If you are interested in Russian orthodox churches and cathedrals, if you would like to learn the history of Russian religion, the history of different architectural styles, if you want to know why Russian churches have three, five or seven domes, why Russian people are standing during services, what is iconostasis and how different types of icons are made, then you will definitely enjoy this interesting private tour around main churches and cathedrals in Saint-Petersburg. This Churches Tour is also one of the most popular St Petersburg cruise tours.

Your private tour guide will show you Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – 4th largest cupola cathedral in the world, designed by the prominent French architect Montferrand in 1858, it was used as the main orthodox cathedral of Russia till Russian Revolution which took place in 1917. You will also have a unique opportunity to climb 262 steps up to the Colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to see the panoramic view to the city from the bird’s fly.

After, you will have a short walk to another one of St Petersburg attractions – Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan where famous field Marshall Kutuzov is buried (He participated in Russian-French War with Napoleon in 1812). Just 10 min walk from the main orthodox cathedral of Saint-Petersburg and you will find yourself standing in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood – the most ornate and beautiful church in Saint-Petersburg, inside it is decorated with 7500 square meters of mosaics on biblical subjects. So nowadays it is a museum of mosaics, originally constructed in 1907 and served as a church till 1917.

On the other side of the Neva River you will discover a huge Peter and Paul Fortress with tall red brick walls and a long golden spire of Peter and Paul Cathedral in the central part of it. This fortress as well as this cathedral were constructed by the order of Peter the Great in 1703 by Italian architect Domenico Trezzini. Nowadays it is known as the burial place of Russian Tsars. During your private guided Churches tour inside the Peter and Paul Cathedral you will see tombs of Peter the Great, his wife, his daughter – Elizabeth, his grandson, tomb of Catherine the Great, her son Paul I, his wife and their children, you will discover tombs of the last Russian Tsars – Alexander III and Nicholas II with his family. At the end of such St Petersburg excursions your guide will show you the backyard of the Prison, the Mint, the Boat house and the Commandant’s house.

This 5-hour Churches tour around St Petersburg attractions, including main churches and cathedrals of Saint-Petersburg, will be finished at your hotel approximately by 3 PM.

END TIME Approximately 3 PM.
DURATION 5 hours
Professional guide Tickets to the colonnade
Tickets to the churches
Private transportation
Guide gratuity

If you would like to have a private car or a minivan included in the price of your tours of St Petersburg, contact us and we will make a special customized tour for you.

Number of tourists 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Prices 142$ 84$ 64$ 54$ 48$ 45$ 43$ 40$ 38$ 37$

Prices are per person for the group up to 10 persons, if your group is bigger, please, contact us info@showmerussia.com and we’ll provide you with special group rates.


10.00 AM

Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. The guide will carry a sign with your name and the name of the company ShowmeRussia.

10.30 AM – 11.00 AM

Guided tour inside St. Isaac’s Cathedral (the largest dome Cathedral in Saint Petersburg)

11.00 AM – 11.30 AM

Time to climb the Colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral which is 43 meters high and admire the panoramic view of the city.

11.30 AM – 12.00 PM

Visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan (main practicing Orthodox cathedral of Saint-Petersburg).

12.20 PM – 1.00 PM

Tour inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (the place of the assassination of the emperor Alexander II).

1.00 PM – 1.30 PM

Time to cross the Neva River through the Trinity Bridge and walk to Peter and Paul Fortress – the very heart of Saint-Petersburg.

1.30 PM – 2.30 PM

Excursion inside Peter and Paul Cathedral – the burial place of all Russian Tzars.

3 PM

Return to the hotel

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
May 23, 2015

It is a tresure trove indeed! We enjoyed the churches of Saint Petersburg!

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