Several local tour companies operate out of kiosks on St. Petersburg's Nevsky prospekt. You can simply step up and buy a ticket, the price of which includes coach seating and a guided tour in English. You can also book in advance by visiting or phoning the tour-company offices.
Two of the most reliable excursion companies are MIR Travel and Davranov-Travel.
MIR Travel (Office 1, 11 Nevsky pr., City Center, St. Petersburg, St.-Petersburg, 191186. 812/325–2595. mir-travel.com.)
Davranov-Travel (17 ul. Italianskaya, City Center, St. Petersburg, St.-Petersburg, 191186. 812/571–8694 or 812/312–4662. www.davranovtravel.ru.)