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Saint Petersburg: Top 30 City Highlights Walking Tour

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

2. 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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2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

3. 2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

Day 1: St. Petersburg Take a complete tour of Saint Petersburg's most famous sites - beginning with St. Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square, the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral - the burial vault of the Romanovs. Thereafter the gorgeous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy a lunch at one of the respected restaurants of the city. In the afternoon enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum.  Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the world wonder - the Amber Room - during a half-day tour to the magnificent baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo). The Park surrounding the palace is a wonderful work of the Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, combining the masterpieces of architecture with the nature beauty. The tour includes a lunch in a restaurant close to the palace. In the afternoon you will discover Peterhof - St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Located on the sea shore, The Great Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. 

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Saint Petersburg: Private Half-Day Tour with Faberge Museum

4. 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

5. 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: Private City Sightseeing Tour

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

8. 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: Highlights Tour and Hermitage Admission

9. St. Petersburg: Highlights Tour and Hermitage Admission

Visit all the must-see sights of St. Petersburg on a small group tour and marvel at the monuments along the banks of the Neva River and city waterways with a professional guide. Admire the impressive façade and golden dome of Saint Isaac's Cathedral and tour the Cathedral inside. See the Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great on Senate Square. Be amazed by the size of Palace Square and get the chance to buy souvenirs at the historic Eliseevy Merchants' Shop on Nevsky Prospect. Discover where the imperial Romanov family was buried, where St. Petersburg was originally located when visiting Peter and Paul Fortress and its Cathedral. Visit the Church on Spilled Blood inside to learn the history of the name and marvel at its incredible mosaics. Have an independent visit to the Hermitage Museum in the afternoon with pre-booked skip-the-line entry to the museum.

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Saint Petersburg: Magic Christmas Tour

10. Saint Petersburg: Magic Christmas Tour

Start the festivities at the meeting point in the heart of St Petersburg where you will meet your fun and knowledgeable guide. After a short meet and greet, set-off on your adventure through St Petersburg during it's most decorative time of the year - Christmas! During your tour of this magical city, witness landmark sites such as the Hermitage Museum, The Church of the Spilt Blood, and the Peter and Paul Fort. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the Palace Square, which you can only feel at this time of the year! From your learned guide, hear the story of the famous Christmas tree, learn of the first person to ever decorate it and hear tales of Christmas magic and Christmas spells. Your guide will entertain you with anecdotes of Christmas legends about St Petersburg.  Whilst on your tour, you will also get to visit the amazing, old-fashioned Christmas Markets in Moskovskaya Square, Pionerskaya Square, as well as Gatchina Palace. Find out what makes it so popular, what the local products taste like at Christmas and fill your heart with the joy and experience of a St Petersburg Christmas.

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What people are saying about Palace Square

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.

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 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

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.

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