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St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor)
St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor)

St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) Tours and Activities

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With its gigantic golden dome coated with over 220 pounds of gold and an impressive red granite portico, St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) looks more like a palace than a cathedral, and it’s no surprise that the eye-catching masterpiece is among St. Petersburg’s most visited attractions. Commissioned by Tsar Alexander I in 1818 to mark the defeat of Napoleon, the magnificent cathedral took over 40 years to build and still ranks among the largest domed cathedrals in the world, with a capacity for up to 14,000 worshipers.

Set on the banks of the Neva River, the cathedral’s extravagant design was the work of French architect Auguste de Montferrand, blending Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical elements, and sparing no expenses. The cathedral interiors are equally lavish, featuring painstakingly sculpted reliefs, grand bronze doors and a colonnaded iconostasis adorned with semiprecious gems.

Today, the cathedral is only occasionally used for worship, instead serving as a museum and housing an impressive collection of 19th-century fine art and mosaics. For many visitors, the highlight is climbing the 300 steps to the cathedral's colonnade, from where the views expand over the city.

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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Enjoy a luxurious experience of St. Petersburg during a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion in the remarkable Russian city. With an accomplished guide, discover the most sought-after sights, including the Peterhof Palace and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and gain valuable insight into intriguing Russian history and culture. Feast on traditional Russian food and relish the intimate ambiance of this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.64
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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
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$197.31
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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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$25.00
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$25.00
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2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

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Embark on a 2-day private guided tour of St Petersburg and immerse yourself in the city's many wonders. This multi-day excursion allows you to delve beneath the surface of some top attractions for a more thorough and rewarding experience. Learn the story behind the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood, marvel at Peterhof's magnificent fountains, and see the ongoing restoration of Catherine Palace, largely destroyed during WWII. Cruise along the canals of this 'Venice of the North' and explore both the Hermitage and the city's metro stations: artworks in themselves.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.00
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$40.00
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: All-inclusive Visa-Free 2-day Tour

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: All-inclusive Visa-Free 2-day Tour

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Explore the wonders of Russia's western port city without the hassle of having to secure a visa. Your 2-day St Petersburg shore excursion includes free admission to many notable attractions. See Peterhof and it's fountains, visit Catherine Palace and learn the story behind its recreated Amber Room. Enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage and discover Yusupov Palace's cellar, where a group of Russian conspirators poisoned the legendary mystic, Rasputin. You also visit the Savior on the Spilled Blood Chuch and St. Isaac's Cathedral.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$295.00
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$295.00
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Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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When your ship docks in St. Petersburg's port, enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private shore excursion. The tour is fully tailored to your interests, and transportation is provided in a private, air-conditioned, sedan or minibus. Pickup and drop-off at the port; no Russian visa required.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$194.00
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$194.00
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St Petersburg 3 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

St Petersburg 3 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

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Due to be in port St Petersburg for three days? See all the highlights of this glorious city on a 3-day, visa-free shore excursion. Join your expert guide and visit the spectacular Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace, including its showpiece Amber Room. View the Romanov tombs at the Cathedral at the Peter and Paul Fortress, take a canal cruise and tour Yusupov Palace, assassination site of the monk Rasputin. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience, and your 3-day sightseeing includes port transfers and entrance fees.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$552.02
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$552.02
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

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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 riverboat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$315.00
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$315.00
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Private Shore-Excursion: 2-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

Private Shore-Excursion: 2-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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Explore the best that St. Petersburg has to offer on this flexible 2-day private shore excursion. Set your own pace and itinerary with your guide and discover famous landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, the Grand Palace in Peterhof, the Yusupov Palace, and much more. Learn about the history and culture of the city and get insider tips from your guide and this worry-free excursion.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$380.00
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$380.00
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Saint Petersburg CityPass

Saint Petersburg CityPass

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The St. Petersburg CityPass is the ultimate in flexibility for your sightseeing in the city. Choose which museums and attractions to visit when you want. The CityPass includes admission to more than 20 different museums. Use the pass for complimentary bus tours, walking tours, or sightseeing excursions on the water. You also receive deals and discounts at participating restaurants. An included guidebook and city map help plan your days. Choose from 2-, 3- or 5-day passes.
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  • 2 to 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.37
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$90.37
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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day All Highlights Mini-Group Tour

St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day All Highlights Mini-Group Tour

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This 2-day tour of St. Petersburg packs in tons of the city's highlights and even welcomes you to the city with a small gift. Skip the long lines at main attractions, and avoid the hassle of buying tickets, too. This tour includes your admission to The Hermitage, Peterhof Park and Garden (Petrodvorets), Catherine Palace, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Plus it also includes access to the Rasputin exhibit at Yusupov Palace.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$265.00
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$265.00
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St Petersburg Private 2 Day Essential Shore Excursion

