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St. Petersburg’s preeminent opera and ballet venue, and home to the world-renowned Kirov Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre has long been at the center of the city’s rich arts scene. Built in 1859 by architect Albert Cavos and named after Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the theatre saw a host of prestigious performers grace its stage during its pre-Revolution heyday, including dancers like Vatslav Nizhinsky, Matilda Kshesinskaya and Anna Pavlova, and opera singer Fiodor Shaliapin.

The Mariinsky Theatre’s present-day building was restored in 1944, after being damaged during in the Siege of Leningrad, and features a 1,625-seat auditorium. Today, the historic theatre is accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre concert hall, or Mariinsky II, an incongruously modern building that opened next door to the original theater in 2007.

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Box office is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Skip the Line: St. Petersburg: Russian Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre Ticket

Skip the Line: St. Petersburg: Russian Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre Ticket

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Russia is home to some of the world’s most renowned and prestigious ballet companies. On this tour, experience an unforgettable evening at the famous Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg. Attend a ballet performance by one of Russia’s top ballet companies and enjoy a magical rendition of a classic ballet such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, or The Nutcracker.
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  • 3 hours
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$235.90
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$235.90

Small-Group Walking Tour of St. Petersburg

Small-Group Walking Tour of St. Petersburg

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There’s so much to see and do in St. Petersburg, it’s wise to get your bearings with the help of a local guide. Explore this magnificent city on foot during this completely customizable half-day walking tour. Save the touristy spots for when you’re on your own, and take advantage of having an insider to take you off the beaten track to discover the real St. Petersburg.
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  • 4 hours
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$23.59
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$23.59

One Day Private Tour: City Tour with Skip-the-Line Hermitage

One Day Private Tour: City Tour with Skip-the-Line Hermitage

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Get to know the 'Venice of the North' on a private full-day tour of St Petersburg, complete with skip-the-line Hermitage entry. Start with a sightseeing overview of the city, stopping at such landmarks as Peter and Paul Fortress―the birthplace of St Petersburg―St Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square and the onion-domed Church on the Spilled Blood. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Russian restaurant (optional), then set out for a visit to the Hermitage Museum―home to the planet's largest collections of paintings, including works by iconic artists like Monet, Rembrandt and van Gogh.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$244.03
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$244.03
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River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

River Boat Tour in St. Petersburg with Private Guide - Drawbridge and Jazz Boats

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St. Petersburg is nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North,’ making a cruise along its waterways a must-do. Soak in the city’s riverside splendors on a cruise, passing sights like the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Mariinsky Theatre, plus cathedrals, palaces, and more. Choose a daytime cruise on the Neva River and main canals, a midnight cruise to see St. Petersburg’s illuminated drawbridges open, or a jazz dinner cruise on the Neva. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.00
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$116.00

Kayak Tour in St. Petersburg's City Center

Kayak Tour in St. Petersburg's City Center

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You'll start your tour at the base of one of the most famous cathedrals of the city, the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral. Sailing along the Kryukov Canal, you'll pass by Mariinsky Theater and on the Moyka Canal. You'll be able to see the New Holland Arch, the Yusupov Palace and the magnificient St. Isaac's Cathedral. You'll then proceed under famous bridges, see Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of the city, before reaching the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. From there we will start our way down the Griboyedov Canal to the starting point, enjoying the view on the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, and again sailing between famous bridges like the Bank and the Lion bridge. At 6am, Saint Petersburg is waking up, you can enjoy its sights in a quiet and magical setting. This unique excursion acquaints you with architectural splendor of the cultural capital of Russia. What to wear/bring: Sport casual, convenient clothes Sport shoes Sun glasses Extra set of dry clothes (just IN CASE)
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.69
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$43.69

Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

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Explore St. Petersburg the way you want with a private, full-day flexible tour. Customize your perfect itinerary in advance and relax with pre-arranged logistics and pre-booked skip-the-line tickets. Discover highlights like St. Isaac’s Cathedal and Church on the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise, or devote time to the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, or Peterhof — you choose. Entrance fees and meals are at your own expense, with private air-conditioned transport and guiding services included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.00
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$152.00
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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

