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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.

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Assistance of an English-speaking local guide (German, French, Italian, Spanish upon request)
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
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    Stop At: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    Take a guided excursion to St.Isaac's Cathedral, formerly main and largest Russian Orthodox cathedral built in St. Petersburg in 1858 by the architect Montferrand, is the fourth highest among the world's cathedrals under the single cupolas. It follows St Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London and Santa Maria del Fiorre in Florence. The richly-adorned interior, lined with marble, and with malachite and lazurite columns, was intended for up to 10 000 worshippers. Standing on the broad Isaac`s Square, its golden dome can be seen all over the city. On a clear day, the observation platform at the foot of the dome commands a fine view over St. Petersburg and its surroundings.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Pass By: Winter Palace of Peter I, Dvortsovaya Emb., 32 metro Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg Russia

    Thereafter you proceed to The Comprehensive City Tour - when you see all the famous sights of Saint-Petersburg from the comfort of a car or mini van and with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Along the way several stops will be made, where you will have the chance of viewing the sights at close quarters.

    You will see Winter Palace and the Hermitage.

    The present building of the palace (the fifth) was built in 1754-1762 by the Italian architect B. F. Rastrelli in the style of a magnificent Elizabethan baroque with elements of French Rococo in the interiors. It is an object of cultural heritage of federal significance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the historical center of St. Petersburg. From the moment of completion of construction in 1762 to 1904, it was used as the official winter residence of the Russian emperors. In 1904, Nicholas II transferred the permanent residence to the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. From October 1915 to November 1917, the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich Hospital worked in the palace. From July to November 1917, the Provisional Government was located in the palace. In January 1920, the State Museum of the Revolution opened in the palace, which divided the building with the State Hermitage until 1941. The Winter Palace and Palace Square form the most beautiful architectural ensemble of the modern city and are one of the main objects of Russian and international tourism.

    Pass By: Nevsky Prospekt, Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg 191025 Russia

    Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and home to the most important sights in the city. As well as many churches the street boasts St Petersburg's finest shops and restaurants, old manors and impressive buildings, and a beautiful mixture of architectural styles from the different periods of its history.

    Pass By: Kazan Cathedral, Kazanskaya Sq., 2 Metro Nevskiy Prospect, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    Kazan Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Saint Petersburg. It was built in 1801-1811 by the architect Andrey Voronikhin by order of Emperor Paul I who wanted the cathedral to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The cathedral is the monument to glory of Russian arms. The famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812, was buried inside the Kazan Cathedral. In 1932-1991 it housed the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism. The sacred thing of the cathedral is a copy of an icon of Our Lady of Kazan.

    Kazan Cathedral is remarkable for its plan. Half-round colonnade decorates the side façade of the cathedral, not the main one. According to church canons the altar was to face eastwards, the main entrance - westwards.

    Pass By: Stroganov Palace, Nevskiy Ave., 17, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    One of the best examples of Russian baroque, the only residential building of the XVIII century on Nevsky Prospekt, the Stroganov Palace belonged until 1917 to the oldest genus of industrialists, the Stroganovs. Constructed in the shortest possible time by the project of one of the most sought-after architects of the era, FB Rastrelli, he amazed his contemporaries with the luxury of decoration, the magnificence of high-society balls and dinners. Later, the richest collections of books, collections of Western European and Russian paintings, numismatics and minerals were housed, for which special “intellectual halls” were created - Mineral and Physical Cabinets, Library and Art Gallery, in which Count A.S. Stroganov, being the president of the Academy of Arts, provided an opportunity for students — future illustrious Russian painters — to copy works from their collections. Renovated, reviving its architectural decoration, the Stroganov Palace is filled with paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the collections of the Russian Museum.

