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Smolny Cathedral (Smol'nyy Sobor) Tours and Activities

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Smolny Cathedral (Smol'nyy Sobor) is a cathedral and convent located on the banks of the River Neva in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was built in the mid 1700s in a Baroque style, and it is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city due to its striking blue color. It was originally built to house Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great. Since being denied the throne, she intended to become a nun. However, once her predecessor was overthrown, she was able to take her place as the Empress of Russia instead. Work on the cathedral was stopped when Catherine II came to power, and it wasn't until around 1835 when work started again. Due to this, the interior was done in a neo-classical style.

The cathedral is laid out in the shape of a cross with four smaller churches in the corners. Visitors can also see the detailed church spires and the clock tower which stands at 308 feet tall. Today the cathedral is used primarily as a concert hall. The surrounding convent buildings are used as governmental offices as well as faculty buildings for St. Petersburg State University.

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Thurs-Tues 11am-7pm
3 Rastrelli Square, St Petersburg, Russia, 191060
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The Highlights of Saint Petersburg. City Tour with private guide and driver.

The Highlights of Saint Petersburg. City Tour with private guide and driver.

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Dear Guests ! You are welcome to choose the sights from my list of Saint Petersburg attractions that can be included into the city tour with various duration. I always offer customized private tours, so the tour duration is flexible as well as the list of sights. The city tour includes driver service and the size of car depends on the size of group which can be from 2 to 6 people.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$212.91
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$212.91
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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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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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$425.00
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$425.00

2 Day St Petersburg Private Shore Excursion for the Second Time Visitors

2 Day St Petersburg Private Shore Excursion for the Second Time Visitors

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2 Day Private Shore Excursion for the second time visitors includes off-the-beaten-track itineraries. You’ve probably seen the Hermitage, Catherine Palace and Peterhof, all main churches and now you’re wondering what to do next. Look at our 2 Day Shore Excursion what was especially designed for a second time visitor. Visit Oranienbaum palace and walk in the park. Enjoy the exclusive cathedral in Kronstadt and have a boat ride to see the forts of the 18 century. Next day visit the Assumption cathedral and stop for photos by the Smolny convent. Take pictures of the legendary Cruiser Aurora. Visit the local Farmer's market. Taste some Russian vodka and have a tour of the Russian Vodka Museum. Visit the State Naval Museum and walk with your guide in the city center.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$385.00
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$385.00
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Highlights of St Petersburg Private Tour

Highlights of St Petersburg Private Tour

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Experience the best of St Petersburg, dubbed the ‘Paris of the East,’ on a private 4-hour city tour. Traveling by private vehicle with an informed guide, pause for photos of landmarks including the spectacular Winter Palace and St Isaac’s Cathedral. Chart the city’s tsarist past as you see highlights such as the Bronze Horseman and Peter and Paul Fortress, and stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, the monument-lined main street, planned by Peter the Great. Your itinerary is flexible, so feel free to ask your guide to tailor it around your interests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.00
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$142.00
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St. Petersburg Private 3-Day Highlights Tour

St. Petersburg Private 3-Day Highlights Tour

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Pack in St. Petersburg sights into three days on this private tour of the city’s main highlights. During your 3-day city visit, see Catherine Palace and Park, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman, and Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets). Plus you’ll also explore the Rasputin exhibit at Yusupov Palace, and go on a river and canal boat cruise.
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  • 3 days
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$912.83
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$912.83
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3-Hours City Sightseeing Tour of Saint Petersburg, Russia

3-Hours City Sightseeing Tour of Saint Petersburg, Russia

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St Petersburg is the imperial city of the three golden spiers, golden domes, luxurios palaces and picturesque canals. With its arrow-straight avenues, parks and lovely architecture, St. Petersburg is no less impressive than London, Barcelona, Rome or Paris. You will see all of St. Petersburg's most famous sights from the comfort of a car or mini van with a knowledgeable and experienced licensed guide. During the tour you will see all the main highlights of St. Petersburg: the Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty, Palace Square, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Naval Museum, St. Petersburg University, the Menshikov Palace, the Fine Arts Academy, the Bronze Horseman, the Alexandrinsky Theater, Smolny Cathedral, the Catherine the Great Monument, the Fine Arts Square, the State Russian Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood as well as numerous canals and rivers and beautiful bridges across them.
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  • 3 hours
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$140.00
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$140.00
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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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History of three Russian revolutions

