The best self-guided tours in St. Petersburg

The best self-guided tours in St. Petersburg

Do not believe those who say that excursions in St. Petersburg on your own are impossible or not interesting. With our audio guide and a little help with itinerary, this is more than real.

First weekend in St. Petersburg

When a city is completely new to you, it is worth starting with a quick acquaintance with it. A sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg is inexpensive - up to 800 rubles per person for 2-3 hours of travel with a guide. It will help you understand where what is located, so as not to get lost in the future and will help you add some interesting objects to the list for mandatory viewing that you did not have time to learn about from friends and acquaintances or on the Internet. be sure to include the Hermitage in your first visit to St. Petersburg. If you are not arriving on weekends, please note that the museum is closed on Monday. But on the first Thursday of every month and on December 7, you can get here for free. There are discounts for students, children, pensioners and residents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus upon presentation of the relevant documents.

Our selection of high-quality audio accompaniment will help you save money on the guide:

Prepare to wait a bit at the entrance on weekends as there are so many tourists coming to the museum. Buying a ticket online in advance will help you save time. Exchange of electronic tickets in a booth under the arch next to the main entrance to the Hermitage.

If you have free time and energy on the first day, then after the Hermitage you can start a walking tour of St. Petersburg on your own from the center, that is, Nevsky Prospekt. Be sure to walk to the Kazan Cathedral.

The building is especially beautiful on a sunny day. Near the cathedral on the Griboyedov Canal, you can look at one of the most beautiful bridges in the city - Bankovsky. It is guarded by griffins - lions with wings. After walking along the canal, reach the Savior on Spilled Blood. The unusually festive Temple was erected at the turn of the century and fits perfectly into the architecture of the city, although it stands out strongly against the background of more austere neighboring buildings.

The first day of visiting St. Petersburg is best finished with a night boat trip. The view of the city from the river and the canals is magnificent, and bridging is a must-see for every tourist who comes here. there are a couple more options for routes for excursions around St. Petersburg on your own in the city center:

  • From Ploschad Vosstaniya (Ploschad Vosstaniya metro station), walk towards the Catherine Garden along Nevsky Prospect, past the Kazan Cathedral and the Savior on Spilled Blood. On the Palace Square, walk to the Winter Canal and back through the Nevsky along Admiralteisky Prospect to the St. Isaac's Cathedral and the square. It is worth climbing the colonnade here - a magnificent view of St. Petersburg opens from there. Nearby there is a very colorful and interesting building of the Main Post Office. From there, walk to the Bronze Horseman on the Decembrists' Square, and then to the Palace Bridge.
  • From the Nevsky Prospekt metro station, walk along the main street of the city to the Palace Bridge. On the spit of Vasilievsky Island, go down to the Neva. An amazing view of the Peter and Paul Fortress opens from there. Walk along the Exchange Bridge past the sailboat to her. Here you should definitely look at the Peter and Paul Cathedral and the monument to Peter. It will be interesting to visit the Mint and the Museum of the History of the Inquisition. From the Fortress it is worth walking to Troitskaya Square along Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt or along Bolshoy Prospekt to the Sportivnaya metro station, which is very beautiful in itself.

Both of these routes of self-guided walking tours in St. Petersburg can be done in one day, but it will take about 12 hours if you don't stay too long and visit museums. There are many interesting sights in the city that you probably want to know more about. Some of the information can be found at the stands, and you can find out more through our website. Use the search for this. and on the second day, you can either plan to continue an independent walk with stops at museums, or go out of town - to Pushkin or Peterhof. Both options will be equally interesting and educational. But it's just not possible to have time for everything in a day - it is advisable to allocate a whole day for each of the objects and go there in the morning along with a brake, since the cost of lunch per person starts from 500 rubles. Together with children, it is worth visiting the Zoological Museum on Vasilievsky Island (closed on Tuesday) and the Kunstkamera (closed on Mondays). Tickets must be bought before 16:50. It is only a couple of stops from Nevsky Prospekt. Keep in mind that the Kunstkamera is not so much a collection of Ruysch with alcohol-based preparations, which will take a maximum of 20 minutes to see, but above all - many rooms dedicated to the cultures of different nations. If you have only one day to visit St. Petersburg, use the detailed instructions from the audigoid and visit the most important sights of the city center:

It starts at St. Isaac's Cathedral and covers 18 main objects of the city.

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