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Peterhof State Museum-Reserve (Muzeya-Zapovednika Peterhof) Tours

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Peterhof State Museum-Reserve (Muzeya-Zapovednika Peterhof)
It’s easy to see why Peterhof Palace, 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—known officially as the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve (Muzeya-Zapovednika Peterhof)—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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Peterhof palace and gardens tour with hydrofoil ride

Peterhof palace and gardens tour with hydrofoil ride

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$132.00
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US$132.00
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Private Tour of Peterhof Palace and Gardens

Private Tour of Peterhof Palace and Gardens

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Explore Peterhof Grand Palace with your own guide for a tour that’s focused on the sights that interest you most. Enjoying commentary as you walk, you’ll check out the elaborate interiors and fountain-bedecked gardens that bear testament to the palace’s reputation as the Russian Versailles. The tour comes with a St. Petersburg hotel pickup and drop-off service for a stress-free experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$126.00
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US$126.00
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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
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US$152.00
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THE BEST Half Day Tour of Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

THE BEST Half Day Tour of Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

Take a small-group tour with just seven people around the Grand Peterhof Palace, and enjoy a close-up look at St. Petersburg’s most extravagant palace. Known by many as the Russian Versailles, the palace boasts elaborate sights around every corner, and you’ll discover them all as you explore with a guide. Learn about Tsar Peter the Great as you go, visiting the fountains, the gardens, and the palace, of course.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.00
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US$119.00
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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$217.08
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US$217.08
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Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

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Maximize your time in the remarkable Russian city of St. Petersburg on a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion to major attractions and historical landmarks. Alongside an expert guide, visit the majestic Peterhof Fountain Park; browse intriguing exhibits in the Hermitage, Russia’s largest museum; and absorb the sacred ambiance of ecclesiastical structures like the Church on the Spilled Blood, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city and travel by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of your tour.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$250.00
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US$250.00
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Small-Group Tour of Peterhof: Grand Palace and Park

Small-Group Tour of Peterhof: Grand Palace and Park

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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.
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  • 4 hours
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US$135.00
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US$135.00

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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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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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Enjoy a luxurious experience of St. Petersburg during a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion in the remarkable Russian city. With an accomplished guide, discover the most sought-after sights, including the Peterhof Palace and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and gain valuable insight into intriguing Russian history and culture. Feast on traditional Russian food and relish the intimate ambiance of this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$331.65
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US$331.65

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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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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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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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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Peterhof - Russian Versailles

Peterhof - Russian Versailles

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The tour is provided by young and passionate guides who are in love with their city and with their job. So it's never boring with us. Moreover we are professional guides which means that our qualification is approved both by the Government and by museum itself.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.38
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US$106.38

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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Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

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$70.00
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US$70.00
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Private Peterhof Grand Palace and Park VIP Admission Tour

Private Peterhof Grand Palace and Park VIP Admission Tour

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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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$116.00
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US$116.00
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Peterhof Tour with Return by Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg

Peterhof Tour with Return by Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg

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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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$132.36
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US$132.36
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Group Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace

Group Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace

Peterhof is a must-see attraction when visiting St Petersburg, and this private tour is the easy way to visit this site that’s just outside the city. You’ll receive personalized attention from your private guide, and the ability to go at your own pace around the palace and the extensive grounds. You’ll also be able to skip the lines, so you can have more time for sightseeing.
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  • 4 hours
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US$191.73
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US$191.73
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Peterhof Gardens by Hydrofoil Tour with Skip-the-line Park Admission

Peterhof Gardens by Hydrofoil Tour with Skip-the-line Park Admission

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The fountains of Peterhoff should not be missed on a visit to St. Petersburg. This small-group tour takes you directly from the city center by hydrofoil into the gardens, letting you save time and skip the line to get in.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$97.44
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US$97.44
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Small-Group Early Access Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens from St Petersburg

Small-Group Early Access Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens from St Petersburg

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Escape the tourist crowds and delight in the imperial majesty of the Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens on a half-day 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 eight people.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.83
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US$112.83
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Peterhof Palace & lower Park tour

Peterhof Palace & lower Park tour

Peterhof is a wonderful creation of Peter the Great. Today it is a grand complex, comprising about a half dozen landscape ensembles, stretching along the Gulf of Finland for 10 km. Peterhof is a magical fusion of parks, colorful gardens, stately palaces. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will visit the Grand Palace, its dazzling beauty and decoration of the rooms and interiors (the oak room of Peter I, the Throne Room, the Audience Hall, the Chesmensky, the Dance Hall and others). The palace has long been the center of social life.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$222.65
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US$222.65
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1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Trip to Peterhof Palace and Gardens

1-Day St Petersburg PRIVATE Trip to Peterhof Palace and Gardens

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Take a half-day tour of Peterhof, St Petersburg’s most prominent and elaborate Imperial estate. In a group of no more than six people, you’ll explore the Lower Park, Grand Palace and Upper Garden, each of which are extravagant in their own right. Learn about Peterhof’s history and hear tales of Tsar Peter the Great as you discover the estate’s fountains, gardens and opulence with your guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$191.75
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US$191.75
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Peterhof State Museum-Reserve (Muzeya-Zapovednika Peterhof) hours of operation: Garden open daily.. 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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