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Private Tour of Peterhof Fountains & Gardens with Scenic Ride by Hydrofoil (Visas Included) (6 hours)

Important info

DURATION: 6 Hours
SIZE: Private
TYPE: Cultural
DEPARTURE TIME: 08:30 AM, 09:00 AM, 09:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 01:00 PM, 01:30 PM
FOOD/BEVERAGE PROVIDED: None
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
LEAVES FROM: Ship Pier

After a pick-up from the ship pier by your private guide and driver, take a ride to the hydrofoil pier, located behind the Winter Palace, then board a high-speed hydrofoil for an exciting 45-minute ride down the Neva River, seeing St. Petersburg from a unique perspective as you coast along the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. As long as St.Petersburg was built as a seaport, the main and most beautiful buildings are located on the shores of Neva river, with facades to the river, so you will have an excellent opportunity to consider the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of St. Petersburg from the water. 

The hydrofoil will take you to Peterhof - St. Petersburg’s amazing imperial estate and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, widely recognised as being the most spectacular imperial palace in St. Petersburg with its beautifully manicured gardens boasting over 140 fountains, being the world's biggest fountain complex.

Peterhof, the gem of the environs of Saint-Petersburg, is situated 29 km far from the city. It is on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. The ensemble of the Grand Palace and parks of Peterhof is a great monument famous all over the world as "the fountain capital". There are beautiful examples of architecture, sculpture, landscape gardening and about 150 fountains including 4 cascades in the park. The palace and the park of Peterhof were founded by Peter I in the early XVIII century as a summer residence of the royal family and a final establishment of Russia on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Peterhof is comprised of several different areas and buildings including the Grand Peterhof Palace, the Upper Gardens, the Lower Gardens, along with several pavilions and museums. The Grand Peterhof Palace sits less than 100 meters from the shores of the Gulf of Finland atop a 16-meter high bluff. You will see the Upper Gardens first laid out with several fountains before the Lower Gardens. Lower Gardens are larger than the Upper Gardens and lie along the Gulf of Finland.
The Grand Cascade is the greatest fountain complex in the world. It consists of 64 fountains, 255 sculptures and lots of decoration items. The idea of the victory of Russia over Sweden is expressed in the central figure of Samson tearing a mouth of a lion.

There Peterhof owes its uniqueness above all to its geographical position. The town lies on the coast of the Gulf of Finland on series of rising terraces. The high ground overlooking the uppermost terrace is abundant with spring waters which supply the fountains. The waterpipe system of Peterhof fountains is a unique monument of Russian engineering skills. You will return to the city by Hydrofoil along the Gulf of Finland shore and will be transferred back to the cruise ship pier.

INCLUDED:

  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Fully private tour 
  • Entrance fee to Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex (Tour note: This trip does not include the inside tour of Peterhof Grand Palace)
  • Roundtrip hydrofoil tickets
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Food / Drinks
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
  • Personal expenses

Additional information:

  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.

DEPARTURE/RETURN DETAILS: flexible (adjusted to the arrival/departure time of your ship)

Additional info

Note that all of our tours in St. Petersburg are operated by authorized guides, and you, therefore, do not need to secure an independent visa in order to participate in this tour. However, in order to book this tour, you must provide us with full names, dates of birth, nationality, and passport numbers for each tour participant so that our guides can secure the proper tour visas on your behalf. Note also that, if you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own while not accompanied by one of our guides, you will need to secure an independent visa.

Please be aware that cruise lines occasionally mislead passengers by telling them that they are not allowed to disembark the ship in St. Petersburg unless they are on an excursion purchased through the cruise line. In addition, the cruise lines also sometimes tell passengers that they cannot disembark the ship until the passengers on the cruise lines' excursions have done so first. This is incorrect, and you are free to exit the ship as soon as passengers start to disembark because Russian law states that a cruise ship cannot hold passengers onboard against their will as long as they have the proper documents. In order to clear immigration, you will need to bring along: 1) Your passport; 2) A photocopy of the picture page of your passport; and 3) A copy of your tour tickets. 4) An immigration form passed out to all guests on the ship. We will provide you with your tour tickets as part of the documents we e-mail to you after you make a tour booking.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

You must allow plenty of time to get through the security at St Petersburg Port, sometimes the queues at security can be very long and it can take a long time to get through, please disembark your cruise ship in plenty of time in order to meet your tour.

Please note: Going through security checks on your first day of arrival may take a long time, UVisitRussia do not have any control of this, please be patient and allow plenty of time. If you are touring the 2nd day, generally security is not as bad as the 1st day of arrival.

It is important you travel with your shore excursion vouchers and visas. We will send this information via email approximately 7 working days prior to your travel date (once you have provided your passport information), if you travel without these documents you will not be able to pass through security thus resulting in you not being able to join the tour (in these cases uVisitRussia cannot be held responsible for tours being missed and no refund of this tour will be given).

Dress:

Comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : Peterhof
A symbol of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an absolute must-see for tourists - Peterhof, also known as "the capital of fountains", is reason enough to go to Russia and admire its unique fountains and palaces. The palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille", although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Embankment of the Neva River
The Neva is the main waterway of Petersburg and the town is situated along its banks and across the islands of its broad delta. It is one of the largest rivers in Europe by volume of water and also one of the world's shortest major rivers at only 74 kilometers. The Neva connects Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, to the Baltic Sea. For centuries, it was of great strategic importance for transport and so the interests of the Russians, Swedes... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peterhof Fountains & Grounds
The fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia's most famous tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors every year. Fountains were intrinsic to Peter the Great's original plans for Peterhof - it was the impossibility of engineering sufficiently powerful jets of water that prompted him to move his attentions from the Strelna site to Peterhof - and subsequent generations competed with their predecessors to add grander and ever more ingenious wa... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Winter Palace
St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. Read more
The city of Saint Petersburg is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world's gr... Read more
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2 person - US$ 408 (US$ 204 per person)
3 person - US$ 483 (US$ 161 per person)
4 person - US$ 580 (US$ 145 per person)
5 person - US$ 680 (US$ 136 per person)
6 person - US$ 774 (US$ 129 per person)
7 person - US$ 833 (US$ 119 per person)
8 person - US$ 904 (US$ 113 per person)
9 person - US$ 981 (US$ 109 per person)
10 person - US$ 1030 (US$ 103 per person)
Price for persons:
122