- Private vehicle
- Cultural heritage
- Tailored tour
- Photo stops
- 8-9 hours
- Tour guide
If you have only a day to explore the city, enjoy a panoramic city tour with a private guide with visits to the main museums of St Petersburg. Such exploring of St Petersburg is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the city, its significant attractions with guide’s explanation of what you see around. You will listen to many interesting stories and city legends; acquaint yourself with the modern life of its residents. You will view major architectural ensembles situated in the center of the city, learn the history of their creation and current state of being, i.e. whether nowadays they serve as government agencies, museums, theatres and privately-owned mansions. You will enjoy a visit to the State Hermitage and Faberge museum, spectacular attractions – St Isaac’s Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood and the birthplace of the city – Peter and Paul Fortress with Peter and Paul Cathedral.
One day tour starts with me picking you up from St Petersburg hotel or any other location in the city. It may take place by a private car with a driver, or as a combination of a walking using a taxi or public transport to communicate between more distant attractions. Below you can see an example of the excursion itinerary and timeline, but your tour is private and fully customized. Therefore, in the process of discussion the private day tour in Petersburg by email or messenger, we will work out the route together in accordance with your desires, season, days of the week, etc. There will be a lunch break in the middle of the day to relax and if you would like to sample the local cuisine. I can suggest restaurants and cafes with proven delicious and high-quality food, beautiful original interior and good service.
The State Hermitage museum is among the greatest and largest museums of the world along with the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery and the British Museum in London. Its collection includes app. 3 million exhibits. Western European paintings have earned worldwide fame, because its pieces of art date to the 13th century and all the way to the 20th century, which means 7 throughout centuries all together. Among the most well-known pieces are works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Diego Velázguez, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt; painting in the impressionism and post-impressionism styles. Among European sculptures, there are pieces by Michelangelo, Falconet, Canova, Robin and many other outstanding artists.
St Isaac’s Cathedral was named after reverend Isaac the Dalmatian, a Byzantium monk who lived in the 4th century. The fourth and the last version of the church recognized as a masterpiece of the 19th century’s architecture, that was built in 1858 by the design proposed by the French architect, August de Montferrand. Its construction took approximately 40 years, and including the interior design cost the treasury around 24 million Rub. In total, there are 112 monolithic columns of varying sizes in the cathedral and over 350 sculptures. The dome’s gilding required around 150 kilograms (331 lbs.) of gold. The area of the ceiling painting of the main dome is 800 square meters (8,611 square feet), and the total area of mosaics is 530 square meters (5,705 square feet).
The Cathedral of Resurrection of Christ is a monument of Russian architecture of romantic nationalism (end of the 19th - beginning of the 20th centuries). It was founded and built on the place where on March 1st, 1861 the member of People's Will party, Ignacy Hryniewiecki, fatally wounded Emperor Alexander II. That is the reason why the cathedral is often referred to as the Temple of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The most important and unique feature in the decoration of the Church of the Savior on Blood is the utilization of mosaic compositions. The area covered with mosaic is over 7000 square meters and it is one of the largest in Europe.
Peter and Paul fortress In 1703 Peter the Great decided to build a new fortress that would have all technological advancements of that time. The island called Enisaari (in Finnish; translated in Russian as Hare Island) and situated in the delta of Neva was picked as a place of building the fortress. Thereby, the construction of the fortress Sankt Petersburg (German manner) was initiated. It honored Apostle Peter, the guardian angel of Russian tsar and Russia. The fortress name spread on the city which founded and quickly grew around it. The fortress itself was named after one of its parts - the cathedral, located right in its center which was called after the saints Paul and Peter and became the burial place of Russian Emperors starting from Peter the Great.
Fabergé Museum A privately owned museum, organized by the Link of Times Foundation, with the magnificent collection of works by the recognized worldwide jeweler Carl Fabergé. The most essential and known masterpieces of the collection - the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Carl Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors. Each of the Eggs is a mastery of jewelry and art with special historical importance. All of them are located in the Blue Hall of the Palace.
There is no need to spend time in queues, as tickets can be purchased in advance. In the middle of the tour, you may dine at any restaurant of your choice (I will give options in accordance with your preferred kitchen) and shop in the best souvenir stores and shopping malls. Below is a standard tour route and an approximate timeline of the One Day St Petersburg Tour. Just write your wishes and I will adjust them individually for you.
