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Daily Canon Shot at Peter and Paul Fortress + Museum of Revolution Private Tour

Visit Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg with a private guide and learn about its rich history! The sprawling site is fascinating to explore, with old prison buildings and an ornate Baroque cathedral. Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison-turned-museum and gaze in awe at the extravagant interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral where Tsar Peter the Great is buried. Then walk towards the The State Museum of Political History of Russia, which is located right nearby to continue exploring Russian history.

• See the highlights of Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the oldest building in the city
• Learn about the building’s 18th-century history as you walk around
• Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, a prison museum and former torture chamber
• Marvel at the opulent interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral
• Visit The State Museum of Political History of Russia
• Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from a guide
• Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance

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  • What's included :
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - The Prison of the Trubetskoi Bastion
    • Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - The State Museum of the Political History of Russia
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
    • Hotel pick up and drop-off (*available for additional charge)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: The Prison of the Trubetskoi Bastion, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, St. Petersburg 197198 Russia

    This private tour introduces you to one of the most beautiful and fascinating landmarks in St Petersburg – Peter and Paul Fortress! Your private guide will ensure you’ll have a personal and in-depth experience while regaling you with stories about the site’s past.

    Arrange your private tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress to start at a time to suit your schedule. Once inside the attraction, your itinerary is flexible, so if there’s something you want to see more of, simply let your guide know.

    Head inside and start exploring, learning about the impressive building’s history. The oldest structure in St Petersburg, the fortress was built in the 1700s to defend against an invasion by the Swedes. The attack never came, and the site went on to be used as a prison until as recently as 1917.

    Visit Trubetskoy Bastion, one of the old prison blocks, and hear how it served as the main political prison of the Russian Empire as well as a torture chamber for the secret services. Whereas it once symbolized political repression, the building is now a museum that charts the history of its former inmates. Browse the exhibits with your guide as you walk around.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Peter and Paul Cathedral, Sobornaya Sq., 1 Petropavlovskaya Fortress, St. Petersburg 197046 Russia

    Continue to the Russian Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and marvel at its Baroque interior – a standout feature that sets it apart from the city’s other Orthodox cathedrals. Look up toward the bell tower and visit the tombs of emperors and eminent Russians like Tsar Peter the Great.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia

    The Peter and Paul Fortress is also the centre of a number of St. Petersburg urban traditions, among them the daily firing of the cannon from the Naryshkin Bastion at noon. Many people come here to witness the noon cannon shot, which is a daily tradition since the 19th century. Every day at 12 o'clock a cannon fires a blank shot from the Naryshkin Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress. This tradition originates from Peter's epoch, when the cannons announced the beginning and the end of the working day, alerted the local citizens about the floods and marked important state events. Between 1873 and 1934 the gun was fired from the Naryshkin bastion at noon for the citizens to synchronize their watches. Then the tradition was eradicated and, after the 20-year gap, was revived in 1957, during the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the city’s foundation. Today this tradition to celebrate the noon with an artillery shot - is the unique of its kind, you won't see it anywhere in the world.

    The majestic view of the granite walls surrounding the golden-spired Peter and Paul Cathedral will stay in your memory forever. The angel on top of the steeple is our protector and a symbol of St. Petersburg.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The State Museum of the Political History of Russia, Kuibysheva st., 2/4 Metro: Gorkovskaya, St. Petersburg 198218 Russia

    After exploring the fortress and its various sites, continue to The State Museum of Political History of Russia - the museum of national significance, which has already celebrated its centenary, keeps evidence of Russia’s political life from the late 18th till the early 21st century. The Museum collection counts over 460,000 items. They reflect the history of the state system reforming, fates of the most prominent historical figures, processes of development of revolutionary, democratic, social and political movements and parties.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Gor'kovskaya, St Petersburg, Russia, 197101
    Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Ulitsa Kuybysheva, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197046
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved
    • It is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P320

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