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

Cultural & Theme Tours in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Image by viator

Tour description provided by Viator

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.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictGet 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 PushkinDuration: 1 hourStop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District12.00-13.00 Visit Catherine PalaceDuration: 1 hourStop At: The Hermitage Pavilion, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District11.00-12.00 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 PondDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cathedral of St. Catherine, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictEnjoy the views of Cathedral of St. CatherineDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Fountain The Girl with Jar, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictSee the famous Fountain The Girl with Jar.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Mramorny Bridge, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictAdmire the Mramorny Bridge.Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Hall Turkish Bath, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictLearn about the Hall Turkish Bath.Stop At: Znamenskaya Church, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictLearn about the Russian heritage.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Krestovy Bridge, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictA quick stop to enjoy this lovely photo op!Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Litseiskiy Line, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictListen to some stories about Pushkin and Tsarskoe Selo.Stop At: Kameronova Gallery Museum, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictEnjoy Russian artDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Saint Sophia Cathedral, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District15.00 Saint Sophia CathedralDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Memorial Lyceum Museum, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District13.00-14.00 Lunch in the Catherine Park 14.00-14.40 Visit the Memorial Lyceum MuseumDuration: 2 hoursStop At: St. Petersburg Metro, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District 15.00-16.00 Return to your hotel in St PetersburgDuration: 30 minutes

What’s included

  • 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

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees to other museums apart from Catherine Palace, if you wish to see something else
  • Entry/Admission - Kameronova Gallery Museum

Highlights

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
Advertisement