Prime Tour of St Petersburg

from 15 USD
3 - 8 hrs
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Prime Tour of St Petersburg
     See best of the Russia's North capital’s top attractions with a guide on verified tour of St Petersburg, ideal for travelers short on time. 
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  • Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Faberge Museum
  • Panoramic City Tour

This fortress, built to deflect Swedish raids, was the city’s very first structure. While the view from the fortress ramparts is fantastic, the main attraction is Trezzini's Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in 1712. Almost all Romanov tsars including Nicholas II, are buried here. There are several other museums scattered around the fortress grounds, like the political prison museum or St. Petersburg history exhibition and you can buy a special day ticket which enables access to all.

1 hr

St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and ranks among the largest cathedrals of the world. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. It's not only the impressive structure but also the collection of the greatest engineering innovations. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.

30 min

The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion-domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was built on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.

Closed Wednesdays
15-30 min

Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world. But it is also the magnificent Royal palace with stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now ist's the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrant, de Goya and many other prominent painters from all over the world. Treat yourself with a grand exploration of the most amazing masterpieces of the European Art, including the French Impressionists, and marvel at the amazing interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.

2 hrs (or more if time permits)

Explore the magnificent collections of the newly opened Faberge Museum - a unique private collection of Faberge eggs and Jewelry in Russia and in the world. Boasting over 4,000 items beautifully displayed in an unrivaled Shuvaalov Palace, this museum will surely be on top of your Favorite's list. The museum also features a collection of paintings, statuettes, applied art.

1,5 hrs

See as many highlights as one can possibly cover within a short period of time: Aurora cruiser, the first house of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, numerous rivers and bridges, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square and the Hermitage museum, the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, Palace Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, University Embankment with its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, the Square of Arts with Michael's Palace, the Mosque, the Smolny Convent, the Taurida Palace, the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters) and many more!

Please note that depending on the time allowed, not all sights might be included!
2+ hrs (depending on occasion)

Detailed Program

Time Description  
09:45 - 10:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel. 
10:00 - 13:00 Start  Prime Tour  of  St Petersburg  with  photo  stops  by  most famous  and  spectacular  sights  of  the city such as Peter & Paul Fortress  (courtyard);  University  Embankment  with  its historical buildings:  Kunstkammer,  the Academy  of Sciences,  and St. Petersburg  State  University;  Palace Bridge,  the  heart of St Petersburg - Palace Square and Winter Palace (Hermitage), General Headquarters Arch; Admiralty, Senate Square with the Bronze Horseman, the monument to Nicholas the First, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Nevsky prospect, Anickov Palace and Bridge, and many others! fortress-258038_960_720.jpg
 13:00 Return back to hotel (or continue by adds-on)
Operating days:  Mon-Sun  
PRIME TOUR + 3 CATHEDRALS (Savior-on-Blood, St Isaac’s, Peter & Paul’s)
09:45 - 10:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.  russia-1530326_960_720.jpg
10:00 - 14:00 Prime Tour of St Petersburg with inside visits of Church on the Spilled Blood, St.Isaac's Cathedral, Peter & Paul Cathedral at cognominal fortress (actual duration of the visits: 20-30 min at each venue).
14:00 Return back to hotel (or continue by adds-on)
Operating days:  Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun
09:45 - 10:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.  st-petersburg-209948_960_720.jpg
10:00 - 13:00 Prime Tour of St Petersburg
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch at city café/restaurant (not incl.)
14:00 - 16:00 Tour of splendid Hermitage Museum
16:00 Return back to hotel (or continue by adds-on)
Operating days:  Tue-Sun
09:45 - 10:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel.  st-isaacs-cathedral-100489_960_720.jpg
10:00 - 14:00 Prime Tour of St Petersburg with inside visits of Church on the Spilled BloodSt.Isaac's CathedralPeter & Paul Cathedral at cognominal fortress (actual duration of the visits: 20-30 min at each venue).
14:00 - 14:45 Lunch at city café/restaurant (not incl.)
15:00 - 17:00 Tour of splendid Hermitage Museum
17:00 Return back to hotel
Operating days:  Tue, Thu-Sun
09:45 - 10:00 Meet your guide and driver at lobby of your hotel. lay-eggs-257018_960_720.jpg
10:00 - 13:00
Prime Tour of St Petersburg
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch at city café/restaurant (not incl.)
14:00 - 16:00 Tour of splendid Hermitage Museum
16:15 - 17:45 Tour of Faberge Museum (with audio-guide)
18:00 Return back to hotel
Operating days:  Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun
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  • Professional English- speaking tour guide 
  • Admissions to all museums as per itinerary (*for adds-on only)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (for groups 7+ people)
  • Tourist-class vehicle
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges, local taxes
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Surcharge for non-English-speaking guides
    Spanish, German or French: 30 USD per group
    Chinese: 55 USD per group
    Portuguese, Italian or Japanese: 70 USD per group
    - other languages on request
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
  • Infants (0-3 y.o.) are free of charge. Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 5 and under
  • Not recommended for participants with limited walking ability
  • Visit to the Faberge Museum is non-guided, with audio-guide only.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.

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