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Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover Saint Petersburg like a true local with an informative walk. Uncover the stories of the city’s past and present as you follow your guide through the historical center. Meet your guide right next to Palace Square. Learn about the main residence of the tsars of the Russian Empire and the famous State Hermitage Museum from your guide. Admire the panorama of the magnificent River Neva. Find out the main waterway of the city, its bridges and learn of the catastrophic floods the river caused the city. See the birthplace of Saint-Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the former city port on the Spit of Basil Island. Stop in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and hear about the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II. Then, continue walking along the paths of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Fontanka River Embankment and the main street of the city, the Nevsky Prospekt. List of highlights:1. Winter Palace (Hermitage), Palace Square, General Staff Building2. Sculpture of Atlantis 3. Neva River4. Peter and Paul Fortress5. St Basil’s Island6. Capella Building7.  Stroganov Palace 8. Nevsky Prospekt9. Kazan Cathedral10. Singer House11. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood 12. State Russian Museum13. Michael’s Castle14. Summer Garden15. Sheremetev Palace 16. Faberge Museum17. Anichkov Bridge18. Anichkov Palace19. Eliseev Merchants’ Shop20. Alexandrinsky Theatre21. Gostiny Dvor22. Churches of Nevsky Prospekt23. Passage24. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral25. Grand Hotel Europe26. Admiralty Building27. Swedish Church28. Literary Cafe29. Cabinet of Curiosities30. Palace Bridge

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St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

2. St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

After pickup from your hotel or cruise ship by your private guide, learn the story of the October Revolution. Find out why Tsar Nicholas II renounced his throne and see the Winter Palace that was occupied by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Continue on to the cruiser Aurora and discover how the ship became fundamental to the success of the Revolution. Then, proceed to the Museum of Russian Political History in the former headquarters of Vladimir Lenin and his comrades. Visit his former office and see the famous balcony from which numerous history-changing speeches were made. Learn from your guide the foundations of the Soviet State while exploring the Museum. You will hear Stalin's voice in an old phone, handle rifles from World War II, and go inside a typical Soviet style apartment from the 1960's with fully reconstructed interiors. Finally, understand the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as the contemporary history of the Russian Federation. Your guide will answer any of your questions and after the tour you will have a much better understanding of the origins of the Russian Revolution, the foundations of the USSR, and how Russia's turbulent history influences its present.

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Saint Petersburg: Private Half-Day Tour with Faberge Museum

3. Saint Petersburg: Private Half-Day Tour with Faberge Museum

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will head toward the Nevsky prospect, the main artery of Saint-Petersburg. While admiring the beauty of the Nevsky Prospect and the hundreds of canals and streets coming off it, your guide will provide you a brief history of the founding of the city and how it became the capital of the Russian Empire. After you reach the famous Hermitage Museum on the Palace Square and admire the architectural wonders of Bartolomeo Rastrelli, head down the Palace Embankment toward the statue of the Bronze Horseman (Peter the Great) on the Thunder Stone. From here, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view seeing Vasilyevsky Island and The Menshikov Palace on the other side of Neva River. From the monument, your guide will take you to the Kazan Cathedral, which was modeled on the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Continue down Griboyedov Embankment past the Singer House (also known as the House of Books) toward another famous Church, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a truly unforgettable sanctuary that reminds many of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. After visiting the cathedral step into Mikhailovsky Sad (Michaels Garden) – one of the most beautiful parks of Imperial Russia.  The fresh air, trees, a pond with a bridge and the two styles of park landscape (French and English) will give you a break from St. Petersburg’s architecture. As you pass through the park you will head toward another memorable destination – Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole). The park is named after the Roman god of War – Mars.  The park was established almost simultaneously with the founding of St. Petersburg. The park currently serves both as a memorial and as a reminder of the victories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. “The Field of Mars” was the first park to ignite the “Eternal Flame” which became the symbol of commemoration of the soldiers that died during World War II. After a stroll through these two parks, head to the famous Faberge Museum. The museum has a collection of over 4,000 works of decorative and fine arts, including paintings, porcelain, and bronze. The highlight of the museum's collection is the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Zar’s of Russia. Your guide will show the most notable pieces of this remarkable collection. The Blue Room of the museum will take your breath away.

