Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

1. 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: 8-Hour Grand Tour

2. St. Petersburg: 8-Hour Grand Tour

This comprehensive tour offers you the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city as possible in a day's sightseeing. All of your exploration will be conducted from the comfort of a car or minivan and accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will take a complete tour of St. Petersburg's most famous sites, beginning with the neoclassical splendor of St. Isaac's Cathedral. You can observe the geometry of the Palace Square, and visit the oldest construction in St. Petersburg: Peter and Paul's Fortress. Following that you'll see the burial vault of the Romanov family, before visiting the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The tour also includes an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon you'll go on a 2-hour guided excursion in the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world: the State Hermitage Museum. Once your tour is finished it will be possible to stay longer on your own, however you must make your own arrangements to get back to your hotel.

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Saint Petersburg: Private Half-Day Tour with Faberge Museum

3. Saint Petersburg: Private Half-Day Tour with Faberge Museum

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will head toward the Nevsky prospect, the main artery of Saint-Petersburg. While admiring the beauty of the Nevsky Prospect and the hundreds of canals and streets coming off it, your guide will provide you a brief history of the founding of the city and how it became the capital of the Russian Empire. After you reach the famous Hermitage Museum on the Palace Square and admire the architectural wonders of Bartolomeo Rastrelli, head down the Palace Embankment toward the statue of the Bronze Horseman (Peter the Great) on the Thunder Stone. From here, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view seeing Vasilyevsky Island and The Menshikov Palace on the other side of Neva River. From the monument, your guide will take you to the Kazan Cathedral, which was modeled on the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Continue down Griboyedov Embankment past the Singer House (also known as the House of Books) toward another famous Church, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a truly unforgettable sanctuary that reminds many of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. After visiting the cathedral step into Mikhailovsky Sad (Michaels Garden) – one of the most beautiful parks of Imperial Russia.  The fresh air, trees, a pond with a bridge and the two styles of park landscape (French and English) will give you a break from St. Petersburg’s architecture. As you pass through the park you will head toward another memorable destination – Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole). The park is named after the Roman god of War – Mars.  The park was established almost simultaneously with the founding of St. Petersburg. The park currently serves both as a memorial and as a reminder of the victories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. “The Field of Mars” was the first park to ignite the “Eternal Flame” which became the symbol of commemoration of the soldiers that died during World War II. After a stroll through these two parks, head to the famous Faberge Museum. The museum has a collection of over 4,000 works of decorative and fine arts, including paintings, porcelain, and bronze. The highlight of the museum's collection is the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Zar’s of Russia. Your guide will show the most notable pieces of this remarkable collection. The Blue Room of the museum will take your breath away.

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St. Petersburg: 4-Hour Cruise Visa-Free Budget Walking Tour

4. St. Petersburg: 4-Hour Cruise Visa-Free Budget Walking Tour

This Cruise Walking Tour is affordable, visa-free, and worry-free. You can add-on a round-trip transfer option and save time for sight-seeing. Saint Petersburg is perfect in cruise season — it is never too hot and a guided walk will give you a clear image of the city and exclude you from thousands of other tourists in the museums. The tour will start in the port of Saint Petersburg itself. Your guide will meet you at the arrival area of the port terminal. You will get to the city center by underground which is probably the most beautiful metro system in Europe. At Nevsky Prospect, you'll see Kazan Cathedral, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral (outside visit), Bronze Horseman, Peter and Paul Fortress and its grounds, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (outside visit), Field of Mars, Eliseevy Merchants’ Shop, the USSR cafe, Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences and St. Petersburg State University. You will also be able to have lunch on tour (not included in price) in the USSR cafe Kvartirka. This is a small-group walking tour and you need to be relatively fit to spend 4 hours walking. You cannot go around the city on your own and the guide will need to escort you back to the port. The tour will be available during the cruise season only (1 May — 30 October).

