Visit Tsarskoye Selo, south of St. Petersburg, to marvel at the former summer residence of the Russian emperors at Catherine Palace and Park. Wander through landscaped gardens of the 18th and 19th centuries, and marvel at the astonishing Amber Room.
What to Expect
Enjoy a half-day guided excursion to the glorious Catherine Palace and Park of Tsarskoye Selo, a small town 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of St. Petersburg. The former country residence of the Russian emperors, the ornate monuments now form part of the town of Puskin and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments.
Stroll through the 3 parks, which occupy a combined area of 600 hectares, and contain 100 architectural monuments, from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. At the center is Catherine Palace, where exquisite decorative furniture, Russian and Western European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, as well as amber and bronze sculptures all await.
The gem of the Palace is undoubtedly the renowned Amber Room, a vast chamber that contained more then 6 tons of amber in its heyday. Looted by the Nazis during World War II, it has been stunningly recreated, with amber panels, swirling gold leaf and reflective mirrors.
- Private guide
- Transportation by private vehicle (car for 1-2 persons and minivan for larger groups)
- Catherine Palace and Park admission
- Photo and video permits
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)
Know Before You Go
Cancellation policy: cancellation 7 days prior to the tour - full refund; cancellation 3-6 days before the tour - USD 25 fee per person; cancellation less than 3 days before the tour or no show - no refund