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Top Day Trips from St. Petersburg

Top Day Trips from St. Petersburg

As Russia’s former capital, St. Petersburg is an ideal jumping-off point for visiting some of the country’s must-see imperial sights and historical towns. From the lavish Peterhof to Pushkin’s baroque Catherine Palace and even mighty Moscow, here are our top picks for day trips from St. Petersburg.

 

Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and the Catherine Palace – about 19 miles (30 kilometers) away

Just south of St. Petersburg, Pushkin, also known as Tsar’s Village (Tsarskoe Selo), was a summer base for Russia’s rulers. Its star turn is Catherine Palace, an 18th-century blue-and-white baroque residence built for Catherine I, distinctive for its lavish interiors and dazzling Amber Room. The palace is a popular road or rail day trip from St. Petersburg, often combined with a visit to nearby Pavlovsk Palace.

 

Peterhof Palace – about 24 miles (39 kilometers) away

Commissioned by Peter the Great and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this series of palaces and parks is sometimes dubbed the “Russian Versailles” for its beauty. Just west of St. Petersburg, the complex centers on the Grand Palace—a onetime summer royal residence—and its fountain-studded gardens. The complex’s proximity to St. Petersburg makes it easy to visit on day trips by hydrofoil, boat, or road; some tours also include a visit to Pushkin.

 

Pavlovsk Palace – about 22 miles (35 kilometers) away

Fringing Pushkin, the 18th-century Pavlovsk Palace and Park was built by Catherine the Great for her son, Paul I. Tours focus on the palace’s opulent interiors—in striking contrast to the plain, neoclassical exterior—and the landscaped gardens, with their streams, copses, and follies. Some day trips also incorporate a visit to Pushkin.

 

Veliky Novgorod – about 149 miles (240 kilometers) away

Russia’s oldest city, Veliky Novgorod straddles the River Volkhov and boasts many medieval sites, making it ideal for history buffs. In and around the historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stand Russia’s earliest Kremlin—housing the 11th-century Cathedral of St. Sophia—and gems such as the riverside St. George’s Monastery.

 

Moscow – about 440 miles (708 kilometers) away

With sights ranging from Red Square to the Kremlin, Moscow is a must for those wanting to cover another of Russia’s great cities while in St. Petersburg. With just a day to spare, it’s best to explore with a tour guide on a high-speed rail trip—the most convenient way to visit in a day—to ensure you see the highlights with ease.

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1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Excursion to Peterhof & Tsarskoye Selo

1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Excursion to Peterhof & Tsarskoye Selo

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Step back to the days of Russia’s 18th-century Tsars on a 4-hour tour of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoe Selo. Travel from St Petersburg by air-conditioned vehicle and tour the the blue-and-white baroque palace, sometimes dubbed the Pushkin Palace. Ogle the gold and marble interiors, including the Amber Room, spectacularly coated in amber and mirrors; and admire the gardens. Upgrade to include a visit to the Pavlovsk Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in St Petersburg. Numbers are limited to nine for a more personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$219.02
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US$219.02
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Private Tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room and Park in St Petersburg

Private Tour of Catherine Palace with Amber Room and Park in St Petersburg

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Step inside Catherine Palace for a private tour of this impressive summer residence. Located in the town of Pushkin outside St Petersburg center, the Rococo palace and former home of the Russian tsars is now a museum highlighting 300 years of local history. Learn the story of its origins, wander among its grand halls and marvel at the world-famous Amber Room, a perfect recreation of the gold-leaf and amber paneled chamber that Nazis stole crate by crate during World War II.
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  • 4 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.00
Price varies by group size
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US$125.00
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Tour of Pushkin Catherine Palace and Peterhof Grand Palace