    Pass By: The Building Of The Admiralty, Admiralteyskiy Drive, 1 metro Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg Russia

    This is one of the most important sights of St. Petersburg. From the spire of the Admiralty, three central streets of St. Petersburg are moving away with rays: Nevsky Prospect, Gorokhovaya Street and Voznesensky Prospect. At the very top of the spire with a height of 72.5 meters, the symbol of St. Petersburg rotates - a gold-plated weather vane in the form of a ship. According to legend, its silhouette follows the contour of the first ship, which entered the port of St. Petersburg shortly after the city was founded. The Admiralty building, which was originally built as a shipyard for the construction of warships, is now the main headquarters of the Navy.

    Pass By: Palace Square, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

    Palace Square - the central square of St. Petersburg, completely surrounded by historic buildings, most of which are considered important cultural and historical monuments. The square itself is also listed as a World Cultural Heritage, UNESCO is organizing.

    Palace Square was formed in the early eighteenth century. At first it was called the Admiralty meadow, but in 1766 the area was renamed the Palace - in honor of the famous Winter Palace, whose southern facade looks directly over the square.

    In addition to the Winter Palace, the architectural ensemble of the Palace Square are such architectural monuments as the headquarters building Guards Corps, General Staff and the Arc de Triomphe. And in the center of the square stands a monument to the War of 1812 - Alexander Column.

    Pass By: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia

    Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible attacks from the Swedes, the fortress never served its original purpose as they were defeated before its completion, and the six bastions at its corners were turned into high security political prison cells. The notorious dungeons held many famous people, including Alexei, the son of Peter the Great, Trotsky and Gorky, and it is now a museum. Other buildings in the fortress house the City History Museum and the Mint. The midday gun is fired every day from the roof, echoing around the city from across the water. Also enclosed within the imposing walls is the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, its distinctive golden needle-like spire visible throughout the city. The first church in the city to be built from stone, it has a richly decorated interior containing the tombs of every Russian Emperor since Peter the Great.

    Pass By: Central Naval Museum, Truda St., 5, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    Russia's main naval museum tells the fascinating story of the development, growth and achievements of the Russian navy. With a collection of over 800 thousand exhibits, the museum displays some fascinating naval memorabilia, armaments, authentic maritime equipment, quality models of historically significant vessels and numerous paintings by marine artists.

    The pride of the museum has to be the boat of Peter the Great, known as the "Grandfather of the Russian Navy". It was on this very boat that Peter learned to sail as a teenager and acquired his fascination for the sea, sea faring and shipbuilding. This fascination later prompted Peter the Great to found the Russian navy.

    Pass By: Twelve Colleges, Universitetskaja nab., 7 metro Vasileostrovskaya, St. Petersburg 199034 Russia

    This red-and-white building stretches for 440 yards and actually consists of 12 buildings standing side by side. It was built between 1722 and 1742 on Vasilevsky Island and was intended for Russia's 12 government bodies (Peter the Great's Senat, Synod, and ten ministries, or kollegii). In 1835 the then-vacant building was given to St Petersburg University and now serves as its main building. St. Petersburg University was founded in 1819, and received international recognition thanks to chemist Dmitry Mendeleev (inventor of the Periodic Table ), physicist Alexander Popov (who invented the radio simultaneously with Marconi) and many other major scholars, including 8 Nobel Prize winners. Today the university has over 20,000 students, 2,000 professors, 210 departments and a library with 4 million volumes.

    Pass By: The Menshikov Palace, Universitetskaya Emb., 15 Vasiliostrovskaya Metro Station, St. Petersburg 199034 Russia

    The magnificent Menshikov palace on the University Embankment brings you back to the glorious era of Peter the Great, the time of birth of the city on the Neva River. The Palace became one of the first luxury buildings in Saint Petersburg. The construction of the palace began in 1710. Czar Peter I built it for his favorite and associate - the first Governor General of St. Petersburg, Alexander Menshikov. The size and rich decoration of the palace surpassed all the other buildings of St. Petersburg.

    Menshikov Palace was the «face» of the Northern Capital: all the foreign ambassadors and guests of honor were received there. The palace was a place where lush celebrations and assemblies were held. An extensive garden stood behind the palace.

