallest nook of those gardens witnessed events that were surrounded by intrigue, mysterious...
4 hours, shared excursion
City Tour across St. Petersburg
City Tour across St. Petersburg
Duration tour is three hours.Starting and ending points of the tour are anywhere in the city on client request.Sightseeing tour across Petersburg — one of the most popular, as allows examine main sights of city for short time.  And in spite of this fact, you won't manage take pleasure fully in all beauty and significant places of city, sightseeing tour across Petersburg will help you decide, those sights to which you pay next time bigger attention.We pass through the historic city center, see the...
3 hours, private excursion
St. Petersburg Private Tour and Visit to the Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg Private Tour and Visit to the Hermitage Museum
Take a half-day private sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg and discover the main monuments of the historical center. Get spectacular views of the Neva River, Griboyedova Canal and Moyka River, as you pass romantic bridges that connect the islands, including the largest (Vasilevsky) and smallest (Zayachy). Drive down Nevsky Prospect, planned by Peter the Great to connect St. Petersburg with Novgorod and Moscow. Marvel at the domes of St. Isaac and the Church on Spilt Blood. Discover where Dostoyevsky,...
5 hours, private excursion
Petersburg of Dostoevsky Tour
Petersburg of Dostoevsky Tour
Most of the writings of Fyodor Dostoevsky captures the daily life of St. Petersburg of his time. Times has changed but the city where the writer and his characters lived remained almost untouched. "His" city is still visible and open for us. During this walking tour you will see where Dostoevsky lived, where he was about to execute, you will follow in the footsteps of Raskolnikov, Sonya, Prince Myshkin and other characters of great Russian writer.
3 hours, private excursion
Feel Yourself Russian Folklore Show Tour to Nikolaevsky Palace by RussianBroadway.com
Feel Yourself Russian Folklore Show Tour to Nikolaevsky Palace by RussianBroadway.com
Is there any chance for a foreigner to feel himself Russian? Our answer is yes! In the very center of St.Petersburg, just in 5-munite walk from the famous St.Isaak Cathedral (and “Astoria” hotel) one can see a beautiful palace – a real masterpiece of architecture of the second half of the XIXth century – Nikolaevsky Palace. Built by a gifted architect Andrey Schtakenshneider for Grand Duke Nikolay, a son of the Emperor Nikolay I, this place will fully meet your highest cultural expectations. Would...
2 hours, shared excursion
St. Petersburg City Walking Tour
St. Petersburg City Walking Tour
For first time visitors, the sheer amount of attractions on offer in St. Petersburg can seem overwhelming. If you are short on time or just want to hit the highlights of the city, this tour will acquaint you with its beautiful churches, canals, museums, palaces, courtyards and architecture.Our private tour guide in St. Petersburg will show you the most important sights such as Nevsky Prospekt, Kazan Catheral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood among other attractions.
4 hours, private excursion