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St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

This night trip that travels under raised bridges will let you fully embrace the beautiful views of St. Petersburg by night.  Marvel at architectural ensembles, view the unique shape of the St. Petersburg skyline with a recognizable string of spires and domes and see a variety of bridges. During the cruise, see palaces and noble mansions, notable cathedrals in the city, the hand-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views you see will take your breath away. Views that are particularly fabulous from the water are the ingenious ensemble of the spit of the Basils Island, the peculiar pattern of the Summer Garden fence, the mysterious St.Michaels Castle, and the square of the seven bridges. Join this tour and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

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St. Petersburg: Illuminations Night City Tour

2. St. Petersburg: Illuminations Night City Tour

This excursion combines a sightseeing drive to those landmarks of the city which become more fascinating as the night progresses. You will encounter many of the gorgeous palaces and squares of Saint-Petersburg at night. In peak summertime you have the opportunity to enjoy the romantics of the "white nights", observing the opening of the numerous drawbridges. During white nights, when a faint twilight takes the place of night darkness, the streets, squares, and embankments acquire a unique charm. Though the period of white nights is short and comes to an end in July, it doesn't mean that the charm of St. Petersburg's night disappears. This water-dominated city still offers its guests many opportunities to embrace and experience its beauty.

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St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

3. St. Petersburg: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or Boat Tour

Climb aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus for a tour of Russia's former imperial capital, with a flexible hop-on-hop-off bus pass for 24 or 48-hours, or see some of the historic sights from the relaxing and unique perspective of the water on a boat tour. The bus tour features more than 20 stops across 2 routes and gives you the chance to explore the city at your own pace. You'll get to see monuments such as the gold-domed St Isaac’s Cathedral. Discover the wonderful architecture St Petersburg has to offer, whilst listening to the onboard tour commentary that will give you a fascinating insight into the past of these sites. Experience 360-degree views of the Summer Garden and Kazan Cathedral from the open-top deck. Or sit back and enjoy a full loop of the route, this tour enables you to design your own schedule. Red Route: Stop 1 - St Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Admiralty Stop 3 - Nevsky Prospect Stop 4 - Kazan Cathedral Stop 5 - Grand Guest Yard Stop 6 - Anichkov Palace Stop 7 - Vladimirsky Prospect Stop 8 - Vosstaniya Square Stop 9 - Liteiny Prospect Stop 10 - Eliseyev Brothers' Emporium Stop 11 - Arts Square Stop 12 - Grand Ciniselli Circus Stop 13 - Summer Garden Stop 14 - Hermitage Stop 15 - Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood Stop 16 - Palace Embankment Stop 17 - Admiral Embankment Green Route: Stop 1 - Saint Isaac's Cathedral Stop 2 - The Sphinxes Stop 3 - The Kunstkamera Stop 4 - Spit of Vasilievsky Island Stop 5 - Peter & Paul Fortress Stop 6 - The Cruiser Aurora Stop 7 - Palace Embankment Stop 8 - Admiral Embankment Boat Tour: Choose 1 of 4 boat tours: Tour 1: Canal Cruise Tour 2: Golden Triangle Tour 3: Gala St Petersburg & Gulf of Finland Inlet Tour 4: Northern Isles of Neva Delta & Gulf of Finland Inlet

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St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

4. St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, St. Petersburg is famous for its architecture, museums and monuments, many of which were designed to create the most visual effect from water. Parade facades, grandiose architectural ensembles, the unique shape of Saint-Petersburg skyline with recognizable strings of spires and domes, a variety of engineering and design concepts embodied in the bridges - all of this and more you can expect to see during this day-long boat trip. You will see palaces and noble mansions, the most notable cathedrals of the city, the man-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views will take your breath away, visitors and citizens alike. Particularly fabulous from the water is the ingenious ensemble of the Spit of the Basil's Island, the peculiar patterns of the Summer Garden fence, and the mysterious St. Michael's Castle. On this water excursion around "Northern Venice", you'll be accompanied by an experienced guide who will give commentary on everything you see - always ready with an interesting story, your guide will also be ready to answer all of your questions related to St. Petersburg's history. We guarantee that after this trip, the beautiful city of St. Petersburg will have a permanent place in your heart! ATTENTION: as of August 12th 2019, Moyka river is closed for navigation due to Greenbridge repair works.