During the City tour, you will see the most spectacular highlights of St. Petersburg
- Palace square
- Alexander's column
- Winter palace
- former General staff building
- Nevsky prospect
- Senate square
- Bronze horseman
- Isaac Cathedral
- Isaac square
- the Neva river embankments
- Palace bridge
- Peter and Paul fortress
- Spit of Vasilievsky island
- Rostral columns
- Trinity bridge
- Spilled blood church
- Field of Mars
- Engineers (Michaylovsky) castle
- Fontanka river
- St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral
- Seven bridges spot
- Grand Choral Synagogue
- Mariinsky theatre
- Yusupov palace
- Moika river
- Anichkov bridge
- Kazan cathedral
- Stroganov palace
During the City tour, you will visit the most significant museums of St. Petersburg
Variant of Timeline
Please keep in mind that the entrance time to the Hermitage is determined by the museum itself in case of advanced purchase. That is why "Inside visit the Hermitage museum" may swap its place in the itinerary. Besides, you can change the places to visit inside in course of discussing the tour via email or by phone. Just let me know.
More places to cover:
I can pick you up from a hotel/ a seaport or wherever you state/want. Be without luggage. We can move around by taxi (not included in the tour costs), private vehicle or on foot. Pick the suitable means of traveling in the tour brief. Any other conditions can be discussed in person, and I'll act accordingly to your preferences.
Part of the Tour
with Hermitage and Peter and Paul Fortress inside visits. It will be held in the heart of St. Petersburg. The route passes through the Admiralty, Vasileostrovsky, Petrogradsky and Central districts. They are separated by the main waterway of the city, the majestic Neva river and its tributaries, and are connected by the famous drawbridges of St. Petersburg - Blagoveschensky, Dvortsovy and Troitsky. Due to this, to the guests’ view there are magnificent panoramas of the Winter Palace, the Rostral Columns and a small island fully occupied by Peter and Paul Fortress, the very one from which the history of our city, now an open-air museum, began. Time is customized up to your wish.
Lunch in a cafe
You may dine at a restaurant or cafe of your choice (I will offer options in accordance with the preferred kitchen).
Rest of the Tour
This part of the route include inside visit of one of the most beautiful architectural and monumental art masterpieces - St Isaac's Cathedral and Spilled Blood Church, and Faberge museum. Then it l0000ies at some distance from the central attractions, about five km from the Palace Square. Here in the 19th century there was the so-called unfair Petersburg, now, however, on the scale of the whole territory of the city it is, of course, also its central part. Here we are waiting for the Mariinsky Theatre Square, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, the Great Choral Synagogue, the Kryukov Canal with its famous site of seven bridges.
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My wife and I were planning a cruise this summer that included 2 days in St. Petersburg. We had already been to St. Petersburg and visited the main sites and wanted something different. I selected Anna because of her great website and the chance to put together a private tour. Over several weeks we worked to put together a great 2 day tour at less than 1/2 the cost of our ship tour. Anna was going to purchase tickets for several sites so we would not have to wait in line, plus get government approval for our private tour, so I send the funds by paypal . Unfortunately with the corona virus, we decided to cancel our cruise. When I told Anna she was very understanding and refunded our funds the very day we let her know we were not coming. It was a pleasure to work with her and put together a private tour. Hopefully one day we will get to go and tour with her.Read mоre Hide
I highly recommend this tour. Anna showed me many metro stations and gave me insights into the significance of them, how they are decorated and why that is significant. She also took me to a couple of places that I wouldn't have been to if I had just stayed within the standard area of where you would go as a tourist of St Petersburg. A lovely afternoon
My daughter and I have enjoyed a most wonderful 3 day visit to St Petersburg. We engaged the services of Anna for a 2 day private tour and we couldn’t have been happier. To start with she is friendly, warm and accomodating and her knowledge is outstanding. Anna also helped us with restaurant and retail recommendations all of which were spot on. As first timers to Russia we wanted to make the most of our time and thanks to Anna we accomplished more then we ever hoped to. I highly recommend using Anna if your are considering a private tour.Read mоre Hide
I connected with Anna sometime ago for our dream trip around Russia. Anna immediately assisted me with everything I needed going above and beyond her duties as a tour guide. I am travelling with two young children who are full of energy yet she was patient, kind & understanding. Her vast knowledge of the city was much more than expected. This type of knowledge comes with years of experience and passion for her city. By booking Anna will be the best decision you make with an unforgettable experience. Thank you once again Anna for impressive memories.Read mоre Hide
We could not have had better guidance around St Petersberg. Anna brought the history alive with her stories and her knowledge of the architecture, political history and Russian dynasty. We felt very safe and she was so helpful with getting tickets, timing of visits and taxis. We both feel we have learned so much about this beautiful and interesting city. Thank you Anna.
