St Petersburg Russia Tours
Choose Your Favorite Way to Tour the City. Explore, Learn and Have Fun in Different Ways!

Our St Petersburg Russia tours are the best way for you, your family and friends to experience the city's gigantic treasure-house of art.

St Petersburg offers an impressive range of interesting tours. You can tour the city from the comfort of an air-conditioned small or large bus, admire the stunning imperial palaces from a boat cruise on the Neva River and canals, stroll or bike around the city and absorb the rich cultural and architectural heritage and, if you have money to splurge, you can also see the city from the sky.

No matter your budget, language, age or orientation, in the beautiful city of Peter the Great there is a tour to suit everyone all year round.

Your St Petersburg tour may take one day, two days or three days and it can be as adventurous or luxurious as you like. However, if you're on a budget or just don't want to hire a tour guide, you can easily explore the city alone; just do your homework first, get a city map and download a good guidebook or audio guide.

Nowadays it is not that hard to get around the city of St Petersburg.

The subways are wonderfully marked in English, the streets are walkable and safe and many of the best St Petersburg attractions are located in the city center.

However, if you're sightseeing on your own, you may not have the chance to feel and fully understand our fascinating Russian city. Without a guide, you won't see and learn as much, especially if you're a first time traveller and you have very limited time. Also, you may spend a long time in queues or might not be able to access important historical sights that would be a pity to miss.

So, frankly speaking, hiring a local guide even just for one day, is money well spent as it will add enormous value to your trip to St Petersburg, maximize your time and unveil the hidden secrets of the Northern Capital of Russia.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SEE THE IMPERIAL CITY?

There are many ways to explore St Petersburg, so the final choice is up to you!

But, if you want to cover all bases and enjoy the magnificent architecture, charm and history of Russia's Northern Capital, then take a look at this complete list of different St Petersburg Russia Tours below.

Hopefully it will help you to make up your mind and choose a suitable tour. And if you don't find yet what you're looking for or have questions about a specific tour, please feel free to contact us.

We would be very happy to answer any questions you have and help you to organize your tour.

BEST ST PETERSBURG RUSSIA TOURS


Photo of Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, St Petersburg, Russia.

From classical city tours and cultural excursions to outstanding day or night river boat tours, choosing the perfect tour in St Petersburg can be a difficult task, especially if it is your first visit to the city. To help you in your search check out our list of the best St Petersburg Russia tours, you may find something you like!

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ST PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING TOURS


Day boat tour across the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia.

Discover the majesty of St Petersburg on foot or by boat, bus, bike or even helicopter. Learn more about each of these tour options and choose which one suits your needs, budget and expectations best. Take a private tour to the imperial city with your loved ones and friends or just go on your own and have fun!

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ST PETERSBURG SHORE EXCURSIONS


Group of tourists on a shore tour in St Petersburg Russia.

If you're traveling to St Petersburg on a cruise ship or ferry, you won't have a lot of time to cover all of the key sights. But with an action-packed sightseeing tour you can get a great glimpse of the city in just one or two days and enjoy the convenience of being picked up at the seaport. Tour the city privately, in comfort and visa free without breaking the bank with our list of private shore tours!

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ST PETERSBURG FAMILY & KID TOURS


A family with kids on a walking tour near the Church of the Spilled Blood in St Petersburg, Russia.

If you're planning a trip to St Petersburg with your kids, you definitely need to find fun tours. The imperial city isn't just for adults, it is for everyone, including kids! From the St Petersburg Dolphinarium to the Leningrad Zoo, there are a lot of indoor and outdoor tours to do with kids. Check out our list of popular tours for kids chosen especially for families.

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ST PETERSBURG  ALTERNATIVE TOURS


A senior couple going on a private bike tour in the large Sosnovka Park, St Petersburg, Russia.

If you're tired of the classical tours, no worries! St Petersburg also offers many alternative things to do. From a visit to the roofs of the old buildings or a trip to a Russian dacha to a bike tour of the biggest park in the city, or a walking tour to the old flea market, the list is endless. Take a look at our list of favorite alternative tours in St Petersburg and learn how to avoid the crowds.

