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St. Petersburg: Beginner & Expert Self-Guided Audio Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Beginner & Expert Self-Guided Audio Tour

Arriving in St. Petersburg, but do not know where to start exploring the city? Or is it not the first time in St. Petersburg and it seems that everyone has already seen it? Choose a two-day combo tour from the best audio tours in St. Petersburg to see the city from different angles! This tour consists of 3 in-app audio tours. And unlike standard group tours, you don't have to rush anywhere. You yourself plan the time of your walks and go to enjoy the city at your own pace and with maximum comfort! Tip: do the tours 2 or 3 days in advance. Your tour will begin in the heart of St. Petersburg with a visit to the majestic Hermitage. You will independently walk through the most interesting of the 350 halls, visit the hall with the Peacock clock and the dining room where the revolutionaries arrested the Provisional Government. You will delve into the history of masterpieces of world art, learn about the fate of artists and unravel the symbolism of the Hermitage's most valuable paintings. Tickets are already included in the price, so you do not have to stand in a huge queue at the entrance. Having rested after visiting the museum, you can independently plan the time of the next excursion and go for a leisurely walk through the picturesque corners of St. Petersburg. Your route will pass along the main avenues, narrow streets and labyrinth courtyards. You will see expressive buildings with atmospheric St. Petersburg courtyards, connected corridors and intricate passages, and learn mystical stories and interesting facts about the construction of St. Petersburg. And for dessert, a journey into the wonderful world of the streets and courtyards of St. Petersburg awaits you. Your route will pass along the main avenues, narrow streets and labyrinth courtyards. You will see expressive buildings with atmospheric St. Petersburg courtyards, connected corridors and intricate passages, and learn mystical stories and interesting facts about the construction of St. Petersburg. Your smartphone will become a personal guide who knows the answers to dozens of questions about architecture, history and sights. The app will guide you around the city like a personal tour guide using built-in maps. You won't get lost.

Planning Your Visit

  • Visiting the Treasuries

    Both the Gold Room and the Diamond Room are only available with a tour. Purchasing tickets when you buy your day pass at the entrance in the Winter Palace is an option—if any tickets are still available. Unlike the entrance tickets, these ones aren’t sold online. Arrive first thing in the morning or call a number listed on the website as soon as possible.

  • No Reentry

    Unfortunately, you cannot exit and reenter the building. With so much to see, plan for a meal before arriving and light fare or a pastry at the Hermitage café.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:30AM to 6:00PM, Wednesday 10:30AM to 9:00PM, closed Mondays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Limited-entry adult tickets start at just 300 RUB (about $5) and continue upwards depending on tours and perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see in the museum, a guide is a great addition to any visit.
  • How to get there
    Metro to the Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt or Gostiny Dvor station, bus 7, 10, 24, 191, or trolley 1, 7, 10 or 11.
  • Additional information

    • The museum offers free entry the first Thursday of every month for all individual visitors.

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