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St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Alexander Column in Palace Square. Skip the long lines and enter the museum right away. Once inside, learn about the development of art and culture in the west and east from pre-historic times to the present day. Admire remarkable collections of paintings, prints, and sculptures as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, furniture, and jewelry. Gain fascinating insight into these artworks from your knowledgable guide. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons, and Byzantine applied art. Choose the “Hermitage and Staff Building” option and visit the restored halls of the General Staff Building located in front of the Hermitage. See famous masterpieces of Western European art, 19th-century painting, Impressionism, and Postmodernism. Continue to explore the museum after your tour ends to your heart’s content.

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St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

2. St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

This night trip that travels under raised bridges will let you fully embrace the beautiful views of St. Petersburg by night.  Marvel at architectural ensembles, view the unique shape of the St. Petersburg skyline with a recognizable string of spires and domes and see a variety of bridges. During the cruise, see palaces and noble mansions, notable cathedrals in the city, the hand-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views you see will take your breath away. Views that are particularly fabulous from the water are the ingenious ensemble of the spit of the Basils Island, the peculiar pattern of the Summer Garden fence, the mysterious St.Michaels Castle, and the square of the seven bridges. Join this tour and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

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St. Petersburg 3-Hour Private Hermitage Museum Tour

3. St. Petersburg 3-Hour Private Hermitage Museum Tour

The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg ranks among the most famous museums in the world. The whole complex of Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and the Hermitage Theatre is known as the State Hermitage. Tour this magnificent and lavish setting with a private, 3-hour tour. With your guide, enjoy skip-the-line access to the museum. Then walk through the halls, which include more than 3 million exhibits representing Antiquity, Western Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and many more epochs, countries, and regions. Find out about its beginnings, back in 1764, when Catherine the Great purchased a big collection of Western European paintings.  Learn about the development of art and material culture in the West and the East from prehistoric times to the present day. There are remarkable collections of paintings, prints and sculptures, as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, archaeological finds, furniture and unique articles of jewelry. If there is any one area that interests you the most, simply ask your guide and the tour will be customized to include it. If you are a true art enthusiast, book the special tour option which includes a visit to the restored halls of the General Staff Building located in front of the Hermitage. It holds many famous masterpieces of Western European art, 19th century paintings, impressionist and postmodernist art works.

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St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room Private Tour

4. St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room Private Tour

Set off on a private tour of Catherine's Palace, departing from St. Petersburg. This tour will introduce you to the Golden Enfilade, a grand suit of formal rooms. You will also see the intricate restored Amber Room. Arrive in Tsarskoye Selo, a town outside of St. Petersburg, and location of the palace. This was the home of the Imperial family from the days of Peter the Great until the time of the last Tsar, Nicolas II. It is a fascinating monument of world architectural and gardening art during the 18th and 19th centuries. You will have time to walk through the beautiful English-style park. Then see the center of the ensemble, the Catherine Palace, containing exquisite objects d`art, furniture, paintings, and unique collections of porcelain, amber, and bronze.

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Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover Saint Petersburg like a true local with an informative walk. Uncover the stories of the city’s past and present as you follow your guide through the historical center. Meet your guide right next to Palace Square. Learn about the main residence of the tsars of the Russian Empire and the famous State Hermitage Museum from your guide. Admire the panorama of the magnificent River Neva. Find out the main waterway of the city, its bridges and learn of the catastrophic floods the river caused the city. See the birthplace of Saint-Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the former city port on the Spit of Basil Island. Stop in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and hear about the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II. Then, continue walking along the paths of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Fontanka River Embankment and the main street of the city, the Nevsky Prospekt. List of highlights:1. Winter Palace (Hermitage), Palace Square, General Staff Building2. Sculpture of Atlantis 3. Neva River4. Peter and Paul Fortress5. St Basil’s Island6. Capella Building7.  Stroganov Palace 8. Nevsky Prospekt9. Kazan Cathedral10. Singer House11. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood 12. State Russian Museum13. Michael’s Castle14. Summer Garden15. Sheremetev Palace 16. Faberge Museum17. Anichkov Bridge18. Anichkov Palace19. Eliseev Merchants’ Shop20. Alexandrinsky Theatre21. Gostiny Dvor22. Churches of Nevsky Prospekt23. Passage24. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral25. Grand Hotel Europe26. Admiralty Building27. Swedish Church28. Literary Cafe29. Cabinet of Curiosities30. Palace Bridge

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St. Petersburg: Illuminations Night City Tour

6. St. Petersburg: Illuminations Night City Tour

This excursion combines a sightseeing drive to those landmarks of the city which become more fascinating as the night progresses. You will encounter many of the gorgeous palaces and squares of Saint-Petersburg at night. In peak summertime you have the opportunity to enjoy the romantics of the "white nights", observing the opening of the numerous drawbridges. During white nights, when a faint twilight takes the place of night darkness, the streets, squares, and embankments acquire a unique charm. Though the period of white nights is short and comes to an end in July, it doesn't mean that the charm of St. Petersburg's night disappears. This water-dominated city still offers its guests many opportunities to embrace and experience its beauty.

