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
  • E-Voucher
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  • Cancellable


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.

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: Grand Peterhof 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

  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Professional licensed private guide
  • Transportation by private comfortable business-class vehicle
  • Professional driver
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Peterhof Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guests may be picked up from APARTMENT/RAILWAY STATION/AIRPORT/ANY HOTEL located in the city center (Palace Square) or 6km/miles away from it. The guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby or near the building where your apartment is located. The guide will be holding a sign with your last name written on it.


  • Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg Russia

Voucher info

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


7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Richard H

24 Feb, 2020

Fantastic experience - made all the better by our excellent tour guide Kate. She was knowledgeable and happy to make the day totally bespoke. Highly recommend this type of tour for a small group. We were a group of 6 and the private transport/ tour guide works perfect. It would be difficult to see the palaces any other way and I am so pleased we decided to use La Vacanza Travel for this experience.

Angela H

14 Jan, 2020

Wonderful tour! We were picked up promptly at our hotel and received an informative overview of St. Petersburg history as we traveled to the palace sites. Our tour guide, Kate, was knowledgeable and handled everything for us on location. She was very helpful and made the tour a true learning experience. I highly recommend!


26 Jul, 2019

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).


03 Jul, 2018

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!

Susan M

21 Sep, 2017

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! :-

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