    After Menshikov fell into disgrace and was exiled to Siberia, the palace was handed over to the Cadet Corps. The palace had been repeatedly rebuilt but the 1960s the reconstruction of the palace returned it the original interior of Peter's time. And now, visitors can plunge into the aristocratic atmosphere of those times. The decorations of most rooms have survived. The Menshikov Palace hosts a branch of the State Hermitage Museum exhibiting unique artifacts.

    Pass By: Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya 17, St. Petersburg 199034 Russia

    The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, informally known as the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was founded in 1757 by Ivan Shuvalov under the name Academy of the Three Noblest Arts. Catherine the Great renamed it the Imperial Academy of Arts and commissioned a new building, completed 25 years later in 1789 by the Neva River. The academy promoted the neoclassical style and technique, and sent its promising students to European capitals for further study. Training at the academy was virtually required for artists to make successful careers.

    Currently, the exposition of the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts is located in the halls on three floors of the so-called "compasses" - the central courtyard of a circular shape. On the first floor there is a department of casts, on the second - a collection of paintings of the Russian academic school. The architecture department, which presents unique design models from the 18th and 19th centuries, is located on the third floor of the compass. Among the exhibits are models of buildings of the Smolny Monastery, the Academy of Arts, the Stock Exchange, St. Isaac's Cathedral and many other monuments of the Northern capital.

    Pass By: Senate Square, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    Senate Square, formerly known as Decembrists' Square in 1925-2008, and Peter's Square, before 1925, is a city square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 1925 it was renamed Decembrists Square to commemorate the Decembrist Revolt, which took place there in 1825.

    The square is bounded by the Admiralty building to the east. On the west there is the Senate and Synod Building (now headquarters of the Constitutional Court of Russia). The Bronze Horseman monument adorns the square. On July 29, 2008, the square was renamed back to Senate Square.

    Pass By: Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, Dekabristov Square, St. Petersburg Russia

    Commissioned by Catherine the Great, the monument was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet in 1782. The second name (the Bronze Horseman) comes from the same name poem written by Aleksander Pushkin (1833). The monument symbolizes the Russian victory over Sweden in the Northern War (1700-1721): the snake symbolizes a defeated enemy, the horse symbolizes Russia. The pedestal of this monument is a huge so-called "thunder-stone", which was delivered to Senate Square from a borough Lakhta.

    There is a legend that one can find the name of Étienne Falconet on a fold of Peter the Great's cloak.

    Pass By: Saint Isaac's Square, Isaakiyevskaya Sq., St. Petersburg Russia

    St. Isaac's Square is considered the main administrative area of ​​St. Petersburg. Here, the Mariinsky Palace is located city Legislature.

    The area has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Her ensemble was Isaac's Cathedral, Mariinsky Palace, the hotel "Angleterre" and "Astoria".

    Initially, the area known as Commerce. In the XVIII century, between the river and sink Bolshaya Morskaya Street had a lot of shopping malls. Only at the end of the XVIII century it became known as St. Isaac. The architectural appearance of the area gathered for 300 years. It changed its name, border and its constituent building.

    Pass By: Mariinsky Palace, St Isaac's Square, 6, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190107

    The palace that is now considered an architectural landmark was designed by A.Stackenschneider. It was built in 1844. For one day it was open to public, which was a bright and memorable event for that time.

    After great princess Mary died in 1876 the palace was inherited by her sons, who were forced to sell it to settle the debts. In 1884 emperor Alexander III signed an order to announce Mariinski palace the residency on the State Council.

    In February 1917 the palace was the seat of the Provisional Government, later on – of the Pre-parliament (the Council of Russian Republic established by the Mensheviks). Since December, 14, 1994 Mariinski palace is the seat of the Legislative Assembly of Saint-Petersburg (the city Parliament).

