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St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

1. 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: 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: All Inclusive Museum Tour

4. 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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Isaac's Cathedral + Colonnade Ticket with Audio in Russian

5. Isaac's Cathedral + Colonnade Ticket with Audio in Russian

Discover one of the finest churches in St. Petersburg with an in-app audio guide. Uncover interesting facts about its creation and learn about the technical aspects of its construction during the first half of the 19th century. Hear more about the church's multifaceted history and its role in the many significant events throughout St Petersburg's often turbulent past. Admire the beauty of its interior decoration as well as its magnificent dome, which is amongst the tallest in the world. Climb the 262 steps leading to the Cathedral colonnade. From here, be rewarded for your efforts with fantastic views of the oldest districts of the city of St. Petersburg.

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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Saint Petersburg: Private City Highlights Tour

9. Saint Petersburg: Private City Highlights Tour

This Full-Day tour of St. Petersburg offers visitors the opportunity to take in as much as possible of the city in a day's sightseeing, from the comfort of a car or minivan and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. At 10:00 AM, your guide will come to your hotel lobby area or any other indicated address to begin the tour from there. There also will be a driver waiting at your hotel entrance. During this tour, visit the most picturesque areas of St. Petersburg where you will be able to make multiple photo stops at your request, while engaging in entertaining and informative discussion about the city's history and present-day life. At 11:00 AM, stop at the Peter and Paul Fortress, a symbol of St.Petersburg and one of the few remaining fortresses of the 18th century, the burial place of Russian emperors, as well as a former political prison of Russia. It was the one the history of St. Petersburg began with. Then, visit the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood, one of St. Petersburg's most memorable landmarks.  Then, take a lunch break and taste the local cuisine. Enjoy a special 3 course meal before heading to St. Isaac's Cathedral at 2:30 PM. Here, climb up the 300 or so steps to the observation walkway at the base of the cathedral's dome and enjoy the breathtaking views over the city. Afterwards, spend more time with your guide exploring the historic centre of St Petersburg before being taken back to your hotel or place of preference at 5:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.

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.

Really very good and organized

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