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

1. 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.

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St. Petersburg: Architectural Jewels Group Walking Tour

2. 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.

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St. Petersburg: Saint Isaac's Cathedral Private Tour

3. 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.

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Saint Petersburg: Guided Private Cathedrals Tour

4. 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.

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Saint Petersburg: Must See Private Tour with Cathedrals

5. Saint Petersburg: Must See Private Tour with Cathedrals

Get picked up from your hotel and along with your private guide walk along the Nevsky Prospect, the main city street. See famous UNESCO World Heritage sites and old mansions of Russian aristocrats, including Singer house, one of the most beautiful buildings of the city. Visit the Church of the Savior on 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. Go inside one of the most notable attractions of Saint Petersburg – the magnificent St. Isaac Cathedral. Its inner decoration includes mosaics, silver, gold, and semi-precious stones. Enjoy the walk next to the Neva river and take a picture of Peter and Paul fortress – the oldest structure of the city and admire the Bronze Horseman, a spectacular monument to the founder of the city, Peter the Great.

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What people are saying about Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.