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Peter and Paul Fortress

No visit to St Petersburg is really complete without spending a few hours at the site where it all began – the Peter & Paul Fortress. This is the original citadel of the city, built on Hare Island near the north bank of the Neva River between 1706 and 1740. And this is where you can get a feel for St Petersburg’s more than 300 year old history, from royal tombs to prison blocks to historical museum exhibitions.

The Peter & Paul Fortress was originally built to protect Russia’s new capital from a possible Swedish attack, but it never really served that purpose. Instead, it soon became a prison for high-ranking and political prisoners, beginning with Alexey, the son of Peter the Great. In 1872, a new prison within the walls of the Trubetskoy Bastion was built and over the next forty years, it held thousands of prisoners who were considered to be enemies of the state. These political prisoners included the likes of Feodor Dostoevsky, Leon Trotsky and Maxim Gorky and then, after the Bolshevik Revolution, members of the Tsarist government.  The prison was turned into a museum in 1924 and today you can walk through the corridors, visit some of the cells and view documents and photographs that tell the story of Imperial Russia’s main political prison.

The most visible landmark within the Peter & Paul Fortress is the Peter & Paul Cathedral, whose spire stands more than 400 feet tall and features an angel at the top holding a cross. Built between 1712 and 1733, the cathedral was one of the first in Russia to be decorated with paintings and icons. The iconostasis was carved by Moscow craftsmen in the 1720s and contains 43 original icons from the 18th century. The bell tower of the cathedral is the world’s largest Orthodox bell tower and at the base of the tower lay the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Every tsar and tsarina from Peter the Great to Nicholas II is buried within the Peter & Paul Cathedral, except Peter II and Ivan VI. Connected to the main cathedral by a corridor is the Grand Ducal Mausoleum, built between 1896 and 1908 to serve as a burial place for non-reigning members of the Romanov family.

In the Commandant’s House within the fortress, you will find displays exploring the early history of St Petersburg in the 18th and 19th centuries, including paintings, maps and layouts and pieces of graphic and applied art. Another section of the house aims to provide insight into the daily life of St Petersburg citizens in the 19th century. Exhibits reflect themes such as commerce and banking, life in an apartment house, transportation and city fashion.

After visiting the main sites within the fortress, spend some time walking along the top of the fortress walls for superb views of central St Petersburg, including the massive St Isaac’s Cathedral.  If you are visiting St Petersburg in the summer, save some time to relax on the sandy beaches along the shores of the Neva. Finally, keep an eye out for temporary exhibitions that often provide even greater insight into St Petersburg’s vast history.

Address: Zayachy (Hare) Island, St Petersburg, Russia
Hours: daily from 06:00 to 21:00
Admission: RUB 370 (Adults), RUB 190 (Students), RUB 160 (Seniors)
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Peter and Paul Fortress

You`ll get aquainted with the place where the city started. The cradle of St. Petersburg, that witnessed sagnificant in order of importance historical events. You also may learn more about the last family of the Romanovs - family of Nicolas II.
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St. Petersburg Half-Day City Tour Including Walking Tour to Peter and Paul Fortress

St. Petersburg, Russia’s second city, boasts a plethora of must-see landmarks. Orient yourself and see the city’s architectural highlights on this private walking tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Tick off Nevsky Prospekt, one of Russia’s most famous streets, St. Petersburg Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and the iconic Peter and Paul Fortress, a 300-year-old citadel home to royal tombs and museums. Hotel pickup and drop-off and admission tickets are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Entrance to the Peter and Paul fortress and 2 hour group tour

Explore the grounds and visit the museums of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of St. PetersburgListen to numerous stories and legends about the tsars and emperors, political prisoners and revolutionaries.Surprise yourself with the panoramic views from the top of the walls of the fortress.Visit the majestic Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and see with your own eyes the funerary vault of the Romanov dynasty.
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Saint-Petersburg Evening City Tour with Peter & Paul Fortress

During the excursion you will see Nevsky Prospekt, Russian Admiralty, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, Savior on the Spilled Blood, Field of Mars, Winter Palace.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private St.Petersburg tour to Peter and Paul Fortress

City tour is for those, who wish to see city’s main landmarks (Winter Palace, St. Isaac Cathedral etc.) and also to visit Peter and Paul Fortress - the historical heart of the city.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Peter and Paul Fortress

