In his novels, Dostoevsky portrays a city of slums, dives and brothels. The city embodies the social injustice which his characters rebel against. My tour offers you an insight into how the works the great Russian novelist influenced the revolutionary movement...
Legendary liquor, “extremely clear and smooth”, a vodka for the Russians is something more than a drink.....
Is it possible to make the world a better place? If it seems to you that nothing can be done by ordinary people, consider how Lenin and his party managed to change their country and, in-deed, the world...
St Petersburg was founded as “a window on the West”, but throughout three centuries of its turbulent history it became truly Russian city, that has shared joys and sorrows, wins and loses with the rest of Russia...
The Soviet building works of the 1920s was something that amazed foreigners: it was hard to believe that after enduring the civil war the Russians would begin building a “brave, new world” using architectural forms never witnessed before in a style known as “constructivism”...
The opulent metro system, decorated with the marble sculptures and frescos is a wonder, erected at a time when Leningrad was still healing its wounds inflicted by the Nazi siege. The tour is an exploration of the “palaces for the people” and the Soviet epoch...
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December, 17 2017
Vodka is not that simple as you might have thought! The "vodka tour" was a charming way both to learn and to taste. The place for testing chosen by Vladimir was really cosy, elegent, and... food was really tasty and he went in depths about the history of the spirit itself, explaining us how the production technology drammatically changed in the time of the last Russian emperor. We were lucky to have a sip of authentic vodka produced according to the old technology and to compare it with the newer ones. If you want to add a gastronomic hint for your trip, Vladimir's testing is the best choice.
May, 30 2016
Great tour. In 2 hours you see the first stations built on line 1. It goes beyond the superficial architecture to explain the meaning and reasoning behind it and provide a very interesting picture of 20th century Russian history and culture, including the Revolution, the Siege of Leningrad, Soviet values, industrialization and others. Vladimir explains all this in detail, covering things that would be easily missed otherwise. You also see a couple of construction details affected by the Cold War. Fascinating.
August, 7 2018
I really enjoyed this tour with Vladimir.
I undertook this tour alone, and Vladimir made it possible to collect me from my hotel, and we made our way to restaurant.
We tried five different vodaks, from various places, and also enjoyed some food.
Most of all, I enjoyed the company of Vladimir, and we had a great cultural exchange and it was a pleasure to learn about him and his interesting life in St Petersburg.
Thank you, and if I return, I will be sure to see you again.
July, 10 2013
Awesome. Vladimir came prepared with maps, print-outs, old photos, quotes from the novel and from the press of the period, providing excellent background to a fascinating 2-hour tour. Vladimir's narration revolves around the life of Dostoyevsky and the plot of the novel. You will get most out of it if you are familiar with "Crime and Punishment", but the tour is cleverly designed in such a way, that you will enjoy it and learn from it even if you have not read the book. Highly recommended!
January, 13 2014
Владимир - очень обязательный человек: перезвонил накануне экскурсии и уточнил, все ли остается в силе. Причем экскурсия была частично оплачена заранее, подтверждение о ее проведении было получено на электронную почту. Он ждал, как и оговаривалось, у станции Автово с табличкой. Экскурсия оказалась познавательной и нескучной, понравилась старшему возрастному поколению. Рекомендую не только гостям Петербурга, но и тем жителям, которым интересен свой город.
October, 5 2012
Vladimir is a great host and is very knowledgeable about the city and the metro stations. He really helped me understand the essence of the beauty of these stations. The tour is really remarkable and totally worth it. And Vladimir is very accomodating and very helpful (he helped me catch a bus to Peterhof at the end of the tour as well).
Thanks you Vladimir for giving me this tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it and got some really nice pictures. :)
February, 12 2017
We took the Metro Palaces tour with Vladimir on our first night in St. Petersburg. This was our first visit and we can't imagine a better introduction than the two hours we spent learning about the history of the city through the design of the metro system. Vladimir is a wonderful guide - extremely knowledgeable, friendly and clearly passionate about the subject matter. We highly recommend the tour and Vladimir as a guide to this amazing city.
