Peterhof, Russia
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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more


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.
  • 5-hour private summertime tour of the Peterhof from St. Petersburg with hydrofoil transport
  • Explore Peter the Great’s palace complex when the fountains play between May and September
  • Tour the Grand Palace and hear about the royals who lived here
  • Admire the Grand Cascade, the gardens’ celebrated, gold-statue dotted fountains
  • Stroll the gardens and visit Monplaisir, Peter’s summer villa on the waterfront
  • Priority access with skip-the-line entry, and round-trip hydrofoil tickets included
  • Personalized attention and commentary from a private guide
Meet your private guide at your central St. Petersburg hotel, and receive a city map, bottled water, a raincoat in case of rain, and a souvenir gift. Your guide will accompany you throughout your tour.
Travel to the pier on the River Neva for the high-speed hydrofoil to the Peterhof, the palace and garden complex masterminded by Peter the Great between 1714 and 1721. Board with your guide and enjoy the views of passing landmarks such as the Winter Palace as you speed across the Gulf of Finland to the waterfront palace.
After around 40 minutes, dock at Peterhof pier, and skip the main entrance lines with your pre-booked ticket, enjoying priority access to what’s known as the ‘Russian Versailles.’  
Stroll through the gorgeous lawns and parkland of the Lower Gardens, and see some of their celebrated fountains and water features. Marvel at the Grand Cascade, the showpiece terraced fountains that were partly designed by Peter the Great. Admire the gold-coated sculptures, including the central statue of Samson and a lion, and delight in the playing fountains, only operational between May and September.
Take in the Baroque exterior of the Grand Palace, largely the work of architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli for Peter’s daughter, the Empress Elizabeth, in the late 18th century. Then, tour the opulent interiors, richly decorated in Baroque and Rococo style, and adorned with paintings and gilded furnishings.
View the highlights as your guide tells stories of the Tsars and empresses who lived here, and then continue to Monplaisir, a waterfront palace in the gardens. Explore this villa-style residence, a favored summer retreat of Peter the Great, who often stayed and entertained here.
Later, ride the hydrofoil back to the city center, where your tour concludes.


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, Aug 2017

We had a really marvelous day, Kate, our guide was most informative and helpful, without her expertise to quickly negotiate the crowds we would not have been able to experience the many wonderful sights, the gardens of the Peterhof Palace, the interior of the Palace and the very special experience of the river trip to and from the Palace.

, Jul 2017

Our tour guide was attentive and responsible. She works for Horosho Tour, a local tour company in St. Petersburg and they were proactive in their communication. I spent a lot of time deciding whether to go on my own, or join a small-group or private tour. In the end I was glad I paid a bit extra to have a private tour for Peterhof because it's such a beautiful and huge place to explore. One could easily spend an entire day there, but having a private tour guide makes navigating so much easier and saved a lot of time to ensure you hit the key locations time saved that I spent back in the city to have a good meal and attend a ballet. Also, skip-the-line ticket is a must. We went on a sunny weekday and even then the lines were crazy long to go into the grand palace which we didn't have to partake. As for the sight itself, my personal opinion is it's better than Catherine's Palace in Pushkin overall if you're short on time and have to choose one, mainly because of the many magnificent fountains. Don't try to do both in one day, especially if you won't get to visit the interior of the grand palace.

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