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St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

Climb aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus for a tour of Russia's former imperial capital, with a flexible hop-on-hop-off bus pass for 24 or 48-hours, or see some of the historic sights from the relaxing and unique perspective of the water on a boat tour. The bus tour features more than 20 stops across 2 routes and gives you the chance to explore the city at your own pace. You'll get to see monuments such as the gold-domed St Isaac’s Cathedral. Discover the wonderful architecture St Petersburg has to offer, whilst listening to the onboard tour commentary that will give you a fascinating insight into the past of these sites. Experience 360-degree views of the Summer Garden and Kazan Cathedral from the open-top deck. Or sit back and enjoy a full loop of the route, this tour enables you to design your own schedule. Red Route: Stop 1 - St Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Admiralty Stop 3 - Nevsky Prospect Stop 4 - Kazan Cathedral Stop 5 - Grand Guest Yard Stop 6 - Anichkov Palace Stop 7 - Vladimirsky Prospect Stop 8 - Vosstaniya Square Stop 9 - Liteiny Prospect Stop 10 - Eliseyev Brothers' Emporium Stop 11 - Arts Square Stop 12 - Grand Ciniselli Circus Stop 13 - Summer Garden Stop 14 - Hermitage Stop 15 - Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood Stop 16 - Palace Embankment Stop 17 - Admiral Embankment Green Route: Stop 1 - Saint Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Sphinxes Stop 3 - The Kunstkamera Stop 4 - Spit of Vasilievsky Island Stop 5 - Peter & Paul Fortress Stop 6 - The Cruiser Aurora Stop 7 - Palace Embankment Stop 8 - Admiral Embankment Boat Tour: Choose 1 of 4 boat tours: Tour 1: Canal Cruise Tour 2: Golden Triangle Tour 3: Gala St Petersburg & Gulf of Finland Inlet Tour 4: Northern Isles of Neva Delta & Gulf of Finland Inlet

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Hermitage: Impressionist and Golden Peacock Evening Tour

2. Hermitage: Impressionist and Golden Peacock Evening Tour

Never has the Hermitage been so mysterious and so attractive! Venture an evening tour to one of the world-famous museums – the Hermitage including the General Staff Building. This tour is focused on a deeper look at art and includes the history of paintings through Renaissance and Ancient art. It also gives a good perspective on Modern European art with Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso with large halls packed with their masterpieces. There are an extensive exhibitions of Art Nouveau, Impressionists, and a unique Faberge Exhibition. Learn more and enjoy yourself with fewer people as it is a small tour. You will have plenty of time to walk through the corridors and effortlessly enjoy paintings and sculptures.  Book a tour for Wednesdays, to see the Golden Peacock chiming in the Winter Palace. This is a truly exciting experience! Hermitage: Art After Dark Tour is focused more on art details, hidden from the spotlight. Professional guides will give you a good perspective on art and the imperial residence history.

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

3. 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: Secrets of Imperial Russia Walking Tour

4. St. Petersburg: Secrets of Imperial Russia Walking Tour

The Romanovs, the family that reigned the Russian Empire for 3 centuries from the 17th to the 20th century, made a mark in the country's history.   On this 2-hour walking tour, discover the stories of the main tsars of the Romanov family, visit places surrounded by intrigues, mysteries, plots, and even assassinations, as happened too often during the history of Russia. Full of glorious and tragic chapters, secrets, plots, deceptions, conspiracies, and betrayals, this tour is one for the thrill-seekers. Meet your guide at the Alexander Column, located in the center of the Palace Square from where your unbelievable journey that will last for 3 centuries will begin. Walk along the embankment of the Winter Palace from where you can see Peter and Paul Fortress where the remains of the Romanov emperors rest. While you walk listen carefully to the guide who will tell you all about the most important secrets of Russia's royal dynasty. Get to the General Staff building and the field of Mars, learn the story of how Catherine the Great came to power and stories of her lovers. Learn about the place where Alexander II was assassinated by a terrorist. Visit the gardens of St. Michael's Castle where Emperor Paul, Catherine's son was strangled. Learn about Rasputin's mysterious history, his witchery, his relationship with the Empress, and his influence in the politics of Russia. Your journey ends when you reach the 20th century, the Great October Revolution, and the tragic end of one of the richest and the most powerful royal dynasties in the world.

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What people are saying about Palace Square

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We enjoyed our stay in St Petersburg, the Hop On Hop Off was our greatest highlight. We were happy to meet a very friendly and helpful guide, Tatyana in Red Line bus. She really made our sight seeing your very memorable. We will definitely encourage people to use the bus just to get the feel of what is happening around St Petersburg.

We hit the "hellish" weather in St. Petersburg. Thanks to the trip by bus and then by boat, we got to know a large part of the important monuments in the city without much effort. It took us about 6 hours in total. I recommend

Anna is highly recommended . Perfect English and ability to present History with the necessary details and context . Thankyou !

Excellent to have a first general approach on a part of this beautiful city ... I recommend

Very useful and interesting for a first "meeting" with the town attractions.