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St. Petersburg Imperial Residences Tour

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St. Petersburg Imperial Residences Tour

From US$ 160 per person

Journey back in time to pre-revolutionary Russia and visit 2 of the most famous imperial summer residences of St. Petersburg on a tour of Catherine Palace and the Peterhof Gardens.

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Duration 7 hours
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Private or small groups available


  • Visit the summer residence of the Russian tsars at the Catherine Palace
  • Admire the amber panels backed with gold leaf in the Amber Room
  • Stroll the grounds and gardens of the Peterhof Palace complex
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Make the most of your time in St. Petersburg with a concise but comprehensive visit to 2 of the most popular imperial residences of pre-revolutionary Russia. First, visit the opulent Catherine Palace in the village of Tsarskoye Selo, 30 kilometers south of St. Petersburg. Look inside the summer residence of the Russian Czars and get access to the famous Amber Room to marvel at its amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Then, go for a relaxing walk in the gardens of the Peterhof Palace complex. Built for Peter the Great, who orchestrated its magical opening in 1723, Peterhof Palace was designed to rival Versailles for its magnificence. Explore the exterior of the palace from its spectacular grounds. Stroll to the fountains in the Lower Gardens and learn about the advanced system that operates the cascades based on the principle of natural gravity. Be dazzled by the vast fountain complex of the Grand Cascade and get a stunning vista of the Gulf of Finland.
  • Pre-booked admission to the Catherine Palace (including the Amber Room) and Peterhof Gardens
  • Guide
  • Assistance
  • Private transportation
  • Audio sets for groups of 6 or more people
  • Entrance fee to Peterhoff Grand Palace
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

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  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited walking abilities
  • Catherine Palace is an extremely popular museum, so the tour start time might be adjusted depending on the museum availability
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Great if you want to see a lot in a short time

This is a whistle stop tour of the main attractions at both palaces. Which suited me fine, Olga is a great guide and clearly knows what she is doing. You will see the key items but be warned you will be moving fast. If thats what you're after then this tour is for you. If you want a more sedate pace then you need something else.

August 26, 2018

Excellent tour, excellent, guide, excellent experience!

The tour was wonderful. We were picked up at our hotel exactly when they said they would pick us up. The tour guide was great. She was friendly and kind. She made sure to limit our wait time to enter palaces and got us right in fairly quickly. Not only was she informative about the sites, but she was very helpful with taking photographs of us and allowing us time to have a quick lunch. Then when it was over, we were taken back to our hotel. Very professional establishment they're running over there. I recommend this tour to everyone!

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August 25, 2017


Olga is very knowledgeable and provided great information . Since I could not walk too long we ended the tour a bit earlier. Olga knew we were from Israel and she took us through the synagogue in the city. I really appreciated this gesture as she walked the extra mile for us. I highly recommend her. Thank you

August 25, 2017

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