From brown to green: ecology and biodiversity of St Pete's "rust belt"

From brown to green: ecology and biodiversity of St Pete's "rust belt"

Price per group

3500 ₽



2 hours 30 minutes

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Saint Petersburg's "rust belt" is a wide circle of old industrial zones that surrounds its historical centre. These landscapes, although gloomy and downrun at the first glance, bear a lot of hidden treasures — including peculiar ecosystems with remarkable biodiversity that developed on the abandoned sites. City authorities and investors debate the future of these territories, and meanwhile former factories, railroad lines and warehouses get occupied by trees, thickets, frogs, insects and birds.

A 2.5 hour-long walk will let us discover a variety of ecosystems in different parts of an old industrial zone that developed since mid-19th century and was almost abandoned in the 1990s, beautiful view of the city centre from the railroad bridge, orchids in bloom (in an undisclosed location) and a gigantic abandoned warehouse with some materpieces of street art and its own "japanese garden". Extended information about local plant species and their ecological strategies is included.

Attention: light and sturdy shoes and some minimal endurance are highly recommended on this 8 km long walk. =)

Ticket 3500 ₽ per group
What is included in activity:

An 8 km walk across various landscapes, visit of an abandoned warehouse, an on-the-go lecture about local plant and animal species and their ecological strategies.

Activity schedule:

Длительность экскурсии - 2,5 часа.

Activity book period:
You can book tour up to 36 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed:
English, Russian, French
Directions to meet your guide:

In front of Moskovskie Vorota (Gates of Moscow)

How long your tour will be:
2 hours 30 minutes
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La ceinture grise de Saint-Pétersbourg contourne son centre historique en s'étendant sur un quart de la superficie totale de la ville. Les premiers grands ensembles industriaux ont apparu au milieu de XIXe ciècle et après la chute de l'URSS, ont été pratiquement abandonnés. Pendant que les autorités et les promoteurs immobiliers discutent les perspectives de la régénération de ces vastes paysages, de nouveaux occupants prennent le terrain: des plantes, des oiseaux, des grenouilles...

Une balade de 2.5 heures de durée nous fera découvrir l'ensemble des écosystèmes près du vieux chemin de fer et apprendre les stratégies écologiques de leurs habitants, nous rejouir de la beauté des paysages urbains vus du pont ferroviaire, et visiter un énorme dépot abandonné avec quelques chefs-d'oeuvre d'art urbain et un espèce de 'jardin japonais'...

Attention: pantalons longs et chaussures de sport suffisamment robustes fortement recommandés!

Билет 3500 ₽ за экскурсию
Что включено:

Balade de 8 km à travers des paysages variés, visite d'un dépot abandonné, conférence improvisé sur les stratégies écologiques des espèces locales


Длительность экскурсии - 2,5 часа.

За какой период можно бронировать:
Бронирование возможно не позднее чем за 36 часов до начала. Бронируйте сейчас, места могут закончиться!
На каких языках проводится?:
Английский, Русский, French
Место начала:

Sortie du métro Moskovskie Vorota(Porte de Moscou)

Какова длительность?:
2 hours 30 minutes
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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.

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

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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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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.

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Arsene provided our family (2 adults + 3 teens) with a remarkable afternoon. All of us enjoyed his tour very much, and we highly recommend it for tourists and Spb residents. Thanks, Arsene!

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