Tour St Petersburg with us
Explore Russia's Northern Capital
with our local Guides and Feel Part of the City

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Want to tour St Petersburg individually? Looking for a unique personalized tour? If you have not yet found what you're looking for then let us help you.

If you are about to come to Saint Petersburg and you’re thinking of touring the city with the help of a local guide, then don’t look any further! You’ve just landed on the right place with the right people.

We, Davide and Anastasia, can help you organize and customize a private tour of St. Petersburg and its environs according to your time, needs and interests. We can provide you with a knowledgeable and friendly local guide who speaks your language and loves the city as much as we do.

Thanks to our local connections you can Tour St Petersburg with us hassle free, and the way you want without following a horde of fellow tourists.

We can buy entrance tickets to every museum, park, or palace you wish to see; arrange tour vouchers for cruise passengers; supply you with a modern car or van with a driver to take you in and around the imperial city and, if you need, we can also advise you or assist you with the application of your Russian visa, and much more.

Whether you come by plane, by cruise ship, by train, or by bus, it doesn't matter! If you are a small or large group of people, no problem! If you are a young or an old couple, solo traveler or family with kids, no worries! Whatever is your situation or request we'll work with you and do our best to make your visit comfortable and memorable.


Ready to tour St Petersburg? If so click on the links below and send your tour request today.


Simply because we are different, affordable and enthusiastic about showing you, your friends and family our beautiful and cultural Russian city.

If you don't know yet we are not a travel agency! Our independent travel website is for self- travelers or anyone who prefer to organize things on their own, and wish to tour the city at their own pace of life with the help of a local, or someone who has been there and done that.

Our primary goal was, is now, and always will be, to provide free first-hand information to help travelers like you to travel to St Petersburg and enjoy their stay. But as people often ask us for recommendations about tours, we've decided to challenge ourselves and have started to organize city tours as well together with a selective team of local guides who have shared their knowledge and experience with us.

Therefore today we collaborate with a number of great licensed guides who are recognized by the local tourism office, and have worked in the tourism industry for many years. Of-course you can find many other tours available in the city that you see listed on Trip Advisor, Viator, or elsewhere, the competition is huge, but we believe that the difference between other tour companies and us lies in the quality and unique approach we offer.

But hey, don't take for granted what I am saying, feel free to read what other people have said about us... Click Here.

Now to impress you a little bit more, if you tour St Petersburg with us expect to...

  • Be entertained, engaged and have fun;
  • Get the best value for your money, and skip the crowd;
  • Enjoy your tour in your native language (Currently we offer tours in English, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, Bulgarian, with more languages to come);
  • Plunge into the atmosphere of the Northern Capital with friendly and professional guides who won’t only give you bare facts, dates and names, but also introduce you to the mysterious world beyond the city guidebooks;
  • Discover sides of the city that many people never get to see;
  • Get a real inside view into Russian life;
  • Be treated as individuals in a setting which easily allows all of your questions to be answered;
  • Have detailed and authentic information from our knowledgeable experts who will help you to put all you see into a clear context;
  • Be able to personalize your tour based on your schedule, budget, preferences and of course your places of interests.

Our tours are perfect for:

  • Cruise ship passengers;
  • Visitors with special interests;
  • Individual travelers;
  • Couples;
  • Families with kids;
  • Large or small groups;
  • Senior travelers or disabled people;
  • Educational groups;
  • VIP travelers.


Finding a local tour guide in St Petersburg is not that difficult, but finding one who is enthusiastic about sharing their city with you it is hard.

There are many young and middle-aged tour guides ready to work with you. Some are qualified and experienced and they are eager to share their interesting stories, cultural knowledge and love for the city, others are not.

We, at St Petersburg Essential Guide, have managed to find not only local guides that have many years of experience and have successfully passed their exams at the first attempt and got licenses to the museums, but also individuals who hold a degree in Russian literature, art and history, and have traveled abroad.

Our team is made of people that along with their well-earned certificate have a solid university background and a deep knowledge of the city who enthusiastically love to share it with visitors like you. This undoubtedly add an enormous value to the tour!

That's why we believe that if you're going to tour St Petersburg with us, you'll be impressed as much as we were by the insight, competence and personality of our local tour guides.

Why do we think so?

Simply because we have met each one of them, talked to them, and had a short excursion with them too. But, most of all, if our previous clients were happy and satisfied with our city tours, we believe you too will be, at least we hope so.

