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Private tour St Petersburg by Night: City Sightseeing Tour

Experience spectacular St Petersburg, illuminated at night, on this small-group tour by minivan in the former capital of the Russian empire. Your expert guide will point out the magnificent floodlit monuments in the city center including the State Hermitage Museum and St Isaac's Cathedral as well as the surrounding streets, squares and embankments of the Neva River. This city’s unique architectural heritage, even more magical at night, is not to be missed!

This tour is limited to six people, providing a small-group experience with your guide.


  • 3-hour tour of St Petersburg illuminated at night
  • See floodlit monuments, palaces and squares in the city center
  • Admire St Isaac Cathedral’s gilded dome and the Russian-style spires of the Church of Our
  • Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Look across the Neva riverfront to the Spit of Basil Island
  • Small-group tour maximum 6 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Begin your tour with pickup from your St Petersburg hotel and then head with your knowledgeable guide toward the city center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Circling the charming palaces and squares, gaze with awe at the beautiful, illuminated buildings as you learn about their historical significance and the many influences of the architecture.

Continue your sightseeing excursion to Russia’s first museum, the Kunstkamera, located on the Neva riverfront. Built in 1727, it houses the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. Then, note the gilded spire of the stone cathedral standing in the center of Peter and Paul’s Fortress, located on an island in the delta.

View the Spit of Basil Island, which juts into the Neva River and divides it in two. Stop along the shores of the Fontanka River, one of its tributaries, and admire the impressive former homes of Russian nobility that line the embankment. Catch sight of the State Hermitage Museum, including the Winter Palace where Russian emperors once resided.

As you travel down Nevsky Prospect, keep an eye out for the Admiralty, the neo-classical Kazan Cathedral and a monument to Catherine the Great, stopping for photos along the way. You’ll also glimpse the granite columns and gilded dome of St Isaac's Cathedral, as well as the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, built in a traditional Russian-Byzantine style of colorful mosaics and more than half a dozen onion-top spires.

Note: During the White Nights of summer, from May through July, enjoy the romantic allure of faint twilight instead of darkness. Any time of year, you’ll be amazed by the illumination of this Russian imperial city!