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5 hours Catherine Palace with Amber Room driving tour

ico_maps_add_2 Created with Sketch. St Petersburg, Russia

Half-day (5 hours)

Duration

For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 10

Group Size

Overview

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.

Number of people in your group 1 2 3 4 5-6 7-10
Price Per Person US $ 235 140 110 95 85 75

Activity level:
light

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

Guide:
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).

Highlights:

  • 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.

  • 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

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David D.; August 12, 2019 , Pushka Inn

Our group of two dads and 3 sons was on a 72 hour visa to St. Petersburg. So time was limited but the sites were plentiful. This tour really made our trip! The owner was extremely communicative. Even when we were making several last minute requests they did a great job accommodating us. The tour van picked us up at our hotel. They were even early. The owner showed up to make sure everything went smoothly. The van was large and held our luggage which were carryon bags. This was our last day and after the tour they would drop us at the ship. They had an organized preapproved itinerary. The van itself was nice and the seats very comfortable and adjustable. My back was happy. The tour guide Tatiana was amazing! She was young and energetic and had a wealth of knowledge. She was a certified guide. This is important when you go to locations like Catherine's palace. She gave us a background of the neighborhoods we drove through and how the city developed since it's inception. We hit some sites I would not have picked but were not crowded and added to our tour nicely. We hit the maximum number of sites that time would allow and they fit well with our tour like the cake church Catherine built but is hardly visited. We have unique picture not many tourists have. Our biggest site was Catherine's palace. I could write a book on Tatiana's tour here! Wow. The key is while everyone was waiting to pickup tickets we walked in past the gates into the garden! We had private pictures there while almost everyone was outside the gates. We got 15mins of pictures and then got to the entrance doors. This saved us so much time! In each room Tatiana not only explained everything but gave the staff (in almost every room) confidence she was watching us. This means they felt good letting us get in early or allowing us a private minute to get pictures alone with our group. The pictures are worth a million bucks to us! Stunning and once in a lifetime. Tatiana never complained about taking pictures. She always had a nice smile and good interactive conversation. We had lunch on site to save time. Tatiana answered our questions on life in Russia. The teenage boys were entertained and never spoken down to. They loved her. After more pictures and touring we got back to the car. Water was waiting for us there. We had some extra time so we added chesma church. Tatiana had no issues with this and was also knowledgeable on this location. From there was walked across street to a wonderfully hip coffee shop! She used her phone number to get us on WiFi (you need a code text). This allowed us to upload all our pictures before the boat where we had no internet. We went back to the ship and now the tour was done. After we said goodbye and got our gift book from the tour, Tatiana decided to stay and help us with the ship line. She wanted to see if we had priority entrance to the ship. She waited with us 30min before we told her to go and rest, we were fine. She also text us after the tour several links about information we were curious about. This was one of the best tour companies I have ever used. They are very responsive. They care very much about customer reviews. Russia can be difficult and not very customer service friendly. This tour company is the opposite. They really saved our trip! Oh our driver was good also.

Sonnet

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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