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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: 4-Hour Cruise Visa-Free Budget Walking Tour

2. St. Petersburg: 4-Hour Cruise Visa-Free Budget Walking Tour

This Cruise Walking Tour is affordable, visa-free, and worry-free. You can add-on a round-trip transfer option and save time for sight-seeing. Saint Petersburg is perfect in cruise season — it is never too hot and a guided walk will give you a clear image of the city and exclude you from thousands of other tourists in the museums. The tour will start in the port of Saint Petersburg itself. Your guide will meet you at the arrival area of the port terminal. You will get to the city center by underground which is probably the most beautiful metro system in Europe. At Nevsky Prospect, you'll see Kazan Cathedral, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral (outside visit), Bronze Horseman, Peter and Paul Fortress and its grounds, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (outside visit), Field of Mars, Eliseevy Merchants’ Shop, the USSR cafe, Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences and St. Petersburg State University. You will also be able to have lunch on tour (not included in price) in the USSR cafe Kvartirka. This is a small-group walking tour and you need to be relatively fit to spend 4 hours walking. You cannot go around the city on your own and the guide will need to escort you back to the port. The tour will be available during the cruise season only (1 May — 30 October).

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St. Petersburg: Alternative Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. 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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Saint Petersburg: 2-Day Small Group Guided Tour

4. Saint Petersburg: 2-Day Small Group Guided Tour

Day 1: At 8:00 AM, you will start your day with a city overview tour. You will be able to see and take pictures of the most famous and beautiful sights of St. Petersburg, as well as become acquainted with the history of the city and the Romanov family. You can explore Pushkin (Tzarskoe Selo), visit the former Tsars' summer residence, and experience Catherine's Palace and Catherine's Park to see the eighth wonder of the world, the Amber Room. After a big morning of exploration, it will be time for a traditional Russian lunch to recharge and regain your energy. Following your lunch, you will drive to Peterhof, which was another summer residence of Russian emperors. You will see the Upper Garden, which resembles Versailles in its layout, as well as the Lower Park Fountains. On the way back to the city you will have a short metro trip to discover that these underground interiors seem closer to palaces than they do subways. Return to the ship at 5:00 PM. Day 2: A canal cruise will start your day. You will visit Savior on the Spilled Blood Cathedral, one of the most beautiful and famous examples of traditional Russian architecture and art, such as stone carving and mosaics (there is more than 7000 m2 covered with mosaics here). Have free time for lunch in one of the local cafes (own expense). Then, visit Hermitage Museum which includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the new Hermitage, and the old Hermitage. This is followed by a tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral, where the dome is gilded with 100 kilograms of gold. St. Isaac's is ranked as number one in the world for the richness of its interior decoration. Return to your ship at 5:00 PM.

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St Petersburg Highlight Tour

5. St Petersburg Highlight Tour

Compared to the ancient cities of Europe or Russia, St Petersburg, which celebrated its 300 anniversary in 2003, is relatively young. This is not to say that the city lacks in historical or architectural beauty. Built by the enlightened Tsar Peter the Great as his new capital, the city is considered Russia’s most European. It is a product of Peter’s attempts to make Russia as culturally important as other European states. Designed and build in one go the city is triumph of architectural and organizational balance, seeing it often called the Paris of Russia. A must-see of this beautiful city is the stunning Winter Palace. This magnificent green, white and gold building constructed in the Russian Baroque style was the official residence of the tsars from Catherine the Great onwards. Catherine the Great later added the Small and Large Hermitages onto the palace as a sanctuary for herself and her private art collection. The Hermitage Museum has grown from a small collection of paintings started by Catherine the Great in 1764, to a massive display of over three million exhibits. They are housed within the splendor of one of the world’s most spectacular palaces. The three floors cover a full range of art from ancient times, to Russian works and 20th century Europe. It also includes a fabulous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, set against the rich interior of white marble staircases, golden ceilings, crystal chandeliers and elaborate mosaics. There is the amazing Nevsky Prospect, the city’s busiest street, running for 2.8 miles (4.5 km). Today you can find it lined with modern restaurants, movie theatres, restaurants, together with the splendid palaces of the Russian aristocracy. Marvel at the beauty and immensity of St Isaac’s Cathedral, commissioned by Alexander I as the Imperial Cathedral, it took over 40 years to build and it’s easy to see why. Look forward to see the cathedral covered and decorated in the most extravagant manner with the Russian classic style exterior. The splendid interior adorned with red granite columns, exquisite mosaics, painted ceilings, sculptures, frescoe, and a beautiful stained glass window will leave you impressed. You will also have the chance to visit the Peter and Paul Fortres and the Cathedral of the same name that stands within its walls. The fortress was the first built on a small island in the delta by Peter the Great to protect his new capital from the Swedes. However it was also used as a high security prison for political prisoners. Among the first inmates was Peter's own rebellious son Alexei. The list of famous residents also later included Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother Alexander. While within the walls you will also see the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Begun in 1703 it became the burial place of the Russian emperors and members of the Imperial family. The final place of interest is the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, a rare and stunning example of a traditional Orthodox Russian church. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

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St Petersburg: Half–Day Cathedrals Walking Tour

6. St Petersburg: Half–Day Cathedrals Walking Tour

Start your tour by discovering St. Isaac's Cathedral, commissioned by Tsar Alexander I in 1918 and built in celebration of the victory over Napoléon. Marvel at the grand facades, richly decorated with beautiful sculptures. Step inside to explore the cathedral features, painstakingly detailed mosaics and vibrant columns of striking green malachite and blue lapis lazuli. Continue your tour at the equally magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, constructed between 1801 and 1811. See the incredible exterior stone colonnade, inspired by that of the iconic Roman Basilica, and its landscaped garden and central fountain. Head inside to see the cathedral's interior, adorned with columns, sculptures and religious icons. Finish your tour with a visit to a symbol of nationalism, the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Find out how it was built on the spot where Alexander II was killed, discover its outstanding mosaics and brilliantly ornate domes on the facade of this majestic church. Inside, see the exceptionally beautiful marble flooring, elaborate mosaics and gilded columns.

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

7. 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.

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St. Petersburg: Architectural Jewels Group Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 23 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

A fantastic 2 days, our guide Elena and driver were excellent.

A fantastic 2 days, our guide Elena and driver were excellent. Elena gave us a very informative 2 days explaining everything clearly and making sure that we saw all the major sites of St Petersburg. Would recommend the company very highly and would use in the future.

Well orgainsed and great guides!

Worth every rouble! One-to-one guide on first day and she and the driver were really good. Second day was a group; was a bit rushed through some of the sites, but we saw everything we wanted to see!

Everything worked just fine. Our guide was excellent. Eugenia was very nice. Our driver, Andre, was excellent. Everything we purchased in our tour was delivered. We recommend !!

Very informative ellina was excellent guide and it was very personalized very much enjoyed it