One-day individual tour in Saint Petersburg

Duration: 8 hours
Group size up to 4 persons
Venue: I will pick you up at city port area outside boat terminal / If you're traveling with the cruise: I will pick you up at the city port area If you don't: please, send me a message, so we can figure out comfortable spot
Full refund for cancellations up to 48 hours
You can get the full amount back when paying online

Our exhaustive (no pun intended) walking tour starts as soon as we leave city port gates. Approximate itinerary for that is down bellow.

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!

free-lance tour guide

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.

This is
Only your group
Only you, your friends or family will be on the tour. Time on excursions - time spent with loved ones
Personal guide
Always at your disposal - will adjust the program, suggest places for children, where to eat, what to see
The cost of an individual excursion is comparable to the cost of a group excursion if you are going with someone else
6000 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 48 hours
Book excursion
Regular ticket
Offer for group of 1-2 persons
6000 ₽
per group
Offer for group of 3-4 persons
9000 ₽
per group
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

• Neva river
• Admiralty
• Alexandr Nevsky monastery
• 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 and many more

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

I will pick you up at city port area outside boat terminal / If you're traveling with the cruise: I will pick you up at the city port area If you don't: please, send me a message, so we can figure out comfortable spot

How long your tour will be
8 h.
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Reviews by travellers
3.8 out of 5
9 reviews
over 4 years ago
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.
about 5 years ago
It was a great tour... But our guide seemed to be in a bad mood - unfortunately
over 5 years 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 no...
almost 6 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..
6000 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 48 hours
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