Dostoevsky: His Life and Inspirations by Private Van & Guide
St. Petersburg, Russia
- Dostoevsky Apartment Museum: The famous writer’s former home, this museum comprises various sections, including the Literary Exhibit, Writer’s Memorial Apartment and Exhibit Halls.
- Sennaya Square: Previously known as Peace Square, Sennaya Square sits on Garden Street’s crossing and the infamous slums surrounding it were the inspiration for Dostoevsky’s novel, Crime and Punishment.
- Tikhvin Cemetery: Upon visiting the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, you’ll come across this cemetery, where the remains of notable composers, artists, actresses and critics are buried, including Dostoevsky.
About this St. Petersburg tour
Step back in time and learn about the literary giant, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Born in 1821, he was blessed to earn an early education and his parents read stories to him from a young age. Soon after his academic career kick-started, his book, Poor Folk was published.
What is now known as the Dostoevsky Apartment Museum was once the residence of the well-educated writer until he passed away on January 18, 1881. Located on Kuznechny Lane, #5, the six-room home of Dostoevsky and his family was the author’s corner for A Writer’s Diary and The Brothers Karamazov.
Bask in the ambiance of this incredible building before hopping on the metro to ride to Rodion Raskolnikov’s house in Sennaya Square. Raskolnikov was the inspirational character for Crime and Punishment. Cattle, oats and firewood were once sold on this square, and although steeped in history, the square now has a somewhat modern and upscale vibe.
Step outside of Raskolnikov’s former home and head to the “money lender’s house,” where another character from the full-length novel once resided. Trace the footsteps that Raskolnikov took just moments before he slayed the old pawnbroker. Conclude your tour at the Tikhvin Cemetery at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra – Dostoevsky’s burial place.
Dostoevsky’s Life Before Fame
He may have gained fame for his works like The Idiot and his establishment as one of the founders of existentialism, but Dostoevsky’s life wasn’t always so great. Due to his involvement in a leftist intellectual circle, the Russian author was sentenced to hard labor in Siberia. Furthermore, the young death of his son had an impact on his psyche and mental state. However, this tragedy did inspire the work of The Brothers Karamazov – his most famous novel.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Please remain with your guide at all times during your walking tour, especially when in the Metro and riding the train.
Dostoevsky Museum is closed on Mondays and the Tikhvin Cemetery is closed on Thursdays.
Travelers walk approximately 2 miles over uneven, cobblestone surfaces, inclines and steps. Due to the walking involved in this tour, it is not recommended for travelers with walkers or wheelchairs.
Cultural, Private Tour, Scenic
Vehicles? We have them all. Cars for up to three travelers on the rear seat, Minivan for up to nine folks, and Vans for groups of up to 16 travelers.
Entrance fee to Dostoevsky Apartment Museum
Photo/video charges where applicable
Headsets for groups of 10 or more
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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