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Saint-Petersburg, Peterhof, Pushkin & Pavlovsk - Magnificent Residences of Russian Emperors (hotel is not included)

Discover the hidden secrets of St Petersburg and marvel at its incredible architecture on this fabulous tour with an informative guide. The quiet canals give this seacoast city a European flair, but the myriad gold architecture brings you straight back to the Imperial Russia. Outside the city visit three amazing suburb of St. Petersburg: Peterhof, an immensely luxurious and beautifully preserved Imperial estate, royal Pushkin, owes its fame to the genius of Russian literature, Pushkin and many wonderful people, and Pavlovsk, unique astonishing palace and park ensemble. Get to know the cities of the Tsars and the most significant sights with our Saint Petersburg tour.
Type: Private Tour
Duration: 3 days

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Day 1: St.Petersburg

Your amazing experience begins as you board an air-conditioned car or minivan and head to the main incredible highlights of St Petersburg. Follow your knowledgeable and experienced guide to the Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, Naval Museum, St.Petersburg University, Menshikov Palace, Academy of Fine Arts, the Bronze Horseman, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Smolny Cathedral, monument to Catherine the Great, Square of Arts, State Russian Museum and Cathedral of Saviour-on-the-Spilled Blood.

After tasty lunch at the restaurants visit The State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and oldest museums of art and culture in the world. Viewing its incredible collection demands a planning, so our expert-guide will show you all the great masterpieces of the world's art at a glance in several hours. Tour ends at your hotel.

Day 2: Peterhof by Hydrofoil

Meet your friendly guide and visit Peterhof, "the Russian Versaille" and the most famous and luxurious Imperial estate of St. Petersburg. Travel on the hydrofoil to Peterhof saves you the inconvenience of automobile transport and gives you the ability to admire top city attractions and the beautiful panorama of the Gulf of Finland! Peterhof is really gem of the environs of the city, with the astonishing architecture, leafy gardens and a spectacular ensemble of gravity-powered gilded fountains. It is a world famous "the fountain capital", which is worth seeing! After exploring  Peterhof, return to the hydrofoil and travel back to your hotel where your tour ends.

Day 3: Pushkin and Pavlovsk

After pickup from your hotel in St Petersburg, your guide takes you to Tsarskoe Selo, the most grandiose summer residence in Russia. Admire the vast baroque Catherine Palace, a real pearl among the summer residences of the Romanovs and a UNESCO site, with the world-famous Amber Room. Besides the palace, the guide takes you around the royal Catherine’s park, which combines the masterpieces of architecture with the beauty of the Russian nature. Close to the palace have a tasty lunch.

Then visit St. Petersburg's most popular visitor attraction, amazing palace and park at Pavlovsk, a summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul I and his family. Adore the fabulous Pavlovsk Palace, decorated with natural and artificial marble, moldings and paintings, stroll along the alleys of the Pavlovsk’s park, a wonderful work of the Russian art of royal gardening. After exploring magnificent Pavlovsk, travel back to your hotel where your tour ends.

What's included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off daily
  • Professional english-speaking guide assistance
  • Driver’s services depending on the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Entrance fee to the Hermitage museum
  • Entrance fee to the Peter and Paul's Cathedral
  • Entrance fee tо Peterhof Grand Palace and Park
  • Entrance fee tо Catherine's Palace and Park
  • Entrance fee to Pavlovsk Palace and Park
  • Restaurant Lunches daily
Not included in the price
  • Hotel accomodation, unless specified
  • Dinners
Additional info

The order of museum visits may change depending on availability of entrance tickets, museums days-off, traffic situation in the city. Museums also reserve the right to shift an entrance time on a very short notice, but you will still visit all the venues listed on the itinerary.

