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Route:St. Petersburg
Code:SPB-006
Duration:5 hours
Date:daily except Mondays
Difficulty:Not applicable
Cost:343 USD
[ option 1 ]
SEDAN vehicle
2 people max
total tour price



430 USD
[ option 2 ]
MINIVAN vehicle
7 people max
total tour price



58 USD
[ option 3 ]
ENTRANCE FEES
Palace & Parks
price per person




  Royal Estate - Peterhof Palace

 

The world-famous "capital of fountains" or "Russian Versailles" was founded by Peter the Great. Located right on the Gulf of Finland, royalty and visitors alike will enjoy the upper and lower gardens featuring luxurious fountains, cascades and grottos. During the WWII, Peterhof was razed to the ground. Restoration work began in as early as 1944, and, for the most part, the ensemble was returned to its former splendor. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Great Palace is the centrepiece of the Peterhof ensemble (1714-25). The interiors of the palace - the Throne Hall, Peter's oak-panelled study (carved by Nicolas Pineau), the Chinese Lobbies, the Portrait Hall, the White Dining-Room - are true master pieces of decorative and applied art.
  • Walk through the picturesque Parks made of Upper Gardens, the Lower Park, the gardens of Venus and Bacchus and the landscaped English and Meadow Parks.
  • Enjoy Peterhof's network of fountains. There is a total of 3 cascades and 144 fountains. The Great Cascade is definitely the beauty. It has 64 fountains (the largest of which is the Man Struggling with Lion's Jaws) decorated with 225 sculptures.
  • Visit one-storey Monplaisir Palace (1714-23). Western European paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries are on display in the rooms and galleries.
  • See Peter the Great's relics, and paintings by Western European artists in the Marly Palace (1720-23).
  • The Hermitage Pavilion (1721-25) has a rich collection (124) of Western European paintings.
  • The Cottage Palace in the Alexandria Park (1826 - 1829) was a summer residence for Nicholas First family. It was built in the style of medieval English architecture. Its interiors have been completely restored and now contain display of works by Russian and European painters and sculptures.
  • In 1988 the museum of the Benois family opened in the western wing of the Maid-of-Honour Houses, built in 1864 according to a design of Nikolai Benois. The bulk of its collection consists of gifts presented by Benois' descendants. The museum holds temporary exhibitions of works from the Peterhof palaces and private collections and hosts displays by modern artists.

    TRAVEL OPTIONS:

    Destinations: St. Petersburg - Peterhof town (30km~18mi)

    [Basic Tour] - 5 hours, driving, with bilingual guide
    Our driver and guide will meet in the lobby of your hotel. Your experienced driver will then take us to the suburban residence of Peterhof. Expect the drive to last for approximately an hour depending on the traffic. Once in Peterhof, marvel at the Grand Palace during your initial tour of this impressive residence, which was meant to be Peter The Greats 'Russian Versailles'. This interesting palace tour will last for approximately one hour and afterwards we can take the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens of Peterhof, making a stop for lunch at your convenience. There will be quite a lot of walking, as we explore the beauty of the Grand Palace in its entirety, however if you get tired easily we will make stops to rest and relax during the tour.

    Included:

  • Bilingual guide;
  • Private vehicle with personal driver;
  • Admission to the Grand Palace;
  • Admission to Lower and Upper Parks;

    Not included:

  • Meals, Snacks, Drinks;
  • Pickups outside of the city center perimeter;
  • Travel/Health Insurance;

    Special tour-related note:

  • The Peterhof Grand Palace open from 10:30 till 19:00 daily except Mondays and last Tuesday of each month;
  • The fountains schedule: late May - end of September.
  • Click here for seasonal exhibitions and gardens schedule

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    Welcome to St. Petersburg - day tours

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