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Dear Traveller. Welcome to St Petersburg!
This is a short overview of tours we offer on Sputnik. Please read.

The Classics of St Petesburg

If you want to enjoy the classics of St Petersburg, we recommend you to visit Hermitage , take a personal tour of city center and have a day trip to Peterhof , Versailles of Russian Royal family. These are what you learn about St Petersburg in every guidebook.

Off the beaten track or St Petersburg of Today

If you want to take a look at other side of St Petersburg, we have tours for you as well.
a) Roof top tour is a must. Very unique experience with beautiful panorama of the historical center.
b) Explore cultural spaces for young people where modern culture is emerging. You will find many art galleries, restaurants, bars and local shops.
c) Visit huge century old industrial area to learn more about other side of St Petersburg history.
d) And of course we have a bike tour for all bike lovers (in summer only).

Foodies section

Russian food is not famous in the world. But there is interesting food in the city.
First of all, Uzbek food. There is huge Uzbek immigrant community and they have unique culinary traditions. So please, sign up for Uzbek food tour .
Other very unique and tasty cuisine is Georgian. And Georgian restaurants are scattered all over St Petersburg. Good but pricey restaurant is Mamalyga which is located next to Kazansky cathedral.
For Russian food I would personally recommend you to visit Vkus Est restaurant. They serve so called New Russian cuisine and cook using "local" ingredients from all over Russia.

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Reviews about tours in Saint Petersburg
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Sharanis

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The rooftop tour was the highlight of the trip! My guide Ilya was extremely professional and very accommodating. He was also very knowledgable with regards to the history of St Petersburg. Thanks again for the awesome tour Ilya and Sputnik!

About activity Roof top tour in St Petersburg 1 day ago
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Linn Ø.

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Guide Kirill friendly and interesting. We overcame language difficulties and I enjoyed talking to him immensly. Great view of Neva. St Isaac Cathedral not very visible. Tour definitely not for people uncomfortable with heights, darkness, ladders, slanting rooftops etc. I loved it.

About activity On the roof top with view of St. Isaac's Cathedral 23 days ago
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Ghettosh

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Amazing tour! We had a rough start to the day and almost canceled. We are so happy that we didn't. Arsene is a wonderful guide! He was very informative and accommodating. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in architectural history, urban decay or if you just want to get out of the tourist hot spots.

About activity Red Bermuda Triangle: stories and mysteries of an old industrial district about 1 month ago
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Samantha H.

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We were fortunate to book Igor for a two day hermitage and city tour. We learned so much, covered so much ground and enjoyed the experience that we booked Igor for another day to Peterhof and Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin.

Igor is in himself a quintessential Russian experience. His passion for his craft, the history of his city and the landmarks know no bounds. As an Australian, Igor looks, sounds and acts like what we would believe a typical Russian would be, stern, forthright and a sense of humour as dry as a dead dingoes donger. Dressed partway between Sherlock Holmes and a university professor you scuttle along after him, keeping up with his long stride as he talks verbatim into a microphone connected to your own earphones. ‘We’ve got a lot to cover today’ he chimes, ‘so lets get cracking!’
I’ve always hated the wasted time that goes with group tours, Igor – not only removed any wasted time with us, but we covered more in one day (albeit we were beat!) than a two day group itinerary. All on foot.

If you are after lots of laughs, morning, afternoon tea, long lunches and commercial recommendations then Igor is not your man. If you are after a jammed packed experience, with each landmark contextualised with time and place, a story woven between them, fact based descriptions that enable your own imagination to go back to that era, and the occasional quiz to check you’ve been listening – then Igor IS your man.
We thoroughly value our travel experience with Igor and highly recommend him not only to generalist travellers like ourselves but those interested in specialty components of St Petersburg history – such is his depth he can tailor a super experience to suit. Oh and he is REALLY good value too!

Thanks Igor for making our experience in St Petersburg unforgettable!

About activity Two-day individual tour: The Hermitage and Saint Petersburg downtown about 1 month ago
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Paul J.

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Very good, saw a lot. But needed better service with tour visas.

About activity Forts and docks of Kronstadt about 1 month ago