Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets) Tours

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Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets)
It’s easy to see why Peterhof Palace (Petrodvorets), a magnificent complex of palaces and gardens stretching along the St. Petersburg seafront, is called the Russian Versailles. Fronted by the opulent Grand Palace and displaying a rich variety of architectural styles, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most visited attractions.

The Basics
Behold the lavish interiors of the Peterhof Grand Palace on a guided tour; stroll around the Upper Garden and Lower Park; and visit Monplaisir Palace, Marly Palace, the Peterhof Hermitage, and the Cottage Palace of Nicholas I in Alexandria Park. With so much to explore, the most convenient way to visit Peterhof is with a tour guide, and there is a wide selection of small-group and private tours, shore excursions, and combination tickets for the various palaces and museums. Many tours include convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Peterhof Palace is a must-see for fans of Russian history, architecture, and all-around opulence.
  • Audio guides and AudioPen guides are available in four different languages.
  • Most parts of the palaces and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, and free wheelchair rental is available.
  • There is free Wi-Fi in the Upper Garden and Lower Park.

How to Get There
Peterhof is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of central St. Petersburg. If you’re not visiting with a tour, hydrofoil ferries run across the Gulf of Finland, setting sail from the jetty just outside the State Hermitage Museum and docking by Peterhof’s Lower Park. Alternatively, trains run from Baltiyskiy Station to Noviy Peterhof, from where it’s a 20-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride to the Upper Garden. 

When to Get There
The palace and gardens are open to visitors year-round, although the most popular time to visit is from May to October, when the garden’s famous fountains are in operation. This is also the busiest period and long lines are common, especially in July and August. Opting to visit in winter means far fewer crowds, and the palace is a magical sight when blanketed in snow—but be sure to wrap up warm! 

Highlights of Peterhof Palace
Designed by Peter the Great in the 18th century, the Peterhof Grand Palace is truly spectacular. Marvel at the throne room, ballroom, ceremonial staircase, and crown room. Highlights of the formal gardens include the Fountain of Neptune in the Upper Garden, the Marine Canal and Grand Cascade at the entrance to the Grand Palace, the Pyramid Fountain, and the Trick Fountains. 
Address: Petrgof (Петергоф), Peterhof, Russia
Hours: Garden open daily.
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Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets to Peterhof Grand Palace

Travelers short on time in St Petersburg shouldn’t waste time lining up to enter the most popular attractions. With this skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Peterhof Grand Palace you’ll be able to head straight inside the palace and grounds, leaving more time for exploration. Once inside, choose to explore on your own or on a guided tour, to suit your own needs and interests.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Saint Petersburg 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

Explore the cultural capital of Russia on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit some of the city’s highlights such as the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and much more. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the canals and the Neva River as well as a delicious Russian lunch on each day.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Tour: Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg

Immerse yourself in the imperial majesty of Peterhof Palace on a private half-day tour from St Petersburg. With a knowledgeable guide, explore the opulent chambers and resplendent gardens of the landmark regularly likened to the Palace of Versailles. Marvel at architectural highlights like the Grand Palace, the Monplaisir Villa and the Grand Cascade in the Lower Park as you delve into the fascinating history of the treasured monument. Receive the undivided attention of your guide and adapt the itinerary of this private tour to suit your interests.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Happy Tour 2 Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

While your cruise ship is docked in St. Petersburg, this two-day tour is an ideal way to get an overview of the city's key sights, as well as attractions just outside the city, such as Peterhof's Fountain Park and Catherine Palace in Pushkin. You are picked up at the cruise-ship dock each morning in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan; this small-group excursion ensures personalized service from your guide. An optional evening program is available. Return to the cruise-ship dock is included each day. Why Travelers Choose This Tour We employ the best local guides. They are young, university educated, creative, energetic and passionate about St. Petersburg.  They are real stars in their profession!
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private St. Petersburg 2-Day All-Inclusive Shore Excursion

Experience all St. Petersburg’s highlights on this 2-day visa-free private shore excursion. Gather a private group and tour the Peterhof’s fountains, the baroque Catherine Palace with its Amber Room, and many other must-sees, including the Yusupov Palace, Hermitage, and Church on Spilled Blood. Plus, enjoy a canal cruise and an optional evening activity such as a ballet, Faberge Museum, or shopping expedition. Includes private transport, skip-the-line admission to the sights, plus port pickups and drop-offs.
  • Duration: 18 hours
  • Duration: 18 hours
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Skip-the-Line Hydrofoil admission

