Home Shore Excursions Private Tour of Suburban Royal Palaces: Palace of Catherine the Great in Pushkin and Peterhof - World's Biggest Fountains Complex (Visa Included) (8 hours)

Private Tour of Suburban Royal Palaces: Palace of Catherine the Great in Pushkin and Peterhof - World's Biggest Fountains Complex (Visa Included) (8 hours)

Important info

SIZE: Private
TYPE: Cultural

You will be met at the port by a uVisitRussia representative who will then guide you to your air conditioned vehicle ready to commence your tour.

Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St Petersburg: to the South to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the West to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). Heading west to Peterhof, you will see the industrial and residential areas of St. Petersburg, some former mansions of the Russian Nobility, Alexandria Park and the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.

This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th Century that belonged to the Russian Tsars.


When your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, embark on a full-day shore excursion of nearby palaces with an informative guide. Travel 15 miles (24 km) south by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Pushkin, also known as Tsarskoye Selo (Russian for ‘royal village’).
Here, visit the magnificent, Baroque-style Catherine Palace, presented as a gift to Empress Catherine I from her husband, Peter the Great, in 1708. As you take photos of the decorative architecture, learn about the Romanov tsars who resided at the estate, granting audiences and holding gala balls and masquerades. Catherine Palace - Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace's north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more. Check out the interior of the famous Amber Room, covered with more than 180 square feet (55 square meters) of amber panels backed with gold leaf. Hear about the recent reconstruction of the room, once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World due to its outstanding beauty.
* Please be advised, during the high tourist season the Catherine’s Palace welcomes tourists every day except Tuesday's. However, this may also apply to certain 'Events' also taking place in St. Petersburg.  In these instances, the Palace of Paul might be visited instead of the Catherine’s Palace.

After your 2-hour palace tour, including the surrounding gardens landscaped in 18th- and 19th-century designs, enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant serving classic Russian cuisine.
In the afternoon, discover the amazing imperial estate of Peterhof on a 2-hour tour of the luxurious garden complex located on the shores of the Neva River. With more than 140 fountains, including three major cascades, the park boasts the world's largest fountain system and has been dubbed the ‘Russian Versailles.’ Admire the Grand Cascade with its impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the jaws of the lion, as well as designs featuring a chessboard or Chinese dragons. In the Upper Garden, discover a fountain depicting Neptune, God of the Sea.
Peterhof Park - Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II but has been restored to its full splendour. The gardens are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. 14 Exclusive rates for wholesalers, host agencies and

The fountains of Peterhof are one of the most famous tourist attractions. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.

Your tour ends with transport back to the St Petersburg cruise port.


  • 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)
  • Entrance fee tо Catherine's Palace and Amber Room
  • Entrance fee tо Peterhof Park and Fountains Complex (no Palace)
  • Lunch
  • Port visas 
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges


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

Additional info

All cruising clients taking tours in St Petersburg will require a Visa, uVisitRussia will arrange this for you at no extra cost.

Activity Level Scale: 3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines


uVisitRussia can arrange your visa for your tours in St Petersburg, this is all included within the price of the tour, and all you will need to do is provide your passport details to uVisitRussia at least 14 working days before you travel, its as easy as that.

When making a booking for St Petersburg we will require your passport information to confirm your visa for the tours. A member of our sales team will email you with the details required. It is important you travel with your shore excursion vouchers and visas. We will send this information via email approximately 4 weeks 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).


  • Full Passengers Names
  • Passport Number
  • Start Date and End Date of Passport
  • Nationality


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.

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 : 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 building of the Peter and Paul Fortress in 1703 marks the founding of the city of St. Petersburg. The fortress has become one of the city's main attractions thanks to its many historic buildings. 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
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$ 710 (US$ 355 per person)
3 person - US$ 783 (US$ 261 per person)
4 person - US$ 960 (US$ 240 per person)
5 person - US$ 1065 (US$ 213 per person)
6 person - US$ 1254 (US$ 209 per person)
7 person - US$ 1414 (US$ 202 per person)
8 person - US$ 1520 (US$ 190 per person)
9 person - US$ 1629 (US$ 181 per person)
10 person - US$ 1730 (US$ 173 per person)
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