Private Tour of Parks and Palaces of St Petersburg in One Day

Private & Custom Tours in Peterhof
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Tour description

Visit three summer estates of the Russian Tsars in one day: the capital of fountains Peterhof, the extravagant Village of the Tzars (Catherine Palace), and Pavlovsk, a family nest of Paul I. Your private knowledgeable guide will tell you many interesting facts about the history of this place and lives of its owners. In Peterhof, you will see the famous cascades and the unique system of fountains. In Catherine Palace, you will see  the unique Amber Room carefully restored by the best Russian craftsmen. In Pavlovsk, you will visit an elegant family residence in classical and eclectic style with an abundance of paintings, sculpture, and furniture of the time.

After meeting the guide in the hotel, head to the city of Peterhof, which is located on the Gulf of Finland. You will walk in the magnificent Lower Park decorated with fountains, cascades, golden statues, sculpture and flowers. Learn the history of Russian emperors who took part in the creation of this unique ensemble of parks and palaces that keeps fascinating its visitors for nearly 300 years.Later, visit another summer residence of the Russian tsars, the favorite palace of Catherine the Great. Tsarskoe Selo (the Village of the Tsars) was the place of official receptions of the nobility of Russia and foreign diplomats. It is a magnificent set of parks and palaces, which demonstrates the Russian and European artistic culture of the eighteenth century. You will dive into the atmosphere of the 18th century by walking along the strict lines of the French garden and passing by the Golden Enfilade during the tour of Catherine Palace. The jewel of the excursion is visiting the legendary Amber Room, which is also recognized as the eighth wonder of the world.After visiting Pushkin, you will have a short trip (15 min) to the splendid suburban palace that was built especially for Paul I (the son of Catherine) and his wife Maria Fyodorovna as their family residence. Pavlovsk Palace will surprise you with the atmosphere of elegance and abundance of genuine authentic family belongings saved during World War II. The formation of Pavlovsk Palace collections is associated with the journey of the owners of Pavlovsk through Europe in 1781-1782.The palace museum presents a magnificent collection of Russian portraits, picturesque views, and graphics of Pavlovsk. The trip back to the center of St. Petersburg will take approximately an hour.

What's included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water and juice
  • Professional & friendly guide
  • Pickup and drop-off at any hotel in St Petersburg
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned car/minivan
  • Welcome gifts
  • Ponchos in case of rain
  • All admission fees as per program
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What's not included

  • Meals