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St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

1. St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

Enjoy free entrance to 28 attractions in St Petersburg and see the city from different perspectives. Enjoy 6 free tours by land or water with a 2,3 or 5-day Saint Petersburg City Pass. Save time and money with free entry to the city’s best museums, along with complimentary tours by river, sea, and double-decker bus. Plan your visits with a free guidebook and city map (metro map included). The most interesting attractions have already been chosen for you! Just open your guide and decide where you want to go first. Each tear-off voucher can be used once by one person, making it the most convenient passport to the city. The Pass activates at the moment of your first visit to the museum, bus tour or river cruise. St.Petersburg CityPass is valid for 48, 72 or 120-hours. Free Entry: Museums: 1. St. Isaac’s Cathedral 2. St. Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnaded Walkway 3. “Aurora” Cruiser 4. Savior on Spilled Blood 5. Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum) 6. Marble Palace (Russian Museum) 7. Stroganov Palace (Russian Museum) 8. St. Michael’s Castle (Russian Museum) 9. Peter and Paul Cathedral (Peter and Paul Fortress) 10. Grand Ducal Burial Chapel (Peter and Paul Fortress) 11. Trubetskoy Bastion Prison (Peter and Paul Fortress) 12. Faberge Museum 13. Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines 14. Russian Museum of Ethnography 15. “Petrovskaya Akvatoria” Historical Theatrical Scale Model 16. Central Naval Museum 17. Grand Maket Russia Interactive Museum 18. Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO 19. Sheremetev Palace — Museum of Music 20. St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music 21. Chaliapin Memorial Apartment 22. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum 23. Samoilov Family Museum Excursions: 1. St. Petersburg City Sightseeing Bus Tour 2. Walking Tour with St. Petersburg Free Tour 3. City Sightseeing Canal Cruise  4. High-speed hydrofoils to Peterhof (trip around) 5. Gala Petersburg and the Gulf of Finland 6. Evening Cruise with a live music 

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Peter & Paul Fortress Ticket and 2-Hour Group Walking Tour

2. Peter & Paul Fortress Ticket and 2-Hour Group Walking Tour

From its very founding in 1703, the Peter and Paul Fortress (the original citadel of St. Petersburg) had been used as a prison. Ironically it housed a jail used by the imperial family to imprison political prisoners. Later, the Bolsheviks would use the prison for the same purpose. Your knowledgeable and friendly guide will tell you numerous stories and legends about Peter I and Catherine the Great, rebels against the Tsarist regime and then the enemies of the state. On this tour you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Peter & Paul Cathedral, the symbol of the city of St Petersburg. Every single Romanov Tsar is buried here. Now Nicholas II and the entire last Imperial family is also buried here, and this is the best place to come with a guide to learn about the entire Romanov dynasty through their family tree. After the tour, you can stay in the Fortress and continue exploring its grounds and museums or follow your guide to get back to the city center.

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St. Petersburg: Full-Day Private Tour

3. St. Petersburg: Full-Day Private Tour

This Full-Day tour of St. Petersburg offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing, from the comfort of a car or mini van and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will take a complete tour of Saint-Petersburg most famous sites - beginning with the neo-classical splendour of St. Isaac's Cathedral, geometry of Palace Square, visiting the oldest construction of Saint-Petersburg - the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral - the burial vault of Romanovs's family and also the Savior-on-blood Church. The tour includes an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon a 2-hour guided excursion in the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world - The State Hermitage Museum - to finalize your excellent introduction to St. Petersburg. You visit the Hermitage Museum - Russia's best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St. Petersburg. Nowadays, the Hermitage has about 2.7 million exhibits and displays a full range of world art from Ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French Impressionists. The collection is huge and very exciting. It had been calculated that if you decide to spend only one minute in front of each exhibit, you will have to stay in the Hermitage for 11 years, but on the tour you have the opportunity to see all the great masterpieces of the world's art at a glance in several hours with a comment of a knowledgeable expert-guide.

