Excursions in Saint Petersburg: History & Architecture

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. =)
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.
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!
Skip the line ticket to Hermitage Museum
History & Architecture
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.
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.
Bus tour to Peterhof
History & Architecture
Price: 4340 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.
Red Bermuda Triangle: stories and mysteries of an old industrial district
History & Architecture
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.
Hermitage: Essentials and Skip the line
History & Architecture
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.
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.
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
History & Architecture
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.
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.
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.
Private tour in St. Petersburg
History & Architecture
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
History & Architecture
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)
History & Architecture
Price: 4000 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.
City Bus Tour
History & Architecture
Price: 1370 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.
Metro Palaces
History & Architecture
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
Private tour of St. Petersburg
History & Architecture
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
Private guide in St. Petersburg
History & Architecture
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.
¡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.
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).
One day as a local
History & Architecture
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.
Walking Tour "Rich and Poor"
History & Architecture
Price: 1000 RUB 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !