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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!

jpaszek1

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.

Christine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Fun and amazing and informative = great tour! Guide was interesting and added insights to tsarist personalities and historical context. Convenient hotel pick up and early (uncrowned) admission. Hydrofoil is a fun and scenic way to travel.

Jen

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2015

Although it was a rushed, it was still fabulous. We would have liked a bit more time for photo's but overall, it was good. Our guide pointed out things of interest during the car ride to Peterhof, then it was a relaxing boat ride back to the city afterwards so you get to see St Petersburg from the water. I'm sure there's cheaper ways of seeing the palace at Peterhof, but when time is precious, this is a good option.

Franklin W

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Well done, but a bit hectic. Drop off point was not clear in info. Catherine was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall quite good.

Patsy C

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

Our guide was very knowledgable , but note that the tour does not bring you back to your hotel.

Patsy C

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

Must see, but having a knowledgable guide is e key .

Patsy C

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

A must see. Our guide was very knowledgable.

Christine B

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

This was a very worthwhile trip - we were fortunate to have a guide and driver to ourselves. The palace was very crowded with tour groups, unfortunately this is what you have in most popular places in St Petersburg!
Still we thoroughly enjoyed the palace and grounds and also enjoyed the hydrofoil back to St Petersburg.
The only down side was that you are on your own once you have left the hydrofoil, public transport is not the easiest - taxis tend to rip you off, buses are unreliable and the underground downright scary so in our case we were forced to walk a considerable distance back to our hotel - the option of a ride back to our hotel would have been great.

Mullagur R

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

The tour agents messed up. They did not take us in side the palace. They gave excuse that they could not buy the ticket for forigeners. Also, there was no boat ride.

Marek D

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It must be pointed out that the trip to Peterhof is by bus and only the return trip is by boat. Also it does last until about 2 or 3 with no lunch provided so we would suggest a big breakfast.

Clive H

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2013

The guide was 45 mins late in collecting us from the hotel and no phone call received to keep us informed. Long diversion to collect some other guests from the port.
Once we were on our way everything was fine. Igor was very knowledgeable and polite and the Palace is magnificent. The delays meant that was no time to get a drink, something to eat or to visit the shop or stroll through the gardens, it also meant we arrived back too late to do other things ourselves.

Josephine S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2015

Guide good but rushed us a little and did not allow us enough time in the Palace or gardens. Asked if we could stay longer but would not let us

GRACE F

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
October 2013

Whilst the tour of itself was fantastic I have to say that it was very rushed and therefore we had little time to visit the palace and shop at leisure. When booked the time of pick up was to be 10.00 a.m. a phone call the day before said that pick up was goind to be 9.00 which was ok by us. We were back in St. Petersburg and our hotel before 2.00 p.m. The guide was informative and charming however one got the distinct impression that she was in a hurry to get back. A pity....as it was once in a lifetime opportunity to see the summer palace.

Barry J

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2013

Guide was excellent. Too long a trip. You see similar homes in St Petersburg.

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