    Pass By: Monument To Nicholas I, Isaakiyevskaya Square, St. Petersburg Russia

    The monument is located on St Isaac's Square. The Neo-Baroque monument to the Russian Emperor Nicholas I was designed by architect Auguste de Montferrand in 1856. The pedestal is decorated with allegorical female figures of Wisdom, Force, Faith and Justice, in whose faces one can notice the likeness with the wife and daughters of the Empereros. High reliefs on the pedestal represent the most important events of the time of Nikolas I's ruling: the Decembrist uprising (1825), suppression of cholera revolt on Sennaya Square (1831), Speransky's rewarding concerning the creation of the first code of laws (1832) and Verebyinsky Bridge opening on the railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow (1851).

    Pass By: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    St.Isaac's Cathedral, formerly main and largest Russian Orthodox cathedral built in St. Petersburg in 1858 by the architect Montferrand, is the fourth highest among the world's cathedrals under the single cupolas. It follows St Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London and Santa Maria del Fiorre in Florence. The richly-adorned interior, lined with marble, and with malachite and lazurite columns, was intended for up to 10 000 worshippers. Standing on the broad Isaac`s Square, its golden dome can be seen all over the city. On a clear day, the observation platform at the foot of the dome commands a fine view over St. Petersburg and its surroundings.

    Pass By: Palace Bridge, Bolshaya Neva River Emb., St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

    Stretching along the River Neva in the very heart of St Petersburg is the Palace Embankment. A long standing tourist attraction, other than fresh air and a pleasant view of the river, the Embankment offers a terrific sight of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Vasilievsky Island. The Embankment also holds marvelous landmarks such as the Winter Palace, the Hermitage Theatre, the Marble Palace and others.

    Pass By: Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole), St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    The history of Field of Mars goes back to the first years of Saint Petersburg. At that time it was called the Great Meadow. Later it was the setting for celebrations to mark Russia's victory in the Great Northern War and the field was renamed the Amusement Field (Poteshnoe Pole). In the 1740s the Amusement Field was turned for a short while into a walking park with paths, lawns, and flowers. Its next name – Tsarina’s Meadow – appeared after the royal family commissioned Rastrelli to build the Summer Palace for Empress Elizabeth. But towards the end of the 18th century Tsarina’s Meadow became a military drill ground where they erected monuments commemorating the victories of the Russian Army and where parades and military exercises took place regularly.

    After the February Revolution in 1917 the Field of Mars finally lost its significance as a military drill ground and became a memorial area, used to buried the revolution's honoured dead. In summer 1942 the Field of Mars was completely covered with vegetable gardens to supply the besieged Leningrad.

    Pass By: Summer Garden, Dvortsovaya Emb., 2D, St. Petersburg 191028 Russia

    The Summer Garden is a pearl in the garden necklace of Petersburg. Peter I really liked this garden. It was laid out in 1704. Time has changed the garden a lot. However, its original planning still remains.

    Peter I wanted the garden of his residence to be as beautiful as the famous gardens of European monarchs. To decorate the Summer Garden he commissioned marble busts and statues from Italy. This purchase laid the foundation of the collection of sculpture of European level.

    The fence on the Neva side of the Summer Garden is an architectural masterpiece of universal fame. The impressive monumentality merges miraculously with lightness, simplicity, and grace.

    Pass By: The Alexandrinsky Theater, Ostrovskogo Square, 6, St. Petersburg 191023 Russia

    Russian State Academic Drama Theater named after A.S. Pushkin - the legendary Alexandrinsky Theater - is the oldest national theater in Russia. It was established by the Senate Decree, signed by the daughter of Peter the Great by Empress Elizabeth on August 30, 1756 on the day of St. Alexander Nevsky. This theater is the progenitor of all Russian theaters, and the date of its foundation is the birthday of the Russian professional theater. The establishment of the theater was the beginning of the Russian state policy in the field of theatrical art. The Russian State Drama Theater for two and a half centuries, one might say, served as an attribute of the Russian statehood. In the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, it was the main imperial theater, the destiny of which was occupied by the Russian emperors.

    Pass By: Smolny Cathedral, Rastrelli Sq., 1, St. Petersburg 191124 Russia

    Smolny Cathedral is part of the architectural ensemble of the Smolny Convent, which is considered a historical and architectural monument of world scale.

