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St. Petersburg: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

1. St. Petersburg: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Explore St. Petersburg independently and admire its many attractions from the comfort of a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose between a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours to suit your schedule and then take stunning photos of the imperial monuments and picturesque squares. Double decker buses are available with a closed roof to protect you in bad weather, while an open-top bus with a sliding roof will make the most of sunny days. Contemplate the city from a different perspective, and jump off and on at any of the 14 stops en route. Marvel at attractions such as the Peter and Paul Fortress, the original citadel of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Drive past Palace Square to see the Winter Palace, admire the golden dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral and much more. • Stop 1. Ostrovsky Square • Stop 2. Vladimirsky Prospekt (Nevsky Prospekt, 49) • Stop 3. Vosstaniya Square (Nevsky Prospekt, 110) • Stop 4. Mikhailovskaya Street (Nevsky Prospekt, 38) • Stop 5. Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street (Nevsky Prospekt, 20) • Stop 6. Dvortsovaya Square  • Stop 7. Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood  • Stop 8. Summer Garden  • Stop 9. Troitskaya Square  • Stop 10. Cruiser Aurora Museum  • Stop 11. Peter and Paul Fortress  • Stop 12. Spit of Vasilievskiy island • Stop 13. St. Isaac's Cathedral • Stop 14. Gostiny Dvor Take a full loop (without getting off) in 2 hours, or hop off at the sites that interest you the most. Get a free map to help you find your way around the city and plan an itinerary to suit you best.

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St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room Private Tour

2. St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room Private Tour

Set off on a private tour of Catherine's Palace, departing from St. Petersburg. This tour will introduce you to the Golden Enfilade, a grand suit of formal rooms. You will also see the intricate restored Amber Room. Arrive in Tsarskoye Selo, a town outside of St. Petersburg, and location of the palace. This was the home of the Imperial family from the days of Peter the Great until the time of the last Tsar, Nicolas II. It is a fascinating monument of world architectural and gardening art during the 18th and 19th centuries. You will have time to walk through the beautiful English-style park. Then see the center of the ensemble, the Catherine Palace, containing exquisite objects d`art, furniture, paintings, and unique collections of porcelain, amber, and bronze.

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St. Petersburg: Illuminations Night City Tour

3. 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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Full Day City Tour of St. Petersburg

4. Full Day City Tour of St. Petersburg

Not very numerous urban areas on the planet can compete with various authentic spots and historical places of the previous Russian capital. From the earliest starting point of the tour you begin feeling overpowered with the loftiness, taste and mystery of this brilliant city which is loaded with awesome history facts! The tour begins with a meet and welcome procedure with your guide in your hotel lobby. The tour will be constructed relying upon your lodging area. A private guide lead you through the city on foot, or travel with you by private car (depending on option selected). Enjoy a 1 hour sightseeing tour with several stops for to take photos. You then visit the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul. This is the first building of the remarkable St. Petersburg and there are tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. Afterwards, continue the city visit with a few photo stops on Mars Fields, close to Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Neva embankment.   After, you can enjoy a visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral. The fourth tallest dome building on the planet, and in the past the main Russian Orthodox church of the nation. A lunch break follows afterwards (not included). You then enjoy a tour through the Hermitage Museum. Third of the world's biggest exhibition halls are famous for it's wide gathering of works of art from various periods and well known because of acclaimed fine arts.

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

5. 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 Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

6. St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

This 2-day shore excursion takes you on a discovery of St. Petersburg and the important places in the surrounding area. On your first day of the tour you will explore the famous sights in the city of St. Petersburg and enjoy a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum. On the second day you visit the Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin before exploring the magnificent Peterhof Palace. Day 1: St. Petersburg The Grand City Tour on your first day offers you the opportunity to see as much as possible of the city with a knowledgeable and experienced guide from the comfort of a car or a minivan. You will take a complete tour of St. Petersburg's most famous sites including the neo-classical splendor of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the Palace Square, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the gorgeous Church on the Spilled Blood – the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy lunch at one of the respected restaurants in the city before taking a 2-hour guided excursion to the State Hermitage Museum in the afternoon – the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world. Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the Amber Room during a tour to the magnificent Baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin. Here you can also explore the park surrounding the palace – a wonderful work of Russian gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant close to the palace before visiting the Peterhof Palace in the afternoon. Located on the sea shore, Peterhof is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world and is St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular imperial estate. Explore the Great Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, as well as the surrounding park adorned with fountains, statues, and pavilions.

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Peterhof Palace and Gardens Half-Day Tour

7. Peterhof Palace and Gardens Half-Day Tour

Commissioned by Peter the Great, Peterhof is the oldest of the Imperial residences of Russia. Today it is a park complex that includes the principle palace and a number of smaller palaces. The main Palace itself is the unique product of two centuries of work. The original design was worked on by Peter himself and was designed with the Palace of Versailles in mind. Today the palace contains a remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and much more. Rooms dating back to Peter’s time can be found alongside golden shining baroque halls and calm and austere rooms from the Classical period. Peterhof is often referred to as the Russian Versailles. The idea of creating a residence to rival the luxury of the French Kings was Peter’s ambition and he personally chose the site where several underground water springs were located. Thanks to these underground springs, the amazing garden complex surrounding Peterhof has over 100 beautiful fountains and four spectacular cascades, covering the gardens in summer with a refreshing cooling mist.

