Welcome to Peterhof
Hugging the Gulf of Finland, 29km west of St Petersburg, Peterhof (Петергоф), the ‘Russian Versailles’, is a far cry from the original cabin Peter the Great had built here to oversee construction of the Kronshtadt naval base. Peter liked the place so much he built a villa, Monplaisir, here and then a whole series of palaces and ornate gardens. Peterhof was renamed Petrodvorets (Peter’s Palace) in 1944 but has since... Read More
Top experiences in Peterhof
St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride
Day 18am Meet at the ship8:30-9:30am City sightseeing tour & Subway Ride9:45-10:30am A visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors11-11:30am Hydrofoil ride to Peterhof11:30am-1pm Walk in the Peterhof Lower fountain park and the Upper gardens1:15-2:15pm Lunch at a local café2:15-3:15pm Drive to the Tsars’ Village (summer residence)3-5pm visit to the Catherine's palace with the Amber room and a walk in the park5-6pm Drive back to St. Petersburg6pm Return to the ship Day 28am Meet at the ship8:30-9:30am City sightseeing tour by canal boat9:30am-12pm Special early entrance to the Hermitage Museum12-1pm Lunch at a local café1-1:30pm Excursion in the Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood2-3:30pm A visit to the Yusupovs' Palace3:45-4:30pm A visit to St.Isaac's cathedral 5pm Return to the ship
St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-day Tour
Day 1 7:30 – 10:00am Meet at the cruise terminal (Please note: the time of the beginning of the tour will be adjusted depending on your ships’ arrival time). City orientation tour Hydrofoil Boat ride to Peterhof (in case of storm boat maybe canceled) Fountains + Parks tour Traditional Russian lunch Travel to Tzar's Village Catherine Palace and Amber room tour Drive back to the city and metro tour on the way St. Issac's Cathedral tour 5-6 pm Back to the ship or optional evening program Day 2 8am Meeting at the terminal, continuation of city tour Canal tour Hermitage guided tour Traditional Russian lunch Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood tour, shopping Yusupof Palace and Rasputin cellars tour 4-5pm Back to ship Please note: venues, tour sequence and timing are subject to change, depending on weather, traffic and museum closures. Substitutions may apply.Important, please note: cruise and ferry passengers do not require a Russian visa to take part in this tour, as you will be issued visa-free tickets. Any other travellers will need a valid Russian visa for their stay in Russia, and must make their own arrangements prior to travel.
2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg
This personal private tour is perfect for either cruise passengers as a Visa-Free shore excursion, or as a land tour with pick up from your centrally located hotel. It was created to include more interaction with the city and culture as well as all of the most popular attractions: Hermitage/Winter Palace, General Staff, Church on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, a Metro ride, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The private guide will introduce you to locals too so that you can share thoughts and experiences.Day 1: Pick-up from the port or your centrally located hotel. Panoramic city tour of St Petersburg and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Break for lunch (own expense). Visit the Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise. At the end of the first day tour you have your choice of returning to the ship for the night or stay with us and explore the city more, visit a fine restaurant, shop or just sit in an outdoor cafe people watching, attending the optional "Feel Yourself Russia" famous folkloric show, Ballet, Jazz Club, Faberge Museum, visit one of the popular English style pubs to chat with locals...it is your time to do as you please. When you are ready to return, we transport you to your ship for the night.Day 2: Pick up from the port or your centrally located hotel.Start the day with a city tour to the South. See the major sites of the palace estates including statues, monuments, rivers and canals, beautiful bridges, cathedrals and palaces, memorial squares and parks. Visit Catherine Palace and view the stunning palace facade which is 1000 feet long. The tour will visit all of the major halls and private rooms. A particular highlight is the Amber Room.Enjoy free time in Pushkin in the delightful, small town of Pushkin. Dine (own expense), explore, take photos, shop, or stroll its manicured parks. Drive to Peterhof and visit Peterhof Fountain Park – built to rival Versailles in France, Peter the Great helped design the 300 acre park and fountains. Stroll through the lower park, and its 150 fountains. Please note that Peterhof is not included from October 1 to April 15 due to the Fountains being turned off for the winter, another palace will be substituted. Return to St Petersburg and take the Metro (subway system) – which is an attraction in itself – find out why they are known as the magnificent "Palaces of the People" . Return to your ship or centrally located hotel.
Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2 Day All Highlights Tour in Small Group
Your tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of the cruise terminal, right after passport control. After checking in, you will take a seat in our comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes mini-bus. Once everyone has joined the group, the tour will begin. Waiting time is limited to 30 minutes after scheduled tour start time. Maximum number of passengers is 16. Day 1: 8.00 - 18.3007:30 - 08:00 Meet your guide and driver by the ship08:00 - 10:00 Panoramic City tour around St.Petersburg most popular sights10:00 - 10:30 Hydrofoil to Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains10:30 - 12:00 Guided tour of the Lower park with Fountains, watch Fountain opening ceremony12:00 - 13:00 Traditional Russian lunch 14:00 - 15:30 Guided tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room15:30 - 16:30 Drive back to St.Peterbsurg, Subway tour on the way16:30 - 17:00 Guided tour of St . Isaac's Cathedral17:30 - 18:00 Guided tour of Church on Spilt Blood 18:30 Return back to the ship Day 2: 08.00 - 17.00 08:00 Meet your guide and driver by the ship08:30 - 09:30 River and Canal Boat tour 09:45 - 10:45 Guided tour of the Peter and Paul fortress with inside visit of Peter and Paul Cathedral 11:00 - 13:30 Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum13:45 - 14:30 Traditional Russian lunch 15:00 - 16:30 Guided tour of Yusupov palace with Rasputin basement17:00 Return back to the shipPlease note: that waiting time is limited to 30 minutes after scheduled tour start time.
Peterhof Grand Palace Tour from St Petersburg
Begin your small-group tour with a pickup from your central St Petersburg hotel, and board your minivan with your guide. Then, drive to Peterhof, the UNESCO-listed palace complex often called the ‘Russian Versailles.’As you travel, hear how Peter the Great personally designed the Peterhof Grand Palace, along with its 300-acre (121-hectare) park and fountains, in the early 1700s.Hear, too, how Peter’s daughter, Elizabeth I, extended the palace in the mid-1700s. The empress commissioned court architect, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, to expand the residence, turning it into the masterpiece of classical and Baroque architecture that it is today. After a roughly 1-hour drive, arrive at the palace and enjoy early admission, entering with your guide before the doors open to the public. As one of the first visitors of the day, it’s a great opportunity to admire the interiors in crowd-free surroundings.Enjoy a guided tour of various rooms, admiring such opulent chambers as the Throne Room, White Dining Room and Merchant's Hallnas your guide recounts how the palace was used and details the colorful lives of Peter and Elizabeth.Then, head into the Lower Gardens to admire Peterhof’s crowning glory: its fountains. Partly designed by Peter himself, they were added to by his successors, culminating in today’s eye-popping displays.With luck, see the fountains as they switch on, and then admire some of the incredible creations, including the remarkable Grand Cascade, with its gold statue of Samson wrestling a lion. As you walk, hear about the ingenious engineering that allows this unique fountain system to operate without pumps or engines.After, return to St Petersburg and end your tour with a hotel drop-off.Please note: The order of sightseeing as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.
Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2 Day Essential Tour in Small Group
Your tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of the cruise terminal, right after passport control. After checking in, you will be seated in our comfortable a/c Mercedes mini-bus. Once everyone has joined the group (please note that waiting time is limited to 30 minutes after scheduled tour start time), we will start the tour.Day 1 : 8am - 5pm8am: Meet your guide and driver by the ship.8:10am - 12pm: Start City Overview Tour with multiple photo stops, including a photo stop by the Church on the Spilled Blood. Guided tours of Peter and Paul Fortress (duration: 30-40 min) and St.Isaac's cathedral (duration: 20-30 min).12pm - 1pm: Lunch in a local restaurant/cafe during the day (included).1pm - 4:30pm: Tour of the splendid Hermitage Museum (duration: 3 hours).5pm: Return to the shipDay 2 (9:30am - 4pm)9am: Meet your guide and driver by the ship.9:10am - 11:30am: Depart to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo to tour Catherine's palace with the famous Amber Room and Park. (Actual palace tour duration: 1 hour).11:40am - 12:30pm: Drive to Peterhof, the kingdom of fountains.12:40pm - 3pm: Explore the wonderful gardens of Peterhof. Lunch in the park cafe (included).3pm - 4pm: Hydrofoil back to Saint-Petersburg.4pm: Return back to the ship.