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The General Staff Building

The General Staff Building Tours and Activities

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With an imposing Neoclassical façade over 1,900 feet (580 meters) long, the Carlo Rossi–designed General Staff Building is one of St. Petersburg’s architectural highlights. The grand building, which is part of the enormous State Hermitage Museum complex, houses a large collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art works.

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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
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$185.00
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$185.00

St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg includes transport, lunches, and all entrance fees for places shown on the below itinerary, so you can relax and enjoy your time exploring what the city has to offer. Go to the famous Hermitage and the Faberge Museum to learn about Russia’s history. Along the three days, see Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets), the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Catherine Palace and Park.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$413.22
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$413.22

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg is perfect for cruise ship guests making a stop in the city because it’s visa-free and includes all transportation. See popular places, such as the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Gain early entry into The Hermitage and the Peterhof Gardens. Visit the Faberge Museum, and then head to Yusupov Palace to walk through the Rasputin exhibit. Plus, see the city sights by boat on a cruise along a river and canal.
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  • 3 days
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$395.00
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$395.00

Shore Excursion: Three Day Highlights Tour

Shore Excursion: Three Day Highlights Tour

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Discover the regal residences and arresting landmarks of St Petersburg on a comprehensive 3-day shore excursion led by a professional guide. Gain an insiders perspective of the remarkable Russian city as you visit monuments like Peterhof, the Church on Spilled Blood and the Faberge Museum. Take a relaxed cruise along St Petersburg’s canals; marvel at the impressive statues in metro stations; and browse the enriching exhibits of the Hermitage, Russia’s largest museum.
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  • 1 day 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$395.00
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$395.00

Three day St Petersburg Private Shore Excursion

Three day St Petersburg Private Shore Excursion

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Personalize your experience by taking the 3-day private trip that will show you all the best highlights of St. Petersburg. Dive into the imperial atmosphere of the Hermitage, the largest museum in the country and see its best masterpieces. The royal style of living has left its imprint on Peterhof residence and Catherine Palace as well. It was the place where tsars and tsarinas spent their summer holidays. Enjoy the sightseeing tour with photo stops at the best viewing spots of St. Petersburg. Sail along the most prominent embankments lined up with old mentions to see the panoramic views of the Neva river. And get even more emotional experiences with your private tour guide!
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  • 1 day 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$800.00
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$800.00
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Hermitage Museum with Impressionists 4-hrs Private Skip-The-Line Tour

Hermitage Museum with Impressionists 4-hrs Private Skip-The-Line Tour

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Embark on a private skip-the-line exploration of St Petersburg's Hermitage, one of the largest museums on earth. Set out to explore the museum's four main buildings―including the mint-colored Winter Palace―alongside a knowledgable guide, one who will introduce you to both iconic and lesser-known-though-just-as-impressive artworks during your allotted 4 hours. Roam through opulent halls and marvel at bonafide masterpieces by artists like da Vinci, Monet, and van Gogh. Admire magnificent works that miraculously survived WWII while learning about the museum's vast collections, including galleries devoted to Dutch, French and Italian art.
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  • 4 hours
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$60.00
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$60.00
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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

St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum 4-hour Private Tour

St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum 4-hour Private Tour

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Meet your guide at the General Staff Arch, skip the long lines of ticket cashiers and go directly to the entrance. Once inside, learn about the development of art and culture in the west and east from pre-historic times to nowadays. Admire remarkable collections of paintings, prints, jewelry and sculptures. Gain fascinating insight into these artworks from a knowledgable guide. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now possesses more than 3 million works of art. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture are kept in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts and Russian icons. Choose the “Hermitage and Staff Building” option and visit the restored halls of the General Staff Building located in front of the Hermitage. See famous masterpieces of Western European art, 19th-century painting, Impressionism, and Postmodernism.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.20
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$110.20
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Splendid 2 Day St Petersburg Tour Introducing the Best of the City and Russian Culture

Splendid 2 Day St Petersburg Tour Introducing the Best of the City and Russian Culture

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Explore the cultural capital of Russia on this 2-day tour of St. Petersburg. See all the city’s main highlights such as the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof and much more. Enjoy the sights of the city during the canal and river cruise and explore St. Petersburg on your own during free time.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$372.00
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$372.00
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3-Hour Best of Saint Petersburg Guided Walking Tour

