Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Religious & Spiritual Activities

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Saint Isaac's Cathedral Religious & Spiritual Activities

St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

1. 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 

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

2. 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.

...
Tour Peter & Paul Fortress with St Isaac Cathedral

3. Tour Peter & Paul Fortress with St Isaac Cathedral

On this 3 hour tour you will have your own particular private guide & comfortable transportation in a business-class car. You will be met in your hotel lobby and the tour will be over close to St. Isaac Cathedral. It is a genuine challenge to squeeze into a 3 hour tour all of the greatest "must see" sights of St. Petersburg. However, from the first moment of the tour you will be overpowered by the magnificence, taste and mystery of our city, loaded with history. You will begin the tour by going to Peter and Paul Fortress with the Cathedral of the same name, from which the town of Peter began in 1703, hurriedly changed into the capital of the tremendous Russian empire a couple of years after the fact. In the wake of strolling around the fortress and going to some of its' bastions, the visit proceeds to Peter and Paul Cathedral, where you can see the burial place of the Romanov dynasty, and even the tomb of Peter I. The last burial in the church building was Nikolas II and his family who were gunned down by the Bolsheviks in the mid year of 1918. At 12:00 from Naryshkin bastion Peter and Paul Fortress you will hear the shot of an alert weapon, which is made day by day. A short time later, you will keep on investigating the city with your guide taking you to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, one of the biggest domed structures on the planet. This production of Aougusto Montferrand, the French engineer is the fourth temple built to pay tribute to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia (saint patron of Peter the Great), created in St. Petersburg. It used to be considered as the primary Orthodox church of the Russian Empire. At long last you will climb the basilica corridor and take a look over St. Petersburg from the top.

...
St. Petersburg: 2-Day Join-in Small-Group Guided Tour

4. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Join-in Small-Group Guided Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day small-group tour with an English-speaking guide. Benefit from skip-the-line admission to the main museums, and enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off on both days of the tour. Share your tour with other travelers so there will always be a group for you on any given date. Have look at the sample itinerary below, though please bear in mind the exact museums you will attend depend on the dates of your visit. Rest assured, however, that the key museums are always included. On the first day, meet your guide at the reception of your hotel between 8:30–9 AM. Take a 1-hour tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, then transfer to Peterhof Fountain Park by hydrofoil. Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Peterhof Lower Gardens before breaking for lunch between 12:30 PM–1:30 PM. After lunch, explore Catherine Palace, including the Amber Room and gardens, with your guide for 1.5 hours. Stop at a beautiful metro station on your way back to St. Petersburg, then take a 1-hour of the Fabergé Museum between 4:30–5:30 PM. The first day concludes with drop-off at your hotel around 6:30 PM. On the second day, head straight to the Hermitage Museum after meeting your guide at your reception at 9 AM. Enjoy early admission to the museum and take a 3-hour guided tour. After a 1-hour lunch break, spend 2 hours in the afternoon visiting the Church on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel around 5 PM.

...
St. Petersburg: Architectural Jewels Group Walking Tour

5. St. Petersburg: Architectural Jewels Group Walking Tour

You'll meet your guide at the Alexander Column on Palace Square. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint-Isaac, which was built in the 19th century. Up until the revolution, this building was a center of religious life in Saint Petersburg. Being the 3rd-largest cathedral in Europe, it has a magnificent view of the city and the Neva River from its largest dome of 102 meters. Enjoy a stroll along the Griboyedov Canal to your next visit: the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. The elegant Neoclassical style of this sprawling church likens it more the temples of Ancient Greece than to an orthodox basilica, and its palatial columns are one of the most recognizable images of the Nevsky Prospect. The cathedral, which holds the miraculous icon of Kazan Mother of God, is one of the main shrines of the country. Moreover, it is closely connected with the events of the Patriotic War. The Cathedral keeps the military trophies of the defeated French army gathered during the war in 1812 and the keys to the fortresses and cities of Europe taken by the Russian army in 1813-1814. Close to the walls of the Kazan Cathedral the great General Mikhail Kutuzov is buried. You will finish your journey at the Church of the Saviour on Blood. While you admire its vibrant colors and striking shapes, your guide will explain the violent history behind the orthodox church's origins, built upon the spot where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded. Inside, you'll be left in awe by the multi-colored mosaics depicting religious scenes.

