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St Petersburg Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

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Overview

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.
  • Half-day tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and the Catherine Palace in in St Petersburg
  • Explore the beautiful town of Pushkin on a small-group guided tour
  • Admire the famous Catherine Palace, once the summer residence of the Russian tsars
  • Upgrade to include a tour of the magnificent Pavlovsk Palace
  • Enjoy comfortable transportation by air conditioned car or minivan
  • Small-group tour to ensure personalized experience
Leave your St Petersburg hotel and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the town of Pushkin, just south of the city.

Formerly known as Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin is home to one Russia’s grandest royal estates — the Catherine Palace, built in the 1700s as a residence for Catherine I and once called the Palace of Tsarskoe Selo. Originally modest, the palace was remodelled by Catherine’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, in the mid-1700s, who turned it into the extravagant baroque residence of today.

On arrival, absorb the blue-and-white façade and take a guided tour inside. Marvel at the rococo state rooms and halls embellished with stucco, frescoes and marble, and visit the showpiece —the extraordinary Amber Room. 

Covered in amber panels that replicate the originals looted by the Nazis in World War II and subsequently lost, this spectacular room is a vision of shimmering amber work, gold leaf and mirrors.

The original room was dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and today’s replica was made using 13,000 pounds (6,000 kilograms) of amber. 

After your tour, stroll around Catherine Park, the gardens that surround the residence. Walk along the tree-lined avenues and admire the picturesque buildings that speckle the lawns.

If you’ve chosen to upgrade when booking, continue to the Pavlovsk Palace, the elegant residence of Tsar Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great, on the fringes of St Petersburg. 

Note the restrained design of the neo-classical building compared to the Catherine Palace, and explore the ornate, themed interiors with your guide. Walk through the ornate Egyptian Vestibule, the elaborate Grecian Hall and Italian Hall, and see the Hall of War, decorated with military models.

Then, visit the beautiful gardens, whose lawns are sprinkled with copses, streams and follies, including pavilions and colonnades. 

Your tour then finishes with a drop-off back at your hotel.

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Nice half day tour
Maftei A
, May 2019
Liked the guide, she was very well prepared and provided interesting details about the palace and tzars
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Maftei A, Thank you very much for your generous endorsement and 5 star review of your tour with us in St. Petersburg! Thank you for choosing MariaRose Tours – we enjoyed meeting you! With kindest regards, MariaRose Tours team.
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Very good guide and driver.
Jiaxi L
, Jun 2018
Our guide is very funny and introduce a lot of history stories to us. The driver also helpful and polite.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Jiaxi L, Thank you so very much for sharing your 5 star review of your St Petersburg Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace! If you should visit St. Petersburg in the future, we would love to see you again! With kindest regards, MariaRose Tours team.
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Best guide, Mita! Highly recommend...
Leslie T
, Mar 2018
Best guide, Mita! Highly recommend tour. Must see!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Leslie T, Thank you so very much for sharing your 5 star review! We hope we have the opportunity to see you again in St. Petersburg! With warmest regards, MariaRose Tours team.
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Amazing! Basically a personalised...
Wes P
, Mar 2018
Amazing! Basically a personalised tour, with the guide being so knowledgeable in history of the city and palaces that we visited. So interesting to learn about the area's history, would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Wes P, What a pleasure to read your feedback! Thank you very much for your generous endorsement and 5 star review of your tour with us in St. Petersburg. Thank you for choosing MariaRose Tours – we enjoyed meeting you! With kindest regards, MariaRose Tours team.
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Very nice and professional tour...
Celine Chan
, Jan 2018
Very nice and professional tour. Driven in a nice new and clean van. Guide was informative and pleasant.
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Fabulous!!!!! Can't describe the...
Gwendolyn B
, Dec 2017
Fabulous!!!!! Can't describe the beauty of the place. A dream spot.
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This is an incredible tour with a...
David F
, Oct 2017
This is an incredible tour with a very knowledgeable and fun guide. Very professional. You go straight into the Palace skipping the long lines. A St. Petersburg must!
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Our guide was lovely and most...
Rita
, Sep 2017
Our guide was lovely and most knowledgable. When booking this tour keep in mind whether the Hermitage and the Pavlovsk are open. We experienced long queues because it was a day when both were closed so everyone heads out to Pushkin, yet it was certainly a worthwhile tour. Even though it was a 4 - 5 hour tour we only had a chance for a coffee stop late morning and there was no real opportunity for a food stop, so bring some food with you.
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Well worth the trip out of Moscow...
Jane L W
, Sep 2017
Well worth the trip out of Moscow. The palace was beautiful and the Amber Room unusual. Be sure to take the train, not a car. Moscow traffic can be awful.
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It was a very good tour. Fascinating...
Ana Maria H
, Sep 2017
It was a very good tour. Fascinating place and a very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.

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