St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg has provided a historic stage since the day Peter the Great ordained its construction on the banks of the Neva. In its relatively short history - the city is younger than New York - St. Petersburg has witnessed the rise and fall of Imperial Russia, three shattering revolutions, and civil war. The city survived a long and tragic siege during World War II - indeed St. Petersburg became a symbol of Russian resistance to Nazi invasion.

Russia's "Window on the West," St. Petersburg remains one of the world's most beautiful metropolises. Perched on the banks of the Neva, the city is crisscrossed by canals. Two great architects helped bring Peter the Great's vision of St. Petersburg to life: Rastrelli and Carlo Rossi. The rich architecture that resulted features a mixture of styles from ornate Russian Baroque churches to neo-classical palaces. St. Petersburg has also been the cultural soul of Russia, a repository of priceless art and a home to poets, musicians and composers ranging from Pushkin to Shostakovich.

Peter the Great instilled his near-mania for architecture and building in his successors, making the then capital of Imperial Russia one of the architectural treasures of the world.

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Points of Interest

  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Catherine Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise
  • Ballet
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  • Hermitage Museum

    With an art collection to rival the Louvre, the Tsar's former Winter Palace and four other buildings is home over three million artworks, including paintings by Da Vinci and Rembrandt.

  • Peterhof Palace

    Known as the 'Russian Versailles', the ornate palace overlooks the Gulf of Finland. The Grand Cascade fountain features Samson prying open a lion's jaws as water cascades down terraced steps.

  • Catherine Palace

    Designed by Rastrelli, the opulent baroque Palace features a gold dome crown and is set in 1,400 acres of spectacular gardens and parklands. Visitors enjoy the gilded beauty of the Throne Room.

  • Peter & Paul Fortress

    Built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress was a place for imprisoning political prisoners. The ornate interior now boasts the tombs of many Tsars, including Peter the Great.

  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

    This restored church boasts a dramatic "Russian-style" exterior and is built on the site of the March 1, 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander II. The church is decorated with colorful ceramic tiles.

  • St. Isaac's Cathedral

    The cathedral's central gold dome is one of the largest in the world, and covered with 220 pounds of gold. It was commissioned by Alexander I in 1818 and took more than three decades to complete.

  • Canal Cruise

    Peter the Great conceived the River Neva as the main thoroughfare of the city, so that it could transport people and merchandise alike. The pretty Fontanka and Moika Rivers also run off the Neva.

  • Ballet

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Easy St Petersburg

3.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-290
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Designed for those who want to see all that St Petersburg has to offer but with very little walking, this easy drive includes photo stops at St. Isaac's Cathedral, the nearby Decembrists Square, the Hermitage Museum.

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St. Petersburg Subways & Walking Tour

4 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-380
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Live like a local - tour St. Petersburg via the city's famous Metro. Modeled on the Paris Metro, the city's subway features ornate Belle Époque style stations. Then explore the city on a walking tour that visits St. Petersburg's food market with stops at Art Square and other landmarks.

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Easy St Petersburg with Airport Transfer

4.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-960
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral

Make the most of disembarkation day on a comprehensive tour showcasing all that St. Petersburg has to offer. Sit back and relax on your motorcoach drive that views the highlights at Rostral Columns, St. Isaac's Square and Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. Conclude at the airport.

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Evening Russian Folkloric Show

3.25 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-870

Discover more about the fascinating culture of this colorful country during an evening of traditional Russian folk music and dance, at a concert hall in St. Petersburg. The scheduling of this tour allows you to enjoy any of our other tours during the day which does not already include an evening option.

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St. Petersburg River Cruise & City Drive

3.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-240
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Canal Cruise

Discover the beauty of St. Petersburg as you cruise the river Neva, designed by Peter the Great to serve as the city's main thoroughfare. Then enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on the water before visiting one of the souvenir stores.

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Hermitage Museum (Guided in Japanese)

3.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-998
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum is a must-see highlight for any visitor to St Petersburg. The Tsar's spectacular old Winter Palace and adjacent buildings are home to more than three million works of art.

