Olga's Private Tour Guide Service in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Tours and Itineraries
"To choose time is to save time."
"Let not the sands of time get in your lunch."
"Time is the longest distance between two places."
We all know, it is all about timing, really! And not about the clocks :-) which I was still tempted to put on this page. You will see all of these wonderful timepieces in the Hermitage as well as many other beautiful things if you don’t let the sands of time get in your lunch and if you use your valuable time wisely, i.e. make a good timing:-)
All of my sightseeing tours are tailored to suit YOUR wishes: the choice of sights, the use of car/mini-bus, the time, and place for lunch, etc.
If you wish to initially prepare your own itinerary on your own, please remember that museum closing days vary for each museum.
Below is a list of the most popular museums with their closing days:
Note that most of our museums in winter open at 11am and close at 6pm, and so according to museum rules we can enter them no later than 5 pm at the latest.
In summer, most museums open at 10am, The Hermitage at 10:30am, and most of them close at 6pm with a couple of exceptions: St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood open till 7pm, and it is possible to get on top of St. Isaac's even at night.
Also when preparing an itinerary please do not crowd it with too many sights and museums: allow some time for possible traffic jams, your lunch, etc. If there is any time left at the end of the day, we can always try to fit in extra sights.
But I’m sure you’ll agree that for the most relaxed and rewarding visit to St. Petersburg, expert, experienced help is essential, simply because of the complexities involved, and the benefits a Tour-Guide can bring. Planning a successful itinerary that won’t leave you baffled and exhausted should best be left to someone who knows the proximity of palaces, museums, parks, bridges, fountains, art-exhibits, etc; knows the different opening days and closing times; can take into account all YOUR various interests and wishes; can allow for your time limitations; can organize a driver and vehicle; with travel-route planning; with a knowledge of possible traffic delays; with experience of dissimilar viewing times; and is familiar with eating & rest period requirements; and has the experience to take into account any other special needs.
As a qualified Tour-Guide I can conduct professional excursions in all the numerous museums of St. Petersburg; I can answer your numerous questions on Russian art, history and culture, or I can stay in the background and leave you to wander freely, but always on hand to guide you to sights and exhibits and give you helpful advice, should you want it, on such things as accommodation, shops, restaurants, shows, theater tickets, etc.
So what do YOU want to See & Experience?
Please check out the previous pages and make YOUR choice. On the “Major Attractions” page I have listed only the most popular sights and museums with very short descriptions because it’s impossible to show on the website all the beauty, variety and the great number of museums, sights, theaters, and art exhibitions, etc. that St. Petersburg has to offer. On the page “Off the Beaten Track” I have mentioned some special sights, museums and places which are less touristy and consequently less crowded – not because they are less interesting, but because tourists do not know about them, or just do not have enough time for them – priority being given to the major attractions.
Of course, you are welcome to add or ask me about any other places of particular interest that are not mentioned.
Some Useful Advice
Dear New Prospective Visitors to St.Petersburg and My New Guests, Here are a few tips which hopefully will be useful for you: