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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: 8-Hour Grand Tour

2. 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 Winter Highlights Small Group Tour

3. St Petersburg Winter Highlights Small Group Tour

Save precious time on a guided small group tour of St Petersburg with all entrance tickets taken care of in advance. Take advantage of a combination tour when a total price is less than if you book Catherine Palace and the Hermitage tours separately. Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then travel in a small group to the highlights of the city center. Visit the imperial Catherine Palace (or Peterhof Palace on Tuesdays), famous for the exquisite Amber Room and majestic interiors of the royal family. Marvel at masterpieces of art and artifacts from the imperial age at the Hermitage Museum, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian. Admire city highlights as your travel around, and get the chance to stop and take souvenir photos.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

4. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

Spend 2 days exploring beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise and ferry passengers can easily participate in this tour, all arrangements will be made for them by the tour operator and no visa is required. Enjoy visits to major monuments and sites, including the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Cathedral of Our Savior of Spilled Blood. Tour Russia's cultural capital to see famous artworks and revel in the opulence of St. Petersburg's imperial heritage. This 2-day tour includes a half-day visit to Peterhof, where you'll enjoy tours of the Fountain Park, the Catherine Palace, and Amber Room, before roaming the famous gardens. The 2nd day of the tour includes visits to fortresses and palaces as well as a guided tour of the infamous Hermitage Museum. Lunch is provided on both days, as well as comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and from the port. Day 1: • 8:00 AM-8:30 AM Disembark the ship. After having passed the passport control, you will be met by your local English-speaking guide and the company representative in the arrival area of the port. (If your ship arrives to Saint Petersburg at 8:00 AM, disembarkation starts at 9:00 AM-9:30 AM). • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM City highlights tour (part 1) including photo stops at Spit of St. Basil Island and Peter and Paul Fortress • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Transfer to Peterhoff Fountain Park by hydrofoil • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Tour of Peterhoff Lower Gardens • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Tour of Catherine Palace including Amber Room and gardens • 3:30 PM-4:45 PM Transfer to Saint Petersburg. Visit to a metro station on the way back to the city • 4:45 PM-6:00 PM City highlights tour (part 2) including the Cathedral of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood  • 6:30 PM Return to the ship Day 2: • 9:30 AM Meet your guide at the arrival area of the port • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Hermitage Museum  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Faberge Museum Tour • 3:45 PM-4:30 PM St. Isaac's Cathedral Tour • 5:00 PM Return to the ship

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St. Petersburg: All Inclusive Museum Tour

5. St. Petersburg: All Inclusive Museum Tour

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and board an air-conditioned bus. Head to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the original citadel of the city, built on Hare Island near the north bank of the Neva River between 1706 and 1740. Get a feel for St. Petersburg’s more than 300-year-old history, from royal tombs, to prison blocks, and to historical museum exhibitions. Next stop at the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, known for its elaborate facade and brightly colored onion domes. This magnificent church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Continue to St. Isaac's Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of Russian architecture from the middle of the 19th century.  Enjoy an elegant lunch in a restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine. Afterwards, visit the the largest museum in Russia and one of the richest museums in the world, the State Museum of the Hermitage. Explore its incredible collection to finalize your introduction to St. Petersburg.

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St Petersburg Highlight Tour

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

7. 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

8. 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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Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Isaac and Kazan Cathedral

9. Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Isaac and Kazan Cathedral

You will start your journey with the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which was built in 1881 on the site of the assassination of Alexander II. The church still keeps the evidences of this horrible event – you will see the stones on which fell mortally wounded Alexander II, parts of the pavement and the lattice of the Catherine canal. The British portal Vouchercloud recognized the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood the most popular attraction in Russia for tourists from all over the world, and recently it entered the Top-10 attractions in the world by TripAdvisor. Continue your route towards beautiful Kazan Cathedral, which holds the miraculous icon of Kazan Mother of God - 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. And that is not all - near the walls of the Kazan Cathedral is buried the great General Mikhail Kutuzov. The termination point of the tour will be the Saint Isaac's Cathedral - one of the biggest in the world. You will be surprised to know that it was rebuilt 4 times and the final construction took more than 40 years! The Cathedral used to be called as a Museum of colored stone, because during the building were used 43 types of minerals. Its luxurious dome, painted by the best artists and sculptors will take you breath away! 

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based on 32 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

This was a private family tour of Catherine the Great's Summer Palace, the Hermitage and the Winter palace with hotel pickup and drop off in a clean late model minivan The tour was efficiently run with punctual pickup and drop off at the various locations. There was a seperate driver and tour guide. The guide gave an oustanding background to the Romanov family which resembled the detail of a Russian novel. This was as well as information specific to various exhibits. We had teenage children and our guide initially sanitised parts of the story but we indicated we were happy to tell it as it was and she happily complied. Our children were not upset.

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.

great way to get an overview of the key sites of St.Petersburg, Valeria was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. Everything was very well organised, and Andrey was a very good driver, and the minibus was very comfortable. would not hesitate to recommend.

MY TOUR GUIDE MR. IVAN/ILYA WAS THE BEST. EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH. MY TOUR GUIDE HAD A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF THE PLACE. MY GUIDE WAS VERY HOSPITABLE. THANK YOU.