Get a skip-the-line admission to Peterhof Hydrofoils! Get your voucher and show it at the Hydrofoil station. You don't have to wait for a ticket. Just hop on board and have a fantastic ride to Peterhof Gardens.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Skip-The-Line Private Tours: Tsarkoye Selo and Peterhof from St.Petersburg

Skip the lines at the glorious imperial residences of the Peterhof and Catherine Palaces on a private day trip from St Petersburg. Avoid the crowds with early access (May to October only) to the Peterhof; and admire the interiors and Lower Garden fountains, all brainchilds of Peter the Great. After time for lunch (own expense), continue to Tsarskoye Selo and tour the baroque Catherine Palace. See the world-famous Amber Room among others, hear the mystery of the original amber panels, and enjoy the ornamental gardens before returning to St Petersburg.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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1 Day Imperial Saint Petersburg Highlights Tour Visas Included

Walk in the shadows of Russia’s emperors on a full-day imperial St Petersburg tour, with cruise port pickup and drop-off, and Russian visa included. With an expert guide, travel between the city's highlights by air-conditioned vehicle as you learn about its tumultuous royal history. View world-famous art at the Hermitage in the Winter Palace, and marvel at the onion-spired Church on Spilled Blood, built on the site of Alexander III's assassination.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Small-Group Early Access Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens from St Petersburg

Escape the tourist crowds and delight in the imperial majesty of the Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens on a 5-hour tour from St Petersburg. With a professional guide, explore the opulent chambers and ornamented halls of Peterhof, declared the ‘Russian Versailles’, and delve into the rich history of the regal residence. Stroll amid the botanical grandeur of the garden, roaming past more than 100 fountains and swathes of exotic flowers. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to six people.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

Devote your attention to two of Russia’s most celebrated imperial residences on a private 7-hour tour from St. Petersburg. Leave the city for the baroque Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. Tour the interiors as you hear about the tsars who lived here, and see the showpiece Amber Room and gardens. Afterward, explore the palace and parks of the Peterhof estate, including the world-famous Grand Cascade fountains. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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St. Petersburg Private Tour: Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Skip-the-Line Tickets

If you have time for one big attraction during a summer visit to St. Petersburg, the Peterhof is a must. This 5-hour private tour takes you to this grand royal complex, the brainchild of Peter the Great, between May and September, when its fountains are running. Explore the Grand Palace, gardens, and Peter’s Monplaisir summer villa, and admire the playing fountains of the Grand Cascade. Skip-the-line entry, return hydrofoil transport, and hotel pickup included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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1 Day Best of St Petersburg City and Peterhof by Hydrofoil on Small Group Shore Excursion Tour

Explore St Petersburg when your cruise ship is in port on this shore excursion that includes city sightseeing, a river cruise and hydrofoil boat ride. See top attractions like the Winter Palace, the Hermitage and the Church on Spilled Blood; enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Neva River to admire the city from the water; and travel along the Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil boat to Peterhof. You’ll see the best of the city in one day with transportation by van from the port.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Peterhof Tour with Return by Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg

Witness the grandeur of Peterhof inside and out on a private 5-hour tour from St Petersburg. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the estate, enjoy priority access, and awe at the extravagant interiors and gardens with an art-historian guide. Admire showpieces such as the Throne Room and Ballroom as you hear how Peter the Great designed the palace in the early 1700s. Stroll through the Upper Garden and fountain-studded Lower Park; and view highlights such as Peter’s original Monplaisir palace. Finish with a relaxing, scenic boat ride back to St Petersburg.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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2 Day Visa-Free Small Group Moderate Shore Excursion of Saint-Petersburg

See the best that St. Petersburg has to offer during this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks like Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum, as well as a trip to Pushkin. Discover the rich history and culture of Russia as you explore the former imperial capital and enjoy visa-free access to the city for cruise ship and ferry passengers.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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St. Petersburg 3-Day Grand Shore Excursion

This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg is perfect for cruise ship guests making a stop in the city because it’s visa-free and includes all transportation. See popular places, such as the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Gain early entry into The Hermitage and the Peterhof Gardens. Visit the Faberge Museum, and then head to Yusupov Palace to walk through the Rasputin exhibit. Plus, see the city sights by boat on a cruise along a river and canal.
  • Duration: 1 day 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 day 2 hours
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Tour to Peterhof Gardens

You will see one the of the most exciting places - former Russian Imperial residence, often called “The Russian Versailles”
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Shore Excursion: Three Day Highlights Tour