The foundation of the Peter and Paul Fortress became the birthday of Saint-Petersburg on May 27, 1703. It is not only the oldest structure in the city, but also a fortification masterpiece, the burial place of the Russian royal family and the former political prison. During the tour you will see the tombs of the Emperors inside the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, visit the prison museum and have a nice walk around the fortress.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Peter and Paul Fortress Tour, Saint Petersburg

Built by Peter the Great as a fortress in the 18th century, and once used to hold prisoners the likes of Trotsky and Dostoevsky, the Peter and Paul Fortress is one of St. Petersburg’s most important landmarks. Discover the site’s highlights, and learn all about its history, on this introductory, small-group tour. Meet at your centrally located St. Petersburg hotel, and set off in the morning. You’ll visit the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg (housed within), will admire Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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1 Day Best of St Petersburg City and Peterhof by Hydrofoil on Small Group Shore Excursion Tour

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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ALL INCLUSIVE: Full Day Tour of St Petersburg

Get acquainted with St. Petersburg and its sights with this day-long tour of the city. Covering more ground and sights than you would do by foot, the coach tour takes in all the top St. Petersburg attractions including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. You’ll even savor a traditional Russian lunch and visit the State Hermitage Museum, too.
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Midnight St Petersburg Cruise: Drawbridges and Canals

Cruise along St Petersburg’s illuminated canals and Neva River at midnight and see the city’s glittering drawbridges raise on this 1.5-hour boat trip. Settle onto a comfortable sightseeing boat and glide along the romantic canals as you listen to the fascinating onboard commentary and watch the reflections of St Petersburg’s landmarks twinkling on the water. Enjoy stellar views of Peter and Paul Fortress, the Spit of Basil Island, Mikhailovsky Castle and more, and sail under the glittering Trinity Bridge — a camera-worthy moment if ever there was one.
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Relaxed 2-Day Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

This private tour gives you an opportunity to explore St Petersburg at your own comfortable pace. You will visit the Hermitage Museum, the Faberge Museum, the Spilled Blood Church and the Lower Park of Peterhof. Taking a river cruise will show you the new sides of the historical city center. This program is perfect for those who want to feel the atmosphere of the city and is not eager to spend the majority of the tour time inside the museums.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Day VISA FREE Private Shore Tour. St-Petersburg Highlights.

Enjoy several museum visits and activities on this light pace private tour. This VISA-FREE 3-day tour is specially designed for cruise ship passengers. It gives you a perfect insight into the former capital of the Russian Empire. Tour the city's most famous museums, historic attractions, and the former Imperial suburbs with your local expert guide. Take a rivers and canals boat tour to see the city from another angle. Stroll along the shore of the Gulf of Finland amongst the seemingly endless magnificent gold plated statues and fountains of Peterhof. Visit the famous Amber Room in Catherine Palace.• 3-day private VISA-FREE shore excursion• Enjoy the most picturesque sites of the city on a sightseeing tour• Visit Peter & Paul and St-Isaac's Cathedrals• Visit The Hermitage Museum and Spilled Blood Church• Explore environs such as Peterhof and Tsar's Village• See the city from your boat tour• Learn about the founding, history, and modern life of the city from your guide
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Active 3-Day Tour of St Petersburg with Private Guide

This package includes three days of 8-9 hour comfortable tours to the different sights of Saint Petersburg and countryside residences nearby. Most of the time you will be accompanied by a personal guided and a professional driver. All excursions will start and finish at your hotel lobby and include time for lunch. You will explore the city from a minibus or car, then from the water (boat trip at the first day and hydrofoil at the last), will go down to see the beautiful metro and walk a lot!
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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2-Day Small-Group St Petersburg Tour

Explore the most famous sights of St. Petersburg on a 2-day small-group shore excursion. See key landmarks such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, and the Yusupov Palace as you learn about Russia’s rich history and culture from your guide. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance tickets to blockbuster attractions and take a relaxing boat tour along the canals and river.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-day Private Shore Excursion - St Petersburg Highlights (Visa Included)

