When your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, embark on a full-day shore excursion of nearby palaces with a small group and an informative guide. Travel 15 miles (24 km) south by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Pushkin, also known as Tsarskoye Selo (Russian for ‘royal village’).
Here, visit the magnificent, Baroque-style Catherine Palace, presented as a gift to Empress Catherine I from her husband, Peter the Great, in 1708. As you take photos of the decorative architecture, learn about the Romanov tsars who resided at the estate, granting audiences and holding gala balls and masquerades.
With your small group, check out the interior of the famous Amber Room, covered with more than 180 square feet (55 square meters) of amber panels backed with gold leaf. Hear about the recent reconstruction of the room, once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World due to its outstanding beauty.
After your 2-hour palace tour, including the surrounding gardens landscaped in 18th- and 19th-century designs, enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant serving classic Russian cuisine.
In the afternoon, discover the amazing imperial estate of Peterhof on a 2-hour tour of the luxurious palace and garden complex located on the shores of the Neva River. Explore the fascinating and elaborate interiors of the Great Palace, which sits atop a high ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park.
With more than 140 fountains, including three major cascades, the park boasts the world's largest fountain system and has been dubbed the ‘Russian Versailles.’ Admire the Grand Cascade with its impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the jaws of the lion, as well as designs featuring a chessboard or Chinese dragons. In the Upper Garden, discover a fountain depicting Neptune, God of the Sea.
Your tour ends with transport back to the St Petersburg cruise port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the St Petersburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.