Two-day individual tour: The Hermitage and Saint Petersburg downtown

3000 ₽
per person
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
Mini group
16 h.
Group size up to 4 persons
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
English
Igor
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Reviews by travellers
Dawndarc
Igor was very knowledgeable- extremely knowledgeable about Russian history. He was well organized and knew exactly where to take us. It was a busy schedule and we walked lots but we felt like we saw and learned so much. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Igor as a guide. His English by the way is fantastic!
Samantha H.
over 3 years 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!
Balraj_s
almost 4 years ago
I have booked Igor for a second time for another two day individual tour (2016 and 2018). It was like visiting an old friend again, and am very thankful to him for tailoring my trip again, and building upon what we saw in 2016. This time we visited the areas outside the main tourist sites - we visited the areas associated with Soviet History, the Siege monument, various metro stations. The main reason for my trip was to run in the marathon, and Igor tailored my trip to pick up my racing number from the stadium. We also visited a newly built exhibition (built in 2018) on the history of Russia - This was awesome! and would recommend you take a trip there. We also visited the main football stadium in St P (new Zenith stadium which was used during world cup) - this was impressive. I really enjoyed taking the buses around the city with Igor, as a solo tourist who does not speak Russian, this would not have been possible alone. Igor is such great value for money, and would I definitely book him again if I return to St Petersburg. .................................................................................................................................... (My 2016 review) 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.
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On the first day we are going visit the Hermitage and walk around the surrounding area. After that (if you feel like) we might visit several famous St Petersburg cathedrals.

In the Hermitage the tour usually starts from main staircase and state rooms of the Winter Palace and follow the route of the Zar's ceremonial procession toward the church. So you can compare changes of style from original baroque, typical to Empress Elisabeth's court architect Rastrelli, to classical which was Catherine's favorite style. Along the route I'll tell you about every highlight of the collection including history of its creation, acquisition and authentication. We'll see the Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, British and French sections and you'll learn about socio-economic progress of each country in conjunction with the development of its art. Along this route we talk about the history of rooms and their former royal owners.

On the second day I'd like to show you the city.
We can explore both sides of the Neva and walk in a complete loop the city center. We can start from any place, for example on Nevsky or any of those streets radiating from it. Nevsky is main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg stretched like a string between two major points on the bow of Neva river — Admiralty and Alexandr Nevsky monastery, certainly one of the must see places in the city.

We could go towards the Neva embankment along any canal that flow from Neva and empty back into it. You'll learn about the Fontanka river, the Catherine canal, the Moika river that are the channels built during the 18th-19th centuries and about major buildings on their banks and events happened in them. You'll hear the stories about St. Michael castle, Summer Garden, Field of Mars, Church on a Spilt Blood, Michael palace (Russian Museum), Marble palace and many more of those historical buildings that create unforgettable iconic image of St.Petersburg and directly connected with the Russian history for the last 300 years.
After we cross Neva river we get to the historical nucleus of the city and visit the main spots connected with its foundation such as Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral. You'll also see the Trinity square and Kshesinskaya mansion. Then we'll walk along the embankments to check out the grand Duke's magnificent palaces and spit of Vasilievskii Island (promontory of land created for former city port and latter used as official city center). We'll continue our rout along the Neva embankment, the only place where you could see first museum, first academy of science, first university, first military school, first art academy, first theater and first senate and synod (highest regulating body for Orthodox church). Impressive? All of those places are most recognizable images that gave St.Petersburg its brand name.
On the St Isaak square with impressive bulk of the cathedral you'll hear about the history of political reforms in Russia and bloody events connected with the reign of those tzars. We'll wind up at Big and Small Maritime streets that originally were the first two streets in St.Petersburg and later became the most prestigious ones in Russia. A lot of banks, insurance agencies and jewelry shops (Faberge was one of them) appeared there in the end of the 19-th century.
On our walk along the other canal we'll spot the mansions of the richest Russian families of the Usupovs, the Stroganovs, the Sheremetievs and the Demidovs. Each of them owned a land compared to any kingdom in Europe. You'll find out about their fortunes and their famous representatives influenced the history of Russia.
Along the way you'll aslo see some places connected with history of Russian literature, music and ball room dancing; nodel salons that were frequented by famous Russian writes and poets such as Pushkin and Dostoevsky, famous musicians and composers like Chaikovsky and Rubinstein, ballet dancers from Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theater. We'll finish our trip at Nevsky prospect.

