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Cristina I

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Aug262012

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

Excellent driver and car,I appreciated punctuality,beautiful palaces,but...that's all to be pleased about.
First of all,5 hours are not enough to visit propperly these places,taking photos and getting explanations.Our young(too young!) guide gave the impression that she didn't know very well how to deal with the situation,we didn't miss any queue,even we should have had some kind of priority,and the top of the top was that she practically forced us to leave bags and cameras at the lockers at Caterina's palace.We consider ourselves civilized persons,so we didn't argue,but inside seeing all those people carrying huge bags and taking photos from all over the place,and I saw myself taking photos with my Iphone instead of my pro camera,I felt extremely angry and frustrated.I asked her to help get my things and she didn't seem to care at all.
One extra hour for Pavlovsk is deffinetely not enough,this trip is badly organized from this point of view anyway and with this young girl things got out of control even more.We saw less than half of the interiors and she said that tour was over,so at that point we all got very upset.After all,it was not a cheap tour and we had the right to see all that we had paid for.
The palaces are nice,the famous amber room is...I don't know, different from what I expected it to be; Pavlovsk is nicer than Caterina's palace from my point of view and we were so close not to see it...It would have been such a pity.
I don't think I would recommand this tour the way we 4 did it.

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