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Our most recommended St. Petersburg Winter Tours

St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Alexander Column in Palace Square. Skip the long lines and enter the museum right away. Once inside, learn about the development of art and culture in the west and east from pre-historic times to the present day. Admire remarkable collections of paintings, prints, and sculptures as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, furniture, and jewelry. Gain fascinating insight into these artworks from your knowledgable guide. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons, and Byzantine applied art. Choose the “Hermitage and Staff Building” option and visit the restored halls of the General Staff Building located in front of the Hermitage. See famous masterpieces of Western European art, 19th-century painting, Impressionism, and Postmodernism. Continue to explore the museum after your tour ends to your heart’s content.

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St. Petersburg: Snowmobile Forest Safari Adventure

2. St. Petersburg: Snowmobile Forest Safari Adventure

Take advantage of one of the unique winter activities in St. Petersburg and enjoy the thrill of a snowmobile ride through a picturesque snowy forest. Your day will begin with a pick up from your hotel or apartment in St. Petersburg and a 40-minute drive to the place where your adventure will start. Cut loose on the brand new machines and explore wide-open areas you could only imagine with an hour free-riding. You will first be introduced to the sport of snowmobiling in a safe, exciting and informative environment. Depending on your level and desired experience, training and a basic obstacle course will prepare you for the snowmobile ride. Once you have completed your orientation, your guide will lead you on a journey through magnificent terrain, including old-growth forests.

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St Petersburg: Husky dog-sledding with Traditional Lunch

3. St Petersburg: Husky dog-sledding with Traditional Lunch

The North of Russia is known for having spectacular natural beauty, especially in Winter. Here, you can be lucky enough to meet Siberian Huskies. These dogs will show you their love for speed, freedom and, of course, humans. Let them share their affection with you and you're sure to fall in love with them. Come along on this trip to the suburbs of Saint Petersburg in a minibus accompanied by a private guide. You will head to a magnificent place situated on the shore of a beautiful frozen lake in the woods. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a kayur (a professional dog-sled leader) who has himself taken part in expeditions to the Arctic. You will get to know the exciting history of huskies and hear exciting stories about the hardships faced by polar explorers. After that, you will finally get to meet the dogs. Please keep in mind that this place is not a zoo. You will be introduced to the dogs and not vice-versa. Let the huskies get to know you and, after that, they will be glad to take you for a ride in the snowy forest. You can also enjoy show tubing with them up a hill or go for a walk along the shore of the lake. As soon as you finish with the activities, you will enjoy a traditional Russian lunch in an authentic Russian 'chum' (an indigenous-style house with fireplace) where you will be shown the process of cooking shashliks in tandoor (Russian meat sticks put in a special oven). You will also have a chance to taste a typical Russian fish soup called 'uha,' home-made hot spiced wine, and some sweets. Finally, there will be the opportunity to take some photos with huskies, kayurs, and the picturesque snow-covered woods that are unique to the North of Russia.

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St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

4. 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 

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St. Petersburg: Winter Fairy Tale Horse Ride & Tour

5. St. Petersburg: Winter Fairy Tale Horse Ride & Tour

Meet your guide in the morning and drive to Pushkin, the former summer home of the Romanov tsars, located about 20 kilometers south-east of St. Petersburg. Explore sights such as Alexander Park, the Chinese Village and St. Catherine's Church. There is also the option to stop for a coffee break (at own expense). Then, drive to Pavlovsk, the former summer residence of Emperor Paul I and his wife.  Visit Pavlovsk Palace, which is famous for its rich collection of unique furniture, porcelain and antique statues. The elegant and harmonious classical-style interiors of the palace will impress you with their own special charm, impeccable proportions and perfect taste. Lastly, have an unforgettable horse ride in a traditional Russian sleigh and enjoy the vast landscape park of Pavlovsk, famous for its romantic views before returning to your hotel.

