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St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) Tours

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St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)
Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) is the central square of St. Petersberg, which conjoins some of the city’s major landmarks and monuments, including most famously the Winter Palace. Because it is so spacious it regularly functions as the grounds for national parades, bards, and concerts. In the past, the square has been transformed during the winter months to become a free ice rink.

Palace Square was also the setting for some of Russia’s most significant historical events including the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the 1905 massacre Bloody Sunday, where peaceful protesters were gunned down while trying to present Tsar Nicholas II with a petition .

Although the buildings surrounding the square were built in different eras, they were all built to scale, giving the square a beauty in symmetry.

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The square is a single architectural ensemble, in the northern boundary is the Winter Palace, to the south the General Staff building, a two story arch mounted by the chariot of victory, and installed in the center is the 156 feet (47.5 m) high and 500 ton granite Alexander Column. It also connects key city areas such as Nevsky Prospekt and Palace bridge, which leads into Vasilievsky Island.

As Palace Square is considered one of the biggest hubs in the city, it is easily accessible by the metro to Admiralty and by other modes of transportation at Nevsky Prospekt.

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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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US$35.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$197.31
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US$197.31
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St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

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Make the most of your time in St. Petersburg on this small-group shore excursion limited to just 15 people. Spending two days exploring offers the opportunity to not only see the city's top sights, including the Hermitage Museum, but also to go outside the city to explore the cities of Peterhof and Pushkin.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$185.00
Price varies by group size
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US$185.00
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St. Petersburg Walking City Tour

St. Petersburg Walking City Tour

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Discover beautiful St. Petersburg by foot on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour of its architectural treasures. With a guide, set out to explore the signature sights of this spectacular city, Russia’s capital during the 1700s and 1800s, as you uncover its history. See top St. Petersburg attractions including St Isaac’s Cathedral and Palace Square, walk along Nevsky Prospect, and learn about the city’s present-day culture and life. Numbers are limited to 12 tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$56.00
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US$56.00

1 Day Best of St Petersburg City and Peterhof by Hydrofoil on Small Group Shore Excursion Tour

1 Day Best of St Petersburg City and Peterhof by Hydrofoil on Small Group Shore Excursion Tour

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Explore St Petersburg when your cruise ship is in port on this shore excursion that includes city sightseeing, a river cruise and hydrofoil boat ride. See top attractions like the Winter Palace, the Hermitage and the Church on Spilled Blood; enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Neva River to admire the city from the water; and travel along the Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil boat to Peterhof. You’ll see the best of the city in one day with transportation by van from the port.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$184.62
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US$184.62
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Private 4-hour Sightseeing Tour of St Petersburg & Optional Boat Canals Cruise

Private 4-hour Sightseeing Tour of St Petersburg & Optional Boat Canals Cruise

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Explore the heart of St Petersburg on a private 4-hour sightseeing tour, traveling by Mercedes to visit some its top attractions including Nevsky Prospect: a great stretch for people-watching. Learn how the city was first founded at Peter and Paul Fortress and how the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood got its name. Discover why St Petersburg is called 'The Venice of the North' and drive by St Isaac's Cathedral, now a museum filled with stunning mosaics and paintings. Upgrade your trip with a leisurely, 1-hour canal cruise through the city center.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$121.00
Price varies by group size
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US$121.00
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2 Days in St Petersburg with Private Expert Guide

2 Days in St Petersburg with Private Expert Guide

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Some group tours can feel impersonal and rigidly planned. This private two-day tour of St. Petersburg offers the flexibility to customize the tour to your own interests. See the city's top sights, as well as some lesser-known spots, and travel just outside the city to Peterhof to explore its palaces, fountains, and gardens.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$230.00
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US$230.00
per group
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Hidden St Petersburg Evening Small Group Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Hidden St Petersburg Evening Small Group Tour

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Experience some of the secrets of St. Petersburg on this evening walking tour. Meet your guide and leave the tourist trail behind to explore the city’s hidden neighborhood spots. Discover metro station art relics, see the city’s oldest and most beautiful railway station, and sip on vodka at a local haunt. This tour is limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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US$56.00
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US$56.00

