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St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room Private Tour

1. St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace & Amber Room Private Tour

Set off on a private tour of Catherine's Palace, departing from St. Petersburg. This tour will introduce you to the Golden Enfilade, a grand suit of formal rooms. You will also see the intricate restored Amber Room. Arrive in Tsarskoye Selo, a town outside of St. Petersburg, and location of the palace. This was the home of the Imperial family from the days of Peter the Great until the time of the last Tsar, Nicolas II. It is a fascinating monument of world architectural and gardening art during the 18th and 19th centuries. You will have time to walk through the beautiful English-style park. Then see the center of the ensemble, the Catherine Palace, containing exquisite objects d`art, furniture, paintings, and unique collections of porcelain, amber, and bronze.

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St. Petersburg: Catherine Palace Audio Tour & Ticket

2. St. Petersburg: Catherine Palace Audio Tour & Ticket

Visit the Catherine Palace, an icon of splendor, scale, and regal grandeur. World-renowned architects throughout the world took part in its enormous construction. Stroll through the picturesque Catherine Park, which is adjacent to the palace and is beautiful at any time of the year, accompanied by the in-app audio tour. Take in the luxury of the palace’s breathtaking Great Hall and the Golden Enfilades of the ceremonial halls, including the world-famous Amber Room. Here, everyone can see the lasting legacy of three empresses, as well as rare and beautiful art pieces. Walk through some of the most interesting pavilions that adorn the park, including the Cameron Gallery, the Grotto, and the Tsarskoye Selo Hermitage.

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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

3. St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

This 2-day shore excursion takes you on a discovery of St. Petersburg and the important places in the surrounding area. On your first day of the tour you will explore the famous sights in the city of St. Petersburg and enjoy a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum. On the second day you visit the Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin before exploring the magnificent Peterhof Palace. Day 1: St. Petersburg The Grand City Tour on your first day offers you the opportunity to see as much as possible of the city with a knowledgeable and experienced guide from the comfort of a car or a minivan. You will take a complete tour of St. Petersburg's most famous sites including the neo-classical splendor of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the Palace Square, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the gorgeous Church on the Spilled Blood – the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy lunch at one of the respected restaurants in the city before taking a 2-hour guided excursion to the State Hermitage Museum in the afternoon – the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world. Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the Amber Room during a tour to the magnificent Baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin. Here you can also explore the park surrounding the palace – a wonderful work of Russian gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant close to the palace before visiting the Peterhof Palace in the afternoon. Located on the sea shore, Peterhof is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world and is St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular imperial estate. Explore the Great Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, as well as the surrounding park adorned with fountains, statues, and pavilions.

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Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces from Saint Petersburg

4. Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces from Saint Petersburg

Take a trip from Saint Petersburg to admire two of Russia’s grandest and most beautiful imperial residences, Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk. When St. Petersburg became the new Russian capital in 1712, a series of glamorous imperial palaces and parks appeared in and around the city, among them these two impressive estates. Tsarskoye Selo was developed as a royal country residence by Elizabeth I and Catherine II and contains two beautiful palaces: Catherine Palace, an immense and lavish Baroque residence and the slightly smaller Alexander Palace, a neoclassical masterpiece. Visit the breath-taking Amber Room at Catherine Palace, decorated by Elisabeth’s court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli and containing stunning mosaic panels made of real amber. During her reign, Catherine II ordered the park enlarged and commissioned major landscape compositions and the creation of more impressive buildings, notably the elegant Cameron’s Gallery. The nearby Pavlovsk Palace was built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and was the imperial residence of Paul I and for several Grand Dukal families later on. The palace is considered to be one of the finest examples of the classical architecture in Europe. Several ornate rooms and beautiful park grounds containing fine sculptures make this a favorite destination of tourists and locals alike. The Pavlovsk Palace along with the Tsarskoye Selo together form part of a UNESCO Heritage Site. Take a trip to admire these wonderful works of architecture, made during one of the golden ages of Russian history.