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St Petersburg: Private City Sightseeing Tour

4. St Petersburg: Private City Sightseeing Tour

St. Petersburg is a pilgrimage site for lovers of beauty. Explore St. Petersburg with a local guide and spend a half-day driving or walking the streets of this magnificent city, stopping at its major monuments and landmarks. Continue this marvelous tour inside Church of the Savior, reminding of picturesque facades of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. It contains the biggest amount of mosaics worldwide – over 7500 square meters.  On Nevsky Prospect, the city's main avenue filled with shops, restaurants, churches and majestic palaces, see the famous Gostiny Dvor. See Kazan Cathedral and learn something new about Russian religion, the internal structure of the Russian Church. The Cathedral resembles Vatican City's St. Peter’s Basilica and is St. Petersburg's main church. Later arrive at the heart of the city: Palace Square, which strongly influenced the country during the three Russian Revolutions. The fascinating Hermitage Museum is situated here and is home to many sites like the Winter Palace, a true masterpiece of Russian baroque. See a panorama of the main river Neva. On the opposite bank is Vasilievsky Island, site of the former city port, Stock Exchange building, palaces and museums as well as the Academy of Sciences and the University. Next, visit the Admiralty, the Bronze Horseman dedicated to Peter the Great and the majestic St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the third highest in the world, topped with a cupola gilded in 100 kg of gold with another 300 kg for interior decoration. The tour includes visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, a unique historical place built as a military fortress that eventually became a prison for political prisoners. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the tallest building in the city, is the burial place of the Romanov dynasty dating all the way back to Peter I, who founded the city.

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St. Petersburg: City tour and Peterhof Gardens by Hydrofoil

5. St. Petersburg: City tour and Peterhof Gardens by Hydrofoil

Enjoy a comprehensive city tour and have a relaxing trip to Peterhof Gardens on the same day. Learn from your local guide and discover why the city is known as the "Cultural Capital of Russia". The city tour includes all the main city highlights: a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, its Cathedral, the burial place of the Romanov dynasty, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and the world-famous Church on Spilled Blood. In the afternoon, explore Peterhof Gardens by hydrofoil and take a relaxing tour of the famous fountain park. The gardens were commissioned by Peter the Great as a direct response to the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV of France.

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St. Petersburg: City Tour with Peter & Paul Fortress Visit

6. St. Petersburg: City Tour with Peter & Paul Fortress Visit

Discover the world-famous Nevsky Prospect, lined with the marble palaces of former Russian royalty as well as the city's most fashionable boutiques and art salons arranged in old 18th-century building façades. Admire the beautiful streets and impressive classical and Renaissance cathedrals. Then, enjoy an excellent photo opportunity with a stunning panorama along the Neva's embankments. By the city's Rostral Columns you will have a view of the 5 buildings of the State Hermitage Museum, the Admiralty, and St. Isaac's Cathedral. From here, you will visit the most splendid architectural masterpieces in Saint Petersburg: the Fine Arts Square, the magnificent Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, the Field of Mars, the Alexanderinsky Drama Theater, Smolny Cathedral, the Classical Senate building, the Bronze Horseman, and much more. Enjoy the beauty of the third largest square in the world - the Palace Square, home to the Winter Palace and the Alexander Column. During this tour, you will also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest construction in Saint Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Fortress was originally created to protect the city, but was eventually used as a political prison. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a unique example of Russian 18th-century architecture that has remained intact. For almost two centuries, it served as a burial-place for Russian emperors. The last Russian tsar - Nicholas II - and his family were buried in the cathedral's small St. Catherine chapel in 1998.

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St Petersburg Highlight Tour