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Bon Appetit Recommended: Roots of Russia

4 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-300

Savor the authentic flavors of Russia when you participate in a hands-on cooking demonstration hosted by a local chef. You will learn how to prepare the classic regional dish, pelmeni, a meat dumpling, then make one yourself! A sampling of several brands of vodka and additional snacks accompanies your authentic creation.

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The Hermitage Museum

3.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-205
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum is a must-see highlight for any visitor to St Petersburg. The Tsar's spectacular old Winter Palace and adjacent buildings are home to more than three million works of art.

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Hermitage Museum & Gold Room

4 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-215
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Hermitage Museum

Explore one of the world's greatest repositories of art - the Hermitage, with five palaces filled with masterpieces. View the highlights of the Hermitage and visit the breath taking Gold Room, home to an extraordinary collection of jewelry dating from ancient times to 19th-century works created for the imperial court.

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Hermitage Museum & St Petersburg On Your Own

7 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-280
  • Hermitage Museum

Experience the Hermitage Museum , a must-see highlight for any visitor to St. Petersburg. The Tsar's spectacular old Winter Palace and adjacent buildings are home to more than three million works of art, including treasures by Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Titian to name a few. Enjoy approximately three hours of free time in the afternoon to explore and shop on your own.

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The Hermitage Museum & Impressionists Collection with Art Historian

4.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-210
  • Hermitage Museum

Art connoisseurs will relish the opportunity to delve deeper into the Hermitage Museum's exquisite collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. In addition to seeing one of the world's greatest art collections housed in the tsar's spectacular Winter Palace, visit a separate building of the Hermitage complex to gaze upon the masterpieces of Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and their contemporaries accompanied by an art historian.

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Peterhof Palace & Gardens

5.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-220
  • Peterhof Palace

Celebrated as Peter the Great's summer palace to rival Versailles, enjoy a tour of the magnificent gilded state apartments including the Throne Room, Portrait Room and White Dining Room, followed by a walk around the spectacular grounds, which features the spectacular Grand Cascade Fountain.

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A Special Evening of Russian Ballet

4 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-850
  • Ballet

Dance takes center stage when you enjoy a night of culture in St. Petersburg at a performance by a local ballet company. Dressed in your finery, attend a full-length production at one of the city's historic theaters and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine during intermission--the perfect evening after a day of sightseeing.

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The Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral & City Drive

8.25 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-110
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Hermitage Museum
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral

Experience all that St. Petersburg has to offer on this thrilling narrated drive and explore the Hermitage Museum, home to over three million works of art, before touring St Isaac's Cathedral, the fourth highest cathedral in the world.

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City Drive & Catherine Palace (Guided in Japanese)

9 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-996
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Catherine Palace

A first time visitor to St Petersburg will enjoy the city's stunning highlights on this narrated drive that also includes a traditional lunch, plus a guided tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace and its 1,400 acres of manicured gardens and parklands.

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Pushkin: Catherine Palace & City Drive

9 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-105
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Catherine Palace

A first time visitor to St Petersburg will enjoy the city's stunning highlights on this narrated drive that also includes a traditional lunch, plus a guided tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace and its 1,400 acres of manicured gardens and parklands.

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Evening at Catherine Palace

4.25 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-860
  • Catherine Palace

Experience 18th-century court life during an elegant evening visit to the Catherine Palace. Tour the impressive collection of imperial coaches, before being greeted by "Catherine the Great" herself in the Throne Hall, at a reception accompanied by lively folk music. The scheduling of this tour allows you to enjoy any of our other tours during the day which does not already include an evening option.

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Catherine's Palace & Peterhof Palace & Gardens

9.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-120
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Catherine Palace

Discover the magnificent baroque Catherine Palace and its Throne Hall and world-known Amber Room, before visiting the Peterhof, a spectacular palace built by Peter the Great. Then enjoy a delicious regional lunch and a drive past many of the city's stunning landmarks.