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Skip the Line: Hermitage Museum Private Walking Tour

4. Skip the Line: Hermitage Museum Private Walking Tour

Enjoy the comfort and convenience of out private tour that will allow you to see the impressive highlights of the State Hermitage Museum: visit Gala Interiors of the Winter palace and admire the priceless art collections of the Russian Tzars including Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish artists, not to mention the Impressionists. The Hermitage museum contains over three million works of art and cultural artefacts, making it an unforgettable exhibition of world culture. Enjoy the flexibility of having your guide pick you up from your hotel at your convenience. From this meeting point we will walk to the Hermitage museum. You will skip the line and enter the museum with ease, immediately beginning the tour of the rich collections of Russia’s Tzars. After the tour your friendly tour guide will take you back to your hotel or to any place you request within walking distance from the Hermitage. If your hotel is located in the downtown area we will walk to the Hermitage museum. If it is not, please inform us in advance and we can take a taxi or the subway if the distance is too far (this will be at an additional cost).

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St Petersburg: Traces of the Russian Revolution 2-Hour Tour

5. St Petersburg: Traces of the Russian Revolution 2-Hour Tour

When thinking of the events that changed the course of history in the 20th century, one of the first places that come to mind is St. Petersburg, the city that saw Russia's most important revolutionary events unravel, events that shook the entire world. A visit to St Petersburg will bring history that changed the world to life. Take this tour and discover the traces of the Great October Revolution. This tour will take you to see the beauty of the Winter Palace, the hub of the Russian imperial court that was stormed by the Bolsheviks thus putting the palace centre stage in the revolution. Learn about the Field of Mars where you find the monument "To the Fighters of The Revolution". Explore the Museum of Political History, originally the mansion of Mathilde Kschessinska the prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre before the Revolution and lover of Tsar Nicholas II. In 1917, the building was seized by the Bolsheviks and turned into their headquarters in the city. Then see the famous battleship Aurora, the oldest surviving ship of the Russian Navy that gave the signal for the storming of the Winter Palace in 1917. Before finally seeing the Yusupov Palace, the site of the poisoning and eventual murder of Grigory Rasputin, the notorious monk, the close advisor of the last Empress. The tour will finish on the Palace Square.

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St. Petersburg: Driving Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress

6. St. Petersburg: Driving Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress

Get picked up from your hotel and along with your private guide cruise along Nevsky Prospect, the main city street. See famous UNESCO World Heritage sites and old mansions of Russian aristocrats. Pass by the Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood. Learn the origin of its name and how it miraculously survived during Bolsheviks' reign. Continue to the Palace Square where some of the most notable events in Russian history took place including the October Revolution of 1917. Admire the St. Isaac's Cathedral and learn which innovative technologies of the early 19th century were used to construct the church. Then go inside the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the oldest parts of the city. Learn the remarkable story of how Fyodor Dostoevsky was sentenced to death in this fortress but miraculously escaped his fate. Finally, visit the grandiose Smolny Cathedral that is off the beaten tourist track and located away from the city center.

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St. Petersburg: Small-Group Walking Tour

7. St. Petersburg: Small-Group Walking Tour

To say that St. Petersburg is a feast for the eyes is a bit of an understatement. Correction - a huge understatement! This mighty Russian treasure is packed full of glorious architecture and has one of the most imposing cityscapes on Earth. This St. Petersburg city tour takes you on a journey through the all of this and more, from a local perspective.  Start your St. Petersburg tour from the Palace Square, which is dominated by the Winter Palace. Next, you'll pass the palace where the famous beef stroganoff dish was invented and continue towards St. Isaac’s Square to see its beautiful cathedral. Get the inside scoop behind the stunning architectural flourishes on this gorgeous building, and discover how it has been used over the centuries. You’ll also see the bronze horseman, a symbol of St. Petersburg.  After crossing the Neva River, you’ll stop at a favorite local spot from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Palace Embankment, with its renowned Hermitage Museum, and many prominent St. Petersburg landmarks: including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Chamber of Curiosities. With your local St. Petersburg guide, you will pay a visit to the oldest structure in the city, and the site where the town of Peter started in 1703. The cathedral located here became the burial place of the Russian emperors and members of their families, from Peter the Great onwards. Discover what lies inside and learn the history behind the oldest fortress in the city. Then, take a ride on the deepest subway in the world together with your guide! After your subway ride head back to the city center and have lunch in a local café to taste traditional Russian food. After lunch you can continue exploring the city on your own if you wish. Your local guide will give you all the necessary recommendations to make your stay in the city a memorable one.

