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St. Petersburg Sightseeing Tour + Catherine Palace in Pushkin

Catherine Palace, The Church
Catherine Palace, The Church
Amber Room
Amber Room
Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
The View of Strelka and Peter Paul Cathedral
The View of Strelka and Peter Paul Cathedral
St. Nickolas Church
St. Nickolas Church
St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral


GLAMOROUS.      MAGNIFICENT.       STUNNING.

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

Private 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
$US / Person 287 168 140 125 115 107 103 100 97 95 92 90 87 87 85 85

 7 hours

ITINERARY:

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.

You will next travel back to St. Petersburg, have a short rest for lunch and continue St. Petersburg sightseeing. Once in the city center, you will stop at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island to enjoy the magnificent view of the Neva River and Rostral Columns which in the past served as lighthouses and guided ships through the busy port of St. Petersburg. From Strelka opens a marvelous panoramic view of The Winter Palace (The Hermitage), The Admiralty, the shining gilded dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Peter & Paul Fortress. You will next reboard your mini-van and drive along The Neva embankment to Cruiser Aurora which came into modern history as the battleship that signaled the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917 and the New Communist Era in Russia. Your mini-van drives from the Petrograd side with its Art Nouveau architecture to 18th century St. Petersburg. Your route will take you past the central part of the city. You will drive along Nevsky Prospect, pass by The Grand Hotel Europe, The House of Books, Kazan Cathedral, travel further along Malaya Morskaya Street to St. Isaac's Square with Bronze Horseman statue, stop at St. Isaac's Cathedral (outside), drive to Mariinsky Theater, The Synagogue (an inside visit is optional), visit inside St. Nicolas Church, pass by The Yusupovs' Palace, New Holland Island, over Blagovezschensky Bridge, visit St. Basil's Island (Vasilievsky Ostrov), pass by the Egyptian sphynxes, Academy of Fine Arts, Menshikov Palace, Kunstkamera, The Academy of Sciences, Zoological Museum, The Research Institute of Pavlov, stop in front of the University, drive over Palace Bridge, along the palace embankment by The Hermitage, turn to The Moika River, stop at the Spilled Blood Church (outside), drive to the Square of Arts (a photo stop), pass by The Russian Museum, Philharmonic of Shostakovich, along Sadovaya Street, by Michael's Castle, The Summer Garden, The Field of Mars. Depending on traffic condition, you can continue driving to Smolny Cathedral. 

Must-see sights: Nevsky Prospect, Square of Arts, Spilled Blood Church, Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Isaac's Square, The Winter Palace, Palace Square, Bronze Horseman (Peter the Great statue), Strelka with Rostral Columns, Fine Arts Academy, The Admiralty, University, etc.

Optional: The Synagogue.

Inside visits: Catherine Palace and Park, St. Nicolas Naval Church. If you wish to add inside visits for other cathedrals, please request it when making a booking. Additional entrance fees will apply.

Remarks: * for groups fewer than 6 people. Bigger groups will have to wait 10-20 minutes as the groups are let inside in portions (about 50 people at a time). Tuesday - day off for Catherine Palace. Catherine palace is wheel-chair accessible. 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. There are stairs at the entrance. Private groups fewer than 6 will enter without having to line up. Comfortable footwear is recommended for this tour. It is not permitted to bring liquids into Catherine Palace. Food and drinks are only allowed in museum cafes. Only small bags are allowed inside. Backpacks, umbrellas, suitcases and overcoats should 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.

INCLUDED:

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

NOT INCLUDED:

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

Find out more about our St. Petersburg Day Tours and Excursions


Travellerplusone45: Suffering from generally apathy I am very pleased to be able to say that Elena ( guide ) & Alex (driver ) provided us with a sensational overview of St Petersburg & cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism to make our time enjoyable make sure you request this duo when you visit 
Gerald BWe bought a one day tour of Catherine's Palace in Pushkin and a City Tour of St. Petersburg. The tour was excellent and Svetlana was outstanding in explaining the history and back ground of the items that we saw. Would recommend an inside visit of the Church of the Spilled Blood and the tour was worth every penny. We had a young man from Central America join us and it was like having one of our sons with us. A very delightful experience and would highly recommend the company...  Read more reviews
 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.

Payment:
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 info@guide-guru.com or 24-hour phone +7-812-903-28-81.
 
Discounts:
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).
 
Tour mates:
Did you know you can save a lot of cash by finding travel companions to join your tour? We can help you in finding tour mates by placing a message on our Online Boards and Facebook page. You can also find travel companions yourself via Cruisecritic.com Roll Calls where you can locate your cruise ship and posts for your trip. 



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