STP-06 / PETERHOF & TSARSKOE SELO (PUSHKIN)
– from $ per person –
Departures: Daily, except Monday and Tuesday / Duration: 9 hours
Meet your private guide at the pier and departure towards Peterhof.
Upon arrival, you will visit Peterhof including Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Peterhof is a jewel of the Russian art, a town of parks, palaces and fountains. It was built by the order of Peter the Great to commemorate the victory of Russia over Sweden in the Northern War. The architectural ensemble of Peterhof is rivaling the summer residence of the French kings – Versailles. In the past it used to be an exquisite summer residence of the Russian tsars. From the Great Palace of Peterhof three monumental cascading fountains (one of them comprising the famous Samson) lead to the Lower Park, the real masterpiece itself, with 173 fountains on its grounds. In the winter time, on the territory of the reserve seven working museums (the Grand Palace, Catherine’s Block, Marli, Hermitage, the Benois family museum, Cottage and the Bath Block) are open to the public.
Free time for lunch (not included).
After lunch, your tour continues with the excursion to Tsarskoe Selo, a former country residence of the Russian emperors. Peter the Great ordered to construct the small palace for his wife, future empress Catherine I. The palace, completed in 1756, is embellished with blue and white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids, and pilasters. It took over 100 kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors. The interior of the Catherine Palace is in the same degree spectacular. The Golden Enfilade of grand suites, designed by Rastrelli, starts at the spacious airy ballroom, the “Grand Hall” or the “Gallery of Lights”, and comprises numerous distinctively decorated smaller rooms, including the world-famous Amber Room. Originally designed in 1701 in Prussia and decorated the Berlin City Palace at one point, the Amber Room was gifted to Peter the Great by Frederick William I who sought for a Russo-Prussian alliance. The treasure of 13,000 lb of amber and gold was installed at the Catherine Palace, where the Russian Imperial family typically spent their summers. The room decor disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was looted by the Nazis, it was known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.
Return to the ship.
• Private English speaking guide
• Entrance fees to Catherine’s Palace
• Entry fees to Peterhof including Grand Palace and lower parks
• Private air-conditioned car/mini-van/coach
• Visa-free entry formalities
• Port fees
– Catherine’s Palace (Pushkin) is closed on Tuesdays and the last Monday of each month
– The Grand Peterhof Palace is closed on Mondays and last Tuesday of each month