    Ensemble of the monastery was made on the design of architect Rastrellі for which this work was the last. Beautiful blue and white temple complex is Baroque. Striking style temple buildings, upward. Highest point the monastery became the Resurrection Cathedral - 94 meters.

    The construction of the temple began in 1748 and the interior finish was completed only in 1835. Thus, it took 87 years to build it. In 1835 the Smolny Cathedral was consecrated in the name of the Resurrection of Christ.

    Pass By: Anichkov Palace Saint Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity, Nevskiy Ave., 39 m. Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg 191023 Russia

    The palace received its name from Anichkov Bridge. This is the oldest surviving building on Nevsky Prospect. The palace began to be built in 1741 by decree of Empress Elizabeth, who had just ascended the throne as a result of the next coup. The project of a multi-storey building in the form of a stretched letter “H” was created by one of the first architects of the new capital, Mikhail Zemtsov. The construction was completed in the style of high Baroque by B.Rastrelli. At this time, Fontanka served as the outskirts of the city, and Nevsky Prospect was still a glade. Thus, the palace was supposed to decorate the entrance to the capital.

    Pass By: Monument to Catherine the Great, Ploshchad Ostrovskogo Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191023 Russia

    The bronze figure of Catherine ΙΙ holds a scepter and a laurel wreath in her hands, an ermine mantle falls from her shoulders, the crown of the Russian Empire lies at her feet. On the chest is visible the Order of St. Andrew the First Called. The monument is similar to the monument to the Millennium of Russia, located in Veliky Novgorod, as both of them were designed by Mikhail Mikeshin. It should be noted and its similarity with the monument to Catherine II in Krasnodar - it was one of the last works of the sculptor.

    Pass By: Ploshchad Iskusstv, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    A small but elegant square in the center of the city, this single architectural ensemble was planned by the great Carlo Rossi. The square fis faced by many cultural and artistic institutions - the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Mikhailovsky Theater, the State Russian Museum, and others - resulted in it being called Ploshchad Iskusstv (Arts Square). In the center of the square, directly in front of the State Russian Museum, is located the Mikhailovsky Square Garden, with a monument to the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

    Pass By: State Russian Museum, Inzhenernaya St., 4 Metro: Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191011 Russia

    The State Russian Museum, a unique depository of artistic treasures, is home to the world’s largest collection of Russian fine art. It is one of Russia's most precious objects of cultural heritage. While the State Hermitage displays fine art from all over the world, the Russian Museum concentrates on home-grown masterpieces. Founded in 1898 by Emperor Nicholas II in memory of his father Alexander III, it became the first state museum of Russian art. Today it holds over 400,000 exhibits, spanning a period of one thousand years. It includes an overwhelming collection of medieval icons and works from well-known Russian masters such as Repin, Shishkin, Nesterov, Cahagall and Rublev. Among other outstanding exhibits are The Last Day of Pompeii, a gigantic depiction of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius by the 19th-century artist Karl Bryullov, and Ilya Repin’s colossal The Zaporozhye Cossacks Writing a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan. Experience the essence of Russia in a fantastic display of styles, shapes, colors and meanings.

    Pass By: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

    The church was founded in 1883 at the site of the tragic events - on March 1, 1881, Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded here, on that day heading to the site of the military parade on the Field of Mars. His son, Alexander III, ordered to build a church at this place for regular services for the slain. That is why the name of the Savior on the Blood was fixed to the temple, although it is officially called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Not only Russians, but also residents of Slavic countries donated money for the construction of the temple. Total construction was spent 4.6 million rubles. After the revolution, the Cathedral of the Savior on Blood was closed and has not been restored for a long time. There were rumors that he was even going to disassemble. In 1970 he was transferred under the patronage of St. Isaac's Cathedral, which allocated 80% of the funds for restoration. In 1997, the Savior on Spilled Blood opened its doors to visitors as a museum, which contains a huge collection of mosaic icons.

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