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When your cruise ship sails into the Port of St Petersburg, embark on a private sightseeing tour of majestic palaces and gorgeous gardens. With a courteous and erudite guide, travel to Pushkin to explore the extravagant interior of Catherine’s Palace and the verdant grandeur of Tsarkoye Selo Parks. Marvel at the opulent rooms and impressive grounds of Tsarist palace, Peterhof, and ride the St Petersburg metro to admire the incredible artwork in the subterranean stations. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private shore excursion, the itinerary of which can be tailored according to your interests. 


  • Private shore excursion to the royal palaces around St Petersburg
  • Explore the town of Pushkin with a private guide and visit Tsarkoye Selo Parks
  • Tour Catherine Palace and learn all about the Great Hall and replica Amber Room
  • Walk around the public rooms and gardens of Peterhof, Russia’s answer to Versailles Palace
  • Head below ground to discover the artwork and elegant architecture of St Petersburg's metro stations
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private Pushkin, Peterhof and Metro Station Tour

See the famous Catherine Palace on your tour

Disembark your cruise ship at the Port of St Petersburg and greet your knowledgeable guide. Climb aboard a private, air-conditioned vehicle and relax during the journey to your first stop, Pushkin, home to the resplendent Rococco masterpiece, Catherine Palace. 

Embark on a guided tour of the Catherine Palace’s extravagant interior, admiring the elaborate frescoes of the Grand Hall and the glittering treasures within the Amber Room, an enclave replete with grand mosaics and mirrors. Listen to fascinating commentary from your guide as you visit other architectural highlights like the crimson Pilaster Room and the artistic Portrait Hall. 

Next, return to your vehicle and travel west to Peterhof, an exceptional Tsarist palace steeped in rich historical heritage. Discover the decadent décor and grand chambers of the sprawling palace complex, and then stroll the beautiful gardens home to more than 140 fountains. 

Return to St Petersburg and descend to the subterranean stations of the city’s metro; resplendent with impressive art and architecture, the stations offer a selection of crystal chandeliers, elaborate frescoes and marble vestibules. 

Suitably impressed, head back to the Port of St Petersburg and bid your guide farewell before climbing aboard your cruise ship. 

Please note: if your tour falls on the last Monday of the month, Catherine Palace is closed. The visit to Pushkin will be replaced with a visit to Pavlovsk Palace, an 18th-century Russian Imperial residence that belonged to Emperor Paul I and his wife Maria.

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