Queer St Petersburg 1 Day tour

Shore Excursions in Russia
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Tour description

Despite a recent law prohibiting “gay propaganda”, St.Petersburg remains a generally safe destination for LGBTQ travelers and we are eager to help you get acquainted with the city.

The tour includes visits to the major sights of Petersburg with a guided tour that highlights the history of queer life in Petersburg from the Imperial period to the present day.

During the tour, you will see both the dazzling interiors of palaces and the lush summer gardens that define Petersburg. Our guides will share stories about the people who inhabited these places, paying special attention to LGBTQ historical figures.

Our guide will meet you at the port pier (immediately beyond the customs area) and lead you to the historic city center. Experience the city’s major landmarks on a pleasant guided

drive around St. Petersburg. You will visit Vasilevsky Island and taken in the magnificent view of the

Neva River and Rostral Columns. This stop provides the perfect opportunity to take pictures with the world-famous

Winter Palace and Peter & Paul Fortress. The drive will take you along

Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s most famous street, and past the

Palace Square, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Admiralty, the famed

monument to Peter the Great (the Bronze Horseman), and many other sights.

The tour includes a visit to the magnificent

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which was built on the very spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. The church, inspired by St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, showcases the distinct features of Russian architecture. Of particular interest is the fairy-tale mosaic collection, which adorns both the exterior and interior of the church. Covering a total area of 23,130 square feet, it is the world’s largest indoor mosaic.

Take a short walk to admire the

Singer Company Building, one of the most impressive landmarks on Nevsky Prospect. Constructed in 1902-1904 for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, the building boasts a distinctive mansard and Art Nouveau architectural outlines. 

After lunch in one of the city’s finest restaurants, the tour continues to the

Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace), the most impressive and prestigious art museum in Russia and the world. Over 3 million items from the museum’s extensive collection of painting, artwork, sculptures, artifacts, and archeological finds are on display to the public. The collection includes works by Rembrandt, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and others titans of art.

What's included

  • • English speaking guide • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry fees as per program • Bottle of water daily • Ear set (for groups over 6 people) • Photo permits • Visa-free visit • Port fees

What's not included

  • • Tips for a guide and driver • Lunch is optional