Peter and Paul Fortress, St.Isaac Cathedral, Savior on the Blood Church
This is an extended variant of the city tour, which also includes popular museums of St. Petersburg. We'll see the most famous palaces and churches, streets and squares. I'll tell you about the beginning of St. Petersburg, the time of Catherine the Great, Russian revolution and World War II. Apart from Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and other "musts" we'll get a chance to visit one of active Orthodox Churches, farmer's market and take a subway ride (upon your wish) in the deepest and very ornate subway. And of course we'll have a lot of picture stops in the famous places!
During the city tour we'll visit Peter and Paul Fortress, birthplace of the city, its Cathedral is a burial place of the Romanovs; St. Isaac Cathedral and Savior on the Blood Church, which are very popular museums now.
We can have lunch or a tea/coffee break in one of local cafes or pie shops.
During the tour we'll drive by Palace Square, the Hermitage, St. Isaac Cathedral, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral (visit inside possible, active church), 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, Cruise Aurora, 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 the farmer's market near the house where Dostoevsky had his last apartment (now it is an apartment-museum), take a metro to see a couple of stations (optional) and have some time for souvenir shopping (also optional).
We'll see inside St. Isaac Cathedral and Church of Savior on the Spilt Blood inside (both are museums) and visit the birthplace of our city - Peter and Paul Fortress with the cathedral, which is a burial place of Russian tsars.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I'll meet you in the lobby of your hotel
End location: We'll take you back to your hotel or leave you in any place in the city center that you choose.
Duration: 6 hours
Wednesday is day off.
comfortable AC car or mini van
comfortable AC car/mini van with a careful driver
entrance fees to the museums
cost for subway
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 rubles - You can use credit cards in most places (shops, cafes), but it's good to have some cash for street coffee, souvenirs.
The colonade of St. Isaac Cathedral is not included in the regular tour. If you decide to go I'll help you to get a ticket ,which is 150 roubles. And be aware there are more than 200 steps up and no elevator!
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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Super tour! Irina is a very knowledgeable guide who gets the story and message across perfectly. We had a 6 hour tour with van and driver and saw so much of the city, but still left us wanting more. We stopped for a delicious lunch in a perfect setting. Her command of English is 5-star. We highly recommend Irina especially for an introduction to St. Petersburg. Excellent!