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  • Location:St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration:4-hour Pushkin tour5-hour Pushkin and Pavlovsk tour
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

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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 September 2015

The Catherine Palace is geourgeus. The tour and the guide were very good. We were also lucky because there were not so many people this day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a wonderful trip yesterday. We would like to thank the tour guide who was very knowledgeable and patient. We learnt a lot from him. The driver was also very friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Roman was excellent. His English was perfect and his knowledge of the Palaces and the tsars and tsarinas was outstanding.It was quite a long day but one we will never forget. At the end it was like saying goodbye to a friend

Doug Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a bit more pricey than your average tour, but we felt it was well worth it. We travelled there by limo with a driver and guide. Roman was a fabulous guide so knowledgeable about absolutely everything and quite charming. He also enabled us to skip the lines not just outside but in numerous places inside.
Catherine Palace is quite stunning. Room after room leaves you gasping and drooling, culminating in the famous Amber Room, which absolutely lives up to its hype. The grounds are also worth a visit in their own right.
For not much more we added the Pavlovsky Palace, which I'd recommend everyone to do. Again stunning room after stunning room, but quite different from Catherine Palace.
A truly memorable day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Knowledgeable friendly guide. Catherine palace is a must to see especially the amber room. Pavlosk palace which came as an additional option for the tour was also well worth the visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide Roman from Marie Rose tours was wonderful. So full of knowlege about the area and palace.
It was a pleasure to spend the day with him.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Roman was a great guide! We got to see a local church before heading to Catherine Park / Palace. He was a very knowledgable guide and favorite part was that when we were done with our official tour my husband had asked if there was a good place to buy some souvenirs. There was the basic touristy stuff on the palace grounds, but Roman also recommended a local Pushkin 2nd-hand store where you can sometimes find old relics from the Soviet era. So we went there and was an awesome experience! Way more memorable than buying touristy stuff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Roman our guide was really good and gave appropriate info. This is truely a beautiful building

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was great! The guide was very informative and very friendly. Definitely recommend this tour to other travelers wanting to learn about some Russian history :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Lida was a terrific guide. Cannot say enough good things about her!

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