Private Tour of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

Private Tour of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

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Immerse yourself in the many wonders of the Hermitage with a 3-hour private tour. The six-building St Petersburg complex is both one of the world's largest museums and houses the largest collection of paintings on the planet. Visit the works that most appeal to your preference. See paintings by Goya, Rembrandt and Monet, marvel at da Vinci's 15th-century Madonna and marvel at ornate rooms decorated in symbols of Russian Imperialism. Also, learned how this vast collection survived the atrocities of WWII.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.00
Price varies by group size
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US$56.00
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St. Petersburg Small-Group State Hermitage Museum Tour with a Historical Guide

St. Petersburg Small-Group State Hermitage Museum Tour with a Historical Guide

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Travelers interested in art, architecture, and history will love this tout of the Hermitage with an art historian guide. As well as touring the vast art collection in the former Winter Palace building, you’ll be told all about the historical and architectural significance of the surrounding buildings on your walk there. This is an ideal way to get the most out of a visit to the historical heart of St. Petersburg.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.39
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US$66.39
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Private Full-Day Tour in St. Petersburg with Museum and Palace Entrance

Private Full-Day Tour in St. Petersburg with Museum and Palace Entrance

This is an 8-hour program in St. Petersburg that will best meet your wishes and interests. We propose a high-quality service, an individual approach and attentive attitude to your wishes We will drive you around the city’s sights, visit the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum and Catherine Palace and Park and go along Gostiny Dvor and Palace Square, in a full-day St. Petersburg's experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$274.83
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US$274.83
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Private 1 Day St. Petersburg Highlights Tour (Catherine's Palace included)

Private 1 Day St. Petersburg Highlights Tour (Catherine's Palace included)

Step into the world of the BBC's historical period drama “War and Peace” with a private tour of related spots throughout St Petersburg. Beginning with a city overview, you'll then experience the world adapted from Tolstoy's iconic novel. Explore the indoor Gostiny Dvor market, bustling even during the era of War and Peace. Gain insight into how the series was brought to life with a visit to the Russian Art Museum. And marvel at the grandeur of Catherine Palace while walking its opulent Baroque halls.
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  • 8 hours
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US$257.45
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US$257.45
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Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Сity Tour + Peterhof & Catherine Palace

Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Сity Tour + Peterhof & Catherine Palace

Shore excursion for 2 days. 1 day includes a visit to Peterhof and Catherine Palace with the Amber Room. Day 2 includes a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg with photo stops anda visit to the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Spilt Blood and the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. All the days you will have 1 hour free for lunch. *The start time of the tour may be adjusted depending on the arrival time of your ship.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$883.00
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US$883.00
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1-Day Tour in St Petersburg featuring Hermitage and Yusupov Palace

1-Day Tour in St Petersburg featuring Hermitage and Yusupov Palace

Take this tour to visit the most fabulous palace of St Petersburg in one day. Your private guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel and escort you through the tour. You will learn a lot about the culture and the history of the city, about the life of the Emperors and noble people who inhabited St Petersburg in the last centuries. This tour is perfect for the history lovers who also enjoy seeing the finest examples of gala rooms and beautifully decorated saloons.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$235.00
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US$235.00
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1 Day Optimized Mini-Group Shore Excursion introducing St Petersburg And Peterhof

1 Day Optimized Mini-Group Shore Excursion introducing St Petersburg And Peterhof

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Don't spend your time sitting in port. Opt for a sightseeing tour of St Petersburg and nearby Peterhof instead. Visit the city's top must-see attractions from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, including the onion-domed Church on Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. Enjoy a cruise along the Neva River and take a trip to Peterhof, a summer palace known as the 'Russian Versailles' due to its impressive gardens and fountains. Return to St Petersburg via high-speed hydrofoil boat, weather-permitting.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$151.00
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US$151.00
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St. Petersburg Join-in Tour: Сity Tour + Peterhof and Catherine’s Palace

St. Petersburg Join-in Tour: Сity Tour + Peterhof and Catherine’s Palace

Shore excursion for 2 days. 1 day includes a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg with photo stops and a visit to Faberge museum, as well as a visit to Peterhof and Catherine Palace with the Amber Room. Day 2 includes a visit to Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral and Church of the Spilt Blood. *The start time of the tour may be adjusted depending on the arrival time of your ship.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$932.00
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US$932.00
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2-Day Private St Petersburg Tour

