St Petersburg Sightseeing Tours
Tour the City on Foot or by Bus,
Boat, bike, or by Helicopter, and have fun!

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

There's no better way to experience the city's attractions and its famous landmarks, as well as its surroundings than to combine a city guided tour with a boat or a bike ride, or a private bus and a helicopter tour, if you can afford it. And don't worry, you will be walking too!

All our St Petersburg Sightseeing Tours 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 cafes around the city.

But, if you're looking for alternative and fun ways to discover St Petersburg, you may like the idea of taking 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. And if this is not enough, you can even take a Rooftop Tour, and enjoy a nice view of the imperial city from the roof, weather permitting. 

For your information, you can find these alternative tours just mentioned on the street of Nevsky Prospekt. Just walk and look around! I like to call them tours on the go because there is no organization behind them.

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, or St. Isaac's Cathedral, including some of the stunning parks and rivers and canals because you'll be touring in and around the historical part of the city.

Let's take a look below at the most popular St Petersburg sightseeing tours.


Below you can find a short description of each sightseeing tour available in the city. To learn more just click on the links below.


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 river 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 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, and bring with you an umbrella as the weather in St Petersburg is unpredictable.
  • 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, and you'll be joining a large group of 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 is located in the central part of the city, while other 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. If you like only walking, that's fine and doable, but very tiring because there is a lot to see.
  • The best option among all the St Petersburg sightseeing tours offered is to combine a private tour with a car or a van with a driver for a day. This way you can see what you want at your own pace, learn more, and save time, especially if you've a very limited stay.
  • 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 on-line 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, and therefore we cannot recommend it.
  • Keep in mind that all our St Petersburg Sightseeing Tours need to be booked in advance. And, if you fancy a city bike tour, only Saturday and Sunday are the best time to tour the city on a bike.

Written by Davide C.


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