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Things to Do in St. Petersburg This Winter

Things to Do in St. Petersburg This Winter

Winter temperatures in St. Petersburg can drop below freezing, but it’s worth braving the cold to see the city at its most enchanting—blanketed in snow. Here are some ideas for things to do in St. Petersburg this winter.

  • Enjoy a winter sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg’s frozen canals, snow-coated palaces, and historic landmarks.
  • Admire the city’s festive illuminations and shop for traditional gifts at the Christmas market on a holiday tour of St. Petersburg.
  • Zip along snowy plains on a dog-pulled sled excursion.
  • Escape the cold and head indoors for a tour of the Hermitage Museum or the Fabergé Museum.
  • Warm yourself up with a guided vodka tasting at the Russian Vodka Museum.
  • Attend a ballet performance of Swan Lake at the Hermitage Theater.
  • See Pavlovsk Palace lit up with holiday lights and walk through the snow-covered Pavlovsk Park.
  • Tuck into Russian blini (pancakes) over Maslenitsa (pancake week) in February, and then learn how to make them at a cooking class with a professional chef.
  • Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the royal parks of Yelagin Island.
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City Sightseeing St Petersburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing St Petersburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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For the ultimate in sightseeing flexibility, purchase a one- or two-day hop on hop off bus ticket and travel by double-decker bus among St. Petersburg's key attractions. You get on and get off at any of the 18 stops along the bus route. You may also choose to sightsee via boat on the city's canals. Buses and boats are equipped with on-board audio commentary to enhance your sightseeing.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.70
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$16.70
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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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$88.85
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$88.85
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Grand Tour of St Petersburg

Grand Tour of St Petersburg

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First-time visitors to St. Petersburg seeking an overview will enjoy this ‘grand tour’. You’ll focus on some of the city’s historical sites and majestic public spaces, and can choose to upgrade the tour to include places that interest you most. Travel by car and on a walking tour, to see the city in different ways. Your English-speaking local guide will explain the history of this fascinating city en route.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.54
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$61.54
Price varies by group size
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St Petersburg Illuminations Night City Tour

St Petersburg Illuminations Night City Tour

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Admire St. Petersburg on a night tour that shows off the city at its most atmospheric time of day. This is a convenient way to enjoy the beauty of city monuments lit up after dark.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.14
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$143.14
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Winter Tour and Sleigh Ride in St Petersburg

Winter Tour and Sleigh Ride in St Petersburg

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St Petersburg is even more magical in the winter months, with its beautiful buildings and royal palaces all dusted with snow. On this tour, experience the city’s winter wonders on a guided city tour, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the royal parks of Yelagin Island, then warm up with a vodka tasting at the Russian Vodka Museum. In the afternoon, escape the cold for a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Museum.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
Price varies by group size
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$199.00
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St. Petersburg Winter Fairy Tale and Pavlovsk Palace Tour

St. Petersburg Winter Fairy Tale and Pavlovsk Palace Tour

Savor the fairy tale atmosphere of winter-time St. Petersburg on this private 6-hour tour. Take a panoramic tour of the sights and canals draped in snow and ice and, during the holiday season, their Christmas lights. After lunch (own expense), leave the city for Pavlovsk Palace, the one-time residence of Tsar Paul I. Tour the palace and admire the snowy wonderland of surrounding Pavlovsk Park. Hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.00
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$162.00
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Private Cooking Class: Russian traditional Blini with red caviar and Shchi in pipkin

Private Cooking Class: Russian traditional Blini with red caviar and Shchi in pipkin

Prepare a trio of traditional Russian dishes during a private cooking class in St Petersburg. This 3-hour hands-on class focuses on local culinary heritage, providing you the techniques and ingredients needed to make Shchi cabbage soup cooked in a pipkin pot, delectable Siberian Pelmeni or dumplings and Russian Blini served with red salmon caviar—a popular dish among tsars. Learn facts about each dish and its origins as you go, then sit down to enjoy your well-earned gastronomic feast with friends.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,113.00
Price varies by group size
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$1,113.00
Price varies by group size
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