Private Culture Tour in St Petersburg with the Most Unique Architectural Gems

Explore the city that embodies the rich Russian culture on this private guided tour in Saint Petersburg. Enjoy the blend of different architecture trends in the heart of Russian culture. Dive deep into the magnificent atmosphere of the city. Feel the spirit of art by witnessing the real masterpieces and take a photo of the must-visit places of the city. Wander the marvelous Admiralteysky district that entirely consists of the numerous cultural attractions and historic streets.

• Pass by the must-see places of St Petersburg, including the Mariinsky Theatre and the Hermitage
• Stroll the historic Nevsky Prospekt and enjoy the picturesque landscape of the city
• See the splendid Neo-Baroque palaces like the Dvorets Belosel'skikh-Belozerskikh and the majestic Yusupova Mansion
• Learn more about the fascinating culture and history of Russia from your local guide

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  • What's included :
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Customizable itinerary
    • Friendly local guide
    • Private walking tour
    • Multiple start times available
    • Must see and off the beaten path
    • Iconic places for photoshoot
    • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
    • Meeting in the hotel lobby
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance fees (if any, depends on your preferences)
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Entry/Admission - Marble Palace
    • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Solyanoy Pereulok, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191187

    The first stop is the Academy of A. L. Stieglitz. The building has always had a spirit of art and even was a musical and art school once. Now it is a higher education institution that trains specialists in the field of arts and design. The Museum building is a unique monument itself, which is related to historicism in its architectural style.

    While working on the project, architect Mesmacher drew inspiration from the Italian Renaissance architecture. Currently, the building of the Stieglitz Museum has 14 fascinating halls. Excursion to such a Museum is a perfect opportunity to see multiple objects of applied art, starting from the Ancient era and ending with Modern times.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Nevsky Prospekt, Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg 191025 Russia

    After moving to the Nevsky lane, you will see the architectural gem of the city, the Zinger's House. This majestic six-story Art Nouveau building conveys the atmosphere of St. Petersburg on a par with the Palace Square and the Winter Palace. There is an observation deck with views of the main sights of the city on the roof. The domed tower, arc-built balconies and the massive façade are the reasons behind the grandiose look of the building.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Dvorets Belosel'skikh-Belozerskikh, Nevsky pr., 41, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191025

    The magnificent Neo-Baroque place stands on the place that historically gained mystical fame; it is rumored that the Empress Anna Ioanovna and Pyotr Andreyevich Vyazemsky counterparts were seen here.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Princess Yusupova palace, Liteyny ave, 42, St. Petersburg 191014 Russia

    See the majestic Yusupova Mansion, designed in the architectural style of Neo-Baroque and built in the traditions of the Italian Renaissance. The interiors of the Palace halls are luxurious and there is a rare collection of paintings from Western Europe inside the mansion.
    The gorgeous lampshades were designed by the famous painter N. A. Maikov by the princess’s request. The building is completely faced with sandstone and the façade of the mansion is finished with splendid columns.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Pisareva st., 20 Entrance from Dekabristov Street, 37, St. Petersburg 190121 Russia

    The Mariinsky Theatre is one of the leading musical theatres of the world. Initially, the theater was called “Bolshoi Theare” and was a huge building in the Russian Empire style. Then the musical theater received its name in honor of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna. Charming bright and mellow exterior reminds of the classical architectural style of the building.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Rubinstein Street, Rubinstein St, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

    The famous S. Z. Ioffe’s Apartment House with a tower, made in the Neoclassical style. It is a very important part of the Saint Petersburg’s landscape and the appearance of St. Petersburg can’t even be imagined without it. The first and second floors, intended for retail halls, grow into the next ones, more sophisticated and quirkier. The upper floors are decorated with Venetian windows, cornices and caryatids.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Grand Duke Vladimir Palace, Dvortsovaya emb., 26, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    The Palace is an artistic indicator of the architectural style of Historicism, and its elegant front rooms are made in the Rococo style. The Palace's living rooms combine several styles: Gothic, Moorish, Russian and Renaissance. Currently concerts, musical evenings and theater productions are regularly held there.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: National Library of Russia, Sadovaya ulitsa, 18, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191069

    Construction of the large-scale building of The Russian National Library took more than fifteen years. Architectural images of the old building attract attention from afar as sculptures of ancient philosophers can be seen between the columns on its façade. Colossal and grandiose building catches the eyes and with the unique design idea and its great implementation.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Marble Palace, Millionnaya St., 5/11, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    The key feature of the building is the decoration of its façade. More than thirty types of marble were used in the construction of the Palace. The interior of the Palace admires luxury, the design of the grand staircase made of marble belongs to Rinaldi, and the sculptures are made by Fyodor Shubin. The interior decoration was designed by such masters as the artist Stefano Torelli, the sculptors M. Kozlovsky and A. Bernasconi.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

    The great Hermitage is undoubtedly one of the world’s best museums. It consists of many buildings, including the legendary Winter Palace, an architectural treasure of the city. This palace was a place for many important historical moments of Russia including coronations and revolutions.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel, hostel or vacation rentalYou don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • We are serious about taking extra precautions to stop the spread of this virus by practicing regular hand washing and sanitization. We practice social distancing measures through providing private tours only.This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-11498P192

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