St Petersburg private guide: private tours and shore excursions

private guide in st petersburg

alisa, private guide in st petersburg


My name is Alisa.   I  am a licensed private guide in St Petersburg  and  owner of Petersburgtrip. We offer private tours and shore excursions that combine “must see” places  and charming, but still off the beaten track sights that large   groups generally miss. We design a well-thought route that allows you to see as much as possible during the time available. Private guide will give you a feeling of what it’s like to live in St Petersburg, so we often walk or travel by public transport (a private vehicle can be arranged though).

Currently we offer:

- visa-free shore excursions   for 1-3 days
- ready-made tour   programs   for those who  arrive by air or land
 -  private tours  in and around St Petersburg - walking city tour, Hermitage museum guided tour, Yusupov palace visit,  tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine palace) and Peterhof
- excursions  for St Peterline ferry passengers
- customized tours

You can contact me by mail  

Advantages of our private guide services and shore excursions in St Petersburg:

  • Save on a private  car   if you don’t need it. Our tours are mostly designed as walking or we use public transport to get to the sights, this way you save money, travel “local style” and can be more flexible with time – no need to run from museum  to the car rented for specified time when you feel that you haven’t seen enough. Nevertheless, private transportation can be arranged upon agreement.
  • Spend maximum time in the places you like. If you are taking a day guided tour to  suburban residences such as Tsarskoe Selo or Peterhof you stay there as long as you wish.  I strongly believe that it’s impossible to see these places properly during the short time given by standard tours. Unless the weather is very, very bad . But you didn’t come to Russia to stay at your hotel, right? :)
  • The guide meets you at your hotel before all  tours. Don’t waste your precious time trying to find out how to get to the meeting place in the unknown city or waiting for other members of the group tours.  There are so many places to see in St Petersburg!
  • We are doing our best to make our tours affordable, informative and entertaining.

In my blog you will also find information on transport, top sights in Saint-Petersburg and its suburbs like Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo,  travel tips and even recommendations on local food and places to eat. This blog is quite new, but I do my best to add information  on regular basis. Your feedback is MUCH appreciated.



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Faberge museum visit

faberge museum coronation egg

faberge museum st petersburg

Faberge museum is the newest and probably the most anticipated museum in St Petersburg. It holds 14 large Faberge eggs, the majority of which used to belong to Russian royal family, today it is the largest collection of that type in the world. Besides that, you can see many other jewelry pieces made by Faberge company or  by the contemporaries of Carl Faberge.
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Agate rooms will be open after restoration soon!

agate roomsThe famous Agate rooms in Tsarskoe Selo will be open after restoration in summer 2014. Agate rooms are situated on the upper floor of the Cold bathhouse complex and were used for relaxation and entertainment of russian empress Catherine the Great. Since the interiors were decorated with semi precious stones, the interiors became known as Agate rooms. In fact, mainly jasper was used, but back then they often confused agate and jasper and so the name Agate rooms survived to our days. Jasper is one of the hardest rocks and is very difficult to work with, but they used jasper slabs to face walls in several rooms. During the WWII the interiors of the Agate rooms suffered badly: Tsarskoe Selo was occupied by the nazi and in the Agate rooms a sort of military club was organized. Now the magnificent interiors are restored and will be open to the public soon.

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Nicholas palace folk show

folk show at Nicholas palace

Nicholas palace folk show

Folk show at the Nicholas palace is one of the oldest in St Petersburg. It’s  popular because it’s available almost all year round, but  during the “low” tourist season, mainly in winter, they may have it not every day, but only when they get enough requests. The folk show lasts a little bit less than 2 hours, and during that time you can not only listen to traditional Russian songs and enjoy national dances, but also try some typical Russian snacks including canapés with caviar and have a shot of vodka.

How to get better seats for the folk show?

The Folk show at Nicholas palace is quite famous as the quality of performance and costumes is high,  but  if you want to choose a seat you need to come early.  The reason is that  seats are not generally indicated on the tickets, so the person who comes first has better chances to take a good seat. Since many groups are usually visiting the place in summer, it’s recommended to come  in advance. Good news is that the hall where Nicholas palace folk show  takes place is not very big, so you’ll be able to see the stage well even if you are not in the first rows.  Tickets for the  performance are sold at the Nicholas  palace itself, but mainly they are  distributed through  numerous theater ticket kiosks and tour companies. Please feel free to contact me at if you are interested in visiting the folk show at Nicholas palace.

Address: The Nicholas palace is  situated on Ploshad Truda (Labor square), 4.  It’s a little bit out of the main tourist tracks, but in fact it’s relatively close to St Isaac’s cathedral.  The nearest metro station is Admiralteyskaya.

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