Tour of Pushkin Catherine Palace and Peterhof Grand Palace

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As St. Petersburg former imperial capital, the city and its surroundings are filled with many opulent palaces. Take a tour of the area’s three most popular palaces—Pushkin, Catherine, and Peterhof. Stroll their beautiful gardens, admire the treasure trove of art on their walls, and learn about the wealth of the great emperors of Russia as you listen to commentary about the history of the country.
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  • 8 hours
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US$262.09
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US$262.09
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Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide

Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Private Guide

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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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$152.00
Price varies by group size
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US$152.00
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One-day Escorted Tour to Moscow from St Petersburg by Train

One-day Escorted Tour to Moscow from St Petersburg by Train

Moscow is far from St. Petersburg but this private guided tour makes it possible to visit in one day. Travel by high-speed train to the capital where you embark on a city tour and have the experience of walking through Red Square and visiting the famed Kremlin and its cathedrals. There's time for coffee before heading back to St. Petersburg.
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  • 17 to 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$915.00
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US$915.00
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Catherine Palace and Park by Public Transport with Hotel Pickup

Catherine Palace and Park by Public Transport with Hotel Pickup

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Venture out of the bustling city of St. Petersburg and visit the opulent Catherine Palace during this half-day small-group tour. Head to the palace via public transport with your guide and jump right into exploring the grounds. Learn about the history of this 18th-century royal palace as you tour the complex and its grounds, including the famous Amber Room.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$102.57
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US$102.57
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1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Tour of Peterhof (Petrodvorets) skip-the-line

1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Tour of Peterhof (Petrodvorets) skip-the-line

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Get an in-depth look of the Peterhof complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Russia's most elaborate imperial landmark, on this tour from St. Petersburg. You'll explore the various features of Peterhof Grand Palace, the Lower Park, and the Upper Garden to marvel at the extravagance of this "Russian Versailles."
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$164.27
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US$164.27
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Private tour to Suburbian Residence of Russian emperor Paul I (Pavlovsk)

Private tour to Suburbian Residence of Russian emperor Paul I (Pavlovsk)

Visit the superb palace and park ensemble, dating from the late 18th to the 19th century. Pavlovsk was a summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul I and his family. Its architects were amongst the greatest of the period: Cameron, Brenna, Quarenghi, Voronikhin and Rossi. The Palace's interiors reveal a multitude of artistic and architectural influences and include an Egyptian Vestibule, the Italian Hall under the main Palace dome, featuring classical Roman sculptures, a Greek Hall filled with luxurious French furnishings and Paul's War Hall, demonstrating his fascination with all things military. • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$200.00
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US$200.00
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1-Day St.Petersburg: PRIVATE Tour to Hermitage and Peterhof

1-Day St.Petersburg: PRIVATE Tour to Hermitage and Peterhof

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This full-day, small-group tour introduces you to two historic royal residences in Pushkin and Peterhof. You are picked up in comfortable car or minivan at your hotel in St. Petersburg to travel to its outskirts with your private guide, who introduces you to Catherine Palace and the ornate buildings and beautiful gardens of Peterhof. A restaurant lunch and drop-off at your hotel is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$304.20
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US$304.20
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Private Tour: Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk tour

Private Tour: Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk tour

Stop At: Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. you will have a Catherine Palace tour, admire its interiors and hear an interesting story about the events in Russian history, connected with Tsarskoye Selo and St. Petersburg. In this program you will visit the famous Amber Room, which was renewed by the modern restorers and is represented to the public in all its beauty. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Russian Restauran "Podvorye" Opened in 1993, the Podvorye ( «Coach House» ) restaurant has since become known as «Russia´s most authentic Russian restaurant». In addition to having its own regular clientele, it has established a reputation in Saint Petersburg and far beyond. Duration: 1,5 hours Stop At:Pavlovsk State Museum. Excursion you will admire an undoubted masterpiece of the landscape art - the picturesque spaces of Pavlovsk Park and visit amazing example of Russian classicism style - Pavlovsk Palace. Duration: 2 hours
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  • 8 hours
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US$170.00
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US$170.00
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