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Escape the tourist crowds and delight in the imperial majesty of the Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens on a 5-hour tour from St Petersburg. With a professional guide, explore the opulent chambers and ornamented halls of Peterhof, declared the ‘Russian Versailles’, and delve into the rich history of the regal residence. Stroll amid the botanical grandeur of the garden, roaming past more than 100 fountains and swathes of exotic flowers. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to six people. 


  • 5-hour guided tour of St Petersburg’s Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens with early access
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Peterhof Grand Palace before the doors open and the crowds arrive
  • Explore the sumptuous palace, personally laid out by Peter the Great in the early 1700s
  • See magnificent rooms such as the Throne Room, White Dining Room and Merchant's Hall
  • Marvel at the beautiful fountains and cascades, including the Grand Cascade, in the Lower Gardens
  • Hear tales of Peter the Great and his daughter, Elizabeth I, who both lived here
  • Enjoy in-depth attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to six people

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Early Access Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens from St Petersburg

Explore the gardens of Peterhof Grand Palace

Depart from your St Petersburg hotel and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan destined for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Peterhof palace. Receive a fascinating introduction to the regal residence as you travel, hearing entertaining anecdotes surrounding the royal family’s dynasty. 

On arrival at the palace, behold the Baroque magnificence of the structure’s façade; escape the crowds with your early admission pass and begin admiring the splendid interiors without the inconvenience of other tourists. Marvel at the opulent ornamentation of rooms such as the White Dining Room, the Throne Room and Merchant’s Hallnas as you listen to illuminating commentary from your guide. 

Stroll to the Lower Gardens to immerse yourself in the exotic beauty of the verdant expanse; delight in the incredible array of more than 100 fountains and photograph fabulous structures like the Grand Cascade, a fountain that features a gold statue of Samson wrestling a lion. 

After thorough exploration, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to St Petersburg. 

Please note: The order of sightseeing as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.

Customer Reviews

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Despite the rain, a very enjoyable trip with excellent commentary from the guide. Fantastic interiors and beautiful gardens and fountains. Pick-up and drop-off was on time. A relaxing way to see the palace.

Melissa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Having early access and a small group allowed us to bypass the long line of tour groups and go right inside the palace. Katharine was our guide and she was excellent! She obviously knew the history of Peterhof and the Imperial family like the back of her hand. I liked that she shared personality traits of the Imperial family members too which was quite interesting. What we really enjoyed was talking to her about life in St Petersburg. We had some extra time on the way back to so she even took us through a few of the beautiful subway stations. I've already recommended this tour to friends and coworkers.

Nicola G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well worth every penny. We had a private tour with Anastasia, who was very well informed on Russian history and politics. As we were ahead of time, she took us to a traditional Russian church and 3 beautiful metro stations. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.

Nell N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guide was wonderful. Excellent structure if the tour, able to relate to guests and was kind enough to answer question from guests relating to St. Petersburg.

Liubov E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful tour with the very knowledgeable guide. Definitely a must see if you one is visiting St. Petersburg

Peter T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide Valerika was very informative and made the tour a lot of fun. If you are going to do this tour, I would recommend that you ask for her. Ps after the tour finished, she kindly dropped us of at our next destination the Russian Museum and she also recommended an excellent nearby cafe for lunch. Great Service.

Douglas M New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Anna was an excellent guide. We were the only people on the tour. We had early access to Peterhof before the tour groups and it was great to have the time to appreciate the rooms. We left the palace in time to see the fountains being turned on and performing to music. We then enjoyed walking around the beautiful gardens.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour was very informing. We had a great time.

Jason P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The palace is amazing! Obviously we have no idea what it would have been like without the early access, but the whole process was super smooth. Me and my wife had a great time and the tour guide was very knowledgeable, it wasn't rushed at all and the pacing was perfect. Would definitely recommend. :

Carl T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Outstanding in every respect. Again, we had Irena from Marina Wilson Tours as our guide on what became a private tour for me and my wife. Despite some rainy weather, Irena covered all the areas outlined in the tour summary. The fountains are breathtaking. The videos we shot are among the highlights of our stay in St. Petersburg.

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