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Catherine Palace in Pushkin + The Hermitage Museum

Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
Winter Palace, Throne Hall
Winter Palace, Throne Hall
Winter Palace, Main Staircase
Winter Palace, Main Staircase
Winter Palace, Gallery of 1812
Winter Palace, Gallery of 1812
New Hermitage, Pavillion Hall
New Hermitage, Pavillion Hall


No queues (prebooked entrance)
 Seasonal discounts
 Time for shopping 
 Finding tour mates to reduce expenses 

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$US / Person 340 208 175 160 150 140 132 132 128 125 122 120 118 115 115 112

 7 hours


In the morning, you will take a trip to the suburban town of Pushkin (ex-Czarskoye Selo) 16 miles south of St. Petersburg and tour the favorite residence of Empress Catherine the Great - Catherine Palace. Your journey will take about 1 hour each way. During this time you will pass through the residential and suburban areas of St. Petersburg and see apartment houses of the local citizenry. Upon arrival, you will enter Catherine Palace avoiding line-ups*. You will admire gorgeous baroque architecture and the sumptuous interior decoration: The Grand Hall of Mirrors, The Marble Staircase, Red Pillar Room, Gala Dining-rooms and the world-famous Amber Room with its walls decorated with pieces of real amber. You will next stroll in the Gardens of Catherine Park. Your guide will take you around the picturesque area surrounding Catherine Palace. You will view the snow-white Cameron Gallery, The Grotto, and enjoy the idyllic views of the French regular park and mirror-like ponds.

In the afternoon, your mini-van will take back to St. Petersburg. After a short lunch break, you will continue touring The Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art museums in the world. You will enter The Hermitage Museum avoiding line-ups through the special entrance for organized groups (reserved entrance). Your tour inside will last from 2-2,5 hours. During this time you will visit several buildings of The Hermitage Museum: The Winter Palace, Little Hermitage, New and Old Hermitage. Your tour guide will take you through the State Rooms, Gala Suite of Apartments, Malachite Room, Gold Sitting Room of The Winter Palace. You will then explore the treasures of the Western European art collection featuring Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and others.
You can optionally view the rich collection of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists at General Staff building including Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso which is the largest outside France. The additional charge of $15US/person will apply. At the end of your visit, you will view Palace Square and return to the hotel.

Inside visits: Catherine Palace, The Hermitage with The Winter Palace.

Remarks: * for groups fewer than 6 people. In Catherine Palace bigger groups will have to wait 10-20 minutes as the groups are let inside in portions (about 50 people at a time). Monday - day off for The Hermitage Museum. Tuesday - day off for Catherine Palace. Catherine Palace and The Hermitage Museum are wheel-chair accessible. You need to inform us in advance whether you will be using a wheel-chair. It is possible to borrow a wheelchair from the administrator's desk (subject to availability). The Hermitage Museum is equipped with elevators. There is a ramp at the entrance. In Catherine Palace there are some stairs at the entrance.  There is an elevator inside but you should inform us in advance if you need to use the elevator which is only turned on with an advance request. Comfortable footwear is recommended for this tour. It is not permitted to bring liquids into the museums. Food and drinks are only allowed in museum cafes. Only small bags are allowed inside. Backpacks, umbrellas, suitcases and overcoats must be left in the cloakroom. Flash photography is forbidden. Amateur photo/video permits are included into the tour price. 

*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours.


private guide, private comfortable A/C vehicle, admission fees (no line-ups), photo/video permits, bank fees, headsets (for groups larger than 10).


lunch, gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately).

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Blindsay54: We spent a fascinating day with our guide Dimitri and driver Yuri exploring St. Petersburg. Dimitri's personal knowledge and insights were fascinating and we even visited briefly the area he was brought up in. His English was excellent and he took the time to answer our questions and explain the history behind what we saw. He took us on the underground and for lunch in a local cafe. Obviously we also had a tour of St Petersburg, visited the Hermitage and Catherine's Palace. His timing was excellent as we didn't need to queue and saw all exhibits easily. Thanks Dimitri! 
Danny L: This was truly a superb tour of St Petersburg with an outstanding tour guide (Ada) and driver (Dimo)! We enjoyed the tours of Catherine's Palace, Peterhof Gardens, Hermitage, city tour and canal cruise. Ada was most professional. She guided us on a tour through the Catherine Palace and Hermitage exhibits according to our desires, although time allotted precluded us from seeing all that we wanted to see. It would have been nice to have had an extra hour at each of the beautiful palaces. We highly recommend Ada (tour guide) and Demo (driver). Ada shared a vast expertise of the Russian history and the history of St Petersburg, while Dimo showed a mastery of the layout of the short cuts in the city, maneuvering around and through the many police barriers set up, saving us valuable time to tour the sights. We were treated like royalty by our driver and tour guide. We highly recommend Guru and their tour support staff! 
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 Is Russian visa required on this tour?
Yes, the Russian visa is required. Guide-Guru, LLC. is the certified tour operator (MBT 010048 reference number in the Registry of Russian Tour Operators) and can provide visa support (Tourist Voucher and The Tourist Confirmation) upon request at no charge.
 Where do we meet our guide?
You meet the guide at your hotel unless agreed differently. 
 Can the tour be customized?
Yes, the tour is customizable.
How to book:
1. Send a tour booking.
2. Receive our Confirmation.

30% deposit is required by Bank card. The balance payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
 Credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Amex).
Cancellation: 30% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 7 days before the tour date. Please inform us as soon as possible if your plans change and you have to cancel your trip via e-mail or 24-hour phone +7-812-903-28-81.
Child younger than 6 y.o. may travel with 1 parent free of charge. Schoolchildren, students and children over 6 y.o. receive a discounted rate. (Students must provide their international ISIC ID card to our Tour Coordinator upon payment to claim their discount. If they fail to do this, they will be charged the full adult price).
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