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3-Day Tour in St Petersburg

All the highlights of St Petersburg

$367 — 5 hours each day
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Rooftop views in three days Saint Petersburg tour

Ultimate 3-day private tour around Saint Petersburg with all the best the Northern Capital of Russia can offer.

Combine must-see and off the beaten path: river cruise, world-known cathedrals, royal palaces, the fortress, picturesque bridges and sculptures, historical downtown, finest landscapes, cozy nooks, local cafes and much-much more!

Day 1

Highlights of Saint Petersburg:

  • See all the main sights of Saint Petersburg in one day, such as St Isaac’s Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, Winter Palace, Faberge Museum and more!
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and customize your own authentic experience;
  • Learn all the secrets of St Petersburg;
  • Climb down the 2nd  deepest station in the world;
  • Hear intriguing life stories about Russian Tsars and Emperors (and Empresses): Peter I, Catherine the Great and Alexander II;
  • Take pictures of plenty of bridges, like legendary Trinity and Palace bridges, Kazan and Italian bridges, and – just for fun – Red, Blue and Green bridges;
  • Combine must-see and off the beaten path of St Petersburg;
  • Go to best parks and cafes to meet locals and get a local insight;
  • Try Russian authentic cuisine;
  • Have Peter I’s favorite drink – coffee – in the best coffee bar of St Petersburg;
  • Make friends with your local guide on this exciting 3-day tour of St Petersburg.

Tour Itinerary:

Hotel pickup (any time you wish)

Metro tour

Nevsky Prospect

Eliseev Emporium

Kazan Cathedral

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

Beloselsky Beloozersky Palace and Anichkov Palace

Russian National Library

Monument to Catherine the Great

Coffee experience (optional)

Michael Garden & Michael Palace

Summer Garden

Field of Mars

Palace Embankment, Admiralty Embankment, Griboedova Channel, Moika Embankment and Lebyazhya Kanavka EmbankmentFontanka Embankment

Trinity and Palace bridges;

Bronze Horseman

Palace Square

The Hermitage

Marble Palace

Winter Palace

The buildings of Imperial Army General Staff and Royal Guards’ General Staff

Alexander column

The Narva Triumphal Arch


The Admiralty Garden

St Isaac’s cathedral


Red, Green, Blue bridges

Drop off at your hotel or any place you wish.


Day 2

Highlights of Peterhof:

  • Feel the breeze and on a round Neva cruise on a high-speed hydrofoil;
  • Have a chance to take memorable stunning shots of Saint Petersburg from a hydrofoil boat;
  • Explore the former residence of the Russian Emperors;
  • Experience the beauty of Russian Versaille: artistic architectural styles, sparkling fountains, finest landscape and more!
  • Learn about the life of Russian royalty back in the 19th century;
  • Admire the fantastic Ensemble Of Grand Cascade;
  • Have some fun in Joke fountains where you can get totally soaked (only in summer);
  • Enjoy a peaceful scenic walk around gold sculptures, serene ponds, fascinating monuments and original palaces;
  • Have Russian traditional pancakes on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.

Tour Itinerary:

Hotel pickup (any time you wish)

Cruise along the Nera river

Peterhof Park and Gardens

Peterhof Fountains

The Grand Palace

The Grottoes of the Grand Cascade

Tsaritsyn Pavilion

The Special Treasury

Monplaisir Palace

Marly Palace

The Aviaries

The Catherine Block

The Bath Block

Cottage Palace and Alexandria Park

The Imperial Yachts Museum

Peterhof Hermitage


Ride back to Saint Petersburg


Day 3

Highlights of Peter and Paul Cathedral + Strelka island:

  • Discover the gems of Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of the city;
  • Explore the oldest and the most striking building of St Petersburg;
  • Take a sneak peek into a prison museum and torture chamber – Trubetskoy Bastion;
  • Learn about outstanding Russian rulers;
  • Visit the tombs of Russian Emperors;
  • Get an insight into daily life of St. Petersburg in the 19th – early 20th centuries;
  • Catch the legendary gun shot when a cannon fires a blank shot from the Naryshkin Bastion;
  • Get impressed with the ceremony of the guard mounting (every Saturday during the summer season);
  • See a unique complex of the bells of Peter and Paul Cathedral;
  • See 500 items, including archeological finds, telling the story of Peter and Paul fortress;
  • See 600 items from the collection of furniture of the XVIII – early XX century;
  • See 5000 objects of porcelain and glassware of Russian and West European production;
  • Stunning views of Winter Palace, Vasilievsky Island and Neva river on our Trinity bridge walk;
  • Enjoy spectacular views over the St Petersburg skyline on the 138 feet high belfry;
  • Visit Vasilievsky Island which is the largest in St. Petersburg and one of the oldest parts of the city;
  • Reward yourself with refreshing drinks in a local cozy cafe or bar.

