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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.

Highlights

  • Private 5-hour tour of St Petersburg's Peterhof Palace and Park, with VIP early palace admission and hotel transfers
  • Beat the day’s main crowds with early access to the Peterhof Grand Palace
  • Admire the Ceremonial Staircase, Throne Room and other highlights
  • Stroll around the Lower Park to see the golden Grand Cascade and other must-sees
  • Watch a fountain switching-on ceremony (depending on season and timings) and savor lunch at a garden café (own expense)
  • Hear stories of Peter the Great and the imperial rulers who embellished the palace
  • Separate driver ensures you enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide throughout

What You Can Expect

Meet your private guide and driver at your St Petersburg hotel. Then, travel by comfortable, air-conditioned sedan or minivan (depending on the size of your group) to the magnificent Peterhof estate, on the edges of the city.

Upon arrival, gain early admission to the palace ahead of the main crowds of the day. Set off with your guide to experience the splendors of the interiors as you hear tales of Peter the Great and how he intended Peterhof to outshine the grandeur of Versailles.

Admire the highlights, including the opulent Throne Room, main staircase and the stunning White Dining Room. Listen as your guide explains the architects and thinking behind each room, and hear how they have now been restored to their original glory having been severely damaged by bombing during World War II.

After the palace tour, proceed outside for a guided stroll of the spectacular Lower Gardens, famous for their fountains, and in particular, the spectacular, gold Grand Cascade. If the timing is right, be lucky enough to witness the fountain switching-on ceremony  — an unforgettable occasion. Wander around the parkland to see highpoints such as Peter’s beloved, waterfront Monplaisir garden palace, and if you wish, break for a quick lunch (own expense) at one of the cafés.

End your tour with a ride back to your St Petersburg hotel in the early afternoon.

Please note: no fountains run and no early admission is available at the Peterhof during the low, winter season (October-April). At these times, regular admission is included in the tour cost.

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