HISTOURS City Walk
|Learn about Russia’s turbulent history during the last two centuries, as you follow the footsteps of Tsars, revolutionaries and Soviet leaders. This tour will take you around the city centre and its major sights, highlighting the events which radically changed Russia and sent huge ripples across the entire world. You will visit memorable sites of Imperial times, the Russian Revolution and Soviet rule, and hear the stories behind them.The highlights of the tour are:
- the site of the first political demonstration in Russia where the red flag was first raised
- places in the former Imperial capital with historical revolutionary significance, scenes of coups d’état and sites where conspiracies were formulated
- the site of the famous assassination which triggered the Red Terror
Tour duration – 4 hours.
Private tour – 5000 roubles for a group of 1-4 people, 1000 roubles for every extra person.
|The Metro Tour takes you to one of the most amazing and ornate creations of the Soviet regime. Intended to represent the Party’s love and care for the common folk, the city’s metro was designed by prominent Soviet sculptors and artists. You will visit the most interesting metro stations and learn about their secrets.You will find out:
- Where Stalin is hiding among numerous statues and bas-reliefs
- How you can ride in a “horizontal lift”
- Why St. Petersburg metro is the deepest in the world
Tour duration – 2 hours.
Private tour – 3000 roubles for a group of 1-4 people, 600 roubles for every extra person.
Available only as part of a full day tour.
Political History Museum & Walking Tour
This tour takes you to the Museum of Political History. Once a love nest of the famous ballerina Kshesinskaya, this charming style moderne house was occupied by the Bolsheviks in 1917 and turned into their headquarters. In 1955 it was made into the Museum of the Great October Socialist Revolution, and, with the fall of Communism, its collections were redesigned to reflect the Russian political history without the bias of propaganda.
There you will see such items of the Russian and Soviet history as:
- Stalin’s personal execution lists
- “Records on the bones” — forbidden rock music bootlegs on X-ray films
- Personal belongings of Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Zhukov and Gagarin
- and many more
You will learn how the Soviet system was shaped, how it degenerated into a bureaucratic dictatorship and what were the reasons for its imminent collapse in late 1980s. The museum’s exhibition comprehensively covers all aspects of life in the Soviet Union, providing a unique insight into what happened behind the Iron Curtain.
The tour lasts 4 hours: 2 hour walking tour and 2 hour museum tour, and ends at the Museum exit door. The guide will take you to the nearest metro or bus stop. Museum tickets are paid separately (FP250/S150).
Private tour – 5500 roubles for a group of 1-4 people, 1000 roubles for every extra person.
Siege of Leningrad Museum & Walking Tour
|In 1941-1944 the city survived the most destructive siege in the history of human warfare. More than 800 000 citizens lost their lives to starvation, cold, artillery shelling and air raids. Our tour brings the images of that terrible and heroic time alive, starting with a walk along the Nevsky Prospekt to the St. Isaac’s square and ending with a visit to the Siege museum. The guide will show you blown-up pictures of the city during the Siege at the same spots they were originally taken from and tell you the stories behind them.On this tour you will learn:
- How the city’s greatest monuments were saved from destruction
- When the city’s philharmonic orchestra and artillery batteries played a joint concert which shook Nazi morale
- What constituted a daily food ration and what people used as food substitutes
The tour lasts 4 hours: 2 hour walking tour and 2 hour museum tour, and ends at the Museum exit door. The guide will take you to the nearest metro or bus stop.
Private tour – 5000 roubles for a group of 1-4 people, 1000 roubles for every extra person. Tickets (250 R per person) not included.
Secret Police Museum
|This tour will take you though the history of the Russian secret police from its inception under the Emperor Nicholas I in the 1820s to the final days of the Soviet Union. You will see documents and pictures related to the struggle of the Tsar’s police with various revolutionary terrorist movements and learn the histories of attempts on the lives of the Tsars and their officials.You will learn about the most famous domestic and foreign intelligence operations of KGB and GRU. A whole hall displays the activities of the KGB ranging from foreign espionage to the persecution of dissidents. Several cabinets show unique documents, pictures and items illustrating the KGB’s role in the covert operations of the Cold War.
Tour duration – 1 hour. Tour price – 2000 roubles for a group of 1-3 people, 500 roubles for every extra person.
Available only as part of a full day tour.