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St. Petersburg: Private Tailor-Made Tour with Guide & Driver

5. 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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Hermitage and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil Day Tour

6. Hermitage and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil Day Tour

See the most famous landmarks of Saint Petersburg on this combination tour. Visit the Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Fountains by Hydrofoil. Starting at 10:00 AM, meet near the Alexander Column at Palace Square. Cruise passengers who booked a visa-free option will be met by their guide or a company manager at the port. The entry to the museum will be "an early skip-the-line entry" and it is very important to be on time at the meeting point to start viewing the collection before the museum doors are open. On a 3-hour highlights tour of the Hermitage Museum, you will visit the Winter Palace to see the reception halls of the former winter Imperial residence and see the highlights of the Western European art collection including Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, Rubens, Michellangelo and others. Please note that the visit to the General Staff building collection of the Impressionists can not be added on. After the completion of the Hermitage Tour and a quick bite break, you will be off to meet your guide at 2:30 PM at the Alexander Column again, where you will then walk together to the hydrofoil wharf. During the hydrofoil transfer, you will see St Petersburg highlights from water and enjoy views of the Gulf of Finland. The hydrofoil arrives at Peterhof Gardens. Exploring the gardens with you guide, learn the history behind the world-famous fountains and the Grand Cascade.  The return trip back to the St Petersburg city centre is by hydrofoil too. Cruise passengers who purchased a visa-free option will be transferred to the port after arrival to Saint Petersburg. The tour is available in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French. 

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St. Petersburg: 8-Hour Grand Tour

7. 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: 2-Day Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers

8. St Petersburg: 2-Day Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers

Day 1  Start your 2-day excursion with a sightseeing tour driving towards Peterhof. Stop along the way and see the best panoramic views of St Petersburg. When at Peterhof explore the lower garden which is decorated with numerous fountains.  Have lunch at a local restaurant, then return to the city and see the jewels of the Fabergé Museum. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral, the birthplace of St. Petersburg. On the way back to your ship you will visit the St. Petersburg underground, which is beautifully decorated with marble. Day 2  Begin your day with a sightseeing tour. After the tour enjoy a boat ride to see the most breathtaking views on the Neva River, pass the former royal palaces and famous drawbridges.   Visit the largest museum in the country, the Hermitage. During the tour you will admire the reception halls, the "Hanging" Garden, collections of Italian, Dutch and Flemish paintings as well as applied arts.  Have lunch at a nice cafe before visiting the Church on the Spilled Blood, which is famous for its mosaics covering its walls inside and outside. At the end of our tour you will have a stroll along the Nevsky Prospect. Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, the second largest in the country. Your tour will end after a short drive back to your ship.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

9. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

After meeting with your guide and driver on day one at the pier you will start a city tour. You will be guided through the most breathtaking spots of St. Petersburg including Spit of Basil Island, St. Isaac’s Square, Monument of Peter the Great, Theater Square with the famous Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospekt and more. From the city center proceed to the former summer residence outside the city - Peterhof. This residence is famous for its fountain park decorated with statues and small pavilions. The most exciting part of the garden tour is seeing so called “trick fountains” which were designed to entertain the guests coming to the Peterhof grounds.  Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon your return to the city enjoy a scenic boat ride along the rivers and canals of St Petersburg. The tour will finish at your ship. On the second day of your tour see more of the city highlights, stroll along Nevsky prospect and finally observe the magnificent collections of the Hermitage, the largest museum in the country. There, see all the main highlights: Winter Palace State rooms, Hanging Garden, and masterpieces of the art collection including works of Rembrandt, Rafael, and Leonardo Da Vinci. After having lunch in one of the local cafes see the Church on the Spilled Blood that is considered to be the museum of mosaics. Finally, see the highlights of the legendary Nevsky Prospect.

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

10. 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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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

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Best decision I have ever taken to do this tour with a guide. Andy, our tour guide, was a very professional knowledgeable person and we enjoyed every moment with him. He explained every detail in a unique engaged way which made us visualize and think of the history of Peterhof perfectly. I highly recommend to take this package because it includes variations of activities such as going to the palace by car and going back by a speed boat which gave us more attractions to see.

We took a sightseeing tour of Peterhofnpalace and gardens with GYG! Pardon me, but i have forgotten the name of our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and funny! She gave us just the right amount of insight about the Russian culture, and did not bombard us with a history lesson. All in all, it was a great experience. Much recommended!

Excellent tour. Our guide Lida is very kind and knowledgeable about st. Petersburg's history. The Palace and its gardens were amazing.

It was cool and even cold in places, but there were no blankets. Although it seems like they were announced on the site.

Amazing Tour. Must have in your St Petersburg iteniary, specially night boat ride. Smooth check in by boat operator.