St. Petersburg Urban Adventures

Day tours, with a local



Venice of the North

The famous Russian poet A.S. Pushkin called St. Petersburg “The beauty and wonder of the northern lands." The translation might sound not as poetic as in the Russian language but this is an extremely precise definition of St. Petersburg. Our tours of St. Petersburg take you off the regular tourist track enabling quality time and unique experiences. Our St. Petersburg tours are never the same. Visit little suburban churches along the way, check local supermarkets in residential areas, get metro rides and visit local families in communal apartments.

Compared to the ancient cities of Europe or Russia, St. Petersburg, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003, is really a youngster. Despite this, not too many cities in the world can compete with the number of historical places and architectural wonders of this former Russian capital.

 

The Hermitage Museum, Peterhoff, Amber Room, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kirov Theatre… the list of places to visit in St. Petersburg goes on and on. It is a real challenge to squeeze things and places we want to show our customers in our city into the format of a tour, however long it is. From the very first minute of your walking tour of St. Petersburg, you start feeling overwhelmed with the grandeur, taste and mystery of this place, full of great shades and memories.

The town was conceived and built on the bank of the Finish Gulf according to the rational plan and Peter the Great’s desire to build the first European town in Russia. Just a 3-4 hour flight from any major European hub will bring you to the Venice of the North. Though the present city center is really a mixture of buildings constructed at different times, one can not escape the impression of the divine unity, harmony of stone and water.

St Petersburg Like a Local, St Petersburg tour St Petersburg Like a Local
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Join this St Petersburg tour to discover the gritty greats and strange sights of the 'burg - and make some new friends along the way! Visit the former homes of Lenin and Rasputin, sip on vodka in a bar filled with Soviet Airforce paraphernalia, find metro station art relics, and see a yard dedicated to the Wizard of Oz.  Ahhhh Russia, don't go changing!

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St Petersburg Discovery, St Petersburg tour St Petersburg Discovery
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From USD 49.00

St Petersburg gives good monument, with enough palaces, cathedrals, fortresses, churches, and museums to keep Antiques Roadshow on air for another decade. Join this St Petersburg tour to see where stroganoff started, where Emperor Alexander II's life ended, and period architecture endures.

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8th of March
[ 08/03/2015 ]

Ladies' Day

Nights of Museums
Place: ST-Petersburg - [ 15/05/2015 - 16/05/2015 ]

Nights of Museums is an annual event dedicated to the International Museum Day, when most of city museums open their doors to the public for free.

City BirthDay
Place: ST-Petersburg, Russia - [ 27/05/2015 ]

The day when the foundation stone of Peter and Paul Fortress was laid is traditionally celebrated as a birthday of St. Petersburg.

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The Legend Behind the Name

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Mr. Peter O.
United Kingdom
06 Sep 2014
The tour was very well conducted by an extremely knowledgeable guide (whose name I have sadly forgotten). Her knowledge of the city and readiness to answer questions was excellent. It was well paced to allow time for photographs and explanations, without being rushed.
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Mr. Richard B.
Australia
07 Sep 2013
Alexander was an excellent guide who was intelligent, enthusiastic and gave great insights into St Petersburg. His English was excellent and he was a fantastic host.
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St. Petersburg Urban Adventures

Our Urban Adventures team of St. Petersburg is a compact and multi-skilled group of professionals. Native to the city and passionate travellers, all of our experiences are personalized. We are happy and eager to step off the regular tourist track enabling the quality time and unique experiences. Book your personalised tour of St. Petersburg today!


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Responsible Travel with Urban Adventures

At Urban Adventures, we firmly believe local travel is one of the best ways we can support responsible tourism. In fact, we believe it so strongly that we’ve made it our entire business! All our tours are run by local experts, not some faceless corporate team located halfway around the world with no sense of the local vibe.

We craft our tours to ensure every traveller has authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and food and drink. Local travel gives you the opportunity to experience a destination as locals do, and has the potential to impact you in ways you never imagined. In short: local is awesome.

As a responsible travel company, we promise to:

  • Use locally owned infrastructure on our tours whenever possible.
  • Spread the financial benefits amongst local people and operators.
  • Provide employment and leadership opportunities for local people.
  • Respect local customs and culture.
  • Provide safe tours for Urban Adventure partners, staff, and travellers.
  • Educate travellers and our partners about how and why we choose to travel this way.
  • Limit any negative impact to the daily lifestyles of local people.
  • Limit any physical impact on natural and cultural environments.
  • Provide support to organisations and local communities.
  • Provide opportunities for travellers to interact with local people.
  • Actively ban partners, staff, and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on Urban Adventures tours.
  • Work to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism.
  • Actively discourage participation in activities that exploit animals.
  • Use local partners that adhere to Urban Adventures' responsible travel principles.
  • Support and encourage fair employment practices.
  • Give our travellers the best possible value.
  • Have fun!

As a traveller, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • People: Be mindful of the local citizens, and seek understanding through shared experiences. Consider their customs and values while in their homeland, and when in doubt, ask your guide for advice.
  • Environment: Be mindful of the local environment, and act with conservation and sustainability in mind. Follow local guidelines, as recommended by your guide, and make proactive decisions on your own.
  • Culture: When travelling to other cultures, remember that not everyone's customs are the same as yours at home. Be respectful, and be mindful of openly questioning a customary practice, even if you disagree with it. Try to understand from their perspective. You may learn something! Your guide will be an excellent point of reference here, so check with them if you're unsure.
  • Economy: Make every effort to use local businesses and put your tourism dollars in the right (local) pocket. We use local vendors and businesses, and your guide will be able to advise you on the best ways to support the local economy.

For more suggestions on how to be a responsible traveller check out our top 12 responsible travel tips, or check out what our friends at Intrepid have to say.


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