7. St Petersburg Highlight Tour

Compared to the ancient cities of Europe or Russia, St Petersburg, which celebrated its 300 anniversary in 2003, is relatively young. This is not to say that the city lacks in historical or architectural beauty. Built by the enlightened Tsar Peter the Great as his new capital, the city is considered Russia’s most European. It is a product of Peter’s attempts to make Russia as culturally important as other European states. Designed and build in one go the city is triumph of architectural and organizational balance, seeing it often called the Paris of Russia. A must-see of this beautiful city is the stunning Winter Palace. This magnificent green, white and gold building constructed in the Russian Baroque style was the official residence of the tsars from Catherine the Great onwards. Catherine the Great later added the Small and Large Hermitages onto the palace as a sanctuary for herself and her private art collection. The Hermitage Museum has grown from a small collection of paintings started by Catherine the Great in 1764, to a massive display of over three million exhibits. They are housed within the splendor of one of the world’s most spectacular palaces. The three floors cover a full range of art from ancient times, to Russian works and 20th century Europe. It also includes a fabulous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, set against the rich interior of white marble staircases, golden ceilings, crystal chandeliers and elaborate mosaics. There is the amazing Nevsky Prospect, the city’s busiest street, running for 2.8 miles (4.5 km). Today you can find it lined with modern restaurants, movie theatres, restaurants, together with the splendid palaces of the Russian aristocracy. Marvel at the beauty and immensity of St Isaac’s Cathedral, commissioned by Alexander I as the Imperial Cathedral, it took over 40 years to build and it’s easy to see why. Look forward to see the cathedral covered and decorated in the most extravagant manner with the Russian classic style exterior. The splendid interior adorned with red granite columns, exquisite mosaics, painted ceilings, sculptures, frescoe, and a beautiful stained glass window will leave you impressed. You will also have the chance to visit the Peter and Paul Fortres and the Cathedral of the same name that stands within its walls. The fortress was the first built on a small island in the delta by Peter the Great to protect his new capital from the Swedes. However it was also used as a high security prison for political prisoners. Among the first inmates was Peter's own rebellious son Alexei. The list of famous residents also later included Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother Alexander. While within the walls you will also see the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Begun in 1703 it became the burial place of the Russian emperors and members of the Imperial family. The final place of interest is the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, a rare and stunning example of a traditional Orthodox Russian church. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

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St Petersburg: 3-Day, Visa-Free Cruise Shore Excursion

8. St Petersburg: 3-Day, Visa-Free Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover the highlights of St Petersburg on a 3-day, visa-free cruise excursion. Each day your guide will pick you up at the cruise ship terminal and drop you off there each night to sleep in your cruise cabin. Day 1  Your first stop is at sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island. Then visit Peter and Paul Fortress and enjoy a guided tour of Peter and Paul Cathedral, the first building of the ancient city of St Petersburg. In the cathedral you can see the tombs of the Romanov dynasty. After the visit of the cathedral, explore the Church of The Savior on Spilled Blood. Then, enjoy lunch in a typical Russian restaurant. In the afternoon your guided tour will continue with a visit of the Hermitage Museum.  Day 2  Explore Peterhof, the summer residence of the Czars and often called the "Russian Versailles." Walk through Petershof Park and visit the Palace. Then, enjoy lunch in another typical Russian restaurant. After lunch, discover the spectacular Catherine Palace. Day 3 Begin your day with a metro station tour and take a ride on the Russian subway. Next you'll explore St Isaak Cathedral with a guide and enjoy a guided tour of the Faberge Museum. You will need to purchase your own lunch on this day. Finally, relax on a boat trip of the rivers and canals of St Petersburg before heading back to your cruise ship.

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St Petersburg Sightseeing Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress

9. St Petersburg Sightseeing Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress

See the highlights of St. Petersburg on this four-hour tour. During the tour you will drive around the most beautiful places in the city with many picture stops. This tour also includes walking to the Peter and Paul Fortress to visit the Cathedral where all the Russian Tzars are buried. Your tour guide will share with you all interesting facts of every Russian Tsar buried under the Church.  The Peter and Paul Fortress construction was the starting point for the foundation of St. Petersburg. The date of its foundation today is considered the Day of the City, and the first name of the fortress lives in the name of the new capital. Constructed for the protection of lands in the delta of Neva, Peter and Paul Fortress, in fact, was the main political prison. And Peter and Paul Cathedral inside the fortress became the main shrine for the Tsar dynasty. Today the oldest fortress of the city is a part of the Museum of History of St. Petersburg. On your tour you will learn all about its history and significance to the people of St. Petersburg.

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What people are saying about Peter and Paul Cathedral

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Our guide was at the hotel lobby five minutes before the appointed time. We were allocated a comfortable and clean car. Both the driver and the guide were very friendly. In fact they gave us their umbrellas when it started raining. The guide spoke excellent English and knew the city well. She showed all the important locations and helped with the pictures also. A very comfortable and nice way to see the city.

I cannot defeat my last review, but get your guide was able to help us take care of our problem right away! They got us on a boat the next evening, great customer service

Excellent tour. I would recommend it as the price is good and you are able to gain far more insight into the fortress and cathedral versus going it alone.

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

Really very good and organized

It makes it much easier for us to visit museums and tours.