Excursions in Saint Petersburg

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: 1040 руб. Shared
Duration: 8 hours
With this ticket you will be available to skip the line for Hermitage. A simple entrance ticket to the State Hermitage allows you to visit the complex of Hermitage buildings located on Palace Embankment that contain the main exhibition halls. You will have access to the museum displays housed in five interconnected buildings (including Winter Palace), as well as the General Staff building. 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. To redeem complimentary tickets for children under 18, students, other visitors eligible for free admission (the quantity must be noted in the order, max.2 per order), please approach the Internet Ticket Booth or the Information desk; you will need to name the number of your order, the name it has been placed under, and present your ID and the documents proving free admission (none needed for children).
Excursion to a safe high-altitude roof
Rooftours
The safest way to look at the panoramas of St. Petersburg from the legendary roofs.
Price: 700 руб. Shared
Duration: 1 hour
We have a guaranteed support of the government of St. Petersburg, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and supervisory bodies. The best city guides, experienced climbers and instructors are ready to make your stay on the roof interesting and safe. For your convenience, we equipped the passage along the roof and calculated the load - to ensure our reliability. Rising to the roof is an opportunity to look at St. Petersburg from a bird's eye view. Excursions on our roof are full of interesting details about the history of the city. We offer you a look at Petersburg from an unbelievable height!
City Bus Tour
Highlights
Price: 1400 руб. 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.
Bus tour to Peterhof
Suburbs
Price: 4440 руб. 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.
Bus tour to Pushkin (Catherine Palace)
Suburbs
Price: 4090 руб. 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.
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: 1590 руб. Private
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
Raising the roof of the House of Singer
Rooftours
An unforgettable experience of visiting one of the most famous roofs of St. Petersburg.
Price: 1590 руб. Shared
Duration: 0.5 hours
This house on Nevsky 28 is known to every resident of the city. All tourists, passing by, pay attention to its magnificent architecture, an unusual dome on the roof and grab for cameras. This is the famous Singer's House or, as it is also called by the Petersburgers, the Book House, which houses the office of the famous social network VKontakte. A beautiful example of the Art Nouveau style, built in the early 20th century by the architect Suzor, was an innovative project of the time. Modernity and unusualness of the building were reflected in everything: an advanced system of drainpipes, cunningly hidden in the decor of the facade; Advanced technical equipment and an original solution in the form of a glass dome on the roof. By the way, about the roof. Anyone who does not feel the rapture and awe, being on it, probably is a stone statue. Here is the best viewing platform on the center of St. Petersburg with a stunning view of the Kazan Cathedral and Spas-on-the-Blood, here you will see near one of the most famous domes of the city - the embodiment of elegance of glass and metal. And what incredible photosessions are born on this roof ... During your stay here you will get a lot of bright emotions from the contemplated view to the center of St. Petersburg, make great photos and can feel the spirit and romance of St. Petersburg, which you will never forget. - It is important to follow the safety rules (comfortable clothing, shoes without heels, a ban on alcohol). - Children (under 16 years old) are allowed on the roof only when accompanied by adults. For 1 child there must be at least 1 accompanying adult. In case of cancellation of the excursion due to weather conditions, the prepayment is returned in full. Come 10 minutes before the excursion!
Roof top tour in St Petersburg
Rooftours
Price: 1100 руб. 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: Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Isaac's Cathedral and another sights. It will be unforgettable! The tour in English can be held any day, but only at 11:30, 14:30, 17:30 and 20:30 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!
City Sightseeing Neva (via rivers & canals) Hop-on Hop-off
Highlights
Теплоход пройдет по парадной части Невы, по Фонтанке войдет в каналы, пройдет по Крюкову каналу мимо Мариинского театра и новой Голландии, пройдет по Мойке под цветными мостами: Красным, Синим и Зеленым и через Зимнюю канавку вернется в Неву.