3-Hour Best of Saint Petersburg Guided Walking Tour

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Explore St Petersburg on foot on a 3-hour private tour, and view the city’s historical highpoints. Stroll with your knowledgeable guide around the sites, hear intriguing anecdotes about the city beloved by greats such as Pushkin and Dostoyevsky; and stop at sights including the Cathedral of the Savior of Spilled Blood and more. Learn about St Petersburg’s founding by Peter the Great and time as Russia’s capital; stroll along the Nevsky Prospekt; and gaze in awe at magnificent Palace Square, the heart of the city and home to the Winter Palace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.25
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$59.25

3-Days in St Petersburg: All-inclusive Private Tour with Professional Guide

3-Days in St Petersburg: All-inclusive Private Tour with Professional Guide

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Discover the ins and outs of stunning, historic St. Petersburg—Russia’s “Venice of the North”— during this intensive multi-day guided tour. Stay in your own accommodation, enjoying door-to-door hotel pickup each day. Highlights include skip-the-line admission tickets to standout sights like the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral—plus a sightseeing cruise down the city’s famous canals.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00
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The General Staff Building (the Impressionists Collection)

The General Staff Building (the Impressionists Collection)

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Visit the General Staff Building, a part of the Hermitage Museum Complex, and discover the collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The bright colors and the original shapes of the paintings will not leave any art lover indifferent.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.29
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$11.29

Discover St Petersburg in 4 Days with Private Guide

Discover St Petersburg in 4 Days with Private Guide

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Discover the magnificent palaces, iconic landmarks, and world-renowned museums of St Petersburg on this 4-day tour. Accompanied by a private guide, take in all the city’s highlights including the St Peter & Paul Fortress, St Isaac's Cathedral, and the Church on the Spilled Blood. Plus, take day trips to the Tzars' Village, Catherine’s Palace, and Pavlovsk Palace; explore the Hermitage Museum and the Faberge Museum; and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the St Petersburg canals.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$755.00
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$755.00
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Private St. Petersburg City Tour - All Must See Sites with Friendly Local Guide

Private St. Petersburg City Tour - All Must See Sites with Friendly Local Guide

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Avoid the hassle of group tours with too many tourists, and opt to take this private St. Petersburg sightseeing tour. Your guide meets you right in your hotel lobby, and tailors a private experience based on your needs and interests. Plus, you’ll visit top St. Petersburg highlights such as St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Gostiny Dvor, and the Church of St. Catherine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.00
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$131.00
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4 hour Private Panoramic City Tour by Retro Car

4 hour Private Panoramic City Tour by Retro Car

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Glide through St Petersburg in a beautiful Soviet-era car on a 4-hour private panoramic tour. Hop inside a gleaming, vintage auto with a private guide and separate driver, and admire the landmarks from the comfort of your head-turning classic. See Palace Square and the Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great; admire the sights along the River Neva; and enjoy photo stops at must-sees such as Kazan Cathedral and the former KGB headquarters. Tell your guide if you want to tailor your itinerary — it’s customizable to your interests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$492.31
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$492.31
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Hermitage Evening Tour with Impressionists collection

Hermitage Evening Tour with Impressionists collection

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Avoid the crowds at the Hermitage on this evening tour. Admire the Art Nouveau and Impressionist art and learn about art history and the collection from your guide. Visit the Winter Palace and see the Golden Peacock. Enjoy the time and space to explore the museum in a small group, without the daytime crowds.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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$87.18

Visa-Free 2-Day Tour in St Petersburg with Faberge collection

Visa-Free 2-Day Tour in St Petersburg with Faberge collection

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Choose this tour if you are as fond of city sightseeing and arts as any St Petersburger. During these 2 days, you are going to see the most attractive sides of the city: its wide streets and vast museums, important monuments and hidden gems. Except for the main collection of the Hermitage, enjoy the genius paintings of Impressionists like Matisse, Picasso, Renuar, and others. You will also see some unique jewel work in the Faberge Museums.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$485.00
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$485.00
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Small-Group Hermitage Museum Guided Walking Tour