Discover the regal residences and arresting landmarks of St Petersburg on a comprehensive 3-day shore excursion led by a professional guide. Gain an insiders perspective of the remarkable Russian city as you visit monuments like Peterhof, the Church on Spilled Blood and the Faberge Museum. Take a relaxed cruise along St Petersburg’s canals; marvel at the impressive statues in metro stations; and browse the enriching exhibits of the Hermitage, Russia’s largest museum.
  • Duration: 23 hours
  • Duration: 23 hours
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Private Peterhof Grand Palace and Park VIP Admission Tour

Get the most from a visit to St Petersburg's Peterhof Grand Palace and Park with VIP early admission to the palace’s interiors on this private 5-hour tour. Accompanied by an expert personal guide, enjoy VIP skip-the-line access inside the palace, ahead of the main crowds. Learn about Peter the Great’s maritime passions and plans for the seafront estate; and admire the grand interiors, including the Throne Room and White Dining Room. Then, take a walking tour around the fountain-adorned Lower Park, seeing the showpiece Grand Cascade fountains and other highpoints.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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5-Hour Private Tour of Peterhof Palace and Park with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Embark on a 5-hour guided tour of St Petersburg's Perterhof Palace and gardens, often referred to as 'the Russian Versailles.' Set out from your city center hotel by either private vehicle or speedy hydrofoil boat to descend on the impressive complex, known especially for its 150 outdoor fountains including the Grand Cascade—with over 200 bronze statues. Stroll the grounds while enjoying the beauty of this magnificent summer palace and learning its origins.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Shore Day Trip: City Tour and Cruise to Peterhof Fountain Complex with Champagne and Traditional Russian lunch with Russian Classical Ballet

Pressed for time during your cruise stop in St Petersburg? This 15-hour private Peterhof, Champagne, Hermitage, lunch and Russian ballet shore excursion could be ideal. After a city sightseeing tour, ride a hydrofoil to the UNESCO-listed Peterhof and gain fast-track access to see the palace and magnificent fountains. Savor a glass of Champagne and snacks back on the hydrofoil, and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Hermitage for a guided tour, including the Winter Palace. Conclude with a traditional Russian lunch and classical evening ballet at one of Russia's premier theaters.
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Duration: 15 hours
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Peterhof palace and gardens tour with hydrofoil ride

Combine a private tour of the Peterhof Grand Palace with a high-speed boat ride back to central St. Petersburg. This combo tour checks all the sightseeing boxes, ensuring you’ll discover the highlights of both St. Petersburg and its most elaborate palace. Stroll around the palace and its fountain-filled gardens, then cruise back to the city by hydrofoil boat.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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St Petersburg Full Day Van with Driver and a Guide Visa-Free

Experience the beauty of St Petersburg via comfortable van, seeing the sights and attractions that appeal to you most. Simply reserve a touring van for up to 15 people and explore the city at your whim, visa-free. A driver and licensed guide will meet your group at the cruise terminal or your hotel and accompany you throughout the day, providing insight into the city's many sights and attractions, providing commentary on local landmarks and offering tips on citywide shopping and dining opportunities.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Best of St Petersburg with Fabergé Museum Shore Excursion

When your ship docks in St. Petersburg, see the most of the city that’s possible in one day with this 9-hour shore excursion. Admire the fountains of the Peterhof and visit the Hermitage, Church on Spilled Blood, and Fabergé Museum. Plus, enjoy a panoramic city tour and River Neva cruise. This small-group tour, usually with a maximum of 15 guests, includes lunch for groups of eight or more, plus port pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Small-Group Tour of Peterhof: Grand Palace and Park

Enjoy a special early entry into Peterhof's Grand Palace, part of a larger complex that's often referred to as the 'Russian Versailles.' Join a small group (maximum 6) on a skip-the-line guided tour of the former imperial residence, filled with ornate rooms  that were mostly destroyed―and since reconstructed―during WWII. Then embark on a guided stroll through the property's stunning lower gardens, dotted with gold sculptures and mesmerizing fountains throughout. There's also ample time to savor lunch (own expense) at one of the onsite cafes before returning to St Petersburg.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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2-day Private Shore Excursion - Imperial Palaces of St Petersburg

Take a look at St. Petersburg’s imperial palaces during this 2-day private shore excursion. Explore Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, the Pavlovsk Palace, Peterhof, and the Hermitage Museum. Discover the city through sightseeing tours and learn about the history and culture of St. Petersburg from your guide. Enjoy a boat cruise around the city, 3-course Russian lunches on each day, and a worry-free trip with visa-free tour tickets.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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