1. Russia
  2. St. Petersburg
  3. Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg: Small-Group Local Sports Discovery Tour

Product ID: 345501
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Learn of Russia’s obsession with sports, from traditional winter games to the rise of football as the nation’s favourite pastime. Visit the top sporting venues of St. Petersburg, grab a beer, and play a game of table football.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 2:30 PM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Russia’s favourite sporting pasttimes with a local guide
  • Check out the Olympics-themed metro station
  • See some of the city’s most important sporting locations, in
  • Knock back a beer at a sports bar popular with the locals
  • Play a game of table football with your guide and fellow travellers
Full description
Start the tour in heart of the city at the Hermitage in Palace Square. Learn more about this popular historic site, which has played host to many sporting events and competitions over the years and is also turned into a fabulous ice-skating rink for amateurs and enthusiasts to show off their skills for a few months every year. Next, descend into Sportivnaya Metro Station to admire impressive neo-classical murals of the ancient Olympics and spend some time learning about the history of sport in the USSR and Russia.

The station is located close to Petrovsky Stadium, which is one of Russia's oldest sporting venues and the former home of St. Petersburg’s football team, Zenit St Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium. Nearby, see Yubileyny Sports Palace which hosts a wide range of sports including basketball and ice hockey and is a prominent training center for Russian figure skaters. Visit the museum of the local ice hockey team, SKA, and then spend some time browsing for sports souvenirs and memorabilia in the gift shop.

Next, hop on a bus or a tram and visit a friendly local sports bar, where you’ll enjoy a beer and maybe catch a game with the locals. This is one of the city’s most popular bars for sports enthusiasts and it has a fascinating history that your guide will happily share with you over a pint. After all the sports chat, immerse yourself in an epic battle of table football with your guide and fellow group members!
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transport fees during tour
  • 1 beer
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point

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Meeting point

Near the Hermitage at the City Tourist Information Booth on Palace Square.

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Important information
Know before you go
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• Travellers under 10 years of age are not permitted to join this tour
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Urban Adventures Asia & Russia

Product ID: 345501