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Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces from Saint Petersburg

8. Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces from Saint Petersburg

Take a trip from Saint Petersburg to admire two of Russia’s grandest and most beautiful imperial residences, Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk. When St. Petersburg became the new Russian capital in 1712, a series of glamorous imperial palaces and parks appeared in and around the city, among them these two impressive estates. Tsarskoye Selo was developed as a royal country residence by Elizabeth I and Catherine II and contains two beautiful palaces: Catherine Palace, an immense and lavish Baroque residence and the slightly smaller Alexander Palace, a neoclassical masterpiece. Visit the breath-taking Amber Room at Catherine Palace, decorated by Elisabeth’s court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli and containing stunning mosaic panels made of real amber. During her reign, Catherine II ordered the park enlarged and commissioned major landscape compositions and the creation of more impressive buildings, notably the elegant Cameron’s Gallery. The nearby Pavlovsk Palace was built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and was the imperial residence of Paul I and for several Grand Dukal families later on. The palace is considered to be one of the finest examples of the classical architecture in Europe. Several ornate rooms and beautiful park grounds containing fine sculptures make this a favorite destination of tourists and locals alike. The Pavlovsk Palace along with the Tsarskoye Selo together form part of a UNESCO Heritage Site. Take a trip to admire these wonderful works of architecture, made during one of the golden ages of Russian history.

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St Petersburg: Husky dog-sledding with Traditional Lunch

9. St Petersburg: Husky dog-sledding with Traditional Lunch

The North of Russia is known for having spectacular natural beauty, especially in Winter. Here, you can be lucky enough to meet Siberian Huskies. These dogs will show you their love for speed, freedom and, of course, humans. Let them share their affection with you and you're sure to fall in love with them. Come along on this trip to the suburbs of Saint Petersburg in a minibus accompanied by a private guide. You will head to a magnificent place situated on the shore of a beautiful frozen lake in the woods. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a kayur (a professional dog-sled leader) who has himself taken part in expeditions to the Arctic. You will get to know the exciting history of huskies and hear exciting stories about the hardships faced by polar explorers. After that, you will finally get to meet the dogs. Please keep in mind that this place is not a zoo. You will be introduced to the dogs and not vice-versa. Let the huskies get to know you and, after that, they will be glad to take you for a ride in the snowy forest. You can also enjoy show tubing with them up a hill or go for a walk along the shore of the lake. As soon as you finish with the activities, you will enjoy a traditional Russian lunch in an authentic Russian 'chum' (an indigenous-style house with fireplace) where you will be shown the process of cooking shashliks in tandoor (Russian meat sticks put in a special oven). You will also have a chance to taste a typical Russian fish soup called 'uha,' home-made hot spiced wine, and some sweets. Finally, there will be the opportunity to take some photos with huskies, kayurs, and the picturesque snow-covered woods that are unique to the North of Russia.

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St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

10. St. Petersburg CityPass 2-5 Day Option

Enjoy free entrance to 28 attractions in St Petersburg and see the city from different perspectives. Enjoy 6 free tours by land or water with a 2,3 or 5-day Saint Petersburg City Pass. Save time and money with free entry to the city’s best museums, along with complimentary tours by river, sea, and double-decker bus. Plan your visits with a free guidebook and city map (metro map included). The most interesting attractions have already been chosen for you! Just open your guide and decide where you want to go first. Each tear-off voucher can be used once by one person, making it the most convenient passport to the city. The Pass activates at the moment of your first visit to the museum, bus tour or river cruise. St.Petersburg CityPass is valid for 48, 72 or 120-hours. Free Entry: Museums: 1. St. Isaac’s Cathedral 2. St. Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnaded Walkway 3. “Aurora” Cruiser 4. Savior on Spilled Blood 5. Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum) 6. Marble Palace (Russian Museum) 7. Stroganov Palace (Russian Museum) 8. St. Michael’s Castle (Russian Museum) 9. Peter and Paul Cathedral (Peter and Paul Fortress) 10. Grand Ducal Burial Chapel (Peter and Paul Fortress) 11. Trubetskoy Bastion Prison (Peter and Paul Fortress) 12. Faberge Museum 13. Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines 14. Russian Museum of Ethnography 15. “Petrovskaya Akvatoria” Historical Theatrical Scale Model 16. Central Naval Museum 17. Grand Maket Russia Interactive Museum 18. Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO 19. Sheremetev Palace — Museum of Music 20. St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music 21. Chaliapin Memorial Apartment 22. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum 23. Samoilov Family Museum Excursions: 1. St. Petersburg City Sightseeing Bus Tour 2. Walking Tour with St. Petersburg Free Tour 3. City Sightseeing Canal Cruise  4. High-speed hydrofoils to Peterhof (trip around) 5. Gala Petersburg and the Gulf of Finland 6. Evening Cruise with a live music 

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,750 reviews

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.

Olga was an amazing guide ! She answered all of our questions and she was very pleasant and sweet !!!We learned a lot from her ! All in all it was an amazing experience!!!

The lady guide was very good very soft spoken nd very clear in explanation.really loved the experience…thanku soo much

Very enjoyable excursion. Personal guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

Just awesome.Historical Place,very impressive and Untersagung.Must do Tour.