We see how the ancient history of Russia is intertwined with the more recent one during the 18-20th centuries. We look at the history of struggle for democracy in Russia in the beautiful surroundings of baroque and classical ensembles of the Smolnyi monastery and institute, which was a headquarters of Bolshevik's revolution; and Taurida palace, which was a seat of the first Russian democratically-elected parliament.
Walk with me around the St. Petersburg's area connected with the most infamous murderess from Russia's bloody history. We start from Smolnyi monastery's iconic baroque building built by Rasstrelly during the reign of Elisabeth, who was Peter the Great's daughter born out of wedlock and who could not be an heiress to the throne, but succeeded through a coup d'etat. We'll look at the grounds, where Peter moved his family from Moscow, including his only son prince Alexy whom he later tortured and killed because of his desire to move back to old Muscovite ways of running Russia.
Taurida palace the seat of double power — provisional government, the most democratic government in Europe, that actuaaly gave women right to vote, before the rest of the world, but which was the most undecisive government in Russian’s history, because it was the only legitimate power after last tzar abdication waiting for the “assembly of the land” national body of representatives to validate its authority, which was increasingly challenged by Soviets, grass route movement, which sprang up during the first 1905 revolution to regulate strikes and economical conflicts, but was taken over by Lenin, when he proclaimed all power to the Soviets April theses.
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My time as a tour guide
Entry tickets and admmition prices
Walk around picturesque and mysterious downtown area of St.petersburg where everything is connected with revolution movements, political asssasinations, intrigues and murderes that changed the world’s history in 20th century
Smolny cathedral, Taurida palace, Neva embankments, Insurrection square
Smolny cathedral near entrance door (Big blue church you can not miss it)
History of three revolutions - customer reviews
Reviews of other tours by Ribin
Igor Ribin was our guide in Saint Petersburg and he took us literally everywhere.
His knowledge of Saint Petersburg is extensive and he was happy to adapt his tours to our interests.
His Hermitage tour is amazing in respect of his detailed knowledge of the art and artifacts in this remarkable museum. You definitely appreciate having a guide.
Igor also guided us at the the Hermitage Storage Facility, this is a fabulous off the beaten track must see in Saint Petersburg and the assistance of a professional guide such as Igor will help greatly.
We would recommend Igor Ribin as a Saint Petersburg guide, particularly his walking tours and go with his suggestions you will really discover a lot of interesting places.
Thanks Igor we had a wonderful time.
Helen & Andrew
Igor is simply fantastic. He might look stern at first sight. But he really is a caring and knowledgeable guide. One of the best guide I have ever engaged.8 months ago
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!9 months 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.over 1 year 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!almost 2 years 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..