St Petersburg Orthodox Church Tour
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka – the list of famous people buried in the Tikhvin Cemetry is endless.
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).
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.
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
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)
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.