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Peter and Paul Cathedral (Petropavlovskiy Sobor) Tours

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Peter and Paul Cathedral (Petropavlovskiy Sobor)

The Peter and Paul Cathedral (Petropavlovskiy Sobor) is an orthodox cathedral and burial place of Russian emperors dating as far back as Peter the Great.

As the oldest cathedral in St. Petersberg, it is considered one the tallest orthodox cathedrals in the world and also one of the most remarkable achievements of the baroque era, with a rectangular base, and containing an enormous bell-tower and landmark needle, all resembling western European architecture.

The bell-tower is the tallest in the world and contains a carillon composed of 51 bells totaling a weight of 33,422 pounds (15,160 kg) and ranges in such of variety of notes that it is not outside of the range of any piece of music.

Atop the cathedral also is one of St. Petersburg’s most important symbols, its golden spire, sitting 404 feet (123 m) above ground level.

Located at Petropavlovskiy Sobor and near to the reka Neva, the Peter and Paul Cathedral sits in what is called the Peter and Paul Fortress, which also houses a the recommended museum.

Across the eastern bridge you can take bus 46 to Troitskaya ploshchad and across the west bridge you can take the 6 and 40 trams to nearby Zoologicheskiy pereulok.


Address: Petropavlovskiy Sobor, St. Petersburg, Russia
Hours: Closed Wednesdays
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St Petersburg Highlights:Peter and Paul & Savior on Blood &St Isaac's Cathedrals

St Petersburg Highlights:Peter and Paul & Savior on Blood &St Isaac's Cathedrals

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View St Petersburg’s iconic highlights on this 3-hour small-group tour with an informative guide. Travel around the sites in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle; stop to visit must-sees including the Peter and Paul Fortress and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Admire the sweeping views from the Spit of St Basil Island, and see the Nevsky Prospect, Winter Palace and more, as your guide recounts the revolutions and events of the city’s 300-year-old history. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour is limited to six people for a more personalized atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.31
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2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

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Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day shore excursion with a small group. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces, the Peterhof Fountain Park, and the famous Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise through the 'Venice of the North' and choose to upgrade your experience with a tour extension featuring visits to the Faberge Museum and some of the city's top nighttime attractions.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 2-day tour through St. Petersburg gets you acquainted with the city, its history, and its culture. Visit Catherine Palace, Peterhof Garden (Petrodvorets), Rasputin Museum at the Yusupov Palace, the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Plus go on a canal and riverboat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$315.00
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$315.00
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg is perfect for cruise ship guests making a stop in the city because it’s visa-free and includes all transportation. See popular places, such as the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Gain early entry into The Hermitage and the Peterhof Gardens. Visit the Faberge Museum, and then head to Yusupov Palace to walk through the Rasputin exhibit. Plus, see the city sights by boat on a cruise along a river and canal.
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  • 3 days
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$395.00
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$395.00
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VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

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Take a worry-free and visa-free trip to the former imperial city of St. Peterburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks such as Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, the Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace, the Faberge Museum, and much more. Learn about Russia’s rich history, art, and culture from your tour guide, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and even sample the gastronomy with two included Russian lunches.
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  • 2 days
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$357.70
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Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

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Explore the most famous sights of St. Petersburg on a 2-day small-group shore excursion. See key landmarks such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, and the Yusupov Palace as you learn about Russia’s rich history and culture from your guide. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance tickets to blockbuster attractions and take a relaxing boat tour along the canals and river.
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  • 2 days
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$312.83
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No-Visa Free-Style Shore Excursion and Free Time

