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St. Petersburg: 8-Hour Grand Tour

1. St. Petersburg: 8-Hour Grand Tour

This comprehensive tour offers you the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city as possible in a day's sightseeing. All of your exploration will be conducted from the comfort of a car or minivan and accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide. You will take a complete tour of St. Petersburg's most famous sites, beginning with the neoclassical splendor of St. Isaac's Cathedral. You can observe the geometry of the Palace Square, and visit the oldest construction in St. Petersburg: Peter and Paul's Fortress. Following that you'll see the burial vault of the Romanov family, before visiting the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The tour also includes an elegant lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. In the afternoon you'll go on a 2-hour guided excursion in the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world: the State Hermitage Museum. Once your tour is finished it will be possible to stay longer on your own, however you must make your own arrangements to get back to your hotel.

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St. Petersburg: Alternative Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. St. Petersburg: Alternative Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore the popular area around St. Isaac's Square with an audioguide tour on your cell phone. See iconic landmarks like St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre, and New Holland Island. Then head off the beaten track as you discover hidden gems in the area that reveal the true spirit of St. Petersburg. Admire the intricate decoration of historical building entrances, known as "paradnaya". Listen to locals gossiping on side streets, admire cool design spaces, and see the house-museum of the famous Russian writer, Demidov.

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St Petersburg: Private City Sightseeing Tour

3. 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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St. Petersburg: Highlights Tour and Hermitage Admission

4. 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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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.

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St Petersburg: 2-Day Private Flexible Tour for Cruise Ships

6. St Petersburg: 2-Day Private Flexible Tour for Cruise Ships

Get the most out of your visit to St. Petersburg with a 2-day private shore tour designed to fit any travel plans you have. Benefit from a flexible, customizable schedule that also provides a comprehensive itinerary in case you need one. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to museums, and receive a visa-free stay. Take your private tour in a private minivan, and choose from 5 languages for your guide: English, German, French, Spanish, or Italian. As well as stress-free admission to museums, you'll be able to reserve some time for shopping and return to your ship on schedule. The museums and attractions you can visit on the first day of the tour are St. Isaac's Cathedral; the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood; the Spit of St. Basil's Island; the Hermitage Museum; the Catherine Palace; and the Faberge Museum. On the second day of the tour, visit Peter and Paul Fortress, and take a tour of the Peterhof Lower Gardens, including one of the pavilion palaces. You will also take a boat tour around the St. Petersburg canals and a metro ride to the most beautiful metro stations.

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St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

7. St. Petersburg: City Center Walking Tour

Discover some of the top sights in St. Petersburg on this walking tour. Take a stroll on main street and enter one of the largest religious sites in the city at Kazan Cathedral. Learn more about these places from your local guide. Meet your guide and head to St. Isaac's square, which offers a wonderful views of the Mariinsky Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Continue to Senate square, where a famous monument to Peter the Great is located. Travel up the fashionable Promenade des Anglais street and enjoy panoramic views of the Neva River, Menshikov Palace, the Kunstkamera building, and the Palace bridge. Finally, make your way to the main square of the city, Palace square. View the stunning Hermitage Winter Palace, the General Staff Building, and the Alexander Column.

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Saint Petersburg: Private Full-Day Shore Excursion City Tour

8. Saint Petersburg: Private Full-Day Shore Excursion City Tour

See the main sights of Saint Petersburg with the option of making stops at monuments of particular interest to you. On this full-day tour you’ll visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the citadel where the city got its start. See Saint Isaac’s Cathedral with its massive gold dome, which is one of the largest in the world. You’ll also enjoy lunch at a popular Saint Petersburg restaurant and browse for souvenirs and gifts as you bargain with local vendors at stops during your excursion. Head off on a guided walk along Nevsky Prospekt and discover the gorgeous Church on Spilled Blood, which is the 2nd-largest mosaic museum in the world. To top off this overview of Saint Petersburg, you’ll see the city from the water on the Rivers and Canals Boat Tour. One of the best ways to see the sights of the Venise du Nord is by boat. More than 70 rivers and canals wind their way through the city, with around 400 bridges crossing these waterways.

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St. Petersburg: City Center Group Walking Tour

9. St. Petersburg: City Center Group Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour of St. Petersburg and discover some of the city's most important destinations. Get a taste of local life while walking along the main street, Nevsky Prospect, and visit Kazan Cathedral, one of the largest and most majestic temples in St. Petersburg. See three central squares of the city during the tour. First, stop at St. Isaac's Square, which offers a wonderful view of the Mariinsky Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Continue to Senate Square, where the famous monument to Peter the Great named the Bronze Horseman is located. Further along the Promenade des Anglais, enjoy panoramic views of the Neva River, Menshikov Palace, Kunstkamera building, and the Palace Bridge. Then, head to the main square of the city, Palace Square, where the Hermitage Winter Palace, the General Staff Building, and the Alexander Column are located.

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St. Petersburg: First Time in the City Private Tour

10. St. Petersburg: First Time in the City Private Tour

Come camera-ready on this private tour with a perfected itinerary that includes every location you need to see to get a feel for the charm of St. Petersburg. Get to know the city like a local and visit must-see sights such as Palace Square and Neva River. After getting picked up, set out to explore the historical center of St. Petersburg. Drive down the famous Nevsky Prospect to Palace Square, and see the Winter Palace, the heart of the Russian Empire. Marvel at the colored onion domes of the Church of the Savior on Blood and hear the story of the murder associated with the site. Spot the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the first building in the city. Get inspired by spectacular views of the Neva River and the cozy canals. Learn fascinating stories and legends of what is known as the "cradle of 3 revolutions." 

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What people are saying about Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 14 reviews

We booked this tour with an english speaking guide to make sure we understood what we were seeing. Well worth it. You could try doing it independently but you would miss so much information. Our guide Olga arrived and was excellent from the very outset. Her knowledge and passion for the tour was exceptional. Peter and Paul fortress excellent, followed by church of the spilled blood and onto St Isaac cathedral. Although we were the only two on the tour we found Olga made us feel like a member of her own family when it came to stop for a traditional russian lunch. When it came to the highlight of the tour which was the Hermitage museum this is where the expert guide Olga made the tour worth every penny. Her knowledge as we said earlier was brilliant. Booking through Get your guide was the first time we have booked experiences online but will definitely be using this website in the future. Rob and Vanessa Newell

We had Xenia. We walked with her for 5.5 hours. Her English was excellent, she was like a living guidebook, and had the most pleasant personality.

Great tour. Our guide Andrey is not only a knowledgeable historian, but he’s also fun and speaks excellent Spanish

Strongly recommended!

The walking tour was excellent! Olga nows everything that you want to know for two hours in St. Petersburg!

Olga is the best!

Olga was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable, open to questions and funny. I highly recommend her!