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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: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

2. St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

The State Hermitage Museum ranks with the Louvre, Prado, and Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of the world's most important and richest art galleries. Explore the museum and learn more about its founding and collections during a 3-hour guided tour in St. Petersburg. 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. Raphael and Leonardo's "Madonna", Titian's "St. Sebastian", and Rembrandt's "Return of the Prodigal Son", as well as "The Golden Peacock" by James Cox and "Crouching Boy" by Michelangelo are just a few of the superb works of Western European art in the Hermitage. 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. You can visit the Treasury of the Hermitage as a special add-on tour. Please note that the Treasury tour is by request and subject to the confirmation by the museum. After you have been given a comprehensive overview by your guide, you will be able to remain in the Hermitage, admiring the vast array of art, for the remainder of the day. The other popular add-on to the highlights tour is a tour of the Impressionists' collection located in the General Staff Building.

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St. Petersburg: Yusupov Palace In-App Audio Tour with Ticket

3. St. Petersburg: Yusupov Palace In-App Audio Tour with Ticket

The Yusupov Palace is unique not only for its aristocratic luxury and the names of its famous owners, but for the dramatic events that took place here associated with the most mysterious character in the history of pre-revolutionary Russia - Grigory Rasputin. Walk through the richly decorated staterooms of the palace, look into the private chambers of the prince and princess, and admire the uniquely beautiful private theater and the famous Moorish drawing-room. During the in-app audio tour, learn how the Yusupovs reached unprecedented heights in society and where they got untold their wealth from. Learn about Rasputin's murder at the palace in December 1916. Walk through the premises where the drama took place and find out why the conspirators' plan failed.

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St. Petersburg 3-Hour Private Hermitage Museum Tour

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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St. Petersburg: Private Tailor-Made Tour with Guide & Driver

10. St. Petersburg: Private Tailor-Made Tour with Guide & Driver

Discover highlights like St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise, or devote time to the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, or Peterhof - you choose. Entrance fees and meals are at your own expense, with private air-conditioned transport and guiding services included. Specify your sightseeing preferences on booking, and on the day, meet your private guide and driver at your hotel at your preferred time. Selecting what you want to see in advance will allow your guide to plan logistics and pre-book tickets so you won’t need to join lines for tickets on the day. If you have no particular sightseeing plans, your guide will craft an itinerary for you. Your guide will also recommend restaurants for lunch (own expense) should you wish. Discuss your itinerary with your guide, and then hop inside your private, air-conditioned sedan or minivan (depending on group size) and begin your tour. Depending on your interests, perhaps start with St. Petersburg’s highlights. Admire the onion-shaped domes of the Church of the Spilled Blood, and see St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the gold-domed Orthodox basilica. Then, maybe continue to the 18th-century Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanov tsars, or visit the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered in 1916. If you wish, add in a boat trip around St. Petersburg’s canals, admiring its architecture from the water. Alternatively, devote your time to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s premier museums. Skip the lines with your pre-booked ticket and view some of its three million treasures, including artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Monet. Or, choose to visit the imperial palaces in and around the city. Perhaps explore the Catherine Palace, with its beautiful Amber Room, before seeing the nearby Pavlovsk Palace. Alternatively, you can explore the stunning Peterhof Palace, designed by Peter the Great, and famous for its glorious fountains. After approximately eight hours, your tour will finish with a drop-off at the St. Petersburg location of your choosing.

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

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based on 2,986 reviews

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.

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!!!!!!!

Touring the Hermitage with Tim was an amazing experience, he was knowledgeable and efficient and made the tour fun with interesting anecdotes. Definitely recommended!

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