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Lonely Planet Experience: Private St Petersburg Evening Tour

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Lonely Planet Experience: Private St Petersburg Evening Tour

From US$ 78 per person

Discover the wonders of St Petersburg and experience the city like a local on this 3-hour walking tour. Visit the city’s oldest railway station, learn about the stunning metro system and its stations, and enjoy a traditional vodka at a hidden cafe.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a drink of traditional vodka (or a tea) with your guide
  • Discover one of the deepest subway systems in the world with its many unique stations
  • Visit the oldest and most beautiful railway station in St Petersburg
  • Explore off the beaten track with a local by your side
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Meet your friendly guide at the information booth in Palace Square. Nestled in the heart of the city, the square hosts St Petersburg’s most important celebrations and is the perfect place to experience the city as a local. The first part of the tour is dedicated to the city’s stunning metro system. Head down underground and get a better understanding of the system’s secrets and stories thanks to your guide’s expert knowledge. Learn about why the metro here is so significant and stands for so much more than just a transport system. Next, arrive at the city’s oldest railway station, which is one of the most beautiful stations in Russia. Continue the tour to a nearby cafe, which you won’t find in any tourist books. Surrounded by locals, immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of the cafe and imagine what life is like in the city. Listen to your guide share information about St Petersburg’s culture, lifestyle, and traditions as you enjoy a glass of Russia’s most beloved tipple, vodka.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Small glass of vodka
  • Snack
  • Additional beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts. All participants between 6-11 years old must present either proof of full vaccination proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.

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City Tourist Information Booth at the Palace Square.

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  • You must be at least 19 years of age to participate in this tour. The tour guide will check your valid photo ID to confirm your age at the beginning of the tour
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4.9 /5

based on 16 reviews

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Our tour was fantastic! We got to see parts of St. Petersburg that we definitely would not have otherwise known about. Evelina was such a wonderful guide. She was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the city, and she even shared a unique bar with us at the end of the tour. She answered all of our questions and engaged with us in interesting discussions. Thank you very much!

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July 28, 2019

A must do tour to really have a chance to explore the roots of the city. Evelyn was our tour guide and we couldn’t have asked for a better one! She was knowledgeable and fun. We had a smaller tour and she was very flexible with the itinerary. One of my favorite parts was exploring the unique subway system and artwork. We ended our tour at a fun local bar/coffee shop. The tour was one of the main highlights of the trip!

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July 1, 2019

A great way to start your trip at St. Petersburg

(disclaimer: the itinerary differs from the description in GYG, but it is worth it anyway!) During the tour, we visited a doughnut shop (that has been around since 1959) and a railway station which has magnificent interior design, both of which we would have missed had we explored the city on our own. We also visited a few of the significant metro stations. Our guide, Anna, also treated us to traditional Russian snack and (a small amount of) liqueur. Adding on to that, Anna was also friendly and knowledgeable. She shared many interesting stories about the buildings we passed, and provided tips and recommendations for our trip (for the next few days). This is definitely a great way to appreciate St. Petersburg and its rich culture!

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June 19, 2019

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