2-Day Private St Petersburg Tour

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Experience St Petersburg to its fullest on a private 2-day tour. Conveniently offered in four languages, enjoy a private guide who speaks your language. Every detail has been arranged for you, including round-trip transportation from your hotel on both days. Skip the lines and enjoy included entrance to the Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace, and other attractions. The exclusive tour also includes a private boat tour along the river.
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  • 2 days
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US$487.18
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US$487.18
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St Petersburg Private Tour: Full-Day Walking Tour with Friendly Local Guide

St Petersburg Private Tour: Full-Day Walking Tour with Friendly Local Guide

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Give St. Petersburg’s architectural treasures the attention they deserve on a full-day walking tour, with a private guide all to yourself. Traveling by foot and metro (own expense), experience all the must-sees and some lesser-known landmarks of the city center. Take in Palace Square and the Hermitage and Winter Palace; see the Church of the Spilled Blood, and stroll down Nevsky Prospekt and river banks to see palaces, cathedrals, bridges, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$156.00
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US$156.00
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St Petersburg 2 Day Mini-Group Tour + Faberge

St Petersburg 2 Day Mini-Group Tour + Faberge

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Experience the best overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day Visa-Free shore excursion in a small group. Be amazed by the collection of Faberge Eggs and other masterpieces with your visit to the world renown Fabrge museum. Take a romantic canal cruise through the many rivers and canals that makes 'Venice of the North' St Petersburgs nickname. You will see the stunning mosaics of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, visit the beautiful art and architecture of St Isaac's Cathedral and see the most requests rooms of the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace that features one of most respected art and antiquties collections in the world, in an ornate palace of 1005 rooms. This tour offers a free option of a very popular a 3-hour tour evening extension featuring citizens view walking tour. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces and the Fountain Park of Peterhof and the famous Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to visit Catherine Palace, widely considered the most beautiful palace in the world.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$255.97
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US$255.97
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St. Petersburg City Walking Tour and the Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg City Walking Tour and the Hermitage Museum

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Immerse yourself in local culture with a walking tour of St Petersburg and a guided tour of the city's vast Hermitage museum. Explore this 'Venice of the North's' top attractions: marvel at the impressive dome atop St Isaac's Cathedral, stroll along the great people-watching corridor of Nevsky Prospect and learn how St Petersburg came to be at Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's birthplace. Once inside the Hermitage enjoy access to hundreds of thousands of incredible artworks, including some by Monet, da Vinci, Goya, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$57.70
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US$57.70

Private Half-Day Tour of St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

Private Half-Day Tour of St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

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Explore Russia’s cultural capital on this private half-day tour of St. Petersburg. Learn about the history of the city from its formation in 1703 to present-day as you see landmarks such as the Nevsky Project, the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and much more. Take a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum to see the famous Easter eggs created for the Tsars of Russia.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.52
Price varies by group size
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US$100.52
Price varies by group size

Classic St Petersburg City Tour with Canal Boat Ride

Classic St Petersburg City Tour with Canal Boat Ride

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Discover the highlights of St. Petersburg efficiently and comfortably on a 5-hour sightseeing tour. Beginning with port pickup, included transportation takes your group to each stop on the itinerary. Groups larger than six enjoy complimentary headsets, so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s immersive commentary. Your well-rounded experience ends with a cruise along the canal, which allows you to photograph the city from a unique vantage point.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.06
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US$82.06

2 Day Private Tour in St. Petersburg

2 Day Private Tour in St. Petersburg

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This handy two-day tour of St Petersburg is designed so that cruise ship passengers get the most out of their stop in the city. You’ll visit several of St Petersburg’s highlights and get an insight into Russian culture and history from your local guide. As this is a small-group tour you will receive personalized attention and a more relaxed pace while sightseeing.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$350.00
Price varies by group size
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US$350.00
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Visa FREE One-day Flexible Shore Tour in St. Petersburg with Guide and Driver

Visa FREE One-day Flexible Shore Tour in St. Petersburg with Guide and Driver

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You can spend the whole day in St. Petersburg with our guide and car with driver and decide where to go yourself. During this private tour you may decide where to go and what to see. You may go to the Russian Orthodox church (entrance free) or visit with our guide one of the metro stations or walk by Nevskiy avenue. Some museums like the Church on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Russian Museum, Peterhof - Fountain Park, St. Peter and Paul fortress can be visited without advanced booking. Also you may go to local food or souvenir market.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$377.62
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US$377.62
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