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Discover St Petersburg with City Sightseeing


Dear participants of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum,

This section includes details of the guided tour programme in St. Petersburg.

Please note that participants will need to pay for guided tours separately.

For more information, please contact the guided tour programme team on +7 (905) 231 6358 from 10:00 to 19:00, or email During the Forum, you may also make use of the guided tour and theatre ticket booking stand in the domed hall of the Tavricheskiy Palace.

Sightseeing tour of the city

If you are visiting St. Petersburg for the first time, a sightseeing tour of the city is the best way to get to know Russia’s northern capital. The tour will include the city’s famous landmarks: palaces, museums, cathedrals, canals, theatres, churches, and much more.

Sightseeing tour of the city including a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress 

The tour will include the city’s famous landmarks: palaces, museums, cathedrals, canals, theatres, churches, and much more. It also features a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. On 16 May 1703 (27 May according to the Gregorian calendar), Peter the Great established a new fortress on Hare Island. It was later named the Peter and Paul Fortress. This date made history as the day the city was founded; St. Petersburg then developed rapidly under the protection of the impregnable fortress.

Night sightseeing tour of the city

The tour route will include all of St. Petersburg’s most famous sights. The key feature of night-time city tours is that they offer the opportunity to view the drawing of the bridges. These enormously heavy constructions take just a few minutes to open, creating a corridor for ships to pass through. These amazing drawbridges have become the symbol of St. Petersburg’s famous White Nights.

The secrets of St. Petersburg’s bridges

The bridges are an integral part of the city on the Neva. The beauty of St. Petersburg’s many bridges may be compared to the splendour of the city’s best architectural ensembles. The tour will be accompanied by readings of poems by Alexander Pushkin. Tour participants will move from one drawbridge to another, while hearing about the history of how each bridge was built and its technical features.

Special ‘Cathedrals of St. Petersburg’ excursion

Cathedrals and churches occupy a special place in the architectural heritage of Russia’s northern capital. The tour route offers the chance to see the best examples of architectural creativity, and to learn about their history and external and interior design. For a long time, St. Isaac’s Cathedral was the main cathedral church in the Russian capital. It is the fourth tallest cathedral in the world and took 40 years to build.

The State Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage is one of the world’s most renowned museums. Over nearly two and a half centuries, it has amassed one of the largest collections in the world, including about three million works of art and monuments of global culture, dating from the Stone Age to the present century.

The State Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum is the country’s foremost museum of Russian fine art; it was founded in St. Petersburg in 1895 on the order of Tsar Nicholas II. The opening ceremony for visitors took place on 19 March 1898 (7 March according to the Julian calendar). The Russian Museum today is a unique repository of artistic treasures, a renowned restoration centre, an authoritative research institute, a major centre of cultural and educational work, and a research and methodological centre for art museums in the Russian Federation that oversees the work of 260 Russian art museums.

Tour of the Aurora cruiser

The famous protected cruiser Aurora was launched in May 1900 and commissioned three years later. It was named in honour of the frigate of the same name which rose to fame in 1854, during the defence of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the Crimean War. In 1902–3, the Aurora underwent sea trials, after which, in summer 1903, it became part of the Imperial Russian Navy. Before the First World War, the Aurora made several voyages, including abroad. In the early 1920s, the Aurora became the first battleworthy ship in the Soviet Baltic Fleet, and was used as a training vessel. Before 1930, it made several voyages around the Baltic and White Seas, as well as foreign voyages, calling at Scandinavian ports.

Grand Maket Rossiya

On this tour you will see the whole of Russia in one day, as you visit the largest scale model of our vast country. The creators of this interactive model have attempted to present what they consider to be the essence of ordinary life in different parts of the country. The opportunity to view this vastness for yourself, and to look at the familiar in a different way, is an amazing adventure and provokes a rare kind of joy, not only for children, but for adults, too.

The Pushkin Apartment Museum

Alexander Pushkin died in this house on 29 January 1837, after he was fatally wounded in a duel. Today, the museum recreates the apartment which belonged to Russia’s leading poet, displaying items that belonged to his family, friends, and acquaintances, restored on the basis of historical documents and friends’ memoirs.

