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Tour two of greater St Petersburg's most magnificent properties with a full-long visit to Catherine Palace and Peterhof. Set out from your port of call to marvel at the sheer beauty of these former imperial residences, exploring Catherine Palace's recreated Amber Room and wandering the fountain-filled garden grounds of Peterhof and its Grand Palace. Your tour also includes a classic Russian lunch in a local restaurant. 


  • 8-hour shore excursion of St Petersburg's imperial palaces
  • Explore Catherine Palace and its Amber Room in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)
  • Discover the Great Palace and fountain complex of Peterhof
  • Enjoy a classic Russian lunch in an elegant restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures personal attention from your guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Imperial Residence Tour with Catherine Palace and Peterhof

Chesmenskaya Column

When your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, embark on a full-day shore excursion of nearby palaces with a small group and an informative guide. Travel 15 miles (24 km) south by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Pushkin, also known as Tsarskoye Selo (Russian for ‘royal village’).
Here, visit the magnificent, Baroque-style Catherine Palace, presented as a gift to Empress Catherine I from her husband, Peter the Great, in 1708. As you take photos of the decorative architecture, learn about the Romanov tsars who resided at the estate, granting audiences and holding gala balls and masquerades.
With your small group, check out the interior of the famous Amber Room, covered with more than 180 square feet (55 square meters) of amber panels backed with gold leaf. Hear about the recent reconstruction of the room, once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World due to its outstanding beauty.
After your 2-hour palace tour, including the surrounding gardens landscaped in 18th- and 19th-century designs, enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant serving classic Russian cuisine.
In the afternoon, discover the amazing imperial estate of Peterhof on a 2-hour tour of the luxurious palace and garden complex located on the shores of the Neva River. Explore the fascinating and elaborate interiors of the Great Palace, which sits atop a high ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park.
With more than 140 fountains, including three major cascades, the park boasts the world's largest fountain system and has been dubbed the ‘Russian Versailles.’ Admire the Grand Cascade with its impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the jaws of the lion, as well as designs featuring a chessboard or Chinese dragons. In the Upper Garden, discover a fountain depicting Neptune, God of the Sea.
Your tour ends with transport back to the St Petersburg cruise port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the St Petersburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Deep M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was completely worth it. We were guests in ST Petersburg town itself and our guide picked us up from our hotel. Short transits and beautiful palaces both including the grounds at Peterhof were worth visiting.

Thomas James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Lida did a fantastic job and we were so glad that we had her for 2 days. She is so knowledgeable and has a sweet personality. The tour was to see everything that we wanted to see.

Roger T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

A terrific way to see Peterhof and Catherines's Palace. Our guide Lida was delightful, extremely well studied and her excellent English made our day a day to remember. I would highly recomend this tour.

Stefanie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

as both Palaces are located south of city center it is very efficient to combine the tour to the palaces; well organised tour; very positive: we had a private tour (guide, driver and we two). With Margarita we had a very good guide (excellent English, avoiding crowds, always on time, presenting her personal highlights to the tourist, gives a lot of extra information regarding life in Russia).


4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

One palace was closed. We saw other sites which was a good substitute. The tour guide and driver were professional.

david c

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

my only dissapointment was we didnt get to Grand Palace and feel we are entitled to a rebate.There were 6 of us. I know security would not allow us to go there so thereforeyou didnt have to purchase tickets for us
However our guide was brilliant!!!!.

Owen D

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

This was our second day which was very disappointing. We were driven around for 2 hours to pick up other passengers and then began our tour. We did not see both palaces on same day. We had a rush tour of the Hermitage, lunch at the same restaurant as the day before with minimal choices of selections and the afternoon at Catherine's palace. We had not been informed that we would not return to our ship until 7 PM and we had reservations that evening for dinner at 6:30 PM. Leida , our guide, was very informative and did her best. The van was a good size for 6 people but definitely not 9. Very hot and crowded. The other passengers we picked up at the hotels did not get the tour they were to have had as well. We believe the local company was trying to make money off all of us by combining the tours and switching the itinerary without us being aware of this. We have good success with Viator in the past but were not happy with this tour.

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