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Catherine Palace and Park
Once the summer residence of the Russian tsars and now a museum, Catherine Palace was named after Catherine I, who had it built in 1717. The structure was later rebuilt into an elaborately decorated Rococo-style palace in 1756 by Bartolomeo Rastrelli under the direction of Empress Elizabeth, meant to rival the Palace of Versailles in France. Today, the palace is famous for its baroque style and neoclassical interior that exemplifies Russian wealth and extravagance. Its main attractions are the Grand Hall, the opulent Amber Room, which is lined with gilded amber wall panels and ornate furniture, and the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) Catherine Park with its masterful landscaping.

The Basics
The blue-and-gold Catherine Palace is a highlight for visitors to St. Petersburg, from where it makes an easy half- or full-day trip destination. Many travelers combine a visit to Catherine Palace with a city sightseeing tour of Pushkin or stops at Peterhof Grand Palace and Pavlovsk Palace. It’s also possible to combine a palace tour with a tour of St. Petersburg’s most beautiful Metro stations.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend at least three hours exploring the palace’s 18th-century decor and exhibits, plus its sprawling park, to which entry is included in general palace admission tickets.
  • Lines can get long, especially in summer; consider purchasing tickets in advance or booking a tour.
  • Photography is not allowed in the Amber Room, and selfies are not allowed in Catherine Palace at all.
  • Official palace tours are typically in Russian, but most tours from St. Petersburg include an English-speaking guide. Audio guides are also available in English and several other languages.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Catherine Palace and Park are located about 12 miles (25 km) outside of St. Petersburg in the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo). To visit by public transport from the city, take a suburban train from St. Petersburg’s Vitebsky railway station to Pushkin and then catch a bus or minibus to the palace. Alternatively, take the Metro to Moskovskaya or Kupchino and then take a minibus to the palace, or book a small-group or private tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff in St. Petersburg.

When to Get There
Catherine Palace and Park are open year-round, but the park is best visited in late spring when flowers are in full bloom and in fall when the leaves change colors. The palace’s opening hours vary by season, but the site is generally open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5pm or 7pm.

Things to See in Catherine Park
After touring Catherine Palace, travelers should definitely check out Catherine Park. More than a dozen pavilions are spread throughout the green space, including the Grotto, the Upper and Lower Bathhouses, the Cameron Gallery, the Creaking Summer House, and the Concert Hall.
Address: Sadovaya St., 7 (Садовая ул., 7), St. Petersberg 196601‎, Russia
Hours: Park open daily. Palace closed Tuesdays and last Monday of the month
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Skip-the-line: Catherine Palace and Gardens tour in Pushkin

Skip-the-line: Catherine Palace and Gardens tour in Pushkin

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Enjoy a 3-hour group tour in of Catherine Palace without waiting in line. Enjoy the beauty of Catherine Palace with a professional guide, who will tell you the history of the palace, describe rooms as you walk through them, and tell you some Russian monarchy secrets. All Russian monarchs lived, worked, greeted audiences, and held diplomatic receptions, gala balls, and masquerades in these gorgeous palace halls. Explore the beautiful Tsarskoye Selo park and experience the grandeur of the Russian Baroque palace of Catherine the Great and unlock the secrets of the Amber Room. Step into the world of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine, as you walk through the gilded ballrooms and imperial halls, and marvel at the opulent decorations. The park that surrounds the palace is a spectacular work of Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines masterpieces of architecture with the stunning beauty of nature.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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US$79.00
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US$79.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.00
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US$125.00
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Half Day Excursion to Catherine Palace with Amber Room

Half Day Excursion to Catherine Palace with Amber Room

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Visit the beautiful Catherine Palace and Park on this half-day tour. Make your own way to the Hermitage Museum where a van is waiting to transfer you to the palace. Learn about the history of the palace as you explore with a small group of 16 to 18 travelers and take time to admire the ornate Amber Room.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$114.67
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US$114.67
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Catherine Palace Private Tour with Amber Room and skip-the-line tickets

