• Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Visit the Imperial palace of Peterhof on a 4-hour tour that includes a high-speed boat road from St Petersburg. After zipping along the Neva River from Winter Palace, step onto dry land at Peterhof and explore its Lower Park, lavish Grand Palace and Upper Garden on a tour. Wander amid whimsical water features and resplendent furnishings as you learn about Tsar Peter the Great, for whom the palace was built.


  • 4-hour tour of Peterhof by boat
  • Cruise along the Neva River on a 45-minute ride by hydrofoil
  • Stroll through the Lower and Upper Gardens and visit the Grand Palace
  • Admire the world’s most elaborate fountain system
  • Learn about historical and architectural features of the UNESCO World Heritage Site from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 6 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens Tour with Neva Boat Ride

Fountains in the Peterhof Gardens

Leave your hotel, and travel to the waterside behind St Petersburg’s Winter Palace where your boat awaits. Step aboard and take a 45-minute sightseeing cruise by speedy hydrofoil, admiring city sights along the Neva River. 
Hop off your boat at Peterhof estate, and head inside its Lower Park, home to more than 140 fountains in a setting reminiscent of Versailles Gardens. Stop for photos by the statue of Samson boldly holding a lion’s jaw open at the Grand Cascade, and admire other notable water features such as a fountain spouting with Chinese dragons. 
Inside Peterhof itself, you’ll explore the lavish Grand Palace with its gilded statues and opulent furnishings. Learn about the palace’s history as you explore the richly ornate rooms.
From the palace, head to the Upper Garden for a stroll and see more fountains including the God of the Sea, a cascade statue that portrays Neptune. Beware of water features that were designed to soak guests… in particular a clever feature cunningly designed as an umbrella. It drips on whoever dares sit below it.
When your Peterhof tour ends, travel back to central St Petersburg and finish with a drop-off in the center.

Customer Reviews

Bike Rider Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We had a private tour of the palace and gardens and our guide was excellent throughout the entire tour. If you only had limited time to spend in St. Petersburg then put Peterhof to the top of list, I personally found it better then The Palace of Versailles in many ways, the restoration of the palace after being badly damaged after WWII is outstanding. Our tour last about 3 hours at the actual palace/gardens which only gives enough time to experience the main attractions, you would need days there to do this place justice.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Over the top opulence.

Safinaz M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Great tour and the guide was so informative and nice. Unfortuantely, it was a rainy day so we didn't get to enjoy walking in the gardens as we wished.

Graham R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely wonderful guide, I won't embarrass myself by trying to spell her name collected us from the hotel on time with our driver. She made the car journey very interesting pointing out many interesting locations en route. Her knowledge of the Peterhof was superb, as was her enthusiasm during the entire 4 hours or so we were with her. A genuinely lovely time with a delightful guide. Please pass our thanks to her. Thank you

Lisa Ann B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this magnificent and beautifully restored palace. Illi our guide was knowledgeable, funny and made the experience a brilliant tour for us. Illi suggested a delicious restaurant we've since visited twice. Thank you for a great Russian experience.

Branislav S Slovakia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Peterhof is must in Petersburg! But reserve for the whole trip more time because within the given time is only fast track! Visiting the Grand Palace is a bit marching tour be prepared for it. You will go through really beautiful rooms but in quite speedy mode because is it small and so many people want to see it. The gardens are really nice and great! You can spend there hours next time I will do so!

Montri N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very nice tour guide! Good English, explaining all the history.
Thank you!

Ellen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A great day with a great tourguide, Elijah Ilya. He had a very keen sense of humor and was quite knowledgeable about Russian history, politics and culture. Answered every question. I might have wanted a bit more time to just wander the gardens, but I assume we had to make the 1:15 hydrofoil boat back to St. Petersburg. As with all the tour guides I have had with Viator, Elijah was so informative and truly provided us with a great experience learning about Russia.

Wanley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour. Totally worth it.

Mary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide met us at our hotel and we had a driver to take us the hour ride to the Grand Palace. The driver was friendly and excellent and so was our guide for the day. It was a crazy day with lots of people getting into the place but our guide walked us through with no problems.

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