The Dostoyevsky Museum

Fyodor Dostoevsky twice rented an apartment in this house on Kuznechny Pereulok: in 1846 and from October 1878 until his death on 28 January 1881. The beginning and end of his creative path thus came together in one place. This is where he worked on his early novella The Double, and also where his final novel The Brothers Karamazov was written. Dostoevsky’s apartment has been recreated using the memoirs of his contemporaries and of his wife.

Tsarskoye Selo, visit to Catherine Park, Catherine Palace, and the famous Amber Room

The Tsarskoye Selo State Museum and Heritage Site is an outstanding monument of world architecture and the art of landscape gardening of the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. A magnificent constellation of talented architects, sculptors, painters, expert gardeners, and engineers brought the ambitious plans of the Russian royals to life. Throughout Tsarskoye Selo, a variety of artistic styles can be seen: Russian baroque and rococo (Francesco Rastrelli), classicism (Charles Cameron, Giacomo Quarenghi, Vasily Stasov, and others), and the subsequent stylistic trends of the nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. All of the tsars, beginning with Peter the Great, left their mark here.


Founded at the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Peter the Great near the new northern capital of St. Petersburg, Peterhof was to become the most luxurious of the royal summer residences. In the layout of the Peterhof ensemble, the regularity and symmetry of the overall composition are combined with skilful use of the natural local topography and a variety of artistic solutions for individual park areas, pavilions, and fountains.

Gatchina and a visit to the Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum

Gatchina, the former imperial residence, is celebrating its 250th anniversary. The picturesque terrain, spring lakes, small rivers running clear, and extensive forests made it possible to create a magnificent ensemble here; its centrepiece is a palace featuring unusual architecture, with towers and an underground passage.

The Oranienbaum Palace and Park Complex

The Oranienbaum Palace and Park Complex is an invaluable, unique monument of eighteenth-century Russian culture and art. Oranienbaum is the only area outside the city that was not destroyed during the Second World War. Many of the palaces, museums, and parks in the city of Lomonosov, which were damaged but not destroyed during the war, have been restored over the last five years, preserving the authenticity and uniqueness of the eighteenth-century ornamental decoration.

Sightseeing tour of Kronstadt with a visit to the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

The port city is located on the island of Kotlin, and the adjoining smaller islands in the Gulf of Finland, part of the Baltic Sea. Kronstadt bears the title ‘City of Military Glory’, and its historic centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. For three centuries, the city played the role of a maritime outpost, built to protect the capital of the Russian empire, St. Petersburg.


Dear participants of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum,

This section includes information about St. Petersburg’s leading museums.

Please note that you will need to pay separately for admission tickets, guided tours, and other services provided by the museums.

State Russian Museum

The Russian Museum opened in 1898 in the Mikhailovsky Palace by Emperor Nicholas II houses a unique collection of Russian art from the works of the Old Rus’ art and applied arts to 18th–20th century paintings, drawings, watercolours and engravings. The Museum also exhibits Russian sculptures, numismatics and applied art.

4, Inzhenernaya Ulitsa
+7 (812) 347 8704

State Hermitage Museum (the Winter Palace)

One of the world’s biggest museums of arts, culture and history. The State Hermitage has approximately 3 million works of art and monuments of world culture, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, works of applied arts, archaeological finds and numismatics.

2, Dvortsovaya Ploschad
+7 (812) 710 9079

Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site

The Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site is located in a suburb of St. Petersburg. It is a palace-and-park ensemble with two palaces and adjacent parks. Catherine Palace houses the famous Amber Room recreated in 2003.

7, Sadovaya Ulitsa, Pushkin
+7 (812) 465 2024

Peterhof State Museum Reserve

Peterhof’s palace-and-park ensemble was founded as Peter the Great’s country palace. Inspired by Versailles, the fountains of the Lower Park and the Grand Palace are unique monuments of architecture and technology from the first half of the 18th century. Along with traditional museum exhibits, visitors may see the museum of the royal family’s bicycles, the museum of playing cards, as well as the Benois Family Museum and the Museum of Art Collectors.

