Take a chance to discover two former royal residences in one day: Catherine Palace in Pushkin and Grand Palace in Peterhof.
The favorite brainchild of Peter I, the Peterhof palace and park ensemble, was built as a triumphal monument to Russia's victories over Sweden in the Northern War, confirming Russia in a new capacity as a great power. The Lower Park of Peterhof was a reflection of these victories and is still one of the largest fountain parks in the world. It is not surprising that Peterhof, right up to the 1917 revolution itself, was the center of social life, where grandiose receptions and holidays were held.
Another great Palace that everyone must see is Catherine Palace, whose luxury once overshadowed all palaces in Europe, still makes an indelible impression. The magnificent palace, even from the outside, amazes with an abundance of details and sculptures. The State Rooms, not yielding to the abundance of external decoration, transfer the visitor to the Baroque era. Gilded wall surfaces, large mirrors, blue tiled stoves and carved furniture all help to represent the environment in which the imperial family lived and rested in the 18th century. After the palace tour you will be brought back to your hotel in St. Petersburg.
Your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel.
The order of the museum visits may change depending on the availability of entrance tickets, museums days-off, traffic situation in the city. Museums also reserve the right to shift an entrance time on a very short notice but you will still visit all the venues listed on the itinerary.
*The hydrofoil to Peterhof is not operating starting from October until the end of April, extra cost of this option is 15 USD per person
**In the off-season from Nov 1 until April 25 the Fountain park is replaced with the Grand Palace. (During the winter season the park in Peterhof is covered with snow and all fountains are kept under wooden boxes for their preservation).
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