Visa

Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

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
The Palace-and-Park ensemble of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) - a former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XX centuries, famous for the splendor of its Baroque interiors, including the stunning Gold suite of rooms and the unique Amber Room, the 8th wonder of the world. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions ris... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Pavlovsk
Pavlovsk is the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg. Named in honour of Tsar Pavel, this fine neo-classical palace and its extensive landscaped gardens are stamped with his taste and even more so with that of his wife, the German-born Maria Feodorovna. Although there was no love lost between Pavel and his mother, Catherine the Great, it was she who originally presented him with the 362 desyatinas - 607 hectares - of land ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in 18th century, this amazing fortress is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the city's rich history. The oldest building in St Petersburg, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Planned by Peter the Great as a defense against possible atta... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Nevsky Prospect
Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
The State Russian Museum, a unique depository of artistic treasures, is home to the world’s largest collection of Russian fine art. It is one of Russia's most precious objects of cultural heritage. While the State Hermitage displays fine art from all over the world, the Russian Museum concentrates on home-grown masterpieces. Founded in 1898 by Emperor Nicholas II in memory of his father Alexander III, it became the first state museum of Rus... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Admiralty
The One of St. Petersburg most oldest and, arguably, most historically important buildings, the Admiralty building serves as the focal point of Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and Voznesenskiy Prospekt. While its location at the convergence of some of St. Petersburg's most epochal streets embodied Peter's emphasis and, some would say, obsession with the importance of northern capital's maritime might, it served a far more important and reali... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Academy of Arts
The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, informally known as the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was founded in 1757 by Ivan Shuvalov under the name Academy of the Three Noblest Arts. Catherine the Great renamed it the Imperial Academy of Arts and commissioned a new building, completed 25 years later in 1789 by the Neva River. The academy promoted the neoclassical style and technique, and sent ... Read more
One of the main St. Petersburg's Ballet stages. In Russia, Alexandrinsky Ballet is within 3 top Ballet companies: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Alexandrinsky Ballet.The Hall is the hall of the Imperial theatre, beautifully decorated. In 2007 this historical 18th century building was restored and looks like in 1756. Alexandrinsky Theatre was the main Ballet and Opera stage of the Russian Empire before Mariinsky (Kirov) theatre. Alexand... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Amber room
The Amber Room is one of the most famous, mysterious, and majestic rooms of Catherine's Palace in St. Petersburg. Often hailed as "the eighth wonder of the world," it is an opulent room adorned with gold and precious amber. When Peter the Great met Frederick William I in November 1716 to mark the conclusion of an alliance between Russia and Prussia, the King gave the Emperor gifts that included the Amber Study. Peter wrote at the time to Empress ... Read more
The most famous statue of Peter the Great was immortalised as the Bronze Horseman in the epic poem by Alexander Pushkin. With his horse (representing Russia) rearing above the snake of treason, Peter's enormous statue was sculpted over 12 years for Catherine the Great by Frenchman Etienne Falconet. Its inscription reads 'To Peter I from Catherine II – 1782'. The Bronze Horseman, an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter ... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Central Naval Museum
Russia's main naval museum tells the fascinating story of the development, growth and achievements of the Russian navy. With a collection of over 800 thousand exhibits, the museum displays some fascinating naval memorabilia, armaments, authentic maritime equipment, quality models of historically significant vessels and numerous paintings by marine artists. Read more
Saint Petersburg : Kazansky Cathedral
Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Menshikov Palace
The palace of Prince Menshikov was the first large stone building erected in St. Petersburg, and is also the only private city structure to have survived from the beginning of the 18th century. As part of the State Hermitage, it is now used to display some of the museum's vast collection of European and Russian applied art from the early 18th century, as well as contemporaneous sculptures and paintings, all of which blend harmoniou... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Palace Square
Palace Square, one of the most famous squares in the world, serves as an excellent example of how different architectural styles can be combined in a most elaborate and aesthetically pleasing way. This amazing Square, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance. The architectura... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Smolny Cathedral
Smolny Cathedral was originally intended to be the central church of a monastery, built to house the daughter of Peter the Great, Elizabeth, after she was disallowed to take the throne and opted instead to become a nun. However, as soon as her Imperial predecessor was overthrown during a coup, carried out by the royal guards, Elizabeth decided to forget the whole idea of a stern monastic life and happily accepted the offer of the Russian throne. Read more
The beginning of the University dates back to 1724 and almost three centuries thereafter, it successfully combines traditions and innovations, research and learning, experience and youth. Today Saint-Petersburg University is one of the leading international centres of science, education and culture. 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

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