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Peter and Paul Fortress Guided Tour
US$ 26
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Located on an island in the Neva River is one of Russia's most emblematic and historically significant ramparts: the Peter and Paul Fortress. Discover its legacy on this English-language guided tour.

Peter and Paul Fortress on Zayachi, or Hare, Island
Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Cathedral
Inside the Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Fortress Guided Tour

After meeting up at the Gorkovskaya Metro Station in Saint Petersburg, we'll set off on foot towards the nearby Zayachi Island, or Hare Island, a tiny piece of land in the Neva River where the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress is located.

Why did the legendary Tsar Peter the Great choose a small, swampy island to build a large defensive fortress? Our expert English-speaking guide will reveal the origins of the ramparts as we stroll through its impressive walls. You'll hear numerous fascinating stories including how this the bulwark was used as a notorious prison for many years.

Having enjoyed a journey through the 18th and 19th century history of the Peter and Paul Fortress, we'll learn about its role in one of the most significant episodes of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Do you know what historical events took place here?

We'll continue discovering Russian history as we pay a visit to the most important monument within the fortress and St Petersburg's oldest landmark, the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Inside the church, which is home to the tombs of many Russian emperors and empresses, we'll admire its majestic decoration, characterised by pastel tones and lavish gilt details.

To bring our tour to an end, we'll walk around the island, taking in the different buildings of the defensive complex, before returning to our original meeting point.

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Per person
English guided tour
US$ 26

English guided tour

  • Per person

    US$ 26

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

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).

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2 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.


English speaking guide with specialist knowledge of St Petersburg's art and history.

Entry to the Peter and Paul Cathedral and prison.

When to book?

You can book up until 10 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.


Most areas are accessible.


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.

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Not permitted.

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 4 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.

US$ 26
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Gorkovskaya Metro Station.