For those who are on tight budget, a driving guide (a professional tour guide to St. Petersburg, who will take you around by his/her car) can be a good option.
Check out our private St. Petersburg bargain tours (below) with special rates for small groups of 1-3 persons.
The Hermitage is one of the world’s most famous museums and does not need a long description. Winter time is the least crowded period for the Hermitage. For art lovers this is the blessed period when you can explore the treasure of the Hermitage or stay at one masterpiece (for instance, the Return of the Prodigal Son) as long as you want to.
The Winter Palace is definitely a must-see, striking reception rooms and fascinating parlours will give you a good idea of the Imperial times in Russia. Walk the way of the Russian Arc and see it all with your own eyes. The General Staff building is particularly recommended not only because of the Impressionists and Postimpressionists located there, but also due to interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions, such as Memory of Karl Faberge. If time permits, you can visit the Winter Palace of Peter the Great and/or Menshikov Palace.
Tour duration: 4-5 hours
Bargain price for a private group of 1-4 persons: 50 USD. This price includes services of a professional licenced tour guide.
Additional payment: tickets to the Hermitage museum are to be arranged in advance and paid for separately.
Optional: 1) Public transport or taxi to the Hermitage;
2) Hermitage Special Treasuries visits (the Diamond Rooms and/or the Gold Rooms)
Although Peterhof fountains do not work in late autumn, winter and early spring, there are still lots of palaces and pavilions in this museum complex that you can visit.
The Grand Peterhof Palace is no less beautiful in winter, but significantly less crowded. The Museum of Fountains will give you a good idea about the fountain system, and the gardens are still beautiful and pleasant to take a walk through. Unusual museums, such as Royal Kitchens and Baths, Peterhof Special Treasury, Museum of Playing Cards or Museum of Royal Entertainments will take you back to the 18th and 19th centuries, these museums offer something that not many world museums show, and they are blissfully available for visits in low season too.
Tour duration: 5-6 hours
Bargain price for a private group of 1-3 persons: 110 USD. The price includes services of a professional licensed tour guide taking you around by his/her sedan car.
Additional payments required: inside visits are to be arranged in advance and paid for separately.
The classic driving tour of St. Petersburg will be a good introduction to the history, culture and everyday life of our city. The tour includes the icons of St. Petersburg skyline, must-sees of the picturesque and unforgettable city centre. Inside visits are welcome upon your choice/request, but even without going anywhere inside, you will have a perfect impression of an “open-air museum”.
Tour duration: 4 hours
Bargain price for a private group of 1-3 persons: 85 USD. The price includes services of a professional licenced tour guide taking you around by his/her sedan car.
Optional: inside visits to museums are to be paid on the spot.
This renowned summer residence of the Romanov Tsars is totally different in lay out and style from Peterhof. One definite advantage is that it doesn’t matter, when you visit it: summer, fall, winter and spring all look awfully becoming to this palace and park ensemble. The other advantage is the one-of-a-king Amber room. Of all the world, you can only see it here.
Winter time is my absolute favourite for this palace, as in winter they open the whole palace for visitors, whereas in summer you hardly get to see even half of it. Many small private rooms are closed for summer as huge groups cannot possibly fit in, besides, for crowd control purposes the palace is divided into halves and you can see only one or the other of them. Come in slow season and see it all!
Tour duration: 5-6 hours
Price for a private group of 1-3 persons: 110 USD. The price includes services of a professional licensed tour guide taking you around by his/her sedan car.
Additional payments required: inside visit to the Catherine Palace is to be arranged in advance and paid for separately.