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St Petersburg Sightseeing Tours
Tour the City of Peter the Great on Foot or by Bus, Boat, Bike or Even by Helicopter!

St Petersburg sightseeing tours give you the perfect way to discover and enjoy our world heritage listed city in a number of unique, easy and fun ways.

Whether you choose to tour St Petersburg by bus, boat, bike, helicopter or on foot there's no better way to experience the best St Petersburg attractions, our Russian culture and surroundings.

All of these sightseeing tours in St Petersburg allow you to have more time to visit museums, palaces and cathedrals as well as take photos, go shopping and have lunch or dinner in one of the many St Petersburg restaurants or Russian cafes around the city.

Among the tours, you can also find alternative and fun ways to discover St Petersburg!

For instance, you can take a Segway Ride Tour and glide along Nevsky Prospekt, Palace Square and other streets of the city or jump on a relaxing Four Wheel Bicycle Tour, perfect for a family with older kids, or even go for a more romantic option like a Horse and Carriage Ride Tour. These are the best alternatives to classic bus, boat, bike and pedestrian tours in St Petersburg.

Of course, whatever way you choose to tour St Petersburg you'll never miss the key sights, such as the Hermitage, the Church on the Spilled Blood, the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the stunning parks, gardens, rivers and canals.

Any of the tours available on this page are designed to let you see and enjoy the beauty of Russia's Northern Capital from different view points while learning about historical events, stories and facts from entertaining and experienced local guides.

Ready to start your Russian tour?

If so, take a look at the St Petersburg sightseeing tours listed below - you’ll find a great selection of popular tours along with detailed information to help you choose.



Tour St Petersburg independently by jumping on board a Red Double-Decker Tour Bus or by taking the original City Bus Tour with a professional live commentary on board included in the price. Rent a private modern car, minivan or minibus along with an English speaking local guide and start your visit to Russia's Northern Capital in comfort and at your own pace.

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Discover the city's best views and see its bridges and palaces from the water. Take a day or night Boat Tour or rent a boat just for yourself and start cruising along the most famous rivers and canals of St Petersburg. See the city from another angle, enjoy good food and live music while on board and make your visit more romantic and memorable.

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Explore St Petersburg on foot and experience the everyday lives of Russians with a moderate or intensive guided Walking Tour. Stroll through the city's streets, rivers and canals, courtyards, old squares or parks. See the key sights closely and stop at a local cafeteria to taste a Russian pie. Learn about the history of the city from a local guide and take photos anytime you want without feeling rushed.

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Visit the historical and cultural city of Peter the Great on two wheels, with the wind in your hair! Combine cycling, fun and history with an amazing guided Bike Tour and get a unique perspective of St Petersburg and its surroundings in a short time. Stop at any corner, take pictures and enjoy fascinating stories from your local guide while cycling around the city's streets, parks and rivers.

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Discover St Petersburg from the sky and enjoy a unique sightseeing tour experience. Get to see the city's most famous sights, such as the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Square, the Peter and Paul Fortress or the Smolny Cathedral from the window of a modern helicopter. Fly over the city center or to the famous imperial suburbs and enjoy a once in a life time experience.

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  • If you are going on a walking tour, make sure you wear a comfortable pair of shoes.

  • Take a foldaway shopping bag as the stores do not provide them and charge you for bags and boxes.
  • You should know that there is a free walking tour available in the city, which is not customizable and only operates on specific days of the week. Of course, the quality of this tour would be different as you will be touring with young and inexperienced people.

  • If you don't want to book a private boat tour you can take the water taxi and tour the city at a very cheap price. However, the overall experience will be very different from a boat tour with a guide.

  • If you're thinking of taking the city buses or trolleybuses to reach some of the main sights of the city, don't do it. You will end up just feeling stressed or annoyed because of the crowds of people on board.
  • Most of what you want to see in the city center is within walking distance. However some of the city tourist attractions are out of the downtown area. So if you need to go further, then take the metro, which is cheap, fast and now easy to navigate. 
  • The best option among all the St Petersburg sightseeing tours offered is renting a modern car, minivan or minibus with a driver for several hours or a day. This way you can go wherever you wish and see what you want.
  • Take the Hop-on, Hop off Red Bus or any other Bus Tours in the city preferably in the early morning or the early evening as weekdays in St Petersburg are usually characterized by terrible traffic. The weekend is fine though!
  • To save some money and avoid long queues you can use the St Petersburg Guest Card. You can buy it online or in any kiosk in the city for the same price. However, there are still some contradictory opinions about how useful this system is. Honestly, we have never tried it!
  • Many of these St Petersburg sightseeing tours need to be booked in advance.

Written by Davide C.


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