Our guide, Kate provided an excellent tour of the Catherine and Pavlovsk palaces. Her Engish is excellent and she delivered the tour in a pleasant, unhurried manner that was flexible to our interests yet efficient and highly informative. She arranged to go to Pavlovsk first and the Catherine's near noon, avoiding most crowded times. We were able to view everything as long as we wished, including the Amber room. All questions answered in pleasant, knowledgeable manner.