Price: 700 руб. Shared
Duration: 2 hours
Excursion will tell you not just abou sights but also about myths and legends of the city on the Neva River. Text of excursion was writen by professional guides, translated and recorded by native-speakers. Super sightseeing tour via City Center - you will see all main attractions of St.Petersburg! The tour follows the rules of Hop-on Hop-off: there are 7 stops on the route, you can make a landing on any of them, see the sights or take a stroll, and wait for the arrival of the nearest boat to continue your journey on your ticket. - rout operates from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m. (every hour). Last rout starts at 6 p.m. - Comfortable modern boats "Palmyra" with transparent panaramic roof! Capacity - 100 passengers. Audioguide: russian and english.
Individual group tours in Saint-Petersburg
Price: 10900 руб. 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.
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 руб. 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 500 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.
Notable courtyards of St.Petersburg (walking tour)
Under 1000 rubles
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 руб. 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.
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 руб. 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.
On the roof top with view of St. Isaac
Rooftours
Walking on the roofs is a fascinating journey through the most hidden, interesting and picturesque places of St. Petersburg. What do we offer: - Hour of interesting stories about St. Petersburg - A sea of ​​bright emotions and impressions - Beautiful photos on the background of the main attractions of the city. - Warm and cozy atmosphere with a view of the embankment.
Price: 1000 руб. Private
Duration: 1 hour
Walking on the roofs is a fascinating journey through the most hidden, interesting and picturesque places of St. Petersburg. Our excursions will help to look at the city from the most favorable perspectives and will be interesting not only to the guests of the city, but also to its native inhabitants. The program developed by us will allow avoiding the enumeration of dry dates and facts, as well as allowing you to touch the very history of the city, its palaces, avenues, streets and drawbridges. What do we offer: - Hour of interesting stories about St. Petersburg - A sea of ​​bright emotions and impressions - Beautiful photos on the background of the main attractions of the city. - Warm and cozy atmosphere with a view of the embankment.
Blanket visa (tour ticket) for cruise (only!) passengers
Highlights
Price: 3500 руб. 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
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 руб. 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!
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 руб. 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.
Lenin, Rasputin, janitor and other neighbours
History & Architecture
Price: 2000 руб. Shared
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.
tour on a motorcycle
Off the beaten track
Tour or just motorbiking
Price: 1100 руб. 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 80 kg. If you want to ride together, we will provide you a second motorcycle with driver .
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: 19900 руб. 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
Street photography tour
Off the beaten track
Price: 2000 руб. 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.
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 руб. 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.
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 руб. 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.
Street Photography in St.Petersburg
Off the beaten track
Price: 2500 руб. 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
Петергоф. Не только брызги. - Peterhof. Sauf les embruns.
Suburbs
Поездка в Петергоф впервые или встреча старых знакомых с посещением музеев и парков по выбранному маршруту, учитывающему пристрастия и пожелания в Петергофе, Стрельне, Ораниенбауме и в дворцово-парковых ансамблях Петергофской дороги.
Price: 7500 руб. Private
Duration: 6 hours
Поездка в Петергоф всегда фантастична. Занимая достойное положение в оправе императорской столицы, он остается в сознании не столько казенным местом отдыха, сколько какой-то внезапностью, проступающей сквозь толщу времени или выглядывающей из-за стволов деревьев парка. От времен петровских ассамблей и молодой Екатерины до морских десантников второй мировой. Случайность здесь превращается в гармонию. Дня мало для того, чтобы посетить Большой дворец и его музеи, дворцы Нижнего парка и Александрии, погулять по Верхнему саду, встретиться с Ольгиным прудом. Поэтому, отправляясь на экскурсию, выберем именно те достопримечательности, которые хочется осмотреть, среди которых будут, конечно, и фонтаны - символ морских побед... Мой парадиз, мое отдохновение, моя услада, нега, торжество, каскадами, террасами, ступенями, стремящееся к влаге естество, мой эпатаж, размеренность и пылкость, барочная настойчивость моя, фонтанная шутихость и ухмылкость, нептунность, захватившая меня, саму бессонность олицетворяя, символизируя решительный напор, в сражениях победы прославляет Петром добытые петровский двор.
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 руб. 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.
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 руб. 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!
¡Viva la revolución!
History & Architecture
Price: 3750 руб. 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.
