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Private Tour to Pushkin: Catherine's Palace and World-famous Amber Room (Visas Included) (6 hours)

Unlock the secrets of the Amber Room in the magnificent baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great during this tour. The Park surrounding the palace is a wonderful work of Russian gardening art from the 18th and 19th centuries, combining the masterpieces of architecture with nature's beauty.

St. Petersburg offers much to see and you can find many of its most prominent sights in the city centre. However, two must-see sights are located on the outskirts of the city – Catherine's Palace and Peterhof. This specific tour takes you to Catherine's Palace located at Tsarscoe Selo (the Tsars Village).

Your private shore excursion will take you to the suburban town of Pushkin (ex-Tsarskoye Selo), 16 miles south of St. Petersburg to tour the favourite residence of Empress Catherine the Great - Catherine Palace. Your journey will take about 1 hour each way. The Great Catherine palace was named for Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great. Catherine built a small stone house in Tsarskoe Selo and her husband adored the house and it's wooded surroundings.
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 rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. Palaces and park ensembles of the town of Pushkin and its historical centre are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The compositional centre of the Tsarskoselsky ensemble is Catherine's Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms, decorative bronze, sculptures etc. Nowadays, the collection of the museum Tsarskoye Selo numbers about 20,000 items. The Tsarskoselsky Lyceum, an elite school established in Russia in the beginning of the XX century for noble families offspring which the great Russian poet A.S.Pushkin attended, is situated next to the palace. The exposition "Recollections in the Alexander's Palace" is open in the last residence of Russian emperors, architectural chef-d'oeuvre of the XVIII century (architect G.Guarenghi). In its 12 halls, with authentic or partially reconstructed attire, artworks like paintings, graphics, decorative and applied art, costumes, personal belongings etc. are represented, related to the life of its crowned owners.

Imagine an entire room covered with panels of amber, glowing and catching the light - no wonder the Amber Room at Tsarskoe Selo was considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia presented the room as a diplomatic gift to Peter the Great in 1717. After Peter had admired it while a guest in Charlottenburg, Berlin. The room was first installed in the Winter Palace, but in 1755 Empress Elizabeth ordered Francesco Rastrelli to move it to the Catherine Palace.

At the end of your visit, the driver will take you back to your ship pier.

The cost includes:

  • 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 Catherine's Palace and Amber Room
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

The cost does not include:

  • 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).

Duration: 6 hours
Departure time: 08:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 01:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • 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 Catherine's Palace and Amber Room
  • Port visas
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Not included
  • Food / Drinks
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
  • Personal expenses
Additional info
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Citizenship, passport name, number and expiration date are required for all participants
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Sights included in program

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
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2 person - US$ 420 (US$ 210 per person)
3 person - US$ 477 (US$ 159 per person)
4 person - US$ 548 (US$ 137 per person)
5 person - US$ 605 (US$ 121 per person)
6 person - US$ 690 (US$ 115 per person)
7 person - US$ 742 (US$ 106 per person)
8 person - US$ 792 (US$ 99 per person)
9 person - US$ 855 (US$ 95 per person)
10 person - US$ 910 (US$ 91 per person)
Price for persons: 1 - 9

Our flexible payment options allow you to pay 20% of a deposit first and the remaining 80% in 14 days prior to your tour date - payment can be done both online or over the phone. This gives you the peace of mind knowing your spaces are booked on the tours and that you do not miss out on making the most of your time in Russia.

Also you get the best, top-rated and most experienced and knowledgeable hand-picked tour guide appointed on a priority basis.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the best tour guides only. Multilingual and well travelled, each possesses deep insight into the diverse attractions and cultural patterns throughout the region. With us guides undergo a rigorous selection process, achieving outstanding knowledge of local culture and language. Rest assured that the best tour guides only will be working on the tours to give you excellent opportunity to explore the best of the sights during both short and long-term stay in Russia.

Once you complete your reservation, we will send you a booking confirmation email. As the day of the tour approaches, our logistics team will provide you with all relevant information for your tour.

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