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  • Location:St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens Tour with Neva Boat Ride

Ride a hydrofoil to the Grand Palace and gardens of Peterhof, St Petersburg’s amazing imperial estate and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a cruise down the Neva River and explore the royal grounds with your knowledgeable guide, learning about the elaborate 18th-century fountains, sculptures and palaces commissioned by Tsar Peter the Great.

This tour is limited to six people, providing a small-group experience with your guide.


  • 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

After pickup from your hotel in St Petersburg, your guide will take you to the boat station, located behind the Winter Palace. Then, board a high-speed hydrofoil for an exciting 45-minute ride down the Neva River, seeing St Petersburg from a unique perspective as you coast along the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland.

When your boat docks at the mouth of the Sea Channel, enter Peterhof’s enormous park complex, including elaborate gardens filled with 18th-century fountains, statues, palaces and pavilions built upon the orders of Tsar Peter the Great.

First, stroll through the estate’s Lower Park, which lies between the Grand Palace and the shore and boasts more than 140 fountains, each operated without pumps. Stop at the impressive Grand Cascade with its golden statue of Samson holding open the jaws of a lion.

Once you’ve seen all three cascades, including one with a chessboard design and another featuring Chinese dragons, you’ll understand why Peterhof is referred to as the “Russian Versailles.” Then, continue to the Grand Palace and explore its gorgeous interior, including 30 rooms decorated in an ornate, Baroque design.

From here, stroll through the Upper Garden, a typical French-style formal layout with five fountains, including one depicting Neptune – God of the Sea. Watch out for the whimsical creations designed to soak visitors, such as the umbrella fountain that sheds water whenever someone takes a seat underneath! Your guide will then drop your group off in the city center to explore at your leisure.

Customer Reviews

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.

Alexander A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This trip was an special experience.I had the privilege to be the only one with your excellent guide.
A powerful intellectual personality she took me all over the imperial Russia history.
Thank you, Leta.

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