The whole process of booking the tour was very easy, with the date and time being agreed with Anna prior to booking. The tour was very interesting with Anna sharing information about the Metro system and also what we could expect to see when we went to see other places of interest. We learnt a lot about the history of St. Petersburg and Russia. The stations themselves were beautiful and I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the amazing stations and learn about the history of the Metro.Read mоre Hide
We arrived in St Petersburg on a cruise ship and Anna arranged a great 2 day trip of the city for us. She communicated with us in advance to agree what our tour would involve and all timings, and gave us useful advice. When we arrived, she was there on time to meet us and start our tour. It was an action packed couple of days and Anna was full of information about all the places we were visiting. We were whisked to the front of the queue at each place we went to so no standing in line! And on our final day she had us back exactly when she said she would do we were back on board on plenty of time for the ship leaving. For anyone visiting St Petersburg I would recommend Anna as your guide, she was excellent!Read mоre Hide
I spent a fantastic 2 days seeing the sights of beautiful St Petersburg with Anna as my private guide. The tour was very well organised and managed to cram in all the things I wanted to do in my short time there. There was no waiting in line to get into any of the attractions as Anna had pre booked the tickets and we were able to skip the long queues. She was very accommodating to fit in all the things I wanted to see in my time in St Petersburg including transport options. Anna was always on time with meeting me in the morning and including at midnight when we did the open bridges tour. It was a very informative 2 days and there was not a question I asked she was unable to answer. Her knowledge of the city and history of Russia is second to none and extremely impressive!! Anna is an absolute professional, very friendly and easy to communicate with. It was a pleasure to explore St Petersburg with someone who is passionate about their city and I recommend her services while visiting!!Read mоre Hide
We did an nice and flexible tour, according to my wishes. Anna impressed often by the great knowledge about Details of the history and art of her City SPB - and you can easily imagine, that she loved SPB.
Anna was extremely knowledgeable and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Metro. I couldn't have done it on my own. I would definitely recommend any tour that Anna does if this one was indicative of her ability to provide a wonderful experience.
We spent two fantastic days in St. Petersburg and had the great pleasure to have Anna as our private guide. She planned our visits to all fantastic places and arranged all tickets in advance. Somehow she always got us among the first in line. Anna has a great knowledge about history, buildings and all worth knowing about the city and the life in Russia. We can really recommend Anna if you want to explore St. Petersburg. Best regardsRead mоre Hide
Anna was a fabulous guide today. I really enjoyed how well the tour was planned and having a guide who has a genuine passion for the magnificent culture of St Petersburg. She was also understanding of my interest of having some of the tour in Russian though her English is excellent. I highly recommend her!
It was our pleasure and good fortune to spend time with you in your favorite city. We enjoyed all our conversations with you: historical, architectural, cultural, political and spiritual. Every year on the feast day of Epiphany I will be thinking of you and your sacramental rite of baptism in the Neva River! In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We were so blessed to have you to guide us in St. Petersburg! I hope you and I can keep in touch a littleRead mоre Hide
Dear Anna, thank you so much for a wonderful time we have spent with you in St Petersburg... We really enjoyed, and had an excellent, joyful tours with you and so many amazing learnings you have shared with us! The whole organization, professional approach and especially positive energy during the days we spent with you were amazing!
Fantastic tour Anna, we cant wait to come again! Looks like we might be doing 2 trips to russia next year. So excited
Dear Anya, It was very pleasent to work with you for trips we recently done to Saint Petersburg. We are not getting proper response from guides for our trips but later we found you. We appreciate your work with professionality and accurate explanation of all places. I personally like to recommend you to other and for sure all future trips for our group, you are the only one we would like to walk at nevskiy. Thanks for making our trip memorable :-) Best of luck!! Regards Gorussia Holidays teamRead mоre Hide
She was excellent, patient and very knowledgeable. She took us to hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress and Peterhof. We had a great time and she even took interest in the kids and showed them things that would interest then. If I travel back to St. Petersburg I would surely get in touch with her. Her service was affordable and extremely professional. Thanks for making our vacation in St. Petersburg pleasurable.
We got to St. Petersburg for a couple of days, wanted to watch something special from russian history. Our guide Ann suggested to get to Pushkin City. It was really fun!!! We heard lots of things! Amber room is something special! Ann thanks for interesting tour.
Will surely recommend your name to my family and friends who wish to visit st Petersburg.
Thanks so much again for today. You helped make my stay here more meaningful. You are very good at what you do!