History of three Russian revolutions

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You are more than welcome to try my lecture tours in a unique style of infotainment (mixing history and anecdotal storytelling) delivered with my own flair. I offer walking tours around St.Petersburg, that are usually off the beaten paths and could be extremely detailed, but crash/introductory course of main highlights of the city is also available upon request. I am a pedant racountuer, which means I can be both academic and entertaining, yet I promise not to overload you with unnecessary details.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

St.Petersburg 3 Hour Private Panoramic City Tour

St.Petersburg 3 Hour Private Panoramic City Tour

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See the best of St Petersburg on a 3-hour private panoramic tour. Settle inside an air-conditioned, private vehicle with a driver and guide, and admire the landmarks from your comfortable seat. Hear intriguing history from your guide as you pass sights like Palace Square, the Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great, and more. Absorb the city skyline from the riverbanks, drive along Nevsky Prospekt and stop for photos at the prettiest sights. If you wish, let your guide know what you want to see; your itinerary is flexible.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67
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2-day MINI-GROUP Shore Excursion NO-RUSH RUSSIAN DELIGHTS

2-day MINI-GROUP Shore Excursion NO-RUSH RUSSIAN DELIGHTS

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Visa-free mini-group - up to 16 people on the bus. Focused on local everyday life, Russian culture, gourmet food, beautiful architectural sights with numerous photo stops and all must-see museums, this tour is a great introduction for first-time visitors, especially for those who wish to discover new things at a comfortable pace. Wi-Fi on the A/C Mercedes small bus, personable and friendly English-speaking guide, skip-the-line access to all venues and luxurious treat during the two days of the «Russian Delights» tour add comfort to your unforgettable and enjoyable experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$209.00
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$209.00

Four days exhaustive tour for intellectually curious in Saint Petersburg Russia

Four days exhaustive tour for intellectually curious in Saint Petersburg Russia

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If you are tired of standard packaged holidays forced upon you by your regular run of the mill tour operator where you just driven around to make photostops, Please join me for my informative lecture tours, where you would be able to find out not only the facts, such as who, what, for how long or for how much and using how many kilos, but learn both iconography, namely what allegories are used in that particular object of art or architecture, along with iconology, meaning what values were its owners and creators trying to convey.I am a pedant recountuer, which means I can be both academic and entertaining, yet not overload you with unnecessary details. I offer walking tours around St.Petersburg and its environs, which are extremely detailed. I have an extensive experience in guiding and culture studies, related to world and art history, but area, where I really excel is that of Russian history, you do not need to look any further I am your man if you are interested in it.
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  • 1 day 6 hours
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$256.42
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$256.42

St Petersburg Private 3 Day Essential Shore Excursion

St Petersburg Private 3 Day Essential Shore Excursion

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$712.00
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$712.00
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Private Shore-Excursion: 3-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

Private Shore-Excursion: 3-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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Book this private tour when your cruise ship docks in St. Petersburg, which gives you a flexible, customized way to explore the city. Traveling in a group with your own private guide means you can move at your own pace and focus on the parts of the city that interest you over the course of three days. All private transportation via minibus is included.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$582.00
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$582.00
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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
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$158.00
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$158.00
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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
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$1,088.00
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$1,088.00
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A day of St.Petersburg lifestyle with locals

A day of St.Petersburg lifestyle with locals

A unique experience - a walking tour and two home-made meals! You will enjoy a very special atmosphere in the apartment with orginal 19th century furniture and art and elements of early 20th century decor. We like to cook and our guests usually like our food - combination of Russian traditional dishes and family signature hors d'ouvres and desserts. The area around our place is off the beaten paths, however, it is full of architectural and historical landmarks and is very picturesque. We have been living in the area for a very long time and love to show it to our guests. We speak fluent English. I am a Russian-English translator and a former tour-guide. We will see Fieldmarshall Suvorov's Museum, Taurida Gardens and Palace (from outside), Smolny Cathedral, and other places. As we eat and walk together we will be able to answer questions about the life in Russia in the past and nowadays, about the history, culture and artistic life in St.-Petersburg as well as the family history.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.98
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$87.98

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
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$202.00
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$202.00
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3-Day Comfortable Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

