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  • From St. Petersburg: Pavlovsk Palace and Gardens Tour

    1. From St. Petersburg: Pavlovsk Palace and Gardens Tour

    The summer palace of Russian Emperor Paul 1, located 20 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, is known worldwide for its exquisite beauty. Explore this architectural wonder with a guide on this 4-hour midday outing. After pickup at your hotel at 10:00 AM, you’ll head to the Palace for a 10:45 AM arrival. Start your excursion with a tour of the palace. At first glance, it looks less pompous than other royal palaces near St. Petersburg; however, it’s beauty truly lies in its architectural conciseness, straight lines, and classical style. Many nobles and grandees across Russia sought to recreate elements of this palace in a more modest form. The Emperor Paul I and his wife Maria Fedorovna, were keen on ancient mythology and sculpture, which they made every effort to incorporate into their residence.   Continue your outing with a tour of Pavlovsk Park, the gardens that surround the palace. A...

    Very enjoyable excursion. Personal guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

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

    2. 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 ...

  • Tour of Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces from Saint Petersburg

    3. 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 build...

    Fantastic sights that could be experienced calmly amongst the surrounding crouds thanks to the superb organisation and wonderful explanations and tales of our guide Irina.

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

    4. 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.

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

  • From St Petersburg: Pushkin & Catherine Palace Full-Day Trip

    5. From St Petersburg: Pushkin & Catherine Palace Full-Day Trip

    Enjoy this 6-hour private tour that takes you from St. Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) and Pavlovsk to see the magnificent summer residences of the former Russian tsars. The monarchs lived, worked, granted audiences, arranged diplomatic receptions, and hosted gala balls and masquerades in these opulent settings. A comfortable chauffeured drive takes you to the town of Tsarskoe Selo, or Pushkin, where you’ll marvel at the grandeur of the Russian Baroque palace of Catherine the Great as well as the interior of the Amber Room. This is considered one of the world's wonders. After just a short drive from Pushkin you’ll arrive at the stunning palace and park complex of Pavlovsk. This imperial estate was the residence of Emperor Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great. The estate's magnificent palace sits on a hill overlooking a park, which is landscaped in the English style and has a...

  • St. Petersburg: Guided Tour of Catherine & Pavlovsk Palaces

    6. St. Petersburg: Guided Tour of Catherine & Pavlovsk Palaces

    Enjoy a 6-hour tour that takes you from St. Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) and Pavlovsk to see the magnificent summer residences of the former Russian tsars. Explore the opulent settings in which the monarchs lived, worked, granted audiences, arranged diplomatic receptions, and hosted gala balls and masquerades. Embark on a comfortable chauffeured drive to the town of Tsarskoe Selo, or Pushkin. Marvel at the grandeur of the Russian Baroque palace of Catherine the Great as well as the interior of the Amber Room. After a short drive from Pushkin, arrive at the palace and park complex of Pavlovsk. This imperial estate was the residence of Emperor Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great. Admire the magnificent palace sitting on a hill overlooking a park, landscaped in English style with a river running through it. The huge and magically landscaped park was laid out in the area surro...

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What people are saying about Pavlovsk Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 137 reviews

Had the best tour with Jane who was extremely knowledgeable and was a lovely person very attentive even when we were walking in all that snow. Boris our driver was brilliant on time and loved the Mercedes. the horse drawn ride at the end was great and the driver such a character. Well worth paying for a private tour such a wonderful day thanks to Jane and Boris.

The Pavlovsk palace is definitely worth a visit. The guide (Jane) was so fascinating and full of passion that even the children were not bored. We visited Katarinapaleis on the outside, after which we ended the tour with a trip in a horse-drawn carriage. Cold (early November) but super cozy.

Fantastic sights that could be experienced calmly amongst the surrounding crouds thanks to the superb organisation and wonderful explanations and tales of our guide Irina.

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

Very enjoyable excursion. Personal guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour to anyone.