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Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover Saint Petersburg like a true local with an informative walk. Uncover the stories of the city’s past and present as you follow your guide through the historical center. Meet your guide right next to Palace Square. Learn about the main residence of the tsars of the Russian Empire and the famous State Hermitage Museum from your guide. Admire the panorama of the magnificent River Neva. Find out the main waterway of the city, its bridges and learn of the catastrophic floods the river caused the city. See the birthplace of Saint-Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the former city port on the Spit of Basil Island. Stop in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and hear about the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II. Then, continue walking along the paths of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Fontanka River Embankment and the main street of the city, the Nevsky Prospekt. List of highlights:1. Winter Palace (Hermitage), Palace Square, General Staff Building2. Sculpture of Atlantis 3. Neva River4. Peter and Paul Fortress5. St Basil’s Island6. Capella Building7.  Stroganov Palace 8. Nevsky Prospekt9. Kazan Cathedral10. Singer House11. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood 12. State Russian Museum13. Michael’s Castle14. Summer Garden15. Sheremetev Palace 16. Faberge Museum17. Anichkov Bridge18. Anichkov Palace19. Eliseev Merchants’ Shop20. Alexandrinsky Theatre21. Gostiny Dvor22. Churches of Nevsky Prospekt23. Passage24. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral25. Grand Hotel Europe26. Admiralty Building27. Swedish Church28. Literary Cafe29. Cabinet of Curiosities30. Palace Bridge

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St. Petersburg: Legendary Faberge Museum w/ Private Guide

2. St. Petersburg: Legendary Faberge Museum w/ Private Guide

Greet your private guide in your hotel lobby and get prepared to get your ultimate culture fix. Explore Nevsky Prospect, the soul of St. Petersburg and its main draw, pass by Anichkov Garden and Anichkov Bridge and duck into the sumptuous Shuvalov Palace, neoclassical building founded in the late 18th century and home to prominent Fabergé Museum. You’ll admire the lavishly decorated interiors of one of the most striking palaces in St. Petersburg, once home to the noble Shuvalov and Naryshkin families, and take in the elegance of its rooms. You’ll catch a glimpse of the famous White Column Hall, the largest ballroom in the city and find out why it was such a popular gathering spot for the Russian elite in the times of Alexander I. Learn the personal history of renowned jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé and be wowed by more than 4000 exhibits created by him and the fellow master craftspeople of prerevolutionary Russia. Feast your eyes on nine Imperial eggs made for the last two czars Alexander III and Nicolas II, each of which was decorated with impressive enamel guilloche, gold, diamonds and other precious stones and contained a surprise. But the museum is not just about the priceless Easter eggs. See a wide range of other objects like the dinner services, icon covers, punch bowls, 'objets de fantaisie,' precious haberdashery, accessories and watches each with its own sense of grandeur while your knowledgeable guide provides interesting tales about the royal family. Conclude your fascinating adventure at a nearby café of at the Fontanka River embankment for beautiful water views, Anichkov Palace and Catherine Garden.  

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St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

3. St Petersburg Channels and River Boat Tour

Take the opportunity to witness one of Europe's most exciting cities from a totally unique perspective - a guided boat cruise! This tour is a good chance to see a lot of famous sights in a short period of time. By boat, you will travel around St Petersburg city centre, leaving from the pier where tours take off every 1.5-hours. Together with a professional guide, the boat will take you through the Fontanka river, Kryukov's channel, Moyka river, Winter channel, and the Neva river. On both banks of the Fontanka river, you will see the Sheremetyev's palace (a gift from Peter the Great to the first St Petersburg governor), Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (one of the richest noble dynasties in Russian history), Ciniselli circus and the Faberge Museum. Next, follow the cruise on to the Kryukov's canal into the Kolomna district where the marvelous St Nicholas Naval cathedral shines gold. You will also see the Theatre's Square and the famous Mariinsky Theatre. Through the Kryukov's canal past the New Holland Island you will sail to the Moyka river. Yusupov's Palace, Count Razumovsky's estate and Stroganov's Palace which represent the best examples of Russian nobility aesthetics. You will also see the St. Isaac's Cathedral – one of the tallest cathedrals in the world. At the end of the tour, you will sail past the Summer Garden, Summer Palace, St. Michael's Castle. End your tour back at the pier from your original starting destination with exciting new knowledge about St Petersburg. 

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St Petersburg: Guided River Cruise

4. St Petersburg: Guided River Cruise

Embark on a tour of the waterways of St. Petersburg with this guided river cruise. Travel around St Petersburg city center, and see Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, Ciniselli Circus and the Faberge Museum from the water. Cast off from the pier with a professional guide, and sail down Fontanka river, Kryukov's channel, Moyka river, Winter channel, and the Neva river. Watch as Sheremetyev's palace, a gift from Peter the Great to the first St Petersburg governor drifts by. Float by Anichkov Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, Ciniselli circus and the Faberge Museum, and appreciate viewing them from the water. Marvel at St. Nicholas Naval cathedral shining in gold, the Theatre Square and the famous Mariinsky Theatre from Kryukov's canal. Journey on the Moyka river to see Yusupov's Palace, Count Razumovsky's estate and Stroganov's Palace. View the heights of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the flora at the Summer Garden, the Summer Palace, and St. Michael's Castle before returning to the pier.

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St. Petersburg: Walking Tour, Faberge Museum & Boat Ride

5. St. Petersburg: Walking Tour, Faberge Museum & Boat Ride

Explore the most famous sights of St. Petersburg from multiple perspectives with a 3-hour walking tour, a tour of the Fabergé Museum, and a boat ride of the New River. Witness Nevsky Prospect, the Kazan Cathedral, and the three central squares, St. Isaac's, Senate, and Palace.  Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s many bridges and the River Neva from the Promenade des Anglais. Next, stop at the Fabergé Museum for a guided visit. See masterpieces of jewelry craftsmanship, housed in the refined interiors of the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River Embankment.  Stop for lunch in a local restaurant before boarding a boat for a 1-hour boat trip. See St. Petersburg’s bridges, canals, palaces, and cathedrals from the city’s crowning river.

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What people are saying about Fontanka River

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Faberge Museum and nearby sites on Nevsky Prospekt . My guide Alexandra Vladimirova was extremely knowledgeable & explained the history of the Museum and its many art pieces very well. I would definately recommend this tour to other visitors interested in seeing the evolution of Russian history through the exquisite pieces of art, jewellery, sculptures & paintings over the centuries and the European multi-cultural influence on Russia's cultural history.

Lida was our tour guide and she was AWESOME! She speaks good english and keeps u engaged for 3 hours. She is from St.Petersburg and is very knowledgeable about the city. She has answers to all your questions. Booking was simple on GYG and communication was good prior to the meeting time via whatsapp. I highly recommend this tour.

Great boat trip through Saint Petersburg

The 90-minute boat trip with a knowledgeable guide in English led through the most important canals, past the magnificent buildings, palaces and churches, as well as over the Neva and around the Peter and Paul Fortress. It was - especially with the best weather - a wonderful experience.

Definitely worth visiting.

Our guide was very knowledgeable extremely courteous and polite and allowed us enough time to view the objects at our own pace.A throughly enjoyable experience.

The walk in chilled weather was amazing one to do. They do as they write “nothing stops this tour”. The guide Lidia was wonderful and made the tour perfect.