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Full Day City Tour of St. Petersburg

7. Full Day City Tour of St. Petersburg

Not very numerous urban areas on the planet can compete with various authentic spots and historical places of the previous Russian capital. From the earliest starting point of the tour you begin feeling overpowered with the loftiness, taste and mystery of this brilliant city which is loaded with awesome history facts! The tour begins with a meet and welcome procedure with your guide in your hotel lobby. The tour will be constructed relying upon your lodging area. A private guide lead you through the city on foot, or travel with you by private car (depending on option selected). Enjoy a 1 hour sightseeing tour with several stops for to take photos. You then visit the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul. This is the first building of the remarkable St. Petersburg and there are tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. Afterwards, continue the city visit with a few photo stops on Mars Fields, close to Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Neva embankment.   After, you can enjoy a visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral. The fourth tallest dome building on the planet, and in the past the main Russian Orthodox church of the nation. A lunch break follows afterwards (not included). You then enjoy a tour through the Hermitage Museum. Third of the world's biggest exhibition halls are famous for it's wide gathering of works of art from various periods and well known because of acclaimed fine arts.

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St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

8. St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

Climb aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus for a tour of Russia's former imperial capital, with a flexible hop-on-hop-off bus pass for 24 or 48-hours, or see some of the historic sights from the relaxing and unique perspective of the water on a boat tour. The bus tour features more than 20 stops across 2 routes and gives you the chance to explore the city at your own pace. You'll get to see monuments such as the gold-domed St Isaac’s Cathedral. Discover the wonderful architecture St Petersburg has to offer, whilst listening to the onboard tour commentary that will give you a fascinating insight into the past of these sites. Experience 360-degree views of the Summer Garden and Kazan Cathedral from the open-top deck. Or sit back and enjoy a full loop of the route, this tour enables you to design your own schedule. Red Route: Stop 1 - St Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Admiralty Stop 3 - Nevsky Prospect Stop 4 - Kazan Cathedral Stop 5 - Grand Guest Yard Stop 6 - Anichkov Palace Stop 7 - Vladimirsky Prospect Stop 8 - Vosstaniya Square Stop 9 - Liteiny Prospect Stop 10 - Eliseyev Brothers' Emporium Stop 11 - Arts Square Stop 12 - Grand Ciniselli Circus Stop 13 - Summer Garden Stop 14 - Hermitage Stop 15 - Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood Stop 16 - Palace Embankment Stop 17 - Admiral Embankment Green Route: Stop 1 - Saint Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Sphinxes Stop 3 - The Kunstkamera Stop 4 - Spit of Vasilievsky Island Stop 5 - Peter & Paul Fortress Stop 6 - The Cruiser Aurora Stop 7 - Palace Embankment Stop 8 - Admiral Embankment Boat Tour: Choose 1 of 4 boat tours: Tour 1: Canal Cruise Tour 2: Golden Triangle Tour 3: Gala St Petersburg & Gulf of Finland Inlet Tour 4: Northern Isles of Neva Delta & Gulf of Finland Inlet

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St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

9. St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

After pickup from your hotel or cruise ship by your private guide, learn the story of the October Revolution. Find out why Tsar Nicholas II renounced his throne and see the Winter Palace that was occupied by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Continue on to the cruiser Aurora and discover how the ship became fundamental to the success of the Revolution. Then, proceed to the Museum of Russian Political History in the former headquarters of Vladimir Lenin and his comrades. Visit his former office and see the famous balcony from which numerous history-changing speeches were made. Learn from your guide the foundations of the Soviet State while exploring the Museum. You will hear Stalin's voice in an old phone, handle rifles from World War II, and go inside a typical Soviet style apartment from the 1960's with fully reconstructed interiors. Finally, understand the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as the contemporary history of the Russian Federation. Your guide will answer any of your questions and after the tour you will have a much better understanding of the origins of the Russian Revolution, the foundations of the USSR, and how Russia's turbulent history influences its present.

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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

10. St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

This 2-day shore excursion takes you on a discovery of St. Petersburg and the important places in the surrounding area. On your first day of the tour you will explore the famous sights in the city of St. Petersburg and enjoy a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum. On the second day you visit the Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin before exploring the magnificent Peterhof Palace. Day 1: St. Petersburg The Grand City Tour on your first day offers you the opportunity to see as much as possible of the city with a knowledgeable and experienced guide from the comfort of a car or a minivan. You will take a complete tour of St. Petersburg's most famous sites including the neo-classical splendor of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the Palace Square, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the gorgeous Church on the Spilled Blood – the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy lunch at one of the respected restaurants in the city before taking a 2-hour guided excursion to the State Hermitage Museum in the afternoon – the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world. Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the Amber Room during a tour to the magnificent Baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin. Here you can also explore the park surrounding the palace – a wonderful work of Russian gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant close to the palace before visiting the Peterhof Palace in the afternoon. Located on the sea shore, Peterhof is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world and is St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular imperial estate. Explore the Great Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, as well as the surrounding park adorned with fountains, statues, and pavilions.

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

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based on 665 reviews

The tour was simply marvelous! It was as interesting and educational as it was enjoyable. Our guide, Elena, is absolutely first-rate. As part of an extended walking tour (including a highly interesting visit of the Museum of Political History, she told us an enormous wealth of facts and details about Russian history from the revolution to Putin's Russia today. Coincidentally, Putin even came to town that day. While giving us the big picture, Elena also drew our attention to seemingly small details (which we would have all overlooked if we had taken the walk by ourselves). We are coming back and thank you very much again for an unforgettable day!

We had an incredible experience. Our guide Olga showed up exactly on time, was very articulate and made every effort to make a 3 hour long journey in Russia's cultural history an awsome experience. Her vast knowledge and dedication to her work will remain in our minds for a long time. Thank you again Olga!!!!!!!

Olga was an amazing guide ! She answered all of our questions and she was very pleasant and sweet !!!We learned a lot from her ! All in all it was an amazing experience!!!

The walk in chilled weather was amazing one to do. They do as they write “nothing stops this tour”. The guide Lidia was wonderful and made the tour perfect.

The lady guide was very good very soft spoken nd very clear in explanation.really loved the experience…thanku soo much