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Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle)
Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle)

Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle) Tours and Tickets

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With its orange-brick façade and gilded church spire, hemmed in by the waters of the Fontanka and Moika Rivers, Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle) offers an enchanting first impression, but it’s the palace’s somber history that will stick in the minds of visitors. Built between 1797 and 1800 during the short reign of Emperor Paul I, the castle was the result of the enigmatic leader’s near-obsessive fear of being assassinated. Claiming that he was visited in a dream by the Archangel Michael and advised to build a castle on the site of his birthplace, the Tsar did just that – erecting a supposedly impenetrable fortress underlain with secret tunnels and protected by fortified ramparts, drawbridges and a moat. Somewhat ironically, fate stepped in, and just a month after moving into his safeguard the Tsar was murdered in his sleep.

Today, the beautifully preserved castle is a branch of the Russian Museum and hosts a number of temporary museum exhibits, as well as a permanent exhibition focusing on the building of the royal residence and the elaborate assassination plot of Paul I.

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House of Romanov royal mysteries

House of Romanov royal mysteries

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The Romanov family were the royal dynasty that ruled Russia until the 20th century and traces of their rich legacy can be seen all around St. Petersburg. On this tour, follow in the footsteps of the royals as you stroll around Mikhailovsky Garden and the Summer Garden; visit sites associated with the House of Romanov such as St. Michael's castle and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood; and hear stories of royal scandals, mysteries, and murders.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.59
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$43.59

2-day MINI-GROUP Shore Excursion NO-RUSH RUSSIAN DELIGHTS

2-day MINI-GROUP Shore Excursion NO-RUSH RUSSIAN DELIGHTS

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Visa-free mini-group - up to 16 people on the bus. Focused on local everyday life, Russian culture, gourmet food, beautiful architectural sights with numerous photo stops and all must-see museums, this tour is a great introduction for first-time visitors, especially for those who wish to discover new things at a comfortable pace. Wi-Fi on the A/C Mercedes small bus, personable and friendly English-speaking guide, skip-the-line access to all venues and luxurious treat during the two days of the «Russian Delights» tour add comfort to your unforgettable and enjoyable experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$209.00
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$209.00

St. Petersburg stately: everything you need in a short stay

St. Petersburg stately: everything you need in a short stay

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A personalized tour that has what is most important and interesting for you. An unforgettable experience of immersing yourself in the history of the Russian Czars Romanov with their secrets, family dramas, more important and dramatic moments for Russia, as well as the history of the ancient capital of the Russian Empire with its legends and an impressive collection of architectural styles.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$452.25
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$452.25
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Walking tour in St Petersburg with off the beaten track places.

Walking tour in St Petersburg with off the beaten track places.

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We invite you to have an unforgettable walk around St Petersburg with our local guide. During this walk you will not only see all the amazing highlights of the city but also get introduced to off the beaten track places that make locals love this city with all their hearts, such as beautiful courtyards , famous Soviet canteens, secret places to make wishes, funny monuments of birds and cats with interesting historical stories behind, a former palace that is used as a creative space today that offers impressive views of the center of St. Petersburg and many others. After this tour you will know the history of our beautiful city , famous people who made history here and events that changed the world , but also you will understand how locals live today and what they value. You will see two sides of our city- royal St Petersburg with its elocative beauty and St Petersburg through the eyes of locals.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.28
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$30.28
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State Russian Museum - Private Tour with Skip-The-Line Tickets

State Russian Museum - Private Tour with Skip-The-Line Tickets

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Take the day to wander and explore one of the five main palaces of the State Russian Museum during this private tour. Your guide can plan your day according to your preferences, and your itinerary for the day can be altered based on what you’d like to do. The five areas of the museum include the Mikhailovsky Palace, the Stroganov Palace, St. Michael’s Castle, the Benois Wing, and the Marble Palace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.21
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$128.21
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St Petersburg Myths and Legends Private Walking Tour

St Petersburg Myths and Legends Private Walking Tour

Hear stories of revenge, romance and Imperial aristocracy on a 2-hour evening walking tour of St Petersburg! Focusing on the eccentric St Peterburgians of bygone days, the commentary on this fascinating legends tour is rich with mystery and humor – just like the city itself. Learn of the exploits of Catherine the Great and her secretive son Tsar Paul I, and see Mikhailovsky Castle (St Michael’s Castle) along with lesser-celebrated gems like the diminutive Chizhyk-Pyzhik Monument. • 2-hour St Petersburg legends walking tour, led by a local guide • Learn of the secrets, coups, and romances that characterized Imperial-era St Petersburg • Admire the monument to Catherine the Great while learning of her late 18th-century exploits • See some of the city’s lesser-known sights like the so-called 'square of the architects' • Walk around the outside of Mikhailovsky Castle (St Michael’s Castle) to follow the trail of Tsar Paul I's ghost
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.00
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$42.00
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CANAL CRUISE & FABERGE MUSEUM skip-the-line guided tour