So give us a try!



Planning a tour with us is very simple and straightforward.

  • Firstly, start browsing around our large section of St Petersburg Russia Tours, so you can get an idea of what kind of tours we offer.
  • Secondly, choose the tour that you'd like to do or gather any ideas or interests you have in mind for creating a completely new tour.
  • Thirdly, fill out the form below accurately with all the details requested, including any extra information you want to add. The more info you give to us, the better!
  • After sending your tour request we will deliver to you a first draft of the tour itinerary along with an estimated cost of the tour.
  • From there on we'll gather additional information from you in order to adjust the tour according to your interests, time and budget.
  • Once you're happy with the tour designed for you, we'll proceed with the reservation, which consists of sending us a small deposit as a confirmation of your attendance.

Note: Please keep in mind that in order to tour St Petersburg with us we need a little of time to organize everything. So send a request at least three weeks prior to your arrival date.


Start making your trip to St. Petersburg a reality! Send us a tour request today by filling out the form below in all its parts.

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Have you got a question? If so, take a look below at our most frequently asked questions.

                                                               When to book a tour?

We recommend that you make a reservation in advance as our tours can fill up quickly, and extra time is really needed to take care of the whole organization of your tour, such as find a tour guide, arrange a transportation and tour vouchers, book a restaurant, buy tickets to museums, etc. So reservations for a 1 or 2 day city tour should be booked from 14 to 180 days in advance. While reservations for bike tours, boat tour, and walking tours, or anything else that does not entails in buying tickets to sites can be accepted within 3 days.

How and when to pay?

If you're interested in booking a tour with us, we ask that you pay a deposit in advance to secure the booking. The deposit can be paid via PayPal, Bank Transfer, or Western Union. Once the first payment has been cleared, you'll pay the balance due upon your arrival in the city to the guide and driver separately. Our guides accepts Euro, Dollars and Rubles, but not credits cards! Further details is given upon your final confirmation.

Why pay a deposit?

The deposit serves as a sign of confirmation from your side and helps us to cover the initial expenses of your tour. It includes admission tickets to museums, entrance port fees and parking, visa tour vouchers, and our service fee. Further details is given upon your final confirmation.

How can I cancel my tour?

You can cancel your reservation confirmation by sending us an email no later than 7 days prior to your arrival. Cancellations received on the 6th day or closer to your tour are liable for a fee. When you cancel a tour the payment sent to cover the initial cost of the tour is not refundable. Why?  Because tickets have been already bought and they are not refundable.

Are your guides licensed?

Of course they are! All our local guides are registered at the Federal Agency of Tourism of the Russian Federation.

Should I tip the guide and driver or not?

Gratuities are up to you and are not included in the price! If you've enjoyed the tour feel free to give a tip to the guide and driver. Sure they'll be happy! We recommend 10% of the tour cost to the guide, and 5% to the driver to be given separately.

Do you provide the Russian Visa?

Yes! If you are applying for a Russian visa we can provide you with the compulsory invitation letter or so called visa document support. Find out more Here! While, for visitors coming by ship we provide you with tour vouchers, but only if you book a tour with us. For your information, the tour voucher operates as a legal document and replace the need of applying for Russian visa if you stay less than 72hrs in the city. A copy of your passport is required in order to make the tour vouchers. Further details is given upon your final confirmation.

Will there be time to shop on your tours?

Of course yes! When you tour St Petersburg with our local guides there is time for chilling, eating, and shopping. Just ask and we will include extra time to let you buy Russian souvenirs or make shopping or anything else you wish.

Can I take a break when touring with you?

Certainly! But it depends on which tour you take and how much time you have left. If you are booked on a group tour, it will be difficult for you to take more than a few moments to rest. This is because it is hard for a guide to manage all of the needs of all of people in your group. For this reason we recommend that you consider booking a private option, where your unique needs can be easily accommodated.

Why are you asking for a Skype ID?

We can answer all your questions and discuss the planning of your tour via Skype. Our chat will be led in English, Italian, Portuguese or Russian and it will lasts less than a hour.

Is thee anything else I should know?

Yes! You should know that if you're going to tour St Petersburg with us please note that if paying in cash, we will not be able to accept foreign currency in bad condition. Banknotes should be clean (have no writings or stamps of any kind), crisp and fairly new, with no defects or damage. It is the requirement of Russian banks to charge us 10% of the value for banknotes in poor condition or refuse exchange.


Written by Davide C.


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