WALKING TOUR & METRO RIDE
An emotional walk at the heart of St. Petersburg, admiring cathedrals, monuments and buildings in an atmosphere soaked with centuries of history, whilst appreciating the design and details of the famous metropolitan city, boasting a kaleidoscope of colour and materials.
What we will see
- Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman
- Walk along the Marina Arsenal
- Palace Square and Nevsky thoroughfare
- Metropolitan of St. Petersburg
What we will do
- We will begin our tour hopping on-board the coach in the city centre: we will pass in front of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, boasting a Neoclassical style and a 21.8 metre gold dome making it the tallest cathedral in the world, and the Bronze Horseman, a monument dedicated to Peter the Great, standing at 6 metres and resting on an enormous granite monolithic stone. The square surrounding the monument (Senate Square, also known as Decembrist Square) is a favourite spot amongst couples getting married to take photos.
- From here, we will set off on our walk along the Marina Arsenaland, from the area opposite the Neva River, we can admire the State University (founded in 1724 upon the order of Tsar Peter the Great of Russia, and one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Russia), the Academy of Sciences and the House of Art, also known as the "House of inquisitiveness", a name preferred by Peter the Great to describe his collection of anatomical preparations and scientific instruments.
- We will continue our tour with a visit to Palace Square (one of St. Petersburg's main squares and theatre in 1917 at the end of the Russian Revolution) and walk along Nevsky thoroughfare St. Petersburg's main road, which is 4 km long, which crosses the city from the Admirality to the Alexander Nevski monastery, the heart of the shopping area and is flanked by elegant buildings, amongst which the Winter Palace. From here, we will arrive at the Gostiny Dvor metro station.
- The last stage on our tour includes an unmissable tour of the famous*metropolitan of St. Petersburg*, also called "metro" in Russian. Initial plans overseeing the creation of the metro date back to 1899, but were not implemented owing to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1941, when works began, the then USSR was due to join the war and works were suspended, and resumed at the end of the conflict. The first line opened on the 15 November 1955 and linked up the city's 5 railway stations. From the moment it was opened, it was acclaimed as one of the best in the world, not only owing to efficiency and cleanliness, but also for its architecture. It is presently one of the fastest, safest and most comfortable modes of transport in the world. Most stations are equipped with lifts; the older stations have been richly decorated with coloured granite, various colour marble, stainless steel, bronze, aluminium, synthetic materials, glass, various mosaics, bas reliefs and sculptures, whilst newer stations boast a modern and simple design, which are however just as striking. Every station is unique in this sense. The metropolitan of St. Petersburg is also one of the deepest in the world, with some stations excavated at more than 100 metres deep.
What you need to know
- Space is limited, so please reserve early.
- The tour involves walking for about 2 hours, it is therefore recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- Headsets are included in the tour.