2, Razvodnaya Ulitsa, Peterhof
+7 (812) 450 5287

All-Russian Alexander Pushkin Museum

The All-Russian Alexander Pushkin Museum, one of Russia’s oldest literary museums, was shaped gradually and is currently a unique museum complex including the ‘Alexander Pushkin. Life and Works’ monographic literary exhibition; Alexander Pushkin Memorial Apartment; Lyceum Museum; Alexander Pushkin Memorial Dacha; Nikolay Nekrasov Memorial Apartment; Gavriil Derzhavin Memorial Estate.

12, Naberezhnaya Moiki
+7 (812) 571 3801

State Museum of the History of Religion

The State Museum of the History of Religion tells the history of the emergence and development of religions. It is the only such museum in Russia and one of a handful in the world.The Museum’s collection has approximately 200,000 items. These are monuments of history and culture from various countries, eras and peoples: from antiquity, Ancient Egypt and Israel to the early European Middle Ages; from Ancient Greece and Rome to the present day; Buddhism and Islam. The oldest exhibits are archaeological finds from the 6th millennium BC.

14/5, Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa
+7 (812) 315 3080

Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum 

The Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum is a collection of art that is unique in both Russia and the world. It emerged in the mid-18th century simultaneously with the Academy of Fine Arts and became a truly unique museum. Only here, looking at the works of the Academy’s faculty and students, could one see future artists starting out and the steps taking them to the pinnacle of their art. 

17, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya
+7 (812) 323 3578

State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO 

The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO established by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in 2002 holds exhibition, research and educational programmes.The Centre presents works by eminent masters of photography from Russia and abroad, as well as by talented young artists in such modern photography-related art genres as video art, photo installations, animation, experimental filmmaking.

35, Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa
+7 (812) 314 1214

State Museum of Political History of Russia 

The Museum is located in the city’s historical centre in two mansions built in the early 20th century. One of them used to belong to Matilda Kshesinskaya, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre; it is a gem of St. Petersburg Art Nouveau (from a design by the architect Alexander von Hohen). In 1917, the building housed the Bolsheviks’ headquarters. Lenin, Stalin, Zinoviev, Sverdlov and others often gave speeches here. The second mansion, built in 1909 for Vasily Brandt, a major timber industrialist (from a design by the architect Robert Meltzer), is also a historical and architectural monument.

2–4, Ulitsa Kuibysheva
+7 (812) 233 7052

State Memorial Museum of the Defence and Siege of Leningrad 

The Museum of the Defence of Leningrad is one of the world’s first museums dedicated to the history of World War II. This museum of tragic history was opened in the 1940s, closed down in 1953, and recreated in 1989. Today, it is the only museum dedicated entirely to the history of the defence and siege of Leningrad.

9, Solyanoy Pereulok
+7 (812) 275 7547

Roerich Family Museum and Institute

St. Petersburg State Roerich Family Museum and Institute is located in an old mansion formerly owned by Academician Mikhail Botkin; Nicholay Roerich frequently visited Botkin’s home. The memorial exhibition is based on the legacy preserved by Lyudmila Mitusova and her family, relatives of Elena Roerich.Today, the museum has approximately 15,000 items, including ones the Roerichs owned, manuscripts, works of applied arts, archaeological finds, photographs and other cultural treasures reflecting the broad context of the life and work of the Roerich family.

1, 18th Line, Vasilievsky Island
+7 (812) 327 3506

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Manege Central Exhibition Hall 

The Manege Central Exhibition Hall is St. Petersburg’s largest expo space in the city centre. The Manege specialises in arts exhibits and attendant events, such as lectures, master classes, seminars on arts and culture, film screenings and concerts.

Please be aware that Manege Central Exhibition Hall is open to badge holders from 21 to 23 September 2018.

1, Isaakiyevskaya Ploschad
+7 (812) 611 1100

State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg

The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg is one of Russia’s biggest historical museums. It has a collection of over 1.3 million items reflecting the history of the city on the Neva from its founding until today.

3/4D, Petrovavlovskaya Krepost
+7 (812) 230 6431

Pavlovsk State Museum and Reserve

Pavlovsk State Museum and Reserve is a palace-and-park ensemble of the late 18th – early 19th centuries located in a suburb of St. Petersburg. The park was laid out on 600 hectares around Emperor Paul I’s summer palace and is one of Europe’s largest landscape parks.