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Feel like a Local Group Tour

5. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Feel like a Local Group Tour

You will begin your first day onboard a cosy boat, exploring rivers and channels of the "Northern Venice". Following this, you will continue to the former residential Winter Palace of the Romanov rulers, which today houses one of the world's most prestigious museums where the rooms themselves rival the art within them. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which are home to more than three million artworks, including works by Da Vinci, Rafael and Rembrandt. You will then move on to explore the main street of the city. The chief sights include the huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Bookhouse, half a dozen 18th-century churches, a monument to Catherine the Great, an enormous 18th-century shopping mall, a mid-19th-century department store, the Russian National Library, the Anichkov Bridge, and the Singer House. Once an impressive showcase for an ambitious family business, Eliseev Emporium is without a doubt a leading landmark of the city. The recently restored stunning interiors make Eliseevsky a must-see place. Next up, you will visit the most Russian of all the Russian churches, which was built on the site of the 1881 assassination (spilled blood) of Tsar Alexander II. It sports a fantastic ornate "Russian-style" exterior of traditional colorful onion domes, ceramic tiles, and colored glazed bricks. Inside you will view large works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes. The next day, you will be taken to the suburbs of the city. Reminiscent of France's Versailles, and rivaling it with its splendor, you will be given access to the many detailed parks and beautiful grounds. Having served as the Tsar's summer residence, its grounds are dotted with countless fountains (like the spraying Joke Fountain), monumental ensembles, and charming pavilions. You can take the opportunity to see the beautiful subway, whose stations are often called the palaces of the Soviet Union. You will then finish your day with a local farmer's market experience. This is the best way to feel the city, as you mix with and converse with the locals. Located in the downtown area, the market boast exotic atmosphere and beautiful architecture that make them worth visiting more for sightseeing than for shopping.

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St Petersburg: Half–Day Cathedrals Walking Tour

6. St Petersburg: Half–Day Cathedrals Walking Tour

Start your tour by discovering St. Isaac's Cathedral, commissioned by Tsar Alexander I in 1918 and built in celebration of the victory over Napoléon. Marvel at the grand facades, richly decorated with beautiful sculptures. Step inside to explore the cathedral features, painstakingly detailed mosaics and vibrant columns of striking green malachite and blue lapis lazuli. Continue your tour at the equally magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, constructed between 1801 and 1811. See the incredible exterior stone colonnade, inspired by that of the iconic Roman Basilica, and its landscaped garden and central fountain. Head inside to see the cathedral's interior, adorned with columns, sculptures and religious icons. Finish your tour with a visit to a symbol of nationalism, the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Find out how it was built on the spot where Alexander II was killed, discover its outstanding mosaics and brilliantly ornate domes on the facade of this majestic church. Inside, see the exceptionally beautiful marble flooring, elaborate mosaics and gilded columns.

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St. Petersburg: Architectural Jewels Group Walking Tour

7. St. Petersburg: Architectural Jewels Group Walking Tour

You'll meet your guide at the Alexander Column on Palace Square. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint-Isaac, which was built in the 19th century. Up until the revolution, this building was a center of religious life in Saint Petersburg. Being the 3rd-largest cathedral in Europe, it has a magnificent view of the city and the Neva River from its largest dome of 102 meters. Enjoy a stroll along the Griboyedov Canal to your next visit: the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. The elegant Neoclassical style of this sprawling church likens it more the temples of Ancient Greece than to an orthodox basilica, and its palatial columns are one of the most recognizable images of the Nevsky Prospect. The cathedral, which holds the miraculous icon of Kazan Mother of God, is one of the main shrines of the country. Moreover, it is closely connected with the events of the Patriotic War. The Cathedral keeps the military trophies of the defeated French army gathered during the war in 1812 and the keys to the fortresses and cities of Europe taken by the Russian army in 1813-1814. Close to the walls of the Kazan Cathedral the great General Mikhail Kutuzov is buried. You will finish your journey at the Church of the Saviour on Blood. While you admire its vibrant colors and striking shapes, your guide will explain the violent history behind the orthodox church's origins, built upon the spot where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded. Inside, you'll be left in awe by the multi-colored mosaics depicting religious scenes.

