- 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.
Drop you at the hotel/sea port or where you'll point out.
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