CANAL CRUISE & FABERGE MUSEUM skip-the-line guided tour

It lets you enter Faberge museum skipping the line. All the tickets are pre-booked. With your local licensed private guide you will see and learn more and will be more flexible and receive answers to any of your questions. A canal tour will let you see St.Petersburg at different perspective - in the way it was viewed and conceived by its founder - first Russian Emperor Peter the Great.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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$400.00
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Sightseeing 1-day Guided Tour in St. Petersburg (shore excursion)

Sightseeing 1-day Guided Tour in St. Petersburg (shore excursion)

During the tour you will discover the centre of St. Petersburg, having the opportunity yo get acquainted with the historical and architectural heritage of the city. You will explore the main attractions: the Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospect, the Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. The feature of this tour is that you'll visit St. Isaac's Cathedral with colonnade, the main cathedral of the Russian empire. And the most beautiful and unique Church on Spilled Blood. This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded. Both buildings are recognized symbols of St. Petersburg.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.84
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$205.84
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'War and Peace' Filming Locations Private Tour

'War and Peace' Filming Locations Private Tour

Trace the steps of some of your favorite characters from BBC’s TV show 'War and Peace' during this private tour of filming locations in St. Petersburg. Gain early access to the Hermitage, Mikhailovsky Castle, and Catherine Palace and Park. Catch sight of the gold ballroom where Natasha first dances with Prince Andrei, as well as two other important filming locations.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$188.00
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$188.00
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St. Petersburg: State Russian Museum 2-hour Private Tour

St. Petersburg: State Russian Museum 2-hour Private Tour

Discover the State Russian Museum, one of the largest museums in the world, which houses more than 38,000 works of art and 6,000 icons of celebrated Russian artists. Since 1895, this museum is located in the magnificient palace of the Grand Duke Michael, also known as the Mikhailovsy Palace. Thanks to your guide, you will learn more about famous masterpieces, such as the portrait of Catherine II by Levitsky, or The Black Square (The Art of the Sublime) by Malevich. This place is also the housing of private art collections grabbed after the Revolution, gathering masterpieces by Repin, Antropov, Ivanov, Kandinsky, and painters and sculptors from Russia’s ancient history. The Russian Museum is one of the best visit to contemplate art and history, but also to understand the Russia of yesterday and the Russia of today.
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  • 2 hours
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$65.39
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$65.39
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2-day PRIVATE Shore Excursion BACK IN THE USSR - From Russia with love!

2-day PRIVATE Shore Excursion BACK IN THE USSR - From Russia with love!

The Soviet Union was hidden from the American eyes behind a mysterious shroud of secrecy. This tour is focused on the Soviet Union era until modern days. You will learn about historically meaningful events that had an impact on the Russian nation and you will get back in the time of the communism and cold war. To get the most of this unique atmosphere, you will have lunch at a Soviet-style cafe. Along with the visits to some historical places and museums focused on the Soviet Union era, you will have an opportunity to take photos at locations where the scenes from the famous film «GoldenEye» with James Bond were shot. The Berlin Wall had come down in 1989 and the Soviet Union had broken up. The cold war was over, but like Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) said: «You are always going to have bad guys. You don’t need a cold war to make James Bond fly». As long as countries have their secrets, spies will exist and mysterious stories will be filmed based on gossips, legends, and anecdotes.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$666.67
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$666.67
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Private Tour: Grand Choral Synagogue and Ethnography Museum (Jewish Section)

Private Tour: Grand Choral Synagogue and Ethnography Museum (Jewish Section)

Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg with a visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue and Russian Ethnographic Museum (Jewish Section). You will also see Church on the Spilled Blood, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the St. Isaac’s cathedral, the Spit of St.Basil’s Island, the Admiralty, the Peter’s Log cabin, the Cruiser Aurora, the St.Michaels castle, the Smolny Convent, the Russian Museum, the Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra, etc. *The start time of the tour can be adjusted according to your preference.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.00
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$158.00
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2-day Shore excursion Russian Delights mini-group tour

2-day Shore excursion Russian Delights mini-group tour

Visa-free mini-group - up to 16 people on the bus. Focused on local everyday life, Russian culture, gourmet food, beautiful architectural sights with numerous photo stops and all must-see museums, this tour is a great introduction for first-time visitors, especially for those who wish to discover new things at a comfortable pace. Wi-Fi on the A/C Mercedes small bus, personable and friendly English-speaking guide, skip-the-line access to all venues and luxurious treat during the two days of the «Russian Delights» tour add comfort to your unforgettable and enjoyable experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.00
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$207.00

