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Rewind to imperial Russia on a private 6-hour trip to Pushkin from St Petersburg. With a private guide, travel to Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoye Selo and famous for its tsarist-era palaces. Stroll around Tsarkoye Selo Park, and after lunch, visit the Catherine Palace, first built in the 1700s for Catherine I and later embellished by the Empress Elizabeth. Behold the spectacular Amber Room and lavish rococo interiors, and then visit the Zubov Wing. The itinerary is flexible, so you can see more or less of any sights as you wish.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to Pushkin from St Petersburg
  • Explore Tsarkoye Selo Parks and stroll around the Great Pond
  • Learn about the town’s history and stop for photos in front of Catherine Palace
  • Take a walking tour of Catherine Palace and hear tales of its designer, Francesco Rastrelli
  • Gaze in awe at extravagant rooms like the Great Hall and Amber Room
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary with personalized attention from a private guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Booking this tour is a great way to explore Catherine Palace, the vast summer home of Catherine I, at Pushkin. My favorite part of the tour is seeing the palace’s stunning interiors while getting lots more information about the rooms from a private guide!

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Pushkin Day Trip from St Petersburg Including Catherine Palace

See the beautiful summer palace of Catherine the Great

Begin with a pickup from your central St Petersburg hotel at a time arranged with your private guide. Hop inside your air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your 6-hour private tour.

As you travel to Pushkin, named after Russia’s great poet, Alexander Pushkin, and formerly known as Tsarskoye Seloe, tell your guide if there’s anything you want to see more or less of during your tour. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to your personal interests.


After a roughly 45-minute journey, arrive in Pushkin and explore Tsarskoye Selo Park, also called the Catherine Park – the gorgeous gardens that frame the majestic Catherine Palace.

Stroll around the Great Pond, the central lake, as you hear tales of Pushkin’s history and why it was given its present-day name on the centenary of Pushkin’s death.


Then, after a stop for lunch (own expense), enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace, once the summer residence of Russia’s tsars. Drink in the blue-and-white façade of the 18th-century palace, built for Catherine I and later remodeled by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the 1750s for the Empress Elizabeth.

Take in Rastrelli’s architectural artistry as you explore the sumptuous interiors, and listen as your guide describes the life of Catherine I here after the death of her husband, Peter I. See the vast Great Hall with its floor-to-ceiling windows, and marvel at the spectacular Amber Room, a replica of the palace’s original amber-covered showpiece. Learn how the Nazis plundered the amber panels in 1941, and gain insight into how the room was painstakingly recreated and reopened in 2003.

Finish with a tour of the palace’s Zubov Wing, used by the Empress Catherine II. Browse the exhibits and apartments and learn about the history of this grand annexe.


Afterward, drive back to St Petersburg, where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A thorough but relaxing visit to the palace and grounds. The guide was informative without overloading you with information. Great flexibility to take in some areas of the grounds not mentioned in the brochure, which afforded the opportunity to see inside the secluded Hermitage.

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Anastasia, our guide, arrived exactly on time. She was very knowledgeable and provided a flexible schedule. English speaking and easy to understand.

Elise C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide Valentina was passionate and very good. It was freezing but still we went for a walk around the park at Catherine's Palace and it was worth it. She also told us about the many monuments while we drove from St. Petersburg to Pushkin. Valentina and our driver Paul, went out of their way to make this day enjoyable and it was. Highly recommend this tour.

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A fantastic day trip out from the centre of St Petersburg! I fell in love with the photographs of the Catherine Palace and was not disappointed. Valentina, our guide, was lovely and went out of her way to make the trip interesting and informative. She was also very good company! I would definitely recommend this tour.

Julie E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful tour and wonderful guide. We had the best seat in the house for the fountain exhibition at 11 am. Super duper!!

Marc Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was hands down on of the best guided tour we have ever taken. Our guide Alina was very knowledgable and a charming, insightful and witty company throughout the day. The tour's main attraction, the Catherine Palace, is a very unique site that stuns with it's size, lavish exterior and interior, the rebuild amber room, a beautiful park with an adjacent lake and many smaller mansions and more hidden bridges, pyramids, etc. in it, which make the trip out of the city center very worthwile. But the tour neither started or stopped there. Alina made sure that we saw sites outside of the regular tourist trails, got local food and had time to stroll around. The tour was never rushed, packed with amazing things to see and full of interesting conversations. We had arrived in Saint Petersburg just the afternoon before and this tour was our first full day. We couldn't have wished for a better start into this city trip or for a better guide. Thank you very much!

Alexander T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The local tour operators were excellent, fabulous guide, informative and entertaining.

Milt B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If you love palaces you will not want to miss this one. Most beautiful one we have seen anywhere, Paris included.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic. Guide Irina very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Ray B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We did this tour and a tour of Saint Petersburg with Nina Kazarina and we had a great time. The weather was good and Nina is a passionate, knowledgeable, and fun guide, always adjusting to your interests. She speaks good English. Highly recommend her.

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