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Step back to the days of Russia’s 18th-century Tsars on a 4-hour tour of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoe Selo. Travel from St Petersburg by air-conditioned vehicle and tour the the blue-and-white baroque palace, sometimes dubbed the Pushkin Palace. Ogle the gold and marble interiors, including the Amber Room, spectacularly coated in amber and mirrors; and admire the gardens. Upgrade to include a visit to the Pavlovsk Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in St Petersburg. Numbers are limited to nine for a more personalized experience.


  • Half-day tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and the Catherine Palace in in St Petersburg
  • Explore the beautiful town of Pushkin on a small-group guided tour
  • Admire the famous Catherine Palace, once the summer residence of the Russian tsars
  • Upgrade to include a tour of the magnificent Pavlovsk Palace
  • Enjoy comfortable transportation by air conditioned car or minivan
  • Small-group tour to ensure personalized experience

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

Leave your St Petersburg hotel and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the town of Pushkin, just south of the city.

Formerly known as Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin is home to one Russia’s grandest royal estates — the Catherine Palace, built in the 1700s as a residence for Catherine I and once called the Palace of Tsarskoe Selo. Originally modest, the palace was remodelled by Catherine’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, in the mid-1700s, who turned it into the extravagant baroque residence of today.

On arrival, absorb the blue-and-white façade and take a guided tour inside. Marvel at the rococo state rooms and halls embellished with stucco, frescoes and marble, and visit the showpiece —the extraordinary Amber Room. 

Covered in amber panels that replicate the originals looted by the Nazis in World War II and subsequently lost, this spectacular room is a vision of shimmering amber work, gold leaf and mirrors.

The original room was dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and today’s replica was made using 13,000 pounds (6,000 kilograms) of amber. 

After your tour, stroll around Catherine Park, the gardens that surround the residence. Walk along the tree-lined avenues and admire the picturesque buildings that speckle the lawns.

If you’ve chosen to upgrade when booking, continue to the Pavlovsk Palace, the elegant residence of Tsar Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great, on the fringes of St Petersburg. 

Note the restrained design of the neo-classical building compared to the Catherine Palace, and explore the ornate, themed interiors with your guide. Walk through the ornate Egyptian Vestibule, the elaborate Grecian Hall and Italian Hall, and see the Hall of War, decorated with military models.

Then, visit the beautiful gardens, whose lawns are sprinkled with copses, streams and follies, including pavilions and colonnades. 
Your tour then finishes with a drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Rebecca J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was a wonderful tour. Our guide Lida who great.

Leane K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guide Lydia was knowledge, friendly and spoke amazing English. I could not have done these locations by myself - she was great. It was worth doing the 2 stops as they both had a different feel. The gardens were less attractive as it is going into winter, but the interiors were incredible.

Judith M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Outstanding tour with Roman. An absolute must if you go to St Petersburg.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a very pleasant experience with this tour. Our guide was Mr Roman who was very professional and knowledgeable. Recommended!

Geoff R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an excellent guide for our visit who met us at our hotel. On the way to Pushkin we were given a full history of St Petersburg and it's development, from Peter the Great to the modern day most informative. Our driver dropped us close to the Palace and the guide took us through the Palace giving us a superb narrative on the way. There was time for pictures as well as to take more time over items we specifically wanted to see, for example the pictures in the Amber room. Our guide was incredibly well informed we could not have asked for better. The trip was tailored to what we wanted, where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. We were taken back to the hotel and were left knowing that we would use Viator again to organise our trips!

Ashley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour!

Doylton D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was a very pleasant experience. This was my 3rd trip to St. Petersburg but my first trip to Catherine Palace. Our tour guide was an excellent English speaker and very knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very beautiful Palace. Amber Room is quite unique. A lot of history behind the place and the Royals. We had a very good English guide. Gardens are photo-worth. Do recommend.

Ricardo L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Although we had a problem with the booking form (the hotel address and telephone number didn and #39;t store), Viator could find a good solution. Today we did the tour with the guide Elena. It was fantastic! The place is really nice, and Elena an excellent guide. Thank you!

Vladimir S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent experience. Especially with Lida as a guide. She was really good. Gave us a lot of details and history stories.

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