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5 hours Catherine Palace with Amber Room driving tour

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Half-day (5 hours)


For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 10

Group Size


Not available onTuesday; recommended to book well in advance.

Want to know what it feels like to be royal? Visit the most famous  summer palace in our city: Catherine Palace, about 20 km from the city, was one of the royal summer resindences . Come to this luxurious place which was called “the jewelry piece” by contemporaries who saw it for the first time. Elizabeth, Peter the Great’s daughter, loved luxury and always tried to get the best. Her palace will try to overwhelm you with wealth and elegance. Elizabeth loved balls and masquerades. Find out more about the 18 century dances, imagine coming to a ball there dressed in the traditional XVIII century clothes. The ballroom is the biggest hall in all palaces outside of Saint Petersburg.See why the place in nicknamed the light gallery. Try to guess which doors are real ones and which are only mirrors that reflect candle light and make the space look larger. Look at your own reflection in the endless gallery but be careful. They say if you look too long, you may see your future there. The unique baroque style palace was restored after World War II which is a miracle. Enjoy the charm of the Amber Room- the most expensive art treasure which was ever stolen, never found again and  restored only  recently . After the tour of the palace stroll along the alleys that the Russian Tsars used to walk along, enjoy small pavilions in the park, get a chance to take pictures from the top of the gallery.

Activity level:

(for the cruise passengers only )Comfortable sedan ( 1-2 people ) ,Mercedes Viano ( 3-4 people ) , Mercedes Sprinter ( 5+ parties)  with a/c.

Local, experienced and licensed English- speaking  guide (this tour is available in Spanish, German, French, Italian , Portuguese, Chinese as well  but by slightly different price).


  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room
  • Brief walk in the park

Following an hour-long drive, you will tour the Catherine palace that is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the world architecture. The lavish imperial palace was designed by architect Rastrelli in 1752 for Empress Elizabeth. She named it Catherine Palace in honor of her mother, Catherine I, who originally owned the estate.  Palace with its blue and white fasade avoided monotony by using a profusion of atlantes, columns, and pilasters. You start the tour of the palace from the Great staircase by Monighetty which takes you to the state rooms on the first floor.You will find  a continuous succession of interconnecting rooms in sumptuous Baroque style which give the impression of a golden corridor; somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called  by contemporaries  “the eighth  wonder of the world” You will learn the fascinating story of this room. After the palace tour, there will be  a brief guided stroll in the park with numerous pavillions. It will take you one hour to get back  to your hotel or  cruise ship  by our comfortable car.

Number of people in your group 1 2 3 4 5-6 7-10
Price Per Person US $ 235 140 110 95 85 75
  • For on-land travelers :pick you up and drop off near your hotel/ apartment
  • For cruise passengers : pick you up and drop off near your ship in the port
  • Guide services
  • Entrance fees to the museum
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visas ( visa substitutes ) for cruise passengers
  • Ear phone sets for the groups 6+
  • Port fees
  • Extra hour with a guide and driver $40 per hour( doesn’t depend on number of people on the tour
  • Possible extra tours : Agate Rooms and/or Amber Workshop

Activity's Location

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Do I need visa for shore excursions in St Petersburg?
According to the laws of Russian Federation cruise passengers, arriving to SPb for no more than 3 days, do not need visas (stamp in your passport which you get in Russian Embassy in your country) in their passports when accompanied by fully registered tour companies (like us; our register number is РТО 006852). The system is as such if you decide that you wish to have a tour with us we will ask you to provide us with your passport information. We will prepare for you so called tour tickets (visa substitutes) and submit your personal details to the port authorities on the eve of your ship's arrival thus you'll disembark.
Where do I meet my guide?
You will be met by our guide (holding the plaque with logo of the company) in the lobby of Marine Facade Port (not outside) - just follow the flow of other cruise passenger.
Where do we finish excursion day?
We will leave you directly near your ship.


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Hi Julia: Thank you so much for arranging another great tour and guide for Peter. He laughed when he told me that his guide spoke English so well and so fast that he had to ask her to repeat several things! He truly enjoyed himself. Thank you again for your great service!

Gloria & Xiaomeng, Kempinsky Hotel

Dear Julia, Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Catherine Palace, we had a lovely time with you. And I do appreciate your travel advice. Wish you all the best Regards
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