Private Imperial Residences Tour from St. Petersburg

Private Imperial Residences Tour from St. Petersburg
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$134.4
Duration: 7 hours
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Discover Catherine Palace and its famous Amber Room, located in Tsarskoye Selo. Marvel at the Grand Palace, gardens and amazing fountains of Peterhof. The palaces around St. Petersburg are magnificent and are real must-sees. Enjoy a 7-hour guided tour where you will see opulent architecture, and mysterious rooms.

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.

After your 1.5-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.

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 Great Palace, a grand residence set on a high ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park. 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.

Please note: the fountains at Peterhof are not in operation from October through to May.

Discover Catherine Palace and its famous Amber Room, located in Tsarskoye Selo. Marvel at the Grand Palace, gardens and amazing fountains of Peterhof. The palaces around St. Petersburg are magnificent and are real must-sees. Enjoy a 7-hour guided tour where you will see opulent architecture, and mysterious rooms.