Main sights and everyday life
Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You don't have to just take my word for it: you can see it with your own eyes during a sightseeing tour around the downtown. We'll see the city's most famous palaces and churches, streets and squares. I'll tell you about the beginning of St. Petersburg, the time of Catherine the Great, the Russian Revolution and World War II. Apart from Nevsky Prospect and Palace Square, we'll get a chance to visit one of the active Orthodox Churches, farmer's market and do a subway trip in the deepest and very ornate subway. And of course we'll have a lot of picture stops in the famous places! The weather is not very important as you'll be in a car/mini van. This type of tour is ideal if it is your very first day in St. Petersburg, as it can help you to plan your future days.
During the tour we'll see Palace Square, the Hermitage, St. Isaac Cathedral, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, Mariinsky Theatre, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress, monument to Peter the Great(Bronze Horseman), Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Savior on the Blood Church, Smolny Cathedral. We'll be driving most of the time with picture stops and we'll go inside St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral or Kazan Cathedral, visit farmer's market near the house where Dostoevsky had his last apartment (now it is an apartment-museum).
We can do a subway trip to see a couple of nicely decorated stations in the deepest subway in the world, have a coffee break in the local pie shop and taste delicious and very popular pies and have some time for souvenir shopping or a stroll in Nevsky Prospect.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I'll pick you up at the lobby of your hotel with a sign reading your name.
End location: We'll take you back to your hotel or leave you in any place in the city center that you choose.
Duration: 4 hours
It can take a little bit longer or shorter depending on the traffic in the city.
Comfortable AC car or mini bus depends on how many people are in your party.
Guide's services, a comfortable AC car/mini van with a careful driver and a cost for subway
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 rubles - You can use credit cards in most places (cafes, souvenir shops), but it's good to have some cash for street coffee, street souvenirs.
If during the city tour you decide to see Saviour on the Blood Church or St.Isaac's Cathedral or Peter and Paul Cathedral inside you need to get entrance tickets and it will be my pleasure to provide a guided tour inside. Wednesday is day off in these museums.
I am not permitted to guide in the Russian language in the museums - only English.
In Russian can be only city tours.
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We had a great tour with Irina. She was engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and easy to be around, enhancing our day enormously.