St Petersburg Like a Local: Divulge in the history of Russia left behind by the likes of Rasputin and Lenin Uncover hidden gems through the Wizard of Oz and wallow in the architecture of Russia Savour traditional Russian delicacies like honey beer on this unique St Petersburg tour!This St Petersburg walking tour will show you the small things which make local life so bustling and important.
We begin at the Vosstania Square metro station where we will embark on a discovery to find the last surviving image of Stalin in its lavish décor and the place where massive doors stand to shut off a station to make it a nuclear shelter. Next we will visit a unique local pub run by the Russian aerobatics team, “Russian Knights, ” complete with Soviet Air Force paraphernalia like ejection seats and an SU-27 tail fin fixed to the wall behind the bar. While here, we can’t forget to taste the local honey beer made as per an ancient Russian recipe. After savouring traditional locally made honey beer, your St Petersburg guide will continue walking towards a long grey Soviet-style building where the nuclear submarines, “Red Octobers” were designed and where a monument dedicated to Russian submarines stands nearby.
With a short walk from the monument, we will view the house of one of Russia’s most mysterious men, Rasputin! And nearby lays a small apartment that was once home to another of Russia’s infamous men in the 19th century, Vladimir Lenin. We will have the opportunity to walk with your St Petersburg guide through the archways of nearby buildings, experiencing the darkness of St. Petersburg called the “well-yards” where walls with windows stand just a few meters apart from each other, creating darkness within. Once we have escaped from the murkiness of well-yards we will immediately see the splendid art nouveau façade of Baltiysky train station, and certainly a different St Petersburg tour experience.
After a short walk from there, we will see an entire yard dedicated to the “Wizard of Oz” complete with paintings and sculptures from the fairytale’s characters, even an Emerald Town playground. The St. Petersburg sightseeing tour ends next to Vladimirskaya metro station where we depart while admiring the monument dedicated to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the most famous Russian authors.
Meeting/ pick-up point: Vosstania Square, at the entrance to “Vosstania Square” metro station at 7pm.
Duration: Three hours.
Others: Photo ID must be supplied to your guide at the beginning of the tour.