3-Day Comfortable Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

This convenient three-day shore excursion has been designed with cruise ship passengers in mind. You'll explore the highlights of the city without wasting any time. Visit must-see attractions within the city and just outside it, including the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, and Tsarskoye Selo. See and do a lot in three days, and make it back to your ship before departure.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$699.00
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$699.00
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5 day grand St.Petersburg tour

5 day grand St.Petersburg tour

This is a comprehensive tour of St.Petersburg for intellectually curious, and though it is not a strict term for me, please do not ask me if you just like small talk, I might not have particular social graces, but if you are really interested in Russian history, I am your man. Of course it doesn't matter if you wanna go deep into it, or just do highlights and scratch the surface, each tour would be tailored to your particular demands even on the go, but you have to give me a little credit and need at least 5 days to do it justice. And the more time you give me, the more interesting and fascinating it becomes for you. We are not gonna rush around, cramming information, but take it gradually so by the end of it you would be able to familiarize yourself with Russian history and learn not just who, when and for how much but why. I am very flexible with no downtime, and unlike other guides offer itineraries that not set in stone, so you can choose to see things that amaze or educate.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$769.24
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$769.24
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St.Petersburg through the eyes of it's real inhabitants and literary characters

St.Petersburg through the eyes of it's real inhabitants and literary characters

This is a comprehensive tour of St.Petersburg for intellectually curious, and though it is not a strict term for me, I might not have particular social graces, when it comes to just small talk, but if you are really interested in Russian history, I am your man. Of course it doesn't matter if you wanna go deep into it, or just do highlights and scratch the surface, each tour would be tailored to your particular demands even on the go, but you have to give me a little credit and need at least 6 days to do it justice. And the more time you give me, the more clear it becomes for you. We are not gonna rush around, cramming information, but take it gradually so by the end of tour you would be able to familiarize yourself with Russian history and literary characters to learn not just who, when and for how much but why they act as they did. Being flexible with no downtime, I unlike other guides offer itineraries that not set in stone, so you can choose to see things that amaze and educate.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$615.39
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$615.39
per group

Smolny Institute Private Tour - visit official government of Saint-Petersburg!

Smolny Institute Private Tour - visit official government of Saint-Petersburg!

Smolny Institute — the current operating St Petersburg government residency. It was the cradle of the USSR revolution and the Bolsheviks headquarters. Vladimir Lenin worked and lived there. Visit Lenin’s room and study, learn more about the USSR. PLEASE BE ATTENTIVE: Must be booked at least 7 days in advance. • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$223.00
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$223.00
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Saint-Petersburg Must-See Private City Tour with St.Isaac Cathedral

Saint-Petersburg Must-See Private City Tour with St.Isaac Cathedral

Visit the impressive St. Isaac's Cathedral - formerly main and largest Russian Orthodox cathedral. During the Tour of St. Petersburg we show you the most significant sights in the city center close up, giving you some of the historical background and the stories that lie behind the facades of this most fascinating city from the comfort of a car or mini van and with a knowledgeable guide. • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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$119.00
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St Petersburg Cathedral Tour with Friendly Local Guide

St Petersburg Cathedral Tour with Friendly Local Guide

Having always been a cultural capital of the country, Saint Petersburg possesses a plethora of architectural and cultural gems. Cathedrals belong to both. Visiting St Petersburg means seeing all you can see because this city has something to offer on every street, although the long list of must-see places contains a little part of the entire cultural heritage. Get up close and personal with the culture and soak up the breathtaking views of the city. Marvel at impressing and elegant, grandiose, and imposing religious citadels with our masterpiece-packed tour. Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and you'll start your walking tour from there. • Spend time wandering through the best St Petersburg landmarks • Explore the architectural peculiarities of the cathedrals and major buildings • Get an emotional and personalized experience following your expert guide • Dive deeper into the spiritual world of the Russian Orthodox churches
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.00
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$133.00

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Smolny Cathedral (Smol'nyy Sobor) hours of operation: Thurs-Tues 11am-7pm. 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 Smolny Cathedral (Smol'nyy 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.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Smolny Cathedral (Smol'nyy Sobor) costs USD 60.00. Guided Smolny Cathedral (Smol'nyy Sobor) tours start around USD 60.00 per person.
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