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Virtual Tours

  • Private and group virtual experiences

  • 1 hour of interactive learning

  • No visa needed!

  • Q & A with your guide

  • Scheduling flexibility

  • Starting from 12 $/£

  • Hosted on Zoom

Cyber Tea Party

Cyber Tea Party

Join this par-tea to find out more about the #1 non-alcoholic beverage in Russia.

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Virtual Vodka Experience

Virtual Vodka Experience

The Vodka Experience is guaranteed to put you in high spirits!

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SAFS Specialty Tours

Vladimir Putin Tour

Where It All Began

The Vladimir Putin Tour

Duration: ~2 hours

On this tour, we’ll explore the formative years of the Russian president. We’ll see where he spent his childhood, forged lifelong friendships, met his former wife and started his career in the KGB. “The childhood of today is the manhood of tomorrow.”

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Metro Tour - SAFS Guide

The People's Palace

Metro Tour

Duration: ~2 1/2 hours

Our city has one of the best and most beautiful metro systems in the world, but you’ll see more than just architectural opulence on this tour. You’ll not only get a glimpse into the daily life of Russian citizens but also have an opportunity to travel back in time to the Soviet Union to see the palaces built for the people, by the people.

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Alternative Churches

An Unorthodox Tour

St. Petersburg Churches Tour

Duration: ~2 hours

On this tour, we will explore off-the-beaten-track churches, the history of Orthodox and other religions in St. Petersburg and the transformation of these establishments in the Soviet Union.

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SAFS Experiences

Russian Tea History

Steeped in Tradition

Russian Tea Tour

Duration: ~2 hours

Tea is the de facto beverage of Russia, embedded deeply into the country, the Russian identity. What started off as a diplomatic gift swiftly diffused into the very heart of the Russian culture. During this excursion, we’ll visit the merchant shop where tea and other rare goods were sold and go to one of the finest cafes in St. Petersburg where we’ll talk about the HisTEAry of Russia over a warm cup of tea.

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Founding Father's Fave

Founding Father's Fave

Canal Cruise

Duration: ~2 hours

Peter the Great (St. Pete’s founding father) would be proud of this tour. He envisioned every one of his citizens navigating this city by boat. So get off your feet, cruise the canals and ogle at the beautiful architecture from the perspective Peter intended.

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Romanov Culinary Experience - SAFS Guide / unique tours St. Petersburg

Romanov's Culinary Experience

Russian Cooking Class with a Dash of History

Duration: ~4 hours

You’ve been to their palaces, have seen their churches and artwork but how well do you really know them? What did the Russian royals eat and drink? What were their quirky preferences? Find out more at the Romanov’s Culinary Experience! Join the fun and become a royal chef making imperial favorites of your own.

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SAFS City Tours

St. Isaac's Cathedral

An Architectural Wonder

St. Isaac's Cathedral

Duration: ~1 hour

To build this masterpiece, an ambitious, young architect was chosen from a number of architectural giants already in favor in the city. St. Isaacs is a testament to his persistence, talent and hard work. Find out more about the man who spent 40 years of his life working on one of the most visited cathedrals in Russia.

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Hermitage

Not Just an Art Museum

The Hermitage

Duration: ~2 hours

One of the largest museums in the world was once home to one of the most famous families in the world, The Romanovs. This royal residence has been their ambassadorial home since Catherine the Great. It contains gifts to the Romanovs from family, friends and ambassadors as well as intimate details of their lives, personal art collections and masterpieces. It houses intrigue, ruin and unwavering guardianship.

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Church on Spilled Blood

Assassination of a Tsar

Church on Spilled Blood

Duration: ~1 hour

Not your typical house of worship but one with a grisly past. A memorial cathedral built on the 6th and final assassination attempt of Tsar Alexander II, the reformer Tsar – a nickname that warranted him much hatred by the people. Find out more about the Russian Abraham Lincoln and go inside to see the most beautiful mosaic work in the city.

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Swamp City

Swamp City Secrets

St. Petersburg City Overview Tour

Duration: ~3 hours

This port city is harboring more than a few cruise and cargo ships… on the St. Petersburg City Overview Tour, we’ll cover the main people, places and events that make St. Petersburg such a fascinating city. Along the way, we’ll share some of the city’s best-kept secrets and will point out some of our best recommendations for cafes, restaurants and museums to explore at your leisure.

This tour is recommended for both first-timers and repeaters who want to get reacquainted with the city.

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History Through Art - the Russian Museum

History Through Art

The Russian Museum

Duration: ~2 hours

This is the place to go to see the best Russian art the country has to offer. Unlike the Hermitage, in which you will find some of the world’s best works of art produced outside of Russia, the aptly named Russian Museum is where you can get a sense of the Russian past through paintings and sculptures ranging from the 10th century to the 20th.

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Peter and Paul Fortress

St. Petersburg's Foundation

Peter & Paul Fortress

Duration: ~1 1/2 hours

Every year the city celebrates its birthday on May 27 – the same day the fortress was founded and it’s no coincidence! The foundation of Peter and Paul Fortress gave birth to a new Russian city, St. Petersburg. Peter the Great strategically chose this location for his year-round port city, his ‘paradise’.

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SAFS Suburban Tours

Catherine's Palace Tour

From Rags to Riches

Catherine's Palace & the Amber Room

Duration: 4 hours w/ transport

An extravagant present for a former peasant girl and a family heirloom passed down from daughter to daughter. This palace was a favorite summer getaway and home of the most well-known diplomatic gift – the Amber Room. Come see where empresses impressed their guests with lavish balls and gilded halls with seemingly no end. 

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Pavlovsk Palace Tour

Waiting for the Throne

Pavlovsk Palace

Duration: 4 hours w/ transport

Pavlovsk was a sanctuary for Paul I where he and his beautiful wife (one of Russia’s most beloved empresses) built a family home and created their own little empire as Paul waited for his turn on the throne. He waited a looong time and had to follow his mother, Catherine the Great in the line of succession and she proved to be a tough act to follow. Set in a beautiful park, this palace off-the-beaten-track is worth a visit.

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Peterhof

Peter's Versailles

Peterhof

Duration: 4 hours w/ transport

It’s all about the park at Peterhof. Here, you can dive into the mind and humor of Peter the Great at his numerous trick fountains, as you learn why he chose this special location for his personal paradise. Combine your tour with a trip to the royal bathhouse complex and get to know the royals more intimately in their personal banyas and kitchen.

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We look forward to planning your unique tour in St. Petersburg and making the most of your time here!

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