July, 30 2015
St Petersburg is a fantastic city - full of history, politics...and great tour guides! Vladimir was a wonderful guide, showing us the highlights of Soviet architecture. Both his Metro Palaces and Futuristic Buildings tours were fascinating - way beyond the banal information offered by bog-standard guidebooks. He was engaging, well-prepared and passionate about his subject. Thanks for making sure we'll never forget our trip to St Petersburg!
September, 5 2012
Vladimir.....I can't imagine our trip to St petersburg being complete without meeting you and visiting the metro palaces. You did a wonderful job exposing us to the beauty and art housed deep below the city. You knowledge of history and the relationship of the metro stations was so educational. Thanks for adding such a unique adventure to our visit. Everyone coming to St p should take your tour
January, 1 2017
Vladimir is a real expert on the architecture and history of the city. He did a great job by making a private to suit our interests. He showed us some buildings of early and later soviet periods we would never have found ourselves. Besides that he takes time for everything you would like to know. As a surprise he introduced us to some really good Russian wines we really enjoyed.
April, 29 2015
The metro palaces tour was a great change from the usual humdrum of museum visits. Vladimir was engaging and gave us a great glimpse into the beautiful metro stations along the red line starting from Avtovo going to Ploshchad Vosstaniya. He was organized and very accommodating with our group's last minute tour request. I would definitely recommend taking a tour with Vladimir.
April, 13 2014
We have joined the Metro Palaces tour. It was really good and interesting. I've always considered the St. Petersburg Metro as one of the most appealing parts of the city and I enjoyed the tour very much. I was not just a tour but a journey through the most significant times of the Russian History. Very well detailed and organized.
Daria & George
October, 2 2012
Put on your walking shoes! Vladimir will take you on a great tour and explain the details of some remarkable buildings across Vasilievsky Island. He is a hugely knowledgeable host and really loves his topic. If history and architecture are your go, then this is a must do for your agenda.
Rob and Peter
July, 4 2016
Vladimir provided an amazing experience in St Petersburg. He is very smart and educated about all things historical and modern in his city. Whether you are looking to visit the museums or simply learn about local life and cuisine, Vladimir can deliver an authentic local experience that is 100% hassle free. I would highly recommend him.
March, 31 2017
В экскурсии принимали участие 20 человек, учащиеся 11 класса из Нижнего Новгорода. Благодарим за профессиональный подход к историческому и культурному наследию. Кроме этого Владимир обладает очень важными качествами организатора и истинного интеллигента-петербуржца. Спасибо. Надеемся на дальнейшее сотрудничество.
September, 22 2012
The metro palaces tour was great. Vladimir was very knowledgeable on the subject and made us see the stations in a different way. We have done lots of tours in many places and this one ranked as one of our favorites. Vladimir was also very accommodating to our schedule.
July, 27 2018
Eduard and Evgeniya were amazing tour guides, they showed St Petersburg and Hermitage with so much energy and enthusiasm. Both of them are very knowledgeable tour guides with excellent customer service and an awesome passion for the city.
December, 4 2012
Vladimir guided us very professionally telling about smallest details of Metro palaces, pointing out different interesting facts and answering all questions we have! Highly recommended tour no matter weather or time of year! :)
January, 8 2018
Really great tour, our host, Vladimir, was so passionate and knowledgeable on the topic, but
Made the night a fun and memorable one. He tailored it to suit our needs also, very happy and would thoroughly recommend.
September, 11 2017
The excursion was great! And Vladimir is very professional! It was intersting information and good organization. We are very satisfied. Vladimir, thank you a lot from our group!
January, 20 2017
It was really fascinating tour allowing to understand much better Russian history.
January, 17 2018
Vladimir is awesome
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