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St. Petersburg: Winter Fairy Tale Horse Ride & Tour

5. St. Petersburg: Winter Fairy Tale Horse Ride & Tour

Meet your guide in the morning and drive to Pushkin, the former summer home of the Romanov tsars, located about 20 kilometers south-east of St. Petersburg. Explore sights such as Alexander Park, the Chinese Village and St. Catherine's Church. There is also the option to stop for a coffee break (at own expense). Then, drive to Pavlovsk, the former summer residence of Emperor Paul I and his wife.  Visit Pavlovsk Palace, which is famous for its rich collection of unique furniture, porcelain and antique statues. The elegant and harmonious classical-style interiors of the palace will impress you with their own special charm, impeccable proportions and perfect taste. Lastly, have an unforgettable horse ride in a traditional Russian sleigh and enjoy the vast landscape park of Pavlovsk, famous for its romantic views before returning to your hotel.

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St. Petersburg: Private Tailor-Made Tour with Guide & Driver

6. St. Petersburg: Private Tailor-Made Tour with Guide & Driver

Discover highlights like St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise, or devote time to the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, or Peterhof - you choose. Entrance fees and meals are at your own expense, with private air-conditioned transport and guiding services included. Specify your sightseeing preferences on booking, and on the day, meet your private guide and driver at your hotel at your preferred time. Selecting what you want to see in advance will allow your guide to plan logistics and pre-book tickets so you won’t need to join lines for tickets on the day. If you have no particular sightseeing plans, your guide will craft an itinerary for you. Your guide will also recommend restaurants for lunch (own expense) should you wish. Discuss your itinerary with your guide, and then hop inside your private, air-conditioned sedan or minivan (depending on group size) and begin your tour. Depending on your interests, perhaps start with St. Petersburg’s highlights. Admire the onion-shaped domes of the Church of the Spilled Blood, and see St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the gold-domed Orthodox basilica. Then, maybe continue to the 18th-century Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanov tsars, or visit the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered in 1916. If you wish, add in a boat trip around St. Petersburg’s canals, admiring its architecture from the water. Alternatively, devote your time to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s premier museums. Skip the lines with your pre-booked ticket and view some of its three million treasures, including artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Monet. Or, choose to visit the imperial palaces in and around the city. Perhaps explore the Catherine Palace, with its beautiful Amber Room, before seeing the nearby Pavlovsk Palace. Alternatively, you can explore the stunning Peterhof Palace, designed by Peter the Great, and famous for its glorious fountains. After approximately eight hours, your tour will finish with a drop-off at the St. Petersburg location of your choosing.

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2-Day St. Petersburg Sightseeing Experience

7. 2-Day St. Petersburg Sightseeing Experience

First you will stop and see the sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island and then visit St. Peter and Paul Fortress. Experience St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is the first building of the ancient city of St. Petersburg. You can also visit the tombs of the Romanov dynasty in the Cathedral. Stop for lunch to rest for a bit and then continue on to your next destination. Visit the Hermitage Museum, which houses famous art collections inside beautifully-sculpted architecture. After the museum you will see The Savior on Spilled Blood, the famous church. Then you will head back to your hotel in the evening, and may participate in an optional evening program upon request (own expense). On the second day, depart for Peterhof, the summer residence of the Tsars, also known as the "Russian Versailles". Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a jewel of Russian art, a city of parks, palaces and fountains. Visit Peterhof Grand Palace then take a walking tour through Peterhof Park . Travel to Pushkin town to visit Catherine Palace, famous for the 'amber room'. After the palace, you will have time to grab lunch. You will then head back to your hotel in the evening, and may participate again in an optional evening program upon request (own expense).

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St Petersburg: 2-day Visa-free Shore Excursion

8. St Petersburg: 2-day Visa-free Shore Excursion

On day 1 you'll be met and greeted around 8:30 AM depending on your ship's arrival time by your guide at port terminal. You'll start with city introduction tour with a gardens and fountains tour to follow. Drive back to city with metro tour on the way. Enjoy a Russian lunch and a boat tour of the rivers and canals. You'll return to your ship around 17:00. For optional evening program (theater / folk show) - please check with local supplier. Day 2 - You'll start with a private Hermitage museum tour. Enjoy a traditional Russian lunch. Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood will follow. Afterwards you'll have time to stroll along Nevsky prospect / shopping. You should plan to be back to your ship around 16:30. Please note: actual sequence of sites can be re-arranged due to booking availability, weather conditions, traffic, official ceremonies, etc. Substitutions may apply. Itinerary: • Traditional Russian lunch after Peterhoff on day 1 • Boat tour along rivers and canals after returning back from Peterhoff on day 1 • Traditional Russian lunch after Hermitage tour on day 2 • St Isaak's Cathedral photo stop on day 1 • Peter and Paul Fortress photo stop during city orientation tour on day 2 Please note that the actual tour sequence may be re-arranged due to museums' days off and booking availability.

