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

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg
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  • 7 hours
  • St Petersburg
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  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

Discover Catherine Palace and its famous Amber Room, located in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin). Tour the Catherine Palace, a magnificent example of rococo architecture, and the beautifully manicured palace gardens. Marvel at the Grand Palace, Lower & Upper gardens and amazing fountains of Peterhof. Tour the lush chambers inside the Grand Palace. Stroll the gardens and delight at the lavish fountains. Enjoy a 7-hour guided private tour where you will see opulent architecture and elegant rooms.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Sadovaya St., 7 Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia

Your private 7-hour tour begins with a pickup from the lobby of your St. Petersburg hotel. A private guide will accompany you for the full duration of your explorations, and you will be provided with complimentary city maps, bottles of water, rain coats (in case of rain), and farewell gifts.

Settle inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of the city to the town of Pushkin, also known as Tsarskoye Selo, which means ‘royal village’ in Russian.

On arrival, visit the magnificent baroque Catherine Palace, a grand residence presented as a gift to Russia’s Empress Catherine I by her husband, Peter the Great, in 1708. Take photos of the richly decorative architecture and learn about the Romanov tsars who resided here, granting audiences and holding lavish gala balls and masquerades.

Admire the interior of the famous Amber Room, a stunning chamber covered in more than 180 square feet (55 square meters) of amber panels backed with gold leaf. Hear about the recent reconstruction of this room, once considered the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ for its outstanding beauty.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Stop At: Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, Sadovaya St., 7, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia

After your 1.5-2 hour palace tour, including the surrounding 18th- and 19th-century landscaped gardens, grab some lunch on the go (own expense) and continue for an afternoon at another of Russia’s famous royal residences.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Peterhof Grand Palace, Razvodnaya St., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg 198516 Russia

Take a 2-hour tour of the spectacular imperial estate of Peterhof, a luxurious palace and garden complex located on the shores of the River Neva on the fringes of St. Petersburg.

Explore the elaborate interiors of the Grand Palace, a grand residence set on a high ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: Park And Gardens of Peterhof, Razvodnaya st., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg Russia

Graced with the world’s largest fountain system — composed of more than 140 fountains, including three major cascades — this park has been dubbed the ‘Russian Versailles.’

Admire the Grand Cascade, with its impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the jaws of the lion, along with designs featuring a chessboard and Chinese dragons. Plus, in the Upper Garden, view the fountain that depicts Neptune, the God of the Sea.

Your tour then finishes with transport back to your hotel.

Duration: 40 minutes

Inclusions
  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Professional private guide
  • Transportation by private comfortable business-class vehicle
  • Professional driver
  • Bottles of water
  • Rain coats (in case of rain)
  • City maps
  • Farewell gift
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - Peterhof Grand Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • If you want to start this tour at a preferred time, please mention this while making your reservation. It is not guaranteed that such request may be realized.
  • Please note: the fountains in Peterhof are not working from October until the beginning of May
  • The sequence of visiting of sights may change
  • The itinerary described is sample only. The order of museum visits (park and palace) may change depending on availability of entrance tickets, museum's days-off, traffic situation in the city. Catherine Palace also reserve the right to shift an entrance time on a very short notice. Supplier will rearrange the itinerary accordingly so that all venues can be visited.
  • Usual duration of each visit: Catherine Palace and Park- 1.5-2 hour, Peterhof Palace and Park - 2-hours
  • Lunch time is not planned on this tour but usually it is possible to have 20-minutes to grab something on-the-go
  • The exact entrance times can vary. Pre-booked time periods to enter the museums are assigned only by the management of the museums and is a subject to changes. It is possible that there will be a line of people entering the museum at the same time.
  • This tour is not recommended for wheelchair passengers, and if a person with a wheelchair decides to participate he/she must have a personal helper to assist in boarding/disembarking the vehicle, and entering the restrooms and restaurant, and all sites. At certain locations a wheelchair person may not be able to exit the bus, and may have to stay inside the bus.
  • This tour is not available for cruise ship passengers.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The tour may include a wait in "skip-the-line" line before visiting the palaces because all tour agencies use the same type of skip-the-line tickets (vouchers) and this creates lines.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guests may be picked up from ANY HOTEL/APARTMENT located in the city center or 5km/miles away from it. Guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby or near the building where your apartments is locates. Guide will be holding a sign with your last name written on it.


Departure Time

9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am 
Starting time is assigned by the tour supplier at least 5 days before the tour date


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

7 hours

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Image - 26 Jul 2019 -

tyfung0192

Our tour guide Olga is very knowledgeable and never tired of explaining the history and architecture of the palaces and their gardens. Great choice to skip the ticket line and visit Peterhof and Catherine Palace on the same day (it’s just right if you only have a few days in St Petersburg).

Image - 03 Jul 2018 -

Modgie

A wonderful day tour of the Palaces and learning about what happened during WW II. We had the same tour guide Tatjana for 2 days and that made things a lot more comfortable, she is very knowledgeable about her history of these Palaces as well. A must do tour!

Image - 21 Sep 2017 -

Susan M

We booked a full day trip to Catherine Palace and Peterhof for out break in St Petersburg. Our experience did not fail to impress! Unfortunately we got our dates confused. We believed we had booked Thursday and were at our hotel planning our Wednesday with the concierge. After a leisurely breakfast the La Vacanza Travel official arrived looking for our group of three!!! Massive mistake on our part but the La Vacanza Travel staff came looking for us even though I realised later that I had at least 3 missed calls from them . They made a huge effort to ensure we did not miss our fabulous day. So very much appreciated keeping in mind we had prepaid and WE were the ones at fault
Our guide Sophia was fantastic! With her fab knowledge and easy, friendly nature she took us through the unmissable Catherine Palace sharing the history and splendor of this royal residence. Then we were whisked off to Peterhof where we were escorted expertly through the beautiful palace and breathtaking fountains. The manicured gardens were awesome. Sophia certainly knew her stuff. On our way back to St P she even coaxed our driver to stop at a little known souvenir shop where the little mementos sold at a fraction of the price than in the centre of this wonderful city. I cannot recommend this trip and company enough and thanks so much Sophia! :-

Image - 31 Aug 2017 -

mario s

Excellent tour with Horosho. Our guide Glen, was a great , kind, friendly and very knowledgeable human being. He showed us the residences, expertly guiding us through these beautiful buildings and gardens. Srevice was excellent, showing respect and caring for the customer. The same goes for the driver, a true gentleman in all aspects. From the moment he picked us from our hotel to our return this tour was a magnificent experience. We even got a beautiful Thank you souvenir from Horosho. We highly recommend this tour provider and the guide and driver. Excellent service...! Good value for money...!

Image - 05 Jul 2017 -

Jane M L

Fantastic! Before getting to the highlights of the tour, a word about logistics. Our tour guide, Catherine, was early and spoke excellent English. Our driver was friendly and polite and drove us everywhere in a spotless, modern car. When you see the lines at Catherine's Palace and Peterhof, you will be so glad you are on the tour and can walk right in. Catherine made sure we were well-positioned to view all the splendors of these magnificent palaces and ensured we spent plenty of time at the fountains and gardens at Peterhof. It was a real treat to see both palaces in one day without ever feleling rushed. Highly recommended!

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