Small-Group Hermitage Museum Guided Walking Tour

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At the appointed time your fully licensed English speaking guide will be greeting you right in front of the Hermitage, next to Alexandrinsky Column on the Palace Square. She will be holding the sign “ Ludmila Tours”. The SKIP THE LINE excursion will cover the 4 buildings of the Hermitage Ensemble: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Observing the magnificent interiors of the buildings, State Halls, and the most important masterpieces of the Western European artists. you'll have a strong sensation of having gone back to the times of the Russian emperors. The excursion duration is 2,5 hours, fast track admission and mobile phone application are included. Other languages are available upon request with an audio-guide. The early entrance option gives the opportunity to visit the Hermitage museum before the opening hours.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

Private Tour of Hermitage and General Staff Building with Impressionist Exhibit

Private Tour of Hermitage and General Staff Building with Impressionist Exhibit

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A guided, private tour of the Hermitage Museum allows you to skip the line to enter the Winter Palace and the General Staff Building. Your guide picks you up at your centrally located St. Petersburg hotel, and then introduces you to the key exhibits, allowing you to customize your visit along the way. Schedule your personalized experience in the morning or afternoon to best suit your vacation schedule.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00
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3 Days in St Petersburg - City Must Sees and Summer Residences

3 Days in St Petersburg - City Must Sees and Summer Residences

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This balanced 3-day tour includes the brightest sights of St Petersburg and its vicinity. You will explore the city center by a private car/minivan, making stops wherever you want and asking all your questions to your knowledgeable guide. Visit the famous Hermitage Museum and the Church on the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise in the afternoon. Next 2 days of the tour are devoted to the summer residences of the Russian Tzars - Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine's Palace).
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$495.00
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$495.00
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Cultural Tour of the Treasures of Saint Petersburg in 3 Hours

Cultural Tour of the Treasures of Saint Petersburg in 3 Hours

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Experience the vast cultural offerings of the 'Venice of the North' on a 3-hour walking tour. Delve into St Petersburg's unique 300+ year history as you explore its squares―including Palace Square, the heart of the city―visit the Bronze Horseman and marvel at the massive dome atop St Isaac's, once the largest cathedral in Russia. Then pay a visit to one of the local metro stations―works of art within themselves―for a ride to Peter and Paul Fortress, where the city itself was born.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.25
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$59.25

2-day Private Shore Excursion - St Petersburg Highlights (Visa Included)

2-day Private Shore Excursion - St Petersburg Highlights (Visa Included)

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Have a comfortable 2-day private shore excursion of St Petersburg with an expert guide. On the first day you will visit residence of the monumentally wealthy Yusupov family - the Yusupov Palace on the Moika River. After that, you will head out of the city to discover the Peterhof - famous summer residence. Have a guided walk in the beautiful Lower Park far from the hustle and bustle of the city. On the second day, you will explore the historical center and learn about the creation of the city and its history by visiting Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral - the heart of the city. After that, visit the Hermitage Museum, with skip-the-line priority access. At the end of the day you will have a chance to explore St. Petersburg by walking on the main city street - Nevsky Prospect.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$495.00
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$495.00
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Treasures of St Petersburg - 2-Day Private Shore Excursion with Faberge Museum

Treasures of St Petersburg - 2-Day Private Shore Excursion with Faberge Museum

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Explore the best that St. Petersburg has to offer during this 2-day private shore excursion. Visit the city’s key landmarks including the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Customize the itinerary to your interests with your guide and enjoy skip-the-line admission to many blockbuster attractions. This comprehensive tour also includes visa-free access to cruise ship and ferry passengers.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$465.00
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$465.00
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Intense 3-Day Private Shore Excursion - All of St Petersburg Visa-Free

Intense 3-Day Private Shore Excursion - All of St Petersburg Visa-Free

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Spend three days ashore exploring St. Petersburg’s wonders, and don’t worry about the planning—this private, visa-free tour makes getting around the city simple. Meet your guide upon disembarking on the first morning, and set off on an introductory outing. Over the course of your stay, you’ll visit the Hermitage Museum, the Catherine and Peterhof Palaces, the Faberge Museum, St Isaac’s Cathedral, and much more. Round-trip transit, admission to the sites, three-course meals, and guided tours are all included.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$845.00
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$845.00
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Should I book The General Staff Building tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since The General Staff Building 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.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to The General Staff Building costs USD 11.29. Guided The General Staff Building tours start around USD 11.29 per person.
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