Insider's Guide to St Petersburg

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

Get the
Inside Scoop

Privacy Policy

4.5 star rating: Recommended 101 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location:St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration:4-hour Pushkin tour5-hour Pushkin and Pavlovsk tour

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

Visit the magnificent summer residence of the Russian Tsars. A comfortable chauffeured drive will take you to the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), where you will find a jewel of Russian baroque- Catherine Palace with the Amber Room inside, which is considered to be one of the world's wonders. Numbers are limited to 9 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide. For more Russian royal history, upgrade your tour to include Pavlovsk Palace.


  • Half-day tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and the Catherine Palace in in St Petersburg
  • Explore the beautiful town of Pushkin on a small-group guided tour
  • Admire the famous Catherine Palace, once the summer residence of the Russian tsars
  • Upgrade to include a tour of the magnificent Pavlovsk Palace
  • Enjoy comfortable transportation by air conditioned car or minivan
  • Small-group tour to ensure personalized experience

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

A pleasant walk through the park will let you feel like you're an important guest in the Residence of an Empress.

The town of Pushkin, which was called Tsarskoye Selo until 1917, is 24 km (14.9 miles) south of St Petersburg. It was the residence of the Tsars from the beginning of 18th century onwards (from the mid-18th to the early 19th century palace and park complex were built, including the Catherine and Alexander Parks).

The Catherine's Palace is one of the best examples of Russian baroque. It’s also famous for housing the world famous Amber room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World". After several other 18th-century renovations, it is covered with more than 55 square meters and contained over six tonnes of amber.

Then stroll along the alleys of the Catherine Park, a wonderful work of the Russian art of gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines the masterpieces of architecture with the beauty of the transforming nature of the north.

You have the opportunity to include with your tour a visit to the magnificent Pavlovsk Palace, which was the summer residence of the great Paul I, which is only a 5 miles drive from Pushkin. The interiors have influences of many cultures, as there were several architects throughout the years. Inside the palace you'll see the Egyptian Vestibule, the Italian Hall, a Greek Hall with French furnishings and Paul's War Hall.

After visiting the Pavlovsk, you can relax in the beautiful palace gardens, where where Johann Strauss once performed with his orchestra. Have a seat in one of the many pavilions -- the Temple of Friendship, the Colonnade of Apollo, the Pavilion of the Three Graces, the Dairy Farm or the Rose Pavilion.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good tour. As there are not so many visitors as when you visit Peterhof we enjoy more the visit to the palace and Pushkin


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Perfect tour ! My guide Lydia was very friendly and knew a lot about the palace. I was just overwhelmed by the beauty of the place. Highly recommended !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a special day made all the more so by the wonderful guide we had, who made the whole day such a wonderful experience. .It was interesting to see the contrast between the two palaces. Pavlovsk being so much more modest than Catherine Palace yet so elegant.. It was a great insight into another side of the Russian rulers lives. The scenery was lovely and the parkland beautiful. The drive was comfortable and the driver courteous. Lida made the day so enjoyable whilst at the same time passing on so much information. It was a pleasure to learn from such an accomplished and knowledgeable young guide.Recommend this tour. to all.. Patsy Jemison

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful experience that will always be remembered ! It's a must see tour !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

tour guide roma was the best

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was most informative. We had a great history lesson about the Russian throne. Would really recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Highlight of our visit to St. Petersberg, Excellant Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Your tour guide Roman was amazing! He was friendly and spoke quite good English he even seemed to enjoy the afternoon so much too and was so helpful! I cannot say enough good things about his service! And the PLACE! Tsarskoye Selo! Amazing!! and Catherine Palace! This tour was certainly a highlight of my trip to Russia! Thank you again, it was certainly worth the cost! Private personal and Excellent service!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Roman was an excellent tour guide. He speaks good English and has good people skills. He is also intuitive. Once he discovered our interests, he took us to see additional places nearby. We had a full, but very enjoyable day out. I highly recommend Roman as a tour guide.

From USD $ 54.99

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 3887TS


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message