Futuristic Buildings
History & Architecture
Price: 3750 руб. 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).
Private guide in St. Petersburg
History & Architecture
Price: 1500 руб. 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.
Dostoevsky and Revolution of 1917
Literature & Art
Price: 3750 руб. 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.
White magic of Russia: introductory vodka-tasting
Off the beaten track
Price: 2500 руб. Private
Duration: 2 hours
Legendary liquor, “extremely clear and smooth”, a vodka for the Russians is something more than a drink... As a whiskey in Scotland, vodka has become an integral part of national mentality: the Russians rub vodka on children's chest to relieve fever, it is a glass of vodka and a slice of bread that are put on a dead man during the funeral. Our tasting takes place in a small cozy restaurant in the historic center of St Petersburg. You will be offered five types of vodka to reveal full spectrum of its taste and production technology: - 2 classical vodkas prepared according to present-day technology: one from Russia, one from Ukraine or Belarus - vodka prepared according to a historic recipe described in Russian literary classics - Armenian vodka distilled from mulberry or carnelian cherry flavoured vodka Vodka is paired with a gastronomic accompaniment in the form of Russian dumplings from Siberia (pel'meni). They come in a vast variety of fillings: from elk to vegetarian. Our tasting has nothing to do with getting loaded up with cheap stuff but, on the contrary, is focused on the following highly intellectual issues: What a vodka is made of and in what way? What is behind vodka label and how to read it? Why is there no Russia-produced vodkas among the best selling Western brands? When, why, with whom and with what is vodka drunk in Russia? The length of the vodka-tasting is about 1.5 hours. Price is 2.500 roubles per person, 2 people minimum. (Prices for bigger groups are discussed). 5 shots (40 g) of vodka, a main dish, all shared by the two + a Russian story-teller are all included in the price. Tasting vodka can help you to open Russia easier and quicker than “protocol” visit to the Hermitage.
Metro Palaces
Top tours
Price: 3750 руб. 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
Futuristic Buildings
USSR
Price: 3750 руб. 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).
Traditional Russian homemade cooking
в приятной домашней обстановке с удовольствием поделюсь с Вами секретами любимых блюд, будем готовить блюда на Ваш выбор
Price: 2500 руб. 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 I will meet you in front of my house. I will look like I do in my profile photo. All ingredients including, all that you will need to take with you-great mood and appetite:) Looking forward to meet you!
Tsarskoye Selo - Pushkin
the fascinating trip through time
Price: 7500 руб. Private
Duration: 6 hours
Tsarskoe Selo is one of the most famous suburbs of St.Petersburg. Its gardens and parks were laid out by the best gardeners; its palaces and pavilions were built by the most talented architects and decorated by the most renowned Russian and foreign sculptors, painters and craftsmen. Unique collections of art of different period and countries were gathered in Tsarskoye Selo.
Around Nevsky Prospect
Highlights
This itinerary is an approximately 2 kilometer walking tour around the center of the city focused on Nevsky Prospect, the main street of St. Petersburg. We'll start at Griboedov Canal and meander around Nevsky Prospect, taking in, among other sights, the prominent Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood; Kazan Cathedral; the Winter Palace; the lesser-known but worthwhile Petrischule, the Church of St. Katarina; and other treasures hidden just around the corners from the main thoroughfare of Nevsky Prospect.
Price: 1000 руб. Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
This itinerary is an approximately 2 kilometer walking tour around the center of the city focused on Nevsky Prospect, the main street of St. Petersburg. We'll start at Griboedov Canal and meander around Nevsky Prospect, taking in, among other sights, the prominent Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood; Kazan Cathedral; the Winter Palace; the lesser-known but worthwhile Petrischule, the Church of St. Katarina; and other treasures hidden just around the corners from the main thoroughfare of Nevsky Prospect. We’ll both plunge into the hustle and bustle of busy Nevsky Prospect and enjoy the tranquility of lesser-traveled side streets and hidden courtyards. Great for an introduction to St. Petersburg, this walk covers some basic “must-see” locations and is led by an Art Historian who will add depth and context to the tour. This walking tour doesn't imply entrance to the interiors of the buildings.