20, Sadovaya Ulitsa, Pavlovsk
+7 (812) 452 1536

Gatchina Palace and Estate State Historical and Arts Museum 

Gatchina Palace and Estate State Historical and Arts Museum includes the Grand Gatchina Palace, former imperial residence, a park, and the unique Priory Palace built for the Knights of the Order of Malta. The Gatchina Palace Museum has a superb collection of 18th–19th century artefacts, porcelain, glass, fabrics, costumes and weapons, as well as paintings and drawings. The museum holds theme-based fancy-dress events.

1, Krasnoarmeisky Proezd, Gatchina
+7 (812) 958 0366

Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum 

Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum was opened on 12 November 1971. It is located in the house where Dostoevsky rented an apartment twice: first in 1846, for a very brief period, and then again from October 1878 and until his death on 28 January 1881. The beginning and end of his literary life were thus joined at a single point. It was in this house that he worked on his early tale The Double, and here he wrote his last novel The Brothers Karamazov. The apartment was reconstructed from the memoirs of Dostoevsky’s wife and his contemporaries.

5/2, Kuznechny Pereulok
+7 (812) 571 4031

Anna Akhmatova’s State Literary Memorial Museum in the Fountain House

Anna Akhmatova’s State Literary Memorial Museum in the Fountain House is located in a wing of the Sheremetev Palace. Here, in the apartment of eminent arts scholar and avant-garde theoretician Nikolay Punin, Anna Akhmatova lived for almost 30 years, from the mid-1920s until the early 1950s. The memorial apartment recreates the architectural appearance of the 1920s–1930s.

53, Liteyny Prospekt
+7 (812) 272 2211

Alexander Suvorov State Memorial Museum

This is Russia’s first memorial museum. It was opened in 1904 in a building specifically constructed for it from designs by the architect Alexander von Hohen on the orders of Emperor Nicholas II. In May 1998, the museum was opened after a ten-year reconstruction period. It exhibits personal items owned by the great General, paintings, drawings, weapons, numismatics, rare books, military dress and other artefacts.

43, Kirochnaya Ulitsa
+7 (812) 579 3914

State Museum StIsaac’s Cathedral 

St. Petersburg’s biggest Orthodox cathedral, this unique monument was built in 1858 by the architect Auguste Montferrand. The cathedral is 101.5 metres high. The cathedral’s colonnade is open to visitors, affording a stunning view of St. Petersburg’s historical centre.

4, Isaakiyevskaya Ploschad
+7 (812) 315 9732

St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music 

St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, established in 1908, is one of the world’s biggest theatre museums. This collection is almost peerless in its historical span, variety and the value of the exhibits. Over 450,000 artefacts tell the entire history of drama, opera and ballet in Russia.

6, Ploschad Ostrovskogo
+7 (812) 571 2195

‘20th Century’ State Literary Museum

In 2007, a new museum concept was approved, and Mikhail Zoshchenko’s Memorial Apartment was renamed the ‘20th Century’ State Literary Museum, this giving birth to a new museum.

Apartment 119, 4/2, Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa
+7 (812) 571 7819

State Museum of Urban Sculpture

The State Museum of Urban Sculpture in St. Petersburg was founded on 28 July 1932. It is Russia’s only museum dedicated to studying, preserving and restoring monumental sculptures in an open-air urban environment. The museum curates over 200 monuments and 1,500 memorial plaques, including such iconic St. Petersburg landmarks as the Rostral Columns, the Narva and Moscow Triumphal Arches, the Sphinxes on the quay by the Academy of Fine Arts, The Horse Tamers sculptures on the Anichkov Bridge, monuments to Peter the Great, Catherine II, Nicholas I, Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lomonosov, Alexander Suvorov and many others.