No-Visa Free-Style Shore Excursion and Free Time

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This is a fun and informative visa-free 2-day tour, that features great flexibility to decide on the spot what activities you would like to participate in. For those who do not want to be with the guided group, an English speaking knowledgable escort will accompany you alternative free activities of your choice. This tour is great for those who want to explore contemporary St Petersburg and have direct engagement with the locals and daily life in addition to the cultural and historical destinations. It is best for those who want to explore walking while others in the group visit ticketed entrance destinations. The Tour provides visa-free entry for all cruise passengers. Note that pickup is only for cruise passengers arriving by cruise ships at the St Petersburg Passenger Port.
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  • 2 days
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Discover St Petersburg in 4 Days with Private Guide

Discover St Petersburg in 4 Days with Private Guide

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Discover the magnificent palaces, iconic landmarks, and world-renowned museums of St Petersburg on this 4-day tour. Accompanied by a private guide, take in all the city’s highlights including the St Peter & Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral, and the Church on the Spilled Blood. Plus, take day trips to the Tzars' Village, Catherine’s Palace, and Pavlovsk Palace; explore the Hermitage Museum and the Faberge Museum; and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the St Petersburg canals.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$755.00
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Three Cathedrals: Saint Issac’s, Savior on Blood and Peter & Paul Cathedral

Three Cathedrals: Saint Issac’s, Savior on Blood and Peter & Paul Cathedral

Daily regular excursions with guaranteed schedule Best Price Guarantee The most iconic museums Guides in love with St. Petersburg Maximum of 16 people per group Convenient booking system
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$54.24
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Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer)

Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer)

Visit Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg with a private guide and learn about its rich history on a 3-hour walking tour! The sprawling site is fascinating to explore, with old prison buildings and an ornate Baroque cathedral. Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison-turned-museum and gaze in awe at the extravagant interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral where Tsar Peter the Great is buried. • 3-hour private Peter and Paul Fortress tour in St Petersburg • See the highlights of Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in the city • Learn about the building’s 18th-century history as you walk around • Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison museum and former torture chamber • Marvel at the opulent interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from a guide • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.00
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Private Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral Tour - with Friendly Local Guide

Private Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral Tour - with Friendly Local Guide

Delve into one of St. Petersburg’s must-sees on a private tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Experience the daily firing of the fortress’ cannon, and visit the cathedral, set within the walls. View the church's interior, home to the tombs of the Romanov tsars; learn about the dynasty’s history, and see the bell tower and gold-needle spire. Plus, admire the city panoramas from Vasilievsky Island. Upgrade to include entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Peter and Paul Fortress excursion: Private tour for cruise passangers

Peter and Paul Fortress excursion: Private tour for cruise passangers

It's individual customization: feel free to comment all your wishes. All the excursions in the Peter&Paul Fortress, so we offer you just a complete one. Peter and Paul Cathedral is justly regarded one of the main attractions of Peter and Paul Fortress. It was built in 1712–1733 as the main cathedral of St Petersburg, new capital of the Russian Empire. Designed in Baroque style by Dominico Trezzini, it combines typical features of West-European and Italian church architecture. It is rectangular in shape, with the dome on the eastern end and a belfry with a 402 feet high spire on the western entrance. - See the highlights of Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in the city - - Learn about the building’s 18th-century history as you walk around - Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison museum and former torture chamber
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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THE heart of St Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress

THE heart of St Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress

I will tell you the history of the fortress and the foundation of the city along with some historic anecdotes. The undefeatable Peter and Paul Fortress is located on a separate island in the heart of St. Petersburg. The citadel has been there for over 300 years — one of the first buildings of the city constructed with the aim of defending the territory of the future capital of the Russian Empire. The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral. A Cathedral itself is a memorial to victory over Sweden in 18c. Now it is a sepulchre of the Romanov dinasty and a vibrant example of the Petrovian baroque style. The fortress walls overlook sandy beaches that have become very popular in St. Petersburg. In summer, the beach is often overcrowded, especially when a major sand festival takes place on the shore. ​ That photostroll would be a great option to see the historic scenery and keep memories in photographs.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes to 3 hours
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$82.06
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Private tour to the Peter and Paul fortress in Saint Petersburg