Walking Tour "Rich and Poor"
History & Architecture
Price: 1000 руб. Private
Duration: 2 hours
St. Petersburg is a unique city in respect of its foundation, social and architectural development. During this tour you will have a chance not only to see the "parade" side of the city center but also get to know more about what's hidden from tourist sight. It covers some of the well known sights along with the hidden spots of the city. We'll start our tour with a place where the city originated and finish at the last residence of the Russian tzar family, which allows us to walk through 3 centuries of history without being exhausted. While traveling through times you will learn lots of interesting facts and intriguing stories about Russian tzars. We'll have a stroll along Nevsky prospect to see the most iconic buildings of the city, breath in its unique spirit and enjoy one of the most beautiful shops in art nouveau style you have ever seen. Our walk will take us through one of the most harmonious streets in the city where all the architectural elements are adjusted to make you feel in heaven. Then we'll finally leave all the rich and posh quarters behind and see what's real life is all about in St. Petersburg. We'll see the largest flee market in the city center, walk along the best party street in the city and walk through inner yards to see how people live. Here you will know more about Russian lifestyle, our habits, traditions and certainly shake off some stereotypes that you may have about Russians. After getting an insight into everyday life, we'll get back to Nevsky prospect where you can take great pictures of the Church on the Spilled Blood and the Kazan Cathedral. After that we'll take a look at the most luxurious and expensive district of the city and make our way towards the Palace square with the Hermitage which will be one of our final destinations. The last and the most spectacular spot of our itinerary is the Winter canal with a magnificent view over the first building in the city - Peter and Paul Fortress.
Architectural Ensembles of the Main Squares
History & Architecture
This walking tour discovers the central part of the city: the Winter Palace; the General Staff Building; the angel-topped victory monument known as the Alexander Column; one of the city's most conspicuous landmarks and the focal point of old St. Petersburg's three main streets, the Admiralty Building; the equestrian statue now an enduring symbol of St. Petersburg, the “Bronze Horseman”; and, the colossal St. Isaac’s Cathedral. I will help you to appreciate the architectural works which form the three main Squares of the city: Palace Square, Senate Square, and St. Isaac's Square.
Price: 1000 руб. Private
Duration: 1.5 hours
This walking tour discovers the central part of the city: the Winter Palace; the General Staff Building; the angel-topped victory monument known as the Alexander Column; one of the city's most conspicuous landmarks and the focal point of old St. Petersburg's three main streets, the Admiralty Building; the equestrian statue now an enduring symbol of St. Petersburg, the “Bronze Horseman”; and, the colossal St. Isaac’s Cathedral. I will help you to appreciate the architectural works which form the three main Squares of the city: Palace Square, Senate Square, and St. Isaac's Square. At the beginning of the 19th Century, the city’s planners and architects focused on large, architectural ensembles, shifting away from an emphasis on individual or separate buildings. The architects and sculptors of that time formed an image of St. Petersburg which prevails in the world’s consciousness into the present day. I'll show you the best vantage point, as conceived by its architect, from which to enter the Winter Square, and I’ll help you to understand how Neva river, in a somewhat astonishing and cleverly creative way, was “incorporated “ to form one of the Squares. This tour is a perfect starting point for those visiting St. Petersburg for the first time, and it is equally of value for those wanting to delve more specifically into the city’s architecture. This walking tour is about 2,5 kilometers and doesn't imply entrance to the interiors of the buildings.
CREATIVE SHOPPING!
Off the beaten track
Price: 1250 руб. Private
Duration: 4 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
Excursion to bars
Off the beaten track
Ночной загул по барам с элементами экскурсии.
Price: 1500 руб. Private
Duration: 6 hours
My excursion is an excursion on bars of Saint-Perersburg. During the excursion we pass 10-15 bars. These are various places where the youth of Petersburg like to have fun. Entrance in bars is free and also you get 6 free drinks
Journey into the Past (trip to local Bric-a-Brac/Curios shop)
Off the beaten track
Price: 2500 руб. 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 Vladimirskaya metro station. 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. Welcome to my tour "Journey into the Past"! Looking forward to meet you!
