The Russian Bastille

Tour to St. Peter and Paul Fortress

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Hop On Hop Off tours

2 hours
Working days
Opening hours
1500 rub. *
Adults: ₽1200. Children: ₽600. Privileged: ₽1000

What is this excursion?

We invite you to a bus/walking tour to the St. Peter and Paul Fortress built by Peter the Great to defend St. Petersburg against marine attacks. In the 18th through early 20th centuries, the fortress housed Russia’s main political prison.

The tours are only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Guided tour aboard a double-decker bus
Mysteries of Russia’s main political prison
Lesser known facts of the Russian Bastille’s prisoners
Citadel that marked the foundation of the Imperial capital
Russian royal graves in the Peter and Paul Cathedral
Exciting tales by an experienced guide
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Route and content of the tour

What can you expect?

The tour begins at St. Isaac’s. A City Sightseeing double-decker will take you to the fortress where you will proceed to a 90-minute walking tour.

In the 18th through early 20th centuries, St. Peter and Paul Fortress was a prison for those considered enemies by the royal government, including Tsarevitch Alexei and Princess Tarakanova; the Decemberists and Narodnaya Volya members; Chernyshevsky, Dostoevsky and other publicists and writers; and eventually royal ministers themselves after the 1917 revolutions.

You will hear all their stories from our guide.


You can also buy City Sightseeing vouchers for other one-day or longer ‘hop on/hop off’ tours through St. Petersburg.

More details on City Sightseeing: +7 812 989 5533 or here.

+7 (812) 611-30-12
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