Meet your guide in central St Petersburg, and then set off on your communist walking tour. The country became a communist regime during the October Revolution of 1917 when the radical Bolshevik party staged a coup and seized power of Petrograd – the city now known as St Petersburg. Under the leadership of Lenin, the party was re-branded as the communists – a political force that went on to rule for more than 70 years.
Learn about this fascinating era of Russian history as you explore the city, hearing tales of Lenin who re-christened Petrograd as Leningrad, and then of his successor, Stalin. Much of the country’s well-documented repression took place under Stalin’s leadership, but your guide will introduce you to the sites linked to both leaders’ reigns.
See the building known locally as ‘big house’ – an old facility of the KGB – where thousands of citizens were shot or deported to concentration camps, and then stop for photos by the Russian cruiser Aurora, hearing of her crucial role during the October Revolution.
Walk through the Field of Mars, an expanse of parkland that served as a vegetable garden when food in the city was scarce, and listen to tales of daily life in the Soviet-era city. Visit a communist-themed café plus intriguing sites such as Crosses Prison and Solovetsky Stone – a memorial to the victims of political repression.
Visit Zayachy Island to see Peter and Paul Fortress – one of the few St Petersburg sites left relatively unscathed by the communists – and then stop outside the Museum of Political History of Russia to see the balcony where Lenin delivered his rousing speeches.
After two hours exploring the communist sites of St Petersburg, make your way back to the start point where your tour finishes.
Christmas Tree 2015
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We had this excellent tour with Irina, who is a very knowledgeable, passionate and friendly guide. She clarified a lot of issues for us, and she had a highly nuanced approach to complicated questions. She brought it her own experiences and opinions while also making room and presenting alternative perspectives, which was beautiful to watch. We travelled with two children, 11 and 13, and they also understood and enjoyed Irina's presentation. We highly recommend the tour.
GREAT!! A wonderful experience trying to understand the communism in Russia with a clever and informative guide. I highly recommend
Really interesting tour and well worth while. Anastasia was knowledgable and it is interesting to talk to someone living in St Petersburg about current times and politics. Do take this tour.
We met our guide Anastasia in Palace Square at 6pm. Brilliant start - our guide is called Anastasia! It was just the 3 of us so we had a very informative walking tour. This tour was brilliant and for a young guide to be that knowledgeable about the Revolution and Soviet times was a real achievement. Anastasia was brilliant. For this tour to be of value you would really need to have some interest and knowledge of the topic up front because it almost becomes a two way discussion on a massive topic. I did learn some things I was previously unaware of - I highly recommend this tour.
One point - on the descriptions I read before booking the tour - I read that we met in Lenin Square at Finland Station where Lenin arrived etc and that on the tour we saw The Big House KGB and also visited a Soviet Cafe so I was surprised that my on line booking gave instructions to meet at Palace Square. On our tour we did not go to The Big House or a Soviet cafe. But of course we saw other things like Pravda offices and we did visit the flame shown in the picture. I think maybe there are two tours? You could not possibly visit Lenin Square, The Big House, and Palace Square storming of Winter Palace in one walking tour. Anyway it does not matter. You can visit later whatever interests you after. THIS TOUR WAS EXCELLENT AND OUR GUIDE ANASTASIA WAS BRILLIANT.
Tour guide was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable.
I asked lots of random (not always communist related) questions which he was happy to answer.
The guide knew his facts very well. The History of the Russian Revolutions are not well known in the west and it was an eye opener for me.
I would like to hear more about what life was like during the communist era.
I was unable to go on this tour due to illness.
The meeting point should be in a public place - I had to pay for a train ticket that I wasnt going to use just to meet the group. The guide also wasn't a very good speaker/storyteller and preferred 1:1 conversations which really doesnt work in a group tour setting.
my 3 friends and I waited almost an hour and our guide did not turn up. The number of the tour company that was stated in the voucher was not in use. Very disappointed.
Step back in time to Leningrad, communist-era St Petersburg, and explore the city on an evening walking tour, seeing intriguing sites from its communist past. The 2-hour tour takes in attractions like the former KGB (secret police) facility (known as The Big House), a Soviet-era café, the Field of Mars and a restored battleship. Hear tales of the two key rulers, Lenin and Stalin, while enjoying an insight into life in St Petersburg between 1917 and 1991.