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St. Petersburg: 8-Hour Grand Tour

6. 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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Hermitage: Impressionist and Golden Peacock Evening Tour

7. Hermitage: Impressionist and Golden Peacock Evening Tour

Never has the Hermitage been so mysterious and so attractive! Venture an evening tour to one of the world-famous museums – the Hermitage including the General Staff Building. This tour is focused on a deeper look at art and includes the history of paintings through Renaissance and Ancient art. It also gives a good perspective on Modern European art with Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso with large halls packed with their masterpieces. There are an extensive exhibitions of Art Nouveau, Impressionists, and a unique Faberge Exhibition. Learn more and enjoy yourself with fewer people as it is a small tour. You will have plenty of time to walk through the corridors and effortlessly enjoy paintings and sculptures.  Book a tour for Wednesdays, to see the Golden Peacock chiming in the Winter Palace. This is a truly exciting experience! Hermitage: Art After Dark Tour is focused more on art details, hidden from the spotlight. Professional guides will give you a good perspective on art and the imperial residence history.

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St Petersburg Winter Highlights Small Group Tour

8. 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: Winter Tour with Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

9. St. Petersburg: Winter Tour with Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

You will be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel and set off to experience the wonders of St. Petersburg in wintertime. Start with a sightseeing tour that will show you the best sites around the city. After having a few panoramic photo-stops you will drive towards one of the largest islands in St. Petersburg, Yelagin Island. Here, you'll get to experience a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the island and see the magnificent Yelagin Palace. The island used to be a Royal residence, but was turned into a public garden during the 20th century. It's sometimes referred to as the Hyde Park of St. Petersburg. After the picturesque horse ride, you will head to the Vodka Museum where you will learn the secrets of vodka’s origins and the way it has entrenched itself as the main alcoholic beverage in Russia. At the end of the tour, you will be offered a selection of vodka flavors and typical Russian appetizers. A car will then return you to your hotel. 

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From St. Petersburg: Pavlovsk Palace and Gardens Tour

10. From St. Petersburg: Pavlovsk Palace and Gardens Tour

The summer palace of Russian Emperor Paul 1, located 20 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, is known worldwide for its exquisite beauty. Explore this architectural wonder with a guide on this 4-hour midday outing. After pickup at your hotel at 10:00 AM, you’ll head to the Palace for a 10:45 AM arrival. Start your excursion with a tour of the palace. At first glance, it looks less pompous than other royal palaces near St. Petersburg; however, it’s beauty truly lies in its architectural conciseness, straight lines, and classical style. Many nobles and grandees across Russia sought to recreate elements of this palace in a more modest form. The Emperor Paul I and his wife Maria Fedorovna, were keen on ancient mythology and sculpture, which they made every effort to incorporate into their residence.   Continue your outing with a tour of Pavlovsk Park, the gardens that surround the palace. A stroll through this park offers a view of works by famous artists—but instead of framed paintings, they’re what would today be described as “land art”. Don’t miss “The Most Beautiful Place”, a kind of theatrical scene in the form of trees grouped into small islands in a meadow.   Pavlovsk is a superb palace that you shouldn’t miss. It has been undergoing restoration for years and now stands on a high bluff overlooking the watercourse. Along with the Park, you’ll be able to view the natural landscape, the miniature fortress, Centaur bridge, and more. Arrive back at your hotel for 2:00 PM.

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,862 reviews

A truly fantastic tour for history and art lovers. One can enjoy lavishly decorated staircase and rooms, precious artefacts and get immersed into a great period of Russian history while walking along the rooms with portraits. Our knowledgeable guide Lida offered us a detailed explanation both for the facts and objects including but for literally any question we posed.

We had an incredible experience. Our guide Olga showed up exactly on time, was very articulate and made every effort to make a 3 hour long journey in Russia's cultural history an awsome experience. Her vast knowledge and dedication to her work will remain in our minds for a long time. Thank you again Olga!!!!!!!

My gude Oxana was brilliant. She explained the symbols in the paintings and unusual stories and made the whole tour very enjoyable and memorable.

The lady guide was very good very soft spoken nd very clear in explanation.really loved the experience…thanku soo much

Very enjoyable excursion. Personal guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour to anyone.