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Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery Tours

Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery

Founded by Peter the Great in 1710 to commemorate the Russian military leader who stopped the advance of the Germans and Swedes in the 13th century, the Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Александро-Невская лавра) is not just a tribute and final resting place to one of Russia’s great leaders, but home to many of Russia’s historical icons.

Upon entrance through the main gate you will notice the Lazarev and Tikhvin Cemeteries on either side, known together as the Necropolis of Masters of Art (Некрополь мастеров искусств) where the ornate tombs of Leonhard Euler, Mikhail Lomonosov, Nikolay Karamzin, Modest Mussorgsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Fyodor Dostoevsky reside.

The monastery also includes 2 baroque churches, the Saint Nicholas Church (Никольская церковь), and the majestic Holy Trinity Cathedral (Троицкий собор), one of the very few churches given permission to carry out sermons during Soviet rule. Even though much of the monastery’s structures have undergone sporadic reconstruction, the baroque style that dominates much of the complex is still intact.

With the revival of the monastery and the liturgical life of the abbey, upon visiting the monastery, you can also see an active revival of handicrafts and art, which always been a trait amongst Orthodox Christians. Once there be sure to look out for Russian paintings, cabinets, jewelry, and even Christian pewter miniatures.

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery is accessible by taking the metro to Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskovo (Площадь Александра Невского).

Address: 1 Pl. Alexandra Nevskovo, St. Petersburg 191167, Russia
Hours: Closed Thursdays
Admission: Free
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St. Petersburg: Alexander Nevsky Lavra Private Tour

St. Petersburg: Alexander Nevsky Lavra Private Tour

Meet your guide and visit the Lavra of St. Alexander Nevsky, which was built in 1710. Discover the opulent trappings of the Trinity Cathedral, the Chapel of the Annunciation, and admire the neoclassical and baroque architectural styles. Step inside the St. Alexander Nevsky Chapel, where you will find holy relics. Follow your guide to see the sepulchres of famous Russian artists. After you have crossed over from the Nikolskoe Cemetery, which was reserved for the aristocrats of the Imperial regime, enter the Lazarevskoe Cemetery where the remains of the famous Russian scientist and writer Mikhail Lomonsomov are interred. End your tour in the Tikhinskoe Cemetery where the greatest personalities of Russian arts and letters are buried. Learn about the writer Dostoevsky and the musician Tchaikovsky, just two of the most famous Russians reposing in this cemetery. The St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra is a symbol of the Russian spirit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.17
Price varies by group size
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US$69.17
Price varies by group size

St. Petersburg Metro + Alexander Nevsky Lavra Private Tour

St. Petersburg Metro + Alexander Nevsky Lavra Private Tour

Discover St Petersburg’s underground art scene on a tour of its palatial-looking metro stations! Led by a local guide who is passionate about the city’s art and history, the tour includes visits to the must-see stations around town: Ploshchad Vosstaniya, Avtovo, Kirovskiy Zavod and Admiralteyskaya. See bas-relief carvings, learn about Soviet Union history and visit one of the world’s deepest underground stations. Then enjoy a visit to famous Alexander Nevsky Lavra - the first and the largest monastery of the city and to the monastery's graveyards, home to the final resting places of many of the great names of Russian culture. • Tour of St Petersburg’s metro stations • Walk through grandiose stations, learning about their incredible artwork and architecture • Enjoy a visit to famous Alexander Nevsky Lavra - the first and the largest monastery of the city and to the monastery's graveyards • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$103.00
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US$103.00
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Sightseeing tour in Saint Petersburg

Sightseeing tour in Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is so called Cultural capital of Russia. It is port city on the Baltic Sea. St. Petersburg is greeting all its visitors with beauty and magic all around. History, culture, people, streets, squares all this together and one by one will bewitch any traveller. Do you know what the tallest building in St Petersburg was in 19th century? Which part of the city is UNESCO World Heritage Site? Can you imagine the Perfect view of the Palace Square? Are you ready for discoveries going down the Peter and Paul Fortress from the Neva river embankment? With your local charismatic guide you will visit not just major monuments such as iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue, the Mariinsky Theatre (from outside), but also will discover secrets of Peter and Paul Fortress, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
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  • 4 hours
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US$484.14
per group
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US$484.14
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Half day Saint Petersburg Russian Orthodox Cathedrals Private Tour