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Private Half-Day Tour of St. Petersburg with Driver & Guide

8. Private Half-Day Tour of St. Petersburg with Driver & Guide

Enjoy the flexibility of having your own private guide to help you navigate and truly experience the wonders of St. Petersburg for half a day. This tour is perfect if you already know or have an idea of what you want to do in St. Petersburg and do not wish to be carted around on a generic sightseeing tour, or if you have trouble walking long distances or get tired easily. Instead you can simply arrange to have one of our knowledgeable and friendly guides with you for the day to visit places of your choosing that interest you. With your own private driver you have the ability to see some farther away locations. You can select unique places that are not listed in other tours or request to visit familiar sights in a different order that is more appealing to you. You can explore and get to know St Petersburg with your own guide at your pace. Please note: indicated price of the tour is valid for 1-2 people. If there are more people in your party, please let us know and we will arrange for a different vehicle (a mini-van)and this will only slightly affect the cost of your tour. Once the tour is booked we will discuss your plans and what you'd like to see in advance. Your knowledgeable local guide will ensure that no problems arise during your exploration of the city, and will act as your companion during the day.

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Saint Petersburg: Walking Tour Around Famous Attractions

9. Saint Petersburg: Walking Tour Around Famous Attractions

Explore the most iconic attractions of St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, on this walking tour. Get an insider's view on the culture and history of the city from your local guide. Visit Palace Square, the central city square of St Petersburg, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge, and see the Bronze Horseman statue, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great. Witness the magnificent Mariinsky Theatre, marvel at the architectural wonder of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and get to know the history behind Peter and Paul Fortress.

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Saint Petersburg: Magic Christmas Tour

10. Saint Petersburg: Magic Christmas Tour

Start the festivities at the meeting point in the heart of St Petersburg where you will meet your fun and knowledgeable guide. After a short meet and greet, set-off on your adventure through St Petersburg during it's most decorative time of the year - Christmas! During your tour of this magical city, witness landmark sites such as the Hermitage Museum, The Church of the Spilt Blood, and the Peter and Paul Fort. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the Palace Square, which you can only feel at this time of the year! From your learned guide, hear the story of the famous Christmas tree, learn of the first person to ever decorate it and hear tales of Christmas magic and Christmas spells. Your guide will entertain you with anecdotes of Christmas legends about St Petersburg.  Whilst on your tour, you will also get to visit the amazing, old-fashioned Christmas Markets in Moskovskaya Square, Pionerskaya Square, as well as Gatchina Palace. Find out what makes it so popular, what the local products taste like at Christmas and fill your heart with the joy and experience of a St Petersburg Christmas.

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What people are saying about Palace Square

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,538 reviews

The tour was simply marvelous! It was as interesting and educational as it was enjoyable. Our guide, Elena, is absolutely first-rate. As part of an extended walking tour (including a highly interesting visit of the Museum of Political History, she told us an enormous wealth of facts and details about Russian history from the revolution to Putin's Russia today. Coincidentally, Putin even came to town that day. While giving us the big picture, Elena also drew our attention to seemingly small details (which we would have all overlooked if we had taken the walk by ourselves). We are coming back and thank you very much again for an unforgettable day!

Lida was our tour guide and she was AWESOME! She speaks good english and keeps u engaged for 3 hours. She is from St.Petersburg and is very knowledgeable about the city. She has answers to all your questions. Booking was simple on GYG and communication was good prior to the meeting time via whatsapp. I highly recommend this tour.

The visit was very interesting and allowed me to better understand the political history of Russia through the various monuments and museums visited. In addition, the guide spoke excellent French and was very competent and motivated. I recommend !

The walk in chilled weather was amazing one to do. They do as they write “nothing stops this tour”. The guide Lidia was wonderful and made the tour perfect.

We drove and saw many Peter and Paul fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Nevra River and the Tour Guide was very knowledgeable about all the places we went.