St. Petersburg Imperial Residences Tour
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 7 hours
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Visiting in February we didn't really need the skip-the-line part of this tour as there were no queues, but we did get the benefit of a private tour, as there were just two of us on the tour and the expertise and knowledge of our tour guide. We'd met our guide, Olga, the previous day during our visit to the Hermitage and were looking forward to the tour of Catherine's Palace with her. The Palace is beautiful, breath-taking and stunning. Again Olga's love and passion for art came across during the tour. Olga also pointed out buildings of interest on our journeys, both too and from the Palace. The journey takes about 40 minutes by car, longer by public transport. I booked a transfer as I didn't feel confident in travelling by public transport. After travelling around the centre of St. Petersburg by bus I would consider making my own way there if I were to visit again.
This was a private family tour of Catherine the Great's Summer Palace, the Hermitage and the Winter palace with hotel pickup and drop off in a clean late model minivan The tour was efficiently run with punctual pickup and drop off at the various locations. There was a seperate driver and tour guide. The guide gave an oustanding background to the Romanov family which resembled the detail of a Russian novel. This was as well as information specific to various exhibits. We had teenage children and our guide initially sanitised parts of the story but we indicated we were happy to tell it as it was and she happily complied. Our children were not upset.
Great experience with this tour. Very impressive organization of the tour. In the morning just before start of the tour, Misha, co-founder of the tour organizing company to greet me. Kate, my guide, shared with me her vast knowledge about the city, the premises, history, insights, and many stories around the premises. She was friendly and a pleasant person to talk with. Valodjya, the driver, was also friendly, and he drove us thru very safely. Such a nice experience with the tour. I strongly recommend.
Ease of organisation, communication and in-depth knowledge all helped to make this one of the most enjoyable experiences during our stay in St Pete's. Thank you to Ksenia for being punctual, pleasant and patient with all our questions.
Tour Guide has explained nicely. As it was raining and Cold, It was a little drowzy, Anyhow we had a nice time. All the best to the Tour Guide in his future endeavour.