179/2A, Nevsky Prospect
+7 (812) 274 2635

The St. Petersburg of the Raznochinets Memorial Museum

The St. Petersburg of the Raznochinets Memorial Museum tells the story of backyard St. Petersburg. Raznochinets was a term used in pre-revolutionary Russia to describe those whose social standing did not fit in the strictly defined categories of either ‘gentry’ or ‘merchant’. Petty officials, retired soldiers, servants of all stripes, workers and, naturally, students and the so-called proletarians of intellectual labour lived in neighbourhoods far removed from the posh Nevsky Prospekt.

7, Bolshoy Kazachy Pereulok
+7 (812) 407 5220

St. Petersburg Museum of Bread 

St. Petersburg Museum of Bread was founded in 1988. The exhibition spans the time between the dawn of agriculture and the present day. The principal emphasis is on demonstrating production, sales and consumption of bread in St. Petersburg. The museum exhibits a bakery plant production line from the 1950s.

2, Mikhailova Ulitsa
+7 (812) 294 5090

Discover St Petersburg with City Sightseeing 

Schedule: 09:00–19:00, break: 14:00–15:00

Loop: 90 minutes

The first bus will depart at 09:00 from St. Isaac’s Square. Buses leave every 25 minutes. 

Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Finnish, Turkish 

Free entrance to holders of participant badges from 19 to 22 September 2018. 

Let City Sightseeing St Petersburg show you around Russia’s imperial capital. Over the course of one or two days, enjoy panoramic views of this dazzling metropolis from the top of our famous bright red double-decker buses, hopping on and off at 18 conveniently located stops on the red route or eight stops on the green route. 

The gold-domed, nineteenth-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the first stop on our red route. This is one of St Petersburg’s most famous landmarks, offering wonderful views of the city from its gilded viewing platform. The cathedral was used as a museum of atheism in Soviet times. It remains a museum today, boasting a collection of nineteenth-century artworks, a sight not to be missed. 

Continue on our tour to the city’s most famous building, the Winter Palace. Not only does it physically dominate Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, the palace has also played a central political and cultural role in the city’s history. For art enthusiasts, the Hermitage boasts a treasure trove of masterpieces by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Rembrandt. With over 3 million exhibits spread across 350 halls, this is definitely a must-see on your trip. 

During your City Sightseeing tour, you will have a chance to discover the many impressive buildings, statues, parks, and canals that make this city unique. Hop off and rub the toes of the seven Atlantean statues for good luck or explore Nevsky Prospekt: in addition to boasting numerous palaces, theatres, and museums, this thoroughfare is the hub of the city’s social and cultural life with countless bars, restaurants, shops, and cafés located along its three-mile stretch. 

There are a number of other exciting attractions in the city including Kazan Cathedral, the Summer Garden, and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, so make sure you take the time to explore everything that St Petersburg has to offer as our exciting multilingual audio guide gives you all the information you need. 

On the green route, you will see the Sphinxes, the Academy of Fine Arts, Menshikov Palace, the Kunstkamera, the Rostral Columns, the Peter and Paul Fortress and the cruiser Aurora. 

Let City Sightseeing St Petersburg show you around Russia’s imperial capital. Enjoy panoramic views of this dazzling metropolis from the top of our famous bright red double-decker buses, hopping on and off at 18 conveniently located stops around the city! 

Red route stops:

1 – St. Isaac’s Cathedral

2 – The Admiralty

3 – Palace Square

4 – Kazan Cathedral

5 – Great Gostiny Dvor

6 – Anichkov Palace and Bridge

7 – Nevsky Prospekt/Liteyny Prospekt

8 – Moskovsky Railway Station

9 – Ploshchad Vosstaniya

10 – Nevsky Prospekt/Liteyny Prospekt

11 – Eliseyev Emporium

12 – Singer House

13 – Arts Square

14 – Grand Ciniselli Circus

15 – Summer Garden

16 – Palace Square

17 – Palace Embankment

18 – Admiralty Embankment 

Green route stops:

1 – St. Isaac’s Cathedral

2 – Sphinxes, Academy of Fine Arts, Menshikov Palace

3 – Kunstkamera

4 – Strelka (Spit) of Vasilievsky Island, Rostral Columns

5 – Peter and Paul Fortress

6 – Aurora cruiser

7 – Palace Embankment, Hermitage

8 – Admiralty Embankment


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