Private tour to the Peter and Paul fortress in Saint Petersburg

We invite you to visit the most mysterious place of Saint-Petersburg- the Peter and Paul Fortress. Built for the military purpose during the severe Northern war the fortress played the role of the most intimidate prison of the Russian Empire. No wonder it was called the «Russian Bastille» as no one managed to escape from there. The prison still preserves the spirit of fallen souls of famous prisoners who served sentences there. Moreover, you will be shown the cathedral of Peter and Paul that serves as a burial place of Russian monarchs. The tombs of the last royal family of the Russian Empire Nicholas the Second, his wife and children will be shown to you. During the tour our professional and experienced guide will accompany you on the walk around the fortress, show you the most extravagant monument of Peter the Great, the Gate of Death, take you to the prison and to the cathedral of Peter and Paul, you will learn more about Russian history and culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.46
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St Petersburg Sightseeing Tour with Peter & Paul Fortress

St Petersburg Sightseeing Tour with Peter & Paul Fortress

Get acquainted with the second largest city in Russia on your private half-day tour with a local guide and private vehicle. See the most popular historic landmarks of the city center and visit Peter & Paul Fortress with its Cathedral. Learn about extraordinary history of St-Petersburg from your local expert guide. While exploring the city find out more about local palaces, museums, and other places of interest to visit. • 4-hour sightseeing private tour of St-Petersburg • See the most iconic sites of the city center • Visit Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral • Learn about foundation, history, and modern life of the city from your local guide • Get an insider’s prospective on the best places to visit in the city
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.77
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$150.77
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Private Tour of Peter and Paul Fortress and St Isaac Cathedral in St Petersburg

Private Tour of Peter and Paul Fortress and St Isaac Cathedral in St Petersburg

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Enjoy a private tour of both the birthplace of St Petersburg—Peter & Paul Fortress—and St Isaac's Cathedral, the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Explore the fortress, learn the story of its origins and and visit its Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, where Russian tsars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II are buried. Then head to St Isaac's, recognizable by its massive gilded dome. Wander the now-museum, taking in its superb mosaics and collection of paintings. Later, climb to the observation walkway at the dome's base for spectacular city views.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.00
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Daily Canon Shot at Peter and Paul Fortress + Museum of Revolution Private Tour

Daily Canon Shot at Peter and Paul Fortress + Museum of Revolution Private Tour

Visit Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg with a private guide and learn about its rich history! The sprawling site is fascinating to explore, with old prison buildings and an ornate Baroque cathedral. Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison-turned-museum and gaze in awe at the extravagant interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral where Tsar Peter the Great is buried. Then walk towards the The State Museum of Political History of Russia, which is located right nearby to continue exploring Russian history. • See the highlights of Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the oldest building in the city • Learn about the building’s 18th-century history as you walk around • Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison museum and former torture chamber • Marvel at the opulent interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral • Visit The State Museum of Political History of Russia • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from a guide • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$162.00
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$162.00
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St.Petersburg City Tour With Peter and Paul Fortress & Private Boat Tour

St.Petersburg City Tour With Peter and Paul Fortress & Private Boat Tour

During the excursion you will see Nevsky Prospekt, Russian Admiralty, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, Spilled Blood Cathedral, Winter Palace. Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Besides the ancient fortifications, one of the great attractions is Peter and Paul Cathedral, built by the architect Trezini in 1733, with the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian tsars. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a unique example of Russian 18th-century architecture that has remained intact. For almost two centuries, it served as a burial-place for Russian emperors. The last Russian tsar - Nicholas II - and his family were buried in the cathedral's small St. Catherine chapel in 1998. The great advantage of this tour is a privat boat tour - the best and the most splendid way to explore the city. The Neva River, the main waterway, is an essential part of St. Petersburg's charm
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$590.62
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$590.62
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour Including Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and Cruise

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour Including Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and Cruise

