- Walking tour
- Cultural heritage
- Tailored tour
- Photo stops
- 6-7 hours
- Tour guide
City center on foot
During a guided walking tour you will explore St Petersburg centeral major tourist attractions, and the most beautiful historical views. You may choose places for inside visits; take pictures in front of grandiose city panoramas. Walking tour is the most effective way to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Saint Petersburg, feel the life of people and get to know the main attractions in detail. In its course you will learn the history of the city, its main streets, sights and squares. You will view the marvilouse architectural ensembles, get familiar with their inhabitants, general history and current status, i.e. whether nowadays they operate as government agencies, theaters, museums or privately-owned mansions. We will visit one of the world’s greatest museums- the State Hermitage with its great collection of western European art and the most spectacular St Petersburg attractions – Isaaс’s Cathedral, Yusupov Palace and Spilled Blood Church. You do not have to lose your time in the queue to the cashier; tickets could be bought in advance by me. In addition, during the walking tour, you may dine at a restaurant or cafe of your choice (I will offer options in accordance with the preferred kitchen) and visit the best souvenir shops and shopping malls of St Petersburg center. Any tricky questions and criticisms are appreciated.
To save time and effort, we can also use public transport or taxis when communicating between the most distant central attractions. Below is a standard tour route and an approximate timeline. In the process of communicating by email or messenger, we will jointly work out the most optimal itinerary and select more interesting places for excursions inside. Just write your wishes and I will adjust them individually for you.
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 Spilled Blood Church 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.
Yusupov Palace - the yellow facade on Moyka river hides a real treasure for those who are fond of antique interiors, grand stairs and halls, sculptures and paintings, modern theatre and mysterious stories. Despite several revolutions, war and crises, almost everything stayed the way it was. Yusupov Palace has a special atmosphere and long history of 300 years. Many bright moments are linked to this family residence on Moyka. However, it also stayed in the history as a place of murder of Grigory Rasputin - a Siberian peasant who became a friend of the Imperial family of Nicolas II. Apart from that, visitors are able to view the grand interiors of the second floor, extraordinary stuning the Yusupovs home theatre, private apartments of the last Prince of Yusupov’s family
During one-day walking, you will see the most spectacular highlights of St. Petersburg city center
- Palace square
- Alexander's column
- Winter palace
- former General staff building
- the Neva river embankments
- Palace bridge
- Peter and Paul fortress
- Spit of Vasilievsky island
- Rostral columns
- Senate square
- Bronze horseman
- Isaac Cathedral
- Isaac square
- Nevsky prospect
- Moika river
- Stroganov palace
- Kazan cathedral
- Singer house (House of the Book)
- Griboedov canal
- Russian museum
- Spilled blood church
- Field of Mars
- Engineers (Michaylovsky) castle
- Summer garden
You will visit the most spectacular attractions of St. Petersburg city center
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.
Alexander's column in the Palace Square or I will pick you up at the hotel
Inside guided tour
Walking along the Admiralty toward the Senate square and the St Isaac's Square.
St Isaac's Cathedral
Inside guided tour
Walking along the Moika river towards the Usupovs palace
Inside guided tour
You may dine at a restaurant or cafe of your choice (I will offer options in accordance with the preferred kitchen)
1. Walking along the Small Marine Street and Nevsky prospect toward the Kazan Cathedral.
2. Walking along the Griboedov Canal toward the Cathedral of Resurrection of Christ (Saviour on Spilled Blood Church)
Spilled Blood Church
Inside guided tour
Saying goodbye in the Summer garden near the Palace embankment of the Neva
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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 regards
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 little
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 team
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!