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Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

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Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Devote your attention to two of Russia’s most celebrated imperial residences on a private day tour from St. Petersburg. Leave the city for the baroque Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. Tour the interiors as you hear about the tsars who lived here, and see the showpiece Amber Room and gardens. Afterward, explore the palace and parks of the Peterhof estate, including the world-famous Grand Cascade fountains. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees included.
  • Customize your itinerary on this guided tour of St Petersburg's imperial residences
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
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Entrance tickets to the museums
Professional licensed private guide
Transportation by private comfortable business-class vehicle
Professional driver
Hotel pick up and drop off
Food and drinks

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Traveler pickup is offered
Guests may be picked up from APARTMENT/RAILWAY STATION/AIRPORT/ANY HOTEL located in the city center (Palace Square) or 6km/miles away from it. The guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby or near the building where your apartment is located. The guide will be holding a sign with your last name written on it.


  • Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg Russia

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • If you want to start this tour at a preferred time, please mention this while making your reservation. It is not guaranteed that such request may be realized.
  • Please note: the fountains in Peterhof are not working from October until the beginning of May
  • The sequence of visiting of sights may change
  • The itinerary described is sample only. The order of museum visits (park and palace) may change depending on availability of entrance tickets, museum's days-off, traffic situation in the city. Catherine Palace also reserve the right to shift an entrance time on a very short notice. Supplier will rearrange the itinerary accordingly so that all venues can be visited.
  • Usual duration of each visit: Catherine Palace and Park- 1.5-2 hour, Peterhof Palace and Park - 2-hours
  • Lunch time is not planned on this tour but usually it is possible to have 20-minutes to grab something on-the-go
  • The exact entrance times can vary. Pre-booked time periods to enter the museums are assigned only by the management of the museums and is a subject to changes. It is possible that there will be a line of people entering the museum at the same time.
  • This tour is not recommended for wheelchair passengers, and if a person with a wheelchair decides to participate he/she must have a personal helper to assist in boarding/disembarking the vehicle, and entering the restrooms and restaurant, and all sites. At certain locations a wheelchair person may not be able to exit the bus, and may have to stay inside the bus.
  • This tour is not available for cruise ship passengers.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The tour may include a wait in "skip-the-line" line before visiting the palaces because all tour agencies use the same type of skip-the-line tickets (vouchers) and this creates lines.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Horosho
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car.
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Amazing Experience and the best way to see the palaces
, Feb 2020
Fantastic experience - made all the better by our excellent tour guide Kate. She was knowledgeable and happy to make the day totally bespoke. Highly recommend this type of tour for a small group. We were a group of 6 and the private transport/ tour guide works perfect. It would be difficult to see the palaces any other way and I am so pleased we decided to use Viator for this experience.
Amazing Tour!
, Jan 2020
Wonderful tour! We were picked up promptly at our hotel and received an informative overview of St. Petersburg history as we traveled to the palace sites. Our tour guide, Kate, was knowledgeable and handled everything for us on location. She was very helpful and made the tour a true learning experience. I highly recommend!
Excellent tour for palace and history lovers
, Jul 2019
Our tour guide Olga is very knowledgeable and never tired of explaining the history and architecture of the palaces and their gardens. Great choice to skip the ticket line and visit Peterhof and Catherine Palace on the same day (it’s just right if you only have a few days in St Petersburg).
A wonderful day tour of the Palaces...
, Jul 2018
A wonderful day tour of the Palaces and learning about what happened during WW II. We had the same tour guide Tatjana for 2 days and that made things a lot more comfortable, she is very knowledgeable about her history of these Palaces as well. A must do tour!
We booked a full day trip to...
Susan M
, Sep 2017
We booked a full day trip to Catherine Palace and Peterhof for out break in St Petersburg. Our experience did not fail to impress! Unfortunately we got our dates confused. We believed we had booked Thursday and were at our hotel planning our Wednesday with the concierge. After a leisurely breakfast the Viator official arrived looking for our group of three!!! Massive mistake on our part but the Viator staff came looking for us even though I realised later that I had at least 3 missed calls from them . They made a huge effort to ensure we did not miss our fabulous day. So very much appreciated keeping in mind we had prepaid and WE were the ones at fault Our guide Sophia was fantastic! With her fab knowledge and easy, friendly nature she took us through the unmissable Catherine Palace sharing the history and splendor of this royal residence. Then we were whisked off to Peterhof where we were escorted expertly through the beautiful palace and breathtaking fountains. The manicured gardens were awesome. Sophia certainly knew her stuff. On our way back to St P she even coaxed our driver to stop at a little known souvenir shop where the little mementos sold at a fraction of the price than in the centre of this wonderful city. I cannot recommend this trip and company enough and thanks so much Sophia! :-
Excellent tour with Horosho. Our...
mario s
, Aug 2017
Excellent tour with Horosho. Our guide Glen, was a great , kind, friendly and very knowledgeable human being. He showed us the residences, expertly guiding us through these beautiful buildings and gardens. Srevice was excellent, showing respect and caring for the customer. The same goes for the driver, a true gentleman in all aspects. From the moment he picked us from our hotel to our return this tour was a magnificent experience. We even got a beautiful Thank you souvenir from Horosho. We highly recommend this tour provider and the guide and driver. Excellent service...! Good value for money...!
Fantastic! Before getting to the...
Jane M L
, Jul 2017
Fantastic! Before getting to the highlights of the tour, a word about logistics. Our tour guide, Catherine, was early and spoke excellent English. Our driver was friendly and polite and drove us everywhere in a spotless, modern car. When you see the lines at Catherine's Palace and Peterhof, you will be so glad you are on the tour and can walk right in. Catherine made sure we were well-positioned to view all the splendors of these magnificent palaces and ensured we spent plenty of time at the fountains and gardens at Peterhof. It was a real treat to see both palaces in one day without ever feleling rushed. Highly recommended!
Fantastic tour from start to finish...
Louise C
, Apr 2017
Fantastic tour from start to finish. Comfortable transport with driver and excellent tour guide who told us plenty about St petersburg and Russian history in excellent English. Highlight of our trip to St. Petersburg!
Our tour guide Lina arrived on time...
, Apr 2017
Our tour guide Lina arrived on time and provided us with a very informative commentary on route. During the tour of both palace's, she gave us very good insight into the lifestyle at the time of the Romanov era. Our driver Alexi was a great driver and was always considerate. Highly recommended.
My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed this...
Lisa B
, Oct 2016
My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We were picked up at our hotel by our tour guide and greeted by Misha, the owner of the tour company, who gave us a small welcome gift. Our guide and driver were great and Peterhof and Catherine's Palace are incredible. Strongly recommend!

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