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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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Saint Petersburg: Private Half-Day Tour with Faberge Museum

2. Saint Petersburg: Private Half-Day Tour with Faberge Museum

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will head toward the Nevsky prospect, the main artery of Saint-Petersburg. While admiring the beauty of the Nevsky Prospect and the hundreds of canals and streets coming off it, your guide will provide you a brief history of the founding of the city and how it became the capital of the Russian Empire. After you reach the famous Hermitage Museum on the Palace Square and admire the architectural wonders of Bartolomeo Rastrelli, head down the Palace Embankment toward the statue of the Bronze Horseman (Peter the Great) on the Thunder Stone. From here, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view seeing Vasilyevsky Island and The Menshikov Palace on the other side of Neva River. From the monument, your guide will take you to the Kazan Cathedral, which was modeled on the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Continue down Griboyedov Embankment past the Singer House (also known as the House of Books) toward another famous Church, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a truly unforgettable sanctuary that reminds many of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. After visiting the cathedral step into Mikhailovsky Sad (Michaels Garden) – one of the most beautiful parks of Imperial Russia.  The fresh air, trees, a pond with a bridge and the two styles of park landscape (French and English) will give you a break from St. Petersburg’s architecture. As you pass through the park you will head toward another memorable destination – Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole). The park is named after the Roman god of War – Mars.  The park was established almost simultaneously with the founding of St. Petersburg. The park currently serves both as a memorial and as a reminder of the victories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. “The Field of Mars” was the first park to ignite the “Eternal Flame” which became the symbol of commemoration of the soldiers that died during World War II. After a stroll through these two parks, head to the famous Faberge Museum. The museum has a collection of over 4,000 works of decorative and fine arts, including paintings, porcelain, and bronze. The highlight of the museum's collection is the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Zar’s of Russia. Your guide will show the most notable pieces of this remarkable collection. The Blue Room of the museum will take your breath away.

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Saint Petersburg Two-Day Shore Excursion

3. Saint Petersburg Two-Day Shore Excursion

Your group will consist of a maximum of 16-18 people and will follow a set 2-day itinerary. On day one, meet your guide and driver after passport control. Enjoy special early access on your visit to the famous Hermitage Museum (one of the major museums of the world, an important and grand architectural complex which has one of the most important art collections worldwide). Enjoy lunch in a typical Russian restaurant, before heading to the summer palace of the czars in Pushkin city, famous for Catherine Palace and its magnificent interiors. At the end of the day there is an optional evening program. Day two starts with a visit to Peterhof, the summer residence of the czars, and a jewel of Russian art, palaces and fountains. Head back to St. Petersburg to see the tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the cathedral and the famous Savior on Spilled Blood church. At the end of the tour enjoy a romantic boat trip along the rivers and canals, followed by an optional evening program.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

4. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

After meeting with your guide and driver on day one at the pier you will start a city tour. You will be guided through the most breathtaking spots of St. Petersburg including Spit of Basil Island, St. Isaac’s Square, Monument of Peter the Great, Theater Square with the famous Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospekt and more. From the city center proceed to the former summer residence outside the city - Peterhof. This residence is famous for its fountain park decorated with statues and small pavilions. The most exciting part of the garden tour is seeing so called “trick fountains” which were designed to entertain the guests coming to the Peterhof grounds.  Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon your return to the city enjoy a scenic boat ride along the rivers and canals of St Petersburg. The tour will finish at your ship. On the second day of your tour see more of the city highlights, stroll along Nevsky prospect and finally observe the magnificent collections of the Hermitage, the largest museum in the country. There, see all the main highlights: Winter Palace State rooms, Hanging Garden, and masterpieces of the art collection including works of Rembrandt, Rafael, and Leonardo Da Vinci. After having lunch in one of the local cafes see the Church on the Spilled Blood that is considered to be the museum of mosaics. Finally, see the highlights of the legendary Nevsky Prospect.