...
St. Petersburg: Saint Isaac's Cathedral Private Tour

6. St. Petersburg: Saint Isaac's Cathedral Private Tour

With your guide, discover the main building in the history of northern capital. You will find out the details of its construction and history. Because of the cultural and historical background, Saint Isaac's Cathedral is no doubt a must visit in Saint-Petersburg, and in Russia in general. St. Isaac Cathedral can host over 14,000 people in its walls and has a height of 102 meters. On the rooftop of the cathedral, you can see a unique and breathtaking panoramic view of the city. St. Isaac Cathedral was built over 40 years during the reign of three emperors, Alexander I, Nicolas I, and Alexander II. This cathedral had been a center of religion in Saint-Petersburg up until 1917. The grand opening of the third biggest cathedral in the world was held in 1858. For that time, the construction of such a giant cathedral was an architectural wonder and the cathedral is still recognized as a major monument in Russia.

...
Saint Petersburg: Guided Private Cathedrals Tour

7. Saint Petersburg: Guided Private Cathedrals Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet outside the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint-Isaac, which was built in the 19th century. Up until the Revolution, this building was a center of religious life in Saint Petersburg. Being the 3rd-largest cathedral in Europe, it has a magnificent view of the city and the Neva River from its largest dome of 102 meters height. Take the chance to go up there, from where you can enjoy the stunning views of this northern capital. Following that, you will head on foot towards the Cathedral of Saint Savior on Spilled Blood, across the center of the city. Built on the site where Alexander II was murdered in 1881, this neo-Russian-style cathedral, inspired by Moscow's St. Basil's Cathedral, is today one of the most picturesque buildings in Russia and is permanently visited by the tourists from all over the world. It will take you about an hour in each of the two cathedrals, and you will learn more about their history and reveal their secrets. This experience is a must-gain experience for every traveler in St. Petersburg, and will provide you with countless picturesque photographic opportunities.

...
Saint Petersburg: Private City Highlights Tour

8. Saint Petersburg: Private City Highlights 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 minivan and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. At 10:00 AM, your guide will come to your hotel lobby area or any other indicated address to begin the tour from there. There also will be a driver waiting at your hotel entrance. During this tour, visit the most picturesque areas of St. Petersburg where you will be able to make multiple photo stops at your request, while engaging in entertaining and informative discussion about the city's history and present-day life. At 11:00 AM, stop at the Peter and Paul Fortress, a symbol of St.Petersburg and one of the few remaining fortresses of the 18th century, the burial place of Russian emperors, as well as a former political prison of Russia. It was the one the history of St. Petersburg began with. Then, visit the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood, one of St. Petersburg's most memorable landmarks.  Then, take a lunch break and taste the local cuisine. Enjoy a special 3 course meal before heading to St. Isaac's Cathedral at 2:30 PM. Here, climb up the 300 or so steps to the observation walkway at the base of the cathedral's dome and enjoy the breathtaking views over the city. Afterwards, spend more time with your guide exploring the historic centre of St Petersburg before being taken back to your hotel or place of preference at 5:00 PM.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Want to discover all there is to do in Saint Isaac's Cathedral? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We bought a 3-day City pass - a great saver indeed. Hop on hop off bus was good to orientate ourselves with the most significant sights but the traffic was really bad in the afternoon and the bus did not stick to schedules. So, go early and ensure that you are a few minutes earlier at the hop on stops. The hop on hop off boat was also enjoyable. Don’t miss out on the free St Petersburg walking tour. Plan your visits to the museums well - too many, too little time... Another tip: plan the river cruises in advance and exchange all your vouchers for firm tickets at the Embankment 2 ticket office to secure your seats.

Very good city tour which allows us to understand the history and the topology of the places. Excellent guide with perfect explanation and comments, in perfect French. Let yourself be guided and watch. We gave free rein to the guide to choose the places. Special mention for the docks, a new abandoned district which is being rehabilitated on the shores of the Baltic. Interesting.

Very good service

We liked it a lot, since it collects - unlike other cities - many of the most remarkable monuments and museums. The only downside is that finding the center inside the arcade museum is quite an odyssey. There is no sign to indicate it and people in general do not speak English.

I cannot defeat my last review, but get your guide was able to help us take care of our problem right away! They got us on a boat the next evening, great customer service

Really very good and organized

It makes it much easier for us to visit museums and tours.