Half day Saint Petersburg Russian Orthodox Cathedrals Private Tour

Revel in the spiritual heritage of Saint Petersburg while visiting cathedrals of different architectural styles; from Petrine baroque cathedrals in Alexander Nevsky Lavra to the neo- Russian Church on Spilled Blood. Highlights • Explore the Alexandr Nevsky Lavra Grounds, visit the ornate tombs of Mikhail Lomonosov, Alexander Suvorov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Karl Rossi, and others. • Be impressed by the Smolny, Kazansky and Nikolaevsky cathedrals • Enjoy the mosaic interiors of the gorgeous Resurrection Church (the Church on Spilled Blood) • Enjoy transportation by air conditioned vehicle • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$202.00
Price varies by group size
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US$202.00
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Private Tour: Grand Choral Synagogue and Ethnography Museum (Jewish Section)

Private Tour: Grand Choral Synagogue and Ethnography Museum (Jewish Section)

Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg with a visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue and Russian Ethnographic Museum (Jewish Section). You will also see Church on the Spilled Blood, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the St. Isaac’s cathedral, the Spit of St.Basil’s Island, the Admiralty, the Peter’s Log cabin, the Cruiser Aurora, the St.Michaels castle, the Smolny Convent, the Russian Museum, the Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra, etc. *The start time of the tour can be adjusted according to your preference.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$158.00
Price varies by group size
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US$158.00
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St.Petersburg City Tour with a Private Car

St.Petersburg City Tour with a Private Car

Experience St Petersburg's many sights and attractions from the comfort of a private vehicle. Set out on a sightseeing tour of the 'Venice in the North' with an expert guide who will fill you in on the city's intriguing history along the way. Drive along Nevsky Prospect―St Petersburg's main thoroughfare―and stop at such landmarks as St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the onion-domed Church on the Spilled Blood and Palace Square, posing for pics and learning their unique stories as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$82.81
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US$82.81
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St. Petersburg Private 3-Day Essential Tour

St. Petersburg Private 3-Day Essential Tour

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Explore St. Petersburg at your own pace on this private 3-day tour. You can either follow the itinerary below, or ask to alter it to better suit your and your group’s needs. Along the three days, see the Hermitage, Smolny Cathedral, Catherine Palace, Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets). Plus take a canal cruise to see sights from the water.
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  • 3 days
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US$685.00
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US$685.00
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Dostoevsky in Petersburg experience

Dostoevsky in Petersburg experience

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Literature lovers will enjoy this walking tour of St. Petersburg. Your expert guide—who holds a Master’s degree in Russian Literature—will guide you to many places around the city that are associated with Fyodor Dostoevsky and his books. This is a fascinating way to learn about the culture and history of the city. There is a lot of variety, so even travelers without prior knowledge of the author will have fun and learn something new.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$138.00
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From
US$138.00
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St Petersburg Custom Chauffeured Day Tour

St Petersburg Custom Chauffeured Day Tour

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See St Petersburg your own way on a flexible, private full-day tour. Decide your own itinerary beforehand with pointers from your local guide, and enjoy skip-the-line access on tickets booked in advance. Then, relax as you’re chauffeured around the sights by private vehicle. Choose to visit sights such as the Peter and Paul Fortress or Yusupov Palace; tour the Catherine Palace or fountain-dotted Peterhof; admire the priceless art at the Hermitage or simply sightsee, lunch and shop as the urge takes you — it’s entirely up to you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$152.00
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US$152.00
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St. Petersburg Private Tour: Сity Tour + Tsarskoye Selo + Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg Private Tour: Сity Tour + Tsarskoye Selo + Hermitage Museum