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Explore St Petersburg most beloved attractions on a full-day sightseeing tour. Set out from port to discover the city with an expert guide and a maximum group of 10, taking in sights such as St Isaac's Caterhdral and Peter and Paul Fortress, and enjoying a relaxing cruise along the Fontanka and Moika rivers. You'll also have an opportunity to shop for souvenirs during this intimate shore excursion. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$216.96
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$216.96
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Secrets of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

Secrets of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

The fortress was built as a protected building from the attack of the Swedes but throughout the history of the fortress, it did not participate in hostilities to defend itself from the enemy. Besides the fortress, you will visit the cruiser Aurora, the legendary warship moored at the Petrograd embankment.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.50
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$167.50
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St Peter Line Ferry shore tour for Princess Maria

St Peter Line Ferry shore tour for Princess Maria

This tour is tailored for the ferry travelers visiting St Petersburg for 3 days. The tour is valid for the ferries Princess Maria & Anastasia. This tour will give you the possibility to explore St Petersburg with our experienced guide and driver. You just disembark and start touring with us from the ferry terminal. NOTE: This tour is flexible and the order of the excursions may differ as what you see on the itinerary depending on the day of arrival of the ferry.
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  • 3 days
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$301.34
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Walking-talking Tour

Walking-talking Tour

Want to see all must-sees of St.Petersburg for a short time? Experience it on our Walking-talking tour. You will have the inside tours of St. Isaac Cathedral, Spilled Blood Church and Peter and Paul Fortress together with Peter and Paul Cathedral. But, our tour doesn’t end with the visiting of world-famous attractions, our guide will take you on tour of the Zinger House, one of the most stunning buildings on Nevsky Avenue. And, you will finish up at the Zinger House rooftop, from where you will see the breathtaking view over St. Petersburg’s city center. Don’t worry, visiting of the roof is safe and legal, as your safety is our priority. We know that 4 hours are not enough to delve into loca​l atmosphere. But we can get you to know one of the key qualities of Russian culture – hospitality. During the tour we ​will provide you with traditional local goodies and beverages, which you will rarely if ever get a chance to try anywhere else in the world.
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  • 4 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00
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One Day Visa Free Highlights of Saint Petersburg Tour

One Day Visa Free Highlights of Saint Petersburg Tour

What a great idea to embrace the most beautiful Baltic cities within one cruise! Especially taking advantage of the visa free entrance to Russia! If even briefly visiting St. Petersburg you would be able to get the best of this magnificent place attending a real bunch of photo stops, full visits to Peter and Paul and Spilled Blood Cathedrals and one of the greatest museums of the world - the Hermitage museum! The itinerary is flexible and subject to discuss to fit your idea of the perfect and pleasant tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$369.24
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$369.24

1-Day VISA FREE Private Shore Tour. Best of St-Petersburg.

1-Day VISA FREE Private Shore Tour. Best of St-Petersburg.

Experience the best of the city of St-Petersburg in this spectacular tour. This VISA_FREE tour is specially designed for cruise ship passengers. Spend a day with a local private guide exploring heart of the city and visiting the most exciting museums and places of the city center. Enjoy one of the world's most celebrated art collection in the Hermitage museum. Get a true feeling of Russian Orthodox traditions visiting Peter and Paul Cathedral and other city churches. Stop at the major historical sites of the city center in a comfortable vehicle. During navigation season have a boat tour and see the city from Neva river prospective.  • Full-day VISA_FREE private tour for cruise ship passengers • Visit the Hermitage museum • Enjoy the most picturesque sites of the city center including Nevsky prospect • Have a river & canals cruise • Visit the two most popular churches in St-Petersburg
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$335.00
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$335.00
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What are Peter and Paul Cathedral (Petropavlovskiy Sobor) hours of operation?
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Peter and Paul Cathedral (Petropavlovskiy Sobor) hours of operation: Closed Wednesdays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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