Tour Itinerary:

Peter and Paul Fortress:

Scenic Trinity bridge walk

Ioannovskiy Ravelin

Petrovskiy Curtain Wall and Gate

Kronverkskaya Curtain Wall and Gate

Nikolskiy Curtain Wall and Gate

Vasilievskaya Curtain Wall and Gate

Neva Curtain Wall

Peter and Paul Cathedral

Bell Tower and Belfry

Exhibitions of the State Museum of History of St Petersburg

Commandant’s House of Peter and Paul Fortress

Trubetskoy Bastion, Naryshkin Bastion, Gosudarev Bastion and Menshikov Bastion, Golovkin Bastion, Zotov Bastion

Main Treasury

Artillery Stores

Grand-Ducal Burial Vault

Monument to Peter the Great

The Guardhouse

The Boathouse

The Mint

Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology

Alexeevskiy Ravelin

Vasilievsky Island

The Spit of Vasilievsky Island


Extra costs (per person):

Entrance fees


Your tour: Fun facts, iconic places, local experience, traditional food, friendly guide
Your guide: Bright and energetic local, young, enthusiastic, and fun! Your guide is your local friend.
Activity Level: high
Maximum travelers: 4
Pick up & Drop off: Lobby of your hotel or any place you wish
Start time: 9am - 12pm
Extra hours: If you are having a good time and want your 3-day St Petersburg tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged 20 USD per an extra hour.
Tipping suggestions: If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.

What you get:

  • + Meet a local and make a new friend in Saint Petersburg.
  • + Exciting fun communication with a local, not just boring history lessons.
  • + Ask your guide questions about any subject, get genuinely connected with your guide.
  • + Private Saint Petersburg three day tour, customized itinerary, personalized experience.
  • + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit your individual preferences.
  • + Your personal tour guide focuses solely on you and makes sure you get the most out of your experience.
  • + Your personal travel consultant is at your service any time via email, facebook, skype or whatsapp. You will not feel alone with Friendly Local Guides.
  • + Must do + off the beaten path of the city.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Local cosy cafes and restaurants with traditional cuisine and interior.
  • + Lunch specials on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + Best coffee shops in the city.
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Saint Petersburg scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Special offers for taxi and hotels with good location and price.
  • + Expert local advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in St Petersburg.

*This tour can be modified to meet your preferences

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    Sofia M, Tallinn, Estonia, Feb 21, 2017

  • Excellent tour! Vika and Masha are a wealth of information about St Petersburg. They made sure we experienced all the "must see" sites around town without wasting any unnecessary time. With their introduction we were able to take metro and navigate the city with greater confidence. I would highly recommend Friendly Local Guides.

    Paul Gosner, Bern,Switzerland, Oct 19, 2016

  • Loved my tour and guides. Very friendly and professional. Planning to book them in Paris in autumn. Highly recommended!

    Maria de la Salud, Madrid, Spain, Jul 30, 2016

  • Thank you Maria for making our tour in St Petersburg so unforgettable. She possesses and extraordinary personality, her stories about the life in St Petersburg were all very witty and cute. We had a chance to visit many various places and take a look at the city from its real side. We highly recommend Sasha and the 3 Days in St Petersburg tour.

    Jacob Williams, England , Mar 23, 2016

  • I have been travelling to many countries already, but Maria was the most pleasant guide I had. She was so professional and a great story teller. She taught me many things about the history of St Petersburg. I didnít like the Hermitage much, but the Winter Palace definitely took my breath away. I will definitely use Maria as a guide if I have an opportunity again.

    Chloe Leroy, France, Mar 15, 2016

  • Prepared, delightful, excellent, adaptive. I will definitely have Sasha as a guide when I come back to St Petersburg. Great tour. Highly recommend the company and the guide.

    Manuel Lopez, Mexico, Feb 23, 2016

  • What a great tour! Extremely knowledgeable Valery shared so many interesting stories with us and took to the most beautiful places in the city. She was so friendly with us that by the end of the tour we totally forgot that she is our guide. It always felt like she is an old friend of ours. Great 3 Days in St Petersburg. Definitely coming back here in the future.

    Daan Janssen, Netherlands, Feb 21, 2016

  • We had fabulous 3 days in St Petersburg with a friendly local guide. She easily made a last minute change in our pre-planned tour so we could take pictures of cityís canals, palaces and monuments from the boat. She was very informative about all Top 20 must-see sights we visited, and shared with us fascinating facts about life in Russia and St Petersburg. I highly recommend this company to everyone who wants history, culture and a local friend in St Petersburg.

    Alyssa C., UK, Jan 06, 2016

  • Friendly local guides are special - as special as the sights of Russia! We made thousands of adjustments to our itinerary and Alina was so patient and professional with all our requests, and our guide Valery is just a dream Ė she was prompt, smiley, informative, and very positive. These guys are so cool.

    Alina, Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov 12, 2015

  • I couldn't have been more delighted with my friendly local guide Valery. Finding a guide as personable and so passionate about her city was a pure luck. It is obvious she enjoys people and what she is doing, and she is so good at what she is doing! Valery is not just a guide, but a friend, an assistant, an advisor, a photographer, a cool local to hang out with. She is really good. Highly recommended!

    Ivan, USA, Sep 29, 2015