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TOURS BEYOND ST PETERSBURG


A group of tourists taking photos at the St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt, near St Petersburg, Russia.

Venture outside St Petersburg and enjoy a unique showcase of the wealth and taste of the Emperors of Russia. Plan a day trip to the imperial summer residences in the city's suburbs or take yourself on an adventure to the beautiful Russian countryside. Experience the centuries old traditions and uncover historical sights away from the city with our top picks of guided tours.

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TOUR THE CITY WITH US


Our great team of Professional Tour Guides, including Me (Davide) in the middle, and Anastasia standing on the left.

Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, a family, a group of friends, or a business delegation our St Petersburg Russia tours are perfect for any group of visitors. If you're looking for a custom-guided tour or advice on a tour you'd like to do, we can help you.

As two locals living in St Petersburg, we can organize a city tour tailored just for you and connect you with friendly, expert local guides. We’re with you every step of the way from planning to the end of the tour.

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HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY FOR A TOUR?


Wondering how much you should pay for a private tour guide? Well, to estimate the total price of a tour is difficult, but we can tell you what you will be paying for!

Many of the tours in St Petersburg are different and maybe run by large or small tour companies or conducted by a single, qualified individual who runs the business. This may influence the final price as well as the quality of the tour. That said, the price you pay for a tour package will vary according to what you are scheduled to do, the time, how many people there are, and what kind of tour you choose.

Usually the longer the tour, the less you pay per hour. That seems to be the rule so far!

Now, to give you a broad idea, we have made a list of what you should expect to pay for when booking a complete private sightseeing tour along with an estimated price for each service included:

  • Hiring a professional licensed tour guide (about $27/25€ per hour);
  • Renting a car, a minivan or a minibus with a driver including the cost of petrol (from $150/138€ to $200/185 € per day depending on vehicle, large or small minivan, and/or car);
  • Entrance fees to museums, palaces or cathedrals (from $8/7€ to $15/14€);

In addition to that, if you arrive by ship and book a private on-shore excursion there are also other costs to cover, such as the port fees for the pass of a minibus and the tour voucher, known also as the blanket visa which is needed to cross the border.

Meals, gratuities and any extras, such as headphones for groups larger than ten people are not included in the tour package. Photo stops are included in all St Petersburg Russia tours, so you can take pictures of the sights and views.

Note:  Tour guides who speak Chinese, Portuguese, German or Italian usually have a price of $32/30€ per hour.

OUR TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


  • We recommend Saturday or Sunday morning and evening for strolling or biking, when the streets are less crowded. Walking tours are the most affordable and best way to see the imperial city.
  • Always book your Russian tour in advance. We suggest that you decide what you really want to do before you arrive: how you would like to spend your time and whether you want to do some shopping.
  • If you would like to explore the city on your own, all the major hotels let you book English-language tours of sights like the tour to the Hermitage at your convenience, though they all have their price. Keep in mind that if you book through your hotel, your tour will ultimately be more expensive because hotels will increase prices so they can get a higher commission.
  • If you're looking for a tour company or a private guide on the web, for example on Trip Advisor or Cruise Critic and similar online platforms, be aware of the many proposals you may receive by private message. Most of the time the people contacting you are new and have little or no real experience, though they have dozens of referrals and rave reviews. The same works for the feedback left, some are genuine, but others are not. Remember that it is always good practice to call or email your private guide two or three days before your arrival for a confirmation of your tour booking. No one wants a bad surprise!
  • A tour guide in St Petersburg must be licensed to work in the museums or any other cultural institution. Also, not all tour guides can arrange a visa free entry! Only those authorized by the Russian Federal Government can pick you up at the seaport.

  • The best time to take a walking, bike, bus or boat tour is from May to October, when the city is warm, sunny and is not raining a lot. Summer is always the perfect time to visit the city, although winter time is great if you want to do winter activities!
  • Usually the best time to avoid traffic in the city is early morning or early evening during the week. Driving during the weekend is totally fine.
    Our St Petersburg Russia tours are the best way to save time, see more and enjoy the city as we combine a customized sightseeing tour with an expert local guide and our back up.

Written by Davide C.

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Davide & Anastasia