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St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

1. St Petersburg: From the Russian Revolution to Putin Tour

After pickup from your hotel or cruise ship by your private guide, learn the story of the October Revolution. Find out why Tsar Nicholas II renounced his throne and see the Winter Palace that was occupied by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Continue on to the cruiser Aurora and discover how the ship became fundamental to the success of the Revolution. Then, proceed to the Museum of Russian Political History in the former headquarters of Vladimir Lenin and his comrades. Visit his former office and see the famous balcony from which numerous history-changing speeches were made. Learn from your guide the foundations of the Soviet State while exploring the Museum. You will hear Stalin's voice in an old phone, handle rifles from World War II, and go inside a typical Soviet style apartment from the 1960's with fully reconstructed interiors. Finally, understand the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as the contemporary history of the Russian Federation. Your guide will answer any of your questions and after the tour you will have a much better understanding of the origins of the Russian Revolution, the foundations of the USSR, and how Russia's turbulent history influences its present.

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St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

2. 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: Cruiser Aurora Russian Audio Guide

3. St. Petersburg: Cruiser Aurora Russian Audio Guide

Visit the legendary first-rank armored cruiser Aurora in St. Petersburg, a unique monument to the history of the Russian Navy and museum ship. With this self-guided audio tour, get acquainted with the cruiser, learn how, where, and when the ship was built. Learn about its technical characteristics and driving performance, about the ship's armament and technical equipment. See the cruiser from the outside and learn about the artillery and torpedoes that armed the Aurora, as well as what made the ship the most modern in Russia at that time. Walking along the deck and descending into the hold of the ship, learn all about the history of the cruiser's valiant combat path in different epochs of its life including what role the cruiser played in the most critical battles that influenced the further development of the history of our country, how sailors lived and survived on the high seas, and the fate of the ship during the Great Patriotic War.

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Saint Petersburg: Kayak Tour on the Neva River

4. Saint Petersburg: Kayak Tour on the Neva River

Discover St. Petersburg from a new perspective as you kayak down its main water arterial, the Neva River. As you float down the pristine river, gaze at the sprawling Winter Palace, which hosts the 2nd-largest collection of art in the world. Learn of centuries of history as you pass the Peter and Paul Fortress, an 18th century fortification built by Russian Czars.  Enjoy vast panoramas of the city only possible from the water as your guide leads you throughout St. Petersburg. At the end of your 2-hour tour, you’ll end up at the Aurora, the legendary cruiser that signaled the start of the Russian Revolution in 1917. After a unique photo-op in front of the cruiser, you’ll hop out of the water, having experienced St. Petersburg in a way that few have.

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St Petersburg Communist Revolution Tour with Smolny Visit

5. St Petersburg Communist Revolution Tour with Smolny Visit

The tour starts with a quick resume about who the Russian tsars were and what caused the decay and revolutions. Have a look at the State Museum of Political History of Russia which where the stages Russia has been through politically are carefully preserved and displayed. One of the most impressive parts is the Nicholas II assassination hall and the WWII  industrial sculptures. You will quickly get right in the middle of events and feel chills observing history changing in front of your eyes. Next stop is Tauride Palace which transformed from a chic balls and party halls into the first Bolsheviks residency (the inside tour is a possible add on). The tour includes a drive past cruiser Aurora - a milestone in the Russian revolution history. It took part in Winter Palace assault and remains a true symbol of the October Revolution. Finland Train Station was right in the middle of events as well so you will have a chance to see it yourself. Last but not the least - the Smolny Institute. The trip inside is mindblowing. Not only does it contain all the Revolution's secret details, it remains a government residency so you actually see people working there. You are allowed to visit several halls and studies with a private guide and a guard. The main person the tour is focused on is Vladimir Lenin. His early life, education, fascination with Karl Marx - all these things turned his life into a range of ups and downs. People judge him, love him, and hate him. One thing remains clear - his impact into the world policy has been massive.  All in all the experience is unforgettable! If you are a big fan of history, this is your must-see tour. Nobody leaves it unimpressed. The key to Russian history is given to you. Expore and discover!

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What people are saying about Cruiser Aurora

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 88 reviews

The tour was simply marvelous! It was as interesting and educational as it was enjoyable. Our guide, Elena, is absolutely first-rate. As part of an extended walking tour (including a highly interesting visit of the Museum of Political History, she told us an enormous wealth of facts and details about Russian history from the revolution to Putin's Russia today. Coincidentally, Putin even came to town that day. While giving us the big picture, Elena also drew our attention to seemingly small details (which we would have all overlooked if we had taken the walk by ourselves). We are coming back and thank you very much again for an unforgettable day!

Very good service

We liked it a lot, since it collects - unlike other cities - many of the most remarkable monuments and museums. The only downside is that finding the center inside the arcade museum is quite an odyssey. There is no sign to indicate it and people in general do not speak English.

The visit was very interesting and allowed me to better understand the political history of Russia through the various monuments and museums visited. In addition, the guide spoke excellent French and was very competent and motivated. I recommend !

I cannot defeat my last review, but get your guide was able to help us take care of our problem right away! They got us on a boat the next evening, great customer service

Really very good and organized

It makes it much easier for us to visit museums and tours.