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St. Petersburg 3-Hour Private Hermitage Museum Tour

1. 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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Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

2. 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: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

3. 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

4. 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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St Petersburg: Traces of the Russian Revolution 2-Hour Tour

5. St Petersburg: Traces of the Russian Revolution 2-Hour Tour

When thinking of the events that changed the course of history in the 20th century, one of the first places that come to mind is St. Petersburg, the city that saw Russia's most important revolutionary events unravel, events that shook the entire world. A visit to St Petersburg will bring history that changed the world to life. Take this tour and discover the traces of the Great October Revolution. This tour will take you to see the beauty of the Winter Palace, the hub of the Russian imperial court that was stormed by the Bolsheviks thus putting the palace centre stage in the revolution. Learn about the Field of Mars where you find the monument "To the Fighters of The Revolution". Explore the Museum of Political History, originally the mansion of Mathilde Kschessinska the prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre before the Revolution and lover of Tsar Nicholas II. In 1917, the building was seized by the Bolsheviks and turned into their headquarters in the city. Then see the famous battleship Aurora, the oldest surviving ship of the Russian Navy that gave the signal for the storming of the Winter Palace in 1917. Before finally seeing the Yusupov Palace, the site of the poisoning and eventual murder of Grigory Rasputin, the notorious monk, the close advisor of the last Empress. The tour will finish on the Palace Square.

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St. Petersburg: Driving Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress

6. St. Petersburg: Driving Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress

Get picked up from your hotel and along with your private guide cruise along Nevsky Prospect, the main city street. See famous UNESCO World Heritage sites and old mansions of Russian aristocrats. Pass by the Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood. Learn the origin of its name and how it miraculously survived during Bolsheviks' reign. Continue to the Palace Square where some of the most notable events in Russian history took place including the October Revolution of 1917. Admire the St. Isaac's Cathedral and learn which innovative technologies of the early 19th century were used to construct the church. Then go inside the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the oldest parts of the city. Learn the remarkable story of how Fyodor Dostoevsky was sentenced to death in this fortress but miraculously escaped his fate. Finally, visit the grandiose Smolny Cathedral that is off the beaten tourist track and located away from the city center.

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

7. 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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Saint Petersburg: Two-Day Visa-Free Cruise Shore Tour

8. Saint Petersburg: Two-Day Visa-Free Cruise Shore Tour

A two-day visa-free tour of St. Petersburg for cruise ship passengers. Day 1 8:30 AM Passport control and group meeting with the guide and the driver. 9:00 - 10:00 AM Sightseeing tour including stops by sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum, one of the major museums of the world, an important and grandiose architectural complex that has one of the most important art collections. 12:00 - 1:00 PM The Savior of Spilled Blood, the Church of the Russian styled domes with its dazzling and colorful facades and interiors. 1:00 - 2:00 PM Boat trip by the rivers and canals. 2:00 - 3:00 PM Lunch in a typical Russian restaurant. 3:00 - 4:00 PM Travel to Peterhof, the summer residence of the czars called the Russian Versailles. Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art, a city of parks, palaces and fountains. 4:00 - 6:00 PM Peterhof Park. 6:00 - 7:00 PM Back to the city. Day 2 9:00 AM Passport control and group meeting with the guide and the driver. 9:30 - 10:30 AM The Metro tour, an adventure by riding the Russian subway. 10:30 - 11:30 AM Excursion to the St Isaak Cathedral. 11:30 AM -1:30 PM Walk through the main street Nevsky Prospekt and shopping time or visit to the market. 2:00 - 3:00 PM Lunch in a typical Russian restaurant 3:30 - 4:30 PM Fortress of Saint Peter and Paul, the first building of the ancient city of St. Petersburg and are the tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. 5:00 PM Back on board

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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 Palace Square

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 130 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!

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.

To truly enjoy the artwork displayed at The Hermitage Museum we highly recommend a tour with a private guide. Our highly knowledgeable guide did her job superb. We would book her anytime for any other 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.

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