Private Tour of Tsarskoe Selo - Catherine Palace and Park with Hotel Pickup

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg

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  • 6 hours
  • St Petersburg
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  • Cancellable


Big expectations of St Petersburg? Raise them tenfold, as the vocabulary for today is gold, amber and everything fancy! Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and head to the UNESCO-site – Tsarskoe Selo in Pushkin town.

The highlight of Tsarskoe Selo is Catherine Palace. Being 325 m long, it will amaze you with splendor decoration, scale, elegant combination of white, sky-blue and gold. The central part of the palace is decorated with Atlanta, caryatids, cartouches and mascarons over the windows and gables. 

Discover the themed displays in Catherine Palace with your private guide who will tell you more about the history of the imperial summer residence than any travel book. Explore the displays, devoted to the Romanov Dynasty and Emperor Alexander I, and see court carriages from the 18-19 centuries.

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

Get to know the city which is soaked with history on this private full-day tour. You’re in for a good time as you're going back to 1717 when the history of the Catherine Palace officially began. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and set for a journey to Pushkin town, founded in 1710 as an imperial country residence. Explore in detail the Tsarskoye Selo Museum-Preserve, a monument of urban art, palace and park ensemble of the 18th - early 20th centuries, included in the list of monuments protected by UNESCO.

Take a scenic walk around the Catherine Park that covers an area of 107 hectares and consists of a regular old garden (1717-1720) and the English landscape park (1760-1796) separated by a large pond. The park features a myriad of pavilions and buildings of great architectural and historical value.

Admire the Catherine Palace and the magnificent sculptural decoration of its facades, done in the style of Russian baroque, as well as the entire interior layout and decoration of halls. The ensemble of the palace consists of a main building and two symmetrical wings connected by galleries.

Get inspired with the exteriors and interiors - after all, about 100 kilograms of gold was used to finish the exterior and interior decoration of the palace!

See the Lyons Hall, naturally decorated with lapis lazuli. Of particular note is the room flooring, consisting of 12 of the most valuable types of wood, inlaid with mother of pearl.

Pause and reflect at the eighth wonder of the world – the Amber Room, presented by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I to Peter I in 1717. The unique decor of the room is made of 22 large panels, supplemented with 180 amber planks, decorations in the form of women's heads, shields, tulips, roses and shells.

Sneak a peak into the fabulous Picture Hall! The walls here are decorated with 130 paintings of 17th-18th centuries by famous Western artists.

Check out a four-story wing on the south side which now houses the Memorial Museum-Lyceum, a subsidiary of the Russian Museum of Alexander Pushkin. From the southeast the complex is adjacent to the Cameron Gallery, Agate Rooms, Cold Baths, a Hanging Garden and a Ramp.

Tour Itinerary:

10.00 Hotel Pickup by private car

10.00-11.00 Trip to Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve in Pushkin

Duration: 1 hour

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

12.00-13.00 Visit Catherine Palace

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Hermitage Pavilion, Catherine Park, Pushkin, St. Petersburg Russia

11.00-12.00 See Catherine Park, Kameronova Gallery, The Hermitage Pavilion, Cathedral of St. Catherine, Fountain The Girl with Jar, Mramorny Bridge, Hall Turkish Bath, Znamenskaya Church, Krestovy Bridge, Litseiskiy Line, Big Pond

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cathedral of St. Catherine, Sobornaya Sq., 1 Pushkin St., Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia

Enjoy the views of Cathedral of St. Catherine

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fountain The Girl with Jar, Ekaterininskiy Park, Pushkin, St. Petersburg Russia

See the famous Fountain The Girl with Jar.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mramorny Bridge, Ekaterininskiy Park, Pushkin, St. Petersburg Russia

Admire the Mramorny Bridge.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hall Turkish Bath, Ekaterininskiy Park, Pushkin, St. Petersburg Russia

Learn about the Hall Turkish Bath.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Znamenskaya Church, Sadovaya St., 2 A, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196620 Russia

Learn about the Russian heritage.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Krestovy Bridge, Aleksandrovskiy Park, Pushkin, St. Petersburg Russia

A quick stop to enjoy this lovely photo op!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Litseiskiy Line, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia

Listen to some stories about Pushkin and Tsarskoe Selo.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kameronova Gallery Museum, Sadovaya, 7A, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia

Enjoy Russian art

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Saint Sophia Cathedral, Sofiyskaya Ploshchad', 1, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196602 Russia

15.00 Saint Sophia Cathedral

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Memorial Lyceum Museum, Sadovaya ul., d. 2, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia

13.00-14.00 Lunch in the Catherine Park

14.00-14.40 Visit the Memorial Lyceum Museum

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: St. Petersburg Metro, St. Petersburg Russia

15.00-16.00 Return to your hotel in St Petersburg

Duration: 30 minutes

  • All taxes
  • Friendly local guide
  • Private tour by car
  • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
  • Iconic places for photo shoot
  • Flexible customizable itinerary
  • Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance to Catherine Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - The Hermitage Pavilion

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees to other museums apart from Catherine Palace, if you wish to see something else
  • Entry/Admission - Hall Turkish Bath
  • Entry/Admission - Kameronova Gallery Museum
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please indicate prefer start time in comments when booking
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: Catherine’s Palace sets up the entrance time themselves due to the great number of visitors, so the start time can be modified for +-2 hours
  • Stroller accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your guide can meet you at your hotel, hostel, vacation rental, port, train station, airport or a point of interest. There'll be an extra charge for meeting you at port, train station or airport.
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

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


6 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Paul P

19 Dec, 2019

First, my tour was delayed by several hours meaning a late afternoon start and very late finish. Then, after travelling for half an hour towards Tsarskoe Selo, I was informed that the palace had shut earlier than expected so the tour had to be cancelled. Pollina the tour guide was lovely but I am exceptionally disappointed to have missed seeing what, for me, was to be the highlight of my visit to St Petersburg. Time did not allow me to reschedule so I will now need to make another trip to St Petersburg.

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