Explore 2 of St. Petersburg’s imperial summer residences on a 6-hour private tour of Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace and Park. Compare the opulence of Russian Baroque in Catherine Palace with the austere Classicism of Pavlovsk Palace.
What to Expect
Enjoy a 6-hour scenic tour south of St. Petersburg to the former imperial palaces of Russian aristocracy.
You will go to Catherine Palace and Park, country residence of Russian emperors. Its ornate monuments now form part of the town of Pushkin, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments.”
Stroll through the park to admire architectural monuments, from magnificent palaces to intimate pavilions. At its heart, Catherine Palace is a labyrinth of decorative furniture, Russian and Western European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, and amber and bronze sculptures.
One of its highlights is the Amber Room, a vast chamber that contained more then 6 tons of amber in its heyday. Looted by the Nazis, it has been stunningly recreated with amber panels, swirling gold leaf and reflective mirrors.
Pavlovsk Palace was a summer residence of emperor Paul I. One of the largest landscaped parks in Europe, the pavilions that decorate the park's different corners are a delight. See displays of art by Russian artists and lovely landscape drawings of Pavlosk itself. And learn about the visits that Austrian composer Johan Strauss made, even dedicating some musical pieces to Pavlovsk.
- Private guide
- Transportation by private vehicle (car for 1-2 persons and minivan for larger groups)
- Pre-arranged admission to Catherine Palace and Park, and Pavlovsk Palace and Park
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)
Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: cancellations up to 7 days prior to tour - full refund; cancellation 3-6 days before tour - USD 25 fee per person; cancellation less than 3 days before tour or no show - no refund