Catherine Palace Private Tour with Amber Room and skip-the-line tickets

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Explore two of imperial Russia’s opulent structures on a half-day private tour to Catherine Palace and Pushkin. Step into the extravagant world of Empress Catherine the Great and see her grand living quarters including the gold leaf-covered Amber Room. Marvel at the magnificent decor of the palace and then step next door to see the beautiful Pushkin and its gardens, which belonged to the heir of Catherine, Emperor Paul I.
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  • 4 hours
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US$167.15
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US$167.15
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Small-Group Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace Tour with Transfer

Small-Group Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace Tour with Transfer

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Delight in the imperial majesty of Russia’s architectural treasures on a half-day tour to Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace from St Petersburg. With a knowledgeable guide, travel by luxury vehicle to Catherine Palace, a magnificent 18th-century summer residence of the extravagant Tsars. Delve into the Baroque beauty’s opulent chambers and ornamented halls and then discover Pavlovsk Palace and its beautiful gardens. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to only six people.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$143.59
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US$143.59
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Tour to the Grand Palace of Peterhof and Catherine's Palace

Tour to the Grand Palace of Peterhof and Catherine's Palace

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Visit two former homes of the Russian imperial family on this day tour from St. Petersburg that gives you the opportunity to explore outside the city. You'll head to the Lower Park of Peterhof Grand Palace, known for its fountains and golden statues, plus see the extravagant interiors of the palace. Then continue to Tsarskoye Selo, part of the town of Pushkin, to visit Catherine Palace and Park, known for its baroque designs and its Amber Room.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$275.00
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US$275.00
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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$217.28
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US$217.28
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St. Petersburg Private Amber Room Catherine Palace Visa-free tour

St. Petersburg Private Amber Room Catherine Palace Visa-free tour

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Join this tour and visit one of the most beautiful places in Saint Petersburg - the palace and park complex in Tsarskoe Selo with its main highlights - the Catherine Palace and Amber Room.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$198.72
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US$198.72

2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

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Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day shore excursion with a small group. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces, the Peterhof Fountain Park, and the famous Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise through the 'Venice of the North' and choose to upgrade your experience with a tour extension featuring visits to the Faberge Museum and some of the city's top nighttime attractions.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$197.31
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US$197.31
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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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US$35.00
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2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

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Embark on a 2-day private guided tour of St Petersburg and immerse yourself in the city's many wonders. This multi-day excursion allows you to delve beneath the surface of some top attractions for a more thorough and rewarding experience. Learn the story behind the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood, marvel at Peterhof's magnificent fountains, and see the ongoing restoration of Catherine Palace, largely destroyed during WWII. Cruise along the canals of this 'Venice of the North' and explore both the Hermitage and the city's metro stations: artworks in themselves.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$306.42
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US$306.42
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Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

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Spend your days in port exploring the highlights of St. Petersburg. Your guide meets your small group at the port each day to take you in a comfortable minibus to the sights. Visit the Hermitage, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace and famed Amber Room, the fountains and gardens of Peterhof Palace and more, including a cruise along the canals of the city.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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US$35.00
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St.Petersburg 2 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

St.Petersburg 2 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

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When your cruise visits St. Petersburg, discover the many splendors of the city on a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion, with no Russian visa required. Learn about the city’s past from an informative guide, and discover landmarks including the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress. Witness the art highlights of the world-famous Hermitage Museum, cruise along the stately canals, visit the fountain-dotted Peterhof Park, and explore the Catherine Palace at Pushkin, including its world-renowned Amber Room.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$301.77
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US$301.77
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Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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When your ship docks in St. Petersburg's port, enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private shore excursion. The tour is fully tailored to your interests, and transportation is provided in a private, air-conditioned, sedan or minibus. Pickup and drop-off at the port; no Russian visa required.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$190.00
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US$190.00
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St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

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Make the most of your time in St. Petersburg on this small-group shore excursion limited to just 15 people. Spending two days exploring offers the opportunity to not only see the city's top sights, including the Hermitage Museum, but also to go outside the city to explore the cities of Peterhof and Pushkin.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$185.00
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US$185.00
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Tzars Village and Peterhof Skip-The-Line Private Tour from St Petersburg

Tzars Village and Peterhof Skip-The-Line Private Tour from St Petersburg

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$181.00
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US$181.00
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Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

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Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