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St. Petersburg: Full-Day Private Tour

5. 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: 2-Day Shore Excursion Incl. Faberge Museum

6. St Petersburg: 2-Day Shore Excursion Incl. Faberge Museum

On day 1, meet your guide at the ship (please, note the start time of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time). The city tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St. Petersburg. A highlight is a photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral. During the tour, you will also be driven to Peterhof to see the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park and then have a traditional Russian lunch (included). Returning to St Petersburg city, take a guided metro tour. Then enjoy a boat tour along the river and canals. Next, visit the Faberge Museum (may be arranged at a different time due to booking availability and museum days off), and then around 5:00 - 6:00 PM, will be returned to your ship. On day 2, meet your guide at the ship, and proceed to a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, followed by traditional Russian lunch (included). After lunch, take a guided tour inside the Church of the Spilt Blood or Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, and around 4 PM, you will be returned to the ship. Please note that the actual tour timing and sequence of sites may change depending on days of the week, traffic, etc. Substitutions may apply due to museums days off, official ceremonies, etc.

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Saint Petersburg: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. Saint Petersburg: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Your private tour guide will meet you in the hall of your hotel with your name on the card, after that you will decide on your program and sights you would like to visit. From now on, you can completely rely on your professional guide and let them take you on a tour to discover the history of St Petersburg. Tell your guide about the places you wish to see as soon as possible in order to avoid queuing at entrances and to order admissions in advance. Your tour operator will order your tickets in advance so that you will not have to wait in the queue (please, not that price does not include admissions). Must-see sights: Church on the Spilled Blood, St Isaac's cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage, Yusupov palace, Russian Museum, Faberge Museum, Alexander-Nevsky Lavra, River, and Canal tour. Apart from that, you can spend your day in Hermitage or visit Imperial residences outside of St Petersburg (Catherine's palace and park, Pavlovsk Palace and park, Peterhof Palace and park or Gatchina castle and park).

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Flexible Day Tour in St. Petersburg with Guide & Driver

8. Flexible Day Tour in St. Petersburg with Guide & Driver

If you already have an idea of what you would like to see and do in St. Petersburg, and feel that none of the suggested tours fit your requirements, this flexible and convenient private tour is for you. Arrange to have a friendly guide with you for the day to visit the places of your choice. You may wish to construct a tour that includes places not specified in other tours, or includes familiar sights which you wish to see in a different order. Having a driver at your disposal is convenient and allows you to venture to far-away locations, or if you have difficulty walking for a long time/get tired easily. Please note that the indicated price of the tour is valid for 1-2 people. If there are more people in your party, please let us know and we will arrange for a different vehicle (mini-van) which will only slightly affect the cost of your tour. Once the tour is booked we can discuss your plans and what you'd like to see in advance. The tour will start in the lobby of your hotel, with a clear idea about what you would like to see and to do. Trust that we will take care to ensure that no problems arise during your exploration of the city and will act as your companion during the day.

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St. Petersburg: Driving Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress

9. 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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Private Half-Day Tour of St. Petersburg with Driver & Guide

10. Private Half-Day Tour of St. Petersburg with Driver & Guide

Enjoy the flexibility of having your own private guide to help you navigate and truly experience the wonders of St. Petersburg for half a day. This tour is perfect if you already know or have an idea of what you want to do in St. Petersburg and do not wish to be carted around on a generic sightseeing tour, or if you have trouble walking long distances or get tired easily. Instead you can simply arrange to have one of our knowledgeable and friendly guides with you for the day to visit places of your choosing that interest you. With your own private driver you have the ability to see some farther away locations. You can select unique places that are not listed in other tours or request to visit familiar sights in a different order that is more appealing to you. You can explore and get to know St Petersburg with your own guide at your pace. Please note: indicated price of the tour is valid for 1-2 people. If there are more people in your party, please let us know and we will arrange for a different vehicle (a mini-van)and this will only slightly affect the cost of your tour. Once the tour is booked we will discuss your plans and what you'd like to see in advance. Your knowledgeable local guide will ensure that no problems arise during your exploration of the city, and will act as your companion during the day.

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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

We drove and saw many Peter and Paul fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Nevra River and the Tour Guide was very knowledgeable about all the places we went.

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

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