1-Day St. Petersburg PRIVATE ALL INCLUSIVE GRAND TOUR Skip-the-line

1-Day St. Petersburg PRIVATE ALL INCLUSIVE GRAND TOUR Skip-the-line

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Dip into one of the world’s greatest city's on this full-day tour of St. Petersburg. With a guide, stop at some of the city’s top landmarks such as the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. View magnificent pieces of architecture as your guide explains their history.b Then, complete your experience with a 3-hour guided tour of the renowned Hermitage Museum.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.48
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$172.48
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Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide

Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide

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If you have time for one big attraction during a summer visit to St. Petersburg, the Peterhof is a must. This 5-hour private tour takes you to this grand royal complex, the brainchild of Peter the Great, between May and September, when its fountains are running. Explore the Grand Palace, gardens, and Peter’s Monplaisir summer villa, and admire the playing fountains of the Grand Cascade. Skip-the-line entry, return hydrofoil transport, and hotel pickup included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.00
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$152.00
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Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

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Devote your attention to two of Russia’s most celebrated imperial residences on a private day tour from St. Petersburg. Leave the city for the baroque Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. Tour the interiors as you hear about the tsars who lived here, and see the showpiece Amber Room and gardens. Afterward, explore the palace and parks of the Peterhof estate, including the world-famous Grand Cascade fountains. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.00
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$165.00
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The Nutcracker Ballet

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The Nutcracker Ballet

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The Nutcracker Ballet is an 1892 two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This ballet gained fame and recognition around the work and is now performed for you in one of the most stunning theaters in Russia. The Mariinsky Theater is one of the oldest and leading musical theaters in Russia – it is truly a must-visit. The history of its origin dates back to 1783, since then, drama, opera and ballet companies performed on the stage of this theater. While the performance of Russian ballet dancers is flawless, we strive to keep up and provide only premium class cars as our shuttles to the theater and back because your comfort and uncompromisingly good experience is our priority.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.02
$171.00
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$159.02
$171.00
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Skip the Line: St. Petersburg Mariinsky Ballet Ticket

Skip the Line: St. Petersburg Mariinsky Ballet Ticket

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Russian ballet is considered the world’s best, so seize the opportunity in St. Petersburg to see a ballet at the Mariinsky. Opened in the late 1800s, the theater is home to the world-leading Mariinsky Ballet, also known as the Kirov Ballet. This skip-the-line ticket lets you see ballets such as ‘Giselle’ and ‘Cinderella’ depending on your selected date, and comes with optional hotel and cruise port transfers, plus seating options.
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  • 3 hours
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$206.97
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$206.97

Classic Russian Ballet Ticket in St Petersburg

Classic Russian Ballet Ticket in St Petersburg

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Russian ballet is well-regarded, and there’s hardly a better place to enjoy the dance than in St. Petersburg. Whether you’re new to ballet or have seen many performances, you will enjoy this opportunity. Various classical ballets are performed at different theaters throughout the city, so what you’ll see depends on what’s playing while you’re in town. Your tickets will be delivered conveniently to your hotel, so you don’t have to worry about collecting them.
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  • 3 hours
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$160.00
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$160.00

Private Theater Tour and Russian Classical Ballet Evening Performance

Private Theater Tour and Russian Classical Ballet Evening Performance

Visit the fabulous Russian classical ballet in one of the greatest theatres in the world, with its own proud traditions and unforgettable atmosphere. You will admire truly impressive examples of Russian classical architecture, learn more about its unique history and famous artists and admire one of the most wonderful ballet performances in Russia. The Russian history of ballet dates back to as early as the 17th century during the reign of Peter the Great. Everything else has changed but the ballet has remained the same. The breathtaking beauty of the setting, the idiosyncrasies of Russian theatre-goers and the historic atmosphere should be more than enough to guarantee a truly memorable evening out.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$267.00
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$267.00
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Evening Shore Excursion: St Petersburg Private Theater Tour and Russian Classical Ballet Evening Performance

Evening Shore Excursion: St Petersburg Private Theater Tour and Russian Classical Ballet Evening Performance

When you’re in port in St Petersburg, immerse yourself in a world of Russian ballet with this private 6-hour theater and evening ballet performance shore excursion. With a private guide, enjoy a panoramic tour of St Petersburg’s famous theaters. Learn how the city saw the premieres of ballets such as ‘Swan Lake,’ and see the Hermitage Ballet, Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky and Alexandrinsky theaters as you discover their history. Afterward, be swept away by an evening performance of a great, classical ballet such as  ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at any of the four theaters.
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  • 6 hours
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$327.00
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$327.00
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One Day Private Shore Excursion with Evening Program

