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St Petersburg Orthodox Church Tour

St Petersburg Orthodox Church Tour

St Petersburg Orthodox Church Tour

Amazing Catherine Palace!  

That palace is probably the most beautiful palace i have ever seen. I hired Red Sun for a private Catherine Palace tour and it was my best decision. Actually i knew about this tour company from the reviews on this site.
My guide Kate was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. I learned so many thrilling details and facts of the Russian history. Thank you Kate and Red Sun Tours for the unforgettable memories.

Excellent - Highly Recommended!!!  

Took the tour of Catherine Palace with Elena and it was amazing! She was extremely knowledgeable and was able to get us past the extremely long tour group lines. Transportation from downtown St. Petersburg to Catherine Palace is not a simple process and Uber or Taxi can be expensive, so when you add in transportation cost (she picked us up at our hotel) as well as the benefits of having someone else buy your tickets and give you a private guided tour - this is definitely the way to go! We wanted to experience an authentic Russian meal so Elena took us to a restaurant and made recommendations of things to eat and drink that we would not have tried otherwise and it was delicious. Elena was great with our son, who is 11, and was great in answering all of his questions (he had a lot of them). When we got an unexpected call from our daughter that she had some free time (she was staying at a different hotel for a team sporting event), Elena had no issues with driving us to pick her up and then dropping us off back in St. Petersburg at a souvenir shop, rather than at our hotel (which was what we had originally agreed). Her knowledge and flexibility in plans made this an incredible experience and I couldn’t recommend her more highly!

Unforgettable journey in the land of Orthodox  
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We were speechless after the tour. I cried after the Orthodox service because it felt so spiritual! You'd never say modern day church is so inspiring. I recommend taking this tour for sure!

The Orthodox Tour was even better than expected  
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Originally we booked a tour which was fully focused on palaces like Peterhof Palace, the Hermitage Museum or Catherine Palace. And Elena did a fantastic job showing us all the gorgeous rooms and paintings. But while we were traveling around I noticed a stunning cathedral. We had to go inside. So what happened - we booked the Orthodox tour she told us about, and we actually went to the Savior on Blood Cathedral and the Monastery! Can you believe that? We visited an orthodox monastery! Highly recommended for everyone. The tour is really educative!

St Petersburg Orthodox Church Tour is a tour to the most significant religious places in St Petersburg, Russia. It highlights the art and history of Orthodox church and gives a chance to take part in Orthodox service.

The tour lasts for one day and starts with a hotel/port pickup. Together with a guide you will visit two museum cathedrals – St Isaac’s Cathedral and Our Savior on Blood Cathedral, one monastery and one Orthodox Service.

Before we take a deeper look at the Orthodox Church tour, please feel free to visit our TripAdvisor review section to read what travelers all over the world say about us. We’d really appreciate if at the and of the tour you left your say about the experience you’ve had.

St Isaac’s Cathedral Tour

St Isaac’s Cathedral is an iconic building designed by Auguste de Montferrand and originally was the main cathedral in Russia. It witnessed the Decembrist Revolt 1825, the revolution 1917, the Siege of Leningrad and the end of USSR era. St Isaac’s cathedral is a place to see most significant events in Russian history through a religious perspective.

St Isaacs
St Isaac’s Cathedral

These days you have access to the museum main exhibition and to the colonnade. Being on the colonnade you will see St Petersburg from the bird view (St Isaac’s cathedral is 101.5 m high). The museum is accessible for disabled travelers as well. You can also book the tour to St Isaac’s Cathedral separately.

Our Savior on Blood Tour

The next cathedral to visit is “Our Savior on Blood“. It is the only cathedral in St Petersburg built in “neo-Russian” style. The twin brother of Our Savior on Blood cathedral is St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

Our Savior on Blood cathedral was founded on the spot of Alexander II assassination. From the very foundation to the present day it remains a symbol of Romanovs’ reign and the tragedies surrounded by. Even during the USSR era when it was more a warehouse than a cathedral it never lost the charm and significance.

Our Savior on Blood
Our Savior on Blood Cathedral

Visit the museum and learn more about the Romanov family and why this cathedral was so important during the Siege of Leningrad.

Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery

Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in St Petersburg founded by Peter the Great himself. It was a symbol of the Orthodox victory against the armies from Sweden two times – in the 13th century and in the 18 century. The monastery highlighted the success of Peter the Great with glorious kings of the past. The monastery tour includes church visits inside and a visit to the Tikhvin Cemetery. Tikhvin Cemetery is probably the most visited cemetery in Russia. Hundreds of significant writers, composers, architects are buried there.

Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky Vault

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka – the list of famous people buried in the Tikhvin Cemetry is endless.

Kazan Cathedral

Finally, at 18:00 you will visit an authentic Orthodox service in the Kazan Cathedral. The cathedral keeps one of the oldest icons in Russian history – the “Mother of Kazan”. It is claimed to be blessed and thousands of people every year pilgrim to pray to her. The service lasts for about 2 hours and includes a confession, choir participation and Eucharist (all three optional).

Kazan Cathedral
Kazan Cathedral

At the end of the tour you will be escorted back to the hotel or ship.

If you feel somehow related to the religious tradition in your family this tour is definitely a must-take. It actually lets you dive in the Orthodox heritage and see Russia like never before.

You may also be interested in the Peter and Paul cathedral and it is available to book separately or as an add on.

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1 day(s)
8 hours
  • This tour includes

    St Isaac’s Cathedral visit

    Our Savior On Blood Cathedral visit

    St Alexander Nevsky Monastery visit

    Tikhvin Cemetery visit

    Kazan Cathedral visit and service

    Transfer

    Hotel/Port pickup

    English guide

  • The itinerary of the tour

    12:00 Hotel/Port pickup

    12:30 St Isaack’s Cathedral tour

    14:00 Our Savior on Blood tour

    15:00 – 16:00 Lunch break (optional)

    16:30 – 17:30  Alexander Nevsky Monastery tour

    18:00 – 20:00 Orthodox service

     

  • Tour price includes

    St Isaac’s Cathedral tickets

    Our Savior On Blood Cathedral tickets

    St Alexander Nevsky Monastery tickets

    Tikhvin Cemetery tickets

    Kazan Cathedral service (free)

    Transfer

    Hotel/Port pickup

    English guide

     

PLEASE NOTE: According to the Russian Federation Law, all cruise ship passengers, staying in Russia for up to 72 hrs, do not need a Russian visa if they book the tour with us. We will legally provide you with an officially authorized document (Tour Ticket or Blanket Visa) which is considered a Russian visa equivalent.

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