Private St. Petersburg Hidden Gems and Must-See Tour with Friendly Local Guide

The best way to explore the city is with a private local guide.

See more of St Petersburg on this private tour than you could on any group tour. Learn of St. Petersburg’s history and see sides to the city many visitors miss on this 2-hour or 3-hour walking tour.

Follow your expert guide though the streets of St. Petersburg and gain insight into the events which shaped the city we see today. Learn of Russia’s Orthodox religion at the 19th-century Kazan Cathedral, and take in top city attractions such as Gostiny Dvor, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, and the 18th-century Stroganov Palace.

Drop in Eliseev Emporium for chocolate souvenirs and the best local bookstore in town for more cute gifts and ideas.

Finish your tour at a coffee bar, a lunch place or get back to your hotel (depending on the location of the hotel).

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Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • All taxes
    • Friendly local guide
    • Private tour
    • Multiple start times available
    • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
    • Iconic places for photo shoot
    • Flexible customizable itinerary
    • Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
    • Meeting in the hotel lobby
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - State Russian Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
    • Entry/Admission - Stroganov Palace
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

    Timing is flexible and you can start the tour any time you prefer.  

    This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at about 10am and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour.

    10.00am Meet your guide at your centrally located hotel in St Petersburg, then head into the city on foot to begin your tour. As you explore, listen as your guide sheds light on the city’s history.

    Soak up the hustle and bustle of the Nevsky Prospect — one of the city’s main thoroughfares — and gain insight into Russian Orthodox beliefs.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Kazan Cathedral, Kazanskaya Sq., 2 Metro Nevskiy Prospect, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    10.30am Admire the 19th-century Kazan Cathedral from outside, widely considered among St. Petersburg’s top attractions.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Anichkov Palace Saint Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity, Nevskiy Ave., 39 m. Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg 191023 Russia

    11.00am During your tour, take in key sites of interest including 18th-century Anichkov Palace.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gostiny Dvor, 35, Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191011 Russia

    Check out the Eliseev Emporium for sweet treats and head to Gostiny Dvor.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    Enjoy the views of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, and Stroganov Palace. (from outside)

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: State Russian Museum, Inzhenernaya St., 4 Metro: Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191011 Russia

    From the outside, admire fine views over the Russian Museum, the State Hermitage Museum, and Winter Palace.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    Hear the intriguing stories from your private local guide.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Palace Square, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

    Take in the breathtaking panorama.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Stroganov Palace, Nevskiy Ave., 17, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    This is a very short fast-paced tour, so you will enjoy the views from the outside.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Palace Bridge, Bolshaya Neva River Emb., St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    12.00pm Finish your tour near one of the historic bridges of St Petersburg and go to a local coffee shop to sample some of the coffee or delicious chocolate desserts on offer (own expense). Afterward, return on foot to your hotel to conclude your tour.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: St.Peterburg House of Books, Nevskiy ave, 28, St. Petersburg Russia

    12.00-1.00pm If you opt for a 3-hour tour - cover more of scenic canals, bridges, parks and gardens. Drop into a local bookstore so loved by locals and check out the gourmet Eliseev Emporium for chocolate souvenirs and delicious hot cocoa. Finish your tour at Dachniki cafe - a thematic Soviet place with cozy interiors and authentic Russian cuisine.

    Duration: 30 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
    • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
    • Private walking tour with the use of metro
    • Please indicate prefer start time in comments when booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • 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
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • 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-11498P26

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