The Tzars created a city-palace on the banks of the Neva River. With this free tour of the centre of Saint Petersburg you will discover its stunning legacy.
The free walking tour of Saint Petersburg's historic centre begins in the central Palace Square, next to the Alexander Column.
We first walk in the direction of the Admiralty building district, making our first stop in front of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the largest in Saint Petersburg and the fourth largest in the world. This impressive record can be attributed to the height of its enormous golden dome. Behind the cathedral we will reach the Alexander Garden, a green space providing access to the Senate Square.
In this square we stop to contemplate one of the city's most important monuments: The Bronze Horseman. This equestrian sculpture represents Tzar Peter I, and its construction was ordered by his wife and Tzarina Catherine the Great. According to legend, while this statue remains standing and in its place, Saint Petersburg will never be taken by its enemies.
The route continues along the Palace walls, entering into the Field of Mars and the Summer Gardens. This space occupies the entirety of an island between the rivers Moika, Fontaka and Neva. In fact, Tzar Peter I himself participated in the design, in imitation of the refined eighteenth-century French style: its statues, fountains and flowers make it one of the most beautiful gardens in all Russia.
The tour will culminate on the banks of the Griboedov canal, to admire the brilliant exterior of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, one of the most spectacular monuments in Saint Petersburg. The church is constructed on the very spot where Tzar Alexander II was assassinated, and its design is reminiscent of Moscow's Saint Basil's Cathedral: so much so that it rivals the latter for the title of Russia's most beautiful church.
- It is not possible to take the free tour of Saint Petersburg if you are a group of more than 6 people. If this is the case, you can reserve a private tour of Saint Petersburg.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of three children per adult.
- During winter the tour does not visit the Summer Gardens nor the Field of Mars.
- The tour takes place entirely outside
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
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A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.
Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.
Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
Alcoholic drinks are not available.
The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit).
2 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
English speaking guide
When to book?
You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more
No printing of documentation required.
Promotes local employment.
Has a gender equality policy.
Has a carbon footprint offset policy.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 5 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Palace Square, next to the Alexander Column