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Full Day City Tour of St. Petersburg

1. 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 CityPass 2-5 Day Option

2. 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

3. 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: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

4. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

Spend 2 days exploring beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise and ferry passengers can easily participate in this tour, all arrangements will be made for them by the tour operator and no visa is required. Enjoy visits to major monuments and sites, including the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Cathedral of Our Savior of Spilled Blood. Tour Russia's cultural capital to see famous artworks and revel in the opulence of St. Petersburg's imperial heritage. This 2-day tour includes a half-day visit to Peterhof, where you'll enjoy tours of the Fountain Park, the Catherine Palace, and Amber Room, before roaming the famous gardens. The 2nd day of the tour includes visits to fortresses and palaces as well as a guided tour of the infamous Hermitage Museum. Lunch is provided on both days, as well as comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and from the port. Day 1: • 8:00 AM-8:30 AM Disembark the ship. After having passed the passport control, you will be met by your local English-speaking guide and the company representative in the arrival area of the port. (If your ship arrives to Saint Petersburg at 8:00 AM, disembarkation starts at 9:00 AM-9:30 AM). • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM City highlights tour (part 1) including photo stops at Spit of St. Basil Island and Peter and Paul Fortress • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Transfer to Peterhoff Fountain Park by hydrofoil • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Tour of Peterhoff Lower Gardens • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Tour of Catherine Palace including Amber Room and gardens • 3:30 PM-4:45 PM Transfer to Saint Petersburg. Visit to a metro station on the way back to the city • 4:45 PM-6:00 PM City highlights tour (part 2) including the Cathedral of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood  • 6:30 PM Return to the ship Day 2: • 9:30 AM Meet your guide at the arrival area of the port • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Hermitage Museum  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Faberge Museum Tour • 3:45 PM-4:30 PM St. Isaac's Cathedral Tour • 5:00 PM Return to the ship

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St Petersburg: 2-Day Premium Group Shore Excursion

5. St Petersburg: 2-Day Premium Group Shore Excursion

Take the most comprehensive two day tour to maximize your time in the city. Your experience will begin with meeting your guide and driver in the terminal next to your ship. After a city tour through the best squares and spots of St. Petersburg, we will take a drive to Peterhof grounds. This former imperial residence was a home to Peter I, who was the founder of St. Petersburg. The Lower garden is not a only a nice and relaxing place for walking but also a great fountain park with some old pavilions dating back to the beginning of the 18th century. Your day outside the city center will continue with a drive towards Catherine palace. Before you will be able to see imposing interiors of the palace with the famous Amber Hall, you’ll have a traditional Russian lunch nearby. Your suburban trip will end with a panoramic drive back to the city. On the way to the city you will have an opportunity to visit one of the oldest metro stations and admire it superb design. Next, visit the Church on the Spilled Blood, which retains great original mosaic pieces covering its interiors and exteriors. Aterwards you will be brought back to the port The good start of the second day will ensure a boat ride along rivers and canals which helps you to see the city under a different angle. You will go under the draw bridges which our city is famous for and see former mansions lining along the embankments. After this short trip you will get inside the Hermitage where your guide will show you the best masterpieces of the collection and make distant history come alive for you. One of the main highlights of the collection is the Peacock clock which unusual mechanism puts in motion all its figures. After having traditional Russian lunch you will see interiors of Yusupov palace which once belonged to the wealthiest families in the country. It was there that Rasputin was killed not long before the revolution of 1917. Before heading back to the port you will be able to admire breathtaking interiors of St. Isaac's Cathedral famous for large-scale frescoes and unique marble decor.

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St. Petersburg: Full-Day Private Tour

6. 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

7. 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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Tour Peter & Paul Fortress with St Isaac Cathedral

8. Tour Peter & Paul Fortress with St Isaac Cathedral

On this 3 hour tour you will have your own particular private guide & comfortable transportation in a business-class car. You will be met in your hotel lobby and the tour will be over close to St. Isaac Cathedral. It is a genuine challenge to squeeze into a 3 hour tour all of the greatest "must see" sights of St. Petersburg. However, from the first moment of the tour you will be overpowered by the magnificence, taste and mystery of our city, loaded with history. You will begin the tour by going to Peter and Paul Fortress with the Cathedral of the same name, from which the town of Peter began in 1703, hurriedly changed into the capital of the tremendous Russian empire a couple of years after the fact. In the wake of strolling around the fortress and going to some of its' bastions, the visit proceeds to Peter and Paul Cathedral, where you can see the burial place of the Romanov dynasty, and even the tomb of Peter I. The last burial in the church building was Nikolas II and his family who were gunned down by the Bolsheviks in the mid year of 1918. At 12:00 from Naryshkin bastion Peter and Paul Fortress you will hear the shot of an alert weapon, which is made day by day. A short time later, you will keep on investigating the city with your guide taking you to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, one of the biggest domed structures on the planet. This production of Aougusto Montferrand, the French engineer is the fourth temple built to pay tribute to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia (saint patron of Peter the Great), created in St. Petersburg. It used to be considered as the primary Orthodox church of the Russian Empire. At long last you will climb the basilica corridor and take a look over St. Petersburg from the top.

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Peter and Paul Fortress Tour

9. Peter and Paul Fortress Tour

The Peter and Paul fortress is the birthplace of the city and home to several museums, which exhibit the splendid history of Saint Petersburg’s foundation and growth. During the tour you will visit the main museums like the Peter and Paul Cathedral – the tallest building in the city center, where you can climb to the top, admire the incredible view and observe the work of the ringer. Then continue it at the burial place of members of the Imperial family – the Grand Ducan Mausoleum, have a walk across the Hare Island and see the Boat house, the Artillery Armory, the Mint, Engineering and Commandant's house, guardhouse and many other historical buildings.

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

10. 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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What people are saying about Peter and Paul Cathedral

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 83 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 am a businesswoman , a jeweller, our guided tour in Saint Petersburg is an experience that is so memorable - our driver named max and lady tour guide dasha was so friendly , helpful , and patience to all what we want to do - not only sightseeing but also side shopping for souvenirs We will surely choose get your guide for our coming tours and i would highly recommend them fo safety and secured tour guide !

Love the tour. Perfect for introduction of St. Petersburg. Our guide and driver were very nice and patient. We even got nice souvenirs from the owner himself. Thanks, you guys. We'll definitely go back there again soon enough.

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