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Excursions in Saint Petersburg: Top tours

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 ₽ 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.
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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 ₽ 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.
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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 ₽ 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.
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Creative spaces in Saint Petersburg
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Price: 1400 ₽ 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
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