St Petersburg Private 2 Day Essential Shore Excursion

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Pack in St. Petersburg sights into two days on this private tour of the city’s main highlights. During your 2-day city visit, see Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets). Plus you’ll also explore the Hermitage on a 3-hour guided tour.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$455.00
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$455.00
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2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

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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 rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.
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  • 18 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$305.00
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$305.00
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St. Petersburg 3 Day Tour Experience

St. Petersburg 3 Day Tour Experience

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Spread your time in St. Petersburg out into three days with this city tour that includes round-trip transport, all entrance fees, and skip-the line access at most of the attractions. Explore the Hermitage, Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets), Catherine Palace and Park, and Yusupov Palace. Plus see Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. End your last day of this tour with a relaxing boat ride by nearby canals.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$436.76
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$436.76
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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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$243.59
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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
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$135.90
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$135.90
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St Petersburg and Moscow 6-Day Grand Tour

St Petersburg and Moscow 6-Day Grand Tour

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Visit two of Russia’s powerhouse cities on this 5-day tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg. While in Moscow, travel around Boulevard Ring, and see mansions of Russian nobility, and stop by Izmailovo Flea Market to pick up souvenirs and gifts (own expense). Other Moscow highlights include St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sabor), Red Square (Krasnaya Ploschad), and Alexander Garden. Then move on to St. Petersburg, and catch sight of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Catherine Park and Palace, and Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets). Plus visit The Hermitage, too.
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  • 6 days
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$1,410.26
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$1,410.26
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Kayak Tour in St. Petersburg's City Center

Kayak Tour in St. Petersburg's City Center

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You'll start your tour at the base of one of the most famous cathedrals of the city, the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral. Sailing along the Kryukov Canal, you'll pass by Mariinsky Theater and on the Moyka Canal. You'll be able to see the New Holland Arch, the Yusupov Palace and the magnificient St. Isaac's Cathedral. You'll then proceed under famous bridges, see Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of the city, before reaching the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. From there we will start our way down the Griboyedov Canal to the starting point, enjoying the view on the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, and again sailing between famous bridges like the Bank and the Lion bridge. At 6am, Saint Petersburg is waking up, you can enjoy its sights in a quiet and magical setting. This unique excursion acquaints you with architectural splendor of the cultural capital of Russia. What to wear/bring: Sport casual, convenient clothes Sport shoes Sun glasses Extra set of dry clothes (just IN CASE)
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.10
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Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

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Maximize your time in St. Petersburg and see the sights on a tour that covers two full days. The in-depth sightseeing experience takes in all the must-see St. Petersburg landmarks including Catherine Palace and Park, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Grand Palace, and more. You’ll have commentary on each sight you visit, plus ample free time to explore on your own.
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  • 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$185.00
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3-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Round-Trip Transfer

3-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Round-Trip Transfer

This three-day guided tour of St. Petersburg is the easy way to see the highlights of the beautiful city. Visit must-see attractions like the Hermitage, Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, and Pavlovsk without worrying about getting around town. All entrance tickets are skip-the-line, to save you time. The tour also includes a delicious and hearty Russian lunch on day one.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$737.00
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$737.00
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Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

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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.
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  • 2 days
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$312.83
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3-Day Private Shore Excursion of St Petersburg - All-inclusive Visa-free Tour

3-Day Private Shore Excursion of St Petersburg - All-inclusive Visa-free Tour

Enjoy a hassle-free way of discovering St. Petersburg’s charms during this 3-day, private shore excursion. Don’t worry about securing a visa—this itinerary makes logistics simple. Over the course of your stay, you’ll see Catherine Palace, the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and numerous other grand attractions. You’ll also have free time for shopping and exploring at your own pace. Port pickup and drop-off, private minivan transit, entry to the sites, and lunches are all included.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$820.00
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$820.00
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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
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$114.11
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$114.11

Segway tour St. Petersburg - Brief route

Segway tour St. Petersburg - Brief route

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It's a unique ability to see most significant sightseeings in St. Petersburg in a short time without getting tired.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.90
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What are St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) hours of operation?
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St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) hours of operation: Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (except for the last Monday of the month), with last entry at 6 p.m. The colonnade is also open until 11 p.m. during the summer months.. 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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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 360 St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) costs USD 9.03. Guided St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) tours start around USD 9.03 per person. See all 360 St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) tickets and tours on Viator.
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