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Peterhof: World's Biggest Fountain and Gardens Complex with Scenic Ride by Hydrofoil (5 hours)

Spend half a day exploring the magnificent Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex - recognized as biggest in the world. With a dreamy seafront setting, grandiose palace, and beautifully manicured gardens boasting over 140 fountains, Peterhof is widely recognized as being the most spectacular imperial palace in St. Petersburg. Explore the enormous park, adorned with fountains, statues and pavilions, being the world's biggest Fountain's Complex, see the stunning Grand Palace and enjoy a hydrofoil cruise down the Neva River to consider the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of St. Petersburg from the water, a perspective most people will never see.
  • Half-day private tour of the Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex
  • Take a scenic hydrofoil ride -  consider the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of St. Petersburg from the water on the way to Peterhof
  • Explore the world’s largest system of fountains at the gorgeous Grand Cascade
  • Relax in the beautiful Lower Park and Upper Gardens

Meet your knowledgeable guide at the hydrofoil pier, located behind the Winter Palace - in the very city centre, then board a high-speed hydrofoil for an exciting 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, a perspective most people will never see. It is the best place which offers you an unobstructed view of the banks, for there are a number of remarkable sites to look at. The hydrofoil trip itself from St.Petersburg to Peterhov will take you only 45 minutes, which is three times faster than if you travel there by car and definitely more exciting!

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.

After 200 years of serving as a grand summer residence of the emperors, Peterhof is inextricably connected with the Russian history. The seaside paradise was built, as a grandiose triumphal memorial glorifying the grandeur of Russia. When your boat docks at the mouth of the Sea Channel, enter Peterhof’s enormous park complex, including elaborate gardens filled with 18th-century fountains, statues, palaces and pavilions built upon the orders of Tsar Peter the Great.  First, stroll through the estate’s Lower Park, which lies between the Grand Palace and the shore and boasts more than 140 fountains, each operated without pumps.

Stop at the impressive Grand Cascade with its golden statue of Samson holding open the jaws of a lion. Once you’ve seen all three cascades, including one with a chessboard design and another featuring Chinese dragons, you’ll understand why Peterhof is referred to as the “Russian Versailles.”  From here, stroll through the Upper Garden, a typical French-style formal layout with five fountains, including one depicting Neptune – God of the Sea. Watch out for the whimsical creations designed to soak visitors, such as the umbrella fountain that sheds water whenever someone takes a seat underneath!

After your tour is over, take a hydrofoil ride back to St.Petersburg, admiring the beauty of the surroundings from the water.  After reaching the hydrofoil pier in the centre of St.Petersburg, say goodbye to your guide. You have the rest of the day free to explore more of St.Petersburg now.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 5 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM, 01:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Entrance fee to Peterhof Fountains Complex and Park
  • Roundtrip hydrofoil tickets
Not included
  • Entrance fee to Peterhof Grand Palace
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide (optional)
Additional info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers 
  • Please note that this tour does not include a visit to the Peterhof Grand Palace to save more time for vast and unprecedented Fountain Complex and Park.
  • Please note that hydrofoil to Peterhof is not operating in the off-season -  from October until the end of April.  In this case, transportation to and from Peterhof will be by car.
  • The fountains operate from early May to early October. During the winter season the park is covered with snow and all fountains are kept under wooden boxes for their preservation.
Departure and Return
Departure: meet your guide at the main entrance to the Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace). It is located at Palace Square, the gates with the golden Two-headed eagle (Russian Coat of Arms). This is just 3 min. walk from the hydrofoil pier.
Return Details: tour concludes at hydrofoil pier

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 : 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

Reviews

Just want to say that my guide Valeria was terrific! Knowledgeable, pleasant and funny. I would recommend her to anyone.

Michael, UK   25 Jun 2018

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