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St. Petersburg: Yusupov Palace In-App Audio Tour with Ticket

1. St. Petersburg: Yusupov Palace In-App Audio Tour with Ticket

The Yusupov Palace is unique not only for its aristocratic luxury and the names of its famous owners, but for the dramatic events that took place here associated with the most mysterious character in the history of pre-revolutionary Russia - Grigory Rasputin. Walk through the richly decorated staterooms of the palace, look into the private chambers of the prince and princess, and admire the uniquely beautiful private theater and the famous Moorish drawing-room. During the in-app audio tour, learn how the Yusupovs reached unprecedented heights in society and where they got untold their wealth from. Learn about Rasputin's murder at the palace in December 1916. Walk through the premises where the drama took place and find out why the conspirators' plan failed.

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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: 2-Day Premium Group Shore Excursion

3. St Petersburg: 2-Day Premium Group Shore Excursion

Take the most comprehensive two day tour to maximize your time in the city. Your experience will begin with meeting your guide and driver in the terminal next to your ship. After a city tour through the best squares and spots of St. Petersburg, we will take a drive to Peterhof grounds. This former imperial residence was a home to Peter I, who was the founder of St. Petersburg. The Lower garden is not a only a nice and relaxing place for walking but also a great fountain park with some old pavilions dating back to the beginning of the 18th century. Your day outside the city center will continue with a drive towards Catherine palace. Before you will be able to see imposing interiors of the palace with the famous Amber Hall, you’ll have a traditional Russian lunch nearby. Your suburban trip will end with a panoramic drive back to the city. On the way to the city you will have an opportunity to visit one of the oldest metro stations and admire it superb design. Next, visit the Church on the Spilled Blood, which retains great original mosaic pieces covering its interiors and exteriors. Aterwards you will be brought back to the port The good start of the second day will ensure a boat ride along rivers and canals which helps you to see the city under a different angle. You will go under the draw bridges which our city is famous for and see former mansions lining along the embankments. After this short trip you will get inside the Hermitage where your guide will show you the best masterpieces of the collection and make distant history come alive for you. One of the main highlights of the collection is the Peacock clock which unusual mechanism puts in motion all its figures. After having traditional Russian lunch you will see interiors of Yusupov palace which once belonged to the wealthiest families in the country. It was there that Rasputin was killed not long before the revolution of 1917. Before heading back to the port you will be able to admire breathtaking interiors of St. Isaac's Cathedral famous for large-scale frescoes and unique marble decor.

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Yusupov Palace and Rasputin Exhibition Private Guided Tour

4. Yusupov Palace and Rasputin Exhibition Private Guided Tour

Upon arrival, visit the Small Hall to admire the walls decorated with photographs of old St. Petersburg sights in the 20th century. Look at historical photos of the last owners of the palace, Zinaida and Felix Yusupov.  Learn more about the legendary mystic and self-proclaimed holy man, Grigori Rasputin and explore his relationship with the church hierarchy, metropolitan society and royal family. See a recreation of the night he was murdered at the palace and look at old photographs of those involved in his death. Discover a collection of books, articles and memoirs that were published abroad, with inconsistent descriptions of the tragedy at Yusupov Palace.

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St. Petersburg: Yusupov Palace Private Guided Tour

5. St. Petersburg: Yusupov Palace Private Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Yusupov Palace in the St. Petersburg city center. Explore the lavish interior of the former residence of the Yusupov family, once the richest family in Russia. Marvel at the gilded chandeliers, silks, frescoes, tapestries, and furniture. Admire the ballroom, banquet hall and private theater where shows are still performed to this day. Step into the Moorish Drawing room, which was Prince Yusupov’s favorite place to relax.   Descend into the basements and see where Rasputin, the mysterious central figure in the court of Nicholas II, was assassinated in 1916. Watch as your guide recreates the grisly scene for you. Rasputin survived being shot and poison before finally being drowned by his assassins.

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What people are saying about Yusupov Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 39 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

Super organized and seen a lot

Our 2 day tour with TJ - Travel was very good. We were already expected at the cruise terminal, even though we had left the ship an hour before the agreed meeting point. Our group consisted of 14 travelers and the whole tour was well organized. A big advantage was that we never had to wait long. Some of the tickets had already been procured by an agency member who was just waiting for us and we were able to enter the Catherine Palace or the Hermitage immediately through a side entrance. Other groups waited in front of the main entrances for hours. Our tour guide Daria and our driver Konstantin were extremely friendly and helpful. Requests for short stops to take a photo were immediately fulfilled. The program is very well designed and was immediately adapted to the current circumstances. A half marathon was just taking place in the city center, but we didn't miss anything. Full recommendation!

Great in every way

Alexandra is an excellent tour guide who showed us St. Petersburg competently and with heart. The organization of the two days was completely smooth and there was never any stress, even though the program was very tight. The group size was very pleasant, the food was good to very good. I can therefore always recommend TJ Travels.

Absolutely wonderful experience that was informative and efficient. Our guide was top notch, friendly and extremely helpful. Any question we could think of she was delighted to inform us. Best tour I’ve been on yet -

A very special experience

The best thing was the live experience of the representation of the murder of Rasputin, well illustrated and the story well led by the guide, the rest of the visit to the Palace was very correct