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Tour code: 3887PETERBOAT
Visit the Imperial palace of Peterhof on a 4-hour tour that includes a high-speed boat road from St Petersburg. After zipping along the Neva River from Winter Palace, step onto dry land at Peterhof and explore its Lower Park, lavish Grand Palace and Upper Garden on a tour. Wander amid whimsical water features and resplendent furnishings as you learn about Tsar Peter the Great, for whom the palace was built.


  • 4-hour tour of Peterhof by boat
  • Cruise along the Neva River on a 45-minute ride by hydrofoil
  • Stroll through the Lower and Upper Gardens and visit the Grand Palace
  • Admire the world’s most elaborate fountain system
  • Learn about historical and architectural features of the UNESCO World Heritage Site from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 6 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens Tour with Neva Boat Ride

Fountains in the Peterhof Gardens

Leave your hotel, and travel to the waterside behind St Petersburg’s Winter Palace where your boat awaits. Step aboard and take a 45-minute sightseeing cruise by speedy hydrofoil, admiring city sights along the Neva River. 
Hop off your boat at Peterhof estate, and head inside its Lower Park, home to more than 140 fountains in a setting reminiscent of Versailles Gardens. Stop for photos by the statue of Samson boldly holding a lion’s jaw open at the Grand Cascade, and admire other notable water features such as a fountain spouting with Chinese dragons. 
Inside Peterhof itself, you’ll explore the lavish Grand Palace with its gilded statues and opulent furnishings. Learn about the palace’s history as you explore the richly ornate rooms.
From the palace, head to the Upper Garden for a stroll and see more fountains including the God of the Sea, a cascade statue that portrays Neptune. Beware of water features that were designed to soak guests… in particular a clever feature cunningly designed as an umbrella. It drips on whoever dares sit below it.
When your Peterhof tour ends, travel back to central St Petersburg and finish with a drop-off in the center.

Customer Reviews

Ellen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A great day with a great tourguide, Elijah Ilya. He had a very keen sense of humor and was quite knowledgeable about Russian history, politics and culture. Answered every question. I might have wanted a bit more time to just wander the gardens, but I assume we had to make the 1:15 hydrofoil boat back to St. Petersburg. As with all the tour guides I have had with Viator, Elijah was so informative and truly provided us with a great experience learning about Russia.

Wanley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour. Totally worth it.

Mary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide met us at our hotel and we had a driver to take us the hour ride to the Grand Palace. The driver was friendly and excellent and so was our guide for the day. It was a crazy day with lots of people getting into the place but our guide walked us through with no problems.

shailesh s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellant Guide, Perfect Arrangements,We are now Viator fans.

Valerie A T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour of Peterhof Grand Palace! A word about the taxi driver, he was really cute :
Our tour guide Ilya was great helpful, spoke good English, and was very attentive and knowledgeable! The boat ride back via hovercraft was interesting as well and certainly worth every cent! Thank you again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour was well conducted by our guide Helen. Given that we were the only people on the tour we received exceptional and personalised information and service. The only negative was that it was a bit rushed as we did not get enough time to explore the beautiful gardens as we needed to be at the pier for our return trrip to St Petersburg.

Martha O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Petershof is fascinating and beautiful. It was great to go with a small group and get to skip the lines. The ride back to St. Petersburg on the hydrofoil was a treat. The tour guide was knowledgeable on the history of both St. Petersburg- which he commented on as we drove through on the way to Petershof. I'm glad we booked a tour rather than try to do this on our own.

Natalie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was fantastic and very well organized! Beautiful Place and Must seen!

Todd C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a wonderful tour with guide Veronika. She was knowledgeable, personable, and managed the time available very well. She is great. The palace tour rooms--the areas available to the public--are beautiful and fascinating. We were able to get through before most of the large groups of tourists arrived. It was a valuable opportunity to learn about Russian historical figures at the same time. The grounds are beautiful, even on a gray day. We found it easy to imagine traveling back in time there. We certainly recommend the tour.

Leslie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our tour guide, Margarita Maslova was excellent. She was able to answer any questions that we had. Her knowledge of English made it very easy to understand what she was saying. We enjoyed her company very much and through her thorough knowledge we learned a lot about Russian history and Russian way of life. We could not have asked for a better guide.

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