So if you are interested to really dive into St Petersburg history and culture no need to look any further! I am your guide!

Igor
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WHY SHOULD YOU DO MY TOURS
Bored with run of the mill, standard tours, where guides just repeat the same old memorized text? I offer walking tours around St.Petersburg and its environs, which are extremely detailed and where you would be able to find out not only the facts, such as who, what, for how long and for how much, using how many kilos etc., but learn both iconography, namely what allegories are used in that particular object of art or architecture, along with iconology, meaning what values were its owners and creators trying to convey. If you want to create meaningful connection with the place, you are going to visit and open your mind to new experiences you are more than welcome to try my lecture tours in a unique style of infotainment (mixing history and anecdotal storytelling) delivered with my own flair. I offer walking tours around St.Petersburg, that are usually off the beaten paths and could be extremely detailed, but crash/introductory course of main highlights of the city is also available upon request. I am a pedant racountuer, which means I can be both academic and entertaining, yet I promise not to overload you with unnecessary details. I'm choosing breathtaking views all over the city, so you would be able to see the sites, that awe and educate. Everyday I work hard to make experience of my clients better and more engaging. Groups are extremely small (four people maximum), personal, and informative the real nitty-gritty of the city and usually the fine details are not overlooked for the more popular highlights. Of course, the main highlights are available for anyone who asks. My area of expertise is in architecture and art history. But where I really exceed, it is Russian history.
St. Petersburg is full of surprises, and without doubt, is best experienced on foot. You've probably already heard, that it is often called an open air museum. Each building is an exhibit with its unique history surrounded by mystery, intrigue and even murder. There is no better way to see it than to take a guided walking tour around the historical center of the city and learn the history of Peter's creation. You will not only see beautiful ensembles and royal palaces but would be able to find out about its former creators and owners. Was it a curse or blessing for its inhabitants? You'll learn this and much more. I usually speak about socio-economic progress of the country, during corresponding period of time in conjunction with the development of different architecture's and art's styles. Along this route we talk about the history of each building and their former famous owners so you'll get a crush course of Russian history as well.

Price
Regular ticket
3000 ₽
per person
For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What is included in activity

My time as a guide only

What is not included

Entry tickets, transportation cost, food of your choice.

Activity schedule

On request

What places will you see

the Hermitage
the Winter Palace
Alexandr Nevsky monastery
Admiralty
Fontanka river
the Catherine canal
the Moika river
St. Michael castle
Summer Garden
Field of Mars
Church on a Spilt Blood
Michael palace (Russian Museum)
Marble palace
Trinity square
spit of Vasilievskii Island
Kshesinskaya mansion
St Isaak square

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

Outside the city boat terminal/If you don't: please, send me a message, so we can figure out comfortable spot

How long your tour will be
16 h.
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Reviews by travellers
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Dawndarc
about 2 years ago
Igor was very knowledgeable- extremely knowledgeable about Russian history. He was well organized and knew exactly where to take us. It was a busy schedule and we walked lots but we felt like we saw and learned so much. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Igor as a guide. His English by the way is fantastic!
Samantha H.
over 3 years 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 se...
Balraj_s
almost 4 years ago
I have booked Igor for a second time for another two day individual tour (2016 and 2018). It was like visiting an old friend again, and am very thankful to him for tailoring my trip again, and building upon what we saw in 2016. This time we visited the areas outside the main tourist sites - we visited the areas associated with Soviet History, the Siege monument, various metro stations. The main reason for my trip was to run in the marathon, and Igor tailored my trip to pick up my raci...
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