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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.

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

  • 2-Day St. Petersburg Sightseeing Experience

    2. 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, pala...

    A fabulous tour that covered all the main attractions. Our guide Stan was incredibly knowledgeable and looked after us extremely well. We would highly recommend the tour and Stan in particular.

  • St. Petersburg: Catherine Palace Audio Tour & Ticket

    3. 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.

  • St. Petersburg: Transfer from City to Pushkin or Peterhof

    4. St. Petersburg: Transfer from City to Pushkin or Peterhof

    Make use of a perfectly roadworthy and licensed vehicle and travel comfortably and safely with a professional English-speaking driver.  After leaving the airport, taxi drivers are the next set of people you will meet in order to get you to your hotel. Taxi drivers don’t merely drive tourists to their hotel, they represent the first interaction people have with the country, offer suggestions on places to see, restaurants to eat at and so much more. You will be picked up by a full-sized SUV with leather interior and comfortably accommodates 3 to 4 adults and up to 8 pieces of luggage. Most of the tariffs are fixed. Absolutely no charges for extra passengers or suitcases. Your professional English-speaking driver will meet you at the arrival gate and make sure you get to where you need to go, starting your stay in St. Petersburg off right.

  • St. Petersburg: Private Tour to Pushkin & Catherine Palace

    5. St. Petersburg: Private Tour to Pushkin & Catherine Palace

    Visit the incredible residence of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) on this comfortable half-day guided tour. The tour begins at 10:00 in the lobby of your hotel. Your experienced driver will take you via comfortable car or mini-van to the suburban residence of Pushkin, home to Catherine's palace. Depending on traffic the drive will last for approximately one hour. Once in Pushkin, the tour begins at Catherine's palace, where you'll enjoy a guided 1.5 hour tour of the palace. Then we will start the exploration of the beautiful park of Tsarskoye Selo, taking a coffee break in between if you need one. The tour does involve a lot of waking but you can set the pace, requesting stops along the way if you need. Once the tour concludes you'll be returned to Saint-Petersburg after 14:30.

    Our guide Julia took very well care of us. We were the only ones in the group so it became a private tour for us. Julia brought us around the Catherine Palace and shared with us about the exhibits. On the way back we also had some small talk and Julia was willing to reciprocate. Shout out to the driver Sergei as well for the smooth and comfortable ride!

  • Pushkin: Catherine Palace and Gardens Guided Tour

    6. Pushkin: Catherine Palace and Gardens Guided Tour

    Enjoy a 3-hour group tour in of Catherine Palace without waiting in line. Enjoy the beauty of Catherine Palace with a professional guide, who will tell you the history of the palace, describe rooms as you walk through them, and tell you some Russian monarchy secrets.   All Russian monarchs lived, worked, greeted audiences, and held diplomatic receptions, gala balls, and masquerades in these gorgeous palace halls. Explore the beautiful Tsarskoye Selo park and experience the grandeur of the Russian Baroque palace of Catherine the Great and unlock the secrets of the Amber Room.   Step into the world of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine, as you walk through the gilded ballrooms and imperial halls, and marvel at the opulent decorations. The park that surrounds the palace is a spectacular work of Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines masterpieces of archite...

    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.

  • From St. Petersburg: Catherine Palace and Amber Room Tour

    7. From St. Petersburg: Catherine Palace and Amber Room Tour

    Tour the Catherine Palace and Park on a 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the palace’s opulent interior and visit the painstakingly recreated Amber Room. Head to Tsarskoye Selo, the preserved town that's home to the former royal residence that was converted into a museum after nationalization in 1918. Learn about the construction and redesign of the palace by leading imperial architects. Hear about the extensive destruction caused during WWII and the ensuing restoration process. On a visit to the world-famous Amber Room, your guide will tell you about how the room disappeared and was recreated. It required over 2 decades of work that took place in the workshops of Trsaskoye Selo.

    i'm not regret getting this tour at all. you are really skip the line. if you want to spend more time walking in the palace rather than being in the line, just get this tour. when i was in side the palace and look outside to see so many people wait in the line to get in palace i think all my money is well spent already.

  • Pushkin, Catherine Palace, and Peterhof from St. Petersburg

    8. Pushkin, Catherine Palace, and Peterhof from St. Petersburg

    The trip will start at your hotel where your private guide and driver will pick you up. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to relax during the one-hour drive to Peterhof Imperial Residence. Take pictures of the city sights and listen to your guide's commentary on the way. Anticipate to explore the Grand Palace at Peterhof using the early admission to skip long lines (available only from May till September). Learn how long it took to restore the palace after the detrimental impact of the World War II, contemplate the result of the renovation process by visiting the palace's rooms. The so-called 'Russian Versailles', Peterhof Lower Gardens are simply stunning. Take a picturesque walk along the gardens together with your guide, discover fountains, minor palaces, park constructions and the part of the Gulf of Finland. Enjoy a meal in the Lower Gardens or any other place you wou...

    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.

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

    9. 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 ...

  • Saint Petersburg Visa-Free: 2-Day Essentials Tour

    10. Saint Petersburg Visa-Free: 2-Day Essentials Tour

    Day 1 Meet your guide at the cruise port in the morning and start the city overview tour. Visit the largest Russian Orthodox church - St Isaac's Cathedral - which will leave a lasting impression with its glory and beauty. Here you will have time to take as many memorable pictures as you can. Visit the Church on the Spilled Blood, together with your knowledgeable guide who will surely make the guided tour is entertaining and educating. Then, take a subway tour to see the most impressive metro stations. Before the tour continues you will have a moment to relax and enjoy lunch (at your own cost). Afterwards, pay a visit to the Hermitage Museum to admire amazing art collections of Russian Tsars and to explore its palatial interiors. The tour for the day will end around 17:00 when you will make your way back to the ship. Day 2 On the following day, visit tw...

    Better than that offered by the cruise line. Cheaper, smaller group, superb timing on entrances. Picture book of St. Petersberg was a nice surprise.

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

4.7 / 5

based on 1,687 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.

A fabulous tour that covered all the main attractions. Our guide Stan was incredibly knowledgeable and looked after us extremely well. We would highly recommend the tour and Stan in particular.

Wow - The lady was so knowledgable and wonderful in every way. She was very inspiring in her history knowledge. I would highly recommend.

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