Have a comfortable 2-day private shore excursion of St Petersburg with an expert guide. On the first day, you will explore the historical center and learn about the creation of the city, its history, and modern life. Visit the Hermitage Museum, including 4 buildings of the complex with skip-the-line priority access. You will have a chance to explore the Venice of the North from the water during a sightseeing boat trip. On the second day, you will head out of the city to discover the favorite summer residence of Catherine the Great - Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin). The last attraction to visit is Pavlovsk, an elegant family residence of the royal family executed in a sophisticated style. You will also have a relaxing walk in the Pavlovsk Park far from the hustle and bustle of the city before returning to the cruise ship.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

While your cruise ship is docked, see the highlights of St. Petersburg with ease on this 2-day excursion. Accompanied by a guide, travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit Catherine Palace and the Amber Room, stroll through the gardens at Peterhof, and visit the Hermitage before the opening hours to skip the crowds. Take a boat ride along the canals and taste traditional Russian lunches.
  • Duration: 20 hours
  • Duration: 20 hours
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2 day shore tour of Saint-Petersburg with Faberge museum

Make the most of your limited time on dry land with a 2-day private tour of St Petersburg. Luxury end-to-end transportation from the port takes you to each destination on your itinerary. Offered in multiple languages, you enjoy the pleasure of live commentary in your native tongue. Along with a guided tour at each museum, you also enjoy complimentary admission and skip-the-line access.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Day Comfortable Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

Take this private shore excursion to explore St Petersburg and see its main attractions. Meet your guide and driver at the port and head to the city center by a private car/minivan. You will enjoy a complete city tour with multiple picture stops, visit the churches of St Petersburg and The Hermitage. The second day is dedicated to the summer estates of Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine's Palace). On the last day of your stay in the city, visit the Faberge Museum, the Spilled Blood Church and take a canal boat cruise.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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2-Day 'Profy' Tour in St Petersburg, Small Group, Max 10 People

It can be difficult to experience the many attractions of St. Petersburg independently, especially when you’re short on time. Make the most of your time on dry land with a 2-day private sightseeing tour of the city.  Follow your guide to the top monuments and museums, where you enjoy complimentary admission. All-inclusive transportation from the port spares you the stress and confusion of navigating the massive city on your own.
  • Duration: 19 hours
  • Duration: 19 hours
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St. Petersburg 2-Day Grand Shore Excursion Tour

This 2-day tour through St. Petersburg gets you acquainted with the city, its history, and its culture. Visit Catherine Palace, Peterhof Garden (Petrodvorets), Rasputin Museum at the Yusupov Palace, the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Plus go on a canal and river boat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
  • Duration: 19 hours
  • Duration: 19 hours
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1-Day VISA FREE Private Shore Tour. St-Petersburg Highlights.

Enjoy 3 guided museum visits and sightseeing tour on this private guided easy pace tour. This VISA-FREE full-day tour is specially designed for cruise ship passengers. Tour the major historical sites of the city center with your private guide and driver in a private and comfortable vehicle. Admire one of the world's finest collections of art in the famous Hermitage museum. Visit one of the most populalr and iconic churches of St-Petersburg. Take a casual stroll along the city's main street of Nevsky Prospect.• Full-day private Visa-Free shore excursion in St-Petersburg • Enjoy the most picturesque sites of the city center• Visit Spilled Blood Church - one of the most iconic churches of St-Petersburg • Learn about founding, history, and modern life of the city from your local expert guide
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-day St.Petersburg sightseeing tour

Basic package – an exciting two-day tour that will introduce you to the city as well as to the suburban former royal residences. The intense first day ends with a relaxing evening rivers and canals boat ride.- The order of the excursions may change.- St. Isaacs Cathedral and Church of the Savior on The Spilled Blood are closed on Wednesdays. If your tour lasts more than 1 day, then we will shift the visit to another day if possible. Otherwise, we will organize visit to another museum, without any extra charges. - The Hermitage is closed on Mondays. If your tour lasts more than 1 day, then we will shift the visit to another day if possible. Otherwise, we will organize visit to another museum, without any extra charges. There is a possibility to organize a special ticket to Hermitage on Monday, but this will affect on the price.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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St Petersburg 2 Day Grand Mini-Group Tour

This very popular, small group shore excursion introduces  St Petersburg in a relaxed and very friendly way. The tour includes all the must sees and features St Petersburg city life. The Grand tour is the way to explore the city and to see its the most requested  surroundings. The tour balanced program offers to visit with no rush: Hermitage/Winter Palace, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, Metro, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The tour is limited to a maximum of 15 group members.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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