This tour is both for Dostoyevsky fans and all those travelers who want to see non-touristy places!
"Saint Petersburg is the most abstract and intentional city in the world". (Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky is one of the greatest Russian writers of the 19th century. Though he was born in Moscow in 1821, he spent most of his life in Saint Petersburg, where many of his novels and short stories are set.
His world-famous novel 'Crime and Punishment' takes place in the notorious slums of Haymarket Square. It is no wonder - Dostoyevsky himself lived close to this square for several years. Raskolnikov, the fictional anti-hero of the novel, may have lived in the same area too. Recently local scholars have identified many architectural landmarks on which 'Crime and Punishment' might have been based.
Explore the sites that you can find only with your private local guide!
NOTE: This tour is available for certain dates. Please ask me a question before booking.
During this tour we will see many places connected with the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the main characters of his novel 'Crime and Punishment'. We will start the tour with Haymarket Square, reach the building where Dostoyevsky used to live, and the Raskolnikov House. Then we will follow Raskolnikov's murder route to the building where he killed the old moneylender.
After that we will take a subway or walk to the Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum. It was the final home of Dostoyevsky, who lived here from 1878 until his death. It is located near Vladimirskaya metro station, where you can take a picture near the Monument to Dostoyevsky.
After a short break for lunch, we will finally visit Tikhvin Cemetery where the famous Russian writer found his last resting place. This is the cemetery where you can also find the tombs of many other prominent Russian people, such as Glinka, Krylov, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Kramskoy, Petipa, etc.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at 10:00am at your hotel with a sign with your name.
End location: I will bring you back to your hotel or leave at any other location in the city center.
Duration: 5 hours
Duration depends mostly on your walking and weather conditions.
Public transportation (subway)
English-speaking licensed local tour guide service
Estimated Local Cash Needed
600 roubles per person - food, drinks, etc.
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Alex is extremely knowledgable about the city and the history of St Petersburg and Russian literature. He was a wonderful guide! My tour was extremely interesting. I learned so much about the life and work of Dostoyevsky in a few hours, way more than I would have through hours of reading and research. Seeing places that Dostoyevsky talks about in person provides a completely different perspective into his stories all together. Priceless experience in every way possible! Highly recommended!