Vasilievsky island: from the Spit to the Harbour

Vasilievsky island: from the Spit to the Harbour

Price per person

3000 RUB

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Duration

2 hours 30 minutes

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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. We'll also touch a bit of mystical part of Vasilievsky island and see some of local fantastic beasts, like dragons, sphinxes and gryphons.

Price:

Group-discount ticket: 3000 RUB per person

What is included in activity:

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

What is not included:

- Visiting museums
- Visiting abandoned places

Activity schedule:

Total duration - from 2,5 to 3 hours

What places will you see:

- 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

Activity book period:
You can book tour for 24 hours before start.
How can you pay for the activity:
You can pay with Visa or Mastercard.
Languages in what activity is performed:
English
Directions to meet your guide:

Bus stop at the Spit of Vasilievsky island

How long your tour will be:
2 hours 30 minutes
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Galigena K.

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Экскурсовод Арсений отличный рассказчик. Мы с дочерью были очень довольны, что заказали эту экскурсию.

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Linn Ø.

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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.

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