St Petersburg Private Tour of St Isaac Cathedral and Yusupov Palace

St Petersburg Private Tour of St Isaac Cathedral and Yusupov Palace
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$72
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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On this tour you will visit the highest and largest one-dome construction in St. Petersburg and Russia, St. Isaac's Cathedral. You will climb the 43 meter high Colonnade and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over St. Petersburg. Built in 1848, this Cathedral is one of the iconic monuments of the city, and its golden dome dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Later continue your tour in Yusupov Palace, the former residence of Russian nobles, the Yusupovs. Admire the palace's variety of architectural styles and its surroundings of the Moika River, and learn of the famous demise of Rasputin on its grounds.

This tour will begin in the lobby of your hotel, from where your private guide will take you to St Isaac Cathedral by taxi. Your private guide will be accompanying you throughout the duration of this tour. Enjoy complimentary city maps, bottles of water, rain coats (in case of any rain) and farewell gifts.

This tour presents the itemized history of development of 2 of the most wonderful & well-known sights in St. Petersburg. Visit the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral, one of the finest architectural monuments of the XIX century and an integral part of St. Petersburg’s magnificent skyline, the former principal cathedral of the Russian capital has a capacity to accommodate 10,000 people. The cathedral is graced with 112 solid granite columns weighing up to 114 tons each and about 400 reliefs and bronze sculptures. The observation platform on the colonnade provides a magnificent view of the city. Long before this lavishly decorated building was opened to the public in 1848, St. Isaacs' already had a most unusual history. Explore the cathedral with your own personal, informative guide and enjoy your unforgettable visit. 

A short time later, you will keep on investigating the city with your guide taking you to visit Yusupov Palace. The palace was built in 1770, became the residence of the Yusupov family in 1820, and remained the richest aristocratic house of Russia until the October Revolution of 1917.

The Yusupov Palace is also famous for being host to one of the most dramatic episodes in history of Russia: the assassination of Grigory Rasputin, the scandalous favorite of Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicolas II. Rasputin was murdered in one of the cell rooms in December 1916, and his death is almost more mysterious than his life had been. Now the cellar of the Yusupov Palace hosts an exhibition dedicated to Rasputin featuring documents and wax figures, and making one feel the effect of events on Russian history.

Please note: Visit to Rasputin death scene display may be organized upon availability (not guaranteed). because it should be confirmed by museum administration.

On this tour you will visit the highest and largest one-dome construction in St. Petersburg and Russia, St. Isaac's Cathedral. You will climb the 43 meter high Colonnade and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over St. Petersburg. Built in 1848, this Cathedral is one of the iconic monuments of the city, and its golden dome dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Later continue your tour in Yusupov Palace, the former residence of Russian nobles, the Yusupovs. Admire the palace's variety of architectural styles and its surroundings of the Moika River, and learn of the famous demise of Rasputin on its grounds.