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St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

8. St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

Discover some of the top sights in St. Petersburg on this walking tour. Take a stroll on main street and enter one of the largest religious sites in the city at Kazan Cathedral. Learn more about these places from your local guide. Meet your guide and head to St. Isaac's square, which offers a wonderful views of the Mariinsky Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Continue to Senate square, where a famous monument to Peter the Great is located. Travel up the fashionable Promenade des Anglais street and enjoy panoramic views of the Neva River, Menshikov Palace, the Kunstkamera building, and the Palace bridge. Finally, make your way to the main square of the city, Palace square. View the stunning Hermitage Winter Palace, the General Staff Building, and the Alexander Column.

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St. Petersburg: City and Metro Walking Tour with Lunch

9. St. Petersburg: City and Metro Walking Tour with Lunch

See what St. Petersburg has to offer on this guided walking tour. Marvel at the most significant landmarks of the city. Stroll through Saint Isaac's Square, Senate Square, and Palace Square. Admire historic metro stations. Meet your knowledgeable guide and head off on a city walking tour. Pass through 3 major squares and go down Nevsky Prospect street, the main street of St. Petersburg. View the imposing columns at Kazan Cathedral.  Enjoy panoramic views from the English embankment of palaces, bridges, and the Neva river. Learn the history of the metro stations with stops at Ploshchad Vosstaniya, Pushkinskaya, Kirovsky plant, Narvskaya, and Avtovo stations. Listen as your guide reveals secrets and legends about the metro. Eat a delicious lunch at a restaurant during your tour.

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St. Petersburg: Guided Walking Tour with Lunch

10. St. Petersburg: Guided Walking Tour with Lunch

Explore many of St. Petersburg’s famous sights on a guided walking tour. See Nevsky Prospekt and Kazan Cathedral, the city's three central squares, and more. Visit the Promenade des Anglais for panoramic views of St. Petersburg's palaces, bridges, and the Neva River. Stop for lunch at a restaurant to try some local dishes. Discover the Church of St. Catherine, the Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and the Lutheran Church of Peter and Paul. End your tour with a stop at the Church of the Savior on Blood, Built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded.

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What people are saying about Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 31 reviews

We booked this tour with an english speaking guide to make sure we understood what we were seeing. Well worth it. You could try doing it independently but you would miss so much information. Our guide Olga arrived and was excellent from the very outset. Her knowledge and passion for the tour was exceptional. Peter and Paul fortress excellent, followed by church of the spilled blood and onto St Isaac cathedral. Although we were the only two on the tour we found Olga made us feel like a member of her own family when it came to stop for a traditional russian lunch. When it came to the highlight of the tour which was the Hermitage museum this is where the expert guide Olga made the tour worth every penny. Her knowledge as we said earlier was brilliant. Booking through Get your guide was the first time we have booked experiences online but will definitely be using this website in the future. Rob and Vanessa Newell

Our guide was a wonderful young lady who knew her material quite well. The cathedrals are so marvellous, and one can never see them in one day without a guide, except in the unlikely event that you know your way around St. Petersburg. It really is also a walking tour of town. We stopped at some extra sites as well, and our guide left us at the wonderful fast food restaurant Teremok. She made sure we had English menus and could order and then set off to her next tour.

Lida was our tour guide and she was AWESOME! She speaks good english and keeps u engaged for 3 hours. She is from St.Petersburg and is very knowledgeable about the city. She has answers to all your questions. Booking was simple on GYG and communication was good prior to the meeting time via whatsapp. I highly recommend this tour.

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.

Great couple of days in a fantastic city

We enjoyed a very knowledgeable guide in a fantastic city. Highly recommended!