Experience the cultural highlights of St Petersburg on a 3-hour walking tour with a guide. As you explore the spectacular city on foot ' from Palace Square to St Isaac's Square ' you'll learn about its imperial history and view prominent landmarks along the way. See St Isaac's Cathedral, stroll down Nevsky Prospect, and pass the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars on the way to the most famous church in town. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
Start your St. Petersburg tour from Palace Square, which is dominated by the Winter Palace. Next, you'll pass the palace where the famous Beef Stroganoff dish was invented and continue towards St. Isaac's Square, to see its beautiful cathedral. Get the inside scoop behind the architectural flourishes on this gorgeous building, and discover how it has been used over the centuries. You'll also see the bronze horseman, a symbol of St. Petersburg.
After crossing the Neva River, stop at a favorite local spot from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Palace Embankment with its renowned Hermitage Museum, and many prominent St. Petersburg landmarks including St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Admiralty, and the Chamber of Curiosities.
With your local St. Petersburg guide, you will pay a visit to the oldest structure in the city, and the site where the town of Peter started in 1703. The cathedral located here became the burial place of the Russian emperors and members of their families, from Peter the Great onward. A visit to the cathedral is optional here, but it's well worth taking a peek.
Pass the Summer Gardens and the Field of Mars on the way to the most famous church in town. The church was built on the spot where the Russian emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, and here your guide will tell you the infamous story of how this historical event unfolded. Continue along St. Petersburg's busiest street, home to restaurants, theaters, museums, and ornate palaces of the ex-Russian aristocracy, learning more about St. Petersburg from a local perspective along the way.
All that fresh air and walking will no doubt spark your appetite, so you'll finish off the tour with a stop for food. Break for lunch in a typical Russian joint to try a traditional dish like borsch (soup), blinis (pancakes), or Beef Stroganoff. It's here in the caf' that your tour will end, but you can linger as you like and relax and chat with your guide in the warm, cosy atmosphere.
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