History of the city's foundation
Walk with me along the river Neva embankments, where every stone remembers the past. Enjoy a breathtaking view from its bridges and solid granite embankments that don't exist anywhere else in the world.
Find out about the history of Peter's creation. Was he right when he willed into existence his "paradise on earth", counting the cost of thousands of human lives in the process of his reforms? These reforms were intended to socialize a barbaric Russian population and train them in new European ways. Starting from Trinity square, which was one of the first official centers of the city under protection of the Peter and Paul Fortress, see how it moved to Basil and Admiralty islands after that. You will be able to see the Palace embankment, Admiralty embankment, English embankment and much more. As Peter the I wanted everyone to use boats and would not let anyone to build a bridge before his death, so you shall have a boat trip on the Neva.
A visit of Peter and Paul fortress is included or another museum of your choice We can visit city history museum inside Peter and Paul fortress and see .the development of St.Petersburg during first two centuries of its development. And if that's not enough and weather permitting, take a boat ride along the channels to see it all from the vantage point of water level . (The price of the tour includes my time as a guide, extra expense such as entry tickets boat ride etc. are not included into the price)
Regular ticket: 500 RUB per person
My time as a tour guide
Entry tickets admmition price
Walk around Peter and Paul fortress and surrounding area, Peter the Great's cottage, enbankments, summer garden etc.
Kshessinskaya prima balerina manssion(the lover of the last tzar Nicolas II), which was taken over by bolshevicks revolutionnary commitee, and from its balcony Lenin pronunced his "All power to the Soviets" speach
Peter and Paul fortress
History of the city's foundation - customer reviews
Reviews of other tours by Ribin
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 1 month ago
I really enjoyed my tour to St Petersburg with Igor.
He was able to tailor my tour to include a comprehensive historical tour of Dostoevsky's St Petersburg.
The tour was very detailed, yet flexible.
St Petersburg is a great city with so much history, I plan to return again one day.8 months ago
We have been introduced to Saint Petersburg by Igor, who has guides us over the course of three days in this wonderful city. Igor is able to provide you rich details about the city, with very extensive knowledge about architecture, art and the city's history. Through the use of headphones you will be able to hear what Igor has to say, while giving yourself the opportunity to look around at your own pace. Igor is very flexible in organising the tours by adapting to your needs and wishes. Do not expect jokes or a lot of energy, but pay close attention and you will have great insight into the city. Thank you!about 1 year ago
Very " rich" tour ; very complete ; our guide was very well informed except about the museum opening hours ... ;-) but he had so many other informations to share .. that was fine.
It is a very long day... very good shoes are requested ! but walking is such a nice way to discover the town..
Thanks for the nice tour, Igor! It was informative and detailed. I can recommend it for those, who are interested in Russian history...almost 4 years ago