Summer Imperial Residences
One of the "must-sees" for tourists coming to St. Petersburg is Catherine Palace in the suburban town of Pushkin, known also as Tsar's Village or Tsarskoye Selo as we call it in Russian. The palace itself is a masterpiece of baroque architecture, where you can feel the imperial scale and see more gold than you can imagine. Designed for Empress Elizabeth it was later the favorite residence of Catherine the Great.
Catherine gardens with elegant pavillions and flower beds are an appropriate surrounding of the palace.
Pavlovsk (which is in 10 minutes drive)was presented by Catherine the Great to her son Paul and became a favorite summer residence of his family. Very elegant and stylish it was designed in classical style. Two different residences give a great chance to see two different fashions and to compare.
If you have limited time it's possible to do only Catherine Palace or only Pavlovsk. Contact me for a customized tour.
May - September Catherine palace should be booked in advance to avoid long line.
We'll meet at the lobby of your hotel and a comfortable car/mini van will take us to the town of Pushkin. It usually takes about one hour to get there but depends on the traffic. On the way I'll tell you about the things we pass by, the history of Tsar's Village estate and the Romanovs.
In the palace we'll spend about 1. 5 hours. We'll see the Amber room and other ornate interiors. Then we'll have a stroll in the park.
Lunch in a nice restaurant or a quick snack - up to you.
Ten minutes drive and we are in the town of Pavlovsk, where we'll see very stylish Pavlovsk Palace. It is less crowded but not less beautiful and very different from Catherine palace.
After the tour we'll take you back to the hotel or any other place in the city.
DAYS OFF! Pushkin - Tuesday and last Monday of every month - closed
Pavlovsk - Friday and first Monday of every month - closed (high tourist season - May to September - palace is opened every day)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: your hotel
End location: your hotel
Duration: 8 hours
comfortable AC car or mini van with a professional driver
driver's services and transportation by comfortable AC car/mini van
entrance tickets to museums
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 rubles - for lunch, depends on what you choose a cafe or a restaurant you'll need from 500 to 1500 rubles
As an option - it is possible to do Catherine Palace and Peterhof gardens (instead of Pavlovsk) - same price
Grand Palace in Peterhof should be booked in advance - contact me for that
All 3 residences if you have a lot of energy and ready for a very active day - contact me for the custom tour.
I am not permitted to guide in the Russian language in the museums - only English.
In Russian can be only city tours.
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We toured with Irina for 2 days, one outside St. Petersburg to take in the fabulous Russian Imperial palaces and the second in the city to see many of the key sights and take a great boat tour on the canals. Irina is a pleasure. Tons of knowledge peppered with a friendly and outgoing personality. Not only did she organize great experiences for us but, through great conversations, Irina became our new friend in Russia. The driver she works with is wonderful as well.