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2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

9. 2-Day Private St. Petersburg w/Imperial Residences Visa-Free

Day 1: St. Petersburg Take a complete tour of Saint Petersburg's most famous sites - beginning with St. Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square, the Peter & Paul Fortress and the Cathedral - the burial vault of the Romanovs. Thereafter the gorgeous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy a lunch at one of the respected restaurants of the city. In the afternoon enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum.  Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the world wonder - the Amber Room - during a half-day tour to the magnificent baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo). The Park surrounding the palace is a wonderful work of the Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, combining the masterpieces of architecture with the nature beauty. The tour includes a lunch in a restaurant close to the palace. In the afternoon you will discover Peterhof - St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Located on the sea shore, The Great Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. 

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St Petersburg Winter Highlights Small Group Tour

10. St Petersburg Winter Highlights Small Group Tour

Save precious time on a guided small group tour of St Petersburg with all entrance tickets taken care of in advance. Take advantage of a combination tour when a total price is less than if you book Catherine Palace and the Hermitage tours separately. Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then travel in a small group to the highlights of the city center. Visit the imperial Catherine Palace (or Peterhof Palace on Tuesdays), famous for the exquisite Amber Room and majestic interiors of the royal family. Marvel at masterpieces of art and artifacts from the imperial age at the Hermitage Museum, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian. Admire city highlights as your travel around, and get the chance to stop and take souvenir photos.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Opening hours

    During the peak summer season (June - August), the palace is open from Wednesday - Sunday from 12:00PM to 7:00PM; Monday from 12:00PM to 8:00PM; Closed Tuesdays.

  • Tickets

    You can purchase tickets only at two park entrances from 10:00AM: at the Main Entrance and the Hermitage Kitchen, also known as the Red Gate. Tickets indicate the time you may enter the palace. Admission includes entry into Catherine Park and costs 520 rubles for adults, children under 18 are free. An audio guide costs 150 rubles. Tours in English are free for a group minimum of 15 people.

  • Advanced bookings

    You will receive a voucher once you book your tickets in advance online. You need to present this voucher at the Church Gate entrance (May - September), in order to get the actual tickets. Don't forget to bring your photo ID and arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled entry time.

  • How to get there

    Take the suburban trains from either Vitebsy Railway Terminal or Kupchino Railway Station to "Tsarskoye Selo" (Pushkin) station. Then transfer to bus 371 or 382 or minbus taxi 377 to Catherine Palace and Park. From Moskovskaya metro station, take minibus taxi 342 or 545 to Catherine Palace Park. Bus 186 runs from Zvezdnaya and Kupchino metro stations to the palace.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    From June to August, the palace is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00PM to 7:00PM; Monday from 12:00PM to 8:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are 520 Ruble, which is just under $10.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Check trains from your location, then buses 371, 382, 186, or minibus taxis 377, 342 or 545 to Catherine Palace/Park.
  • Additional information

    • Consult a map to plan your visit in advance.

    • Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

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What people are saying about Catherine Palace

Overall rating

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based on 1,693 reviews

Only the one in the tour do I got the best of everything My tour guide Yana is an exceptional one explaining the history, art, and philosophies of Russia in a very fun manner. She loves what she does and that makes the whole tour better! We had some awesome borscht too after the tour and Alexis the driver toured us around the city too.

Both guide and driver were very knowledgeable and helpful. Pick up and drop off were on time. The car was clean. The guide also explained the history of St. Petersburg as well as outer cities (on our way to the palaces). All in all, it was fun and informative.

Olga was an amazing guide ! She answered all of our questions and she was very pleasant and sweet !!!We learned a lot from her ! All in all it was an amazing experience!!!

We truly enjoyed every moment; we would book our guide anytime for any tour again.

Just awesome.Historical Place,very impressive and Untersagung.Must do Tour.