3-day tour of St. Petersburg with photo stops and visit of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Smolny Convent & Cathedral, the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, the Church on the Spilled Blood, the Catherine’s Palace with Amber Room, the Peterhof Palace and Park, the Hermitage Museum, the St.Isaac’s cathedral, etc.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,088.00
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US$1,088.00
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St Petersburg 3-Day All Highlights Visa-Free Small Group Shore Excursion

St Petersburg 3-Day All Highlights Visa-Free Small Group Shore Excursion

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Discover all that St. Petersburg has to offer on this 3-day small-group tour of the city’s highlights. This visa-free experience includes guided tours of famous landmarks like Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, the Hermitage Museum, Yusupov Palace, and the world-renowned Faberge Museum. Learn about the city’s rich history and culture and sample some of the local cuisine with daily lunches included.
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  • 3 days
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US$395.00
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US$395.00

St Petersburg Private Custom Day Tour

St Petersburg Private Custom Day Tour

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Enjoy your perfect sightseeing itinerary in St Petersburg with a full-day, private custom tour. Inform your personal guide in advance what you want to see, and enjoy the priority access that comes with pre-booked tickets. Perhaps visit the Hermitage and tsarist retreats of the Peterhof or Catherine Palace. Or, enjoy a mix of smaller gems such as the Yusupov Palace and Fabergé Museum, leaving time to discover St Petersburg’s food or shopping scene in between.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$71.00
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US$71.00
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Two Days Grand Tour for Cruise visitors by MOST PETERSBURG

Two Days Grand Tour for Cruise visitors by MOST PETERSBURG

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Private guided tour up to 12 persons. Sightseeing tour, the Hermitage, Peterhof, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, and the Mariinsky Theater are included in the program! Traditional Russian lunch & dinner, personal guide and driver. Visa-free The most significant churches and cathedrals, the most grandiose museums, the best theatre and one of the most beautiful gardens — these places of interest you can enjoy in St.Petersburg during two days excursion. We planned an exclusive route for you so that you can see as many sights as possible for such a short period of time. It is a great opportunity to immerse into the St. Petersburg history and lifestyle with comfort and pleasure. A comfortable air-conditioned car with wi-fi on board is at your service during the whole tour. Moreover, our professional private guide is always ready to answer all of your questions. Feel free to enjoy these day in St. Petersburg.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$727.00
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US$727.00
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Private & Small Groups 1 day Shore excursion - truly authentic experience

Private & Small Groups 1 day Shore excursion - truly authentic experience

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PRIVATE FANCY TOUR (ALL INCLUSIVE) The whole life isn`t enough to explore all of the amazing places in St. Petersburg. But just one day in this city can make you fall in love with it. If you think that it is impossible, you just have to give it a try. An amazing cathedral gilded with hundreds kilogram of gold, a beautiful church with thousands square meters of mosaic, a magnificent Hermitage with millions of precious exhibits and of course fabulous operas and ballets with billions fans from all over the world. This is what St. Petersburg can share with you in just one day and this is not a limit. Private guide and comfortable air-conditioned car will make your acquaintance with this city more pleasant.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$305.00
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US$305.00
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Following Dostoevsky's Steps Half-Day Saint Petersburg Tour

Following Dostoevsky's Steps Half-Day Saint Petersburg Tour

Tour along the places of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, prominent Russian writer of XIX century. Crime and Punishment, Karamazov Brothers, Idiot - these are among the most famous novels. Dostoyevsky made Saint Petersburg one of the main characters of his novels. The wonderful thing about Saint Petersburg is that it has preserved most of the houses, streets and embankments that the writer and the characters of his novels used to walk on.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$102.92
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US$102.92
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Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

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Explore St. Petersburg the way you want with a private, full-day flexible tour. Customize your perfect itinerary in advance and relax with pre-arranged logistics and pre-booked skip-the-line tickets. Discover highlights like St. Isaac’s Cathedal and Church on the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise, or devote time to the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, or Peterhof — you choose. Entrance fees and meals are at your own expense, with private air-conditioned transport and guiding services included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$152.00
Price varies by group size
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US$152.00
Price varies by group size
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What are Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery hours of operation?
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Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery hours of operation: Closed Thursdays. 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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