One Day Private Shore Excursion with Evening Program

Private guided tour up to 12 persons. You will see all the main sights of our city — Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Faberge Museum and much more. All tickets & admissions, fine dining lunch & dinner, personal guide and driver on Mercedes e-class/Viano, special Evening program with Mariinsky theater included! Visa-free.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.62
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$184.62
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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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The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

If you are looking for authentic experience of Russia, choose this remarkable evening tours.This tour include pick up and drop off service. Our english speaking driver will come to collect you from your hotel. And you will enjoy the beauty and grace of the world-recognized Russian ballet. Also we provide good seats inside the theater. @citytripcompany
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$166.73
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$166.73
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The Nutcracker ballet at Mariinsky theater

The Nutcracker ballet at Mariinsky theater

Running time 2 hours 45 min Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky Libretto by Marius Petipa based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffma
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,435.90
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$1,435.90

Private St Petersburg Jewish Heritage Tour

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Private St Petersburg Jewish Heritage Tour

Discover St. Petersburg's Jewish heritage on a private city tour, with a local guide. From the 19th century on, St Petersburg was a center of Jewish learning and culture. Learn about the Jewish communities of old, and visit the Big Choral Synagogue, a hub of Jewish life. See Theatre Square, linked to Jewish composer Anton Rubinstein; and the Academy of Fine Arts attended by the Jewish artist Marc Chagall. On route, enjoy a panoramic St Petersburg tour, passing palaces, monuments and bridges that testify to the city’s imperial past.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$472.50
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$525.00
$52.50 savings
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$472.50
per group
$525.00
$52.50 savings

Private walking tour of St. Petersburg with a boat trip on the Neva River

Private walking tour of St. Petersburg with a boat trip on the Neva River

Explore of St. Petersburg on foot and by boat on the river. You'll see Palace Square, Kazan Cathedral, Bronze Horseman, Nevsky Prospekt, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Admiralty, Summer Garden, Mariinsky Theatre, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Winter Palace, Palace Embankment, etc.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$274.00
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$274.00
Price varies by group size

Mesmerizing Saint-Petersburg

Mesmerizing Saint-Petersburg

Discover the splendor of Saint-Petersburg with our ambitious programme and 5-star accommodation. You’ll see the “Venice of the North” from water during the midnight boat trip, have private guided tour to spacious Hermitage museum with the access to Diamond room, see elegant Faberge’s works at Faberge Museum, get to know famous “Russian Versailles” – Peterhof and not so famous but not less important official residence Konstantin Palace. Not to mention Yusupov Palace, the residence of one of the richest families of Russian Empire, the scene of a bizarre Grigory Rasputin’s murder. And don’t miss the backstage tour and visit to performance at one of the world’s opera and ballet gems – Mariinsky theater. Spend the last day at leisure. Otherwise you can proceed for the optional tour to Imperial summer residences of Pushkin and Pavlovsk or go for the army day experiencing tank ride and AK-47 shooting. Finally, you’ll feel totally charmed and mesmerized by this fabulous city.
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  • 6 days
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$3,066.25
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$3,066.25
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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
per group
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$615.39
per group

Exclusive: Mariinsky Theatre Ballet and Russian Dinner with a Ballet Dancer

Exclusive: Mariinsky Theatre Ballet and Russian Dinner with a Ballet Dancer

Experience the majesty of the Russian ballet with this Viator Exclusive 4-hour experience, not available to book anywhere else. Following a ballet performance at Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg’s preeminent performance venue, you’ll enjoy a 2-course dinner and have the chance to chat to a ballet dancer, via a private translator, for 30 minutes. Hotel pickup and drop-off in St.Petersburg are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$469.00
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$469.00
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What are Mariinsky Theatre hours of operation?
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Mariinsky Theatre hours of operation: Box office is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 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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Should I book Mariinsky Theatre tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mariinsky Theatre 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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How much does it cost to visit Mariinsky Theatre 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Mariinsky Theatre costs USD 5.90. Guided Mariinsky Theatre tours start around USD 5.90 per person.
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