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Where to Find the Best Views in St. Petersburg

Where to Find the Best Views in St. Petersburg

With its imperial palaces, grand cathedrals, and scenic canals, St. Petersburg has no shortage of photo-worthy vistas. Whether flying overhead, cruising along the river, or sipping cocktails at a rooftop bar, here’s our pick of the best views in St. Petersburg.

Helicopter Tours

Soar over St. Petersburg on a helicopter flight for an unbeatable aerial view of the city. Look down over the Neva River, spot landmarks such as the Hermitage and the Peter and Paul Fortress, or opt for a longer flight and fly over Peterhof Palace or the Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin. 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnade

Climbing over 300 steps to reach the viewing platform of the colonnade at St. Isaac's Cathedral is no easy feat, but those who manage it will be rewarded with a stunning view over the Neva River, the Winter Palace, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

Rooftop Tour

Adventurous travelers can enjoy a real view from the rooftops on this unique tour of St. Petersburg. Follow your guide through the historic center, walking along the sloping rooftops of the old buildings and gazing out at the city and down along the busy boulevard of Nevsky Prospekt below. 

River Cruise

With its monumental bridges, pretty canals, and palatial landmarks, St. Petersburg offers a majestic backdrop for a river cruise. For the most memorable experience, set sail at midnight during the famous White Nights and enjoy sightseeing by twilight. 

Sky Bar

Book a table at the Sky Bar and Lounge for dinner with a view on the 18th floor of the Azimut Hotel. At 226 feet (69 meters), it’s the highest bar in St. Petersburg, and the floor-to-ceiling windows afford panoramic views of the city below.

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River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

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St. Petersburg is nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North,’ making a cruise along its waterways a must-do. Soak in the city’s riverside splendors on a cruise, passing sights like the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Mariinsky Theatre, plus cathedrals, palaces, and more. Choose a daytime cruise on the Neva River and main canals, a midnight cruise to see St. Petersburg’s illuminated drawbridges open, or a jazz dinner cruise on the Neva. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$105.00
From
US$105.00

The rooftop tour in St Petersburg

The rooftop tour in St Petersburg

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of St. Petersburg on this unusual tour, which takes you around the rooftops of the historic area. View the city and its attractive buildings from high above, and take pictures from this special angle. Your guide will keep you safe on the rooftops, which do slope slightly but have guardrails and fences along them. A fun tour for adventurous travelers.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$35.29
Price varies by group size
From
US$35.29
Price varies by group size

Grand Tour of St Petersburg

Grand Tour of St Petersburg

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First-time visitors to St. Petersburg seeking an overview will enjoy this ‘grand tour’. You’ll focus on some of the city’s historical sites and majestic public spaces, and can choose to upgrade the tour to include places that interest you most. Travel by car and on a walking tour, to see the city in different ways. Your English-speaking local guide will explain the history of this fascinating city en route.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$60.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$60.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Tour: Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Pushkin and Pavlovsk

Private Tour: Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Pushkin and Pavlovsk

Treat yourself to a memorable adventure when you’re in St Petersburg with a private hot air balloon flight. Float high into the sky for bird’s-eye views of city suburbs Pushkin and Pavlovsk and their surrounding sights like palaces, gardens, rivers, forests and lakes. When you return to the ground after about an hour in the air, enjoy a light Champagne breakfast to celebrate your experience.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$799.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$799.00
Price varies by group size
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St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour

St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour

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Delve into St Petersburg's vast history and culture with a tour through three of its most prominent cathedrals. Start with a visit to 19th-century St Isaac's, easily recognizable by its massive main dome. Marvel at the interior's mosaic icons and walk outside its colonnade for panoramic city views before continuing to The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, a Russian Orthodox church that resembles Rome's St Peter's Basilica. Your last stop is the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood―home to a lavish shrine commemorating the spot of Alexander II's assassination.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$93.69
Price varies by group size
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US$93.69
Price varies by group size
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Private Bar Tour

Private Bar Tour

Enjoy a tailor-made night out on the town in St Petersburg on this private bar tour. Don’t risk wasting time in a sub-par bar that’s not your style; your guide will design a bar crawl especially for you. Taste your favorite drinks, or try something completely new and unique to Russia. Let your guide know your preferences and you’ll get exactly what you want.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$79.00
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US$79.00

Rooftop Tour in St Petersburg with Best City Views for Photographers

Rooftop Tour in St Petersburg with Best City Views for Photographers

St Petersburg is one of the most photogenic cities in Europe; find panoramic views from an unusual perspective on this rooftop tour. Your guide will take you around the circuit of interconnected rooftops in the historic part of the city, something that you would have trouble finding without local help. Adventurous travelers will love the opportunity to see the city from more than just the window of a tour bus.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$129.00
From
US$129.00
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St Petersburg Private Helicopter Tour

St Petersburg Private Helicopter Tour

See glorious St Petersburg from above on a private helicopter tour. Choose from different flight durations of up to 60 minutes, and board a comfortable Robinson or Eurocopter helicopter depending on your group size. Then, sit back, enjoy and take unique photos of the magnificent city, with its canals, riverfronts and palaces. Trace the River Neva and see the Hermitage and Peter and Paul Fortress; upgrade for added, bird's-eye views of the Peterhof fountains; or book a 45-minute or 60-minute flight to soar over Kronshdatd, St Petersburg’s fortified island.
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  • 20 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$1,695.00
per group
From
US$1,695.00
per group
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