Путешествие в Кронштадт - Die Reise in Kronstadt - Le voyage à Kronstadt
Suburbs
Образно выразиться о предлагаемой мной экскурсии в Кронштадт я могу так: Кронштадт. Немало в этом звуке. Мы все — туристы, моряки — сюда стремимся. Здесь минуты чрезвычайно глубоки. Здесь все пропитано отвагой. Здесь каждый камень — монумент. России слава и награда, и боль. И все — в один момент. Здесь невозможное — возможно. И неизвестное — не в счет. Никто и никогда не сможет Кронштадт не принимать в расчет
Price: 7500 руб. Private
Duration: 6 hours
Все участники экскурсии увидят, узнают и откроют для себя Кронштадт, гуляя по улицам которого, каждый прикоснется к его истории, истории флота и страны, с которыми он связан неразрывно. Особенность путешествия в небольшой группе состоит в возможности изменения маршрута, посещения мест, не включаемых в обычные, "стандартные" экскурсии. Конечно, за одно посещение нельзя осмотреть весь Кронштадт, но увидеть именно то, что хочется и остановиться на тех сюжетах, которые особенно интересуют — вполне реально. Образно выразиться о предлагаемой мной экскурсии в Кронштадт я могу так: Кронштадт. Немало в этом звуке. Мы все — туристы, моряки — сюда стремимся. Здесь минуты чрезвычайно глубоки. Здесь все пропитано отвагой. Здесь каждый камень — монумент. России слава и награда, и боль. И все — в один момент. Здесь невозможное — возможно. И неизвестное — не в счет. Никто и никогда не сможет Кронштадт не принимать в расчет
Informal excursion to Kronstadt (Island Kotlin)
Suburbs
Price: 2500 руб. 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 25 rubles. Meeting place in front of exit from metro Chernaya Rechka.
Creative spaces in Saint Petersburg
Top tours
Price: 1400 руб. Private
Duration: 3 hours
I'm Olya Polyakova. I'm not a tour guide but social entrepreneur and activist working or relating with creative spaces and modern culture scene since 2012. I used to run a flower workshop in one place in 2012, then organized charity and social events there in 2013, then I worked there with communications. It was called 'Chetvert' and it was closed with a huge media buzz by the owner so we became kind of a legend. Then we run an art space with modern art galleries and pop-up cafe in old garage for summer 2014. Now my projects use to change locations and I still know everything about creative spaces in Saint-Petersburg. The tour is flexible according to the weather, your interests and events happening in the places. We might see the oldest art-center squatted by underground artists and musicians in early 90's, 10 year old space in the former bread factory, designers spot and modern creative spaces. I'll tell the last history of creative spaces, recommend some design shops and cozy cafe and bars. We can 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 the scene. And we'd discuss politics, globalization and try to find something unique behind the global trends. If I can't host a tour I'd suggest you to explore yourself: '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, crowdy now http://streetartmuseum.ru/, schedule on the website, strongly recommended
Price: 800 руб. Shared
Duration: 1.5 hours
History of the city
History & Architecture
Price: 500 руб. 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 руб. 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.
Royal mysteries of the House of Romanov
History & Architecture
Price: 1000 руб. 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.
The Park in industrial area
Price: 0 руб. 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.
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 руб. 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
Peter I in Bronze Horseman monument
Highlights
Price: 500 руб. 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 руб. 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)
Soviet dreams
History & Architecture
Price: 500 руб. 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.
Hero city Leningrad. 70
History & Architecture
Price: 2500 руб. 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 !
The State Hermitage guided tour
Literature & Art
Price: 900 руб. 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!
Daily life in Leningrad of 80
USSR
Price: 2500 руб. 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 !
One-day individual tour in Saint Petersburg
Highlights
Price: 5000 руб. 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!
Two-day individual tour: The Hermitage and Saint Petersburg downtown
Highlights
Price: 3000 руб. 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!
St.Petersburg - city
Highlights
Price: 500 руб. 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.
Catherine Palace
Suburbs
Price: 1500 руб. 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