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Maximize your time in St. Petersburg and see the sights on a tour that covers two full days. The in-depth sightseeing experience takes in all the must-see St. Petersburg landmarks including Catherine Palace and Park, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Grand Palace, and more. You’ll have commentary on each sight you visit, plus ample free time to explore on your own.
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  • 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.00
US$70.00
US$14.00 savings
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From St.Petersburg: Tour to the Catherine Palace and Amber Room

From St.Petersburg: Tour to the Catherine Palace and Amber Room

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Go back to the days of imperial Russia with this private tour of Catherine Palace and Park in Pushkin. Once a summer hideaway for the Romanov tsars, Pushkin is known for its regal-looking palaces, and none are as attention-grabbing as the Catherine Palace and Park. On a tour, you’ll visit its history-rich Amber Room among other highlights such as the Great Hall. If time allows, you’ll also check out the Pavlovsk Palace and Park before you head back to St. Petersburg.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$140.00
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US$140.00
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Pushkin & Catherine Palace ( Amber Room ) in 1 day

Pushkin & Catherine Palace ( Amber Room ) in 1 day

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We invite you to an amazing shore excursion in Pushkin, to the museum-reserve "Tsarskoye Selo", which is a brilliant monument of landscape art and world architecture. The tour will take half a day and is conducted by a private guide. You don’t need Russian visa for this tour. The Catherine’s Palace is a former imperial palace, the official summer residence of three Russian monarchs - Catherine I, Elizabeth I (the daughter of Peter the Great) and Catherine II, a masterpiece of Russian baroque of the XVIII century. Walk through the large park around the Residence and enjoy fresh air and beauty of the nature.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$203.90
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US$203.90
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Private tour of Catherine Palace and Park from Saint-Petersburg

Private tour of Catherine Palace and Park from Saint-Petersburg

The magnificent 18th-century Catherine Palace lies just 30 minutes from St. Petersburg and is one of the city’s most visited monuments. On this tour, save time with private round-trip transport and skip-the-line tickets that let you head straight inside. With your private guide, enjoy a personalized tour, taking in highlights such as the Amber Room and the Golden Enfildade, and strolling around the beautiful palace gardens.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$192.83
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US$192.83
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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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Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

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Devote your attention to two of Russia’s most celebrated imperial residences on a private day 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.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$165.00
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US$165.00
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Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace

Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace

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Rewind to imperial Russia on a private tour to Pushkin from St. Petersburg. With a private guide, travel to Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoye Selo and famous for its tsarist-era palaces. Stroll around Tsarkoye Selo Park, and after lunch, visit Catherine Palace, first built in the 1700s for Catherine I and later embellished by Empress Elizabeth. Behold the spectacular Amber Room and lavish rococo interiors, and then visit the Zubov Wing. The itinerary is flexible, so you can see more or less of any sights as you wish.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$277.03
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US$277.03
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Catherine Palace small-group tour in Pushkin

Catherine Palace small-group tour in Pushkin

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Visit the former summer residence of Russia's imperial family on this tour from St. Petersburg to Catherine Palace and Park, located in Tsarskoye Selo, part of the town of Pushkin. Learn about the history of Russian tsars as you admire the baroque and neoclassical designs of the palace.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$164.11
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US$164.11
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Catherine's Palace with Amber Room in Tzars Village Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Catherine's Palace with Amber Room in Tzars Village Skip-the-Line Private Tour

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Head beyond St. Petersburg's city center for a visit to Tsarskoye Selo and its most famous attraction: Catherine Palace. Learn about historic sights en route to this famed former Imperial family summer residence, including one of the area's only remaining statues of Vladimir Lenin. Skip the entry lines and enjoy a private guided tour of the late-Baroque palace, including the private chamber of Alexander I and the opulent Amber Room, painstakingly recreated after Nazi soldiers looted the original during WWII. Afterward, spend some time exploring its surrounds—where photo ops are plenty.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$94.00
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US$94.00
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What are Catherine Palace and Park hours of operation?
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Catherine Palace and Park hours of operation: Park open daily. Palace closed Tuesdays and last Monday of the month. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Catherine Palace and Park tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Catherine Palace and Park can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 343 Catherine Palace and Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Catherine Palace and Park costs USD 79.00. Guided Catherine Palace and Park tours start around USD 79.00 per person. See all 343 Catherine Palace and Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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