Vasilievsky island: from the Spit to the Harbour
This urban walk will take us through three centuries of Vasilievsky island. This historical district, remarkable for its regular grid of streets and avenues, was conceived as the finest example of Imperial urban planning by Peter the Great and one of the first parts of the city to be actively built over. All three centuries of development of Saint Petersburg have left their marks on this island shared between different notable groups of people — from celebrated statesmen of the XVIII and XIX century to heroes of counterculture of the late Soviet union, from university students and professors in university cluster at the Spit of the island to migrant labourers in the industrial areas.
We will see the evolution of this part of town through centuries (from historical complexes in the Spit to late Soviet buildings in the western part of island, with some deviations from the East-West axis to see old industrial buildings) and also explore the enfilades of courtyards that form an alternative grid of walkways through the downside hidden behind the facades.
Group-discount ticket: 3000 RUB per person
A walking tour (with an occasional stretch on bus) across different neighborhoods and scenic places of Vasilievsky island and a narrative about its remarkable places and daily life of its inhabitants. Stops for taking photos / lunch break on demand
- Visiting museums
- Visiting abandoned places
Total duration - from 2,5 to 3 hours
- Ensembles of Strelka (Spit) of Vasilievsky island and University embankment, historical neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city, a couple of industrial buildings, and new housing in the Harbour region
Bus stop at the Spit of Vasilievsky island
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Arsene is an exceptionally well qualified, knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, professional guide that we recommend warmly. His wide range of deep, precise knowledge, attentive ear to all questions, personal involvement and evident love of his city made his tour a true pleasure for us both. Erling and Linn, Norway.6 days ago
It was really good experiment with an expert guide. The weather was really icy, but it's normal in January. It gave an additional atmosphere to this amazing square and this old-time factory. The guide gave a lot of detail and information of the history of the architecture and the factory. It was a real pleasure! And it's a good opportunity to take so nice pictures.about 2 months ago
Зимой-осенью темнеет рано, поэтому в это время года лучше ставить экскурсии на более раннее время, иначе не видно деталей архитектуры и т п, о чем и рассказывает автор.4 months ago
Мне понравилось, не пожалела, что пошла. По интересным лично для меня районам поводили. Экскурсовод был хороший4 months ago
Интересный маршрут - в некоторые места сама бы я не зашла, экскурсовод Арсений очень общительный и с удовольствием рассказывает не только о самой архитектуре, но и о связанной с этим жизни в целом. Единственный минус - под конец экскурсии было уже совсем темно и некоторые архитектурные детали, о которых говорил Арсений, были просто не видны. И хотя прогулка в сумерках мне очень понравилась, можно было бы начинать чуть пораньше.4 months ago
Спасибо!4 months ago