5 day grand St.Petersburg tour

5 day grand St.Petersburg tour

This is a comprehensive tour of St.Petersburg for intellectually curious, and though it is not a strict term for me, please do not ask me if you just like small talk, I might not have particular social graces, but if you are really interested in Russian history, I am your man. Of course it doesn't matter if you wanna go deep into it, or just do highlights and scratch the surface, each tour would be tailored to your particular demands even on the go, but you have to give me a little credit and need at least 5 days to do it justice. And the more time you give me, the more interesting and fascinating it becomes for you. We are not gonna rush around, cramming information, but take it gradually so by the end of it you would be able to familiarize yourself with Russian history and learn not just who, when and for how much but why. I am very flexible with no downtime, and unlike other guides offer itineraries that not set in stone, so you can choose to see things that amaze or educate.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$769.24
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$769.24
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Three centuries of Saint Petersburg, Golden, Silver and Soviet ages of the city

Three centuries of Saint Petersburg, Golden, Silver and Soviet ages of the city

St.Petersburg apeared a little bit more than 300 years ago. And from its humble wooden beginning it played an important part in Russian history. I want you to take a closer look with me at places deeply connected with the three ages of St.Petersburg; Golden Age of being Imperial capital of privileged nobles and royalties, Silver Age of last days of Empire with decadent representatives of bohemian elite of art, literature, music and ballet that ended in three revolutions, led by the men of steel, willing to die and kill for their utopian ideas. I prepared a short description of the main highlights, which I strongly advise you to read to do the city justice. Let us start our journey together, so you would be able not just look, but really see the city in all its splendor.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
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$153.85

MINI-GROUP Shore Excursion 2-day Russian Delights tour

MINI-GROUP Shore Excursion 2-day Russian Delights tour

Visa-free mini-group - up to 16 people on the bus. Focused on local everyday life, Russian culture, gourmet food, beautiful architectural sights with numerous photo stops and all must-see museums, this tour is a great introduction for first-time visitors, especially for those who wish to discover new things at a comfortable pace. Wi-Fi on the A/C Mercedes small bus, personable and friendly English-speaking guide, skip-the-line access to all venues and luxurious treat during the two days of the «Russian Delights» tour add comfort to your unforgettable and enjoyable experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$212.00
From
$212.00

Cheap&Easy tour

Cheap&Easy tour

All St. Petersburg highlights within 1 day only can be Cheap & Easy! The tour is excellent for travellers who feel all right about much walking, want to see a lot, experience local life and save their budget. So much to see for so little to pay! All the museums in the tour are prebooked. We skip the line and save your time to enter the museums. For our cruise ship customers we offer the tour as visa-free. For the whole duration of the tour you’ll be hosted by a local expert, licensed tour guide, fluently speaking English. Why is it so cheap? The reason is that most of the tours include the whole day transport, but here we limited it to the transfers instead - the tours includes the transfer by public transport or taxi to and back from the downtown. The rest will be by metro (subway) or walking. Please, mind that the tour includes a bit of walking and you have to be prepared and have a necessary kit: comfortable shoes, wind jacket, sunglasses and umbrellas or raincoats.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$389.75
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$389.75
Price varies by group size

Private two-day tour to Saint Petersburg

Private two-day tour to Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a city of palaces and estates. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. The city is permeated by a network of water channels, for this it is called the Northern Venice. In total, there are 580 bridges in St. Petersburg, 22 of which are drawbridges. A large part of the city's architecture is a magnificent Royal residence and patrimonial estates of the nobility. In the summer in St. Petersburg white nights and breeding bridges.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,406.97
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$1,406.97
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St.Petersburg through the eyes of it's real inhabitants and literary characters

St.Petersburg through the eyes of it's real inhabitants and literary characters

This is a comprehensive tour of St.Petersburg for intellectually curious, and though it is not a strict term for me, I might not have particular social graces, when it comes to just small talk, but if you are really interested in Russian history, I am your man. Of course it doesn't matter if you wanna go deep into it, or just do highlights and scratch the surface, each tour would be tailored to your particular demands even on the go, but you have to give me a little credit and need at least 6 days to do it justice. And the more time you give me, the more clear it becomes for you. We are not gonna rush around, cramming information, but take it gradually so by the end of tour you would be able to familiarize yourself with Russian history and literary characters to learn not just who, when and for how much but why they act as they did. Being flexible with no downtime, I unlike other guides offer itineraries that not set in stone, so you can choose to see things that amaze and educate.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$615.39
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What are Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle) hours of operation?
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Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle) hours of operation: Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle) costs USD 30.28. Guided Mikhailovsky Castle (St. Michael's Castle) tours start around USD 30.28 per person.
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