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Mariinsky Theater Performance

4 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-855
  • Ballet

Prepare to dress up for a night out at the marvelous Mariinsky Theater or Mariinsky theatre II (new stage) renowned for its opera and ballet companies. This jewel box of a theater with its jaw dropping interior was once the venue for works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, and now the ideal setting for a live performance.

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Best of St. Petersburg - 2 Day (Guided in Mandarin)

18.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-990
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise

No stone is left uncovered on this comprehensive two-day tour of St. Petersburg. Explore its many glorious sights including the city's birthplace at Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage museum, Peterhof Palace, St. Isaac's and Spilled Blood Cathedrals, Yusupov Palace where Rasputin was murdered, and enjoy a cruise along the city's canals.

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Best of St. Petersburg - 2 Days (Guided in Spanish)

18.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-102
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise

No queda Piedra sin descubrir en este completo tour de dos días de San Petersburgo. Explore su gran cantidad de sitios gloriosos incluidos la Fortaleza de Pedro y Pablo donde tuvo su origen la ciudad, El museo de L'Hermitage, el palacio Peterhof, San Isaac y La iglesia de la Resurrección de Cristo (el Salvador sobre la Sangre Derramada). No dejaremos de ver el Palacio Yusupov, donde fue asesinado Rasputin y también disfrutaremos de un crucero a través de los canales de la ciudad.

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Best of St. Petersburg - 2 Days

18.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-100
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise

No stone is left uncovered on this comprehensive two-day tour of St. Petersburg. Explore its many glorious sights including the city's birthplace at Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage museum, Peterhof Palace, St. Isaac's and Spilled Blood Cathedrals, Yusupov Palace where Rasputin was murdered, and enjoy a cruise along the city's canals.

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Best of St. Petersburg for Small Groups - 2 Day

18.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-999
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise

No stone is left uncovered on this comprehensive two-day tour of St. Petersburg. Explore its many glorious sights including the city's birthplace at Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage museum, Peterhof Palace, St. Isaac's and Spilled Blood Cathedrals, Yusupov Palace where Rasputin was murdered, and enjoy a cruise along the city's canals.

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St. Petersburg by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-915

Experience St. Petersburg during this private, half-day, guided excursion via air-conditioned car. Choose your tour group (family and friends) and your itinerary in advance. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, visit your choice of breathtaking museums, palaces and cathedrals.

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St. Petersburg by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-905

Experience St. Petersburg during this private, full-day, guided excursion via private car. Choose your tour group (family and friends) and your itinerary in advance. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, visit your choice of breathtaking museums, palaces and cathedrals.

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Moscow & the Red Square

17.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-815

Take in the highlights of Moscow when you journey by high-speed train to Russia's exciting capital. See the sights on a panoramic driving tour, visit the Kremlin and the Cathedral Square, plus you'll have time to explore historic Red Square. A Russian Visa is not required.

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Moscow & the Armoury Chamber

17.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-810

Take in the highlights of Moscow when you journey by high-speed train to Russia's exciting capital. See the sights on a panoramic driving tour, visit the Kremlin and Armory Chamber as well as Cathedral Square, plus you'll have time to explore historic Red Square. A Russian Visa is not required.

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A Discovery Exclusive: Ultimate Saint Petersburg - 2 Days

23.5 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-150
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Catherine Palace
  • Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Canal Cruise

There's so much to see on this magnificent tour of St. Petersburg that it takes two days to see it all. The Hermitage, Yusupov Palace (where Rasputin was murdered), a cruise along the city's canals, an incredible champagne reception at Catherine Palace, opulence inside and out at Peterhof Palace, fine art & ancient jewely at the Hermitage & Gold Room to name just a few.

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St. Petersburg by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-910

Experience St. Petersburg during this private, half-day, guided excursion via air-conditioned mini-van. Choose your tour group (family and friends) and your itinerary in advance. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, visit your choice of breathtaking museums, palaces and cathedrals.

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St. Petersburg by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | St. Petersburg | LED-900

Experience St. Petersburg during this private, full-day, guided excursion via air-conditioned mini-van. Choose your tour group (family and friends) and your itinerary in advance. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, visit your choice of breathtaking museums, palaces and cathedrals.

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