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PRIVATE ART Tour to the Russian Museum, Hermitage and Church on Spilled Blood

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Overview

Explore two of St Petersburg’s artistic and architectural highlights on this 3-hour walking tour, with a knowledgeable guide. Ogle the eye-popping, multi-domed Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, and head inside with your guide to appreciate its opulent interior. Then, enjoy a guided tour of St Petersburg’s Russian Museum, the world’s largest repository of Russian art. Admire some of the wonderful 400,000 art treasures dating from the 10th century as your guide shares their stories and secrets.

 Enjoy a personalized atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to six people.
  • Learn about the assassination of Tsar Alexander II and visit the extravagant cathedral that was built to commemorate him – the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
  • Tour the Russian Museum and explore its main building, Mikhailovsky Palace, with your guide
  • See vast collections of Russian art that date back to the 10th century
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people ensure a more personalized experience
Begin your experience when you meet your knowledgeable local guide at your St Petersburg hotel. Then, set off on your 3-hour small-group walking tour around two of the city’s artistic and architectural showpieces.

Walking at a leisurely pace, stride down the elegant streets of the city as your guide regales you with tales about its history, culture and unique artistic and architectural heritage.

Stop first outside the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – an incredibly ornate church topped with a flurry of multi-colored, onion-shaped domes — and learn how this extravagant edifice contrasts greatly with St Petersburg’s otherwise restrained architecture. 

Hear how the church took its design cue from St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, and after snapping photos of the façade, explore the astonishing interior with your guide.

Following a spell of neglect, the inside of the cathedral took longer to restore than it did to actually build. Inspect the intricate detailing to understand why the meticulous restoration took so long, and note the tiny mosaics on the walls and the richly gilded marble floors. 

As you walk around, hear about Tsar Alexander II who was assassinated on the site of the cathedral in 1881, and view the canopy that marks the exact place of his murder.

Next, continue to another of St Petersburg’s cultural showpieces — the incredible Russian Museum that’s home to a stunning collection of more than 400,000 pieces of art dating back to the 10th century. 

Go inside with your guide and enjoy a tour of the main building, the  Mikhailovsky Palace. Walk through the beautiful halls and admire a captivating cross-section of art of almost every type and era, including paintings and sculptures, and striking Russian avant-garde works.

Your tour concludes inside the Russian Museum, leaving you free to continue admiring the exhibits on your own if you wish.
Itinerary
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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Savior on the Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia This Moscow-style church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the city's most beautiful landmarks. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, its official name. The church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood was built on the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded by the member of revolutionary organization on the 1st of March 1881. This event gave the name to the church. Stand and admire the breathtaking architecture, design and color of its stunning domes and experience a piece of historic beauty.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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State Russian Museum
State Russian Museum, Inzhenernaya St., 4 Metro: Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191011 Russia Visit "the Russian Museum - the world's largest museum of Russian art". The collection of the Russian Museum numbers about 400,000 works and covers the entire history of Russian fine art from the 10th century to the present day. It reflects virtually every form and genre of art in Russia, including a unique collection of old Russian icons, works of painting, graphic art and sculpture, decorative and applied art, folk art and numismatics, as well as the world's finest collection of the Russian avant-garde. Today the unique and comprehensive collection of the Russian Museum is an exceptional opportunity for an all-around, detailed study of the development of artistic ideas and culture in Russia over a period of nearly two and a half centuries.
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum
Mikhailovskiy Castle Historical Museum, Sadovaya St., 2, St. Petersburg 191011 Russia The Mikhailovsky Palace was built in Neoclassical style in 1820s and is located in one of the finest buildings in downtown of St. Petersburg which used to be the palace of Grand Duke Michail.
Admission Ticket Free
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Arts Square Gifts
Arts Square St. Petersburg, Russia
Admission Ticket Free
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The State Hermitage Museum
Tour the world-renowned Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg with a guided visit. Walk the reception halls of the Winter Palace, and tour the art gallery to behold the great masterpieces of Western European art. Then explore the rest at leisure.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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We spent an excellent three hours in...
Orla C
, Jan 2017
We spent an excellent three hours in the company of our wonderful guide Elena, her knowledge of history and art was just amazing. The Church of the Spilled Blood and the Russian Museum tour is a must for anyone planning a visit to St Petersburg.
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Elena was excellent guide,'very clear...
rachellevitan
, Jul 2016
Elena was excellent guide,'very clear explanations
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Nadia was incredibly knowledgeable...
Brooks T
, Jul 2016
Nadia was incredibly knowledgeable about the city and her English was perfect. When it turned out that the Russian Museum didn't open until 1pm that day, which was when our tour was scheduled to end, she extended the tour and we saw some additional sights before looping back to the museum. When we finally did make it to the Russian Museum, I was amazed at Nadia's knowledge of both the museum building's history and the artwork in each room -- far beyond what I'd expect for a general city tour. Highly recommended... if you do one thing in St. Petersburg, do this tour.
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Excellent. Our tour guide Nadya is...
David H
, Jul 2016
Excellent. Our tour guide Nadya is very knowledgeable and punctual. She also speaks excellent English and is fluent in all aspects of Russian history. Her degree from the University of St. Petersburg also has equipped her to be well versed in international affairs. We highly recommend Nadya for your St. Petersburg tour needs.
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Excellent guide who showed us many...
David N
, Jul 2016
Excellent guide who showed us many extras. Unfortunately the museum opens an hour later on thursdays, so although we ran 90 minutes over the expecred time, we still had a lot to see by ouselves which was not a big problem.The russian 19 and 20th century art is extremely interesting. Cathedral fascinating, maybe because it seems totally out of place.
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It was an Ok tour. The guide wasn't...
Jenny Z
, Oct 2015
It was an Ok tour. The guide wasn't very enthusiastic.
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The Church of the Spilled Blood is...
Katherine J
, Oct 2013
The Church of the Spilled Blood is amazing. I was very glad I took this tour. I was on another tour which only included St. Basil's - which is also very nice to see but of the two I would rate the Spilled Blood as a must see.

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